Matthew Ray

POSITION
Principal Structural Engineer


QUALIFICATIONS
BEng, University of Sydney


MEMBERSHIPS
MIEAust


AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Design of steel warehouse structures.
Design of precast tilt-up industrial buildings
Utilisation of design aids such as Microstran, RC Building and SLABS
Design management of construction projects

Matthew has over twenty-five years of industry experience in Australia and China. Matthew specialises in industrial buildings. As a structural designer, Matthew focussed on achieving economy and construction efficiency. Matthew is also accustomed to dealing directly with project managers to ensure the best possible finish and to meet all the client’s needs.

Career highlights

Client: Leibherr Group
Liebherr Warehouse, Redcliff (AUD 10 million)- Perth, WA

This Liebherr project, to design and construct a new 5,000m2 warehouse, production and distribution facility. The project featured 61m span portals at 9.0m centres, with a 19.1m ridge height to allow for high bay racking, allowance for a future gantry crane, specialised details for 1m wide kingspan external panels to the entire building and a specialized super flat jointless slab.

Kotara Homemakers Centre – Kotara
– MBA award winner 2011, retail building up to 30 million

As the Principal Structural Engineer for the Taylor design and construct team assisted in minimising costs by proposing a redesign of the structure and the utilisation of a hybrid system of composite precast panels, as well as tilt-up construction. The layout of the 30,000 square metre building area suited the use of varying systems at the front and rear. The use of offsite precast panels reduced time on the program.

The Kotara Homemaker Centre facility was completed three months ahead of schedule, enabling retailers to trade prior to Christmas

FDC – NextDC Data centre S1 – Eden Park
– MBA award winner 2014, Best Communication building 25 million +

Provided structural solutions to maintain the building programme for this complex, service-driven data centre; as a result, the centre was opened on time and within budget. This data centre and has recently achieved Uptime Institute Tier III certification, an assurance that the facility will support extremely high levels of service availability. This award-winning project was constructed by FDC Construction and Fitout.

Career history

1989—Present
Griffiths Engineers Australia—Structural Engineer

Projects Summary

1989—Present
Principal Structural Engineer—Griffiths Engineers Est. 1973

Client: FDC Construction & Fitout
Fujitsu Data Hall extension, Greystanes (AUD 2.5 million)—Sydney, NSW
Structural Engineer

This structure was won in a D&C capacity by FDC Construction, who engaged Griffith’s Engineers for our economic and speedy designs. The project went through a number of design changes yet Griffiths Engineers easily adapted to the changes and thus the project is still well within the time frame.

Matthew was responsible for the structural design for construction as well as continuing to answer various queries and reviewing all shop detailers drawings.

Client: Fordland
Warehouse Facility, Glendenning (AUD 3.2 million)—Sydney, NSW
Structural Engineer

This project was won in a D&C capacity by Prime Construction, who engaged Griffiths Engineers for our economic and speedy designs. The design was for a full height precast, portal frame warehouse with 2 offices of 168m² each.

Matthew was responsible for the structural design for construction as well as continuing to answer various queries and reviewing all shop detailers drawings.

Client: Steve Watt Construction
Reece Plumbing, Caringbah– (AUD 2 million)—Sydney, NSW                                     Structural Engineer

This project was won in a D&C capacity by Steve Watt Construction, who engaged Griffith’s Engineers. The design was for a full height onsite tilt up precast. Griffiths Engineers were engaged due to the original structural design being not very uneconomical and overly designed. Griffith’s Engineers were able to make a number of cost effective changes to the foundations and steelwork, which in turn has speed up the project a significant amount.

Matthew was responsible for the structural design for construction as well as continuing to answer various queries and reviewing all shop detailers drawings.

