TECHNICUS CONSULTING NEWS
31st August 2021 - What Doesn't Beat Us Makes Us Stronger
It is fair to say that following UK Government announcing the first COVID-19 lockdown back in March 2020 none of us could have predicted how significant the effects of COVID-19 would be on businesses, the economy, peoples welfare, or the timescales over which it would continue to disrupt our lives. Whilst in August 2021 we are pleased to find ourselves now returning to a more normal way of life once again, clearly COVID-19 is a disease that we are going to have to learn to manage, live and work with.
Like many businesses, back in March 2020 our core management team at Technicus Consulting were staring down the barrel of a completely unknown, world changing, situation, with a potentially ruinous outcome. We didn't know if we would be able to continue working, whether working from home would be successful, or whether new appointments would continue coming through to us to keep our staff busy and working.
We are pleased to report that due to the strength of our long-standing client relationships, and the commitment and versatility of our professionally qualified engineers, Technicus Consulting's core team worked tirelessly and safely delivering civil and structural engineering design and consultancy throughout the pandemic. Not a single member of our core team was furloughed, and every one of them was kept busy delivering projects and working a 5-day week throughout this challenging time.
The diversity of our engineers skills and experience to deliver engineering consultancy services for both onshore and offshore projects meant that when the onshore projects slowed down (due to the COVID lock-downs) we were kept busy with new and ongoing offshore projects with our valued long-term clients. For this we are very grateful.
It is a testament to the commitment and quality of the engineering services delivered by our staff that out financial turnover per capita for the period 2020-2021 was up 29% on the previous year. An incredible achievement, and one we are extremely proud of in the face of adversity.
The Directors and staff at Technicus Consulting would like to take this opportunity to thank all our clients for their continued support during the last 12 months. It is very much appreciated, and it has been a pleasure working with you on your projects, both big and small. Our team are now looking forward to supporting our clients during the next fiscal year through the continued provision of first class civil and structural engineering design, consultancy, and surveying services.
17th April 2020 - "Business Nearly as Usual" During UK Coronavirus Lockdown for Technicus Consulting
Following the Government advising on the 16th April 2020 that the UK Coronavirus Lockdown will continue for at least another 3 weeks the Directors and staff at Technicus Consulting are keen to advise our existing and new clients that we are still open for business. In accordance with the Governments guidance on social distancing, and only travelling for essential reasons, we have been working from home since 23rd March 2020. Our IT infrastructure is set-up to allow our staff to work remotely from the offices whilst still having access to the office Server, emails and the specialist design software we use to deliver top-class civil and structural engineering design, consultancy and due diligence services to our clients. We are regularly using video conferencing software and Facetime to allow us to keep in touch with each other and our clients whilst ensuring social distancing restrictions are not breached. This allows us carry on with essential business management meetings, keep in touch with our staff, and efficiently manage our workload to ensure we can continue to deliver our clients projects as efficiently and smoothly as possible during these unprecedented times.
Social distancing restrictions make face-to-face meetings with clients and visits to occupied properties or buildings challenging and risky at this time. However, under exceptional circumstances, such as a health and safety emergency projects (i.e. vehicle impact damaged structures), visits can be carried out providing the health and safety risks to our staff, clients and other project stakeholders can be mitigated, or minimised to an acceptable level. Any such visits or meetings will not be carried out unless the health and safety risks are effectively managed and deemed acceptable by the company Directors and staff involved.
Structural surveys of unoccupied properties or buildings continue to be risk assessed and carried out, and we have successfully completed several of these projects over the last couple of weeks.
The vast majority of the design and consultancy services we provide are normally office based tasks. Therefore, we are still able to deliver design calculations, drawings and reports in the same efficient manner as we would do working from the offices.
If you have a new project enquiry and you are not currently in contact with one of our staff, please call either of our office phone numbers, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your enquiry. We would be pleased to discuss your project with you and provide a fee proposal for the services you require.
The Directors and staff at Technicus Consulting would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients for their continued support, and hope you stay safe and well during these difficult and challenging times.
20th March 2020 - COVID-19 Pandemic Update
22nd July 2019 - Technicus Consulting Helps Raise Money for Local Charities
We are delighted to have helped raise money for well deserving local charities by supporting the Beccles Duck Race which took place at Beccles Quay over the weekend of 20th & 21st July 2019.
Kevin Dunnett (Technicus Consulting Principal Engineer) made a superb job of the artwork on our corporate duck for entry into the Duck Race.
All 85 corporate ducks entered the water at 12:30pm on Sunday for their race along the River Waveney. Our vast offshore structural design experience, and knowledge gained from Fluid Mechanics lectures at university paid dividends as our duck remained stable and dry side up all the way to the finish line.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Steve Elphick and his team at Elphick Buildings Ltd for all their hard work with assisting organising and running the event. A great time was had by all that attended which was fortunately blessed with superb sunny weather.
We look forward to supporting the 2020 Beccles Duck Race. Now to start thinking about our duck livery for next year’s event!!!
15th July 2019 - Technicus Consulting Congratulate Elphick Buildings Ltd on Winning LABC Best Local Builder Award
The Directors and staff at Technicus Consulting are pleased to congratulate Steve Elphick and his team at Elphick Buildings Ltd on the recent award of Best Local Builder presented by Local Authority Building Control (LABC).
Kevin Buttle (Associate) said “Steve and his team are a breath of fresh air to work with, providing the highest quality building work on all the projects we have completed together. Rather than cutting corners to increase their profit margins Steve prides himself on providing high quality building work to his clients at competitive rates. It is great to see all his hard work recognised by the LABC - He's a well deserving winner of the award.”
We have established a great working relationship with Steve and his team having successfully completed a range of interesting projects together. We wish Elphick Buildings Ltd all the best for the future.
Steve can be contacted on 01502 575211 / 07889 975424, and by email at: email@example.com
Further information regarding the LABC East Anglia Awards Winners click HERE
29th March 2019 - Technicus Consulting invest in SCIA Engineer Finite Element Structural Analysis & Design Software
On the back of another successful year of business in 2018 Technicus Consulting have invested in new software to help expand the capabilities and services we are are able to offer our clients.
ADVANCED MODELING, ANALYSIS, DESIGN AND REPORTING IN ONE FLEXIBLE PROGRAM
SCIA Engineer is an integrated, multi-material structural analysis and design software for all kinds of structures. Its wide range of functionality makes it the ideal partner for the design of office buildings, industrial plants, bridges or any other project, all within an easy-to-use environment.
Investment in SCIA Engineer provides Technicus Consulting with the ability to carryout detailed Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of onshore and offshore structures. This includes analysis of reinforced concrete flat slabs, shear walls, plated steel and similar structures, and allows us to offer clients greater efficiencies in structural analysis and design for all types of structures.
SCIA Engineer moves structural analysis and design software to the next level in terms of usability, material design and interoperability. The software also provides improved integration into BIM workflows with upgraded Revit and Tekla links and new design capabilities for advanced materials and construction systems.
15th December 2018 - Congratulations to Nathan Blowers on becoming a Chartered Civil Engineer
It is with great pleasure that Technicus Consulting congratulate Nathan Blowers, our Principal Civil and Structural Engineer, on passing his Chartered examination with the Institution of Civil Engineers. For a long time Nathan has aspired to be a Chartered Engineer, and completeda part-time MSc in Offshore Engineering in 2016 in order to achieve the academic background entry requirements of the Institution.
Nathan has become a very important and valuable member of our team at Technicus, and has managed some very complex and challenging civil and structural engineering projects since he joined the practice in 2016. Whilst Nathan has been fullfilling his job role with the skills, knowledge and experience of a Chartered Engineer for a long time, he now has the piece of paper to prove it.
Well done Nathan - You deserve it after all the hard work you have put in to your training, development and Chartership assessment preparation over the last 13 years. Finally it has all paid off for you.
