RDM Task Group
Contrary to popular belief, technical standards don’t just write themselves. It takes a group of dedicated individuals countless hours, often of their own personal time, to develop and write these standards. It’s a generally thankless job, but the rewards are in creating new technologies that enable countless new products to be created.
The RDM Task Group is comprised of a group of about 15 industry professionals from the Control Protocols Working Group that meet face-face 4 times a year and sit in mostly windowless hotel conference rooms banging out the nitty gritty details in the Standard and discussing the numerous ways a paragraph can be phrased and different ways it can be interpreted. The goal is to clearly describe each and every detail in a very non-ambiguous way. Anytime there can be more than one interpretation of how a detail is to be implemented then it can make the difference between two products being able to communicate together, or frustration for the end-user trying to figure out why they don’t.
Many of the members of the Task Group work for various leading manufacturers in our industry, but membership is open to anyone with an interest in participating.
An application for joining the CPWG can be found here.
The following are the core members of the RDM Task Group responsible for the 2006 and 2010 editions of the standard. Most of them also participate in other Task Groups within the Control Protocol Working Group working on other standards as well.
Task Group Chair/Editor: Scott M. Blair, Full Throttle Films/VER (USA) 2006/2010
Javid Butler, Integrated Theatre (USA) 2006
Ben Darrington, Wireless Solutions (Sweden) 2010
Milton Davis, Doug Fleenor Design (USA) 2006/2010
Gary Douglas, Pathway Connectivity (Canada) 2006
Hamish Dumbreck, JESE (UK) 2010
Doug Fleenor, Doug Fleenor Design (USA) 2006/2010
Bob Goddard, Goddard Design (USA) 2006/2010
Tom Grimes, High End Systems (USA) 2006
Wayne Howell, Artistic Licence (UK) 2006
Eric Johnson, Barco (USA) 2010
Michael Karlsson, LumenRadio (Sweden) 2010
Paul Kleissler, City Theatrical (USA) 2010
Kevin Loewen, Pathway Connectivity (Canada) 2006/2010
Paul McMaster, Cooper Controls/Zero88 (UK) 2010
Simon Newton (USA) 2010
Jason Potterf, High End Systems (USA) 2006
Charles Reese, Production Resource Group (USA) 2006/2010
Michael A. (Sandy) Twose, Sand Network Systems (Canada) 2006
Tracy Underhill, Electronics Diversified Inc. (USA) 2006/2010
Peter Willis, Howard Eaton Lighting Ltd. (UK) 2006/2010