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Participants at one of the many 2012 Australian Engineering Week “Behind the Scenes Site Tours”. For more information see pages 3-4.



CONTENTS President’s Message


Division Updates News


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Member Profile


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DIVISION EXECUTIVE President Gerry Doyle FIEAust CPEng

Just a reminder to all the South Australia Division members that it may to be time to log on to the Engineers Australia website and confirm that your details are up to date. With everything so hectic when changing jobs or moving house it is easy to overlook updates to your Engineers Australia membership contact details. While you’re there why not reacquaint yourself with your membership benefits, the advocacy and policy papers, upcoming South Australia Division events or update your CPD record?

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Over recent weeks I have had cause to think on what makes a great team, a great leader and a great engineer. I have come to some interesting conclusions; conclusions that have made me look with a critical eye at the teams I am part of and my role as an engineer and as a leader. I am the son of an engineer and grew up around engineering. I was born in Hong Kong when my father was working on the Hong Kong railway system, lived in Ireland while he worked on a bridge crossing of the Boyne then lived in Singapore while he worked on the Singapore railway system and have visited other parts of the world to see the projects he was involved in. At the time I graduated and started work in a consulting engineering practice my father was working on what I believe was the largest construction project in the world (in capital value) – the Taipei – Kaohsiung High Speed Railway. When I came to study engineering I did not realise how my experiences as a young person, being able to see and experience construction on some of the most interesting and challenging engineering projects, could help me. It was only after working for a number of years that it dawned on me, so much of what I had seen and been told as I was shown around these places had actually stayed with me and was influencing me in what I did. There is no doubt we are influenced by our experiences and we become the people we are because of those experiences. A great leader is a person of influence and character. Through all my engineering experiences, both as a young person and now as an engineer, I see that nothing is delivered by one person – but having a visionary leader with influence and character makes a huge difference in the outcome. I saw this in all of my father’s exciting, complex and challenging projects – somewhere behind them all was a great leader. For me, my father was a man of great influence and character – an influence that has moulded and shaped me and a character I want to emulate.

But what does it mean to be part of a great team? I found myself thinking about two things; where the team is going and what the team stands for. For me these are the two most important aspects when thinking about any team. This can extend beyond engineering to families and other groups in which you may be involved. Put in another way, what does the team want to achieve and what does the team value? These are things that are essential for any team, vision and values. The vision and values don’t just happen; they are set by the leader. The team vision is generally easily defined, for an engineer it is perhaps an economical design or a successfully completed project. For someone leading a team in another area the vision may be less objective. Values on the other hand may not be so easily defined. At a recent lunch I heard an interesting way of developing values ngineers Australia’s colleges groups, well as –“Look at and a person or as people you would like to emulate and list the 3-4 characteristics that make that person stand out. Invite the members . of your team to do this, ask them to nominate a person and the characteristics ectronic direct mail (EDM) or similar applications they admire and use these as the basis of the values that are adopted by the team.” These values will usually include integrity, Approved call to action icons include:respect, achievement and, particularly in our industry, safety.


These attributes are those of someone of character. I then started to come to the conclusion that surely a leader should be one who exhibits these characteristics and if this is the case when the leader has a vision that is clear and a character that is worth emulating the team will reflect this. This idea must be very confronting to FIND OUT MORE MORE the leader ofFIND any OUT organisation, “If my organisation is a reflection of me what sort of person must I be?” I was also challenged by something a wise person said to me – “As a leader you will have lots of people depending on you, but you will only be able to be there for them if you look after yourself”. This statement is a spur for every leader to ensure able to be consistently there for the people they lead. UPDATE YOUR PROFILE UPDATEthey YOURare PROFILE We all have the potential to be part of great teams and to be great leaders, not only within our profession but in society at large. The challenge is to see just how we can use that potential and our skills within and outside the profession and be seen NOW as great engineers. REGISTER NOW REGISTER Gerry Doyle FIEAust CPEng ENTER NOW President ENTER NOW Engineers Australia South Australia Division



