Benjamin Close’s CV

Personal Information

Below is the full contact information for Benjamin Simon Close:

Name Benjamin Simon Close
Email Benjamin.Close [at]
Home Page
Address 677A One Tree Hill Road, Gould Creek, South Australia 5114
Mobile 0417 525 843 (any time)

Work Experience & Principal Responsibilities

Since 8/2011

Senior Software Engineer/Infrastructure Engineer

at Synrgic Research PTE Ltd.

My role at Synrgic Research is to see the inception of a new product reach maturity. This involves work related to both the hardware and software of the new product.  I’ve also been involved in setting up the company’s infrastructure, including servers, network and shifting hosting providers. Working under Linux, the job provided the ability to increase my management skills of other staff, specifically in an agile programming environment. All this from my desk at home as I work remotely for the Singapore based company.

Synrgic Research, is a newly established sub company of parent company Synrgic

Since 8/2011

Visitor at Wearable Computer Lab, School of Computer and Information Science, University of South Australia

My role in this position is to aid in the continued transition of the lab infrastructure both computing wise and software wise to other members of the Wearable Computer Lab. Having been with the lab for 10 years, vast amounts of knowledge were gained, this knowledge needs to be passed on, sadly there wasn’t always the required documentation. Hence I’m helping other members of the lab during this transition period via remote means.

Since 30/01/2007

System Administrator/Programmer at Secure Ehost Pty. Ltd.

Currently working on the migration of live e-commerce shops between servers, my primary responsibilities are to aid in any programming required using php, java and perl, and aid in maintaining both the Linux Server and CPanel hosting server that the company runs. My other duties include supporting the other Secure Ehost staff in there day to day duties.

Working in my spare time from home, my current achievements so far include:

  • Updating of the companies online commercial store offering to support multiple currency
  • Migration of companies clients between adhoc setup to cpanel offering
  • Transparently shifting servers between data centres
  • Setting up backup contingencies & Remote backups
  • Reducing the overhead staff require to do their daily job
7/2004 – 7/2011

Research Associate / System Administrator at School of Computer and Information Science, University of South Australia my primary responsibility was to maintain the computing infrastructure for the Wearable Computer Lab as well as perform research in various fields. This included:

  • Investigating collaboration techniques for horizontal displays. 
  • Development of a Java Toolkit (TIDL) and application that allows any Swing based Java application to support multiple inputs
  • Development of a multicursor aware application that utilities the above toolkit to handle the separate inputs
  • Construction of a development server maintaining CVS, Mail, and multiple website for group development on the Vicat Project
  • Design and construction of high performance computing cluster for Spatial Augmented Reality
    (Details here:

I also liaise with the School’s system administrators providing:

  • Regular software maintenance of the Unix Machines
  • Setting up of new Unix Machines
  • Backup quality checks
  • Advice on hardware and procedures
  • VMWare infrastructure setup support
  • Diagnostics of networking issues

I am also System Administrator and the ‘Goto’ person for the Wearable Computer Lab ([ Hence I’ve gained experience in:

  • Circuit Design / Etching
  • Microprocessor programming
  • Hardware building (via CNC mills)
  • X Windows Debugging
  • Student Project Supervising
9/2001 – 8/2005 Chief Technical Officer of ClearChainAs CTO and Director of my own business ClearChain, my responsibilities were very varied but included:

  • Setup and maintainence of the ClearChain servers (DNS,Web,Mail,SSL)
  • Financial Record keeping
  • Customer support
  • General Computing including
    • Win32 / .Net application creation supporting low level ISDN communication handling
    • Win32 Performance Counter / Com application creation
    • Record management system for inventory application creation
    • Various Website construction
    • Hardware computer upgrades
    • Virus / Spyware removal off infected machines
7/2001 – 7/2004 Research Associate / System Administrator at School of Computer and Information Science, University of South AustraliaDuring this period my primary responsibility was programming an Orthodontic related application, based on varying requirements from an industry partner. The application provides the user with a visual representation of predicted orthodontic surgical changes. The application reached its initial prototype goal.

At the same time I worked one day a week as a System Administrator for the School of Computer and information science. My achievements as system administrator include:

  • Construction of a Unix print server supporting Unix and Windows clients
  • Migration of multiple aging webservers to a new amalgimated webserver with zero noticable impact to the users
  • Upgrade of the School’s website from adhoc html to CSS, Templates
  • Setup of a CVS server for students, with NIS authentication
  • Assisted in setup of a Campus wide Wireless Network
  • Construction of secondary MX server, and primary DNS for a numerous domains
  • SMS based alert monitoring system to keep track of the state of the Schools servers
7/2001 – 2/2003 Home Shopping Distributor for HomeCare, Adelaide, AustraliaIn aid of raising money for charity and maintaining fitness, I delivered home shopping catalogues and filled orders placed by customers. My area contained ~1600 houses.
11/2000 – 6/2001 Java Programmer / System Administrator at LISASoft, Adelaide, AustraliaInitially hired as a Java Programmer, within months I was promoted to Senior Project manager on one project looking after 3 staff members. At the same time I was given the reponsibility of System Administrator to maintain the numerous Unix machines running the GIS data used by the company.
3/2000 – 2/2001 Leaflet Distibutor for SALMATStarting as a holiday job I maintained the leaflet delivery job as a means of remaining fit. Delivering multiple leaflets to an area of 400+ houses on a biweekly basis.
2/2000 – 11/2000 Practical Supervisor for the GUI, UI & CIT courses at The University of South AustraliaI was responsible for:

  • Educating students in the User Interface, Graphical User Interface and Computer & Internet Technology courses
  • Setting assignments for the Graphical User Interface Course
  • Setting up and maintaining a submissions system for the UI & GUI courses
11/1997 – 1/1998 Programmer at The Australian Superannunation Group, South Australian BranchMy primary job was to write numerous conversion applications aiding migration of the companies existing data records to the format required by the Australian Taxation Office. During this period, I also performed lots of data entry


Please see my complete list of publications here


Nov 2000 Bachelor Information Technology (Software Engineering) With HonoursUniversity of South Australia

  • Lead developer on the Augmented Reality game ARQuake
Dec 1996 High School Graduation Majoring in Mathematics, Chemistry & Physics


  • Softball
  • FreeBSD (Kernel Hacker – wpi/iwn driver, base system coder)
  • (System Administrator)
  • Gardening (With a huge Vegatable patch)
  • Electronics (MSP430 programming)


My aim with any job is to get the work done, quickly, with a fun attitude and do well. The old quote work smarter not harder is a firm motto I like to adopt.



Ben Nicholas (Ex UniSA)- 0409 678 560

Abigail Davis  (Secure Ehost) – 0409 830 927  



Senior Software Engineer/Infrastructure Engineer

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