29th October 2018 - Guilherme Dos Santos joins Technicus Consulting as a Graduate Engineer
It is with great pleasure that Technicus Consulting welcome Guilherme Dos Santos to our expanding team as a Graduate Engineer. Guilherme graduated from the University of Hull in 2018 with a BSc in Physics with aspirations to one day become a Chartered Structural Engineer. He is very keen to learn, and has already considerably expanded his previously limited knowledge of construction and structural engineer design in a very short timescale.
Guilherme has learned to use Autodesk AutoCAD software to produce general arrangements, sections and detail drawings for both onshore and offshore projects he has been involved with. His degree-fresh physics and mathematics skills and knowledge have also allowed him to assist our engineers in the preparation simple structural design calculations using Tekla Tedds software for domestic alterations projects.
In Q3 2019 he will enrol at City College Norwich on a Level 3 Civil Engineering Technician Apprenticeship as his first academic step towards becoming a Chartered Engineer.
27th February 2018 - Technicus Consulting & Nautilus Associates Join Forces in Joint Venture
Together the partnership offers a diverse range of services from business strategy, market intelligence, and technology innovation services through to the design and delivery of property, infrastructure, and offshore engineering projects.
Johnathan Reynolds, Director at Nautilus Associates said “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Technicus. Together we offer an even stronger service to our new and existing clients.
“Whilst Nautilus are well known for our strategy and consulting services to the energy supply chain, we are also innovators in designing new performance dashboards for major offshore operators, supporting market entry strategies for innovative and high-growth companies. We develop new concepts to deliver innovative workspace and infrastructure projects as evidenced on recent successes with the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre, OrbisEnergy, Haverhill Research Park and a range of feasibility work for construction, education, and port infrastructure projects.”
“Working with the highly skilled team at Technicus will allow us to grow our property, infrastructure and engineering client offer by combining our expertise and knowledge from pre-feasibility stage to full execution, construction and operation.”
Barrie Burgess, Director at Technicus Consulting said “We are delighted to be working more closely with Nautilus. The energy and infrastructure opportunities across our region are enormous, from offshore wind and decommissioning, to new innovation parks, commercial property development and major transport systems.”
“Our newly combined service offers a real advantage to our growing client base with access to experts and the latest insights across these high-growth sectors. From our work in championing tidal defences to structural design services for vessel sea-fastenings and detailed design of offshore safety training systems, Technicus and Nautilus share common values in innovation, integrity, and delivering a first-class service.”
The partnership is kicking off with more than £100k of newly awarded contracts, including scoping feasibility and options for a new innovative workspace in Essex, and exploring pioneering concepts for port infrastructure on the East coast.
22nd November 2017 - John Clare Speaks about the Importance of our Tidal Defences in Great Yarmouth Business News publication
In the Autumn 2017 edition of the Great Yarmouth Business News (Economic Development Newsletter) Technicus Consulting Director John Clare speaks about the importance that the River Yare tidal defences play in protecting thousands of local homes and businesses from tidal flooding. As Chairman of the Tidal Defences Business Partnership, John is passionate about making local people and businesses aware of the how vital our tidal defences are in reducing flood risk to valuable business premises, stock, equipment and homes. Furthermore, our highways and transport infrastructure which links us with the rest of the country, and further afield.
The Tidal Defences Business Partnership is an independent group, formed to represent local businesses, and driven to ensure the best possible outcomes for our organsations, residents and the wider town. To find out more about the Tidal Defences Business Partnership, and how to get involved, click HERE
Great Yarmouth Business News Autumn 2017 - Tidal Defences Business Partnership News Article (1.1 MB)
3rd October 2017 - Technicus Consulting's Structural Design & Consultancy Input Praised by CEO of Neptune
For the last 3 years Technicus Consulting has been providing structural design and consultancy services to Neptune Subsea Stabilisation Services based on Singapore. This has involved advising on structural design development of various structural components, preparation of preliminary and detailed design calculations and drawings, and provision of general engineering support. Projects have varied from the design of complex offshore lifting and handling frames for large reinforced concrete subsea structures, through to design of subsea reinforced concrete protection structures and services crossing supports.
Neptune is a leading provider of integrated inspection, repair and maintenance solutions to the oil and gas, marine and renewable energy industries. Headquartered in Perth, Western Australia, Neptune’s presence spans operational centres located throughout Australia in Perth, Darwin, Melbourne and the UK and Asia.
Technicus Consulting's engineering input has been recognised by Neptune CEO Robin King, based in Perth, Western Australia. Robin said:
"I have been aware of your engineering support to our stabilisation service line on various projects.
"In particular I’d like to thank you all for the recent works on the Hasbah Redevelopment Phase II Project, whereby I understand you have worked with our team to re-engineer the lifting arrangements on a number of pre-cast concrete crossing supports. This was critical from an operational and commercial perspective as the proprietary devices originally detailed were not usable so far as I am aware, and your engineering efficiency, turn-around and responsiveness is recognised. Despite a few construction challenges, we have almost completed the first phase of works.
"Additionally, I am aware you have also undertaken the design of pre-cast crossing bridge structures and the installation frame, both of which were variations to Neptune, and probably as a result of the success of the initial engineering.
"I hope we can continue to work together on similar projects, and thank you again for your support."
Technicus Consulting look forward to a continued and prosperous working relationship with Neptune going forward.
21st August 2017 - Technicus Consulting Support East Coast Energy Internship Interns
Technicus Consulting are pleased to support two local college students as they undertake a 20 day internship project in conjunction wih UK Power Networks. Interns, Joe Darling and Robert Williams, both 18, are part of the East Coast Energy Internship programme which is fully funded by the Ogden Trust, and supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
The internship programme is aimed at developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills in a real workplace environment by working on a real-life project. Joe & Robert have been tasked with researching and reporting on the real-life challenge of how best to safely rescue electricity workers when working at height using mobile elevating working platforms (MEWP's). The reason for rescue may be due to the worker(s) having suffered a personal injury, become unwell, or due to an operational failure having developed with the MEWP.
Robert will gain on-the-job experience with UK Power Networks, while Joe will be working with Technicus Consulting based in our Gorleston office. The deliverable at the end of the project will be a jointly prepared final report, and a presentation to both Technicus Consulting & UK Power Networks detailing their findings and proposed solutions.
Technicus Consulting look forward to working with both Joe & Robert on this interesting project. The project will provide them with invaluable workplace experience, and assist with development and application of their STEM skills on a real-world project. It will also provide a fantastic platform from which they can progress with and succeed in their respective careers.
Further information regarding the Ogden Trust and the East Coast Energy Internship programme can be found HERE
25th July 2017 - No Job Too Big or Small
Our Engineers at Technicus Consulting take great pride and care in the services we offer our clients, regardless of the size of the project. Whilst we are pleased to provide design and consultancy services to clients for large onshore and offshore engineering projects, we also enjoy providing the same services to domestic clients for much smaller projects. Importantly, we provide a commercially competitive and high quality service regardless of the size of the project, evident from the fact that the majority of our work comes in the form of repeat business with existing client, and word of mouth recommendations.
At the smaller end of our work stream we provide structural surveys to clients looking to buy or sell domestic or commercial properties, structural defect remedial works advice and design services, and consultancy advice. We also offer structural design and consultancy services to clients looking to make minor structural alterations to their homes or business premises, including advice on the Building Regulations application process.
An example of a small project that we have recently undertaken involved structural design of a simple steel beam section to allow formation of a 3.0m wide bi-folding door opening. The beam was designed to support an existing traditional timber pitched and tiled roof structure, plus loads generated by a future loft conversion floor structure. Our client is in the process of renovating the property, and plans to convert the attic space in due course to form an additional bedroom. Whilst ensuring the steel beam has sufficient load capacity, limiting deflection of the new beam under the full design load was a critical part of the design bearing in mind the sensitivity of the sliding glass doors installed in the opening below.
