Expert Details

Expert in Modelling and Simulation, High Performance Computing, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Helicopters.

Expert ID: 728478 United Kingdom

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Expert's principal expertise lies in the cross-over between computing and science/engineering. He did his undergraduate studies in Aerospace Engineering, and has significant work experience in the defence & aerospace sectors - in particular with regard to helicopters. He is about to complete his PhD on linking real-time computational fluid dynamics with helicopter flight simulation, through this research he has gained significant experience with high performance computing.

He co-founded a small technology business in March 2008. This has given him experience in the commercial side of technology, through which he engages with companies such as Microsoft, Intel, AgustaWestland, QinetiQ, and Lockheed Martin.

[Dec 08-Aug 09] Worked with AgustaWestland (helicopter manufacturer), ATIL, and former senior military pilots to design a helicopter tactics training course for NATO pilots. Expert' role specifically drew on his unique combination of experience in helicopter survivability and simulation technology. Through being involved in the course design process he was able to develop a thorough understanding of the technology requirements, and was also able to make it clear from the outset how technology might limit or extend the possibilities for training delivery. Ultimately this proof-of-concept project was well received, helicopter crews from three nations were given training, a more significant programme is now underway to develop a mature system for wider use - AgustaWestland have selected Expert as technical architect.[Apr-Dec 08] Through Expert's PhD research and his business activities Microsoft asked Expert to develop a technology demonstrator for their high-profile stand at I/ITSEC 2008. Expert worked with directors from two Microsoft product teams to tailor the exhibit and to provide on-site support to Microsoft during the show. [Jan-Mar 08] When Microsoft released ESP the UK MoD was interested in understanding what it could do, and how it might develop over time. Expert worked with the COTS Evaluation Unit at QinetiQ, providing them with a thorough and detailed evaluation of the new software platform, how it might be applied, assessing the complexity of developing various capabilities, and comparing it to strategic requirements for training and research simulation.[Jun-Dec 08] Expert worked with a company who had developed a novel quad-rotor UAV, he helped them develop the business case for their aircraft, essentially focusing on how it might be used. He then developed a series of example scenarios and created complex simulator missions to demonstrate the tactical value of the aircraft; this included a simulated remote piloting station. It gave potential customers the ability to experience the flight handling and mission capabilities of the UAV, providing the UAV's designers with a valuable tool.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2006 Degree: BEng Subject: Aerospace Engineering Institution: University of Southampton

