Engineering As Law

Richard RobinsonConsulting, Due Diligence, Professional Development, Risk Management, Risk Management Process

Both law and engineering are practical rather than theoretical activities in the sense that their ultimate purpose is to change the state of the world rather than to merely understand it. The lawyers focus on social change whilst the engineers focus on physical change. It is the power to cause change that creates the ethical concerns. Knowing does not have … 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

The Art of Communicating Engineering Judgement

Tim ProcterConsulting, Education, Professional Development

Tim Procter shares his experience as a graduate engineer developing engineering judgement and his approach to communicating this knowledge to various stakeholders. This article was originally published at Engineering Education Australia. As a graduate engineer (some years ago) moving from university to the workplace I was surprised to discover just how vast and varied engineering knowledge actually is. After completing … 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

Should you attend the Engineering Due Diligence Workshop?

Richard RobinsonDue Diligence

An introduction to the concept of Engineering Due Diligence Engineering is the business of changing things, ostensibly for the better. The change aspect is not contentious. Who decides what’s ‘better’ is the primary source of mischief. In a free society, this responsibility is morally and primarily placed on the individual, subject always to the caveat that you shouldn’t damage your … Read More

Engineering: Ideas and Reality

Tim ProcterDue Diligence

Engineers play an integral role in bringing society’s wishes to fruition. As Engineers Australia’s monthly magazine create notes, we engineer ideas into reality. However, when we go about taking ideas and making them real we have responsibilities. We are obliged to consider the ideas’ risks as well as benefits. We must ensure that our engineering activities meet our society’s expectations, … 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

EA College of Leadership & Management Event

Tim ProcterProfessional Development

In his capacity as Victorian Committee member, Tim Procter organised and MCed the recent winter seminar for Engineer Australia’s College of Leadership and Management. Daniel van Oostenwijck (VicTrack) and Clive Domone (EY) spoke on The Mobile Office – Working Anywhere, providing insight to help leaders and managers achieve high performance when leading distributed teams. Daniel and Clive made many interesting … Read More

Regulators Put Cost Before Safety

Tim ProcterDue Diligence

A recent New York Times article presents a view as to what bought about the Grenfell tower fire disaster. It’s depressing reading, as it is clear that the hazards of associated with combustible cladding of aluminium-sheathed polyethylene and the like were a well-known fire hazard.