Last updated 18 Sep 2017
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Currently seeking permanent or contract employment.
I have over 34 years of experience in the computing industry. This enables me to apply my knowledge quickly to new projects and to adapt rapidly to new technologies.
My Son is my priority, but I enjoy flying and hope to get back to it someday. I enjoy cycling, walking, travel and photography when the opportunities arise. I have a private pilot’s license and gained my EPC in paragliding.
Senior Web Engineer and External Engineering Manager.
Founded in 2008, Metail is a British company developing online fitting room technology, enabling consumers to create a bespoke 3D model of themselves. The technology aims to increase consumer confidence in buying clothing online, whilst also reducing return rates for the retailer. Metail's technology can be incorporated into any e-commerce platform and consumers, after entering a few simple measurements, can then generate a 'MeModel', which is 94-96% accurate to their specific size.
In the first couple of years my work involved programming in CoffeeScript on the existing MeModel widget and on retailer integrations (analysing the retailer website and writing code to place CTAs and the widget into the retailer page).
I also worked on some experimental technology and was pleased to be able to offer canvas solutions for atmospheric perspective and click through for transparent canvas areas.
It was a personal interest of mine to get involved at the design stage to discuss UX, joining in useability testing and prototyping to support design.
During a period when we had many integrations to implement we utilised the skills of a contract agency and my role switched to one of supervising and liaising with that team in the Ukraine. When we stopped using outside resources, my role reverted to Web Engineer.
Latterly we used ClojureScript, React, Reagent and Reframe to build a new version of the MeModel widget.
With big name clients such as Tesco, quality is essential, robustness and reliability are vital and an eye for detail to spot where we could enhance our clients' customers' retail experience was an additional benefit.
One of PrismaStar's products is the product advisor. I was one of the team developing the responsive, version 3 product advisor for the company. This used AngularJS and Isotope libraries amongst other standards such as Modernizr and jQuery
I was instrumental in the production of this web based application whilst also mentoring other members of the team.
I also developed a tablet/smartphone console to assist in debugging. This provides a console similar to that provided by Firebug, though this is in page, draggable and resizable.
I have been instrumental in promoting reusability of page components and scripts, bringing time efficiency and consistent look and feel to Jagex projects, for example the rapid development of the War of Legends website.
I have also constructed HTML newsletters for the company from receipt of photoshop design through to a page which can be submitted to Lyris and will be compatible with the top email clients such as Outlook, Hotmail, gMail and Yahoo, across browsers.
From time to time the sites are themed, once a lengthy process, but I have organised the scripts, procedures and filesystem to provide efficiency here too.
On my own initiative, I developed a canvas based effect "wavy banners" to animate heraldic flags in page.
Senior Web Developer managing a team of three developers and one designer.
Web Based Mapping (Google Earth, Google Maps, MS Live Maps).
My duties included design and management of MS Access based research databases, online research and MS Word and MS Access based mail merge runs. Assisted in evaluation of Siebel based publications management system and specification of IT equipment.
A repeat contract to provide further functionality on the ZyQad product. Tools used included Visual Basic 6.0 and Intergraph RAD 2D.
Working for Aspentech Ltd, a Software house specialising in process control software. The brief was to provide utilities for communication of object data using XML messaging. Also to write software to allow import of legacy AutoCAD data to the new product. Tools used included Visual Basic 6.0 and Intergraph RAD 2D.
In-House Project to Develop VRME
Working on a prototype application using Smallworld GIS 3.0SP and Model.it 2.01, supervising and mentoring a small team of developers. The application was for Fugro's client Global Crossing. The project was based at Smallworld Netherland's offices near Rotterdam and Fugro offices in Amsterdam.
Bagnall Software Consultants Ltd has worked for Smallworld as part of the technical delivery team, developing application software for Phase 1 of the British Telecom Planning and Records Modernisation project.
Working as part of a team to meet the requirements of Bayernwerk Netkom using Smallworld GIS and Model.it. Based in Ratingen and Darmstadt.
Developed two tools to increase data capture efficiency for this data capture department using Smallworld GIS.
Responsible for Smallworld GIS data capture department support and systems administration at Scottish Hydro's offices in Dundee. Design of new backup strategy and development of shell scripts.
My Assignment to SEMA Group Systems Ltd involved installation of, and systems administration for a DEC Alpha Station 200, installation, configuration and administration of Smallworld GIS.
I wrote utilities for Data Transfer, Data Cleaning and Data Warehousing. I also produced a utility to allow automatic geolocation of new data objects. The work involved creation of triggers, file handling utilities, parsing of data files and the writing of a new, recursive network tracing utility.
For Smallworld Systems Ltd in Cambridge, I attended 8 weeks of training to become familiar with their systems and with their own programming language 'Magik', which is an object oriented language similar to Smalltalk. I was subsequently retained by Smallworld on two separate contracts, to work on projects for their clients.