The photos above show the new steel beam installed, and the external appearance once the bi-folding doors were installed and new render finishes applied. Our client is very pleased with the end result as the new opening has created a beautiful indoor - outdoor space that his family can make use of all year round. Previous to this alteration there was small high level window opening in the wall panel which now incorporates the bi-folding doors set, with a single leaf solid timber door providing access to the roof terrace.
This small structural alteration has transformed the property, bringing masses of daylight into the living space all year round much to our clients delight. Another small but satisfying project completed by Technicus Consulting's Engineers.
13th July 2017 - The Edge Receives Planning Permission Following Technicus Consulting’s Civil Engineering Input
On the 12th July 2017 Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s Development Control Committee Councils unanimously voted in favour of the construction of Phase 1 of The Edge project. This will see construction of an 81 bedroom Premier Inn and Beefeater restaurant, together with associated parking area. This is a huge step forward for the project, which previously received planning permissions in 2006 and 2011 for slightly different schemes, both of which had lapsed.
Importantly, the Councillors also unanimously voted in favour of granting outline planning permission for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of The Edge project. This will see construction of a large entertainment complex incorporating restaurants, cinema and an indoor play area, and a large casino.
Image courtesy of Collado Collins Archtiects / Pater van Aalst
Technicus Consulting provided Civil Engineering consultancy input to support the Phase 1 planning application. This included liaison with the planners and project design team and preparation of a foul and surface water drainage strategy report, based upon preliminary drainage design calculations and site investigation data. We are currently in the process of progressing detailed design of the drainage system to support the Premier Inn, Restaurant and parking area.
Developer, Albert Jones, said “I’m delighted to have got the decision to go ahead. Lots of hard work has gone in to getting the application to this stage, but even more hard work starts here.”
It is hoped that this new and exciting development will play an important role in bringing hundreds of jobs to the area, whilst offering a boost to the local economy by attracting local people, holiday makers and traders to Great Yarmouth.
Construction works are set to start on site for Phase 1 in October 2017.
Further information regarding The Edge Complex can be found on the project website HERE
11th July 2017 - Technicus Consulting Staff Successfully Complete CITB Health, Safety & Environment Tests
Technicus Consulting are pleased to announce that all our technical staff have successfully passed the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test for Professionals and Managers. It is necessary to pass the Health, Safety & Environment test in order to obtain Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) Cards used to provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualitifications to safely carry out their work.
Whilst holding a CSCS Card is not a legal requirement, Technicus Consulting feel strongly about ensuring that our staff have the required knowledge and training to ensure that they are able to undertake their site work safely.
Kevin Buttle said "We feel it is important that our technical staff undertake regular health, safety and environmental awareness training, as our work regularly involves visiting construction sites. By being appropriately trained, our staff are able to identify potential health, safety and environmental hazards to ensure the safety of themselves and other site workers."
26th June 2017 - Technicus Consulting Pleased to Provide Civil Engineering Services for The Edge Complex, Great Yarmouth
Technicus Consulting are proud to have been appointed by Pleasure & Leisure Corporation PLC to provide Civil Engineering design and consultancy services for Phase 1 of The Edge Complex in Great Yarmouth. This project will see construction of a major new leisure complex at the end of Great Yarmouth's Golden Mile, forming an extension to the existing Pleasure Beach theme park. Once finished the development will offer a new multiplex cinema, casino, 81 bed Premier Inn, 6,000 sqft Beefeater restaurant, 5 no. branded restaurants, all-year-round indoor play area and large car park.
Technicus Consulting Director Barrie Burgess has been directy involved with the project since its conception many years ago. Barrie said "With our office located on the on the outskirts of Great Yarmouth we are ideally situated to provide engineering support for this major project, particularly when it starts on site later this year. We also have historic knowledge of the site, the project and the surrounding area, which have proven to be extremely useful during the planning stages."
Phase 1 of the development involves construction of the Premier Inn hotel and associated car parking areas. For this element of the works, we have been working closely with Hawes Price Ltd (Clients Agent and Project Managers) providing planning advice, detailed drainage strategy report and will soon be progressing into the detailed design phase for the roads, hard standings and below ground drainage systems.
Image courtesy of Collado Collins Architects / Pater van Aalst
We are very excited to be involved in this major new leisure complex in the local area and look forward to continued work with Hawes Price Ltd & Pleasure & Leisure Corporation Ltd to take the project forward to fruitition.
Further information regarding The Edge Complex can be found on the project website HERE
13th June 2017 - British Standards Institute (BSI) Acknowledge Technicus Consultings' Hard Work with Quality Management System Development
Technicus Director John Clare said “I am very pleased that BSI have acknowledged the hard work we have put in to introducing the enhanced requirements of the new management system standard during their recent Assessment visit, by confirming that Technicus Consulting is well on the way to updating certification from BS EN ISO 9001:2008 to the 9001:2015 standard, with 76% transition already achieved. We are definitely on track for completing the transition in the near future and achieving certification to the more onerous standard by August 2018”. John went on to say “As a business that ensures high level leadership and involvement in most activities and a risk-based approach for many aspects of our business, the new standard did not present any significant issues for Technicus and fitted well within our business ethos”.
Our current BS EN ISO 9001:2008 Certificate can be downloaded HERE
25th May 2017 - Technicus Consulting Invests in MasterDRAIN Drainage Design Software
To allow us to offer our clients a wider range of in-house Civil Engineering design services, we have invested in MasterDRAIN Drainage Design Software. This incorporates MasterDRAIN Foul, MasterDRAIN Surface and MasterDRAIN Hydrology components to allow detailed modelling, design and specification of drainage systems.
Principal Engineer Nathan Blowers said "Investment in this software will allow us to provide our clients with more detailed, efficient and faster drainage design services than ever before."
The software incorporates full drainage system modelling and design capability, including attenuation and full UK rainfall data. It also incorporates the latest national planning policy guidance and Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) technical standards.
10th April 2017 - Technicus Consulting Pleased to Provide Ad-hoc Structural Design & Consultancy Services for Great Yarmouth Norse (GYN)
Technicus Consulting are pleased to have established an excellent working relationship with Great Yarmouth Norse (GYN) through the provision of ad-hoc structural design and consultancy services for the Assessment Management and Responsive Repairs departments.
Technicus Consulting have needed to responded quickly to new project instructions from GYN, which have usually arisen following discovery of structural defects during the renovation and refurbishment of Great Yarmouth Borough Council-owned domestic properties and public buildings. Technicus Consulting's brief has typically involved initial inspection of the property defects, reporting on the cause of the damage, and design of appropriate remedial works schemes. Our work has often involved the design and specification of both permanent structural elements and temporary works to assist with execution of the required remedial works.
Kevin Buttle, Technicus Associate, said "We are very pleased to be working with Great Yarmouth Norse on these often interesting and unusual structural defect projects. Our close proximity to the Council-owned properties means we are able to provide a rapid response to GYN's enquires. This is important as the defects are often only discovered once GYN commence refurbishment of a property. This results in design of the appropriate defect remedial works being critical to GYN progressing the refurbishment project. We look forward to providing continued services to GYN in the future as a valued client."
12th March 2017 - Technicus Consultings' Rapid Response Keeps Hughes Sub Surface Engineering on Track With Urgent Offshore Project
Technicus Consulting was appointed by Hughes Sub Surface Engineering (SSE) to provide structural design and consultancy services for offshore vessel sea-fastenings for an urgent offshore voyage. The project brief involved Technicus Consulting undertaking measured surveys of the Relume vessel deck to identify structural hard-points, calculation of environmental and acceleration forces acting on the deck-mounted equipment, and structural design of suitable sea-fastenings and deck spreader beams to allow safe transport and operation of the Utility ROV (UTROV) spread. Several iterations of the design were required, due to the fluid nature of the equipment layout on the deck of the Relume.
Due to tight time constraints on the project, the sea-fastenings requirements were identified, surveyed, designed, detailed and installed within a 48 hour window to ensure that the vessel sailed on time. Close working with specialist equipment suppliers and steel fabricators ensured a practical and efficient solution.
