OCT 2009 • ISSUE 86
A Bright Future for
dimension ISSN 1175-7752 (print) ISSN 1177-9012 (online)
Solar Electricity in New Zealand
The Pickering lecture series is hosted
annually by selected IPENZ Branches and is
one of the key events on the IPENZ calendar.
The lectures are named in honour of space
engineer William Pickering HonFIPENZ.
This year IPENZ was thrilled to host
international solar electricity authority, Dr
Muriel Watt, as the speaker for this year’s
Pickering lecture. Dr Watt is a Project
Manager for renewable energy consulting
company, IT Power Australia. She has worked
in government energy agencies, private
companies and universities on energy-related
matters since 1980, with a strong focus on
renewable energy research, development,
technologies, deployment and policies. She
is Chair of the Australian PV Association
and the Australian representative on the
Executive Committee of the International
Energy Agency Photovoltaics (PV) Power
Systems Programme and is a part-time
Senior Lecturer in the School of Photovoltaics
and Renewable Energy Engineering at the
University of New South Wales.
Dr Watt’s lecture examined PV technologies,
trends and applications, as well as the Dr Muriel Watt with one of 2,520 solar panels at the photovoltaic farm
opportunities for more extensive deployment in Lisbon, Portugal.
in New Zealand and the kind of political
preparation required for an efﬁcient uptake. New Zealand has deployed PV in rural was followed by a renewable energy panel
“The future is very bright! Technical areas for many years, and it has been used discussion chaired by EECA Chief Executive,
developments continue apace and constantly extensively to power electric fences, but the Mike Underhill FIPENZ.
break new ground with efﬁciencies, idea of grid-connected photovoltaic systems
A podcast of the lecture is available at
reliabilities and innovative applications. has been slow to gain traction.
PV will enable developed countries to Dr Watt used her lecture to address many
reduce their carbon footprint while, as costs of the myths surrounding PV technology,
decrease, PV can provide even the very including the belief that the energy required
poorest people with sustainable electricity,” to create a solar cell will never be recovered
says Dr Watt. during its lifetime, and that New Zealand
Photovoltaics, or solar electricity, represents does not have enough sun for PV to be a
the next generation of “smart” technologies viable electricity option. In fact, Dunedin has
which are set to change the way electricity more sunshine hours than Freiburg, Germany
grids operate and power is supplied in
– Europe’s solar energy capital!
Inside this Issue:
The lecture took place in eight centres
Most PV is based on semi-conductor nationwide and was met with an • Young Engineer of the Year p04
technology which produces electricity directly overwhelming response. Record numbers
from sunlight with no moving parts, noise were achieved in seven locations and most • Remuneration Survey p06
or fumes and low greenhouse emissions. events saw people sitting in the aisles and
Photovoltaic technology is developing fast standing at the back. Branches invited local • Futureintech Service
with efﬁciencies increasing, costs decreasing luminaries such as Gisborne Mayor, Meng Evaluation p09
and an array of new technologies emerging. Foon, Jeanette Fitzsimons and The Hon. Dr
The market has been increasing at over Nick Smith FIPENZ to open the lectures and • Membership Update p10
30 per cent per year for the past decade introduce Dr Watt. In Wellington the lecture
and PV is now reaching “grid parity” in was co-hosted by the Energy Efﬁciency
many countries. and Conservation Authority (EECA) and
Engineering to Accommodate Nature
The recent earthquake and tsunami in Samoa and Tonga are timely reminders of the power of natural forces. The history
of mankind, and engineering particularly, has often focused on isolating ourselves from the effects of these forces.
For me personally it was a sobering experience. Only six weeks ago my wife Juliet and I were staying at the very resort
in Lalomanu that was completely destroyed and where 13 members of the Taufua family lost their lives.
In 1828 the British Institution of Civil Engineers deﬁned civil engineering as “the art of directing the great sources of
power in nature for the use and convenience of man”. The IPENZ crest shows the sun constrained by three chains,
implying the harnessing of nature's power.
We should ask ourselves if such an attitude is still appropriate. There is no doubt that engineering fundamentally
changed the world and underpins our civilisations, but can we go on as we have been? Have we engineered
the resilience out of our communities? While there may be an engineering solution to most problems, perhaps
accommodating to nature, rather than trying to control it, is a better option.
Although the causes of global climate change are still subject to some debate, IPENZ’s position is that we must
recognise that change is occurring. Engineering should adapt to accommodate these changes.
As well as maintaining the physical works we create, we need to ensure that the systems necessary to manage our
engineered environment are also maintained. After disastrous events the criticism is often not that buildings and
structures were unable to resist the forces of nature, but that the human systems failed. Criticism often centres on
inadequate warnings and slow and ineffectual response. Engineered services are not judged by how they perform 99.9
per cent of the time when everything works, but rather on the very rare occasions when something goes wrong, when
criticism is strident and damning.
Contingency planning is not in itself good enough. Plans need to be exercised realistically and frequently and the
community needs to understand that engineers and government agencies do not have the capacity to manage
everything all the time. As a society, we have become too reliant on our engineered lifestyle. We need to recognise its
limitations, and engineers must take their role in this societal education. My own observations would suggest that the
very strong Samoan and Tongan village culture places these countries in a better position to manage these events than
New Zealand, where we are overly reliant on the government or civil defence coming to our rescue.
