15 September 2010
One of the world’s leading engineering, architectural and
environmental consulting companies, GHD congratulates engineer
Andrew Bagnall, on being named the Engineers Australia Young
Engineer of the Year (Newcastle) at a function held on September 10
at Newcastle City Hall.
The award acknowledges exceptional young
engineers who have reached a high level of achievement and
involvement in engineering and the community.
“It’s a real honour to receive this award,”
said Andrew. “This recognition validates the importance that my key
areas of interest – Ecologically Sustainable Design (ESD) and
Building Information Modelling (BIM) are going to play a
significant role in engineering and the wider community into the
Andrew has been instrumental in developing the
ESD practice at GHD into a sustainable business unit. ESD is now a
core component of GHD’s built environment offering.
“There exists a great opportunity for
organisations to reduce the 23% (1) of greenhouse gases that commercial
buildings contribute collectively to the environment in Australia
alone, while in turn benefiting from these more
efficiently-operated buildings,” he added.
GHD Newcastle Operating Centre Manager Tasos
Katopodis said, “I applaud Andrew for this award – it fittingly
recognises his tenacity and drive in working closely with our
clients to grow the understanding and adoption of ESD.”
Andrew has played a key role in the
introduction of BIM into GHD’s Property and Buildings business. He
offered, “BIM allows significant efficiency benefits to
organisations by enabling them to virtually design and construct a
building long before construction begins on site. It integrates the
many components of a project such as architecture, engineering,
project management, and building operations & maintenance
together onto one model.”
To drive the adoption of ESD and BIM in the
wider built environment community, Andrew has presented at
architecture and engineering industry groups, universities and
international conferences. He was also a mentor for Indigenous
students interested in an engineering career at this year’s
Engineering Aid Indigenous Summer School.
In May 2010, Andrew was named in the
Engineers Australia Most Inspiring Young Engineer list for
his work in ESD.
(1) Green Building Council
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