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Top 100 : 2009
COVER STORY – TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS ENGINEERING EXPERTISE Kourosh Kayvani, 43 Special Structures Leader Asia-Pacifi c, Aurecon, Sydney, Structural engineer, University of New South Wales O ver a career spanning more than 20 years, Dr Kourosh Kayvani has continually pushed the boundaries of structural analysis and design practice. He has played a key role in designing innovative structures such as the World Tower in Sydney and the Barito River Suspension Bridges in Indonesia. He also worked on designing the arch and roof of Wembley Stadium in London which he counts among his professional highlights. More recently, he completed the concept design of twin 88-storey towers in Hanoi, Vietnam, and the design of a 52m-span aluminium footbridge in Brisbane. Kayvani was drawn to engineering by a passion for mathematics at a young age and the infl uence of his uncles who were civil engineers and served as role models. He is inspired by many historical structures including the dome of the Pantheon in Rory Nathan, 50 Principal Hydrologist and Executive Director, Sinclair Knight Merz, Melbourne Agricultural engineer, University of Melbourne D r Rory Nathan has an international reputation for applying hydrological research to solving practical problems and is the only engineer to have won three Engineers Australia Warren Medals for his technical publications. He has published more than 130 research papers on environmental and engineering hydrology and has won several national and international awards for his research. He believes that the two issues of adapting to climate change and raising the capability of hydrologists to take advantage of the latest research are the most important issues in his fi eld. “We need to move away from the traditional design approach to more risk-based, probabilistic methods of assessment,” he said, adding that the next issue of Australian Rainfall and Runoff should be more aligned with this approach. He was responsible for developing the technical basis that underpinned the introduction of farm dams legislation in Victoria, which helped develop a framework for sustainable diversion limits of surface water adopted by government agencies for characterising the threat to river health due to fl ow stress. He is the Australian representative on the fl oods committee of the International Commission of Large Dams. 58 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2009 Greg Fordham, 53 Managing Director, Airbiz, Melbourne Civil engineer, Swinburne University G reg Fordham is the managing director of Airbiz and has more than 25 years of experience as a consultant to the aviation industry. He is an authority on airport master planning and passenger terminal design and is called upon for his thorough understanding of airport economics and strategic planning issues. His team of 30 consultants has undertaken over 2000 projects and studies in 40 countries. His company recently com- pleted the Hong Kong Airport Master Plan which included the planning for major additional runway and terminal facilities. He was responsible for the implementation of aircraft parking arangements at the Sydney International Terminal. He has also developed innovative concepts for swing gates at airports in Calgary, Sydney, Cairns, Wellington and Christchurch. Fordham is a board mem- ber of the Airports Council International (ACI) Pacific Region and ACI World Business Partners. Rome, the Khaju Bridge in Isfahan and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, which he considers masterpieces of structural ingenuity and creativity. His takes a leadership role in the industry as the current president of the Lightweight Structures Association of Australia and is a board member of the Association of Consulting Engineers, NSW. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his young sons, bushwalking, and reading history and philosophy.