The earthquake and tsunami are also timely reminders of the difﬁcult engineering challenges our Paciﬁc neighbours
face. They have some of the most challenging weather, topography, geology, and hazard landscape on the planet,
together with the challenges of remoteness and the diseconomies of scale in maintaining professional capability in
These factors reinforce the value of IPENZ’s current initiative, together with six island nations, to form the South Paciﬁc
Engineers Association to improve engineering practice, capacity and capability in the region.
IPENZ is in touch with our Samoan and Tongan colleagues to see how it can assist, not only in managing the immediate
effects of this particular disaster, but ensuring that replacement buildings and facilities are better sited and constructed
to avoid a repeat.
Our thoughts are with our neighbours but there are some lessons in this for us as well.
02 engineering dimension
Engineers Honoured in Business Hall of Fame
the best of international skill with localised
expertise is a sensible way for New Zealand to
successfully build its infrastructural needs.
In 1993, he was one of a three-person panel
appointed by the prime minister to report
on the nationwide electricity shortage and,
in 1999, chaired the governmental review
team to report on the management of New
Zealand’s borders. Currently, Sir Ron is one
of eight ofﬁcial advisors to the Minister for
Photo courtesy of BECA
Infrastructure, The Hon. Bill English, on
the creation of the 20-year national
He was knighted in 1998 for services to
business and engineering. In 2001, he
George Beca DistFIPENZ (seated) and Sir Ron Carter DistFIPENZ at the Beca
was awarded an honorary doctorate in
Carter Hollings & Ferner headquarters in Auckland in the early 1970s.
engineering from the University of Auckland
and was named a Distinguished Alumni
Two eminent engineers have been inducted He began his career when he joined the in 2008.
into the Fairfax Media New Zealand Business small engineering consultancy of Gray George Beca (1921–2001) was a war hero
Hall of Fame. Sir Ron Carter DistFIPENZ and Watts & Beca in 1959 and over 41 years and leader of industry, and was among the
George Beca DistFIPENZ (posthumously) he played a key role in developing what has ﬁrst to study with the University of Auckland’s
ofﬁcially joined the laureates of the Hall of become the Beca Group, one of Australia Faculty of Engineering when it was based at
Fame at an event attended by Prime Minister, and New Zealand’s fastest growing and most Ardmore in the late 1940s.
The Hon. John Key on 29 July. successful consulting businesses.
Mr Beca worked hard to lift the engineering
They were both founding partners of Sir Ron led the Beca Group, which was profession’s standing through the foundation
consulting ﬁrm Beca Carter Hollings & behind some of the country’s most signiﬁcant of the New Zealand Association of Consulting
Ferner, which has since grown into New infrastructure projects, including development Engineers. His talents were publicly
Zealand’s largest privately owned engineering of the Tasman Pulp and Paper mill, the recognised in 1991 when he was made
consultancy, the Beca Group. Motonui gas to gasoline plant, the Comalco a Commander of the Order of the British
aluminium smelter, the Mangere sewage Empire for services to engineering and
Sir Ron Carter completed a Master of
treatment plant, and designing a simulator for the community. In 2000, the University of
Engineering (civil) at the University of
the Anzac frigate project. Auckland awarded him an honorary doctorate
Auckland and is one of New Zealand’s most
respected business ﬁgures. He is a past A critical part of his success in these projects
President of IPENZ and has worked in the was creating strategic alliances and joint The Fairfax Media New Zealand Business Hall
engineering sector developing and chairing ventures, which allowed Beca Group to of Fame was set up in 1994 by the Young
the Beca Group, in academia, and through tap into world-class technical expertise. Enterprise Trust. The Hall of Fame is located
his involvement with various trade groups and He advocates New Zealand using the joint in the University of Auckland’s Business
advisory committees. venture model more, and says that blending School and now has 100 laureates.
Alan Bickers DistFIPENZ Receives Arbitration Prize
Alan Bickers DistFIPENZ was recently University majoring in arbitration and was awarded the Brookers’
elected a Fellow of the Arbitrators’ Prize for arbitration in 2005.
and Mediators’ Institute New Zealand
Alternative dispute resolution is an alternative means of resolving
(AMINZ) and received the Sir Ronald
Davidson prize for excellence in a wide range of commercial and other disputes rather than
award writing in the 2008 fellowship resorting to litigation through the courts. Mr Bickers provides
examinations for arbitration. independent services in alternative dispute resolution (mediation,
conciliation, expert review, adjudication and arbitration). He has
Mr Bickers is a past President of IPENZ a growing practice in alternative dispute resolution, particularly
and was made a Distinguished Fellow those involving engineering, building and construction, and local
of the Institution in 2002. He is an government matters, where his extensive industry experience is an
accredited member of the AMINZ list of specialist mediators for important attribute.
environmental disputes, where he applies his skills and extensive
experience in local government, resource management and urban Mr Bickers is a fellow of many institutions, including the Chartered
development. Institute of Logistics and Transport, Institute of Directors,
Institution of Engineers Australia and the New Zealand Institute of
He has studied extensively, including a Bachelor of Engineering
(civil) and a Diploma of Management. He completed the Graduate
Diploma in Business Studies (dispute resolution) at Massey IPENZ wishes to congratulate him on his latest achievement.
