With a career spanning over 25 years, he has played key roles in the engineering of many innovative and complex structures world-wide. His tall buildings and long span roofs portfolio includes Wembley Stadium in London, West Kowloon Terminus in Hong Kong, 161 Castlereagh St tower in Sydney, and the 260 metre tall Brookfield Place in Perth.
What is the proudest moment in your career?
Designing the arch and roof of the Wembley Stadium and seeing them built successfully. The final delivery of the iconic Wembley stadium was the culmination of many years of collaborative effort of the design and construction team. Our innovative engineering of the arch and roof fulfilled the architect’s vision of an inspiring, exposed steel structure. The geometric form and sizes of the 315-metre span, 135m high arch have been optimised to achieve minimum weight and aesthetic proportions.
What are the keys to successful project delivery?
Three common success factors come to mind:
It is also very important to deal with the challenging issues early on in the project. Do it right, do it once!
What is the most important lesson you learnt early in your career?
Use every opportunity to learn from your experiences, good and bad, and from the people you work with. Focus on the values you can add at every step of the project delivery process.
Where do you see building structures over the next five years?
Increasing focus on prefabrication and modular construction for the reasons of cost, time and safety. BIM is to become “business-as-usual” for most projects. More opportunities in lowering embodied energy of building structures and achieving more sustainable outcomes.
Working on great projects with our wonderful colleagues at Aurecon and with clients who value our services.
When not working, enjoyment is spending quality time with family, experiencing new places and cultures, and learning new things.