Bagnall Software Consultants Ltd was Authorised as a World Class Partner following my subsequent experience and accreditation as application developer in April 1997.
In the summer of 1997 I assisted with the Smallworld Summer School at the University of Newcastle on Tyne. This voluntary work was to provide assistance during the practical sessions in the laboratory.
In 1999 Bagnall Software Consultants Ltd attained advanced accreditation status.
I established Bagnall Software Consultants while working in America. My first appointment was to an American Corporation whose development offices are in Ann Arbor near Detroit.
The project involved porting over 300,000 lines of 'C' source code to VMS on a DECStation 3100, making use of DECWindows (XWindows), Netwise RPC, Wollongong WIN/TCP, Wollongong Pathway Client NFS for VMS and Oracle for VMS.
Since this client was a CSO for Digital, I was able to investigate the feasibility of porting their products to DEC Alpha machines running VMS, OSF1 and Windows NT™, in advance of their launch in the USA. and the UK.
I evaluated GQL and PowerBuilder. I also attended a PowerBuilder training course. As well as 'C', I wrote applications using PowerBuilder and Microsoft Visual Basic™, including a Powerbuilder Product Change Request system for a large UK automotive manufacturer and a Visual Basic™ Bill of Materials prototype for an aerospace company.
While working at the UK. offices of the corporation, I wrote software to interface their product to the software of their clients. I have been required to represent the client at a number of their installations, and I have developed a number of new applications for the company. Latter projects included ADS development for AutoCAD undertaken in Michigan.
On behalf of my clients, I have been assigned to projects for companies including: BT, Rover, Raytheon Corporate Jets, Elf Enterprise Caledonia, Mobil, Esso, Shell, BP, BNFL, Nuclear Electric, Marshall Aerospace, Ford, Scottish Nuclear, BAe Dynamics, GEC Marconi Avionics Ltd, GEC Ferranti, GEC Alsthom, Olivetti, Molins, SWEB, North Surrey Water (Now Veolia), Southern Electric, Seeboard (Now EDF Energy), Bristol Water, Bayernwerk Netkom and others.
I was employed by Robary Software Ltd. as a Software Consultant. This gave me my first introduction to the nature of contract work, requiring rapid familiarisation with products, companies and working methods. Projects included:
FORTRAN on DEC VAX, Working in a team comprising both permanent employees and contract staff, to develop a large system for chemical process industry simulation. I was Involved in design, implementation, testing and refinement of the product.
This project for a small industrial manufacturer of building materials was a dBase IV customisation for stock control, resource scheduling and operational management.
Produced for a large Engineering and Aerospace company, this software converted CPT Turnkey Word Processor format documents to Microsoft Word™, retaining as many of the formatting and style attributes of the original documents as possible. The product was written in 'C' and based on IBM PC.
For a large government organisation, this was a Borland Quattro Pro macro and Paradox PAL customisation for traffic flow modelling.
This project employed unorthodox uses of spread-sheet technology. It required a sophisticated spreadsheet system and a Beta test agreement with Borland to be able to utilise what were at the time, advanced features.
I prepared and presented training courses for Lotus® 123®, Windows and DOS.
I started work at Cambridge Interactive Systems Ltd. (Latterly Computervision, then Prime) on May 7th 1985 as a Software Engineer. Projects included:
Using the tape drives of the VAX, PRIME and SUN machines, this was written in 'C', DCL, CPL and C shell. It provided a simple user interface which was identical across all three machines.
I wrote drivers for the Tektronix 4107 & 4109 display devices
I joined the NC team in December 1985 and began by producing a source-file conversion utility, to allow portability of source code from PRIME to VAX.
I wrote Post-Processors for CNC machine tools and investigated the suitability of Generic Post Processor Products for use with Medusa NC.
Before leaving CIS I was responsible for all CNC Post-Processor interfaces to MEDUSA NC, and supervised a number of contract personnel who wrote custom Post-Processors.
I started work at Metier Management Systems Ltd. in Ipswich, at the end of June 1983 as a Graphics Programmer. Metier supplied hardware and produced software for Project Management Applications.
One of their products was a system for the automatic generation of a network plot based on data which are stored in a relational database.
Metier diversified from their Hewlett Packard and DEC hardware to provide software for the IBM range of machines from mainframe to micro.
The work I did at Metier involved mainly diagrammatic Computer Graphics, for example, a system for the automatic generation of resource-scheduling, Linked-Bar charts.
My last project at Metier was to produce a simple drafting package for Hewlett Packard 2647 and 2627 terminals.
The system allowed the user to draft symbols which could then be held in a database and could consequently be used to annotate automatically generated plots as "SAMSO" symbols.
Degree: B.Sc. (Hons) Computing Studies
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