2012 AUSTRALIAN ENGINEERING WEEK A HIT This year the South Australia Division had an outstanding response for Australian Engineering Week (AEW) 2012. AEW took place between Monday 6th to Sunday 12th August 2012 and a range of events were held which highlighted engineering as a profession to students and the community. As most would be aware, 2012 marks the Year of the Regional Engineering Team. AEW was seen as an excellent opportunity to organise a regional trip to Whyalla and host an Engineers Australia Presentation and Dinner – what better way to start the week? Representing the South Australia Division were President Gerry Doyle FIEAust CPEng, Industry Relationship Manager Jason Thornhill and National Assessor Maurice Berry FIEAust CPEng. The presentation focused on the Division’s upcoming events and aims, the support that Engineers Australia can provide and awareness of the new eChartered system. Two weeks before AEW commenced, all of our ‘Behind the Scenes Site Tours’ were fully booked. It was great to see the interest for projects which are currently brightening the city of Adelaide, such as the New Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Adelaide Oval Redevelopment. Other tours conducted during the week included the new multi-level carpark at the Adelaide Airport, Coopers Brewery, ASC Submarine, Adelaide Wind Tunnel, Metropolitan Fire Service Headquarters and the Coromandel Place Substation. ‘Engineer This! – High School Careers Night’ proved to be a popular event this year with almost 300 registrations, which is more than double the amount from previous years. With a handful of experienced engineers presenting at the event, students were informed about the exciting opportunities a career in engineering can offer. We were grateful to have National Career Advisor Jennifer O’Donovan visit our Division and conduct a number of workshops during the week. ‘Engineering Your Career’, ‘How to Succeed at Interviews’ and ‘Resumes That Get Read’ provided advice and guidance to those who were eager to get their foot in the door and begin their career as an engineer. Once again, Engineers Australia participated with a booth at ‘Science Alive!’ which was bigger than ever. This event was held at the Adelaide Showgrounds on Friday 10th August 2012 which was primarily aimed at High School Students and during Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th August 2012 to the general public. Children who visited our booth enjoyed the interactive games which are part of EngQuest and participated in drinking straw bridge building competitions. We would like to extend our thanks to the Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management (CELM) and Young Engineers Australia South Australia (YEA-SA) for contributing the ELC 2012 wallets towards the ‘goody bags’ which were distributed throughout the expo. Engineers Australia South Australia Division would like to thank the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) for being a major sponsor for Australian Engineering Week 2012 – the support which is provided is highly appreciated. Finally, we would like to thank those who participated in the event this year and we hope it was an enjoyable week for all. Sharryn Fensom Events Coordinator Engineers Australia South Australia Division




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WORKING ON WORLD CLASS MINING PROJECTS On the 24th July 2012 the Engineers Australia South Australia Division Structural Branch hosted an industry related technical talk presented by Sinclair Knight Merz’s Project Director Rob James MIEAust CPEng and Section Manager Nat Campbell MIEAust CPEng. The presentation showcased two world class mining projects constructed in Eastern and Western parts of Australia but designed in Adelaide through work-share packages. The presentation demonstrated the capability of the SKM Adelaide office to deliver high quality EPCM services to large clients through Virtual Teaming. The two projects presented were particularly important for the survival of the Mining Group within SKM’s Adelaide Office following the GFC and slowdown in work in 2008/2009. Nat Campbell ran through the design process and construction methodology of Left to Right: Sinclair Knight Merz’s Project Director Rob James MIEAust a train load-out stacker illustrated through CPEng and Section Manager Nat Campbell MIEAust CPEng photographs, computer models of the structural skeleton and 3D imagery of a transfer station. Rob James then spoke about the methodology used to deliver an underground mine project including a study to determine the ‘optimum performing’ crusher. The night provided insight into the technical aspects and project delivery of world class EPCM projects while also providing opportunity for networking across all engineering disciplines with a room attendance at close to capacity. The Structural Branch is planning more technical talks throughout the year. If you are interested in giving a technical talk please contact us via Pyrros Radimissis GradIEAust Structural College Branch Engineers Australia South Australia Division

AURECON BRIDGE BUILDING COMPETITION Local schools across South Australia battled it out to see who could make the best bridge. Using materials and guidelines supplied by Aurecon, year 8 and 9 students designed and built model bridges in teams of three. The bridges were then tested to destruction on Tuesday 7th August 2012 at the Art Gallery of South Australia to see which one could hold the greatest load. Bridge design experts from Aurecon and its clients assess the bridges for workmanship, creativity and visual appeal to determine the overall score. Harry Turner MIEAust CPEng, Aurecon explained: “The Aurecon 2012 Bridge Building Competition has been created to inspire and challenge students to think laterally and solve a specific problem using engineering and technical skills. Mr Turner added “Supported by industry sponsors, the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition helps to raise awareness of the role of engineering in the community.”

