ABOUT US

 

Technicus Consulting was established in June 2010 by Barry Hipwell, Barrie Burgess and John Clare. The expertise brought by the principals covers more than four decades working in senior roles for consultancy practices in the eastern region. The practice has subsequently expanded to become a cohesive team of qualified engineers, technicians and support staff. Kevin Buttle joined the management team as an Associate in 2014.

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2004-2010:
    Sole practitioner Hipwell Consulting Limited, Consulting Structural Engineer
  • 1994-2004:
    Technical Director progressing to Managing Director of local firm of consulting civil and structural engineers.
  • 1981-1994:
    Technician progressing to Chartered Structural Engineer for local firm of consulting civil and structural engineers.
  • 1975-1981:
    Structural Draughtsman for HM Forces Royal Engineers.

Barry Hipwell - Director

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BEng (Hons) CEng MIStructE MInstRE

Over 35 years’ experience, from detail draughtsman through to Chartered Engineer, in the construction industry, in both military and civil environments. Design and detailing experience in all principal structural media. Experience in investigation and reporting with regard to building defects, Expert Witness Reports; Party Wall Surveyor; NHBC-registered timber frame designer; offshore gas platform inspections of secondary and tertiary structural elements.

Offshore training certificates include BOSIET, MIST and Donut (Personal Controlled Descent). Registered with Vantage. OPITO registration number 127355.

E-Mail: barry.hipwell@technicusconsulting.com

 

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2007-2010:
    Associate, Scott Wilson
    Consulting Chartered Structural Engineer.
  • 2000-2007:
    Associate, Cameron Taylor
    Consulting Chartered Structural Engineer.
  • 1987-2000:
    Consulting Chartered Structural Engineer
    Principal Engineer
    Fordham Johns Partnership

Barrie Burgess - Director

Barrie Burgess

BEng CEng MIStructE

Barrie has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. Structural Engineering experience includes a wide range of projects including schools, residential, multi-storey, theatres, sports & leisure facilities, churches, industrial and commercial premises.

Design experience in all principal structural materials. Extensive experience of preparing defects investigations and reports for a broad range of buildings and structures, including listed buildings, ancient monuments and marine and offshore structures.

Familiar with acting as lead consultant in preplanning studies, e.g. site investigation, geotechnical assessments, flood risk assessments, traffic studies, initial design concepts.

E-Mail: barrie.burgess@technicusconsulting.com

 

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2007-2010:
    Regional Director, Scott Wilson
    Consulting Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer and Chartered Surveyor.
  • 2000-2007:
    Regional Director, Cameron Taylor
    Consulting Chartered Civil Engineer and Structural Engineer.
  • 1974-2000:
    Fordham and Parsons/Fordham Johns Partnership,
    Consulting Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer

John Clare - Director

John Clare

CEng MICE MRICS AMIStructE

John has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry. Structural Engineering experience includes a wide range of projects including schools, residential, multi-storey, theatres, sports & leisure facilities, churches, industrial and commercial premises. Design experience in all principal structural materials.

Civil Engineering projects include aquaria infrastructure and tank design, including structural glass and acrylic, port and harbour works, dredging, wave calming structures. Offshore schemes include interfaces, subsea pipe protection, including dropped object design and pipe support structures.

Extensive experience of preparing defects investigations and reports for a broad range of buildings and structures, including listed buildings, ancient monuments and marine structures, Expert Witness Reports and the Party Wall, etc Act, due diligence surveys and reports.

E-Mail: john.clare@technicusconsulting.com

 

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2012:
    Senior Civil & Structural Engineer for local firm of consulting civil and structural engineers.
  • 2007-2011:
    Senior Engineer, Scott Wilson / URS
  • 2006-2007
    Graduate Structural Engineer, Richard Jackson plc
  • 2002-2006
    Structural Technician, Richard Jackson plc

Kevin Buttle - Associate

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BEng (Hons) CEng MICE

Kevin has over 15 years’ experience in the construction industry covering civil and structural engineering design, structural surveys, condition assessment reports, repair specification, development of maintenance plans and project management.

His experience covers design and review of new build and remodelling works for the residential, commercial, healthcare, industrial and retail sectors on both green and brownfield sites. Kevin’s experience also covers the design and review of offshore structures including offshore interfaces between jack-up barges and fixed platforms, skid frames and panels, hydraulic fluid reservoirs etc. for use on fixed platforms, floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels, and turrets. He also has experience in the assessment of offshore deck structures to support additional loading, and design and development of subsea installations in steel and reinforced concrete.

E-Mail: kevin.buttle@technicusconsulting.com

 

Curriculum Vitae

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John Best - Business Development Consultant

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John is a dynamic leader with an enviable track record in developing businesses and organisations in sectors ranging from energy, enterprise and marine to waste, safety and retail. This has been delivered through commercial, membership, not for profit, associations and voluntary organisations.

