James W. Dow


James W. Dow
Chief Executive Officer, Aerotec, LLC

Years of Experience: With this firm– 16 years; With other > 25 years

Education: Mississippi State University: BS/Aerospace Engineering – 1970
MS/Aerospace Engineering – 1972

Relevant Qualifications:

Mr. Dow was an original founder of Aerotec, LLC (airborne remote sensing) in 1996, having retired from the Alabama Power Company. Mr. Dow is generally acknowledged as one of the most influential engineers in the United States regarding CAD/CAM/CAE technology and LIDAR “filtering” software development. Mr. Dow has over twenty-five years of experience in application software development and support for a variety of industries that include military defense, aerospace, forest products, construction, communications, and electric utility.

Mr. Dow’s experience spans all aspects of information management methodology/technology from strategic planning for network-infrastructure through design, engineering, construction, implementation, and support of mission critical computer application systems across multi-company/multi-state political and geographic areas. He is an internationally recognized authority in a wide variety of industries.

In 1979, Mr. Dow co-authored an internationally acclaimed book entitled “The Guide for the Evaluation and Implementation of CAD/CAM Systems”. He played a key role in bringing several successful European CAD/CAM software products to the U.S. marketplace.

From 1990-1995, Mr. Dow was employed by the Alabama Power Company Information Resources Department as
-Manager of Application Services - Staff of 57 (1992-1994) and
-Manager of Information Resources Plans & Projects – Staff of 30 (1990-1992).

From 1974-1990, Mr. Dow was employed by Southern Company Services, Information Resources Organization in the following capacities:
-Manager, Nuclear Plant Information Systems Staff of 35 (1987-1990),
-Manager, Information Resources Strategic Planning Staff of 4 (1983-1987) and
-Manager, Supervisor, Programmer Staff of 20 (1972-1983).

From 1972-1974, Mr. Dow was employed by Lockheed Georgia Company, Wing Design, as a Stress Engineer in the Structural Design Department. There he performed structural analysis, fatigue analysis and basic material research related to the engineering and design of aircraft structures to include the C-5, C-141, C130, JetStar, L1011, and Hummingbird (VTOL aircraft.)

During 1972, Mr. Dow worked as a Scientist/Instrumentation Engineer for the US Naval Weapons Laboratory in Dahlgren, Virginia. He conducted basic research in gas dynamics to simulate nuclear blast wave environments at the Conical Shock Tube Facility. The research was related to the survivability of anti-ballistic missile systems, primarily the SPRINT missile.

Mr. Dow’s military experience encompasses the following:
-Commissioned Officer (2nd Lieutenant), US Army/Armor, 1972; continuing through
-Georgia Army National Guard: Commander, Company B, 1-108 Armor, Cedartown, Georgia (9 years of service).

Mr. Dow’s educational background is as follows:
-BS, Aerospace Engineering, Mississippi State University (1965-1970)
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Engineering undergraduate research assistant; research publications include “Skin Friction Drag on Infinite Yawed Wings” (helicopter blade aerodynamics)
Cooperative education program (Lockheed Georgia Company)
-MS, Aerospace Engineering, Mississippi State University (1970-1972),
Graduate research assistant (NASA Redstone Arsenal/Huntsville, Alabama) for the MSU Mechanical Engineering Department
Master’s Thesis: “Mass, Energy and Vorticity Transport in Turbulent Boundary Layers”
-Virginia Polytechnical Institute (1972); Advanced Graduate Studies - Advanced Particle Dynamics

Mr. Dow is a U.S. Citizen.

Mr. Dow was inducted into the Mississippi State University’s Engineering Hall of Fame in 1998.

Mr. Dow was the primary inventor associated with the following patents:
• Method and System for Direct Classification from Three Dimensional Digital Imaging (LIDAR). US Patent No. US 7,046,841 B1, May 16, 2006.
• Method and Apparatus for Direct Detection, Location, Analysis, Identification, and Reporting of Vegetation Clearance Violations. US Patent Numbers:
US 8,374,431 B2, February 12, 2013
US 8,724,900 B2, May 13, 2014
US 9,536,313 B2, January 3, 2017
US 9,947,109 B2, April 17, 2018
• Method and System for Developing Non-traditional (non-linear and non-parallel) Gently Curving Camera Trajectories for Collecting Digital Aerial/Terrestrial Photography for Construction of 3D Topographic Models Using Structure-from-Motion (SfM) Techniques, Patent Pending March 2018.


