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Top 100 : 2007
100 TOP Engineering expertise Tony Armstrong, 60 Manager of Research and Development at Austal, Perth Naval architect, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK Dr Tony Armstrong has been pushing the boundaries of building fast multihull ships in Australia for more than 20 years. He first designed catamarans with Tasmanian ship builder Incat, and since 1998 has been working for Austal in Perth. Apart from designing ever faster and bigger catamarans, Armstrong developed a trimaran seaframe which led to the construction of the fi rst commercial aluminium trimaran and the world’s longest aluminium ship. According to Armstrong, the trimaran’s three-hull design offers a large number of possible combinations for new sea routes and uses. Outside work, Armstrong spends much time with his young son. He also listens to classical music and engages in woodwork. Greg Dunstone, 54 Surveillance Program Leader, Future Direction Division of Airservices Australia, Canberra Electrical engineer, University of NSW Greg Dunstone works in the Future Direction Division of Airservices Australia as strategic team leader for surveillance, leading the planning of all surveillance including Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broad- cast (ADS-B), radar, surface movement radar, wide area multilateration and precision runway monitoring. Together with a colleague, Dunstone has been responsible for the automation segment 58 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 of the Australian advanced air traffi c control (ATC) system. With expertise in the ADS-B technology and its application, he is moving to implement the technology into Australian civil ATC. Outside work, Dunstone occasionally enjoys orienteering and rogaining and has recently started to learn piano. John Blakemore, 67 Principal Consultant Innovation, MASC T/A Blakemore Consulting International, Sydney Industrial engineer, University of NSW With expertise in accelerating and improving manufacturing flexibility and reducing time to create and commercialise new ideas, Dr John Blakemore is principal consultant of MASC which has a current turnover of approximately $1 million. He recently designed a new manufacturing facility that has signifi cantly reduced waste, developed a new manufacturing process to reduce working capital and inventory, and implemented a successful continuous flow system in seven small companies. He is recognised for innovation and invention of uniquely engineered galvanising processes for variable and fl exible manufacturing systems. In his spare time, he plays piano and enjoys time with his wife Deirdre, two sons, and three grandchildren. Brian Smith, 55 Project Manager, EOS Joint Venture, Perth Civil engineer, University of Western Australia Brian Smith has been working in the offshore oil and gas industry for 27 years. He has performed the lead structural engineering role for the design of jackets, decks and modules for a diverse range of offshore structures. Smith has made signifi cant contributions to the design and construction of offshore platforms. For instance, he managed all aspects of the structural, naval architectural and foundations engineering for the awardwinning Bayu Undan project from the concept development phase through to the completion of the detail design. He was responsible for a number of innovations including the use of two smaller bridge-connected platforms both with fl oatover decks, instead of one large platform. Currently he is working on the Angel Gas Project on the Northwest Shelf as project manager for the EOS joint venture between WorleyParsons Services and KBR. Outside work, he enjoys being with his family – he has three teenage children – and getting away to the family holiday home near Yallingup. Tony Hyde, 59 Executive Director – Engineering, GM Holden, Melbourne Mechanical engineer, Caulfi eld Technical College (now Monash University) Tony Hyde was appointed director of engineering and design at Holden in 1997 and executive director engineering in 2000, having fi rst started with the company in 1968 in the experimental engineering division. Hyde oversaw the development of the new VE Commodore series which came onto the market last year and currently heads the engineering design and testing of the Chevrolet Camaro coupe and convertible models for the US market. All design and test work on the US Chevrolet Camaro program is being completed in Australia which has become GM’s centre for rear-wheel drive (RWD) architecture, Hyde said. He is also a member of GM’s Global Engineering Leadership team which investigates 56-59 g - Top 100.indd 58 56-59 g - Top 100.indd 58 7/6/07 11:55:11 AM 7/6/07 11:55:11 AM