Eric Nothnagel

Draftsman / Designer (AKL based)


Eric designs and drafts in AutoCAD 3D or Revit the more complex scaffolds, event structures and all fall arrest and roof walkway systems Camelspace supplies. Each installation or build has a unique set of requirements and Eric produces construction drawings for chartered engineering sign-off (where required), equipment selection and of course installation/build.

Eric liaises with each department; scaffolding, events and height systems to ascertain their requirements. Often visiting job sites to see first-hand the lie of the land so to speak; always enjoying returning to site once the job’s completed to see the final result. He recalls prior to starting with the company, he couldn’t imagine the need for scaffolding design until he saw the scale and complexity of the jobs Camelspace often executes!

He enjoys the challenges of large public access event structures such as Pop-up Globe and Waterview Tunnel opening ramps and public access stair access, with all the challenges bought about by regulatory requirements and existing structure interfaces. He says construction and event jobs both have some common design aspects but all are very much unique to the client’s requirements.

With Camelspace manufacturing bespoke components and products from time to time, such as brackets to start scaffold halfway up a building or grandstand seating components for example, he enjoys the occasional return to shop ready fabrication drawings.

Before moving to New Zealand with his wife in early 2017, Eric spent 10 years as a draftsman and estimator in the South African mining industry. He produced design, detailing and workshop drawings for engineering firms working in the structural steel and construction industries, also calculating costs for tender and feasibility purposes.

He’s a keen rugby fan although, having been here just a short time, he still supports the Springboks (but we won’t talk about that!).