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John Van Vliet has experience in both mechanical engineering and software development. He started working with Noetic in 2007 as an independent consultant and joined our staff in 2011. John’s primary strength is developing engineering software for analysis, simulation, control, and visualization of complex systems.
John is the lead developer of our Wellbore Inspector™ software . Highlights of his earlier work include validating contact dynamics simulations for the International Space Station, incorporating real-time image recognition into an augmented reality system, and building the HMI for a field with hundreds of wells.
John holds B.Sc. and M.A.Sc. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta and University of Victoria respectively. His thesis work involved the design of a robotic testbed on which he developed and tested novel control schemes. He is the lead author on two journal articles and three conference papers arising from his thesis work and related research. John is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), IEEE Computer Society, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and Canadian Heavy Oil Association (CHOA).
John likes to spend time with his family at home, in the mountains, or on the soccer field. He is an avid mountain biker, struggling runner, and occasional curler. The lure of the keyboard is strong and he often finds himself writing code for fun.