Ryan Berry carries our work experience as a Quantity Surveyor for Sheffield Hallam University and gains an insight in the world of Construction and the associated sectors.
Having a fondness for maths and applied science Ryan starts academic training to become a civil engineer by starting a full time OND in Civil Engineering. Ryan attains a City and Guilds level 3 qualification in AutoCAD.
December Ryan Berry signs contract for the position of design engineer to work for one of the market leaders (Scaffold Designs Ltd (SDL)) in the design of scaffolding and temporary works structures with a view to progressing professionally as well as academically.
Ryan Berry attains a merit grade in his ONC in Civil Engineering after two years of day release from SDL. Immediately he is thirsting to continue onto the HNC in Civil Engineering to obtain a foundation degree.
Ryan Berry carried out one of hist first major design projects for his current company (at the time) at the Sheffield Cathedral. This is a memory which will stick with Ryan as the ‘load paths’ were a little confusing to say the least. This is one of Ryan’s fondest achievements as it was one of the first projects he designed and saw erected.
Ryan attains an ILM qualification in Management.
Ryan Berry completes his HNC in Civil Engineering acing it with a Distinction grade overall and getting distinctions in all of the subjects. His passion for progression and development sees him applying for a part time degree at Leeds Metropolitan University which would take a further three years.
Ryan Berry becomes a technician member in the Institute of Engineering and Technology and a Member of the Faculty of Builders.
Ryan Berry completes an extremely complex project on the A1/M18 viaduct for a large contractor. The scaffold design required full approval from the Highways Agency by means of Approval in Principle, full design, design approval by CATIII check procedure and full inspection of the scaffold.
Ryan Berry undertakes management of a project at a Sheffield hospital. This is a memorable project in that it required full management and design from inception to completion and included a very complex temporary roof structure. Everything in the project from formulating tender documents, to appointing contractors, to erection, was managed in full by Ryan.
Ryan Berry obtains a 2:1 in Civil Engineering – Ryan remembers the most gutting feeling was the fact that he was just 1% off of a first class honors degree. He refused to let a minor blip like this stop him there. He wanted to carry on further in his academic studies, so applied to Leeds University (Rated in the top three universities in the country for structural engineering). Consequently he began to study and specialise in Structural Engineering at a Masters level.
Ryan Berry becomes involved in the design of a large amount of work for a large nuclear decommissioning project. Designing some of the most complex structures for and on behalf of his current company, he develops his knowledge of dynamic loading (impact loading,), which involved exploring innovative solutions to protecting persons from objects (1.5kg double coupler) falling 112.5m, reaching terminal velocity and weighing 3 ton on impact.
Also in 2010, Ryan Berry undertakes a mammoth design for T.H.Moss, a large principal contractor. A major road project, it involved many local agencies. This was one the most ‘constrained’ and technically demanding projects - a true feat of engineering. The sheer scale cannot be done justice, even with the photograph below (courtesy of the contractor).
And all this while still studying for his Masters!
Sheffield City Council.
As a project officer my main responsibilities were to:
• Facilitate the development of youth provisions in the South East of Sheffield, ensuring the service users opinions are incorporated in the final product.
• Tender and purchase equipment and services for the centre and the provisions provided i.e. internal fit out, computer equipment.
• Work on safety procedures for the building and for the users of the facility, and ensure the maintenance and upkeep of the building at all times.
• Liaise with partner agencies and senior management on issues affecting the building and actions required taking. I.e. City Councillors, Fire and Rescue, Local Residents.
• Work closely with service users on the interior design of the project along with commissioned agencies and contractors
• Facilitate meeting and conferences in the developed building for professionals and clients.
Premiership Football Club
One of my first engineering challenges was the design and calculations for a cantilevered access scaffold over Tottenham Court Road. Where my involvement was to produce working drawings that were sustainable and fit for purpose for all parties involved, i.e. the glazers, the bricklayers and the cladding contractors. The project was carried out on time and in budget – this was done with tight and rigid constraints.
September The structural engineering masters degree would take a further two years of study. Ryan recalls this being the most testing and rewarding part of his academic studies – pushing the boundaries of what you can do with scaffolding and writing a 130,000 word book on the ‘application of limit state design to temporary works’. He was commended by professors and industry experts on the depth of the research carried out in applying the Eurocodes Suite (at this time untested) and applying it to a subject area devout on the permissible stress approach.
Grade I Listed Structure in Gloucester..
Often, working with listed buildings of great historical importance in conjunction with the overseeing body for England are a major part of my work and portfolio.
Often designs solutions are complex due to the inability to deface or ‘fix’ into grade one listed buildings. An adept knowledge of scaffold design principles are required to meet the very strict parameters and prevent damage to such structures.
So we worked very closely on site with relevant agencies to ensure that the scaffold structure, being an as built design, was accurate and complied with all requirements and constraints. On completion of measuring the scaffold, a full design and calculations was completed to ensure compliance with current regulations.
This project also required me to support the entire existing structure laterally, and in parts, vertically.
