Sean 'Bear' Forward
Engineering Systems Co-Ordinator\Manager
3D Modeller and Plant Visualization Specialist
I’ve recently moved back into the design group full time as Lead Structural Designer on the Roy Hill project for AMEC. I believe my extensive experience in working with project systems and working at the front end with shop detailing has given me the right skills to manage such a diverse project when it comes to the delivery of the Package 1phase of the Roy Hill project.
CAD Manager responsibilities including managing design systems for over 300 designers in 5 cities across Australia and overseas. Future proof the design team by laying out versioning plans for all software vendors. Working with software vendors to make sure company critical paths and issues are resolved. Coordinate and implement all systems procedures, user guides and other documentation as required. Liaise with Design Manager and Office Managers to make sure the systems group covers all design group system requirements and suggest ‘out of the box’ available solutions as well as required customisations.
I have been a CAD Administrator for Bentley Systems software as well as a beta tester with Bentley for more than 12 years. I have helped develop a scalable workspace environment that works for firms from 3 to 300. This means the system grows with the firm and leaves the efforts where they are required instead of having to reinvent the wheel for each project.
Having come from a design background, and still being involved in design, I believe my experience is enhanced further in that the systems and processes come from a knowledge of the design systems rather than being a software boffin. This means I can not only administrator the systems, but provide the procedures, guidelines and best practise trainig for a number of disciplines.
Specialties: Bentley software administration including AECOsim, TriForma, Bentley Structural, Bentley Architectural, InRoads, All versions of MicroStation to V8i. I also have experience in FrameWorks Plus, PDS, X-Steel and now Tekla Structures.
Project Lead Structural Designer
Project lead structural designer, package 1 on Roy Hill project.Maintain project scheduleInterview and engage staffLiaise with management on day to day design and project issuesCheck and advise staff on design issuesProject manning and work allocationsDesign drafting, modelling and checkingLiaise with shop detailersIssuing of model sets to detailersModelling and drawings in Bentley StructuralConstruction Support
In December 2013 I took over as Lead Designer (Structural) on the Roy Hill project for Package 1 managing a team of 8 designers and draftsman. As a fast track project we had tight schedules and a large involvement with the client rep and shop detailers.
Senior Structural Designer
Krumovgrad Gold Plant, Bulgaria.
CAD Administrator\Senior Structural Designer
3D Structural Designer and CAD Administrator.
CAD training including MicroStation, AECOsim, Tekla Structures and more.
3D and 2D steel and concrete modelling.
3D and 2D steel and concrete detailing.
Steel and concrete drawings.
Steel and concrete checking.
Shop detail checking (including checking of Tekla models).
CAD Systems Manager.
Due to the sheer volume of work and the number of people the build now supported, in July of 2011 I was promoted to Systems Manager and went ahead with growing the systems group to 4 people by early 2012. Day to day running of the build was transferred to the new members as I took on the managers roll.
I worked with our Brisbane RIO group to implement their first 3Di project fully supported by the Perth office. This meant that we did travel to Brisbane on a monthly basis to help with training and provide some face to face contact.
I worked together with the RIO IST group to identify some major issues with their virus checking software which was causing a major performance loss with their new high end CAD machines.
We started a Design Leads meeting to help us work together more as a team and have a better understanding on both Design and CAD issues. This covered topics such as build gaps and issues, software versioning\updates\rollouts, training and much more.
We also formed a Super User group. The idea of this was to have users at the front end of the CAD build development and testing so that we had people giving us feedback sooner, but also help us make people in all groups aware of build updates, how to use them and what changes would be beneficial.
CAD Systems Specialist.
CAD Systems Specialist. Due to a number of issues on a major project I had a very short turn-around time to implement a full CAD build from top down. This also meant catering an upgrade for half of the group from MicroStation 2004 to V8i. To add to the issue, gaps not picked up in Client build requirements also had to be identified and issues rectified prior to drawing delivery.