engineering dimension 03
Young Engineer of
the Year Final ists 2009
Photo courtesy of Photographic Services, University of Canterbury
Jeremy Gibbons MIPENZ Michael Newcombe Darren Fidler
In September, three young engineers to function as ofﬁces, using solid timber He has also been heavily involved in the
gathered at Parnells on the Rose Gardens sections constructed of an engineered wood formation of the New Zealand Modelling User
in Auckland to present their ﬁnalist product, laminated veneer lumber (LVL), and Group, helping to organise the inaugural
presentations for the Young Engineer of held together by high-strength steel tendons. conference in 2008 and sitting on the
the Year Award. committee as Peer Review Guideline Co-
Michael’s research is focused on the design,
One of the key skills of a good engineer development and experimentation of new ordinator.
is verbal communication, a skill the timber buildings that are sustainable, cost The winner will be announced at the New
judges and audience considered during effective, safe under extreme events and Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards
the presentations. Each ﬁnalist had an completely New Zealand made. on Wednesday 25 November 2009 in
opportunity to present their project during
Jeremy Gibbons MIPENZ Wellington.
a 10-minute presentation followed by a ﬁve-
minute question-and-answer session. Mr Gibbons is a Civil Engineer and an The Young Engineer of the Year is just
associate of Opus International Consultants. one of the Awards Recognising People at
This award always attracts a lot of interest He graduated from the University of
and the competition for the coveted prize was the New Zealand Engineering Excellence
Canterbury with a Bachelor of Engineering Awards. The other individual awards to be
ﬁerce. To become a ﬁnalist, each engineer with ﬁrst-class honours and has 11 years of
had to make a submission highlighting their presented during the evening are the William
practical engineering experience.
career development as an engineer, their Pickering Award for Engineering Leadership,
contribution to the community or other Mr Gibbons’ skills lie in assessing strategic the New Zealand Innovator of the Year, the
activities outside their employment, and their trafﬁc and transportation investigations. He New Zealand Engineering Entrepreneur of
peer recognition. They also had to exhibit has been involved in numerous projects as the Year, and the Award for Excellence in
a high standard of ethical and personal the Lead Transportation Modeller, Trafﬁc Engineering Journalism.
behaviour, and demonstrate excellence on Engineer and Team Leader and is an
an engineering project or activity and explain Eight Product and Project Awards will also
advocate of microsimulation modelling.
what part they played in its success. To be be presented – Building and Construction;
chosen as a ﬁnalist in this award is a huge Darren Fidler Energy Systems; Food, Bioprocess and
achievement in itself. Mr Fidler has a PhD. in Mathematical Chemical; Information, Communication,
Modelling of Fire from Heriot-Watt University Electrical and Electronic Technology
The 2009 Young Engineer of the Year in Edinburgh. (ICEET); Mechanical and Manufacturing;
ﬁnalists are Michael Newcombe, Jeremy
Darren is an experienced Transport Modeller Sustainability and Clean Technology;
Gibbons MIPENZ and Darren Fidler.
and has been involved in many signiﬁcant Transportation Infrastructure and Water,
Michael Newcombe projects, both locally and internationally. Waste and Amenities. The top project
After his undergraduate studies at the His breadth of knowledge is varied, with award will receive the Supreme Award for
University of Canterbury, Mr Newcombe expertise in modelling levels from strategic Engineering Excellence.
completed a Masters in Earthquake multi-modal to individual intersections.
Engineering at the University of Pavia, Italy. The black-tie gala dinner will be held at
Mr Newcombe returned to the University of Mr Fidler’s modelling skills proved an the Duxton Hotel in Wellington. This is a
Canterbury to undertake doctorate research, invaluable contribution to the Transmission popular event, so if you would like to join the
investigating new concepts for multi-storey Gully Toll Road, a high-proﬁle project subject celebrations visit www.nzeeawards.org.nz to
buildings, particularly those designed to a signiﬁcant degree of public scrutiny. purchase your ticket.
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2009 Roading Excellence Awards
The launching truss at Waiwera viaduct, part of the Northern Gateway Toll Road.
The Roading Excellence Awards recognise excellence in the planning, AECOM (PDP) won the Infratrain New Zealand Industry Best Practice
design and construction of signiﬁcant roading projects, as well as the Award for Environmental Sustainability for the project “Healing Te
development and implementation of best practice and collaboration Rerenga Wairua Cape Reinga Upgrade”. The project improved access to
in the roading industry. The awards were held in Wellington on 7 one of New Zealand’s iconic lighthouses by sealing part of State Highway
September. In 2009, IPENZ Professional Development Partners (PDPs) 1 and re-landscaping the site, with an emphasis on tourism beneﬁts and
won several awards, individually and collaboratively. consideration for the area’s cultural importance to local Maori.
The Northern Gateway Alliance, comprising the New Zealand Transport The use of sustainable roading designs and materials, as well as the
Agency (PDP), Fulton Hogan (PDP), Leighton Contractors, URS New creation of a nursery to “eco source” half a million plants to heal scars
Zealand (PDP), Tonkin & Taylor, Boffa Miskell, VSL and United Group left from inappropriate roads, buildings and developments, resulted in
won the Shell Bitumen Excellence Award for a Major Road Project and the protection of the conservation values of the area. It also provided
the Roading New Zealand Supreme Award for the Northern Gateway employment and upskilling opportunities for the local community.
