"The dynamic aspect makes the work here so enjoyable.”

Keep learning with René

Who?  René Teunissen
Employed at TSC Since September 2012
Function Project Leader

Every confidence in the result

A practical craftsman. A flexible all-rounder. He can clearly communicate the technical insight that 20 years of building stairs and five years of constructing silos has provided him. TSC Project Leader René Teunissen. With a clear objective, he has every confidence in the result. A strong, direct approach that is appreciated by clients and colleagues.

From 20 years of experience to learning in practice

Twenty years of experience designing and building steel stairs, at least until his employer went bankrupt at the height of the financial crisis. With 20 years engineering experience, he took a position at TSC. René states: “The job matches the work I was used to. I had already worked with the Tekla drawing package that had just been introduced here and of course I knew how to work with steel. The product was the only thing new to me. Square silos. Initially I thought that it was similar to building halls, but this was not the case. We design and build entire building constructions from 40 to 50 metres high, you really have to learn that in practice.”

“The design and building of entire building constructions, you really have to learn that in practice.”

Drawing, organising and travelling

TSC silos - ReneThe work at TSC is more versatile than what he was used to, despite the fact that he assembled, drew and welded at his previous employer: “As engineer you make technical drawings, you organise the transports, do the purchasing, maintain contact with the client and visit the construction site approximately twice a month. You check the progress and quality at the site, discuss various obstacles, speak to the client and determine whether you have to make adjustments somewhere. Every now and then I attend building meetings where we discuss what needs to happen, along with ten or so people from various companies. This dynamic aspect makes the work here so enjoyable.”

Keep learning

René also hits the books just like the rest of his colleagues. “I learned most things at Technical Secondary School 30 years ago, but it is important to keep developing. I do this every day in practice, but we also get room to expand our knowledge with training.” He has taken German and English refresher courses and he is one of the TSC staff members following the Building With Steel constructor course. René: “I speak the same language as our Structural Engineers. thanks to this training. This is how we understand each other better.”

“It is important to keep developing. I do this every single day in practice”

Wanting to help each other

Delving into each other’s profession internally is something that goes well at TSC, states René: “We are a group of 18 colleagues. A close-knit team with a shared passion for steel constructions. We have similar backgrounds and are quite similar in terms of character. Less talk, more work. Roll up your sleeves and just get on with it. I believe that is why we are very close, that we really want to help each other. I really appreciate that here!”

Show us what you got

Back to business. What does René believe is the most important aspect with silo construction? He answers resolutely: “Communication. The communication with colleagues, other suppliers, but primarily with the client. Does he know exactly what he wants and does he have a realistic idea of what we will build for him? With our 3D drawings we can show the client the final result before we start. Here we also show the machines and chutes from other suppliers, so that the client can experience the whole thing. And so that we can discover challenges in advance, such as beams that you could potentially hit your head on, handrails that your fingers could get stuck in. Machine builders focus primarily on their own product, so it is only during the construction (where all components are connected) that the challenges come to light. Thanks to drawing the complete construction with installation and by looking at it together with the client in advance, we make something that we can build efficiently and where the client can work in a good and safe way.”

3D square silo hoppers

“Our 3D drawings allow us to show the client the result in advance.”

Achieve

When the total project is drawn up and the client has enthusiastically given the green light, the design is implemented on location. René: “If we work with local assembly teams, we have an expert supervisor who closely coordinates the entire project on location. However, we generally work with one of the six assembly teams that are more or less fulltime on the road for us. They speak their languages and they know us and our products very well. This is how we can achieve what we promise.”

“You see the construction that you dreamt up literally come to life.”

Satisfaction

“This is the best moment”, says René, “when the drawing work and production are ready and everything is assembled at the construction site. You see the construction that you have dreamt up literally come to life. When the engineers can build in a relaxed way with the components that fit perfectly and the client is satisfied and comes to shake your hand … That gives real satisfaction.” René also does not cite a simple project when he is asked about his most memorable job. The enormous Swiss coffee silo. “We have constructed a large silo with 50 cells in a limited space, multiple levels, stairs and platforms. A construction which must be resistant to shaking machines and other internal and external stress. In the cells, coffee beans are separately stored in different phases of the roasting process. We developed spirals that gradually take the beans to their place in the silo. No broken beans. The client was so satisfied that we were able to commence the next project immediately. Now we are working with an even larger coffee silo in Norway. For me, this is the ultimate evidence that we are doing well.”

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