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2008 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director Department: Cursive Simulation Responsibilities: Expert co-founded this small technology consultancy. It focuses on simulation and high performance computing, customers and partners include: Microsoft, AgustaWestland, QinetiQ, Intel, UK MoD, Vexcel, Emergent Game Technologies, Horizon Simulation, and others. Cursive has just entered its third financial year and is expanding.
Years: 2005 to 2008 Employer: (undisclosed government agency) Title: Analyst & Technical Coordinator Department: Rotorcraft Survivability Responsibilities: Group was responsible for continuous analysis and improvement of military helicopter survivability. This ranged from computer modelling of threats to flight testing of new hardware. Expert was responsible for technical coordination of a large technology development programme, involving four large defence companies and several NATO countries. This role entailed designing and planning live fire ground & flight trials, and simulator testing, arranging meetings with partner companies and military user community, and ensuring coordination of development efforts in line with technology architecture.
Years: 2003 to 2005 Employer: (undisclosed government agency) Title: Analyst Department: Rotorcraft Acquisition Responsibilities: Department was responsible for analysing the current, and potential future, UK military rotorcraft fleet. Expert' job involved working with, and extending, a large suite of helicopter performance and operational analysis computer models. In particular he developed a new software module which automatically planned helicopter routes, taking into account terrain, performance, and tactics; this improved the accuracy of the modelling suite. The suite was used directly to advise choice of future rotorcraft fleet: number of aircraft and number of types.
Years: 2000 to 2001 Employer: (undisclosed government agency) Title: Analyst Department: Naval EW Responsibilities: Worked in group responsible for developing computer simulations for naval radar systems, simulations were successfully used to inform the design and deployment of world-leading new radar system. (Job entailed use of C/C++/Fortran on a parallel processing system.)
Years: 1998 to 2000 Employer: Logique Ltd. Title: Web Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Expert worked with a large leisure and tourism company to develop their internet presence, from analysing their business needs to deploying websites. The project was successful, measurably increasing the company's already significant revenues.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Royal Aeronautical Society,
Institute of Directors
Licenses / Certifications
(PhD to be completed by Oct 2010, CEng status expected in 2011.)
Professional Appointments
- CEO of Cursive Ltd.
- Non-exec Chair for Flux Technologies Limited.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has 5 publications to date, 1 more in the review process, and a further 3 in preparation.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Was involved in several boards of inquiry regarding military aircraft accidents/losses.
Training / Seminars
Developed a training course for developers wishing to work with Microsoft ESP (simulation software).
Worked with AgustaWestland to develop a helicopter tactics training programme for NATO countries, funded by the European Defence Agency.
Taught Computing for Engineers undergraduate course at the University of Southampton.
Taught Flight Mechanics & Simulation undergraduate course at the University of Southampton.
Assisted with various public/youth outreach programmes, such as the Smallpiece Trust, Learning Grid, and Royal Academy of Engineering, all of which seek to inspire people's interest in science and technology.
Vendor Selection
Expert has an established network of contacts throughout the international aerospace and defence communities.
Expert's business has established commercial links with UK government and academia.
These connections make it easy to source, or find sources for, most relevant supplies and expertise.
Expert's business has formed various business relationships which provide access to advanced technologies before they are released to the market.
Marketing Experience
Expert is actively involved with the Royal Aeronautical Society, the UK's Aerospace & Defence Knowledge Transfer Network, and the Institute of Directors.
Having worked for and with government agencies, and with military personnel, Expert has a strong understanding of their requirements, practices, and attitudes.
Expert's business works with many large technology and defence companies, this gives him insight into various market trends.
Other Relevant Experience
Whilst Expert is willing to assist clients in any way possible, he is most likely to engage in the following activities; for other activities he may recommend other people to work with (either from Cursive Simulation or its contacts):
Proof-of-concept projects (short-term projects to demonstrate value of a particular technology).
Technology strategy assessment & development.
Programme Architect (plan, and oversee/manage, technology development - Expert's key expertise lies in combining the technical and business aspects of a project).
Assistance in developing business plans, proposals, bids, and tenders.
Technology watching (monitor a technology with a particular client's interests in mind).

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Expert used to speak French (and Québecois) fluently, but is a little out of practice recently.
Spanish Expert has a basic working knowledge of Spanish, he can read, write, and listen - but lack of practice means his speaking is limited.

Fields of Expertise

aircraft flight simulation, computational fluid dynamics, computer simulation, environmental data, flight dynamics, flight simulator, high-performance computing, military helicopter, cloud computing, business recovery, Microsoft, corporate governance, business analysis, business plan, e-business strategic planning, e-business organizational assessment, business development, business startup, entrepreneurship, business strategy, strategic market planning, helicopter rotor blade, simulator training, client/server computing, aircraft attitude, enterprise resource planning software, aeronautical engineering, contract bid evaluation, parallel scientific computation, technical software evaluation, software product development assessment, competitive analysis, scientific computing, technology evaluation, simulation software, blade, applied aerodynamics, flight simulation, helicopter aerodynamics, distributed computing technology assessment, high-performance computing technology assessment, aerodynamic characteristics, management, new technology business value measurement, operations research, simulation, helicopter design, military aircraft, fighter aircraft, rotor blade, game, computer modeling, unsteady aerodynamics, turbulent flow, three-dimensional computer graphics, supercomputer, supercomputer application, rotary-wing aircraft, parallel computer architecture, Navier-Stokes equation, mathematical model, helicopter, fluid dynamics, dynamics, computer network, Bernoulli theorem, aircraft, air flow, aviation science

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