About me

I suppose some folk might find it interesting to know more about me, if you don’t then click on one of the other links instead ๐Ÿ™‚

Once a programmer always a programmer?ย  I started when I was 11 after my parents bought our first computer.ย  As a kid, fun for me was learning the intricacies of assembly language, VGA cards and sound cards (so I could make video games of course).ย  Even now, 30 years later, Iโ€™m still writing code; itโ€™s not just something I do, itโ€™s a part of who I am.

I started my professional career working for the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) developing software and databases to manage their multibeam sonar data. This soon spun off into co-founding my own software company Helical Systems which focused on management and visualization of large spatial datasets.

But all things come to an end and it soon became time to move on…to what? Well, I decided to try something a bit different: web development! I did that for a while but soon began thinking about spatial data and geomatics again. At the time a friend of mine was an instructor at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) and he convinced me (it didn’t take much) that I should take the remote sensing programme there to learn more about the stuff.

Boy was that fun! Long story short, my one year programme led to a second year, which led to employment at the Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG) for a number of years. Remember that friend of mine? Well he eventually left COGS and took another job, leaving his position…open for me! Yup, somehow I ended up being a teacher – didn’t see that coming ๐Ÿ™‚

I taught at COGS for almost 10 years, expanding their remote sensing programme to encompass a variety of topics including fundamental theory, satellite image processing, softcopy photogrammetry and LIDAR.

Boy that was fun! Whether it was standing out in the rain showing students how to collect RTK GPS data; or sending them up in a airplane to take some aerial photography and getting them to turn those pictures into useful information.

But all things come to an end and it soon became time to move on…back to where I started. During my years at COGS I didn’t leave programming entirely behind me. I kept up my skills tinkering on various personal software projects (some I’ll probably share here eventually) like oblique photogrammetry, LIDAR data processing and building a laser scanner from an iPhone.

So where did I end up? I’m currently working at Teledyne CARIS, a software company focused on marine hydrographic data processing and mapping. My R&D job there kind of a combines everything I’ve done up to this point, even that web stuff ๐Ÿ™‚