Today’s Giprosintez is a state-of-the-art company using advanced hardware and software to implement integrated design of industrial and civil facilities for the chemical, petrochemical, oil refining and energy industries, and offer the entire design package from basic design to construction management.
— OUR HISTORY
September 1st, 1957 marked 5 years since the design team, the forerunner of Giprosintez Design Institute, had been formed. No gaudy celebrations took place; instead, all the team members were given cash bonuses corresponding to their salaries. Mina Stuzhuk, an engineer, received her first salary of RUB 900, which was then a considerable sum. Most people made enough to afford, in addition to food and other basic expenses, a couple of pieces of clothing (at the time, a pair of shoes cost RUB 150 to 200, and an in-vogue trench coat made in China, about RUB 190). Near five-story apartment buildings, one could almost daily buy some fresh sturgeon (RUB 10/kg) and caviar (RUB 10/half-liter). On the nearby Beketovsky market, fresh and smoked fish, meat, fruit and vegetables were sold in abundance (all prices – as before the 1961 monetary reform).
The living conditions were far from perfect. Engineers lived in quadruple rooms of a hostel. The only temperature controls available in the hot summers and autumns were draughts and humidification.
Soon the first batch of drawing boards arrived. The mechanical engineers received five drawing boards, which marked the beginning of the technical progress in our engineers’ work.
It was clear from day one that chemical engineering design requires combined efforts of several engineering disciplines. The colleagues often argued whether building is more important than production technology, or vice versa. Truth is born in an argument, proving which are the production facilities built according to the team’s designs both in Russia and the former Soviet Union countries.
As years went by, Giprosintez diversified from engineering design to field supervision, commissioning, and startup assistance. It was an excellent school of professional experience that released a generation of skilled design engineers. On the basis of design packages developed by Giprosintez Design Institute, a lot of production plants were built at the chemical facilities Khimprom Volgograd, Kaustik Volgograd, Khimprom Cheboksary, Pavlodar Chemical Plant, Kremniypolimer Zaporozhye, and others.
Based on memoirs of Mina STUZHUK, 36 years with Giprosintez (1957 to 1993), progressing from engineer to lead specialist of the Marketing Department.
— OUR HISTORY
Based on the memoirs of Vsevolod Yaskelyain (28 years with Giprosintez, from 1952 to 1980, career - from team leader to project chief engineer).
December 6th, 1952 was Vsevolod Yaskelyain's first working day with the engineering design team in classified institution (‘mailbox’) 3092. The team already counted 16 engineers.
The team worked in amenity spaces of the chemical plant’s workshop No. 11. Despite the parcels of drawing tools, triangles, rulers and arithmometers arriving from Moscow, the engineers were in a continuous need of implements. Mr. Gushansky, a shop supervisor, gave the engineers a few sheets of plexiglass and rigid PVC, which proved very helpful. Anatoly Sukhorutchenko spent his free time crafting triangles and rulers out of the material.
The parent institute in Moscow helped by providing equipment and sharing experience. All team members could enhance their professional skills by taking training and probation in Moscow.
The team’s first major job was a worker dormitory design project. Initially, the plan had been to convert into a dormitory a semi-finished reinforced concrete industrial building. The construction of the building, however, was suspended when the World War II began. During the War, the building was shelled and had its southeast side destroyed.
In charge of the architecture and civil design were three team members, V. Yaskelyain; L. Kotyuk, an architect; and A. Gladkov, an engineer. The young engineer Irina Fastova designed the plumbing, and A. Petrov did the electrical engineering.
Late in February 1953, the team was happy and proud to complete and hand over their first major project.
The second project completed was the lime kiln charge lifter design (building 143). In March 1953, Georgy Bednyagin stepped in as the team leader.
Th/pe workload was consistently growing and the number of projects increasing.