Toll Road. The project beneﬁted the wider sector by setting a new industry
The $365-million project passed through historically rich and diverse benchmark for community engagement and sensitivity, and
through innovations such as the establishment of a purpose-built,
landscapes, steep topography and local streams, making it one of
New Zealand’s most challenging roading projects. The road opened in
January this year and created a visual showcase of environmental and Three IPENZ PDPs, Fulton Hogan, GHD Ltd, and the New Zealand
engineering excellence. Transport Agency, won the Goughs Excellence Award for a Minor Road
Project. They undertook the project, “State Highway 60 – Eureka Bend
The Northern Gateway Alliance incorporated social and cultural
Reinstatement” after a major slip cut off the only access to Golden Bay
considerations on the project from an early stage, avoiding adverse
affects on the environment, ensuring the views of affected communities
were taken into account, and considering various design options. The The slip zone was secured with 2,200 lineal metres of soil nails
project delivered excellent outcomes as a result of this transparent and and a 6,300-cubic-metre mechanically stabilised earth slope was
proactive approach. The toll road was opened ahead of schedule on 25 constructed. The project required 14,000 tonnes of rock to be
January 2009. imported, placed and compacted. The estimated value of construction
(including fees) at design stage was $3.65 million, and the ﬁnal project
Roading New Zealand Chief Executive, Chris Olsen FIPENZ, says the cost was $3.29 million. All works were completed in full and on time
awards’ judges considered the Northern Gateway Toll Road to be an before the onset of winter.
excellent example of a project that was meticulously planned and
executed under a truly collaborative model. 2009 marked the ﬁfth year of the Roading Excellence Awards and
celebrated signiﬁcant improvements to New Zealand’s roading design,
“As New Zealand embarks on a round of major roading infrastructure health and safety practices, construction methods and project delivery,
projects, it is very heart warming to see the industry delivering such and the contribution that the roading industry makes to New Zealand’s
high-calibre work. It augurs well for the future of the country’s economy. The awards’ dinner was attended by roading industry
highway network.” representatives, government ofﬁcials and other interested parties.
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2009 IPENZ Remuneration Survey
The 16th annual IPENZ Remuneration
Survey is now complete. The results show
that despite the tough economic times,
engineers’ salaries have remained strong.
National Ofﬁce sent out the electronic
survey to 5,500 Members in May 2009 and
received 2,276 responses.
Analysing the survey data provides
salary trends across a range of different
parameters, including highest qualiﬁcation,
type of work, employment sector,
employment ﬁeld, region of New Zealand,
engineering specialism, engineering role and
level of responsibility.
The IPENZ survey requires respondents to
measure their jobs in terms of the required
level of responsibility, knowledge and skill
using a job-points system. The higher the job Annual salary increase by employment sector v. economic indicators
points, the more demanding the position.
Summary of results
Overall there has been an increase in median
salaries for fulltime employees (those working
7.5% 7.6% 7.5%
over 30 hours per week) compared with last
year’s results. The most signiﬁcant increase
in median base salary is evident in the 51 to
55 job-points range, where the median base 4.0%
salary has increased from $135,000 in 2008 Private sector
to $144,500 in 2009. 2.0%
Median total packages have increased for all Total
job-points ranges except the 16 to 20 and
31 to 35 ranges where there have been very -1.7%
slight decreases compared with 2008. -2.0% AWE
Thirty-seven per cent of respondents Figure 1: Salary increases v. economic indicators
reported a salary increase of more than
$5,000 over the past 12 months (55 Self-employed
per cent in 2008), while 84 per cent of Self-employed Members made up around 10 per cent of survey respondents, up slightly from
respondents received some increase. Fifteen last year’s results. Self-employed Members were asked to report their net business income (NBI)
per cent of respondents had no change in which is total earnings after deducting business expenses. The median NBI for self-employed
income over the past 12 months. Members in Auckland and Greater Wellington dropped, when compared with 2008 data. In
contrast, the median NBI for self-employed Members in Christchurch rose signiﬁcantly, while the
median NBI rose slightly for self-employed Members in the “rest of North Island” and “rest of
As with previous years, almost 70 per cent
South Island” regions.
of respondents had a Bachelors degree as
their highest qualiﬁcation. This year’s survey Employment sector
results continue to show that there is a Respondents were asked to identify whether they are employed in the private or public sector.
ﬁnancial beneﬁt accruing from higher-level The vast majority of respondents (74 per cent) are employed in the private sector.
education. This trend is particularly obvious
This year’s results indicate a small increase in both median base salaries and total packages
at doctorate level, where the median base
in the private sector compared with 2008. Median base salaries in the public sector have
salary for those with a PhD. is $39,500
remained virtually the same as 2008 while the median total package has reduced slightly.
higher than for those with a Bachelors
Median salaries continue to be higher in the public sector than the private sector.
degree as their highest qualiﬁcation.
Figure 1 shows the percentage increase in salaries in the public and private sectors against
Types of work
economic indicators. This ﬁgure shows that private sector salaries have increased by 7.5 per
As with previous years, general management
cent over the past year. Similarly, public sector median base salaries have increased by 7.6 per
roles have the highest base and total
cent since 2008. These increases occurred at the same time as the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
salaries. Roles in governance resulted in
rose by 1.9 per cent and the Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) fell by 1.7 per cent.
the second highest median base salary and
median total package. Employment ﬁelds
Consistent with previous years, the majority of respondents (53 per cent) are employed in the
The most common type of work engaged in
by respondents continues to be planning
and design, despite a decrease of 100 The communications, primary industry and construction ﬁelds showed the highest total
respondents in this ﬁeld from last year. packages, respectively. These ﬁelds also show the highest salaries, along with the “other” ﬁeld.
