Creating a compliant design doesn't just happen

Today our quick six questions are directed to Michael Soth from the Sayfa design team. Michael is our Design Coordinator and he helps to ensure our clients are getting compliant design documentation for roof access and fall protection systems.

"My biggest motivator is the belief that we are actually saving lives."

1.  What tasks do you carry out in a normal day at Sayfa?
I design roof access and fall protection systems. I also answer design and basic technical queries via both email and on the phone. The enquiries I receive come from a variety of people -  architects, builders and installers - all wanting assistance in the design of compliant systems.

2.  You have been with Sayfa since the early days. How long have you been with Sayfa and what keeps you motivated?
Yes, I have been with Sayfa for almost eleven years now. I stay motivated for many reasons but my biggest motivator is the belief that we are actually saving lives.

"To ensure all of our designs are accurate we require roof and floor plans, external building elevations, overall building sections, mechanical layouts, relevant specifications, even 3D perspectives if they are available. If all of these are supplied at the onset, it cuts down a considerable amount of wasted time."

3.  What is the best way that a client can help make the design process run smoothly?
Firstly, by supplying all the documents required when they initially send through the design request and also allowing at least a week lead time. There are a lot of instances where we are missing vital plans or drawings and by the time we contact the client and wait for them to be sent, precious time can go by which can delay the whole process. To ensure all of our designs are accurate we require roof and floor plans, external building elevations, overall building sections, mechanical layouts, relevant specifications, even 3D perspectives if they are available. If all of these are supplied at the onset it cuts down a considerable amount of wasted time.

4.  What is the most interesting/challenging design you have ever had to do and why?
The most challenging design I've ever done was for the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. This was an extremely intricate design which required 3D models of the building to be supplied so that we could fully understand and comprehend the layout. By giving us this additional information we could visually see what was required which helped enormously with the system design.

"Nowadays, with the computer age, everything is done with software programs which streamlines the process greatly."

5.  How has the design process changed since you began with Sayfa?
When I first started working at Sayfa most drawings were sent via mail so we had huge drawings all over the office. As there were only hard copies supplied, everything was handrawn and so system layouts took much longer to complete. Nowadays, with the computer age, everything is done with software programs which streamlines the process greatly. It makes it much easier to send through finalised designs too and there are no big plans to wrestle with!

6.  On a personal basis, what were you doing the last time you looked at a clock and realised you had lost all track of time?
I was following around my one year old son who was in the front yard exploring the outside world. It's amazing how in such a short time he has gone from a tiny baby to a toddler who loves to get into everything. While we were there he even tried to eat a small rock! It only seemed a moment ago that he was born and now he is on the move and getting into mischief - they grow up too fast!

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“Nowadays, with the computer age, everything is done with software programs which streamlines the process greatly.”

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