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Top 100 : 2006
100 TOP Andy Davids, 49 Director, Senior Management Group, Hyder Consulting, Sydney Dr Andy Davids is an internationally recognised expert in the design of tall buildings in both steel and concrete. He is currently working with Hyder to provide independent peer review, design certification and construction supervision inchief services for the 160-storey Burj Dubai tower in Dubai, which will be the world’s tallest building. In the past three years his design team has completed four projects more than 250m tall, including the 350m-tall Emirates Towers in Dubai. Davids’ design group also has five towers from 70 to 90 levels under various stages of design or construction in three other countries. Some of the Australian tall buildings he has worked on include the 70-level Sunland Tower One and the 50-level Sunland Tower Two on the Gold Coast, and the 60-level Latitude Tower and the 40-level Berry Street Residential projects in Sydney. Davids holds both PhD and Masters de- grees in structural engineering from Sydney University and a bachelors degree from the University of Western Australia. Tom Pinzone, 59 Director of Marketing and Business Development, GHD, Sydney Tom Pinzone has more than 30 years experience in managing, planning, investigating and implementing infrastructure projects and is GHD’s Transportation and Logistics Business Stream leader. His most significant contribution to the profession is his leadership of the teams which prepared Engineers Australia’s two national and eight state and territory Infrastructure Report Cards over the past five years. On Westlink M7 Mal Dunning was responsible for providing the design of the Lighthorse Interchange, the most complex motorway-to-motorway intersection in Australia. The report cards identified significant issues and opportunities regarding the planning and management of infrastructure in Australia and led to increased knowledge and public debate about the improvements required. The report cards were among Engineers Australia’s most successful awareness campaigns. The launch events for the report cards attracted widespread media coverage from radio, TV and newspapers, and attracted government attention at both the federal and state levels. Pinzone holds a degree in civil engineering from the University of NSW. Len McDonald, 68 Chairman of the NSW Dams Safety Committee, Sydney Len McDonald has more than 30 years experience in the water industry and has developed a wide expertise in all aspects of dam engineering. He has been the lead author of a number of publications providing guidance on dam risk analysis and safety evaluation of dams. His work has gained international recognition and he is regularly consulted by major dams agencies in North America and Europe. Initially appointed to the NSW Dams Safety Committee in 1987, McDonald has practised as a private dams consultant since his retirement some years ago from the position of assistant principal engineer in the Dams & Civil section of the then NSW Department of Public Works and Services. He took over the chairmanship of the DSC in mid 1997. Until late 2003, he was the assistant secre- tary to the Australian National Committee on Large Dams (ANCOLD) and is a member of the International Committee on Large Dams (ICOLD) Committee on Dam Safety. McDonald holds both bachelors and mas- ters degrees in civil engineering from the University of NSW. Tom Connor, 58 Director Engineering and Technology, Asia Pacific Government and Infrastructure, KBR, Brisbane A hydrological and water resources expert, Dr Tom Connor has a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Queensland. He is responsible for leading technical initiatives directed at advancing the techniques and technologies used at KBR, such as his initiative in developing Optioneer, a proprietary visualisation and cost optioning system for the water industry. Connor is also a director of the Australian Green Development Forum and SunWater, as well as chair of Queensland’s Sustainable Energy Advisory Council. He led the initial sustainability initiatives of Engineers Australia in the mid 1990s and was the organisation’s president in 1996. In 1999 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to engineering in flood mitigation techniques. He won the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal in 2000. ■ ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2006 45 44-45 g - eng expertise 45 6/2/06, 1:32 PM engineering expertise