Heavy Lift Specialist

Last Updated: 5th August 2017 (over 5 years ago)



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Age Range
45 to 54

Qualification Level
Other Post Graduate


Highly motivated and experienced individual with over 35 years’ experience in lifting, transport and rigging across many industries globally. I have broad leadership experience managing many diverse projects, people and equipment and have a strong will to succeed with an absolute focus on safety and wellbeing, together with extensive technical and commercial capability.


Halton Technical College

   Sep 1996
— Jun 1997

Career Qualifications

   Jan 1995
— Jan 2017

Management Courses

• Advanced Management Program at Australian Institute of Management WA-UWA
• Advanced Project Management Program UK
• Front Line Management Cert 4, Australia
• Front Line Safety Leadership, Australia
• Managerial Safety Course (COSHH, Health & Safety at Work)
• Managerial Safety Course (LOLER/ PUWER)
• Management of Lifting Operations, CPCS “Appointed Person”
• Construction (Design & Management) Regulations Course (CDM)

Technical Training

• City & Guilds - Advanced Computer Aided Design (AutoCAD), UK
• City & Guilds – Lifting Plant Operations, UK
• Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) – Lifting Equipment Inspection, Australia
• Lloyds British - Lifting Equipment Inspector, UK
• Liebherr Crawler Cranes – Technology & Equipment Training, Germany
• Mannesmann Demag & Liebherr Technology Training – All Terrain Cranes, UK
• Cometto MSPE - Technical Training, Self-Propelled Modular Trailers, Italy
• BS7121 Planning & Control of Lifting Operations, UK
• Height Safety Equipment Inspection, Australia
• Technical Rope Access Course (Equivalent to ARATA Level 1), UK

Industry Certification

• AU High Risk Work Licence – Open Crane – Advanced Rigging – Elevated Work Platforms
• UK Construction Plant Competence Scheme “CPCS” - Crawler Cranes (all sizes) - Mobile Cranes (all duties) - Appointed Person - Forklift Trucks - Lorry Loaders - Mobile Elevated Work Platforms - Slinger/Signaller - Assessor / Validator
• Norwegian Rigging Certificate
• UK Driving Licence, Class 1 Heavy Goods Vehicle
• Australia Open Driving Licence
• Working Safely At Height (June 2015)
• 4WD Drive & Recover
• First Aid (Feb 2015)


Techlift International Limited
Heavy Lift Consultant

   May 2017
— Current

Acting as senior consultant on many diverse international projects,Techlift is a leading international independent consultancy group, specialising in heavy lifting and the transportation of heavy loads. Their vision is to be the partner of choice to clients in diverse industries across the globe by consistently delivering the highest quality of service.

Monadelphous Group Ltd
Divisional Manager - Heavy Lift

   Mar 2010
— May 2017

Recruited to establish and develop a world class heavy lift capability involving the start-up of a new business unit and building a highly professional team. As divisional manager, I have full responsibility to drive all aspects of the department include the P&L; financial/commercial, human relations, operations, engineering, risk management, business development and innovation as well as acting Heavy Lift Specialist for the group. During the past 7 years, the department has grown significantly to include a full functional engineering, operational, maintenance and commercial teams. This has allowed us to service many major projects around Australia. Initially responsible for servicing the company’s construction activities on major projects in the mining, energy, oil & gas sectors the department has grown to service all the company’s activities as well as developing its own growth strategy outside the existing business. Responsible for a large fleet of heavy lift equipment including cranes to 750te capacity, self-propelled modular trailers, large capacity jacking/skidding equipment and a fully functional rigging stores with LEEA & NATA accreditation. I am heavily involved with tendering and project execution strategies with the responsibility to produce and review in-depth feasibility and constructability studies. Below is a small sample of major projects I have been directly involved in as heavy lift manager and group specialist:

Client - Project - Sector - Contract Value
INPEX - Ichthys LNG Project - Oil & Gas - $700m+
Chevron Australia - Wheatstone LNG Project - Oil & Gas - $400m+
BHP Billiton Petroleum - Macedon Gas Plant - Oil & Gas - $127m
Woodside - Pluto LNG - Oil & Gas - 500m+
Rio Tinto - Cape Lambert Port B - Mining & Minerals - $250m
BHP Billiton - Port Hedland Inner Harbour - Mining & Minerals - $445m
Citic Pacific Mining - Sino Iron - Mining & Minerals - $160m
BHP Mitsubishi Alliance - Caval Ridge CHPP - Mining & Minerals - $160m
Newcrest Mining - Cadia Mine Stage 2 - Mining & Minerals - $150m
WICET - Wiggins Island Coal Terminal - Marine - $463m

Techlift UK Limited
Senior Consultant / Director

   Jan 2001
— Dec 2010

2009 to 2010 – Foster Wheeler Worley Parson Joint Venture (Oil & Gas)
Senior Heavy Lift & Transport Engineer (Pluto Project Western Australia)

As Techlift, coordinating between Client, Management Team, Heavy Lift, Shipping, Civil and Mechanical Contractors. Responsible for reviewing and approval of all Heavy Lift Contractors lifting, transport and jacking procedures. Verification and supervision of crane, transport and jacking operations. Management of all “Test Inspection Records”. Responding to lifting contractors technical queries regarding mechanical and civil issues. Participating in hazard identification workshops, safety circles and taps route investigations. Completing and review of feasibility studies, checking crane capacities, locations, and elevations for clashes and transport route clearances. Onsite equipment included 800, 600, 400 & 350 tonne Crawler Cranes, 192 Lines of Self Propelled Modular Trailers, 48 Lines of Multi Axle Conventional Trailers, Heavy Lift, RO-RO and Wide Deck Vessels and 1000 tonne Hydraulic Jacking Arrangements. The project involved the shipping, transportation and lifting of over 350 heavy items including vessels up to 420te, PAR’s up to 300te and PAU’s up to 2000te.