Engineers Australia South Australia Division Member Relationship Coordinator Nathan Jones with the Aurecon Bridge Building second place winning Cabra Dominican College team

This year’s first and second prizes were taken out by teams from Cabra Dominican College with third place taken out by Rostrevor. The winning bridge held 34.5kg until it broke under the strain. This year’s innovation award, which is awarded to the bridge that has a design which optimises, in novel ways, using non-traditional structural forms, material use by incorporating all items supplied according to the principles governing their behaviour, was given to Mitcham Girls High. Aurecon



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Engineers Australia is the largest and most diverse engineering association in Australia, with now almost 100,000 members worldwide and over 6,000 in South Australia. We undertake a range of vital programs to support the engineering profession. Join some of the South Australa representatives in a presentation and dinner.


President Gerry Doyle FIEAust CPEng National Assessor (SA) Ewan Hazeldine FIEAust CPEng Industry Relationship Manager Jason Thornhill

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING Top Left: Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Speaker Adrian Caperna, Director of Flight Experience Adelaide, and WGCDR Noel Corbet MIEAust CPEng, Chair of the RAeS South Australia Branch, at the presentation on Tuesday 31st July 2012 Top Right: Richard Bouchard, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) was a presenter at the Electric Energy Society Of Australia seminar on Lightning Protection Monday 23rd July 2012. Bottom Left: Simon Hall, Metallurgy Manager, UraniumSA Ltd speaker for the Joint Chemical Engineering Committee presentation on Wednesday 1st August 2012. Bottom Right: Dr John D. Nelson providing a presentation for the Australian Geomechanics Society - SA Branch and South Australia Division Footings Group on Monday 20th August 2012.


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Engineers Australia South Australia Division is pleased to present “Water - Challenges for the Industry”, Thursday 4th October 2012. This topic will cover some of the challenges being faced by the water industry now and in the future.

John Ringham FIEAust Chief executive, sa water

John Ringham FIEAust has 40 years experience in the water industry in the UK and Australia. He has an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering as well as a post graduate diploma in Geotechnics, and an MBA. John has experience in the areas of water resourcing, water supply and distribution, and capital planning, as well as in change management and international bidding. He has also been involved in work in Poland and the Middle East. In November 2000 John was appointed Head of Water Services of the South Australian Water Corporation (SA Water) and later Chief Operating Officer. His responsibilities include water supply and wastewater treatment services, asset management and capital works delivery to SA Water’s 724,000 customers, serving over 1.4 million people in metropolitan Adelaide and regional South Australia. SA Water is a leading water utility in the development and implementation of water recycling both in partnership with the private sector and Local Government. John was promoted to the position of Chief Executive of SA Water in December 2010. John is also a director of the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) and WaterAid Australia.

Andy Roberts MIEAust CEO, Water Industry Alliance

Andy Roberts MIEAust commenced as CEO in August 2011 following the position of Industry Development Manager at the Water Industry Alliance. Prior to working for the Water Industry Alliance, Andy worked for 8 years for Optimatics, a member company of the Water Industry Alliance, where he managed the company’s business development in Europe, including working with 6 of the 10 largest water utilities in the UK. Andy’s experience as a water engineer, business development and sales, project management and software development has provided a well rounded understanding of the needs of the water industry both nationally and internationally and how to help members business grow. In this role he continues to draw on his strong network of water industry professionals in Australia and around the world.



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Rebe c her ca Jones Ch MIEA the W artered ust C St P hyall a Pre atus cer Eng rece tifica iv National Assessor (SA) Maurice Berry FIEAust CPEng presenting at the Whyalla sent ation te du ing Presentation and Dinner r and Dinn ing er. On Monday 6th August 2012, President Gerry Doyle FIEAust CPEng, National Assessor (SA)

Maurice Berry FIEAust CPEng and myself, Industry Relationship Manager Jason Thornhill, visited engineers based in Whyalla. This was timed to support Australian Engineering Week and also develop our relationships with the regional engineering teams which is our national focus with 2012 the Year of the Regional Engineering Team.

