TASMANIAN-BASED engineering consultancy firm Pitt & Sherry has grown exponentially since its humble beginnings in Devonport 50 years ago.
The company celebrated five decades at Boags Brewery in Launceston last night with music icon Ronnie Burns providing the entertainment.
Brian Pitt and Clive Sherry founded the business in 1963 in Devonport, and now, Pitt & Sherry has offices in Launceston, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane.
Managing director John Pitt, Brian's son, started the company's expansion in 1985 by setting up an office in Launceston,
``Until 1985, the company operated out of Devonport . . . and there were always fewer than 10 employees,'' Mr Pitt said.
``It has transformed from a small family company to a larger privately owned company now with 23 shareholders and 200 staff.''
Mr Pitt said technology and the methods the company used had changed dramatically over time and that there were future plans to expand the company further.
He said the roof over the Olympic pool at Devonport, Lake Barrington international rowing course and the wastewater treatment plant at Simplot were just several projects the company was proud to have worked on.
``I think what has changed is the capacity of engineers to analyse and design exotic structures using different materials and certainly different shapes,'' he said.
``The capacity to engineer those buildings has certainly improved and that applies to a lot of other areas too - in the bridge design work we do is pretty sophisticated that you couldn't do with manual technology.
``In 1985 computer-operated drafting was just coming in and we were one of the first companies in this state to pick that up - so we threw our drawing boards out and started drawing on computer.''