Registration of Engineers (Victoria) & Why it’s Important

Richard RobinsonEngineering Consultants, Ethics & Conduct

The Engineers Registration Bill (Victoria) received Royal Assent on 3 November. This has always been a philosophically challenging matter for engineers. Many believe that it will stifle innovation in a shallow attempt to improve the status of engineers. Certainly, its implementation will be complex if the Queensland model is taken, as an example. The primary reason for the registration of … Read More

How did it get to this? Project risk versus company liability

Tim ProcterDue Diligence, Engineering Consultants, Risk Management, Risk Management Process

Disclosure: Tim Procter worked in Arup’s Melbourne office from 2008 until 2016. Shortly after Christmas a number of media outlets reported that tier one engineering consulting firm Arup had settled a major court case related to traffic forecasting services they provided for planning Brisbane’s Airport Link tunnel tollway. The Airport Link consortium sued Arup in 2014, when traffic volumes seven … Read More

2017: The Year in Review

Gaye FrancisEngineering Consultants

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close and 2018 is almost here. As part of our end of year wrap up, here are some of the highlights that we would like to share with you.

Update on Victoria’s Energy Safety Framework Review

Gaye FrancisEngineering Consultants

On 19 January 2017, the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change announced an independent review of Victoria’s Electricity Network Safety Framework, to be chaired by Dr Paul Grimes. On 5 May 2017, the Minister announced an expansion to the Review’s Terms of Reference to include Victoria’s gas network safety framework. The interim report was released in October and can … Read More

Witness Box Whiteboards?

Richard RobinsonEngineering Consultants

Engineers tend to think problems through as visual concepts, particularly as a concept sketch or design. This is reflected by a lawyer trained CEO of a water authority: Now that you mention it, I have noticed that if I get between the whiteboard and my engineers they do tend to go mute. That is, for an engineer a picture really … Read More

Scientific Management and the AER

Tim ProcterEngineering Consultants

Scientific management appeared as a formalised concept in 1910. In its idealised form it involved observing workers performing tasks, identifying potential efficiencies that could be gained in time or effort, and implementing changes. This was followed, of course, by scientific management consultants invoicing businesses for these services. This approach (including the invoicing) seems to have been first implemented by Frederick … Read More

Engineering Coming Into Focus

Tim ProcterDue Diligence, Engineering Consultants

Doctor Iain McGilchrist will soon be in Australia to present to the 2017 Annual Conferences of Judges of the Federal and Supreme Courts of Australia. Dr McGilchrist is a psychiatrist and a former reader in English at Oxford University. Dr McGilchrist’s most recent book, The Master and His Emissary, has been discussed in an illustrated TED talk and is also … Read More

Engineering’s Golden Rule

Tim ProcterEngineering Consultants

The Golden Rule, or the rule of reciprocity, states that one should treat others as one would wish to be treated. It is an astonishingly widespread maxim, appearing in some form in virtually every major religion and belief system.

Are Australian Standards Becoming Irrelevant?

Richard RobinsonEngineering Consultants

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a standard is “an authoritative or recognised exemplar of correctness, perfection, or some definite degree of any quality.” Of course, this is but one of several definitions, and there seems to be at least five types of ‘standards.’