SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE
He has twenty four years experience in the fields of computing and engineering, including considerable practical experience in the areas of Computer Aided Design and Engineering (CAD/CAE).
He started a company in 1986 to offer a consultancy service in the fields of Computer Aided Design and Engineering for both mainframe and microcomputer systems. Since 1991, work has expanded into the fields of 3 dimensional computer modelling, servo system programming, photorealistic rendering and computer animation.
In 1985, as a Systems Analyst with FLUOR Australia, he provided technical support for their large AutoCAD-based microcomputer CAD system.
As a CAD/CAM Analyst with the Ford Motor Company, he provided technical support for a large PRIME-based CAD network. In his time with Ford the network doubled in size. He was responsible for the software installation of new computers and system plotting support.
Prior to this he spent five years with the Department of Defence, Aeronautical Research Laboratories, in the areas of computer simulation and mathematical modelling of various aspects of aircraft performance. He was also involved, at various times, in the areas of aircraft flight trials, data reduction and analysis, and in the management of a minicomputer-based high performance graphics system.
He has produced a number of software packages which are currently being sold commercially in Australia and overseas. These include,
ANALYSE A program to calculate motion paths for analysis of vehicle performance. This program will also produce motion paths for rendering and animation of 3D models of vehicles.
MicroBEND Control programs to drive servo Back Gauges on Brake Presses and
MicroFOLDER Folder units. These programs are owned and sold by Applied Precision Systems.
3D*HOUSE An AutoCAD application for rapidly drawing 3 dimensional house models suitable for rendering and animation.
FILMPAK A suite of programs to permit AutoCAD and AutoSHADE data to be output to high resolution film recorders, or PostScript devices.
G2S A utility program to permit GIF format raster image files to be output to high resolution film recorders.
SUN2S A utility program to permit SUN 'RAS' format raster image files to be output to high resolution film recorders.
MPLOT A utility program to minimise the paper use of Hewlett-Packard electrostatic plotters when plotting AutoCAD files.
HPLOT A utility program to convert Hewlett-Packard Graphics Language (HP-GL) plot files to AutoCAD Data Exchange Format (DXF) for insertion into AutoCAD.
The following books have been produced, either alone or in conjunction with other authors.
Linking AutoCAD to 3D Studio R2 for Architecture
Linking AutoCAD to 3D Studio R3 for Architecture
by Michel Bousquet, John McIver, Daniel Douglas
Introduction to 3D Studio
by John McIver
Introduction to POCO
by John McIver
The following articles have been produced and are provided in digital format, available on this web site.
Saab JA-37 Viggen Aircraft Performance Assessment (376 kb download, in Adobe Acrobat 6.0 format)
Cessna 172 Aircraft Performance Assessment (30 kb download, in Adobe Acrobat 4.0 format)
Motion Path Data Format Specification (15 kb download, in Adobe Acrobat 4.0 format)
Presentation of three 4 hour seminars, on the subject of AutoCAD Paperspace and Modelspace, were undertaken for DESIGN CAD PTY LTD. These presentations were held in Adelaide during March, 1993.
Presentation of several seminars on the subject of Autocad 3D Surface Modelling in Melbourne and Adelaide for several clients.
Presentation of an introductory course for 3D Studio in Brisbane for MultiCAD Magazine. This presentation was held in November, 1993.
A number of articles and reviews have been written for MultiCAD, MOZ (Multimedia Oz), CAD User Australia and other magazines since 1987. A list of these articles follows.
Visual Basic for Applications in IntelliCAD (#1 in a series)
Visual Basic for Applications in IntelliCAD (#2 in a series)
Visual Basic for Applications in IntelliCAD (#3 in a series)
Matrox G-550 Graphics Card - Review
Solid Thinking - Review
FireGL 3 Graphics Card - Review
TrueSpace 5.0 - Review
AutoVue Solid CAD Viewer - Review
AutoSolid - Review
Media Studio Pro - Review
(Multimedia OZ) ARTICLES
Issue 1 May 1996
Editorial in the First Issue.
Review of Trispectives Professional.
Review of SOFT F/X 3D modelling and rendering software.
Issue 2 1996
Review of 3D Studio MAX software.