Client: Leibherr Group
Leibherr Warehouse, Redcliff (AUD 10 million)- Perth, WA                                       Structural Engineer

This Leibherr project, to design and construct a new 5,000m2 warehouse, production and distribution facility for Leibherr mining group was signed up by SJ Higgins Constructions Pty Ltd. With a tight timeframe to design and build to deliver on time, DDA Architects engaged Griffiths Engineers to deliver an economical, practical, buildable portal frame building with newly renovated offices. The project featured 61m span portals at 9.0m centres, with a 19.1m ridge height, allowance for a future gantry crane, specialised details for 1m wide kingspan external panels to the entire building and a specialized super flat jointless slab. This project included a 3 story office within the main warehouse and well as a major extension to the existing offices.

Matthew was responsible for the structural design for construction as well as continuing to answer various queries and reviewing all shop detailers drawings.

Client: FDC Construction & Fitout
Bulk storage Warehouse, Pinkenba (AUD 5 million) Brisbane, QLD
Structural Engineer

This project, to design and construct a new 8000m2 bulk storage warehouse, facility was signed up by FDC Construction & Fitout. FDC engaged Griffiths Engineers to deliver an economical, practical, buildable portal frame building. The project provided many engineering challenges due to ground conditions and loading requirements of the operation. Products storage heights of up to 10 metres posed complex structural consideration due to high levels of vertical and lateral loading of the floors and walls. FDC worked in collaboration with Griffiths Engineers to provide a design and construct solution that met and exceeded client expectations. The project was successfully handed over within the contract timeframe.

Matthew was responsible for the structural design for construction as well as continuing to answer various queries and reviewing all shop detailers drawings.

Client: Fife Capital Pty Ltd
Premium floors Warehouse, Erskine Park (AUD 6.5 million)—Sydney, NSW
Structural Engineer

The Premium Floors project had a very tight time frame of 20 weeks including the design and construction of an 8,000m² split tenancy warehouse and two offices 400m2 and 200m2 respectively. Taylors engaged Griffiths Engineers to deliver an economical, practical, buildable portal frame building, on a site were conditions where very difficult because of a steep embankment along the southern side of the warehouse facility, yet Griffiths was able to find a cost effective and practical solution to overcome this issue.

Matthew was responsible for the structural design for construction as well as continuing to answer various queries and reviewing all shop detailers drawings.

Client: FDC Construction & Fitout
Pelican Artline Warehouse, Erskine Park (AUD 11 million)—Sydney, NSW
Structural Engineer

The “West Nest” project, to design and construct a new 15,000m2 warehouse, production and distribution facility for Pelikan Artline was signed up by FDC Construction & Fitout. With a tight 6 month design and build to deliver timeframe, FDC engaged Griffiths Engineers to deliver an economical, practical, buildable portal frame building with offices. The project featured 110m span portals at 11.3m centres, with FFFL 50/30 super flat finished jointless fibre reinforced floor slab.

Matthew was responsible for the structural design for construction as well as continuing to answer various queries and reviewing all shop detailers drawings.

Client: Prime Constructions
Al Faisal College, Auburn (AUD 10 million)—Sydney, NSW
Structural Engineer

Al Faisal College – Building D is a 6 storey school building in Auburn. This structure was won in a D&C capacity by Prime Constructions, who engaged Griffiths Engineers for our economic and speedy designs with thought through safety and pragmatic construction buildability.

Matthew was responsible for the structural design for construction as well as continuing to answer various queries and reviewing all shop detailers drawings.

Client: Leibherr Group
Leibherr Warehouse, Mackay, QLD                                                               Structural Engineer

This Leibherr project, to design and construct a new 2,100m2 warehouse, production and distribution facility for Leibherr mining group was signed up by SJ Higgins Constructions Pty Ltd. The project featured 29m span portals at 9.5m centres, with a 19.1m ridge height, specialised details for 1m wide kingspan external panels to the entire building and a specialized super flat jointless slab. This project included a 2 story office within the main warehouse.

Matthew was responsible for the structural design for construction as well as continuing to answer various queries and reviewing all shop detailers drawings.

