CLARENCE ERECTION Co. Ltd
Set up and managed a Design and Detail Office to
prepare the fabrication and erection drawings for a six storey Chemical Process Plant
being erected at Urley Nook on Teeside.
Developed the office standards and
detail procedures for drawing preparation for the steelwork, cladding, equipment
foundations and floors & gratings including material ordering for the entire
Liasing with the client on
modifications and additions to the original scope of work, taking the project through to
presentation of the Final Account.
Originally from a
shipbuilding background, I have considerable and varied experience in Marine
& Offshore Design, and possess a disciplined approach including the
motivation to work without supervision or as a member of a project team
dedicated to the ultimate goal.
I have been very fortunate
to have been given the opportunity to gain in depth experience in a variety of
other disciplines one of which has been Civil Structural detailing.
I have of course a vast
knowledge of ship structures, but in 1987 having previously worked briefly in
structural detailing offices, and at ITM Offshore where I prepared the drawings
of the portal frame warehouses for erection on the barges of the Flexiport,
intended for Port Stanley harbour in the Falkland Islands,. I was engaged by
Clarence Erection Co. in Hartlepool to assist them with a detail draughting
When I arrived with a
fellow detailer we were lead into an unused office buried in a thick coat of
dust and presented with the Design Consultants package for the erection of a six
storey Sodium Sulphate Process plant, from which to prepare the fabrication
details for the workshops.
Once the office was clean,
stationary and equipment purchased with the scope of work assessed, I ordered
the steel and sub-contracted the design of the Moment Connections, and hired a
Consulting Engineer to design the sheer connections, standardised by beam depth
to give a minimum variation in cleat angles.
With the aid of two more
detailers, we completed the columns and cross bracing, followed by the floor
beams with infill structure and equipment foundations. After the delivery of our
bolt order, 450 tonne of steel work was erected with only two paired diagonal
floor beams failing to fit first time.
We continued wall &
roof layouts for the cladding and flashing details for the process plant, before
completing the grating panel layouts for fabrication, galvanising &
installation, while liasing with the client, workshops and erection team on
This was an enjoyable
project during which I gained valuable experience and confidence in personnel
& project management, continuing on through negotiations on variations to
the scope of work to the presentation of the final account.
Who Hung the Monkey ?
Not a question you ask at
the bar in Hartlepool.
The story goes that during a
severe storm at sea a French ship was wrecked on the shores near Hartlepool.
The towns folk eager for
some free loot from the vessel were on the beach at dawn, they also found a strange
creature that could not be identified.
As Britain at that time was
at war with Napoleon & France, they took the creature prisoner.
With none of the locals
having been to France and no one knowing what a Frenchman looked liked, the monkey was
imprisoned and interrogated at length to determine its origins .
Frustrated at not being able
to get any answers from the strange looking survivor from the wreck, he was hung at dawn
as a French Spy.
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