After a short flight to Whyalla airport, Gerry and Maurice went on to a site tour of Santos, where they viewed Santos’ plant and the processing and loading facilities. Concurrently, I had arranged a meeting with the management of Arrium Mining. Arrium were interested to learn and understand what was involved and the reasons why an engineer should obtain Chartered Status. This was particularly pertinent as one of their engineers had just obtained Chartered Status after her recent interview in Adelaide, so the timing was right for the Arrium Mining management team to see how this could be implemented to more of their engineers. After our friendly and informal discussion at the local motel, they were pleased to be made aware of the options, pathways and valuable support available from Engineers Australia in the form of briefings and presentations; assessor led workshops and incremental submission of reports and continual feedback via the new web based administration system. Given the high regard and standard of Chartered Status, Arrium Mining wanted to encourage their engineers to follow the pathway of visible competency accredited by senior engineering professionals. Professional Engineers are called upon to solve problems such as sustainability laws, climate change and ethics. Given this society and the market place need confidence that these outcomes will be delivered with the right knowledge, combined with practical experience to ensure long lasting, secure and safe environmental products and services. Obtaining Chartered Status isn't easy, and neither should it be. It requires an engineer to reflect and think about their own experiences and applications of knowledge and problem solving. Once obtained, it is the individual engineer’s achievement to say they are now recognised as having reached the benchmark of competence as a practising engineer. Later on that evening, Gerry, Maurice and myself hosted a dinner presentation where we presented information about Engineers Australia, Chartered Status and our Professional Development Program (PDP). The PDP is the means to submit your reports via your experiences incrementally over a period of time, benefiting from workshops and feedback, so an engineer can have guidance and structure in their formative years. The three of us spread ourselves amongst the near 30 engineers that attended the event and we encouraged feedback and questions from all present. The general consensus was that engineers in the regions would love to be more involved in what we do, if we could find ways of providing support to the regions. A combination of technical presentations, networking and online support would be a valuable start to supporting engineers that are well away from the states capital. The positive outcome of the meeting with Arrium Mining and the dinner could be the spring board needed to reinvigorate the relationships with regional engineering teams. Jason Thornhill Industry Relationship Manager Engineers Australia South Australia Division

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Left to right: Engineers Australia South Australia Division President Gerry Doyle FIEAust CPEng, ElectraNet CEO Ian Stirling, Engineers Australia South Australia Division Executive Director Caroline Argent MAICD and ElectraNet Senior Manager Engineering Services Hamish McCarter MIEAust EngExec signing the Professional Development Program Agreement.

ElectraNet has signed a partnership with Engineers Australia on 31st July 2012, in support of the Engineers Australia Professional Development Program (PDP). This will prove to be a major step taken towards Engineering Excellence, as the PDP will enable engineers to achieve Chartered Status. The official agreement was signed by Ian Stirling, CEO of ElectraNet and Caroline Argent MAICD, Executive Director of Engineers Australia South Australia Division, and witnessed by Hamish McCarter MIEAust EngExec, Senior Manager Engineering of ElectraNet and Gerry Doyle FIEAust CPEng, President of Engineers Australia South Australia Division. Chartered Status benefits both the engineer and ElectraNet, as the engineer receives an internationally recognised badge of competence, benchmarked and transferable with standards applicable throughout Australia and in other parts of the world. ElectraNet in turn, benefits from building a well-rounded and highly competent engineering capability, enabling the organisation to better meet strategic objectives and help develop the career potential of engineering staff. 'The requirement for engineers to meet specific competencies within the PDP helps our engineers develop into highly competent, ethical and well-rounded professionals, and keep their skills up-to-date,' said Mr Ian Stirling. 'Engineers Australia seeks to be the leading forum for professional and career development ensuring the standards of engineering practice are world class� said Gerry Doyle ‘A key strategy in this vision is to partner with engineering employers like ElectraNet who are committed to the development of their engineering workforce. Although a change to legislation inline with the Queensland model may be several years away in South Australia, it is heartening to see ElectraNet put proactive plans in place that develop their people and support our mutual strategic imperatives.' Professional Development Program participants must be members of Engineers Australia, and during the program must demonstrate competency in 16 specific elements, which are to be addressed in the form of an Engineering Competency Claim (ECC). ElectraNet

