Riaan started his career as a mechanical engineer at Rotek Engineering, with a strong aptitude for software. He moved more fully into the information technology field when he joined IBM as part of their engineering technologies division. There he has been closely involved with Denel Aviation during the Rooivalk design process. He continued working as a consultant in the IT field for 13 years, where after he joined Aerosud Aviation. At Aerosud he has been responsible for the last 12 years setting up and maintaining their engineering data management systems. This included CAD management, configuration management and interfacing with Airbus’s information systems. He is currently part of a team at Aerosud, called OCTi, which has been setup to assist the industry in their quest for digital transformation.