I am a writer with 45 years of experience in journalism, marketing communications, and technical writing.
I have worked as a consultant or contractor in the tech sector with KPMG, Cisco Systems, NTT Data/Dell IT Services, TerraData (ThinkBig Analytics), OSIsoft (AVEVA), Meta, and others.
I have extensive experience in the architecture and engineering sector, having developed large contract RFP responses for Bechtel Corporation, Granite Construction, and other engineering and architecture groups.
I have served as editor for numerous academic studies and submittals to such as the Journal of the American Society of Civil Engineers. I have been the editor of commercial news and feature publications.
As a content producer, I publish and manage several websites. I am the author of numerous novels, screenplays, and musical compositions. See RARWRITER.com.
Webster Institute of Technology - Certificate in Technical Writing - Fall 1998
M.A., Magazine Journalism, Ball State University - Courses completed, no degree - 1976
B.A., English-Journalism, Fort Hays State University - 1975
Under contract with the consulting firm Orange People, worked within the Meta Connectivity Knowledge Management and Network Information Services groups. The focus ranged from documentation of developing technologies for broader hi-speed wifi connectivty, to supporting the establishment of lab facilities for Metaverse developments. My work involved project management and internal customer communications, development of open-source sites for OEM developers and wiki sites for various operations groups, and the development of white papers proposing technological initiatives. Engagements involved software and hardware developers, as well as higher-level program managers.
Developed user guides for a range of data collection software products, including OSIsoft’s PI connector and interfaces. Worked within an agile environment, participating in daily standups with three of OSIsoft's development teams. Developed DITA-based documentation, as well as documentation developed in markdown format for GitHub delivery (DocFX).
Provided technical writing and project management services to NTT DATA in their absorption of Dell IT Services. Developed software developer guides for their straight-through-processing (STP) services and the modernization of their LifeSys application, as it was migrated from a mainframe to an open systems (Linux) environment.
Provided here are brief summaries and examples of but a few of the projects for which I have played a role. I have a huge library of completed works, many for projects that are proprietary in nature. Special arrangements would be required to view these documents, which are not shareable. There is a "portfolio" PDF available for download that provides an overview of technical writing and proposal project experience.
See How to Develop a Novel. This site is hosted in Github using Github Pages. Visual Studio-code was used as the text editor. Markdown was used to indicate formatting within a template developed for the Jekkyll static site generator. ChatGPT was used to research topics and, in instances noted in site, to generate content directly.
This page provides a wide-variety of examples of the proposals I have developed in the Architecture-Engineering-Construction (AEC) and Information Technology (IT) sectors. Sample proposals are available, with caveats. See the Proposals page.
This page provides detail on a few of the "special" technical writing projects completed by Rick A Rice Consulting. See Special Projects.
Meta had completed its development of the Terragraph system - a network of MmWave Radio-based wireless transmisters that provide high-speed internet to the urban areas in which it is typically deployed - and they were presenting the system for further development by the open source community. I assisted with the development of several developer docs, as well as the establishment of the Terragraph site hosted on GitHub. See the Terragraph website.
I assisted developers with the creation of an open source, GitHub-hosted website for the Kylo product, an open source enterprise-ready data lake management software platform for self-service data ingest and data preparation with integrated metadata management, governance, and security. See the Kylo website.
Working as a member of a KPMG team, and with subject matter experts of the California Air Resources Board, I was the initial author of the feasibility study exploring the options for of implementing a legislatively-mandated trading system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state of California. That historic system has now been in place since 2013, and it is the fourth largest such trading platform in the world.
Working with Granite Construction, developed a proposal, program management, and safety plan for ConocoPhillip's bridge project on the North Slope of Alaska. I completed numerous proposal projects for Granite over a five year period, including a detailed report on how to manage complex Construction Manager-at-Risk, Construction Manager/General Contractor, Design-Build-Operate-Maintain, and P3 contracting opportunities
Working with PG&E's manager of data center facilities, developed extensive design guidelines for a secure critical infrastructure facility. The work was based on training in tier-3 data center design, provided by the International Center for Organizational Resilience (ICOR). The design document included development of runbooks and other tools for facility operation.
Working with Cisco Intercloud Services, developed OpenStack API documentation (user guides, reference guides, quick start) for Cisco’s Telstra account. Tasks included testing API against Telstra test projects.