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William A. Nevin III

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I work as a database analyst for a major multinational oil corporation. Since 2001 I have worked with a team of engineers and geologists in a research department that is finding new technologies for getting oil and gas out of the ground. Until recent months the nature of this research has been a closely held secret and I do not know how much I am allowed to say about it.

Prior to that, I worked for the same company with a team that provided groundwater environmental engineering and hydrogeological support to refineries, chemical plants, and service stations. There I specialized in analysis and programming of environmental databases and Geographical Information Systems (GIS, basically computerized map-making.) I designed and wrote award-winning software solutions for database/GIS integration during our successful effort to implement Risk-Based Corrective Action (RBCA, pronounced "Rebecca") environmental compliance strategies in the petrochemical industry.  I helped to codify electronic data deliverable (EDD) formats and create cost-effective data loading procedures.  I provided software support and training to end users.

I also constructed a three-layer groundwater flow model for a chemical plant and its remediation system.  This used the Modflow finite-difference code, the GMS front end, and other tools, including a novel format for visualization of flow lines from Modflow output that I developed using ArcView GIS.

I first read Anthem in high school in 1980, then The Fountainhead, then Atlas. I moved on to the nonfiction and became an Objectivist while studying physics at MIT.

I was born in Miami and raised in Florida and Georgia. From 1981 to 1994 I lived in eastern Massachusetts. Since 1994 I have lived in Houston, Texas.

-physical fitness
-Opera, symphonic music (listening only)
-French, Spanish, Latin, ancient Greek, starting to dabble in Hindi
-19th century French literature
-science fiction
-self defense
-listening to Latin jazz
-21st century Hindi cinema, and listening to filmi sangeet
-3D subsurface databases
-remote data acquisition
-in situ remediation strategies for groundwater contamination
-in situ pyrolysis
-certain geological strata underlying Rio Blanco County, Colorado and neighboring regions


Objectivism Q&A - So, is it Copenhaygen, or Copenhoggin? - 1
   Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 6:39pm -- Ted,......When my mother was in Copenhagen back in the 50s, the Danes told her t...
News Discussions - Man in Coma for 23-Years Heard Everything Said to Him - 17
   Monday, December 14, 2009 - 6:26pm -- Life imitating art!  (Or is it only junk science imitating art?) When I f...
General Forum - Hypothetical Question - 20
   Friday, June 20, 2008 - 5:31am -- Woops! Confession time: In the previous post I had confused Amartya Sen with Ba...
General Forum - Hypothetical Question - 17
   Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 10:09pm -- While I agree with the general sentiment on this thread that need is irrelevant ...
News Discussions - Unicorn Spotted in Italian Nature Preserve - 10
   Saturday, June 14, 2008 - 11:02pm -- Ted,......My understanding is that the Middle Eastern murals, friezes, etc. came...
News Discussions - Unicorn Spotted in Italian Nature Preserve - 8
   Saturday, June 14, 2008 - 1:31pm -- "Unicorn" is the latinized version of the Greek "monoceros". The Greeks coined ...
News Discussions - Florida Mom Faces Neglect Charges After Thieves Steal Car Wi... - 7
   Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 9:13pm -- I appreciate all the posts about the evils of the nanny state, but.........There...
News Discussions - Chaves Threatens to Jail Violators of Price Controls - 3
Article Discussions - Objectivism, "Contextual Knowledge" and the Correspondence T... - 11
Objectivism Q&A - Why this supernatural dualism in Objectivism? - 5
Objectivism Q&A - Why this supernatural dualism in Objectivism? - 4
News Discussions - Casting the "Atlas" movie - 64
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