06 engineering dimension
While processing this year’s results, it was identiﬁed that for earlier surveys an additional value (between zero and six) had been added incorrectly
to individual job points totals. This meant that many individual respondents had been reported in the next job points bracket, lowering median
salaries across the job points range. Job points data from the 2005–2008 surveys were corrected before generating the comparative tables
associated with the 2009 survey results.
The construction and primary industry
ﬁelds appear to make the most use of other
remuneration beneﬁts, as these industries
$250, 000 showed the greatest difference between
$225, 000 median base salaries and median total
$175, 000 Regional variations
As with previous years, regional variations
were assessed based on ﬁve geographical
$125, 000 2005
locations – Greater Auckland, Greater
$100, 000 2006 Wellington, rest of North Island, Christchurch
$75, 000 2007 and rest of South Island.
$50, 000 2008 Both median and base salaries have
$25, 000 2009 decreased slightly in Greater Auckland, with
median base salaries falling $1,000. In the
up to 30 31—35 36—40 41—45 46—50 51—55 over 55
other four regions median base salaries
and median total packages have increased
slightly, with the largest increases in Greater
Based on this year’s survey responses,
Greater Wellington offers the highest median
base salary while the rest of the North Island
offers the highest median total package.
7.0% This year only ﬁve specialisms had
6.3% sample sizes of over 100 and of these
6.0% transportation/highway engineering, civil,
and electrical/electronic/power had the
highest salaries, respectively.
4.0% As with previous years, business engineers
3.0% reported the highest salary in all quartiles,
but were represented by a relatively small
2.0% sample size.
1.0% Figure 2 shows the level of total salary
packages over the past ﬁve years for IPENZ
0.0% Professional Members and Fellows. This
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
ﬁgure indicates that median salaries have
increased steadily in previous years.
Figure 3 shows the percentage increases
in salary over the past ﬁve years. The ﬁgure
shows that salaries increased rapidly from
2005 to 2008. Between 2008 and 2009
salaries have also increased, although at a
$80, 000 lower rate than previous years. This reduction
$70, 000 in the rate of salary increases is likely to be
due to the tougher economic situation.
$50, 000 2005 Figure 4 shows the changes in salary over
the past ﬁve years for recent graduates.
$40, 000 2006
The reported starting salaries for graduates
$30, 000 2007
(with up to one year’s experience) have
$20, 000 2008 increased slightly when compared with 2008
$10, 000 2009
values. This year’s data shows clear salary
progression based on years of experience.
up to 1 1 2 3 4 5 This year the sample sizes for both Associate
and Technical Members were small (41 and
29, respectively) and therefore no conclusions
Figure 4: Median salary packages for recent graduates have been drawn for these Members.
engineering dimension 07
Ten young engineers from the Northland region toured the soon-to- becoming involved in RedR NZ work, as well as her recent experiences
be-dismantled Marsden B power station. The power station – built as in Sudan. The presentation created awareness about living conditions
an oil-ﬁred plant in the late 1970s, but never commissioned – will be in less-fortunate areas, and a number of attendees are now keen to be
shipped to India where it will be reassembled and ﬁred up for the ﬁrst added to the register.
time. Attendees were very impressed with the precision engineering,
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The role that engineers play in relieving suffering in disaster areas opportunities to meet new people and have a say in what goes on in
was the topic of the August engenerate Canterbury event. Tania
McBride, Register of Engineers for Disaster Relief New Zealand (RedR If you are interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more
NZ) Associate Tutor and Register Member, spoke to the group about information.
Futureintech Service Evaluation
Futureintech relies on the input of teachers and careers advisors in schools. The Futureintech team needs their
help to get the message to students, and to report back on what’s working and what needs improvement.
but also to emphasise the relevance of particular secondary school
subjects like physics and calculus,” says one respondent.
“I would like to use Ambassadors again next year to talk to the Year 11
students,” says another. “They have responded enthusiastically, with
many expressing interest in engineering as a possible career option.”
Members of the Futureintech staff have earned a great reputation
as well. “Our Facilitator has been available, efﬁcient, reliable and
very helpful,” one school reports. “They could not be better. The
Ambassadors have also been awesome – available for pre-unit
discussions, then excellent in their presentations.”
Many of the comments indicate that schools are beginning to establish
a long-term partnership with Futureintech, thinking of new ways to use
its resources. One school showed an interest in “placing Ambassadors
in front of our students more frequently during the school year,” with
Futureintech Ambassador, Robert Turner, with students “more continued visits to our science and technology departments”,
at the One Day School for Gifted Students in Hastings. instead of one-time visits.
Futureintech has also received a lot of feedback about its web site,
To gain the necessary feedback, Futureintech is conducting its www.futureintech.org.nz, which has become a resource for teachers
annual service evaluation. The team sent a survey to teachers and and careers advisors looking for speciﬁc information on career
careers advisors last month, requesting detailed feedback on how paths. “The video clips are a really good way of increasing students’
Futureintech is doing. The survey covers Ambassador service, the awareness of the huge array of careers out there,” says
Futureintech web site, online publications and brochures. one respondent.
So far, there has been an enthusiastic response from teachers Overall, the message has been one of encouragement and sincere
and careers advisors, with a response rate of about 40 per cent – thanks for Futureintech’s support. “Thank you for providing my class
above the average for this kind of survey. The feedback has been with this opportunity,” one teacher says. “It has been extremely
overwhelmingly positive and respondents have provided useful valuable.”
suggestions that will help Futureintech improve its practice.
Futureintech’s second contract with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
Ambassadors have received praise and high scores across the board ﬁnishes in 2011, and will be up for renewal in the next 18 months.