ENGINEERS FROM GPA ENGINEERING RECOGNISE ACCOMPLISHMENT At a presentation on Tuesday 10th July 2012 GPA Engineering employees John Lawrence MIEAust CPEng and Brian Bennett MIEAust CPEng received certificates acknowledging their attainment of Chartered Status. GPA Engineering, as a Professional Development Program Partner, has provided valuable support and assistance for John and Brian through this process. GPA is a highly experienced consulting engineering group providing EPCM services to Australia's Oil & Gas, Mining, Power and Water industries since 1987 with the ability to deliver single disciplinary projects through to large multidisciplinary developments for either Greenfields or Brownfield operations. GPA also provides a range of engineering studies and services including; early conceptual, feasibility and budgets, safety management, hazardous area compliance, Hazop/Chazop and SIL assessments. Entrenched in the GPA engineering philosophy is to incorporate constructability and risk assessment throughout the design process providing clients the benefits of low risk, high quality and value for money.

Left to Right: John Lawrence MIEAust CPEng and Brian Bennett MIEAust CPEng of GPA Engineering

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CHARTERED ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT SANTOS For Colm Walsh MIEAust CPEng, Geoff Forrest MIEAust CPEng and John Teakle MIEAust CPEng, the impetus to achieve Chartered Status within Engineers Australia took hold last year. After attending one of the informative RPEQ sessions held regularly in Santos by Doug Gillott FIEAust CPEng, they decided to make formal applications realising they already had many of the necessary pre-requisites. Geoff had considered obtaining Chartered Status in the past, so when there was encouragement from within Santos and a clear path to obtain national and RPEQ registration, he initiated the process. “I found the development of the career episodes as part of the application to be interesting and rewarding. It caused me to review my career, select some of the highlights, and consider them from a different perspective. Like many achievements, it is enhanced due to the effort involved, though looking back it seems easier than before I started.” Left to Right: Colm Walsh MIEAust CPEng, John Teakle MIEAust Although the final personal presentation and interview CPEng, Geoff Forrest MIEAust CPEng and Raimond Sils MIEAust CPEng. Colm Walsh and John Teakle are Senior Project at the Engineers Australia state offices in Adelaide Engineers within Development Projects, Geoff Forrest is a were a little nerve-wracking, they happily report that Senior Process Engineer in Upstream Gas Engineering, and the whole application and formal assessment process Raimond Sils is the Santos PDP Coordinator and Principal set out and required by Engineers Australia is very Mechanical Engineer clear and supportive. With the Engineers Australia recognition in hand, John and Colm submitted and obtained RPEQ status as well, while Geoff’s application is pending. All three are proud to have achieved CPEng status as it provides an internationally recognised badge of competence in their fields of engineering. Chartered Members of Engineers Australia are also recognised by the community, industry and governments as being responsible and ethical professionals, who have demonstrated their commitment to high standards, and on-going personal and professional development. They look forward to continuing to contribute to engineering within Santos, and we wish to once again thank all of their colleagues in Santos who have provided advice, assistance and support. Santos

REACHING CHARTERED STATUS, WITH A LITTLE SUPPORT FROM KBR Ian McLennan MIEAust CPEng, a Civil engineer with KBR, reached Chartered Status in June 2012. “I found that attaining Chartered Status was a challenging, but worthwhile pursuit to formalise my qualifications in my current role as a lead civil engineer at KBR.” Ian said regarding the accomplishment. “I started the Chartered requirements 10 years ago, but placed it on hold to concentrate on my MBA studies. Afterwards, work was very busy and it was difficult to find time to complete what I had started. “KBR gave me the opportunities to manage and work on some challenging projects, which enabled me to demonstrate that I had met the performance criteria for Chartered Status. I also appreciated the encouragement and support that my work colleagues gave me. In the end, I dedicated a block of time to focus my efforts, complete the requirements, submit my Engineering Practice Report, and prepare for and sit the final interview.

