Audio Recording David C. Morrell interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, 2012-07-31. Photograph of David Morrell, programmer at the Houston Pilots, and creator of the Harborlights scheduling system, 2012-07-31

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Title
David C. Morrell interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, 2012-07-31.
Summary
David C. Morrell, born in 1957 in Humble, Texas, was educated in California, started his career at IBM, and returned to Houston in 1979. He has worked at the Houston Pilots at the Port of Houston since 1996. He describes the inspiration for the development of the pilot scheduling system for the Port of Houston called HarborLights, shares key moments from his career trajectory that would later be used in designing the system, and explains important details of day-to-day operations in the dispatch area.
Contributor Names
Morrell, David C., 1957- interviewee.
Potoczniak, Anthony, interviewer recordist.
Occupational Folklife Project, sponsor.
Created / Published
2012-07-31.
Subject Headings
-  Morrell, David C.,--1957---Interviews
-  Harbors--Traffic control
-  Marine terminals--Communication systems
-  Computer programmers--Texas--Houston Ship Channel--Interviews
-  Scheduling--Texas--Houston Ship Channel
-  Tracking (Engineering)--Texas--Houston Ship Channel
-  Ships--Automatic identification systems
-  Ships--Electronic equipment
-  Marine terminals--Security measures
-  Pilots and pilotage--Texas--Houston Ship Channel
-  Denial of service attacks--Texas--Houston Ship Channel
-  Occupations--Texas
-  Houston Ship Channel (Tex.)
-  Deer Park (Tex.)--event place
Genre
Digital photographs--Color--2010-2020
Interviews (Sound recordings)
Interviews
Oral histories
Notes
-  Recorded at the Offices of the Houston Pilots Association, Deer Park, Texas, July 31, 2012.
-  Interviewer's note: The interviewer met with David Morrell several times to understand the HarborLights scheduling system. One particular characteristic of the interviewee that came across strongly throughout the interview was his insatiable curiosity about how processes worked. The underlying themes of his stories is a desire to improve or optimize systems. This is apparent especially in his involvement and development of HarborLights for the Houston Pilots. In his description of the revamped scheduling system, he incorporates several improvements into the system to improve a dispatcher's ability to interpret data. For example, in his attempts to improve data representation he tries to make logic of the colors. He made the tankers green, because they represented money; red represents emergency or hazardous materials, so when you take red and green and combine them, that makes a chemical tanker. In David Morrell's view, these schemes were designed within the commercial environment to be able to assess quickly the status of a ship.
-  Working the port of Houston: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/006: 00335) Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
-  To honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), a fellowship program was established at the American Folklife Center in 2010. Archie Green Fellowships support new research in the contemporary culture and traditions of American workers.
-  In English.
Medium
1 sound file (WAV) (01:30) : digital, sound.
1 photograph : digital, JPEG file, color .
recording log 1 item (.pdf) : text files.
Source Collection
Working the port of Houston: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 AFC 2012/006: 00335
Repository
Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC USA 20540-4610 http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/folklife.home
Digital Id
http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/afc2012006.afc2012006_00335
afc2012006.afc2012006_00335_ms01
afc2012006.afc2012006_00335_ph01
Library of Congress Control Number
2016655462
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Access Advisory
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Language
English
Online Format
image
audio
pdf
Description
David C. Morrell, born in 1957 in Humble, Texas, was educated in California, started his career at IBM, and returned to Houston in 1979. He has worked at the Houston Pilots at the Port of Houston since 1996. He describes the inspiration for the development of the pilot scheduling system for the Port of Houston called HarborLights, shares key moments from his career trajectory that would later be used in designing the system, and explains important details of day-to-day operations in the dispatch area.
LCCN Permalink
https://0-lccn.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/2016655462
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Credit line

Cultural Traditions of Ironworkers in America's Upper Midwest: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2011/062), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Western Folklife Center Occupational Folklore Project: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2011/064), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

The "Big Top" Show Goes On: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/003), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Working the Port of Houston: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/006), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Stable Views: Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/034), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Hairdresser and Beauty Shop Culture in America: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/035), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

 

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Morrell, David C., Interviewee, Anthony Potoczniak, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. David C. Morrell interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, -07-31. -07-31, 2012. Pdf. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/2016655462/.

APA citation style:

Morrell, D. C., Potoczniak, A. & Occupational Folklife Project, S. (2012) David C. Morrell interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, -07-31. -07-31. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/2016655462/.

MLA citation style:

Morrell, David C., Interviewee, Anthony Potoczniak, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. David C. Morrell interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, -07-31. -07-31, 2012. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2016655462/>.