Designing products to bring you home safely

Affectionately known by some of the team as "Rocket", we take a moment to meet Rodney from the Technical Department.

"I enjoy being able to assist in developing and designing products that help to ensure those who use them return home safely at the end of every day. This helps to provide the passion and drive for everything I do here at Sayfa."

1.  You are in the technical support department at Sayfa. What tasks are you required to perform in a normal day's work?
I often say that I am a bit of a Jack of all trades as I have a large variety of tasks, all of which certainly make my day interesting. My main role is the design of specialist access systems. This involves interpreting site photographs and sketches in order to achieve a suitable and cost effective access solution for the client, while maintaining compliance with the relevant Australian Standards and safety regulations. I am also involved in the general day-to-day drafting which includes assisting with the development of new products, maintaining and creating manufacture drawings for our standard products and developing specifications for inclusion in our technical documentation. I enjoy being able to assist in developing and designing products that help to ensure those who use them return home safely at the end of every day. This helps to provide the passion and drive for everything I do here at Sayfa.

2.  Have you always been involved in the same type of work, or did this change when you came to Sayfa? 
I started off as a structural steel welder but moved into drafting approximately three years ago. I was working as a structural steel draftsman and was involved in the design of specialist agricultural and industrial buildings.

"... there are stringent Standards and Guidelines that must be taken into account when dealing with height safety .."

3.  What is the most difficult drawing you have to do and why?
This is hard to say ... the drawings I do here at Sayfa are a bit easier compared to what I used to do - designing sheds and specialist agricultural buildings. My drawings have gone from having 100+ sheets to a maximum of 15! However, there are stringent Standards and Regulations that must be taken into account when dealing with height safety, so although there may be less pages there is sometimes a lot more to consider. Cooling towers are the most complex as we normally have to look at a large number of variables and design them to fit into space restricted areas. The bracing and stability of the cooling tower is challenging and needs a great deal of careful planning and analysis.

4.  You are currently being trained in a new software program. Can you explain what it is and how this will help you with your tasks?
We are currently implementing a new world class modelling software program which will allow us to create intuitive models. The benefit of this new system is that it allows easier manipulation of drawings thus making a quicker turn around possible. A win/win for everyone! Presently it keeps me occupied for about 30 - 40 hours a week as it is still in its infancy and requires a large amount of time to set up and configure the models prior to rolling it into every day use. However, it will be a fantastic asset once we get it up and running. 

"The benefit of this new system is that it allows easier manipulation of drawings thus making a quicker turn around possible. A win / win for everyone!"

5.  On average, how many drawings would you do in a week?
This varies depending of course on what I am drafting, but on average I would do between 15 to 20 a week. Drawings can vary from a simple product update to a complex set of drawings for a brand new system.

6.  If you could learn to do anything, what would it be and why?
I would love to get into computer programming. It would be awesome if I could create a computer program that would do my work for me and eliminate any repetitive tasks. I guess it's everyone's dream to streamline their work flow but just imagine if it could be done at the touch of a button!

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“… there are stringent Standards and Guidelines that must be taken into account when dealing with height safety.”

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