Technicus Consulting were able to undertake the work immediately and were available to liaise with the project team, to ensure that the sea-fastenings were designed and installed within the required programme, and that the vessel sailed as scheduled.
Ian Hughes, CEO of Hughes Sub Surface Engineering (part of James Fisher & Sons Plc group of companies), reflected on a job well done: “We called Technicus in on Friday morning, they changed their operational schedule and attended the vessel within hours, working over the weekend so that the work was completed and Relume was cleared to sail on Sunday evening. I was very pleased by the prompt, professional and effective work undertaken and would have no hesitation in calling on their services again.”
10th January 2017 - Technicus Consulting Visit Seajacks Kraken Jack-up Vessel
At present, around 40% of Technicus Consulting's turnover is generated from provision of structural design and consultancy services for projects in the offshore oil, gas and renewables sectors. It is not unusual for these projects to involve works to offshore platforms or wind turbine generators (WTG's) where a jack-up barge is required at the interface. This is often to provide a stable platform from which offshore maintenance works can be undertaken, or for transportation of heavy equipment for construction of new offshore structures. The versatility of these vessel's, their ability to transport heavy equipment under their own power; on-board work cranes and accommodation facilities make them an appealing vessel for many offshore work activities. <o:p></o:p>
With that in mind it was with great pleasure that Technicus Consulting staff were invited to a tour of Seajacks Kraken jack-up vessel whilst it was under-going routine maintenance in the Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour. Seajacks Operations Manager, John Vingoe, provided a very interesting and informative tour of the vessel, explaining the finer details of how the vessel operates and the work it is able to undertake. This extended from the working components, such as the cranes and jacking legs, to the highly technical controls in the bridge, and on-board accommodation, catering and welfare facilities.
John's keen interest and in-depth knowledge of the vessel, combined with his witty sense of humour, made for a very informative and interesting tour enjoyed by all that attended.
The day following our tour of the Kraken welcomed fantastic news that Seajack's have secured a significant contract to install jacket foundations for the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm, with the main installation vessel being their flagship Seajacks Scylla vessel. The Directors and team at Technicus Consulting would like to wish Seajacks an exciting and prosperous new year. We would also like to offer a special thanks John Vingoe for providing a superb tour.
22nd December 2016 - Adam Croft Joins Technicus Consulting as CAD Technician & BIM Modeller
It is with great pleasure that Technicus Consulting welcome Adam Croft to our expanding team as a CAD Technician and BIM Modeller.
Adam has over 15 years’ experience using AutoCAD software to prepare plans, sections and details drawings for civil engineering, structural engineering and offshore engineering projects. He also brings with him a wealth of surveying experience, having spent 7 years working for a local surveying company, where he was responsible for carrying out measured building surveys, including preparation of detailed survey drawings. His experience also includes undertaking site topographic surveys and drawings.
Whilst Adam has previous 3D modelling experience, he is currently developing his skills and knowledge to enable him to become proficient in the use of our AutoDesk Revit Building Information Modelling (BIM) software. This will help support Technicus Consulting’s goal to use BIM software on all projects, as we strongly feel that this will add value to the information we supply to our clients.
Whilst Adam has a wealth of knowledge regarding onshore buildings and structures, he also has experience in the offshore industry, which made him stand out at the interview stage. This experience came as result of his previous employment with companies such as Perenco UK & Pipeshield International, where he gained experience of maintenance and design of offshore topside and subsea structures.
Technicus Consulting Associate, Kevin Buttle, said “I’m very pleased to welcome Adam to our growing team. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge, has an aptitude to quickly learn new skills, and a keen interest in taking our BIM capability forward. He fits in to our team extremely well, and has already demonstrated his ability to add value to projects we are working on.”
19th October 2016 - Technicus Consulting Director John Clare Appointed Great Yarmouth Tidal Defences Business Partnerhip Chairman
Technicus Consulting are pleased to annouce that Director John Clare was appointed as Chairman of the Great Yarmouth Tidal Defences Business Partnership (TDBP) on 17th August 2016. John chaired his first TDBP meeting on the 19th October 2016, welcoming Bruce Hart (Director of Paul Robinson Partnership Architects) into the role of Vice-Chairman.
John has been an active member of the Great Yarmouth TDBP since its inception back in October 2014. It was at the inaugurul meeting on the 21st October 2014 that John was appointed as Vice-Chairman to the first Chairman Daniel Bycroft.
The TDBP was established to raise awareness and support for a crucial multi-million-pound tidal defences scheme in Great Yarmouth. The group represents the local business community on this scheme, but also aims to work with the local public to raise public awareness.
The significant flooding and damage caused to local homes and business premises during the December 2013 tidal surge on the east coast clearly demonstrates the importance of good tidal defences in the area. Helping partners, potential funders and other businesses understand the significance of the effective tidal defences to the regional and local economies is essential. Particularly with regard to encouraging new businesses to set-up in the area, and existing businesses to develop and expand. It is essential that the public and local businesses understand the significance that tidal defence improvements in the area offer to both them, and the wider local economy.
The next phase of tidal defences improvement works involves the use of a Limpet Dam to undertake trial repairs and improvement to a section of existing aged sheet piled quay wall. This trial has started at Berth 20, off South Quay, opposite Friar's Lane, Great Yarmouth (known as Bryants Wharf). John Clare, Chairman said: "Around 1,000 businesses benefit from Great Yarmouth's flood defences. We want to use this trial period to showcase the scheme to these businesses and explain how, and why they should get involved. We will be holding open days at the site for businesses on Monday 12th December 2016, and Wednesday 11th January 2017. Local businesses are encouraged to attend and find out more.
Please join us...
The TDBP meets monthly, and welcomes all interested businesses to join the group. Meetings are normall held on the third Wednesday of every month from 9:30am to 10:30am at Great Yarmouth Town Hall. Businesses interested in attending or finding out more can contact:
John Clare, Chairman: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 01493 800655
Bernard Harris, Co-ordinator: Email: email@example.com, Tel: 01493 846512
16th August 2016 - Technicus Consulting Support East Coast Energy Intern Richard Hindes
Technicus Consulting are pleased to have provided support to Lowestoft based East Coast Energy intern Richard Hindes (17). Richard has just completed his first year of A-Levels at Lowestoft Sixth Form College where he is studying Maths, Physics, Economics & ICT. He recently joined E.ON at their Great Yarmouth Scroby Sands Offshore Wind Farm visitors centre (and operations base) in Lowestoft as part of a 4 week internship. Richard's time will be split between the visitor centre and the Operations & Maintenance base on Southgates Road in Great Yarmouth.
Having recently worked with E.ON developing a new quayside crane installation at their Marine Base in Great Yarmouth, Technicus Consulting offered to further broaden Richard's internship experience by offering him a day in our Gorleston based office. This gave us a chance to educate Richard on the range of different engineering projects we get involved with in the offshore renewables, oil & gas industry. We also discussed in detailed the project lifecycle and engineering input required to bring the E.ON quayside crane installation project to fruitition.
Richard enjoyed his time at Technicus Consulting, and said "Through my internship, I have already learned a lot, not just about the technical details of the wind farm but also how to work in a business environment as part of an effective team."
East Coast Energy is a new internship scheme established by the Royal Academy of Engineering, The Ogden Trust and Suffolk County Council in association with Waveney District Council.
For the full press release regarding Richard’s Internship click HERE
5th August 2016 - Technicus Consulting Provide Structural Advice on Fire Damaged Regent Bowl in Great Yarmouth
Technicus Consulting were called to the scene of the Regent Superbowl & Indoor Market fire in Regent Street, Great Yarmouth following a call from Great Yarmouth Borough Council Building Control. We were pleased to assist Building Control with emergency advice and guidance on structural stability of the fire damaged premises, and exclusion zones required to protect the general public from potential falling debris. By coincidence Technicus Consulting Director, Barrie Burgess, was in the vicinity of the site when the call was received, which allowed him to attend within minutes.