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08 engineering dimension
Mechanical Engineering Group Meet at Te Papa
Mark Galvin talking about his ﬁrst race experiences
During the period July to November, Te Papa Tongrewa, the Museum
of New Zealand in Wellington, has been showing an exhibition titled
“Formula One – The Great Design Race”. This exhibition has been
organised by the Design Museum in London and is on a global
tour, with Wellington being its only stop in New Zealand. Taking
advantage of the interest in this exhibition, and in support of it, the
IPENZ Mechanical Engineering Group (MEG), together with the IPENZ IPENZ Engineering Practice Manager, Cameron Smart MIPENZ, has
Wellington Branch, organised a meeting at Te Papa with a racing car a closer look at the University of Auckland entry in the 2008 FSAE
theme. This enabled Members to visit the exhibition and attend an Australasian competition.
IPENZ meeting at the same time.
The meeting was well supported with 50 to 60 attending. After
Australasian Formula SAE event. This competition is for SAE student
welcomes and introductions two presentations were made.
members to conceive, design, fabricate, and compete with small
Mark Galvin runs his own business, Access Automation Limited, which Formula-style racing cars. Restrictions are placed on the car frame
designs, manufactures and installs inclined hillside lifts and cable cars and engine so that the knowledge, creativity, and imagination of the
in New Zealand, and increasingly overseas. A few years ago, to fulﬁl students are challenged.
a long-held ambition, Mr Galvin set out to design and build a ground
As part of the supporting programme for the Formula One exhibition,
effects racing car.
the Auckland team had their 2008 car on display at Te Papa and they
The New Zealand Sports Car Series racing class provided freedom joined the MEG meeting to give a presentation on progress with the
in the design of the car and gave him the design parameters to work design and construction of their 2009 challenge car. They are well on
within. The objective was to build a racing car to take the maximum track to have the car race-ready for the competitions in Australia in
beneﬁt possible from aerodynamic inﬂuences. This resulted in a design December.
with a left-side pod for the driver and a right-side pod for the engine,
Their experience gained from previous competitions is paying off.
joined by a wing. In his presentation, Mr Galvin took the group through
They have a very effective team approach, making sure that expertise
the process, from initial concept to research and model testing,
developed in earlier years is not lost as well as ensuring junior
construction, track testing and initial racing experiences.
students are able to take senior roles in future years. The University
The second presentation was from the Universtity of Auckland Formula of Auckland’s FSAE team have made an impressive effort and have a
Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) Challenge team. In recent good chance of gaining a high placing in the December competition.
years, students from the University of Auckland have entered in the You can follow the team’s progress on their web site www.fsae.co.nz
The Terra Fx on the track with desinger/builder Mark Galvin at the wheel.
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Anthony John Bartlett CompIPENZ 1929–2009
department and he became the Technical to cope with many different approaches
Manager in 1963. from local members, but his understanding
and communication skills helped to weld
Mr Bartlett joined IPENZ as Assistant
together the ambitions and aspirations of
Secretary in 1968, holding responsibilities
the people he served.
in the ﬁelds of qualiﬁcations, education and
publications. He became Secretary (later In 1979 the Institution took over the
titled Executive Director) of the Institution in publication New Zealand Engineering, set up
1976 and held that position for close to its own publishing company and appointed
20 years. Mr Bartlett as Managing Director. Publishing
technical papers and engineering articles
Over this period there were huge changes in
calls for special skills, and the high quality
New Zealand’s development. The discovery
of the journal was a tribute to his literary
of natural gas and world-class developments
and organisational abilities. His academic
in fuel conversions led to the rapid growth
background in English and literature, and his
of chemical engineering. The huge increase
long association with broadcasting, helped
in meat production and freezing works
him to create a highly valued journal for New
called on engineers to know a lot more
about cryogenics and cold temperature
engineering. These national issues all Mr Bartlett was also involved in the overseas
Anthony John Bartlett CompIPENZ, a affected Mr Bartlett’s work as Executive work of IPENZ and was a member of the
respected leader within IPENZ and the Director. executive committee of the World Federation
engineering profession, died on 20 of Engineering Organisations from 1985
August 2009. Along with his general duties as Executive
to 1989. He played a very active part in
Director, Mr Bartlett was responsible
Mr Bartlett was born in England in 1929. setting up a Federation of Engineering
for managing the Institution’s annual
He obtained a Bachelor of Arts with second- Organisations in South-East Asia and the
conferences. Today, the complexity and
class honours in English language and Paciﬁc, and served as its Secretary-General
diversity of engineering activities means
literature in 1952 at Wadham College, for four years until 1990.
Technical and Special Interest Groups hold
smaller conferences covering their speciﬁc Mr Bartlett worked through times of great
He arrived in New Zealand in September ﬁeld. While Mr Bartlett was at the helm, he change in the engineering profession
1952 and worked with the New Zealand organised all-purpose yearly conferences and the Institution. Through those times
Broadcasting service in Christchurch, covering the engineering spectrum. Not he steered the profession with competence,
Dunedin and Wellington before joining only did he manage the scope and content charisma, and compassion. His patience,
the Dunlop New Zealand Ltd tyre factory of the conferences, he also had to work great skills and devotion to the cause
in 1954 as Personnel Ofﬁcer. In 1957 Mr with the Branch committees to ensure the made him an admired and respected leader
Bartlett transferred to Dunlop’s technical events ran smoothly. In doing this he had of IPENZ.