Ian McLennan MIEAust CPEng receiving his Chartered Status certificate from Engineers Australia Industry Relationship Manager Jason Thornhill.

“Since then I've been able to encourage and support other KBR staff who are in the process of attaining Chartered Status, which has given me great satisfaction.” The South Australia Division would like to congratulate Ian on his attainment and acknowledge KBR for the ongoing support of their engineers pursuit of Chartered Status. Engineers Australia South Australia Division



FLINDERS TO MAKE MAJOR INVESTMENT IN TONSLEY PARK Flinders University is poised to make its largest single investment in educational facilities since the University was established more than 40 years ago with a planned $120 million expansion at Tonsley Park. The University will construct a major building in which it will teach computer science, engineering and mathematics to undergraduate students while also undertaking an extensive range of research activities and business collaborations. Flinders Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Barber CompIEAust, said the University’s investment would enable it to deliver teaching, research and business investment activities aligned with the high-value manufacturing vision for the site. “This is an exciting opportunity for us to help forge a new future for innovation at Tonsley Park. It demonstrates our commitment to being the higher education partner of choice in southern Adelaide and, in particular, to be recognised as playing a significant role in the economic transformation of this area,” Professor Barber said. Work on Tonsley Park in progress, our thanks to Ben Fleming for providing the photograph.

Design work is already underway for the Tonsley Park facility which will house about 2000 students and 150 staff and is scheduled to be fully operational in 2015. Further expansion on the site, including possible student accommodation, will be considered as Flinders continues to grow over the next 20 years. The new facilities will be linked to the main campus by a frequent bus service operated by the University. The Tonsley Park facility will also underpin a further strengthening of the existing collaboration with TAFE SA which is providing alternative pathways to Flinders for students - and will see both institutions playing a major role in the proposed Sustainable Industries Education Centre to be based at the former Mitsubishi site. Professor Barber said the collaboration of the University’s Medical Device Partnering Program and the Centre for NanoScale Science and Technology with emerging high technology and entrepreneurial companies at Tonsley Park provided much scope for mutual benefit. “Flinders’ Medical Device Partnering Program, in collaboration with individual companies, is driving the development of new medical devices in Australia and our nanotechnology researchers are exploring the frontiers of solar cell and desalination technologies. To have this expertise co-located with potential business and research partners offers a great deal of exciting potential for future Flinders-business collaboration,” Professor Barber said. Background: Flinders University’s investment in Tonsley Park will support the following activities: Teaching and research: The School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics (CSEM) will be located at Tonsley Park. Among the subjects currently taught are Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Information Technology and Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics and Statistics with research expertise in Medical Devices; Knowledge, Interaction and Imaging Technologies; Maritime Engineering, Control Systems and Mathematical Sciences. Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP): Since its establishment four years ago, the MDPP has worked with almost 100 companies and inventors to fast track the development of their medical devices by applying the University’s expertise in prototype development, engineering expertise, technical validation and end-user assessment, and collaborative links for product commercialisation. Centre for NanoScale Science and Technology (CNST): The Centre brings expertise in measuring, creating and manipulating surfaces and structures at the nanoscale to address issues associated with energy generation and storage, water treatment, health and security. Programs include researching the development of the next generation of photovoltaic cells, including novel designs, materials and processes, and new water desalination membranes using novel vertically self-aligned carbon nanotubes, and antifouling coatings to extend the lifetime of current generation reverse osmosis membranes and pipelines. Southern Knowledge Transfer Partnership (SKTP): SKTP has developed a wide range of partnerships between Flinders University and community organisations in the southern Adelaide area. Specific initiatives have included Flinders hosting the Science and Maths Academy in which 90 students from eight southern schools were taught on campus, development of the Southern Justice Network with Anglicare SA, and the funding of 35 community projects through the Knowledge Exchange Grants involving the transfer of knowledge from the University to the community. Further information: Peter Gill, Head, News and Media, Flinders University Tel: (08) 8201 2092 | Mob: 0417 784 044 | Flinders University