Once in place, the build expanded through to all Calibre Rail groups and then into the Calibre Projects RIO group and finally into the Brisbane office. At its peak, the build was in use by over 300 drafting group members across multiple offices and states. Plans were also in place to expand its use into overseas offices planned for Mongolia.
To aid users, many of whom did NOT come from a MicroStation background, I implemented the Calibre Knowledgebase. This is created using freeware and is a chm help file which is searchable, making it much easier for users to find information on relevant subjects. It is copied locally by the CAD build and available via a button on the build interface.
Due to the different requirements both civil and rail have in build requirements, I worked extensively with our Clients so that we could work through some issues we had with Client CAD builds and our drawing delivery. This included level requirements, cells and the use of real world sheet position so we could use our custom grid placement tools and more. Having a good relationship with many of the Client build custodians, including BHPBIO, helped us gain some effective delivery changes for the Rail group.
CAD Systems Specialist.
CAD Systems Specialist –all projects - redesign and simplify existing build and fill in the gaps. This included an update from MicroStation and Structural Modeller 2004 to XM and then V8i. This also included a standardized printing tool, new plot files, reviewed Part\Families and build levels and a more user friendly GUI for custom tools. All this took place in the middle of 2 major projects which meant all projects had to be upgraded as well.
Identify existing issues with modelling processes and implement training programs and project auditing to rectify these issues.
Expanded the use of the new AECOM Bentley build to Brisbane. Travelled between Brisbane and Perth managing the CAD systems for both groups as well as training staff in the use of the newer versions of MicroStation.
SPSi. Design and implementation of Bentley design environment that included MicroStation V7, V8, XM and V8i as well as InRoads and TriForma. Design and implementation of Group Drafting Manual, Client and Project Environments as well as involvement in IT issues such as security matrix, login scripts and a custom hta front end to give all Users better access and control of the build. Liaise with project sub-consultants to deliver electronic files in the correct format in a quicker and more automated manner. Training and troubleshooting staff.
Draft and collate the list of standard drawings for both concrete and steel for SPSi.
RGP5, BHPBIO and FAST, NW Western Australia. CAD Administrator\Structural Designer. Checking and coordinating of all structural sub-consultant drawings for the project. Drafting of architectural and steelwork drawings as required. Support of Staff and maintenance of MicroStation build for the project as this project had a unique requirement with the CADconform build from BHPBIO.
Also responsible for the conversion of all sub-consultant AutoCAD drawings to MicroStation and then Conforming the drawings for issue. This was aided with the creation of custom conversion tables and vba applications to remove non-standard Styles.
Aurukun Alumina Study. Aurukun, Queensland Engineering Systems Coordinator. Systems Lead for Bentley products including implementation and customisation of CAD build. Modelling Auditor for all 3D systems. Structural Drafting Lead which included the creation and update of modeling procedures for FrameWorks. Drafting procedures for use of FrameWorks inside the MicroStation V8 Environment.
Ravensthorpe Nickel Project and Support Group. Perth and Site, WA . Engineering Systems Coordinator. Systems Lead for Bentley and Intergraph products including implementation and customisation of CAD build. Modelling Auditor for all 3D systems. Creation and update of modeling procedures for FrameWorks. Drafting procedures for use of FrameWorks inside the MicroStation V8 Environment.
ERA (various). Perth, WA . Engineering Systems Coordinator. Systems Lead for Bentley and Intergraph products including implementation and customisation of CAD build. Modelling Auditor for all 3D systems. Design of various structures including consultation on the requirements and challenges of a site in a tropical area.
Comalco Alumina Refinery. Gladstone, QLD. Lead Draftsman – Workshop Warehouse. 3D design and document project using Architectural for TriForma, FrameWorks and MicroStation/J. 3D model used in the production of 2D drawings as well as in producing images to aid the Client in the choice of exterior colours for the building to reflect the site conditions.
Az-Zabirah Study. Jubal, Saudi Arabia. Engineering Systems Co-ordinator Visualization of 3D model for use in the documentation of design implementation. Images and video also used in the presentation of project to Client which was then used as part of the submission to potential investors.