Fire services were called to the scene around 3am, with 22 fire tenders and over 80 fire fighters in attendance. The fire has caused extensive structural damage to the premises, with several areas having suffered partial collapse. Unstable masonry wall panels, caused by lack of restraint as the roof and floor structures were destroyed by the fire, resulted in brickwork debris falling into both Regent Street & Albion Road.
The fire has left parts of the building in an unstable condition, requiring extensive exclusion zones to be set-up and properties to be evacuated. Once the source of the fire has been established, the building will need to be made structurally safe whilst plans are put in place to clear the debris. Due to the extent of damage and collapse caused by the fire, the future of the remaining parts of the building is currently very much in question.
We offer our condolences to the businesses and people who have suffered damage to their properties and losses as a result of this devastating fire.
4th August 2016 - Nathan Blowers Joins Technicus Consulting as a Principal Civil & Structural Engineer
Technicus Consulting are pleased to welcome Nathan Blowers to our expanding team as a Principal Civil & Structural Engineer. Nathan joins Technicus with over 10 years experience working in the construction and offshore oil and gas industries covering civil and structural engineering design, structural surveys, condition appraisals and specification of maintenance and repair schemes. He also has project management experience for both onshore and offshore projects.
Having recently completed his Masters degree in Oil & Gas Structural Engineering, and worked for the last 3 years as an Offshore Structural Design Engineer, Nathan has a wealth of experience in the offshore sector. This includes design of structural alterations, repair works, extensions and new installations for offshore fixed platforms and vessels. He also has current health & safety training and certification to allow him to undertake offshore surveys.
As well as his offshore design experience, Nathan also has a sound background in the design and detailing of onshore building structures, roads, drainage systems and other civil engineering structures ranging from small domestic alteration projects, through to new build housing developments and more complex industrial and commercial developments.
29th July 2016 - Technicus Consulting Seek to Recruit a Structural CAD Technician / Structural Detailer
Technicus Consulting are seeking a Structural CAD technician with experience in preparing structural arrangements and detail drawings for buildings in AutoCAD, based in our busy Great Yarmouth office. Experience and knolwedge of offshore and civil engineering structures would be beneficial. The candidate should preferably have experience of working in a design and consultancy office environment.
The candidate should be proficient in the preparation of 2D AutoCAD drawings working from Architects and other consultants drawings, and sketch design information prepared by our Design Engineers. Experience in the preparation of structural drawings for steel, timber, masonry and reinforced concrete structures would be preferable. Experience in the use of Autodesk Revit 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) software would also be beneficial, but not essential.
The ability to prepare fabrication drawings for structural steelwork, and reinforced concrete detail drawings and bar reinforcement schedules would also be beneficial, but not essential.
The suitable candidate will be motivated and keen to use 3D modelling software for the preparation of engineering drawings. Training will be provided where necessary to assist with development of the candidates draughting skills and familiarity with our 3D modelling software. The candidate would also be expected to assist with undertaking measured site surveys and other inspection works.
Please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kevin Buttle on 01493 800655 for an informal chat prior to applying.
27th June 2016 - Technicus Consulting Pleased to Provide Structural Design & Consultany Services for Works at Intu Chapelfield, Norwich
During the past 12 months Technicus Consulting have been pleased to provide structural design and consultancy services for various phases of alterations and remodelling works to the Intu Chapelfield shopping centre in Norwich. The projects have ranged in size and complexity from the removal of an escalator and design of infill flooring and structural glass balustrading, to more recently the design of curtain wall glazing supports to allow construction of a new shop unit adjacent the St Stephens Street entrance.
The projects have involved us working closely with the Principal Contractors, fabricators and other specialist sub-contractors in order to meet strict time deadlines set by Intu Chapelfield. To minimise the impact on trade the majority of the site works on these projects has been undertaken during night-time closures. This method of work also offers notable health & safety benefits, and is more cost effective for Intu Chapelfield as it reduces the requirement for temporary works that would otherwise be required to maintain the safety of the general public and staff in the shopping centre.
These projects have allowed Technicus Consulting to forge good working relationship with the Principal Contractors on these projects, and we look forward to working with them again on future projects.
25th April 2016 - Technicus Consulting Director Secures Cryptic Crossword Windfall
John Clare is over the moon having recently won The Observer “Everyman” cryptic crossword prize. This comes on the back of winning the fiendishly difficult Observer “Azed” crossword last year. John commented “I have entered the Everyman crossword practically every week for over 30 years without success, then went and won the far more difficult Azed prize after only attempting it for a couple years. Winning the Everyman now is the icing on the cake, particularly as some people regularly enter all their lives without success”.
John added “I will try not to let the winning of a set of paper-back reference books and £15 worth of book tokens go to my head! The far more difficult Azed did however result in the breath-taking prize of £25 in book tokens”. John’s brother, Martin Clare, who undertakes freelance CAD draughting for Technicus, is also something of a crossword buff, having won several national newspaper crossword prizes too.
22nd March 2016 - Technicus Consulting Design Skyhooks
2nd March 2016 - Technicus Consulting attend EEEGR SNS 2016 Conference - The Sea of Opportunity
Technicus Consulting enjoyed a very interesting and encouraging day at the EEEGR Southern North Sea (SNS) 2016 Conference on 2nd March 2016. The conference focused on the major role the East Anglia region has in meeting the governments targets for achieving a sustainable power supply for the country, and reduced carbon emissions. It proved very interesting to hear different viewpoints on the current situation within the oil, gas, wind and nuclear energy sectors, and importantly, how the East of England is in the unique position of being directly involved in all these energy sectors.
Our day was filled with interesting presentations by key energy sector leaders representing the wind, oil, gas and nuclear energy sectors. This included speakers from ScottishPower Renewables, Oil & Gas UK, EDF Energy, Vattenfall, RWE, Statoil, Siemens, Renewable UK, Oil & Gas Authority, Faroe Petroleum, Peel Ports, RWE Innogy UK Ltd, James Fisher & Sons Plc & Associated British Ports (ABP). The day also provided superb networking opportunities with representatives from companies directly and indirectly involved in the energy industry.
The £2.5bn, 102-turbine, 714MW East Anglia One offshore wind farm project has now secured funding and is expected to be fully operational by 2020, providing power to over 500,000 UK homes. This single project represents a massive investment for the local economy resulting in many new jobs, trading opportunities for local businesses and skills development opportunities for local people.
The recent announcement that Lowestoft has been selected as operations base for the East Anglia One Wind Farm project provided more great news for the area. This one decision represents a massive £25M contract with James Fisher & Sons Plc which will extend over the next 25 years. Martin Dronfield (James Fisher & Sons Plc) was quick to advise that they will be seeking support from local people and businesses to help them service this contract.
Another injection of positive news for the region came yesterday when Jonathan Cole (ScottishPower Renewables) announced Great Yarmouth has been selected as the construction port for the new East Anglia One Wind Farm project. With the East Anglia One, Two, Three and Four offshore wind farm projects in the pipeline this could result in a decade (or more) of offshore wind farm construction work being run from Great Yarmouth port.
The Sizewell C nuclear plant is another key energy sector project in the wings that would offer a further boost to the local economy, and reductions in our reliance on fossil fuels for the UK’s energy generation requirements. However, gas production is still very part of the UK’s energy mix, and continued exploration is being government subsidised to ensure security of energy supply going forward.
All-in-all the day proved very uplifting, with evidence of key energy sector companies wishing to invest large sums of money in our local economy through the construction and servicing of notable energy sector projects.
Technicus Consulting would like to thank Simon Gray and his team at EEEGR for hosting another superb SNS conference.
5th February 2016 - Technicus Consulting Commissioned for Structural Alterations to Hoseasons Holidays Offices
Technicus Consulting are pleased to have provided structural design and consultancy services for extensive structural alterations to Hoseasons Holidays office in Raglan Road, Lowestoft.