COULD YOU HELP IN AN EMERGENCY? When a serious disaster or emergency occurs, engineers provide much needed skills and knowledge required to address the situation. These events can range from natural disasters, fire, flooding, significant weather events and earthquake, to terrorist attacks, IT failures and disruption of essential services. Engineering volunteers can join the response and/or recovery efforts to assist in the effective management of emergencies. The Engineering Functional Service (EFS) is one of thirteen functional services that support the state during emergency or disaster. Each of the functional services will support the control agency as required during an emergency event. In the aftermath of a significant event the time taken to respond and conduct engineering assessments will dictate the time it takes to begin recovery. If the EFS have access to professional engineers that are willing to volunteer their time and experience in times of need we can reduce the time taken to initiate recovery and begin the process of rebuilding the community. Contact the EFS on 08 7424 2576 or Engineers Australia via for more information. Alternatively please download the registration form via to register directly. Colin Muller Emergency Management Project Manager, SA Water

WHY JOIN ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA? Do you have colleagues, friends or acquaintances who should be members of Engineers Australia? Or are you an engineer who is not a member of Engineers Australia? Engineers Australia is the national forum for the advancement of engineering and the professional development of our members. Our members enjoy a wide range of benefits including: •

Continuing professional development and career services;

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We also provide advocacy on a wide range of government issues with consultation from our over 100,000 members worldwide. Our high standards for accreditation and membership sees recognition from government, organisations, companies and internationally occur on an ongoing basis. We welcome any enquiries you may have about membership and the process of becoming a member. For any enquiries please contact the South Australia Division Member Relationship Coordinator via or by calling on 08 8202 7170.

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visit to register THURSDAY 4th OCTOBER 2012, 6.00pm to 8.30pm The Lion Hotel - Jerningham Room, North Adelaide

“Engineers Never Stop Learning - But do they get more out of postgraduate study?”




Cameron Holoubek StudIEAust Cameron is a recent graduate Civil engineer currently working with Hansen Yuncken and Leighton Contractors (HYLC) Joint Venture on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. Why did you decide to become an engineer? In reception at school, I was constantly using up the school’s supply of masking tape constructing massive structures with boxes and milk cartons. I just loved using my imagination and building things. I confirmed my career choice after watching the series ‘The Seven Wonders of the Industrial World’. The projects, showcased from the Industrial Revolution, were inspiring which led me to my decision of becoming an engineer with the hope of one day completing something as historic as those leaders in that documentary. What do you like the most about the engineering profession? Key benefits of the engineering profession are that the field enables a person to, through their efforts, help contribute and make a positive impact on society. It also provides the opportunity to work with a range of people from all different disciplines whilst continually challenging me. If you could have worked on any engineering project, throughout history, what would you choose? I would have loved to have been a part of helping construct the iconic Empire State Building in New York City, as this was not only a great engineering feat for its time, but was a fine example of successful project management. The building was completed months in advance and came in under budget. This was contributed to by the efficient and innovative processes employed as well as the implementation of location based management. What do you see as one of the biggest issues facing the engineering profession? I think one of the biggest issues relates to the concern of not enough women being attracted into the engineering profession. This diversification is important in fostering different ways of thinking and helping to continually creating fresh new ideas.

What is the greatest piece of technology released in the last decade? I would have to say Smartphones. They have had a major impact on our lives and have revolutionised the way we operate in the world. We now have the ability of quickly accessing endless streams of information at our finger tip. It’s just astounding. Why are you an Engineers Australia member? I first became a member during university in which I had attended some of their many events. I saw these as not only a benefit for improving my knowledge but providing great opportunities for networking with people in the industry. I also would like to eventually become a Chartered engineer in the future and I know being a part of Engineers Australia will assist me in achieving this goal. If you could take a year off to study anything, what would it be? I would choose to study graphic design. I have always enjoyed being creative on the computer and messing around on editing software programs in my spare time. What do you feel is the engineering profession’s strongest asset? Engineering has immense capacity to help provide benefits to society. Engineering is valuable for supporting innovation, ingenuity and is focused on developing more sustainable solutions for the future. What are your hobbies? I spend a lot of my free time playing indoor and outdoor football (soccer). These allow me to maintain my fitness and relieve stress from my busy weeks at work. What is your motto? ‘Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.’ Napoleon Hill What would be your ideal working holiday? I would go to the United Kingdom for a working holiday as I have always wanted to go there. Not only would I be able to visit some of my family who live there, but it is close to the other countries in Europe to be able to easily travel around. It’s also a great benefit that my Civil Engineering degree is accredited over there. Who would you most like to meet? I would like to meet Leonardo Da Vinci. I admire his impressive array of skills and abilities. He not only possessed one of the greatest scientific minds of his time, but was a person full of imagination and creativity.