BP Beachway Darwin, Australia. Structural Designer and Drafting Manager 3d model and design check for Brustolin Builders. Model was also used to display construction sequence via a flythrough generated in MicroStation.
Alice Springs Correctional Centre. Alice Springs, Australia. Structural Designer and Drafting Manager 3d model of the Centre to be used for facilities management and future design and maintenance works.
Gardens Oval. Darwin, Australia. Structural Designer and Drafting Manager Data collection and 3d model of the gardens oval precinct in Darwin. Information to be used in design of new sporting clubrooms and future works.
Darwin Wharf Precinct and East Arm Port. Darwin, Australia. Structural Designer and Drafting Manager Project called for a 3d model to be built of all wharves including East Arm Port to be built from existing drawings and photogrammetry data collection for all disciplines.
Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH). Darwin, Australia. Structural Designer and Drafting Manager Update the existing RDH 3d model to show effects of new emergency wing on current hospital layout.
Centenary of Federation Float. Darwin, Australia. Structural Designer and Drafting Manager Design and co-ordinate construction of trailer and structural items involved with the centenary of federation for the N.T. Government. Project involved co-ordination between three cities (Darwin, Sydney and Melbourne) as well as sub-contractors involved in the project.
Various maintenance programs. Kaiser Engineers. Perth, Australia. Frameworks Designer. Frameworks designer for the Worsley liquor-burning project. My task was to complete the design for the dryer structure. All design work was carried out using FrameWorks then 2d drawings were created for the purpose of checking. The final 3d model was then exported into X-Steel for use by the fabricators.
On the Lithgow silicon plant study. AKA various projects – sand separation plant/Pinjarra (FrameWorks and MicroStation), various tilt-up substations for Pinjarra and Wagerup. Detailing and 3d layout for Wagerup bauxite slurry storage tank up-grade and extension. Frameworks modelling and MicroStation concrete modelling for Comet/Ravensthorpe nickel project study. Steelwork detailing and layout for Calciner no 4 project for Alcoa as a part of the AKA.
Detailing and layout of bulk earthworks and roadworks for plant and conveyor BHP Yandi Project. X-Steel modelling and MicroStation detailing for Murrin Murrin/Annaconda Nickel. Structural detailing using X-Steel including modelling and document handling for BHP capacity expansion and Ricegrowers projects. Civil/structural detailer including client and vendor liaison, layout and design of gas odoriser storage and off-loading facility for Karratha to Port Hedland pipeline Project. Civil/Structural Detailer for materials handling, HBI project. CAD operator and database layout for Griffin venture shutdown.
2011, July-2012, July Calibre Global, Perth, WA CAD Systems Manager, all projects
2011, January-2011, July Calibre Global, Perth, WA CAD Systems Specialist, all projects
2010 - 2011, AECOM, Perth, WA CAD Systems Specialist, all projects
April 2009 -April 2010 SPSi. Perth, Australia.
CAD Administrator and Structural Designer.
RGP5, BHPBIO and FAST, NW Western Australia. CAD Administrator and Structural Designer.
2000 – Feb 2009 Hatch Associates. Perth, Australia.
Engineering Systems Co ordinator / Structural Design Draftsman.
Aurukun Alumina Study. Aurukun, Queensland . Engineering Systems Co-ordinator
Ravensthorpe Nickel Project and Support Group. Perth and Site, WA . Engineering Systems Co-ordinator
ERA (various). Perth and Site, WA . Engineering Systems Co-ordinator. Structural Designer
Comalco Alumina Refinery. Gladstone, Australia. Lead Draftsman – Workshop Warehouse.
Az-Zabirah Study. Jubal, Saudi Arabia. Engineering Systems Co-ordinator
1999 - 2000 Komae Solutions Engineering.
Darwin, NT. Structural Designer and Drafting Manager.