The works involved on-site investigations and archive research to determine construction arrangements of the building which has received numerous phases of alterations since completion in 1955. Once investigations were completed we prepared structural design calculations and detailed construction drawings for all structural steelwork needed to allow removal of the load-bearing walls. Importantly, this also included detailed consideration and design of new wind posts and sway frames needed to maintain overall structural stability of the building once buttressing walls had been removed.
Technicus Consulting's scope of works was later extended to include collation and submission of a Full Plans Building Control submission to Waveney District Council Building Control.
To limit disruption to Hoseasons Holidays business the works were scheduled with a short lead time following our initial instruction. We were tasked wth designing and detailing the works in a two week time scale over the Chistmas 2015 holidays which we achieved to the clients satisfaction.
Technicus Consulting wish Hoseasons Holidays continued success trading from their revamped offices once the works are completed.
18th January 2016 - Technicus Consulting Register on the Institution of Structural Engineers "Find an Engineer" Database
Technicus Consulting are always keen to explore marketing opportunities which allow existing and future potential clients to find us as easily as possible. We are pleased to announce that clients and fellow professionals will now be able to find us on the Institution of Structural Engineers "Find an Engineer" database service.
"FindanEngineer.com is a comprehensive database of structural engineering practices across the UK that puts you in touch with the best structural engineer for any project. Only firms that have at least one member from the Institution of Structural Engineers can register."
Source: Find an Engineer website. Available at: https://www.findanengineer.com (Accessed: 18th January 2016)
4th January 2016 - Technicus Consulting Pleased to be Members of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
Technicus Consulting are pleased to annouce we are now members of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.
Based just outside Lowestoft, Suffolk, Technicus Consulting see membership of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, and more locally the Lowestoft & Waveney Chamber of Commerce, as a great opportunity to keep updated on local development plans and business affairs. Attending the various Chamber events is also provides a great opportunity to network and keep in touch with local business professional and authorities in the area.
"The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is the largest independent private forum in the county, Suffolk Chamber is in a privileged position to support and represent local business interests. As the voice of the business community, the Suffolk Chamber, through the East of England Chambers and British Chambers of Commerce, is equipped to respond on behalf of local business to regional, national and European issues.
The Chamber is a proactive organisation. Responding to Government papers and consultative documents; lobbying the Government, and more locally the council, on all major issues affecting businesses locally."
Source: Suffolk Chamber of Commerce website. Available at: https://www.suffolkchamber.co.uk/about_us/ (Accessed: 4th January 2016)
To find out more check out the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce website HERE
16th December 2015 - Technicus Consulting Provide Offshore Engineering Design & Consultancy Services for the Worlds Largest Offshore Wind Farm Projects
2015 has proved a difficult trading year for businesses involved in the offshore oil and gas industry. Falling oil prices have had significant effects on the viability of offshore exploration projects and continued production. Naturally this has had knock-on effects leading to reduced capital expenditure in offshore operators planned maintenance works and decommissioning projects.
Whilst the offshore oil and gas sector is feeling the pinch, the renewable energy sector is currently experiencing a boom in an effort to meet government set carbon reduction targets. These targets are also set to help make UK more energy secure through reduced reliance on fossil fuels for heat, electricity and transport.
Technicus Consulting are pleased to have provided structural design and consultancy services to both the onshore and offshore renewable energy sectors. We have recently worked with a variety of companies throughout the UK who operate offshore vessels used in the construction and maintenance of the two largest offshore wind farms in the world. These being the London Array, and Greater Gabbard wind farms. Technicus Consulting have supported these companies through providing a fast and efficient design and consultancy service to allow our clients to deliver their own services in these industries on time, and within budget. Our work has involved design and detailing of seafastenings for offshore vessel deck equipment, spreader grillages to allow use of launch and recovery (LARS) systems on deck, design of vessel based davit crane support structures, and deck based mezzanine structures to support containerised and skid based equipment.
More recently we have also worked with a local fabrication company to design and detail an offshore wind turbine safety training tower structure. This is an important structure used to provide safety training for personnel involved in the offshore maintenance and operation of the Greater Gabbard Wind Farm turbines.
As of April 2013 the London Array Wind Farm became the world’s largest offshore wind farm, producing a massive 630MW of power from 175 no. 3.6MW wind turbines. The Greater Gabbard Wind Farm is currently the second largest in the world, with 140 no. 3.6MW turbines providing a generating capacity of 504MW combined. Technicus Consulting are thrilled to be involved with these exciting projects in the UK waters which form significant steps towards helping meet the government targets for renewable energy production. Furthermore, they are projects which help the UK regain more control over its energy production for the future.
27th October 2015 - The Institution of Structural Engineers Publish Project Guide To Appointing A Structural Engineer for Domestic Clients
The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) has recently published a very useful guidance document to assist domestic clients with regard to the appointment of Structural Engineers. This guidance document is intended to help domestic clients decide if, when and how to employ a Structural Engineer. The guide covers various scenarios in which domestic clients may find themselves, and when it is necessary to appoint a Structural Engineer.
The IStructE advise...
Whether you’re planning alterations to your home, carrying out a survey, or just need someone to look at cracks in a wall, employing a Chartered Structural Engineer can help. They are professionally qualified and can ensure your works are safe, efficient and that they comply with building regulations. Most of all, you can trust a Chartered Structural Engineer to devise simple, cost-effective solutions for your home project."
Source: Building Confidence – Campaigns – The Institution of Structural Engineers. Available at: https://www.istructe.org/building-confidence (Accessed: 27 October 2015)
To find out more and download your copy of the guidance document please check out the IStructE website HERE
16th September 2015 - Technicus Consulting Proud to Announce Opening of GreyFriars Hotel, Colchester
The staff and Directors were extremely proud of the opening of GreyFriars Hotel in Colchester this summer. The project involved the conversion, alteration, refurbishment and extension of an existing Grade II* Listed building into a luxury hotel in the centre of Colchester, Essex. Technicus Consulting was appointed by OMCI in 2011 to carry out investigations to determine the structural arrangement and condition of the building, the oldest parts of which date back to the mid-17th century.
To convert the range of buildings into this Luxury Hotel, Technicus Consulting worked closely with clients, OMCI, to prepare detailed structural designs for the proposed structural alterations and extensions. Internal timber floor structures were strengthened sympathetically using traditional materials wherever possible to support increased loads due to the change of use. However, in some locations modern steel dowel and resin repairs were required to strengthen old oak beams, whilst preserving the character and feel of the building.
To provide a large open plan function room at ground floor level an innovative steel girder frame was designed and installed to support two storeys of existing load-bearing masonry walls above.
The works also included design of a new modern steel framed and glazed entrance atrium link structure. This was designed working collaboratively with the specialist glazing supplier to ensure structural deflections were within acceptable limits for the glazing under worst case wind and snow drift loads.
The finished hotel is stunning and offers facilities and accommodation that is beyond the 4* classification, on a par with the best hotels London’s West End can offer. We were thrilled to see 4 years of work come to such a striking conclusion.
For more information about the GreyFriars Hotel, or to make a reservation for accommodation or a meal, refer to the GreyFriars Hotel website HERE
6th August 2015 - Technicus Consulting Delighted with ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management Systems) Certification
The Directors and Staff are delighted to have received our BS EN ISO 9001:2008 Certificate of Registration. Following our Stage 2 Audit, and recommendation for certification on Wednesday 29th July 2015 our Certificate of Registration was formally issued on Wednesday 5th August 2015.
A downloadable copy of our ISO 9001:2008 certificate, together with Technicus Consulting’s Environmental + Health & Safety Policy documents, can be found in the Documents section of our website HERE
31st July 2015 - Technicus Consulting Associate Drives New Toy to the Office
Outside of work, Technicus Consulting Associate Kevin Buttle has been interested in the restoration of vintage stationary engines and machinery since the age of 12. Over the years he has restored and breathed life back into numerous rusty relics that looked fit for the scrap heap to most onlookers. However, in July 2015 Kevin realised a childhood dream, and became the happy new owner of a 1953 Series 3A Field Marshall diesel tractor made in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Kevin has fond memories of seeing Field Marshall tractors, and hearing their distinctive pop-pop exhaust note, from his childhood visits to local steam rallies, but never thought he would be in a position to own one himself. This all changed in 2015 when Kevin decided to sell part of his stationary engine collection to fund purchase of the Field Marshall.