A most memorable event was the construction of an extension to a building according to the electrolysis building No. 138 extension design developed by the team. The building had a 10 m span. The extension’s roof was made of I-beams overlaid with precast reinforced concrete slabs. The work that was going on as planned was suddenly suspended as some doubts arose as to the roof beams’ strength. G. Bednyagin summoned V. Yaskelyain and A. Shubnikov, Head of Technical Department, to verify the design calculations. The calculations double-checked, the designers climbed the roof. A. Shubnikov inspected the roof, called over G. Bednyagin and V. Yaskelyain, and started hopping in place vigorously. ‘The structure is strong enough and will last’, concluded then Mr. Shubnikov. The extension was finished and successfully operated after that.
In the photo: early years.
Standing: A. Gladkov, G. Bogorodsky, N. Lobankov, A. Sukhorutchenko, Yu. Nemtsov, V. Aleksandrov, M. Agapov.
Sitting: S. Belodvortseva, N. Kadushkina, K. Gureyeva, M. Kotelnikova
In the photo: early years.
Standing: M. Agapov, V. Aleksandrov, Yu. Nemtsov, N. Lobankov, V. Konovalov, A. Sukhorutchenko, A. Gladkov.
Sitting: M. Kotelnikova, K. Gureyeva, S. Belodvortseva, N. Kadushkina, N. Sviridov.
To be continued...
— HOW IT BEGAN
Today we are remembering the past whereby our present and future are defined.Based on the memoirs of Anatoly Sukhorutchenko (23 years with Giprosintez, from 1952 to 1975, career - from mechanical engineer to deputy head of quality assurance department), Vsevolod Yaskelyain (28 years with Giprosintez, from 1952 to 1980, career - from team leader to project chief engineer), and Raisa Chegayeva (25 years with Giprosintez, from 1952 to 1977, career – from plotter to engineer).
In 1952, a mission from the parent design institute in Moscow visited the im. Kirova Chemical Plant. A meeting of the engineering design department was summoned to consider the outlook and decide on the necessity of setting up a branch design institute or a professional design team. The following day, Susanna Belodvortseva, Irina Khomutova (Fastova), Raisa Chegayeva and Anatoly Sukhorutchenko gave their consent to join the project. V. Konovalov, an experienced chemist, was appointed team leader.
The im. Kirova Chemical Plant allocated a three-room space on the second floor in operating workshop No. 11. The rooms were depressingly dilapidated and neglected, but these were the only rooms available. The windows, doors, floors and walls were crying for renovation. All the team plunged into the extensive overhaul that had to be done concurrently with the engineering design jobs assigned to them by the parent institute. The new design team’s members initially had no proper office desks or chairs. They had to do their work sitting on window sills at creaky tables. The fifth team member also received a window sill for a workplace.
The tools, such as rulers, triangles and T-squares, were hand-made. One day the team found in shop No. 2 an old German drawing board and immediately had it delivered by truck to their office. Given that the engineers had had to use makeshift boards and T-squares moved by means of rollers, the professional drawing board proved very helpful. The rollers for the drawing appliances were bought with the designers’ own money.
It was a really tough time. Some resigned, unable to stand the hardships. However, those who found it in them to live through the initial difficulties have become part of the company’s history.
Left to right: A. Sukhorutchenko, R. Chegayeva, S. Belodvortseva, I. Fastova.
V. Konovalov, first leader (1952-1953) of the design team
To be continued...
— Giprosintez celebrates its 60th anniversary..
— Giprosintez receives the Quality Award of Russian Federation Government..
— Girposintez listed among largest taxpayers of Volgograd region
— Giprosintez Moscow Office founded
— Giprosintez becomes limited liability company
— Giprosintez issues the first design package made with the help of 3D design practices and 3D intelligent model.
— Giprosintez adopts 3D design practices and deploys new design calculation and related software.
— Giprosintez becomes open joint stock company
— Order of the Ministry of Chemical and Refining Industry of the USSR appoints Giprosintez General Designer of chemical weapons destruction facilities.
— Giprosintez is awarded the Order of Labor Red Banner for contribution to developing large chemical facilities and industrial complexes.
— the branch becomes State Design Institute of Organic Synthesis Production Giprosintez.
— design team converted into Stalingrad branch of Giprokhlor Institute.
— the group receives the status of design team;
— design group of Giprokhlor Institute Moscow starts working at Stalingrad chemical plant.