Review of the Wacom Artpad digitiser tablet.
Issue 3 1996
Article describing MPEG conversion software.
Review of Fractal Design Poser.
Article describing 3D Studio material conversion techniques.
Issue 4 1997
Review of 4D Paint 3D painting software.
Review of the Wacom ARTZ II digitiser tablet.
Issue 5 1997
Article describing the building of an Internet Web Page.
Issue 6 1997
Review of 3D Studio MAX 2.0.
Review of Ulead Media Studio Pro 5.0 Video Editing software.
Article describing the lense geometry of a camera.
Review of CorelCAD Modeller software.
USER Australia ARTICLES
Review of UGS Solid Edge Version 6.0 solid modelling software.
Review of IronCAD Version 1.4 3D solid modelling software.
Review of AutoSketch Version 5.0 software.
Review of the ScanXpress Optical 3D Scanning System.
Article describing a practical application of the ScanXpress system.
Article describing macro programming within Animator Pro.
FOR OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Review and user profile of AutoSolids software for "a" magazine in the US (September/October 2001).
A review of Caligari TrueSpace 1.0 software was provided to DESKTOP and ran in their May, 1995 edition..
A review of Micrografx Designer 4.1 TE image editing software was provided to DESKTOP and ran in their January, 1995 edition.
A description of 3D modelling, intended for users of 2D image editing programs, was provided to DESKTOP and ran in their June, 1994 edition.
A review of 3D-STUDIO software was provided to TECHNICAL COMPUTING (The ACADS Journal) and ran in their March, 1993 edition (issue 76).
A review of AutoCAD rendering packages was provided to TECHNICAL COMPUTING (The ACADS Journal) and ran in their July, 1992 edition (issue 73).
An article, Programming in ANIMATOR-PRO, was provided to CAD USER AUSTRALIA magazine and ran in their February, 1993 edition.
A computer model was created, and a rendered image produced, for CAD USER AUSTRALIA magazine, for the cover of their December, 1992 edition.
A review of ANIMATOR-PRO software was provided to CAD USER AUSTRALIA magazine and ran in their October, 1991 edition.
A review of ANIMATOR-PRO software was provided to YOUR COMPUTER magazine, and ran in their September, 1991 edition.
A review of the SYNTHESIS Parametric Design Package was requested and provided to PC WEEK magazine of the 15th of December, 1988.
An article, "Hardware Tuning with AutoCAD", appeared in the ACADS Microgram of October, 1987.
Several reports were produced for Hawker de Havilland, Limited documenting consulting work performed for them.
A number of classified publications were produced during his time at Aeronautical Research Laboratories.
Review of AutoTrack 5.0 Vehicle Swept Path Design Software.
Review of Autodesk Inventor 6 3D Mecahnical Design Software.
Article on how to choose a graphics card for CAD applications
Review of Ulead MediaStudio Pro 7.0 Video Editing Software.
Article describing the latest changes in IronCAD 6.0 Mechanical Design Software.
Review of Xenon Nitro E1 Engineering Workstation.
Review of the Xerox 8850 Large Format, High Speed Printer.
Review of Solid Concept 3D Solid Modelling Software.
Review of Xenon Radon 500 Engineering Workstation.
Review of the IronCAD Innvation Suite (IronCAD, Inovate, TeamVault).
Review of ATI FireGL 4 Graphics Accelerator.
Review of Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 6 software.
Review of TrueSapce 5.1 rendering/animation software.
Article on constructing a 3D computer model of a Ford falcon (including cover photo).
Review of Ashlar Vellum 3D 99 software.
Review of Xenon Nitro 600 Pentium-4 Workstation and FireGL/2 Graphics Card.
Review of MapScenes Forensic CAD software.
Review of Ashlar Vellum Solids 2000 software.
Review of Autodesk 3D Studio VIZ 3.0i software.
Article on Computer Simulation and Mathematical Modelling.
Review of Autodesk Inventor 2 Solid Modeller software.
Article on the Jordan Grand Prix racing team at the Australian Grand Prix.
Review of the ATOS 3D Optical Scanner.
Review of Mockup 3D Visualisation software at the RMIT Virtual Reality Centre.
Review of 3D Studio MAX 3.0 software.
