Portfolio of Major Projects
What happens when a couple of friends and you share a desire to explore as much of the Canadian mountain biking scene as you can? In the case of two friends and I we decided to build our ultimate road-trip-mobile and go out exploring. The vehicle I refer to as #SheilaTheBus has seen us through 12,000 kilometers of adventure and we’re still counting.
In what has been the most ambitious personal project of my life, we spent the better part of a year researching and planning before we embarked on the three and a half month conversion project. I absolutely adored this project as it involved many different skills including research, design, engineering, project management, risk management, salvage hunting, metalwork, carpentry, electrical wiring, plumbing, sewing, electronics, programming, mechanical maintenance, and various other skills I have forgotten completely about.
While David Narbaitz was the driving force behind Monopolatte he had help from friends and family, including me. Due to my passion for technology and my previous experience supporting hospitality information systems I quickly became his technical advisor.
As this was the first café of its kind to open in the city of Ottawa, there were no guarantees that it’d be a viable business so getting things going with a minimal investment was important, however, sacrificing reliability wasn’t an option as unreliable systems can quickly kill a fledgling business. Some second hand hardware and some heavily modified open source software got us off to a good start but there was plenty more that I contributed to Monopolatte.