2007 - 2008 Ledwood Mechanical Engineering Limited (Oil & Gas)
Senior Construction Engineer - Heavy Lift (RCCU Revamp Project, Statoil, Mongstad, Norway)

As Techlift, management of heavy lift, transport, shipping and rigging activities for a major RCCU revamp. Providing onsite planning and management before and during the revamp of the Regenerator and Reactor. Producing pre-tender documentation, full tender requisitions, lift studies, method statements, risk assessments for all lifting activities and review / evaluation of crane, shipping and transport contractors proposals. Producing and presenting HAZID/HAZOP presentations, overseeing and coordinating of load outs, crane erection and lifting and transport operations. Completing the set-up and operation of an onsite rigging store along with lifting equipment inspection and verification. Operations included the load out / offload, transport and placement of the New Regenerator Head weighing 400 tonnes. Some of the onsite equipment included 1350 tonne Crawler Crane (LR11350), 36 Lines of Self Propelled Modular Trailers, Jumbo Shipping Heavy Lift Vessel and 150 tonne Strand Jacking System.

2006 - 2007 Bechtel International (Mining & Minerals)
Senior Rigging Engineer (Alcoa, Fjardaal Aluminium Smelter Project, Iceland)

As Techlift, planning and supervision of Critical, Heavy and Medium lifts including production of lifting studies, drawings, calculations, method statements and safe job analysis. Providing onsite crane and rigging training for Icelandic and Polish supervision and trades. Lifting equipment inspection / verification and onsite testing of overhead travelling cranes prior to operation. Responsible for onsite assembly and installation of equipment modules to the Anode Rodding Building. Operations included the offload and positioning of a 600 tonne Hartmann Vacuum Ship Unloader and the transportation and lifting to position of various modules over 200 tonne. Some of the onsite equipment included 600 tonne Crawler Crane (CC2800), 48 Lines of Self Propelled Modular Trailers, Strand Jacking and Skid Systems, Heavy Lift Vessels and a large number of Mobile and Crawlers.

2005 - 2006 Abnormal Load Engineering (Oil & Gas)
Heavy Lift Specialist (FCCU Shutdown, BP Coryton Refinery, Essex UK)

As Techlift, providing onsite supervision and coordination of all heavy lifts and transport during the shutdown. Operations included the transportation and lifting of the 300 tonne New Reactor Vessel and 250 tonne New Regenerator Head. Some of the onsite equipment included a 1200 tonne Strut Jib Pedestal Crane (Gottwald 912), 48 Lines of Self Propelled Modular Trailers and 600 tonne Jacking / Weighing Equipment.

2004 Shell UK Limited (Oil & Gas)
Lifting Superintendent/Client Representative (Block 1 Shutdown, Ellesmere Port Refinery, UK)

As Techlift, acting as third party consultant to evaluate review and sign off on all contractors lifting proposals and method statements. On site coordination and supervision to verify all lifting operations comply with Shell regulations and procedures. Lifting equipment inspection and verification prior to lifting operations. Verify all training documentation for crane operators and rigging personnel. Some of the onsite equipment included up to 60 Mobile Telescopic Cranes, 1000 tonne Pedestal Crane, Mersey Mammoth 250 tonne Floating Crane and 500 tonne Jacking and Skidding System.

2003 Foster Wheeler Energy Limited (Oil & Gas)
Heavy Lift Specialist (Acrylic Acid and Acrylates Project, Sasol, Sasolburg, South Africa)

As Techlift, providing onsite review and sign off on heavy lift contractor’s procedures and methods for the installation of two 320 tonne Reactor Vessels. Supervision and verification of crane erection, transport and lifting operations. Some of the onsite equipment included 400 tonne crawler crane (LR1400/2) and multi axle conventional trailers.

2002 Slattery Skanska USA Inc / Bay Crane Inc (Power Generation)
Project Rigging Engineer (Ravenswood Cogeneration Power Plant, Queens, New York, USA)

As Techlift, production of lifting / rigging plans for all Critical, Heavy and Medium Lifts including drawings, calculations, method statements and safe job analysis. Coordination between client and crane / heavy lift contractor. Operations included the load out / offload transportation and positioning of Turbines and Generators, transportation and lifting of 150 tonne Transformers and load out / offload of HRSG Boiler Sections. Some of the onsite equipment included 400 & 300 tonne Crawler Cranes, 600 & 400 ton Telescopic Cranes, 1000 ton Barge Mounted Crane, 900 ton Hydraulic Gantry Systems and Multi Axle Conventional Trailers.

2001 Ledwood Mechanical Engineering Limited (Oil & Gas)
Heavy Lift & Rigging Specialist (FCCU Turnaround, ExxonMobil Refinery, Fawley, UK)

As Techlift, providing onsite management and planning of all heavy lift and rigging activities, production for all lifting studies for the exchange of the 800te FCCU Reactor Vessel. Review and evaluation of crane and heavy lift contractor’s proposals. Onsite supervision and coordination of all lifting activities, set-up and control of site rigging stores, lifting equipment inspection and verification. Operations included the exchange of the 800 tonne Reactor Vessel along with all associated Overhead Line, Risers, Steel work etc. Some of the onsite equipment included 800 tonne Crawler Crane (LR1800), two 1000 tonne Telescopic Cranes (LTM11000D), 3000 tonne Strand Jack & Skidding System (Lastra) and 20 Telescopic Cranes Daily up to 300te.