With all the staff and Directors at Technicus Consulting keen to see Kevin’s new toy, he decided to bring it into the office for us all to see. The 22 mile round trip went without drama, and was thoroughly enjoyed by Kevin, despite a healthy covering of oil spots on his face from the tractors exhaust (a common side effect of driving a Field Marshall tractor we are told, and known as “Marshall Measles”!).
Kevin’s interest and knowledge built-up through his experiences of restoring vintage engines and machinery has proved very useful to the company on a number of occasions. It is an unusual pot of knowledge that has proven very useful when developing solutions to challenging engineering problems in the field of structural engineering and design. It also allows Kevin to think outside-the-box as he appreciates the possibilities and limitations when it comes to fabricating, erecting, or modifying steel structures, or carrying out repairs to cast iron structures for example.
The Staff and Directors were overjoyed to see Kevin’s new toy, and would like to thank him for bringing it into the office us to see, and hear! We enjoyed it so much that we had an office team photo taken with it…
29th July 2015 - Technicus Consulting are Proud to Receive BSI Recommendation for ISO 9001:2008 Certification
The Directors and Staff of Technicus Consulting are delighted to announce that the company has been recommended for ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management Systems) certification, by UKAS accredited international assessors BSI.
Technicus Consulting appointed BSI in March 2015 to undertake the Stage 1 & Stage 2 Audit Assessments of the company’s quality management system and our ability to efficiently apply the system and procedures in practice, in accordance with the rigorous requirements of the standard. Our Stage 2 Audit Assessment was conducted on Wednesday 29th July 2015, following which the Directors and Staff were advised that Technicus Consulting’s Gorleston Office is being recommended for ISO 9001:2008 certification.
Technicus Consulting Associate Kevin Buttle said “This is an exciting achievement for the company, and will now enable us to demonstrate our competency and compliance, particularly to larger clients, who demand certification for major projects. Our recommendation for BS EN ISO 9001 certification is a significant step forward for Technicus Consulting, and forms a great stepping stone for further growth and development of the business.”
15th July 2015 - Technicus Consulting Celebrates 5 Years of Trading
The Directors and staff at Technicus Consulting are pleased to be celebrating 5 years of successful trading. Company Directors Barrie Burgess, Barry Hipwell & John Clare joined forces and set-up Technicus Consulting on 15th July 2010. At the time the business premises comprised just two small rooms in managed offices at 170 High Street, Gorleston. At the time the economy was suffering the consequences of the 2008 recession, and work in the construction industry was very difficult to secure. However, in the face of adversity, Barrie, Barry & John have steadily developed the company, building on its successes year-on-year, and investing in the future. Today the company employs 8 staff and now occupies the first and second floors of the building we started trading in back in 2010.
Technicus Consulting now work in a wide range of business sectors providing Offshore Engineering, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering and Building Surveying consultancy services. During the last 5 years we have built-up a large client base, which includes small domestic clients through to very successful multinational organisations.
Here’s to the next 5 years of trading…
7th May 2015 - Technicus Consulting adopt Revit Building Information Modelling (BIM) Software for Design of Business Park Development in Ipswich
Technicus Consulting have long seen the potential benefits of adopting the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) software to assist with the structural design and detailing for our projects. We have now proved these benefits through the adoption of AutoDesk Revit BIM software on all future projects (where appropriate). Our first Revit based project comprises a new Business Park Development in Ipswich, Suffolk, where Technicus Consulting are appointed to provide structural design and consultancy services for up to six new industrial units of various sizes.
For this project we have used Revit to assist with the design and detailing of the first two industrial units to be constructed on the site. The software has been used to generate a 3-dimensional virtual model of the site and buildings, from which our 2-dimensional drawings have been extracted. The use of this software has offered notable time saving and stream-lining of our working practices by allowing our drawings to be updated automatically once the model has been revised or modified. Isometric views, general arrangements, elevations, sections and details drawings have all been produced from the one 3-dimensional virtual model.
Below are a series of 3-dimensional visualisations taken from the model for the first two industrial start-up units to be constructed on this site which clearly demonstrate the quality and level of detail achieved using this software.
27th April 2015 - Technicus Consulting Having a Blast
During the last 18 months Technicus Consulting have been working in a niche area of the industry associated with designing and detailing structures to resist blast loading from explosions, and contain missile objects arising from high pressure testing failures.
This work has included design of an offshore hydraulic power unit (HPU) skid frame for use on the turret of a Floating Production, Storage & Offloading (FPSO) vessel. Whilst being structurally designed and verified for onshore and offshore lifting, and offshore operational condition environmental loading, it was also necessary to verify the skid frame to remain structurally intact (but not operational) in the event of exposure to a static equivalent blast pressure of 0.5 bar (50kN/m2). The latter was required to ensure the skid frame remains intact and secured to the FPSO turret deck structure should an explosion event ever arise.
Technicus Consulting has also now completed design of two high pressure testing enclosure structures, one for a client in Dubai that manufactures and supplies offshore high pressure pipework and fittings, the other for a company that refurbishes and verifies offshore oil and gas extraction subsea pipework and associated fittings and components.
The first of these high pressure testing enclosures comprises a new-build standalone steel and hardwood lined pressure testing enclosure designed to contain potential missile objects that may arise should a pressure test failure occur. This structure was designed and verified by Technicus Consulting in accordance with approved codes of practice to contain the potential missile objects arising from pressure test failures up to 22,500psi (155,130kN/m2).
The second pressure testing enclosure project comprised design and detailing of strengthening works to improve the potential missile containment ability of an existing steel framed pressure testing facility. This work was commissioned by our client to improve the health & safety of continued operation of their existing pressure testing facility. The requirement was to upgrade the existing facility to allow safe pressure testing of offshore pipework and components up to a maximum test pressure of 15,000psi (103,420kN/m2).
Our experience in the design and detailing of pressure testing enclosure structures, and design of new structures to have inherent blast resistance, allows us to offer our clients another very specialist structural design service. This covers both onshore and offshore facilities and structures.
Please contact us should you have a requirement for structural design of a blast resistant structure, or pressure testing enclosure facility.
14th April 2015 - Technicus Consulting awarded 'The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) East Anglian Regional Group Award for Structural Engineering Excellence 2014'
The scheme for the reconstruction of the Gorleston seafront “Roman” shelters has been recognised by The East Anglian Regional Group of The Institution of Structural Engineers. Technicus Consulting, the consultants for the project, have been awarded a Commendation Award for Structural Engineering Excellence 2014 for their structural engineering involvement with this project. A copy of the certificate is provided below:
7th April 2015 - Technicus Consulting's Work on Gorleston's “Roman” Seafront Shelters Refurbishment Project Receives High Praise from Local Heritage Group
Technicus Consulting are pleased to have received a letter of praise from the Gorleston-on-Sea Heritage Group in relation to our involvement with the renovation and refurbishement of the 3 No. "Roman" Seafront Shelters on Gorleston promenade.
The letter from the group states the shelters...
"...have been rebuilt to an elegant and timeless design which fit well into the green clifftop background. The materials appear to be of high quality, and the overall appearance of the shelters is attractive and suitable to the environment. These shelfters are very much appreciated by the local people and visitors, providing, as they do a pleasant place to site and view the beautiful sea views, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of this delightful seafront."
A copy of the letter can be viewed here: Gorleston-on-Sea Heritage Group Letter of Praise to Technicus Consulting (190.7 KB)
9th February 2015 - Technicus Consulting Appoints New Structural Detailer
Technicus Consulting are pleased to welcome Douglas Nelson to our expanding team as a Structural Detailer & 3D-Modeller.
