Important Attributes to being a Professional Many of the factors that contribute to being a professional have little to do with the degree you hold. A smile goes a long way. Now that you have graduated university with an engineering degree and are entering the big wide world to start your first job as an…

Claire Williams Seeing someone similar to you in a role that you dream to fill, inspires you to reach for the stars. With more diversity there will be no boundaries to what we can achieve as an industry. This weekend I was fortunate to take my son to the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. As…

I have mixed feelings about International Women’s Day this Thursday, in fact I have mixed feelings about most things that have ‘women/woman’ in the title. There is no disputing in my mind there is a need to push the needs of women, especially where we are treated as second class citizens. All people regardless of…

Safety in DesignSafety is of the upmost importance when it comes to delivering engineering solutions. This means there is always a never-ending goal to deliver the safest projects possible. Ongoing education has ensured a continual improvement in this area, with improved hazard elimination and risk analysis practices. Despite this however, there will always be the…

Last year I attended the Concrete 2017 conference held in Adelaide. Two of the key speakers of this event were Peter McBean of WGA and Des Bull of Holmes Consulting Group. Both Peter and Des are experts in Earthquake engineering. I was fortunate enough to work under Peter McBean and learn many valuable engineering lessons…

One of the best resources to an engineer is having a good relationship with the manufacturers of the products that you use or design with on your projects. A good manufacturer will have intimate knowledge of their products, the codes they are required to conform to, as well as identifying issues that may be outside…

What to wear to an interviewIt is getting to that time of year when you many new engineering graduates are finishing off their studies and are now either looking for jobs or getting ready to start their job in the new year. Once again I have turned to Edge Recruitment for some advice on what…

Ethics and watermelons. What do watermelons have to do with ethics? Let me tell you a story. Whilst undertaking my Civil Engineering Degree at Adelaide University I had a part time job at a local supermarket. I was working mainly weekends, at which time I was the weekend supervisor/manger of the small store. It came…

Some of the entries for the 2017 Concrete Excellence Award.Photo by John Woodside I attended Concrete 2017 held on the 22-25 October in Adelaide this year. This conference is a biennial event which brings together global leaders in the concrete industry and presents all aspects of concrete material and structures – design, research, construction, maintenance…

As it is starting to get to the pointy end of the year, many University students will be busy with heads down while trying to cram for exams. Exams are not something I miss. I wish all those going through it at the moment the best of luck and more importantly the best of memory….