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UPCOMING EVENTS Unless published otherwise all presentations are scheduled to be held at the Engineers Australia South Australia Division. Event details are subject to change. Please check our website prior to the event for current information and updates. Level 11, 108 King William Street ADELAIDE SA 5000. Please register online at where you see this symbol

September Monday 17th ~ 5.30pm Australian Geomechanics Society Technical Presentation Enquiries: Tuesday 18th ~ 5.30pm JTP Electrical and Electronic “Rethinking Nuclear: Essential Technology in a Warming World” Speaker: Ben Heard, Director, ThinkClimate Consulting Enquiries: Wednesday 19th ~ 12.15pm Retired Engineers Group - SA Luncheon - “Waterproofing Adelaide: The NorthSouth Interconnector Project” Speaker: Garry Neave FIEAust CPEng, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Alana Duncker MIEAust CPEng, Optimatics Enquiries: Wednesday 19th ~ 5.30pm Railway Technical Society of Australasia RTSA Eminent Speaker Evening Speaker: John Winner and William Kemp Enquiries: Thursday 20th ~ 6.00pm Society of Building Services Engineers “BIM at the New RAH” Enquiries: Friday 21st ~ 7.00pm Engineers Australia South Australian Engineering 2012 Excellence Awards Presentation Dinner - “Black Tie Ball” Venue: Hilton Hotel, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide Enquiries: Tuesday 25th ~ 5.30pm Royal Aeronautical Society Technical Presentation Enquiries:

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October Wednesday 3rd ~ 5.15pm Engineers Australia Chartered Workshop - “Prepare Your Chartered Status Application” Speaker: South Australia Based National Assessor Enquiries: Thursday 4th ~ 7.00am Engineers Australia Breakfast event: “Water - Challenges in the Industry” Speaker: Andy Roberts GradIEAust, Water Industry


Alliance and John Ringham FIEAust, SA Water Venue: National Wine Centre, Cnr Botanic and Hackney Roads, Adelaide Enquiries: Thursday 4th ~ 5.30pm Railway Technical Society of Australasia “Derailment of freight train 7AD1 at Edith River near Katherine, Northern Territory 27 December 2011” Speaker: George Erdos FIEAust CPEng FIRSE FPWI MIIE, ATSB Venue: Hilton Hotel, 264 South Road, Hilton Enquiries: Thursday 4th ~ 5.30pm Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management, Young Engineers Australia - SA and Women in Engineering - SA “Gen2X - Generation to Gender Exchange” Speaker: Josh Smith MIEAust CPEng, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Dr Magaret Law, Deep Blue Tech and Dr Cris Birzer MIEAust, University of Adelaide. Venue: The Lion Hotel, 161 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide Enquiries: Thursday 6th ~ 11.00am Joint Chemical Engineering Committee Site Visit - Tarac Technologies, Barossa Valley Enquiries: Wednesday 10th ~ 12.15pm IET Retired Group Luncheon - “Microalgal Biofuels: The Beauty And The Beast” Speaker: Associate Professor Peter Ashman Enquiries: Thursday 11th ~ 6.00pm Society of Building Services Engineers “LMC and TOD - Bowden Urban Development” Speaker: Tim Horton Enquiries: Monday 15th ~ 5.30pm Australian Geomechanics Society “Showcasing Young Geotechnical Professionals & Students” Enquiries: Tuesday 16th ~ 5.00pm JTP Electrical and Electronic Site Visit - “ElectraNet’s Newly Commissioned 275/66kV City West Substation” Enquiries: Wednesday 17th ~ 12.00pm Society of Building Services Engineers “Resilient Buildings” Enquiries:

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Engineering South Australia, September 2012  

The Engineers Australia South Australia Division newsletter for September 2012.