Brian Hunt

Brian started his career in 1952 as a control systems engineer in the Steel industry.

In 1959, having attained full engineer status and, en route, having passed all his academic challenges, including becoming a graduate of the Institute of Physics, he moved into the Aerospace industry, working initially on the development of the Blue steel missile, for A V Roe and company.  He then led the development of the autopilot for the TSR2 fighter bomber and the Vigilant anti-tank missle for the British Aircraft Corporation and, subsequently, the development of the flight automation systems for the BAC 1-11, VC-10 and Concorde civil aircraft.  At the same time he studied part time for a first degree in applied mathematics and computer science.

In 1966 Brian moved into the computer industry, developing information retrieval systems for International Computers Ltd.  During this time he completed his PhD project on pattern recognition and artificial intelligence.

1969 saw a significant change as Brian moved into the Consultancy business, working initially on the automation of spacecraft for the European Space Agency and then, as principal consultant, on the development of a national packet switching communication network for British Steel and, subsequently, a similar system for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

In 1976 Brian was promoted to Technical Director in charge of Turnkey operations and eventually to Managing Director responsible for the development of textile automation systems.

In 1979 Brian assumed responsibility for the design and implementation of a new range of telephony systems for Bell Telephone Manufacturing based in Antwerp in Belgium and then for a national road traffic automation system being developed for the Belgiun government.

In 1982, Brian returned to the UK and, as System Architect, he initiated the definition, Design and Implementation of a new methodology aimed at the production of C3I simulators for naval combat situations on behalf of the UK MoD.  Upon completion of this work, Brian moved to Holland to work on the development of a new submarine sonar data processing system being developed on behalf of the Royal Durch Navy.

In 1985, upon returning to the UK to form his own consultancy company (Computer System Architects Ltd), Brian initiated, with UK Government funding, the development of a radically new approach to Requirements Engineering.  The development and application of this methodology, known as G-MARC (the Generic-Model Approach to Requirements Capture), together with its suite of supporting software, has been the focus of the company’s attention ever since.  Since its creation, G-MARC has been in continuous use on a large number of major UK defence projects.  It was, and still is, some ten years ahead of all other known approaches to the development of requirement specifications for large or complex projects.

A good quality user requirement specification is a vital precursor to every military project. And yet 100% of all such specifications that the author of this paper has examined to date fail even the most rudimentary quality checks. This problem is universal!...Full Article »