BP Beachway. Darwin, NT. Structural Designer and Drafting Manager Alice Springs Correctional Centre. Alice Springs, NT. Structural Designer and Drafting Manager Gardens Oval. Darwin, NT. Structural Designer and Drafting Manager Darwin Wharf Precinct and East Arm Port. Darwin, NT. Structural Designer and Drafting Manager Royal Drawin Hospital. Darwin, NT. Structural Designer and Drafting Manager Centenary of Federation Float. Darwin, NT. Structural Designer and Drafting Manager.
1999 ALCOA – Kaiser Alliance (AKA). Perth, WA. Structural Designer.
1998 Kaiser Engineers. Perth, WA. Frameworks Designer.
1997 Kaiser Engineers. Perth, WA. Designer Level 1.
1996 – 1997 Fluor Daniel. Perth, WA. Civil / Structural Detailer.
1996 Fluor Daniel. Perth, WA. CAD Operator.
Articles on Bentley software, including tutorials, in the following Web Sites and Magazines: MSM Manager, Published by Bentley Systems, USA ControlAltDelete, Published by Pen and Brush Publishers, Melbourne Australia http://AskInga.com, WorkPlace Wisdom, Calgary Canada (now with Bentley Systems)
Articles on the use of Intelligent 3d Modelling in Construction: MSM Manager, Published by Bentley Systems, USA ControlAltDelete, Published by Pen and Brush Publishers, Melbourne Australia
Currently Beta testing with Bentley systems for their Plant Vertical software and core MicroStation product.
Bentley Communities MVP
Former Owner and writer with the WA Fishing Magazine
Former Tournament Director for WA Bream Tournaments
Freelance Fishing Writer and Photographer published in Fishing WA, Western Angler, Fishing Monthly and Barra\Bass and Bream.
Email – email@example.com
Free CHM Creator
Adding an Error Alert to a Bentley cfg File
Tech Tip - Config Loading
Tech Tip - Reset Styles
Config Variable Equal to
Adding a Task Bar Icon to Our hta File
Controlling SM and AECOsim Section Files
MicroStation Project Security App
Dynamic Task Workflows
Tech Tip - Turn off Rendered Views
How hta Changed the Way I Deliver Builds- Part 1 - Introduction
How hta Changed the Way I Deliver Builds - Part 2 - Defining a hta File
How hta Changed the Way I Deliver Builds - Part 3 - Setting Variables Such as Client or Project
How hta Changed the Way I Deliver Builds - Part 4 - Starting an application
How hta Changed the Way I Deliver Builds - Part 5 - Check if Application is Installed
How hta Changed the Way I Deliver Builds - Part 6 - Disable Application Button by Project
How hta Changed the Way I Deliver Builds - Part 7 - Opening Windows Explorer
How hta Changed the Way I Deliver Builds - Part 8 - Dev Build hta
How hta Changed the Way I Deliver Builds - Part 9 - Kill Button
How hta Changed the Way I Deliver Builds - Part 10 - Run Your Own Scripts
How hta Changed the Way I Deliver Builds - Part 11 - Multiple Software Install Locations
How hta Changed the Way I Deliver Builds - Part 12 - Excel Help and Change Requests
How hta Changed the Way I Deliver Builds - Part 13 - Support Request Email
How hta Changed the Way I Deliver Builds - Part 14 - Enable Button by Username
Build Kick Off - _USTN_SITE
The Build - Part 1 - Standard Directories
The Build - Part 2 - All Aboard the cfg Ride
The Build - Part 3 - All Aboard the cfg Ride - Site cfg's
The Build - Part 4 - All Aboard the cfg Ride - Including Other Apps
The Build - Part 5 - All Aboard the cfg Ride - Running SS2 and SS3 as Separate Builds
The Build - Part 6 - Named Expressions
The Ultimate Portable Build - Part 1 - Relative Pathing hta
The Ultimate Portable Build - Part 2 - The appl.cfg
The Ultimate Portable Build - Part 3 - Scripting