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Top 100 : 2006
100 TOP Engineering expertise John Baillie, 63 Principal civil engineer, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Adelaide John Baillie, a graduate of the University of Adelaide, is at the forefront of providing infrastructure in crosscultural situations to remote indigenous communities in Australia and the Pacific. He is currently Par- sons Brinckerhoff’s project manager and team leader on a major infrastructure program in Vanuatu for Millenium Challenge Corporation, a new US government agency with a focus on alleviating poverty through economic growth. Over a 34-year career he has worked with communities to identify projects and technical solutions that best fit community aspirations. He has backed this up with a wealth of experience and expertise in program and project management, in engineering design of civil infrastructure for commercial, industrial and institutional development and in contract administration. From early in his career, he has believed that remote communities have a right to have their needs understood, but that this right has to be balanced against professional judgement on the optimum solution. Getting this balance right can be the key to a successful project, he believes. Tristram Carfrae, 47 Principal and senior structural engineer, Arup, Sydney An MA in mechanical sciences from Cambridge University, Tristram Carfrae has a reputation among his peers for his passion regarding the integration of architecture and engineering within a sustainability framework. 44 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2006 44-45 g - eng expertise 44 6/1/06, 8:35 PM He has been based in Sydney since the early 1990s where he took part in the structural engineering of some of the highly acclaimed Sydney Olympics facilities. Recently Carfrae and his team worked with architect the Cox Group on the design of an innovative double-helix shaped rigid tubular steel pedestrian bridge for Singapore’s Marina Bay. And true to form for Carfrae, this is a most economical design, using a fifth of the steel that would be required for a conventional box girder bridge. Carfrae also played a leading role in the design of the Olympic Swimming Centre in Beijing. He was made an Arup Fellow in 2002, the highest award within the firm for design and technical achievement. In 2001 Engineers Australia named him Professional Engineer of the Year. Mal Dunning, 61 Chief Technical Principal (Highways and Transportation) SMEC, Canberra Mal Dunning is recognised as one of Australia’s top highway engineers and has been called upon on many recent landmark road projects, including Westlink M7 and M2 motorways in Sydney. On Westlink M7 he was responsible for providing the design of the Lighthorse Interchange, the most complex motorway-tomotorway intersection in Australia. Dunning has also provided expert input into the Pacific Motorway (Brisbane to Gold Coast), several projects on the Pacific High- way in NSW and the Gateway Bridge duplication in Brisbane, to name just a few. Outside of Australia he has been involved in a number of major road projects in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and helped draft new expressway design standards for the Malaysian Highway Authority. A graduate of the University of Queensland, Dunning also has a masters degree in highway engineering from the University of NSW. Richard Evans, 54 Principal Hydrogeologist, Sinclair Knight Merz, Melbourne Dr Richard Evans was one of three professionals who were awarded a senior research fellowship in 2005 from Land and Water Australia. The fellowships have been designed to give a number of the country’s top scientists and engineers in natural resource management the time to find answers to major environmental and landscape management challenges. Evans has used the fellowship to study sur- face water and groundwater interaction issues across Australia, with the aim of identifying practical management options and solutions. He has influenced others through work- shops for water resource managers and through a comprehensive discussion paper identifying a range of tools and options for addressing these environmental challenges. Evans has a PhD in finite element analysis (civil engineering) from the University of NSW and a science degree from the University of Melbourne. Andy Davids’ design team has completed four projects more than 250m tall, including the 350m-tall Emirates Towers in Dubai. engineering expertise