Client: Prime Constructions
Rand Freezer & Distribution Facility, Homebush (AUD 34 million)—Sydney,                   Structural Engineer

The project was specifically designed and constructed to suit the needs of Macquarie Goodman’s tenant Rand Refrigerated Transport and included the construction of a large single freezer complex. The 24,000 pallet facility includes both chiller and freezer capability with over 2500m2 of staging area.

Matthew was responsible for the structural design for construction as well as continuing to answer various queries and reviewing all shop detailers drawings.

Client: FDC Construction & Fitout
Complete Office Supplies, Lidcombe, Sydney, NSW
Structural Engineer

The design scope included a new 14,000sqm warehouse and the integrated refurbishment and extension of existing office accommodation, to provide a functional space for office staff. A new 3000sqm split level car park was also added.

Matthew was responsible for the structural design for construction as well as continuing to answer various queries and reviewing all shop detailers drawings.

Client: FDC Construction & Fitout
Bunzl, Enfield, NSW
Structural Engineer

This project is a distribution warehouse and office facility comprising of approximately 18,000sqm of warehouse storage and 1,700sqm of office to service Bunzl’s continuing growth.

The warehouse was designed to exacting standards with generous hardstand areas and incorporated hi-bay storage racking linked to conveyor systems for fast product circulation.

Matthew was responsible for the structural design for construction as well as continuing to answer various queries and reviewing all shop detailers drawings.

Client: FDC Construction & Fitout
Coates Hire, Erskine Park,NSW
Structural Engineer

The project consisted of a 500sqm office, 2,000sqm of workshop/parts store and 25,000sqm of external hardstand/store area. The project also contained specialised wash bay facilities for the workshop.

Matthew was responsible for the structural design for construction as well as continuing to answer various queries and reviewing all shop detailers drawings.

Client: Prime Constructions
Mazda, Kirrawee (AUD 11.6 million)—Sydney,
Structural Engineer

One of several car dealership facilities designed by Griffiths Engineers for Automotive Holdings Group (AHG). This dealership was designed in line with Mazda corporate specifications comprising of a multi-level facility incorporating a showroom, office areas, full service centre facilities, a 8,200m2 basement car park. The showroom includes extensive custom built joinery and a 6.5 metre high framed glass wall.

Matthew was responsible for the structural design for construction as well as continuing to answer various queries and reviewing all shop detailers drawings.

Client: Prime Constructions
Holden Castle Hill, (AUD 6.5 million)—Sydney,
Structural Engineer

The Holden dealership in Caste Hill was designed for Automotive Holdings Group (AHG). The facility consists of a showroom and a 14 hoist workshop. Built on an occupied site with substantial infrastructure works the   project presented a number of challenges for structural design and co-ordination.

Matthew was responsible for the structural design for construction as well as continuing to answer various queries and reviewing all shop detailers drawings.

Client: Prime Constructions
Hyundai Castle Hill, (AUD 6.5 million)—Sydney,
Structural Engineer

This dealership was designed in line with Hyundai corporate specifications comprising a multi-level facility incorporating showroom, office areas, full service centre facilities, wash bays and external display and parking areas.

Matthew was responsible for the structural design for construction as well as continuing to answer various queries and reviewing all shop detailers drawings.

Client: Prime Constructions
DHL Canon Horsely Park (AUD 13.5 million)—Sydney
Structural Engineer

Located in the Oakdale Central Industrial Estate in Erskine Park, the successful design and construction of the DHL Canon Warehouse and Logistical Facility comprised of 20,000m2 of warehousing space, 500m2 of office space and 150m2 of dock office space.

Matthew was responsible for the structural design for construction as well as continuing to answer various queries and reviewing all shop detailers drawings.

Client: Prime Constructions
Linfox Healthcare Logistics, Erskine Park, (AUD 31 million)—Sydney, NSW
Structural Engineer

This state of the art 27,000m2 temperature controlled pharmaceutical storage and distribution facility with 1,500m2 of associated offices was completed over a 46 week period. The facility also includes an industrial freezer, an 800m2 cool room, two security vaults and a dangerous goods area. The use of thermo mass precast panels ensures a high level of insulation and security.