Douglas has over 20 years’ experience using AutoCAD 3D software for concept and detailed design works in the electronics, construction and offshore industries. His experience includes drafting of general arrangements and details in 2D and 3D forms. His 3D modelling experience in Revit and AutoCAD covers onshore construction projects, and offshore structures as well as mechanical engineering components. Douglas also has experience in the preparation of fabrication drawings and material take-off lists for steel structures, and reinforcement detailing and scheduling for reinforced concrete structures. Recent experience in 3D printing is proving invaluable in visualising and detailed development of complex structural systems.
Douglas is fluent in the use of AutoDesk Revit Building Information Modelling (BIM) software, and has experience of working up to BIM level 2.
6th February 2015 - Technicus Consulting Support Tidal Defence Business Partnership Official Press Launch
Technicus Consulting Director and Tidal Defence Business Partnership vice chairman, John Clare, attended the official press launch for the Tidal Defences Business Partnership on Wednesday 4th February 2015. The event took place on the site of the Environment Agency's (EA) recently completed £28m quay wall improvement project on Southtown Road, Great Yarmouth.
The Tidal Defence Business Partnership is thought to be first partnership of its type in the country, and has been set-up in response to changes in government legislation that states tidal defence infrastructure improvement projects must now be match funded by partnership funding.
Technicus Consulting are pleased to be directly involved in this business partnership set-up to help raise awareness of the need for partnership funding to enable important local tidal defence infrastructure projects to be constructed. The next phase of tidal defence improvements for Great Yarmouth include a 2.6km length of existing quay wall on the River Yare. This project requires £30m to be raised in partnership funding to match £46m of government grant funding.
See press article below, published in the Great Yarmouth Mercury newspaper on Friday 6th February 2015, regarding official press launch event:
Links to other local news articles covering the event can be found here:
• Eastern Daily Press business supplement article:
• ITV Anglia news article:
• Mustard TV news article:
• Heart FM website:
6th January 2015 - Technicus Consulting invest in Finite Element Analysis and Autodesk Revit Building Information Modelling software
On the back of another successful year of business in 2014 Technicus Consulting have invested in new software to help expand the capabilities and services we are are able to offer our clients.
Investment in Tekla Solve software provides Technicus Consulting with the ability to carryout detailed Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of onshore and offshore structures. This includes analysis of reinforced concrete flat slabs, shear walls, plated steel and similar structures, and allows us to offer clients greater efficiencies in structural analysis and design for these types of structures.
Additional investment in Autodesk Revit software allows Technicus Consulting to model onshore and offshore structures in 3D. This allows collaborative working with clients and other specialist consultants in the design and development of structures, and their interfaces with components and systems designed by other disciplines, such as services. For several years Technicus Consulting have appreciated the benefits, and exploited the use of 3D concept modelling and detailing, where appropriate, providing our clients with clear and detailed information regarding the structures we design. Autodesk's Revit software allows us to take this a step further by facilitating collaborative working with other professionals up to Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2.
26th December 2014 - Technicus Consulting in the Great Yarmouth Mercury newspaper
On Wednesday 3rd November 2014 John Clare, Director of Technicus Consulting, was presented with an East Anglian Regional Group Commendation Award for Structural Excellence by The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) president Nick Russell. The event took place at Park Farm, Hethersett, Norwich as part of the IStructE Regional Group Annual General Meeting, and the president's visit to the region.
Technicus Consulting's award received recognition in the Great Yarmouth Mercury newspaper published on the 26th December 2014, as can be seen below:
20th November 2014 - John Clare, Director of Technicus Consulting, has been elected as vice chairman of the Tidal Defences Business Partnership
The Great Yarmouth flood defences held during the historic tidal surge in December 2013, but are deteriorating. A failure of any section could result in flooding over a wide area. The Environment Agency has a robust, deliverable programme to renew the structures in phases over the coming decades, and the £28m, fully funded first phase is underway. National funding rules however mean a greater proportion of investment in future phases must be partnership funds. Phase 2, estimated at £76m, is to replace 2,655 metres of defences over the period of 2016 to 2021. To ensure this phase can go ahead in time, both the public and private sectors must work together to secure an estimated £30m from other sources, in order to attract the remainder through Grant in Aid.
Local businesses in Great Yarmouth have set up a Tidal Defences Business Partnership to work together and alongside others to secure lynchpin partnership funds needed for the tidal defences scheme in Great Yarmouth. At the first meeting of the Tidal Defences Business Partnership held at the Town Hall on Monday 17 November, the members chose John Clare, Director of Technicus Consulting, as vice chairman, to work alongside Daniel Bycroft, of Bycroft Commercial, as chairman of the group.
The partnership, which is supported by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the Environment Agency, will represent the business community on this scheme, helping partners, including potential funders and other businesses, to understand the business growth potential for the borough and the significance of effective tidal defences to the economy of the borough and region.
John brings a wealth of harbour and marine design experience to the role and Technicus Consulting is pleased to support the partnership.
Tidal Defences Business Partnership's inaugural Business Breakfast Meeting newsletter (504.5 KB)
7th November 2014 - Technicus Consulting's Involvement with Extensive Renovation of the Gorleston Seafront “Roman” Shelters Receives Praise & Acknowledgement in Local Press
Technicus Consulting's civil and structural engineering consultancy and contract administration works, associated with the recent extensive renovation of the Gorleston seafront shelters, have received praise in the local press. Articles were published by on 7th November 2014 in both the Eastern Daily Press (EDP) and the Great Yarmouth Mercury newspapers. The article published in the Great Yarmouth Mercury can be seen below:
20th October 2014 - “Roman” Shelters Win IStructE Regional Group Commendation for Structural Engineering Excellence
The scheme for the reconstruction of the Gorleston seafront “Roman” shelters has been recognised by The East Anglian Regional Group of the Institution of Structural Engineers. Technicus Consulting, the consultants for the project, are to be awarded a Commendation in the 2014 Regional Group Award for Structural Engineering Excellence.
Unsympathetic renovations carried out in the 1970s had deteriorated to such an extent, that spalling concrete and corroding metalwork required the three shelters needed to be closed to the public for safety in 2010. Reconstruction in 2013 brought the shelters back into use.
As the Shelters are within a conservation area, this required the contemporary approach to be in harmony with the original Edwardian design, while working within tight cost constraints.
John Plummer, Chairman of the East Anglian Regional Group of the IStructE said Technicus Consulting’s submission had “stood out”.
“We are thrilled that the Institution's Regional Group has chosen to recognise the considerable work that went into making this project such a success”, said Technicus Director John Clare.
14th October 2014 - Kevin Buttle Joins Technicus Consulting's Management Team
Technicus Consulting are pleased to announce the promotion of Kevin Buttle to their management team. Based in Great Yarmouth, Technicus has built a strong design facility serving the offshore and renewable industries, as well as numerous on shore construction clients, providing engineering and building surveying services.
Kevin’s move from Principal Structural and Civil Engineer to Associate of the practice has been welcomed by staff and clients. The promotion recognises the considerable contribution Kevin has made to the business.
Kevin obtained a First Class Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering with Honours (MEng Hons) at Loughborough University, winning prizes with the Institutions of Structural Engineers and Civil Engineers, before going on to qualify as a Chartered Civil Engineer.
“We are delighted that Kevin has joined the management team as an Associate of the practice. He demonstrates a high degree of competence and displays professionalism in his dealings with clients that inspires confidence”, said Director John Clare.
8th October 2014 - Technicus Consulting's New Website Goes Live
Technicus Consulting are pleased to annouce that our newly designed website is now up and running. Our new website provides our visitors with a clearer layout and more consistent structure allowing key information to be found quickly and easily.
Our website features a News page where you can read about our latest corporate news, and a Services page where a full list of the design and consultancy services we offer is provided. The addition of a Sectors page to the website now allows visitors to see project case studies detailing our recently completed projects in specific work sectors.
We hope you enjoy using the website.