His experience encompassed senior roles with a commercial waste operator and an enterprise partnership before he conceived and founded the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) and became its first chief executive. EEEGR quickly became the region’s leading membership organisation and lobby group for the energy industry.

E-Mail: john.best@technicusconsulting.com

 

 

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2011-2013:
    Principal Structural Engineer for local firm of offshore design engineers.
  • 2009-2011:
    Senior Engineer, Scott Wilson / URS
  • 2006-2009:
    Graduate Engineer, Scott Wilson
  • 2004-2006
    Graduate Engineer, Cameron Taylor
  • 2002-2004
    Graduate Engineer, Fordham Johns

Kevin Dunnett - Principal Civil & Structural Engineer

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BEng (Hons) IEng MICE

Kevin has over 15 years’ experience in the construction industry covering civil and structural engineering design, structural surveys and concept designs.

His offshore experience covers the design and review of offshore structures, including interface bridges and stair towers, skid frames, panels and fluid reservoirs, flare booms, lifting apparatus and pipe supports for use on fixed platforms and floating production, storage and off-loading (FPSO) vessels.  Kevin has experience in the design of subsea reinforced concrete installations for pipe support and impact protection, sea-fastenings for offshore transportation of components, and assessment of fixed platform decks to support additional loading.

Kevin’s offshore experience covers preparation of structural design calculations in accordance with BS EN 12079, DNV 2.7-1, DNV 2.7-3, Lloyd’s Register, Department of Energy (DoE), Norsok, ISO, Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Reports, National Defence Research Committee (NDRC), British Standards (BS) and Eurocode (BS-EN) standards, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Noble Denton and AISC.

E-Mail: kevin.dunnett@technicusconsulting.com

 

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2011-2016:
  • Offshore Structural Engineer, ENG-CAD Ltd
  • 2011-2013:
    Civil & Structural Engineer, J P Chick & Partners Ltd
  • 2009-2011
    Civil Engineer, Environment Agency
  • 2006-2009
    Graduate Engineer, Scott Wilson / Cameron Taylor

Nathan Blowers - Principal Civil & Structural Engineer

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BEng (Hons) MSc

Nathan has over 10 years’ experience working in the construction and offshore oil and gas industries covering civil and structural engineering design, structural surveys, condition appraisals and specification of maintenance and repair schemes.  He also has project management experience for both onshore and offshore projects.

Having recently completed his Masters degree in Oil & Gas Structural Engineering, and worked for the last 3 years as an Offshore Structural Design Engineer, Nathan has a wealth of experience in the offshore sector.  This includes design of structural alterations, repair works, extensions and new installations for offshore fixed platforms and vessels.  He also has current health & safety training and certification to allow him to undertake offshore surveys.

As well as his offshore design experience, Nathan also has a sound background in the design and detailing of onshore building structures, roads, drainage systems and other civil engineering structures ranging from small domestic alteration projects, through to new build housing developments and more complex industrial and commercial developments.

E-Mail: nathan.blowers@technicusconsulting.com

 

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2015-2016:
  • CAD Technician, Pipeshield International
  • 2014-2015:
    CAD Technician, Create Consulting Engineers
  • 2011-2014:
    Draughtsman, Perenco UK
  • 2004-2011:
    Surveyor / Draughtsman, C A Design Services Ltd
  • 2003-2004:
    Technical Assistant, Norwich City Council

Adam Croft - CAD Technician & BIM Modeller

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Adam has over 15 years’ experience using AutoCAD software to prepare plans, sections and details drawings for civil engineering, structural engineering and offshore engineering projects.  He also has a surveying experience, including carrying out measured building and topographic surveys, and preparation of detailed survey drawings.

Whilst he has a wealth of knowledge regarding onshore buildings and structures, he also has experience in the offshore industry as a result of his previous employment with Perenco UK & Pipeshield International.  This included maintenance and design of topside and subsea structures.

Adam is currently developing his 3D modelling skills and knowledge to enable him to become proficient in the use of AutoDesk Revit Building Information Modelling (BIM) software.

E-Mail: adam.croft@technicusconsulting.com

 

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2006-2011:
    PA to Director, Health Protection Agency
  • 2004-2006:
    PA to Chief Executive, SRG Ltd
  • 1989-2004:
    PA to Company Secretary, BACS Ltd
  • 1988-1989
    PA to Equity Partner, Hunters & Partners
  • 1983-1988
    Secretary to Branch Manager, Ellis & Buckle Ltd

Anne Young - PA & Credit Controller

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Anne has over 40 years experience working as a secretary, administrator, personal assistant and credit controller for various employers in a range of industries in London and the South-East of England.

Anne's experience and knowledge form a key part of the efficient operation of Technicus Consulting, from provision of secretarial support, project administration, report writing and credit control.

E-Mail: anne.young@technicusconsulting.com