Engineering News

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Sustainability: a success measure of infrastructure projects

Project success measures have recently been broadened to incorporate sustainability (e.g. economic, social and environmental measures) over the life of a project. Previously this was restricted to economic outcomes or time, cost, quality and functionality outputs. Today, sustainability and outstanding project outcomes are synonymous, and the sponsors’ role at the start of a project is critical in achieving leading sustainability.
Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Engineers are best equipped for future jobs

Engineers will have a strong advantage when it comes to future employment opportunities. This is due to the critical role that engineers will play in enabling the Australian economy to meet future challenges and remain internationally competitive.
Thursday, 07 April 2016

Law as engineering

Law as Engineering, a recent publication by English legal academic Professor David Howarth of Cambridge University, documents a major change in legal philosophy within the last 10 years.
Tuesday, 05 April 2016

The myths of infrastructure sustainability

Engineers Australia (EA) Sustainability Policy states that its members “are committed to creating and delivering outcomes that will ensure the long-term survival of life on earth in a fair and equitable manner.” To uphold EA’s policy, there are many myths and misunderstandings regarding infrastructure sustainability that need to be challenged.
Friday, 01 April 2016

Microtunneling continues to advance after technical maturation

The practice of microtunneling continues to make strides roughly a decade after the maturation of existing technologies, as engineers acquire greater experience in their application under more challenging circumstances.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Eureka moments in thought leadership

I’ve had one great Eureka moment in my life, sitting in a hotel room overlooking the steaming geysers in Rotorua, New Zealand. In just a few minutes I envisaged the model underlying my PhD thesis, a neat 2x2 matrix that brought together multiple lines of inquiry I had been pursuing for over a year. Ever since then, I’ve been fascinated by the what I called the Eureka process – a way of conceptualising a powerful idea based on deep knowledge and presenting it in an explanatory way that really inspires and engages an audience. Today, this is called thought leadership.
Thursday, 17 March 2016

Analysing how we communicate

Halfway into the presentation, a particularly talented engineer began to sense he was losing the audience. Eyes were glazing and whispered conversations were starting in the back rows. Thinking that the lack of interest was because they simply didn’t understand the core point of the presentation, this engineer paused, then launched into a detailed explanation of the theory underlying his proposition. People began to walk out.
Friday, 04 March 2016

ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code updates will enhance pressurised vessel design

The latest updates to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code will replace outdated methods and enable the production of more economic pressure vessel designs.
Thursday, 18 February 2016

Satisfy your legal obligations under the new Work Health and Safety Act

In Australia there has been a paradigm shift in the way safety risk management is conducted. The new Work Health & Safety Act has replaced the old approach typified by the Risk Management standard, AS/NZS ISO 31000.
Monday, 01 February 2016

Leadership is key to good asset management

Jim Kennedy, lead advisor of the Asset Management Council and director of the Asset Management College, says that leadership is the key to the successful management of assets by engineering firms.