Charles R. "Chip" Patton, Jr.
Professional Highlights Timeline
(updated 06/20/2008, or later)
Intergraph SG&I and Public Safety
2008: IFRLE: Learned Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and XAML
in a hurry to bolster the manpower on the Intergraph Field Reporting for
Law Enforcement product (the next generation replacment for Automated
2005-2008: OneMobile and Next Generation I/MobileTC: Worked closely
with Richard Eade and a team from the G/Technologies group lead by
Gary Jeter to create a version of I/MobileTC based on .Net and the
Microsoft Composite Application Block (CAB) framework. The "OneMobile"
configuration allows the combination of InService functions like Outage
Managment and Workforce Management with the design capabilities of the G/Tech
products and add-ins like Field Design and Pole Inspection. I concentrated
on the .Net portions and the ability to swap maps, including a proof
of concept use of Microsoft's Virtual Earth control, while Richard architected
for things like GPS and communications to the back office.
2006: CruiseControl.Net Introduced: Introduced "Continuous Integration"
via the CruiseControl.Net package. First on the OneMobile project and
subsequently adopted by the Interfaces Product Build group.
2006: .Net IntUtil Library: Developed a .Net version (C#) of
the Interface Group's "int_util" library (C++) that allows running under
ISM (Interfaces Service Manager), logging, sending ESMD messages, etc.
2005: Test Driven Development Evangelized : Began touting the
merits of automated testing with a presentation on 5/19/2005 entitled
"Self Testing Code: Automated Unit Testing in Practice" that described
my current use of NUnit and CPPUnit.
2004: Wireless Enterprise Manager: Interfaced new Air Beam Manager
product via a Java bridge into a JBOSS system for managing wireless
2002 - 2004: AirBeam Manager: Development team created the next
generation of Wireless Access Point managment software. Cross
platform (Windows, Linux, Solaris, UIX, AIX) C++. Contributed the
"Abstraction Layer" messaging object that coordinated distribution of XML
formatted messages in the loosely coupled system.
2001: Founding Employee: Literally 6 guys in a basement. We
started with a beta of Visual Studio .Net and developed what became
the company's flagship product, HyperActive Bob. It uses machine
vision to monitor Quick Serve Restaurant traffic and control how much
food is prepared. As of 2007 all Zaxby's corporate restaurants are
using the system and it is expanding into other chains.
2000 - 2001: Early 3D on the Web: This start-up
company stretched the graphics
and bandwidth performance of the Internet to provide an immersive 3-D
experience, akin to what Second Life is doing now (i.e. 2007).
Tpresence's free Holodesk
product had tens of thousands of users. I came in to help build a commercial
platform code named Acorn but it never became a mighty oak. The easy money
dried up but not before we added 3D sound (VOIP). I became "Director of
Software Engineering", managing up to ten people in this 40 person
endeavor. I was also profiled in the
Hal Wrigley, inventor
of Robo Grip pliers, and Michael Keaton, the actor, were backers.
Intergraph Federal Systems
2000: GeoWeather: Worked under Dr. Carlene Neeley to overlay
live weather feeds onto GeoMedia. We partnered with Litton/PRC on this
project that was neat but turned out, at that time, to be more expensive
than the interested customers could afford.
1997 - 2000: TDZ Wildcatter: Created sample 3D applications
for the Federal market to show off our new line of graphics personal
workstations. We took a lot of business away from Silicon Graphics Inc.
before NVidia and Matrox caught us from below. I demoed from Orlando to
Seattle, at big shows or individual customer sites.
1998-2000: ActiveFlight/ActiveTerrain: Worked with the sharp
guys at CG^2 to create 3-D fly throughs from mapping and imagery data
and tie these "live" to the 2D views in GeoMedia. Picked up a nice
little contract out of the dustbin for the FCC in Oklahoma City that
ended up being worth over $100K during some lean times at Ingr.
1993-1996: MADOC and Trips to Saudi Arabia: Worked under Dr. Glenn
Weathers and Kris McBride to create an air defense operations center
capability. I wrote the centerpiece that held and distributed the
1992, 1996 - 1999: PATRIOT Missile Command and Control: A high
profile project where I played primarily a support role at first, but
was eventually a Technical Manager on about a third of Intergraph's
work for this program
1990-1992: Map 2: Very large scale mapping project. Yawn.
1988-1990: LHX / Commanche Simulation: I was the lead developer at
the Boeing half of the Boeing/Sikorsky team. We won the next phase based
in large part on the simulation since the aircraft was still in the design
stage. For better or worse the Commanche was cancelled a decade or so
1986-1988: V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Simulation: I was also lead on
this simulation software project by the time I shifted to the Commanche.
The Boeing/Bell team won this one, too, making it a double defeat for
McDonnell-Douglas. (They were oppositely partnered will Bell and Sikorsky on
the Commanche and Osprey programs making visits among the four
companies a bit tricky.)
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