Author: Clearhand

Structural Engineering Service in South Wales

Structural Engineering Service in South Wales

Structural Steel Service
Unloading at Swansea Docks

Engineers at Clearhand provide a Structural Engineering Service in South Wales and beyond.

Recently, their Structural Steel Design skills were used to help with the refurbishment of a number of dockside cranes operated by ABP.

Originally, these cranes were manufactured in Bath by world renown crane manufacturer Stothert & Pitt.

Up until recently, the cranes were in constant use at Newport Docks.

However, the cranes required a complete Mechanical and Electrical overhaul, together with relocation to Swansea Docks.

Consequently, the proposed move caused further issues, such as:-

  • The width between rail tracks at Swansea Docks was somewhat wider than the rail tracks at Newport Docks.

Structural Design and Analysis

Structural Engineering Service
Disassembly of Dockside Cranes at Newport Docks

Engineers at Clearhand solved a number of Structural Design and Analysis related issues.

These included:-

  • The Structural Design and Analysis of support stand structures for the cranes major assemblies, such as the Control Cabs, A Frames and Jibs.
  • To use the cranes on wider rail tracks, required the Structural Design and Analysis of a new main support beam, which enabled re-positioning of the cranes main wheel bogies,

Traditional Hand Analysis and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) methods support the Structural Engineering Service.


Structural Engineering Service

Structural Engineering Service
Onshape Models for FEA

In order to accomplish the work Clearhand used an online modern CAD system called Onshape.

All  3D Models are available in one place using Onshape.

Giving the advantage of all 3D Models initially created in different software available for use in one system.

As part of the Structural Engineering Service, Engineers at Clearhand use Structural Engineering Design and Analysis to carry out calculations that support and verify the design.

This includes traditional methods known as Hand Calculations alongside modern computational analysis like Finite Element Analysis (FEA).

Engineering Design Service South Wales

Engineering Design Service South Wales

Clearhand Ltd, provide an Engineering Design Service South Wales, from its Swansea, base.

They are also starting to reap the benefits of using Cloud Based Technology.

A move which has led to improved business efficiency, reduced costs and a new plan for further growth.

The use of cloud based technology throughout our operations combined with innovative opensource software, has boosted overall efficiency.

We are also enhancing our online presence and developing our digital marketing strategy, which will hopefully increase our exposure to a global client base.

Engineering Design Service South Wales

Engineering Design Service, South Wales
CAD on any device with Onshape

Whilst working as a Chartered Engineer for Swansea University, Clearhand’s Dr Daryn Taylor noticed an opportunity.

To fully embrace cloud based technology and start an innovative, Engineering Design Service in South Wales.

Clearhand has developed new ways of working, that uses a mix of open source and free software, such as:-

This strategy has also proved to be both flexible, effective and efficient.

Together with providing increased security for security conscious clients, like Nestle and Morgan Advanced Materials.

Files shared via the cloud are encrypted and backed up, but can be also be easily accessed using secure methods.

Onshape CAD

Engineering Design Service South Wales
3D CAD in the Cloud with Onshape

Onshape, is the world’s first online cloud based CAD system.

And has played a large part in building an innovative Engineering Design Service.

Also, as a modern CAD system, Onshape frees engineers to focus on doing their best work.

Using Onshape also unites modeling tools and design data management in a secure cloud workspace.

Also, Onshape is accessible on any device, never loses data, and eliminates design gridlock.

Superfast Business Wales

As an ‘early-adopter’ of cloud technology.

Clearhand has been supported by Superfast Business Wales.

Attending workshops and one-to-one training for SEO and website design.

Our online presence is a functional business asset.

It also provides a ‘shop window’ to clients, locally, nationally and across the globe.

The good news is, visitors numbers to our website are already increasing.

Computer Aided Design – Introduction to CAD

Computer Aided Design
Computer Aided Design with Onshape

Computer Aided Design

Clearhand is teaching a three day Computer Aided Design course.

Called Introduction to CAD, it is provided in conjunction with the Metal Project from Swansea University’s College of Engneering.

Introduction to CAD will improve your fundamental knowledge of 3D Modelling and 2D Engineering Design/Drawing.


The course is CAD neutral, but uses Onshape as the primary CAD system. 

Participation will therefore help you to increase your knowledge of 3D and 2D design.

It also includes “Resilient Modelling Strategy“, which is known to be applicable and relevant to all modern parametric CAD systems.

A number of local, South Wales based engineering companies including:- Oceaneering, Envases, Alchem Process, Weartech, Avon TSAhave completed the training, as well as others from further afield like:- MicroKerf .

Participants from all companies who attended the CAD training also provided very positive feedback and excellent reviews.

Moreover, due to the initial success of the course, Professional Engineers at Clearhand are very much looking forward to teaching additional CAD courses over the coming months.

Want to sign up for the next course?, then contact staff at the Metal Project directly or contact us here at Clearhand.

Industrial Structural Steel – Design and Analysis

Industrial Structural Steel

Clearhand helps companies with the Design and Analysis of their Industrial Structural Steel products, such as Walkways, Platforms, Pipe-Bridges, Pipe-Racks and Walkovers.

Images above show a selection of products that Clearhand has designed or analysed for a number of different clients.

Please contact us if you need help with the Design or Analysis of your Structural Steel products required for your projects.

Clearhand Welcomes Swansea University Graduate Engineers

Swansea University Graduate Engineers 

Clearhand would like to thank all Swansea University Graduate Engineers who have applied for a work placement with us.

The quality of the applicants has been outstanding and we have been very impressed with the interviews held to date.

Also, for those who haven’t had an interview yet, please keep a lookout as we will hopefully be offering additional placements in the future.

Welcome to Clearhand’s New Website!!!

Welcome to Clearhand’s New Website

Firstly, welcome to Clearhand’s new website and our first blog post!

Also, over the coming months, we will add more posts with regular updates and comment.

We will also be posting links to things we find interesting in Engineering and Design, along with anything else we find of interest to Engineers, well that’s our aim anyway.

Finally, for those of you who do find this site, please check back regularly for more updates from Clearhand and the wider world of Engineering.