Review of Nugraf 2.2 File Conversion Software.
Review of Metacreations CANOMA 3D image reconstruction software.
Review of the Xenon Nitro 1000 Visual Workstation.
Review of Myriad 4.0 Document Viewer software.
Review of Ulead Cool 3D Version 2.0 software.
Review of 3D Studio VIZ 2.0 software.
Review of Turbocad 3D Modeller and Solid Modeller software.
Review of Ulead Photo Impact 4, Web Razor and Cool 3D software.
Article introducing VBA in AutoCAD Release 14 (Part 2).
Review of Lightscape radiosity rendering software.
Review of Video Sphinx Pro real-time video capture hardware.
Article introducing VBA in AutoCAD Release 14 (Part 1).
Review of CD Burner hardware and software.
Review of 3D Studio VIZ 1.0 software.
Review of 2D and 3D aerodynamic analysis programs.
Article describing how to prepare CAD files for rendering and animation.
Review of the Microscribe 3D Digitising Arm.
Review of the FARO 3D Digitising Arm.
Comparison between Autolisp and Felixcad Lisp implementations.
Article on the technology of laser stereolithography.
Article on using an external camera path for animation.
Review of Animation Master 3 character animation software.
Review of Caligari Truespace 2.0 modelling software.
Review of Asymetrix Digital Video Producer software.
Review of the AMAPI 3D modeller plug-in for 3D Studio.
Review of AMAPI 3D modelling software.
Review of Autodesk Animator Studio.
Review of Designcad 3D CAD software.
Review of the MakeMPEG 3D Studio Add-on application.
Article describing the use of Dynamic Designer motion simulation software in the design of a car suspension.
Review of Asymetrix 3D F/X text rendering and animation software.
Review of Vignette 1.0 real time rendering software.
Article describing the requirements for digital video on a PC.
Review of the MiroVideo DC1 digital video I/O card.
Review of the Personal Animation Recorder digital video I/O card.
Review of AccuRender 2.0 rendering software.
Article describing a simple way to import raster data into AutoCAD.
Review of 3D Studio Release 4 software.
Article describing the use of the Convolution Matrix.
Article describing the features and application of Kodak's Photo-CD.
Review of Micrografx Picture Publisher 5.0 image editing software.
Review of 3D Design Plus 2.0 3D modelling software.
Review of RenderPrint colour hardcopy output software.
Review of Caligari Truespace 3D modelling and rendering software.
Review of 2D image morphing programs.
Review of several special effects plug-ins for 3D Studio.
Article describing the features of video output cards.
Review of Q*Media multimedia presentation software.
Review of Visual Reality 3D modelling and rendering software.
Review of a 3D Studio add-on for character speech implementation.
Review of AccuRender 1.0 rendering software.
Article comparing results obtained from several rendering programs.
Review of 2D image morphing programs.
Article on producing ray traced shadows of trees in 3D Studio.
Review of the Canon BJC-600 colour bubblejet printer.
Review of Autodesk AutoVision rendering software.
Review of Sun positioning software for 3D Studio.
Review of fractal tree creation routines for 3D Studio.
Review of Pixar Typestry 3D text rendering software.
Review of FPLOT plotter emulation software.
Article describing how to buy a CAD computer.
Review of MacroModel Version 1.5 3D modelling software.
Review of IMAGE Q presentation software.
Review of Strata Vision 3D modelling software.
Review of the Captivator motion video capture card.
Article describing the theory of Gamma Correction.
Article describing the creation and rendering of a 3D model of the MultiCAD logo.
Article describing a macro function to output PostScript files from Animator-Pro.
Review of Playmation animation software.
Review of the SPEA Fire high performance graphics card.
Review of 3D Workshop animation software.
Article describing the creation of a 3D model of a new children's playground design.
Article on macro programming in Animator-Pro.
Review of the MEDIASPACE digital video capture/replay board.
Review of Animator-Pro Version 1.3 software.
Article on 3D morphing and the programs to do it.
Article on macro programming in Animator-Pro.
Review of the Genoa VGA2TV-PRO video output expansion card.
Review of INSTANT ARTIST presentation software.
Article describing the creation of a 3D model of a 2-storey house.
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