Meet Zebra's Team!

Team

Jacques van Dijk

President

Jacques van Dijk is both a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) as well as a Certified Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant (SPC).

Jacques brings extensive experience in software development, project management and executive management, with success in his native South Africa and in his adopted country, Canada as well as an ex-pat assignment in Russia. 

In South Africa, Jacques designed and developed systems in both the defense and mining industries, as well as leading the deployment of distributed databases and performance analyses for the National Traffic Information System. 

His experience in Canada includes 20 plus years working in the Oil &Gas sector – mostly in SCADA and Pipeline Management Systems. 

Jacques was heavily involved in the architecting, development, and rollout of PalmOS and Windows CE software for PDAs for Stylus Metrics, Social Sector Metrics Inc and SchumbergerSema; as well as ongoing development of remotely controlled tools for accessing internet information for TransAlta Utilities. 

A major development project undertaken by Zebra was the design and development of alarm routing software for Tela-Link. As part of the project, Jacques architected a solution based on a flexible communications framework which was used to develop a number of protocols for communicating with the alarm routing infrastructure equipment and the alarm monitoring of various companies' equipment. 

Jacques has managed a number of SCADA and Pipeline Management System Projects, created a Software Development group for Oil&Gas Application development, started a Solution group in Moscow (Russian Federation) and lead the transformation of a project to a product-oriented business for the Valmet/Telvent/Schneider Electric/AVEVA Midstream Pipeline team. Particular accomplishments included leading the development of installation tools that dramatically reduced the time to install full Pipeline Management System Projects – from a question of weeks of manual effort to under 8 hours of unattended automated installation.

Subsequently, Jacques worked on Analytics for Oil&Gas Pipelines (including Predictive and Process Analytics) and have presented at a number of conferences, presented in Webinars and published an article to raise awareness of the possibilities. 

Jacques is Zebra’s principal consultant on Analytics for Oil&Gas Pipelines, but generally likes to keep busy with all aspects of solution delivery – from protocol development to project management.

Jacques’s resume is available on request.

 

Barry Patterson

Senior Integration Architect

Barry Patterson is a technologist with broad knowledge of Real-Time systems integration and software development. 

Barry has extensive experience with technical management of large projects providing consistent on-time, on-budget results with high customer satisfaction.

His specialties include Real-Time Enterprise Architecture, High-Availability Systems, Real-Time Control Systems, Real-Time System Integration, Technical Team Leadership.

Barry has worked for more than 35 years in various roles in SCADA and Pipeline Management Systems for Oil&Gas as well as SCADA and advanced applications for the Electrical Utility market with Valmet/Telvent/Schneider Electric/AVEVA. In a progression of roles, Barry started out as a System Engineer installing and configuring Oil&Gas systems, progressed into various management roles including managing System Engineering, QA/Test and Product Development before taking on the role of Director of R&D, then working in Enterprise Architecture as a Realtime Business Architect, working in Business Development and then switched over to the Electrical Utility market as Technical Director of Smart Grid Delivery and Director of Electric Solutions Architecture and then reverting back to Oil&Gas as a Senior Oil&Gas Solutions Architect.

As a Senior Oil&Gas Solutions Architect, Barry provided high level support and guidance to project delivery teams globally with specific focus on areas such as Critical Infrastructure solution architecture, Distributed systems, Cyber Security, Enterprise integration, Virtualized solutions and Software Integration. 

As a Real-time Solutions Architect, Barry has architected dozens of Critical Infrastructure solutions for the Energy Industries (Electric Distribution, Oil & Gas transmission pipelines) – BC Hydro, Hydro One, Epcor, Exelon, Exel, Fortis, PG&E, Dominion, AGLR, Chevron, ExxonMobil, TransCanada, …, ensured compliance with appropriate cyber security standards: NERC/CIP, IEC 62443/ISA99 and provided a depth in defense approach to hardening solution architectures – Networking, Principal of least privilege, Center of Internet Security (CIS) Windows infrastructure hardening and security products integration.

Barry is Zebra’s principal consultant on Integration Architectures.

Barry’s resume is available on request.

 

 

Alan Novakowski

Senior Project Manager

 

Alan Novakowski is an engineering and project manager with broad knowledge of Project Management, Support Services and Quality Assurance in North American as well as International markets.

Alan managed engineering teams and projects in various countries on various continents ranging from Egypt to Greece and from Africa, North and South America to Europe. In addition, Alan directed Delivery, Customer Support and Quality Assurance as a Director for Telvent and Schneider-Electric. 

His specialties include Project and Quality Management with specific experience in International Projects.

Alan is Zebra’s principal consultant on Project Management.

Alan’s resume is available on request.

  
Other ContractorsZebra has placed a number of contractors with various companies to provide programming and project leadership and management expertise. Specific resumes are available on request.