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Top 100 : 2012
NGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2012 Consulting Andrew Buckley, 55 Managing Director, Cardno Limited, Brisbane Mechanical Engineer, University of Queensland IN THE past year, Cardno has grown under Andrew Buckley s leadership, primarily through the acquisition of ATC Associ- ates, a 1600 person environmental services business in the US. This takes the total to 6500 staff working in 250 offices across 85 countries. Half year financial results last December showed revenue from operations at $445 million, with $900 million expected annually. Buckley said influential engineers have a "strong self-esteem which helps a person understand their own strength and (perhaps more importantly) their weaknesses". If people understand their weaknesses actions can be taken to build a team that make up for those weaknesses. He also said the ability to see a vision for the organisation is key, including the ability to communicate it to your team, and convince them to follow you towards that vision. Listening listen to people, consulting, considering their views, and ultimately making decisions which, while not always being what everyone agrees with, are sensible enough for all to follow. Lastly, Buckley believes, leaders need to know how to relax and stay away from work so that you can retain perspec- tive on your job and its challenges. Colin Elliott, 54 Global President, Infrastructure, KBR Electronics engineer, Bendigo Institute of Technology COLIN ELLIOTT leads KBR s global Infrastructure business unit from Australia. The unit, which serves the transport, water and facilities markets, also has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Indonesia. Colin controls projects employing more than 2000 people and has under design or project management more than $40 billion of capital expenditure. Key current projects include the program management of the Expressway Programme in Qatar, a $25 bil- lion construction program of 30 expressways. In Australia, they include concept design development for the Regional Rail Link in Melbourne and engineering for the Australia Pacific LNG and Queensland Curtis LNG coal seam gas pipelines in Queensland. Last year Elliot successfully integrated international materials handling specialist Roberts & Schaefer, acquired in 2010. The Infrastructure business unit s backlog of work under contract more than doubled last year. Colin Elliott Nigel Robinson Andrew Buckley Ian Shepherd COVER STORY -- TOP 100 38 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2012