years ago I trained as an engineer - Electrical and Electronic
first, then Control Engineering. Control Engineering is all about
understanding, designing and controling dynamic systems. At its
technical it is all about building mathematical models, developing
optimal solutions and designing systems based on that
understanding. At its most general it is about cybernetics
and modelling of soft systems (systems where the entities and
their relationships are not very precise).
I have spent most of my working life using the training and expertise I
acquired as an Engineer in areas other than Engineering.
Everything on this site is my opinion. There are no facts,
only my understanding of how systems work and the systems required to
Most of what I do involves modelling. Examples of my modelling work are:
In addition to this wide variety of modelling and architecture
activities, I have developed a deep understanding of the technologies
underpin today's Information Systems and their development, their
management and their support.
- Modelling in support of problem solving, especially Complex and Wicked Problems
- The use of modelling to support a Systems Thinking approach to government policy and decision making
- Infrastructure modelling of large scale Data Centre
- Modelling of The Australian Government Data Centres
in order to develop a whole-of Government data centre strategy.
- Development of a range of
Architectures: enterprise, business, solution, application,
data and technology.
- System Development modelling to optimise project
- Governance models in support of outsourcing
- A monte carlo based simulation of the Nimrod
anti-submarine warfare aircraft for the Royal Airforce
- A model to support the financial
restructuring of a shipping company in Hong Kong, developed for
Brothers of New York.
- Development of a model of Brisbane
City Council’s bus fleet to in order to understand and
develop acquisition strategies.
- Team leader developing an International
tracking, forecasting and budgeting application for the Overseas
Telecommunications Company (Australia).
- Business Process modelling of various aspects of the
Australian Depertment of Defence.
- Functional modelling in support
development, using technologies like Object Oriented modelling and UML.
- "A digital computer model of the
electrical activity in the human small intestine" which gained me my
is a pdf copy of the findings, published in Medical and Biological
Engineering, November 1974. This is
a Word version. This modelling work introduced me to both
non-linear systems and chaos - the latter only becoming obvious to me
after I read James Gleick's "Chaos: Making a New Science".
In particular I am interested in business strategy and system
development. I believe that these can be better conducted by looking at
them as problem solving processes that need
controlling. Modelling and predictions are at the heart of these
Some of my Publications
My full qualifications are
- A Problem Oriented Enterprise Architecture Approach Applied to
Wicked Problems. A chapter in the book
Enterprise Architecture for Connected E‐Government: Practices and
Innovations, Chief Editor, Dr. Pallab Saha, National University of
- Beyond the Zachman Framework: Problem-oriented System Architecture published in the IBM Journal of
Research and Development, Volume 56, Issue 5, September/October 2012
- Health information systems. The Case for a Problem Oriented
Architecture Approach. Enterprise Architecture Conference, Sydney
BEng Electrical and
Electronic Engineering, Sheffield University, UK
MEng Control Engineering, Sheffield University, UK
PhD Control Engineering, Sheffield University, UK
Certified IT Architect at IBM - not current as I've left
of Engineering and Technology (UK)
Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Member, Institute of Engineers Australia
Senior Member, Australian Computer Society
I live in Sydney Australia.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org