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Top 100 : 2010
41 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS -- COVER STORY David Jurd, 46 Managing Director, Abigroup, Sydney Civil engineer, University of Newcastle David Jurd was appointed managing director of Abigroup last year having started with the company in 1991. Abigroup is a diverse Australian contractor in building and engineering, roads, rail, water, min- ing services, bridges and telecommunications. Last calendar year it generated $2 billion revenue. The company has around 2500 employees and the past year has been strong with $5 billion worth of work on its order book, Jurd said. "We have had some good wins in the PPP space with Partner- ships Victoria in Schools and Peninsula Link in Victoria. Recently we won the $1 billion Queensland Children s Hospital contract in Brisbane," he said. "In recent years we ve successfully diversi ed. e Adelaide desalination plant is one of several large projects currently involv- ing our water business and we also have our telecommunications and mining services businesses as well as new o ces in Tasmania, Western Australia and South Australia." Among engineering projects recently completed are the Gate- way Bridge in Brisbane: which opened last month (six months ahead of schedule); the Monash Freeway in Melbourne, in which Abigroup was part of the Monash Alliance; and the Geraldton Southern Transport Link Stage 2 (Abigroup s rst road project in Western Australia). In his spare time Jurd enjoys sur ng and spending time with his sons. John Grill, 64 CEO of WorleyParsons, Sydney Civil engineer, University of Sydney John Grill has been leading the growth of WorleyParsons from the beginning. Today the company is a global enterprise with 137 o ces in 40 countries and 29,400 personnel. e revenue for 2008/09 was $6.3 billion. WorleyParsons o ers engineering services in a wide range of areas including deepwater o shore developments, alumina process design and solar energy. Recently Trans eld Worley Power Services (TWPS), a 50/50 joint venture between WorleyParsons and Trans eld Services, secured a ve-year contract to provide mainte- nance services to Loy Yang A powerstation and the adjacent mine from July. Loy Yang A is Victoria s largest powerstation generating 2200MW and supplying the equivalent of one third of Victoria s electricity needs. e contract is expected to generate revenue for the joint venture of $185 million. Grill said: "An important growth strategy for WorleyParsons is to provide upgrade and maintenance services to existing facilities around the world. is contract is an important maintenance contract that will assist us in achieving that goal." Last month, Grill received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sydney in recognition of his contribution to the engineering profession. Chris Jenkins, 51 Chief Executive Officer of Thales Australia, Sydney Mechanical engineer, University of NSW Chris Jenkins is chief ex- ecutive of ales Australian and New Zealand operations with responsibility for 3500 staff in more than 30 sites. Of this team, over 1100 are engineers and researchers working on technological de- velopments. ales Australia is one of the country s largest defence contractors with 65% of its work performed in this role. It also has a signi cant presence in the aerospace and security markets and is a major regional provider of air tra c management systems. The company s 2009 ex- ports of over $200 million included air tra c manage- ment systems, sonar systems, gas turbine containerisation, ordnance, and specialised vehicles such as the mine- resistant Bushmaster. Over the past year Jenkins became chair of the International Centre for Complex Project Management, and chair of the Advisory Board of the Defence Industry Innovation Centre. Jenkins said: "I ve taken on these roles as I believe in the importance of driving collaboration across industry and govern- ment to bene t Australia, and have been focusing the company on building a wider set of industrial partnerships to create new capabilities in defence and non-defence sectors, as well as greater export opportunities."