In order to write effectively in technical documents online or in print, writers need to do their research. My ability to get the facts straight and communicate them in ways that are engaging is showcased in my technical writing & research for the websites, blogs, and news feeds of these four clients; Velocette Racing New Zealand, Terranova thing, MTC Equipment and TruLine Civil. Depending on specific client needs, as is the case with the VRNZ project, or my own MagentaDot Brands portfolio website, blogs are integrated with a Facebook page.
I began to develop my technical writing skill in the late 90s when I was involved as a stakeholder in the development and marketing of the AbsoluteProof digital proofing solution. My stake in the development of this innovative “highest achievable standard” Digital Proofing solution encompassed both marketing strategy and the provision of all the marketing communications materials, including the writing of software “quick start” user guides and both marketing and technical writing about the printing, packaging, desktop publishing and graphic arts industry for the AbsoluteProof website and print promotions.
Velocette Racing New Zealand website, blog & fb page
As a designer every now & then you get involved with projects that take on a life of their own. Velocette Racing New Zealand’s campaigns to build and race Classic Velocettes like the 2015–18 project to recreate the 350cc Twin Cam to race at the 2018 Isle of Man Classic TT, or the 2012–2014 Eldee Velocette at the Isle of Man Classic TT in August 2014. The Eldee project had its beginning in the 1950s and like the new 350cc Twin-cam is part of both NZ and Australia’s classic motorcycle racing folklore.
First at the New Zealand Classic Motorcycle Racing Register (NZCMRR) event at Pukekohe in 2012, then at the Hampton Downs Summer Classic racing event in February 2013 I joined a small team of dedicated classic motorcycle racing enthusiasts contributing their skills and resources to the project. I undertook to provide VRNZ the full multi-disciplinary designer’s toolkit to document and professionally promote this home-brewed Kiwi project to build the fastest Velocette Lightweight Special of the 50s and race it in the 250cc class at the Isle of Man Classic T.T. in August 2014.
The VRNZ website, sweet running blog and Facebook page are a straightforward brand toolkit initially created for VRNZ’s 2014 Isle of Man Campaign and other projects going forward such as the 2015 campaign to take a trio of pre-war “girder forks” class winners to the 10th Anniversary Burt Munro event. The site aims not just to tell the stories of racing classic Velos Downunder, but to get the reader to connect with the passion that drives the men and women who champion the racing of classic machines. With the liberal use of noisy and dynamic action photos, slideshow ‘visual essays’, pithy video, and both short and long-form articles written by Classic Motorcycle enthusiasts and racers for Classic Motorcycle enthusiasts and racers. The content covers the development of classic racing machines, the team’s campaigns to race at events in New Zealand and at the Isle of Man Classic TT, some of the personalities behind them, and the ‘smell the Castrol’ of Classic Motorcycle Racing in New Zealand.
The Terranova tiling “Journal” documents the recognition garnered from industry peers
Terranova tling is a firm of tile installation craftsmen headed by master tiler Camillo Schulz. Faultlessly accurate tiling craft is very often the icing on the cake of high value new home builds and renovations, high-spec kitchen and bathrooms and the like. Accurate tiling showcases the geometry and art of architectural and interior design. Since 2007 high quality imagery of Terranova’s award winning tiled interiors had been shot for New Zealand bathroom and building awards annually, and Terranova have garnered more than their fair share of prestigious awards…
MTC equipment newsfeed
MTC Equipment are Chieftain Trailers’ New Zealand distribution, sales and service agent offering custom designed and made trailers direct from the Irish manufacturer to their New Zealand customers. Because of Chieftain’s commanding size in the European market MTC can offer the full line of types and models of trailers that set out on the comprehensive catalogue website I designed and built for them. The design and build of the website included writing and rewriting all the content including the details such as individual product specifications tables.
The research and writing of a set of featured blog or news feed items was also required, two of which required technical research and writing.
TruLine Civil case studies
Technical writing & research for TruLine Civil’s ongoing series of Case Studies. The Case Studies are broadly themed around TruLine’s unique civil engineering methodologies as applied to specific projects.
This is the list of case studies I have researched & written, photographed and videoed for TruLine Civil between 2006–2016.
Pipes that form the water supply network, the wastewater or sewer network, and the stormwater drainage network. Links open in new browser tab.
ICT HORIZONTAL INFRASTRUCTURE
Fibre-optic cable laying to install Ultra Fast Broadband networks.
07/ Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative Roll Out, Nelson. Hydraulic Excavation video.
08/ Project KAREN UFB Cable Lay. Port Underwood, Makikihi, Leith Valley.
Project KAREN (Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network) links all New Zealand’s Tertiary and Crown Research Institutions via UFB from Auckland to Invercargill.
TruLine’s experience spans the professional disciplines of structural, civil and transport engineering in the assembly and building of bridges, streets, townscapes & landscapes – the substructures, superstructures and the horizontal infrastructure in-between.
09/ New Civil Structure: A Reinforced Earth® retaining wall, part of the Wigram–Magdala Link Highway upgrade, Christchurch.
12/ SH73 Arthurs Pass (Mingha Bluff realignment). Precast concrete box culvert installation beneath main trunk railway on Otira river bed.
ROADING HORIZONTAL INFRASTRUCTURE
Roads, bridges, culverts including walls, roading structures and utility work not meeting the definition of vertical. (*Photos from TruLine Archive.)
16/ Rocksaw Road Widening, Matiri Narrows near Murchison (Rocksaw road widening video).
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Shaun is experienced and skilled in both graphic design and artwork and in research and writing particularly with regard to tender bid document presentation and the Civil Engineering Case Studies on our TruLine Civil website. We have found all of this very valuable when preparing our Expression of Interest and Civil Engineering tender bid documents. […]