Nikola Motor Company

September 2018 – Present

Installed 55 48 port POE switches to provide network to over 2000 data ports. Installed 35 Access Points and designed the wireless network.

Connected HVAC, Building Automation, Lighting, Security Cameras, and Building Access to the local network. This network was segregated by VLAN networks for security and accessibility.

HVAC – Connected HVAC system via mycomfy bacnet to allow mycomfy app access to the HVAC systems and allow end users to control via mobile applications

Lighting – Connected Lighting system via Siemens banet to allow lighting control in mycomfy application

HID Building Access – Worked directly with Siemens to build, design and install Siemens HID system and built out all security aspects of ID Card access

Wireless – Installed UNIFI wireless network with Radius access. Radius access gave access to specific VLAN networks and provided scripting for network access while onsite.

PLM | MES | 3DExperience – From Solidworks and moving into the 3DExperience we worked hard to build the environment through Phase I. This phase setup and installed 13 Production Windows Server 2016 servers with SQL databases, Website access along with server monitoring and security measures implemented to protect intellectual property. To date over 100 users use this system to build out the vehicles, design the manufacturing facility and build and create the BOM for Dynamics 365.

Work from Home – During the height of the Covid Pandemic I worked tirelessly to built a robust security OpenVPN network with failover clustering to provide direct connect while end users were working from home. Implemented scripting designs to give access to local resources will not at the office. Created VPN network that would also protect the home network when connected. One of those designs was implementing DarkTrace as our Cyber Security SIEM. This provided SAAS security, GEO location Security and gave the IT team a larger over view of what was happening daily on our network.

Network Monitoring – Implemented Zabbix network monitoring. This was designed to monitor CPU and Memory usage of our PLM/MES environment. Adding in auto recovery to the system allowed our server environment to self heal in the event of an incident. Also adding in a secure level 3 SNMP monitoring into Zabbix to monitor UNIFI system to setup alerts of over utilized networks, disconnected Access Points, and heart beat misses from network switches.

Showroom Displays – To provide information to employees and visitors I installed 4 televisions in the main show room. This provided daily information, social media, stock, new employee, and office layout information. We also displayed Executive information the showed off our products to incoming visitors. We used a cloud program called digital cloud.

Touch Screens – In the height of the move into the new facility our engineers were in need of large screens to show 3D CAD to teams. The struggle was moving these models easily without the need of a mouse or being tied to the end users computer. After contacting our procurement partner and working with View Sonic we found a solution that would allow our engineers to spin full size CAD with the touch of their finger and give Engineers the ability to display vehicles easily at a low cost.

Collaboration Spaces – Setup Google Meet Hardware in 30 meeting locations. This allowed for easy collaboration using the same tools that we use everyday. Also adding in smart TV’s into these areas end users could project directly to the TV’s using Google Chrome Cast

Manufacturing Design – Working with the Manufacturing Team we built a segregated network that was only accessible by the Manufacturing Team which provided network security to all CNC and 3D Printers.

Fleet Manager – As the Vehicles were being built and designed we need to come up a with a way to track the Vehicle as they moved from port to port. We also needed a way to track the vehicles during testing phases. Using Snipe-IT we were able to design a system would track the deployment and check out of each vehicle. Along with adding on assets, accessories and configurations of each vehicle. This helped with tracking all movement of new vehicles.

Asset Manager – With over 550 employees and thousands of assets we needed to be able to track all incoming and out going equipment. Using Snipe-IT we were able to setup tracking of all assets, whether in signing out assets or putting assets in maintenance mode, we could track all aspects of the assets. We were also able to integrate Snipe-IT without our Jira Platform that helped with asset tickets.

Virtual Reality – During the early days of design there was a need to visually see the vehicle in a way that could reduce time and money. Adding on HTC virtual reality and working with the design team, we were able to design and implement VR into the build of our vehicles. This helped with timing and budget and has increased our ability to add new features or functions to the vehicles from a 2D design to a full 3D design that you can walk around and visually see the changes.

Published by Brian J. Gibbs

I am a 9 year US ARMY Combat Disabled Veteran who loves this country and works hard to keep this country as great as I have seen it. I served this country to better myself and be apart of something greater than me. I have a greater purpose and it is to serve others and help those that other wise can't.

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