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Structural Engineering Audits

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Engineering Audits & Inspections

Engineering audits and engineering inspections are an integral part of both new projects on site and ongoing operations.  They are an exercise in benchmarking to assess and understand what is currently in place and quantifying this through reporting.  They can identify areas where corrective actions may be required to achieve compliance, or where improvements would provide a benefit to the client.  Engineering audits and engineering inspections are tools that can also be used to determine if a project was installed in accordance with the original designs, and provide an accurate starting point for future projects.  They can also be an opportunity to have an independent set of eyes review the situation and provide an informed assessment.

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installed stairway

Comparing MBR & SBR Technologies

Monday, October 17th, 2016

While there are similarities between MBR and SBR (both are forms of the activated sludge process), there is one fundamental difference – the method of separating the mixed liquor from the treated wastewater.  SBR technology relies on gravity settling (or phase separation), while MBR technology uses the membrane as a physical barrier for separation.  On the surface this may seem like a subtle difference, however, by using a physical barrier for separation, MBR technology provides numerous advantages.

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Silo Access Stairway Design & Construct

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

When one of our clients identified a safety improvement for accessing a silo they contacted us to come and look at what could be done.

The slaker room of the lime silo was accessed by climbing a rather wobbly 5m ladder.  Perhaps when this was built it was intended to allow for periodic maintenance but  it had become necessary for operations personnel to have to climb the ladder many times throughout a shift, day and night.

lime silo with ladder

Existing Access Ladder to Lime Silo Slaker Room

As is typical of most jobs that Syngineering gets called to, there were plenty of constraints to work within.  The existing silo structure could not be used to support the stairway and the base of the silo formed a bund.  The remote location and ongoing operation of the facility also meant that the stairway would need to be pre-fabricated and installed with minimal disruption to operations.   Detailed drawings of the silo structure were not available and there were also underground services that made avoiding any excavation appealing.  In fact this was not the first time the client (the operators of the plant)  had tried to solve the problem but previous proposals had come back as to expensive and were not supported to by plants owner.

We got thinking and proposed that the stairway commence on a neighboring concrete slab.  This reduced the overall height of the elevation.  We did some calculations to check our idea could comply with AS1657 and then quickly sketched up our concept and shared it with the client to ensure the direction we were proposing would be acceptable.

lime silo stairs marked up

Proposed Stairway Concept

The client agreed our concept was both feasible and practical and their client in-turn was satisfied that we had proposed an economical solutions.

In order to ensure minimal need for onsite modifications during installation a survey including a 3D scan was undertaken.  Once the stairway design was detailed and presented to the client for review and comment it was then able to quickly move to fabrication.

Since ease and speed of installation were considered right from the start, disruption to operations was minimized and could take place during normal operation of the plant. The stairs were installed in under two days, with lost access to the lime silo less than 24 hours.

Completed Stairway



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Seismic Detector Installation – Another Innovative Design by Syngineering

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Another innovative design project from Syngineering that eliminates many of the manual handling issues associated with installing Seismic Detectors.  Eliminates all of the manual digging and back issues not to mention potential snake bites as they walk through long grass.  This innovative design was developed and manufactured in Queensland, Australia and comes complete with RPEQ certification.

Seismic Detector Rig

Seismic Detector Rig working in outback Queensland

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Contact Syngineering for details and support for either your Seismic test program or eliminating manual handling issues

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Case Study: Syngineering uses FEA to achieve cost savings for Metalmark

Friday, September 20th, 2013


Mark Davies from of Metalmark thanks Syngineering 

Mark Davies, Director at Metalmark, recently approached the team at Syngineering for verification and optimisation of one of his designs. He wanted them to help him achieve a high performance lifting hook with significant cost savings, and Syngineering utilised FEA (Finite Element Analysis) to achieve the best result.

As Mark explains, “We developed the design to a pretty high standard, so it was quite well-advanced. We then approached Syngineering who suggested some options.”

Stronger and lighter

“Syngineering improved the design by using FEA to identify a stress concentration. They then came back to us with a number of options, including one that was far better than our original design.


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Case Study: Syngineering helps APT Fabrication grow their profits

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

APT FabricationsWhen it comes to having engineering drawings done for complex 4×4 parts and accessories, the team at APT Fabrication in Brisbane trust Syngineering to do the job to an extremely high standard.

“Working with Syngineering enables us to outsource certain manufacturing tasks – which decreases overall production costs and helps to grow our profits,” explains Ben Woodgate, Director.

Stronger and lighter

“We sell a range of Land Rover 4×4 accessories and parts in our online store.I’ll build a product prototype, such as underbody protection, steering and suspension, or front and rear protection, and then I’ll take it to the guys at Syngineering.

They use their engineering expertise to provide me with highly accurate, professional engineering drawings, which I then pass on to the companies that we outsource to do the cutting, section curving or ring-rolling.

This makes the manufacturing process much more affordable – and allows us to pass those savings on to our valued customers.”


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Oxygen Lance Reverse Engineering

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Syngineering have recently been working on a project for a major Queensland power station.  Furnace lance

The original request was to reverse engineer a set of components and produce manufacturing drawings for the oxygen lance.

Sounds simple, except for the fact that many of the components had been burnt away in the furnace.

The team of experienced engineers, draftsman and tradesman at Syngineering worked closely to produce not only manufacturing drawings but exploded views for manuals, sectional views and rendered models to help.



Plant design and factory layout modelling

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Plant design, optimized factory layouts and high quality HAZOP studies using 3D CAD Modelling.Rendered Water Treatment Plant

HAZOP studies are thankfully common place in the oil and gas industry.  HAZOP’s typically focus on the P&ID.  Syngineering produce high quality rendered images and rendered walk throughs to improve the quality of the HAZOP studies.

The high quality rendered images and walk through videos can also be used to improve the quality of HAZOP studies, change management, engineering design and communication throughout the project even during construction.


Reverse Osmosis Plant Design Layout

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Case Study: Drake Trailers

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Syngineering Pneumatic Tyre Lifter

“It actually costs less getting Syngineering in to handle the drawings than having our guys do the job!”

Syngineering makes life EASY for Drake Trailers

Drake Trailers are leaders in the industry of designing and building heavy haulage trailers, and to make reliable products they need reliable manufacturing equipment. “We have a constant demand for jigs, stands and lifting gear to assist in production,” Production Supervisor Rob Beattie says.

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Case Study: Virginia Sheet Metal – Brisbane

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Ricky from Syngineering at Virginia Sheet Metal

“We rely on the huge amount of detail the Syngineering team put into their engineering drawings.”

When Paul Curley, Operations Manager at Virginia Sheet Metal requires engineering drawings to fabricate products for his clients, he turns to Syngineering — because he knows they’ll always provide him with quality work.

“Syngineering not only give us detailed drawings, but also an incredibly quick turnaround — so we can deliver for our clients.”

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Case Study: OneSteel Brisbane

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

“Shane’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty… that’s what makes working with Syngineering so easy.”

When it comes to equipment certification and design, Process Improvement Manager at OneSteel Reinforcing, Kerry Gray, relies on Syngineering for expert advice.

Fast response

“I’ve been working with Shane Matthews of Syngineering for years, and he’s always been very helpful,” says Kerry.

“When I have a compliancy issue here or at any of our branches — whether it’s a trolley, storage rack or a major piece of infrastructure — I send him a scrap of paper with a few dimensions on it, and I get a beautifully engineered drawing in return. He is very expedient with getting drawings done and I never really have to wait more than two weeks, which from a compliance perspective is very important. I really can’t fault the guy.”

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