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About Me - Bernard Robertson-Dunn 
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  • Many years ago I trained as an engineer - Electrical and Electronic first, then Control Engineering. Control Engineering is all about understanding, designing and controling dynamic systems. At its most technical it is all about building mathematical models, developing optimal solutions and designing systems based on  that understanding. At its most general it is about cybernetics and modelling of soft systems (systems where the entities and their relationships are not very precise).

    I have spent most of my working life using the training and expertise I acquired as an Engineer in areas other than Engineering.

    Everything on this site is my opinion. There are no facts, only my understanding of how systems work and the systems required to develop them.

    Most of what I do involves modelling. Examples of my modelling work are:
    • Modelling in support of problem solving, especially Complex and Wicked Problems
    • The use of modelling to support a Systems Thinking approach to government policy and decision making
    • Infrastructure modelling of large scale Data Centre operations.
    • Modelling of The Australian Government Data Centres in order to develop a whole-of Government data centre strategy.
    • Development of a range of Architectures: enterprise, business, solution, application, data and technology.
    • System Development modelling to optimise project management activities.
    • Governance models in support of outsourcing initiatives.
    • A monte carlo based simulation of the Nimrod anti-submarine warfare aircraft for the Royal Airforce
    • A model to support the financial restructuring of a shipping company in Hong Kong, developed for Shearson Lehman Brothers of New York.
    • Development of a model of Brisbane City Council’s bus fleet to in order to understand and develop acquisition strategies.
    • Team leader developing an International Telecommunications revenue tracking, forecasting and budgeting application for the Overseas Telecommunications Company (Australia).
    • Business Process modelling of various aspects of the Australian Depertment of Defence.
    • Functional modelling in support of application development, using technologies like Object Oriented modelling and UML.
    • "A digital computer model of the electrical activity in the human small intestine" which gained me my PhD. Here is a pdf copy of the findings, published in Medical and Biological Engineering, November 1974.  This is a Word  version. This modelling work introduced me to both non-linear systems and chaos - the latter only becoming obvious to me after I read James Gleick's "Chaos: Making a New Science".
    In addition to this wide variety of modelling and architecture activities, I have developed a deep understanding of the technologies that underpin today's Information Systems and their development, their management and their support.

    In particular I am interested in business strategy and system development. I believe that these can be better conducted by looking at them  as problem solving processes that need controlling. Modelling and predictions are at the heart of these activities.

    Some of my Publications
    • A Problem Oriented Enterprise Architecture Approach Applied to Wicked Problems. A chapter in the book Enterprise Architecture for Connected E‐Government: Practices and Innovations, Chief Editor, Dr. Pallab Saha, National University of Singapore
    • Beyond the Zachman Framework: Problem-oriented System Architecture published in the IBM Journal of Research and Development, Volume 56, Issue 5, September/October 2012
    • Health information systems. The Case for a Problem Oriented Architecture Approach. Enterprise Architecture Conference, Sydney September 2015
    My full qualifications are
    BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Sheffield University, UK
    MEng Control Engineering, Sheffield University, UK
    PhD Control Engineering, Sheffield University, UK
    Certified IT Architect at IBM - not current as I've left

    Associations
    Member, Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK)
    Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    Member, Institute of Engineers Australia
    Senior Member, Australian Computer Society

    I live in Sydney Australia.

    I can be contacted at brd@drbrd.com

    Bernard Robertson-Dunn
    February 2016