December Ryan graduates, finally, from Leeds University with an 85% average in his masters degree attaining a first class / Distinction overall. He believes that this is as a result of the 1% down in his previous degree. For his work in the application of limit state design to temporary works, he is told by his peers at the university he should look to have the book published. His decision on this still awaits.
Large Boiler Scaffold – Boiler House Two (Boiler Scaffold – 50m approx).
The project and site constraints posed various issues, with regards to the As Built Design of the Scaffold. In order to comply with requirements of the power station, full working drawings and calculations were to be produced prior to the scaffold being passed for use. The following project was undertaken by myself and a team of Engineers to complete the following works:
• Employed as temporary works engineer, through a very large scaffolding contractor, I undertook a series of site visits and meetings with the design team (i.e. Scaffolding Contractor, Power Station Representatives) to ensure that accurate, precise drawings were produced in accordance with requirements.
• Following initial site visits, the team of engineers working on the project and myself, measured the full as built scaffold to allow full Working Drawings and Calculations to be produced.
• Following completion of the as built design, I attended site to carry out an inspection of the scaffold, ensuring the scaffold had been erected as per the design and calculations.
• Due to the heat circumstances of the environment, it was paramount that the design was accurate and precise as design errors could have caused catastrophic effects, i.e. axial shortening etc.
This was a project of massive proportions and was carried out on time, to cost, and I was praised for my work.
Scaffold Designs Limited.
As a design engineer my main responsibilities were to:
• Effectively design and calculate all temporary works structures in accordance with the most up to date Legislation, British Standard, Codes of Practice, guidance notes and company procedures, ensuring that the design is fit for purpose.
• Ensure that office administration procedures were carried out to ensure traceability of work.
• Work alone or in conjunction with other engineers and draughtsman to complete a project delegated by the design office manager or senior engineers.
• Check designs carried out by subordinates and ensure approval was carried out by the senior staff.
• Liaise with clientele to obtain information on temporary works structure i.e. site visits, meetings etc.
TRAINEE DESIGN ENGINEER
As a trainee design engineer my main responsibilities were to:
• Develop my AutoCAD knowledge and produce designs from sketches provided by more senior staff
• Develop an understanding of calculations and start to produce basic calculations for temporary structures
• Work in accordance with company quality systems
• Attend site with senior members of the team to learn site requirements and develop knowledge on surveying etc.
January It is reflection time in the Berry household. Professionally that is. Just three months after completing his degree work Ryan decides to start applying for chartership with the Institute of Civil Engineers. Although this work is ongoing, full membership is definitely within grasp, but little did he know that an opportunity would arise which would put this on hold for just a little while.
A large sports arena in Derby.
One of the largest free standing structure I worked on was at the aforementioned site in Derby. The scaffold was a 20m high free standing loading bay to a maximum loading of 10kN/m2.
The design required a full site meeting with the Project Manager, Quantity Surveyor and Principal Contractor, to ensure that the design was completed in accordance with the requirements of all parties on site.
Vast knowledge was acquired from the site at Derby due to the complexity of the design and the close working partnerships with other agencies / contractors.
January Ryan adopts the application of limit state design as a 'basis of design'. Training a team of engineers on its application and use within industry – the brilliance of this is that it brings closer the dark arts of scaffolding and temporary works to the permanent works sector.
Large scale bridge over the Mersey in Stockport.
This extremely complex project required my expertise from inception through to completion. I personally undertook the following as part of the project;
• Contract documents and quotation procedure.
• Site visits and liaison with environmental and water authorities and scaffold contractors to determine the project constraints.
• Outline design / approval documentation for the agencies, due to endangered species habitats present in the bridge.
A full design and calculations to completed to stringent times lines due to the hibernation and mating seasons of the endangered species.
October Creator Scaffold Designs and Temporary Works Consultants Ltd is created as a legal entity with companies house but remained dormant until 2014;
Large London Hospital at Kings Cross.
Working to the specifications of the government body in an active hospital, and the approval requirements / systems later in the project. Much of the work included engineering scaffolds that were in close proximity to roads, highways and adjoining party walls. Ensuring the replacement of a new hospital louvered roof.
With the scaffold being founded upon party walls and adjoining properties, working closely with the site manager, project manager and structural engineers was integral in the design of the scaffold. This required me to be based on site working directly with fellow engineers and site personnel.
February Ryan Berry’s last month before starting his own venture.
April 1st 17th March 2014 Official first day in the office.
March Sarah Simmonds joins the team
July Karl Bird joins the team
November Lisa Paterson joins the team
January Ben Wells joins the team
January Clay Pickworth joins the team
16th July Creator Secure contract for first job overseas
November Thomas Sellers joins the team
November Emilie Smith joins the team
January Kay Brown joins the team
March Mitchell Rowland joins the team
May Creator London office opened
September Cameron Hardy joins the team
September Andrew Timms joins the team
December Creator expand by moving into our present location.
April Ash Hudson joins the team
April Matt Blaylock joins the team
May Bev Doyle joins the team
August AnneMarie Gethen joins the team
September Alex Senior joins the team
September Nava Farhadzadeh joins the team
December Daniel Blatchford joins the team
November Sam Smith joins the team
Tim Neale joins the team
March Mary Coward joins the team