Call for Nominations – Members of the Board
Nominations are called for the following positions to take ofﬁce on 19 March 2010.
President deal with ongoing correspondence between meetings. Direct travel
One-year term, must be a Fellow. and other costs are reimbursed from subscription income.
Deputy President Nominees for President must have served two years on the Board in
One-year term, must be a Fellow. the last ﬁve years, and all nominees must be full ﬁnancial Members
Vice-President of IPENZ.
One-year term, must be a Fellow.
For nomination forms and details of other requirements for nominees,
Three Board Members such as total service limitations, contact Fiona Shand, Boards’
Two-year term, Members from any class are eligible. Secretary, on firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominations must be with the Chief Executive by Friday DDI: 04 495 1644
11 December 2009. Fax: 04 474 8933
These roles represent an opportunity to contribute to the profession IPENZ National Ofﬁce
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The following is a list of additions to and changes in the classes of Membership for the period
13 May 2009 – 4 September 2009.
Elected to Graduate Member: Maclean, SJ Marais, DJ Marriott, JC Mars, Cruz, JR Davidson, EA Fisk, RJ Gardiner, PM
WHRM Abeysekera, FH Abuid, TJ Adams, HS Marzara, JAB Matthews, J Mayen, MPC Garrity, KC Giberson Jr, MI Grey, MR Hawkes,
YGH Alghorani, JG Andrada, L Anwar, C Meyer, AEJ Mills, JG Mitchell, A Mohammadi V Hirsch, PS Holmberg, TJ Irving, GA Jones,
Apirumanekul, A Arumainayagam, RC Shiweh Kash, M Mohan, NB Moore, RM AA Kozlov, CS Kun, RMW Kuta, JLN Lavoie,
Banson, DNA Barnard, IR Barnett, DRG Morley-John, EE Morrison, LJ Muijlwijk, GH Leonard, BT Linnell, G Littlefair, MJ Lowe,
Bate, K Beardsley, CS Bell, RP Beltran, MM RT Murray, FC Myles, AY Nair, S Nair, MJ CJ MacPherson, TJ Mason, JR Matthews, PC
Bishop, DV Bogdanov, JM Booth, AG Boyle, Newton, BA Nichols, EM Nind, RJS Noering, McLean, CJ Meyer, A Moraes, LJ O’Leary,
AG Boys, MJ Bridges, KI Briggs, SM Broad, MW O’Brien, PJM O’Hare, SA Omar, AF DM Oosterbeel, EA Osorio, WW Oswald, JO
BJ Burrowes, GC Butler, TM Butler, AD Paglinawan, GMM Pangan, RJ Parker, AB Owusu, GS Paterson, AH Pieters, SV Power,
Cabadonga, R Cadiz, AR Carter, AT Carter, Patel, H Patel, JSW Paterson, AEK Paulson, BM Quilter, KJ Read, F Resl, MCB Richardson,
H Chapman, Zhe Chen, Zhijian Chen, TK Y Peng, HJ Pipe, S Prasad, DI Quinanola, CE Rickard, PA Rodgers, A de W Rossouw,
Cheung, SM Choo, LF Chu, RG Clark, TB NJ Quinn, A Rachmani, II Rahim, SM Reed, RL Sike, CB Singh, D Smit, NJ Smyth, DL
Clark, NK Clendon, SI Coxon, RA da Silva, PJ Reid, AJ Richards, EM Richworth, PHF Stewart, TSB Toh, SS Virdi, JT Wong, MN
MP Damsteegt, E Davis, AM Deutschle, AB Robbie, MJ Rooney, AG Russell, AP Russell, Yusoff.
Dickens, GA Dioni, VB Divekar, BR Dixon, EB Sabalburo, JA Saunders, AM Schmidt, K
Schmit, K Sebanora, JCWK Senanayake, C Elected to Technical Member:
GH Doney, BHF Drake, LJ Driscoll, SW
Service, TD Sherwen, JEB Short, JJS Sia, S L Atkinson, PD Ewart, LG Jaine, AP Lambert,
Duncan, SA du Preez, LT Duff, RM Ellis, CW
Sirat, ME Smith, MA Sporli, SM Stephenson, DW Maples, L Nair, KKN Rana, TJ Williams,
Fairbrother, RD Farrell, DR Fehsenfeld, MJ
TA Stewart, ST Storchenegger, LB Storie, J GJ Wrightson.
Fox, RB Fox, RR Garcia, L George, CE Gifford,
RJ Gill, SS Gorrell, FR Grand, DM Green, Sufﬁad, MP Sweetman, D Tan, FHL Tang, Elected to Associate Member:
RJ Green, JA Guerra, S Gunarathinarajah, HM Tang, HJ Tarun, SS Tattle, GN Teesdale, GL Davenport, A Finch, MJ Lamont, NJ
AP Haines, CR Hammond, BG Harkness, CK Teh, R Thamotharampillai, BDJ Tio, JM Marshall, MW Melville.
AL Harris, CR Hick, CYJ Ho, A Hope, WJ Tjiong, MJG Todd, EP Torvelainen, MA Utting,
BT Van Duyn, AJ Van Wonderen, ER Vans, Elected to Afﬁliate Member:
Hou, B Ibarra, A Iiyama, A Ira, TP Jacobson,
AM Walker, JL Walker, TK Wang, Y Wang, CJ F Aires, J Draper, C Fairbairn, CD James, SV
AT James, THI Jefferd, JM Jenkins, AA
Wastney, AD Waymouth, RHP Weaver, JC O’Brien, CL Smith, MJ Watts.
