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I grew up on a farm in Sutherland and make a point of visiting it as often as possible with my family. I enjoy sports - specifically trail running which is a great way of staying in shape and get out in nature.
My wifes name is Chantel - we have been married for 12 years and I have 3 beautiful daughters.
Consulting and Project Management
Manage delivery of MeerKAT Telescope.
Consulting and Project Management
Manage design, manufacture, installation of SKA SA antenna structures.
Building, Construction and Engineering
I was project manager for the telescope structure and dome, with their associated control systems. This meant managing the projects on a highly technical level, taking responsibility for the financial management (including cash flow) and ensuring the projects were completed on schedule. Both these projects have been completed successfully.
I was also responsible for the mechanical part of the payload, which involveded composites and precise mechanical systems the design, manufacture, integration and commissioning of these were done in-house.
I did a lot of in-house design and analyses work and was responsible for the overall telescope lay-out (because of my CAD background) and to a large extend for the definition of interfaces between these subsystems.
Details on the project can be found on www.salt.ac.za.
With the success of the dragline bucket proven and because of very good future prospects, Caterpillar purchased the manufacturing facility from Barlows Equipment MFR in September 1998 and I took over responsibility for the dragline bucket design and development. At Barlows, but especially after starting at Caterpillar, I obtained a lot off International exposure and, apart from technical work, did a lot off marketing in Australia and the USA.
Apart from design work for production buckets, I have developed a new design dragline bucket (geometry/filling and structural design) and have been involved in new rigging design. The new concept bucket was manufactured and improvements in productivity were close to the predictions (from scale model tests) until today all dragline buckets at Caterpillar are based on these developments. I have outlined the direction in which Dragline Bucket Development should be concentrated over 5 and 10-year periods respectively before leaving CAT.
I was responsible for a dragline bucket development program that also served as my Masters Thesis (I received my degree in December 1997 (Cum Laude) and received the Gencor Medal for scientific development). The project involved the building of a scale model dragline (see Figure 1). I was solely responsible and had one boilermaker who assisted in building the scale model dragline. It was built up from an excavator that was scrapped. I was responsible for timescales, budgeting, designing (including hydraulic, electrical and data logging systems), the sourcing of parts and between the boilermaker and myself the physical construction. In the end it came down to seven months of hard work that provided me with valuable hands-on experience and taught me how to get along and manage the tradesman on the floor.
I have also done a lot of design and analyses (FEA) work on dragline buckets and other products.
1995 - 1997
M. Ing. - Mechanical Engineering
1991 - 1995
B. Ing. - Mechanical Engineering
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