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Meeting the engineers

Hi, my name is Sam Cooke, and this is the third blog in my series which describes my introduction to the property sector having joined Luma Marketing a few weeks’ ago.

Taking advantage of Luma’s industry connections, I introduced myself to some of our close contacts and asked if they would be willing to let me interview them about their businesses.

For this blog piece, I met Jonny Yusuf from DYSE, a structural engineering firm that has only been a business for a year and already has five members of staff. From the first few minutes of meeting Jonny and his partner Ed Dablin I knew they were really nice people. This was made fully clear when I saw that Jonny had already prepared for the interview using the questions I had sent over in advance. This was an excellent introduction to DYSE and how they go the extra mile for clients.

To become an engineer, you have to do a five to six-years study. This will include sometime in industry working and three-four years at university. After getting your degree you can then become a chartered engineer which you do by applying to one of four institutions. Read more here.

The UK government is currently exploring engineering apprenticeships which can start after GCSE’s or A Levels. One option means you attend university one day a week. All apprenticeships options mean that engineering students are less likely to fall into debt. Read more here.

DYSE offers services such as structural assessments, for example to decide whether a structure such as a bridge is sustainable and isn’t going to collapse.  DYSE often works with Highways England/ Network Rail on roads and bridges asking questions about the weight and load of the vehicles going over the bridge and making recommendations as to safety and any remedial works required: DYSE are problem solvers.

DYSE also supports maintenance work. For example, they might check whether a crane needs support to stop it from damaging the ground.

DYSE also undertake structural design of buildings and bridges working with collaborators such as Architects.

I believe that the services DYSE offers are essential to most builds to keep everything in order. They are as important to the process as the bricks.

Jonny doesn’t have a particular engineering industry role model, but he admires Brew Dog because they have an original business model. This is interesting because most people I talk about role models with talk about people not businesses.

DYSE’s clients value their technological knowledge. They are BIM Level 2 accredited and use a range of software packages including the Autodesk suite. I enjoy Autodesk software myself and find it the best option to build a 3D model of anything.

DYSE are not a normal structural engineering firm; they are much more. They are kind, well-educated individuals who go the extra mile on any project. This is something I see as imperative to running a great business.

Thank you, Jonny, for your time and allowing me to ask you about your business.

You can read more about DYSE here.


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