Kaderdina, GA Kamali, AR Karakala, A
Kathnaur, F Kattan, RM Kelly, JRK Kenealy, White, MJ Willson, J Wong, LCL Wong, XY
IPENZ regrets to announce the passing of:
B Keogh, ZK Khaishagi, AR Khanal, TJ Kidd, Wong, JM Wright, TPM Wright, KY Wyles, HY
AL Andrews FIPENZ, AJ Bartlett CompIPENZ,
Yam, KYW Yang, CAC Yeoh, CHB Yip, MM
LJ Knauf, FA Kobierska Bafﬁe, M Kopi, G GE Bonny MIPENZ, JC Broad MIPENZ,
Younghusband, CYS Yung, Y Zhang.
Lam, GK Lamb, CA Langsford, TR Last, CS GI Brown MIPENZ, P Drury MIPENZ, OP
Lau, JR Ledingham, NSK Lee, KEJM Leers, Elected to Professional Member: Franklin MIPENZ, EW Graham FIPENZ,
AM Le Grice, M Le Heux, JX Leong, WKK NA Adams, ND Agnew, LM Armitage, A JA Hadley MIPENZ, EW Heine FIPENZ, IL
Leung, Yifei Li, Yitao Li, R Libo-on, SCD Lin, Ashford, SL Beniston, J Bhatt, PD Blackmore, Malcolm FIPENZ, RS McDermott GIPENZ, AJ
DJ Lindsay, JTH Liu, PE McArley, TB McBreen, JK Bothara, JL Calleja, MD Capon, AYH Chin, McDonald MIPENZ, JL Mills MIPENZ, T Paulay
CJ McIlroy, CRW McKay, OG Macarie, GD NJ Chisnall, JJ Coenradi, MP Connolly, RA DistFIPENZ, H Semke FIPENZ.
Nominations for Fellowships and Awards Open
Each year at the Fellows’ and Achievers’ Dinner, IPENZ recognises leaders, contributors
and achievers in a number of categories.
Expressions of interest for the 2010 Fellowships and awards are now open.
Nomination and entry forms and award criteria are available at www.ipenz.org.nz or by contacting the Awards
Co-ordinator, Dionne Needham, on email@example.com
Nominations close 31 October 2009.
Have You Moved Recently?
If you are an IPENZ Member and you have shifted house, changed employer, moved overseas, updated your email address, or changed any of your
other contact details recently, please let us know so we can update your entry in the IPENZ Membership database.
Keeping your details up to date means you will continue to receive all the beneﬁts of being an IPENZ Member.
You can call us on 04 473 9444 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org citing your Membership number and your new details.
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Remediation Technologies for Contaminated Land
Land contamination continues to be a Learning outcomes The course aligns with elements 4 and 11
widespread, complex, and costly issue. By the end of the course, participants will be of the competence standard for professional
Effective remediation technologies are able to: engineers, engineering technicians and
sought in New Zealand so that land can be engineering technologists.
• explain the fundamental processes of
put to more productive use, while protecting Cost (incl GST):
human health and the environment from various remediation technologies $425 – IPENZ Members
potential risks. This course focuses on a few • identify the corresponding applicability, $450 – Technical Interest Group members
promising physical, chemical, and biological advantages, and limitations $495 – Non-members
remediation technologies for contaminated • comprehend the approach to
Dates and locations
soil, sediment, and wastewater, and implementation, and the equipment Auckland 3 November 2009
highlights recent remediation cases in New required for these systems Christchurch 10 November 2009
Zealand. This course is aimed at consultants, • apply the above knowledge to design
For more information please contact the
engineers, project managers, regulatory the remediation technologies professional development team at
ofﬁcers, and industrial organisations. • evaluate the societal considerations. email@example.com
Professional Development Events
October 2009 Resource Management Act for Engineers Nelson 17 November
Risk Management Techniques for Wellington 5 November Auckland 19 November
Engineers Christchurch 17 November Napier 24 November
Wellington 14 October Nelson 18 November Christchurch 26 November
Engineers and Consultation: “Current Speciﬁcation Practice New! Timber Design Society: “Seismic
Practice and Lessons Learnt” Christchurch 9 November Design of Timber Structures”
Christchurch 14 October Auckland 18 November
Engineers and Consultation: “Current
Finance for Engineers Practice and Lessons Learnt” For more information on these courses
Auckland 14 October Rotorua 11 November please visit www.ipenz.org.nz/ipenz/nzecal
Nelson 24 November
Effective Report Writing for Engineers Want to know more?
Whangarei 20 October Effective Report Writing for Engineers Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 04
Auckland 11 November 495 1643 or visit the engineering calendar
Resource Management Act for Engineers at www.ipenz.org.nz/ipenz/nzecal for a
Auckland 21 October Cost for IPENZ short courses (incl GST):
full list of events taking place around the
Rotorua 29 October $520 – IPENZ Members
$540 – Technical Interest Group members
Legal Issues for Professional Engineers $605 – Non-members
Christchuch 27 October
Technical workshops and seminars
November 2009 New! Timber Design Society: “Innovation
Risk Analysis for Engineers with Timber for a Changing World”
Auckland 4 November Auckland 12 October
Wellington 27 November
New! IPENZ Coldstore Engineering
Contract Management for Engineers Tauranga 12 November
Christchurch 4 November
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