Non-traditional Gently Curving Convergent Drone Flight Paths
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 13,410. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, & technology » Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - how to
A method and system is described for prescribing and constructing nontraditional camera placement trajectories (a series of specific waypoints) to more effectively capture digital image networks for the production of geometrically and geographically correct 3D point cloud models using Structure-from-Motion (SfM) techniques – the “work”. The constructed waypoints define gently curving flight paths
Assigning Risk Indicators to Hazard Trees
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 6,400. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2016. Categories: Essay » Technology, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Forestry
A Direct Method for Assigning Quantitative Relative Risk Values to Each Individually Identified/Located Vegetation Clearance Violation Point Associated with Hazard Trees Along/Within an Electric Power Transmission Corridor This eBook defines the risk associated with "found" hazard trees and presents a variety of ways to effectively use that information - in the office and in the field.
CartoMobile iPhone/iPad App: Optimize Ground Survey Data Collection for Airborne LIDAR Accuracy Assessment
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,850. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers & Internet » Hardware / handheld devices, Essay » Technology
This ebook describes an approach (using mobile GIS software) to maximize the effectiveness/efficiency of ground survey crews while collecting ground points (coordinate data) along a LIDAR-scanned corridor and/or area. For electric power transmission rights-of-way, most of the work is carried out in rural or remote territories – off the grid - with no access to the Internet.
Where's Jim & Ed? Drift Fishing the Clinch River, TN
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,460. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Fishing, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Water sports
This eBook is an actual account of Jim & Ed's (along with several friends and family members) guided drift fly fishing adventure on the Clinch River in northeastern Tennessee. The book features lots of nature photography. The book setting is the Clinch River in the vicinity of Clinton, TN. The fishermen find places to wade and drift fish on the river as the fun-filled adventure comes to life.
Where's Jim & Ed? Fishing the Wilson Dam Tailrace - Florence, Alabama
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,850. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Fishing, Essay » Technology
Jim and Ed are co-workers; and they enjoy a good adventure, especially an adventure into nature. They both know that adventures come with a certain amount of risk; so they try to plan for the contingencies (e.g., be prepared to deal with any issues that may arise). Also, they know that all plans are fiction until definite, determined actions are taken to turn plans into reality.
Where's Jim & Ed? Drift Fishing the Holston River, TN
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Outdoor activities, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Environment
This ebook is a non-fiction picture essay about the adventures of two friends (Jim & Ed) as they fly fish for trout from a drift boat in the Holston River, Tennessee. The two friends have always wanted to use a drift boad to fish the Coosa River in Alabama for bass and crappie. However, they discover that the only guided drift boat fishing guides in Alabama have retired- time to move on.
Where is Caden James? Camping on the Gulf
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,630. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Adventure & Adventurers, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Growing Up
"Where is Caden James? Camping on the Gulf" is a photographic essay about the author's experiences while RV-camping on the beach along the Gulf of Mexico (Camp Gulf campgrounds in Miramar Beach, Florida). This ebook is the third in the series "Where is Caden James?". This series highlights the everyday experiences of a 12 year old boy doing things he enjoys.
Where is Caden James? At the Bull Sale!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,220. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Animal Welfare, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Family activities
“Where is Caden James?” is a series of eBooks about me – Caden James Dow. I’m writing about my own experiences as I learn about new things by doing them everywhere I can. I’m writing about where I go and what I do so that I can share my experiences with you. Where do you think I am? In this ebook, the second of this series, I am at a bull sale; and I help my Dad buy a new bull for our farm.
TopGun Veg-Tool: User's Manual
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,780. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2013. Categories: Essay » Technology, Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, & technology » Measurement
This ebook is the second installment to the series "TopGun Veg-Tool". This ebook contains both the general description of the TopGun Veg-Tool and the technical specifications for its in-the-field operation. Vegetation management administrative personnel and foresters (in-the-field operators) will find valuable information in this ebook.
TopGun Veg-Tool: ROW Vegetation Management
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,760. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, & technology » Measurement, Essay » Technology
This ebook is the first installment in the series "TopGun Veg-Tool". This ebook provides the definition/description of the TopGun Veg-Tool instrument for the utility forester to implement his electric power transmission vegetation management program. Photographs of in-the-field use (actual inspections) of the TopGun are provided.
Where is Caden James? At Home on the Farm!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,170. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Farm Animals, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Pets
“Where is Caden James?” is a series of eBooks about me – Caden James Dow. I’m writing about my own experiences as I learn about new things by doing them everywhere I can. I’m writing about where I go and what I do so that I can share my experiences with you. Where do you think I am? In this ebook, I am at home on the farm, my family’s farm.

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