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Aurecon leaders recognised for outstanding contributions to the New Zealand engineering industry

Aurecon leaders recognised for outstanding contributions to the New Zealand engineering industry.

Dr Jan Kupec, Geotechnical Principal; Blair Monk, Transport Principal and John Finnegan, Technical Director Building Structures have been recognised as Fellows of Engineering New Zealand.

15 February 2022 – Three Aurecon technical leaders have been recognised as Fellows by Engineering New Zealand for their outstanding contributions to transportation, ground and structural engineering in Aotearoa.

Dr Jan Kupec, Geotechnical Principal, Blair Monk, Transport Principal, and John Finnegan, Technical Director Building Structures join 41 other industry leaders recognised as Distinguished Fellows and Fellows.

Aurecon Managing Director New Zealand Tracey Ryan said the Fellowships were deserving recognition of the impact Jan, Blair and John have made on the engineering sector in Aotearoa. “Jan, Blair and John have shifted the dial in geotechnical, transport and structural engineering with their technical eminence and original thinking; and left a positive and visible legacy on our cities. All three continue to advance the sector through innovation, thought leadership, and continued engagement with Government and professional bodies. It’s fantastic to see their work recognised by their industry peers.”

Dr Jan Kupec

Jan is an award-winning geotechnical expert who played an integral role in responding to the Canterbury and Kaikōura earthquakes both in his professional capacity and as an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) specialist.

Jan was appointed Chief Geotechnical Advisor for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority following the 2011-earthquake, contributing to the establishment and management of severely earthquake damaged land in the Port Hills behind Christchurch and removal of buildings in the Residential Red Zone. He continues to provide technical expertise and act as an expert witness for Crown organisations including Land Information New Zealand, Ōtākaro and Waka Kotahi.

Jan served on the ACE New Zealand Board and has published more than 70 technical papers on earthquake engineering and geosynthetics in civil and geotechnical engineering.

Jan is an alumnus of the Aurecon Design Academy, Aurecon’s premier accelerator learning program for design leadership and excellence. Through the program, Aurecon leaders are challenged and inspired by strengthening their skills in human-centred design, system thinking, strategic foresight, storytelling, and collaboration, elevating technical mastery at Aurecon to the highest level, enabling us to better serving our clients through design excellence and innovation.

Blair Monk

Aurecon Design Academy alumnus Blair Monk is a recognised innovator in future urban mobility. His recent paper on redesigning roads to respond to the uptake of micro-mobility sets a new direction for the future of transport. Blair has played a key role in the evolution of Auckland’s motorway network through his involvement in developing and delivering many of the motorway management systems serving the city and in the inception of ramp metering to optimise the flow of traffic.

A career highlight was the development of the Auckland Traffic Management Centre website, which was the first traffic website in New Zealand (and one of the first in the world) to show congestion using colours on a map. The website saw Blair awarded 3M’s Transport Innovation Engineer Award.

Blair played an integral role in developing the operational strategy for the Waterview Tunnel and wider Western Ring Route, a first for New Zealand as it used the suite of available traffic management technology.

Blair has contributed his transport operations expertise to projects throughout Australia and Asia and has represented New Zealand internationally through his many years of service as a Director on the board of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITSNZ).

John Finnegan

John is a multi-award winning structural and seismic specialist who has provided innovative and resilient designs for projects around the globe, including Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium, Te Puni Village, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology – Arts and Media, Dunedin Law Courts, Elevate Apartments and Chek Lap Kok Terminal in Hong Kong.

He has contributed to industry advancement as a technical policy advisor to the Ministry of Education and several other government ministries, and published engineering articles on low damage design and structural engineering.

John has been an expert witness for mediation and was appointed as the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) Representative to respond to the Meinong Taiwan earthquake. He has contributed to the Ministry of Education’s Engineering Strategy Group and the NZSEE’s Guidelines: The Seismic Assessment of Existing Buildings.

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