Professor Mark Bradford

Professor Mark Bradford is currently an Australian Laureate Fellow, Scientia Professor and Professor of Civil Engineering at UNSW. Mark's interests are in structural and computational mechanics, with specific application to steel and steel-concrete composite structures. He has published some 15 books in various editions and over 500 scientific papers in book chapters, journals and conferences. He serves on the editorial boards of 14 journals, and on four Standards Australia committees in structural engineering (of which he chairs one). He has also attracted several million Australian dollars in competitive research funding over the last decade. Mark currently serves on the Australian Research Council's College of Experts, and was a member of its Expert Advisory Committee from 2001 to 2003. Previously, Mark held an Australian Government Federation Fellowship, one of only three civil engineers to do so. In 2010, Mark was Dean of Engineering and Information Technology at University of Technology Sydney, having worked previously for over two decades at UNSW.


Mike Fordyce

Mike is a practising structural engineer with 50 years of experience in the fields of conceptual planning, project management, design and construction superintendence for building and engineering infrastructure projects; investigations and asset condition reports; feasibility studies; materials investigations; and development of building systems. He has worked in consulting engineering in the UK, USA and Australia and most recently as a Senior Principal Engineer and the Structures Group Leader with Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) in Queensland.

He served as National President of the Concrete Institute of Australia in 1995-96; he was elected the first non-UK based President of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) for the session 2004-2005; and was awarded the John Connell Gold Medal by Engineers Australia in 2009 for his contribution to the standing and prestige of the structural engineering profession nationally and internationally.

Mike was born and raised in Scotland where he received his degree in Civil Engineering with First Class Honours from University of Edinburgh. This was followed by a Diploma in Concrete Technology from University of Leeds and subsequently a Masters in Geotechnical & Foundation Engineering from University of Glasgow. After some 23 years working in various parts of the UK and USA with Lowe & Rodin and Building Design Partnership (BDP), he moved to Australia in 1984 to join Cameron McNamara in Queensland. Since that time Mike has made a significant contribution as one of the Principal Structural Engineers in the company to its growth and development, first through its merger with Kinhill and subsequently as part of the global Kellogg Brown and Root.

With KBR, Mike has had technical and commercial responsibility for a range of infrastructure projects in Australia and the Asia Pacific region including buildings of all types, road and bridge works, maritime works, water and waste water facilities and as the Structures Group Leader he provides mentoring, training and advice to other structural engineers. He has been a leader in promoting innovation and developing a culture of creativity within KBR through in-house workshops and training sessions. He introduced the national 'Innovation in Action Awards' within the company to highlight the best ideas and to further advance innovation in KBR.

Mike has long been an advocate in promoting a strong link between Engineers Australia and the Institution of Structural Engineers. Through his influence, IStructE has sponsored one of the keynote speakers in each of the last four Australasian Structural Engineering Conferences, viz. ASEC2001, 2005, 2008 and 2010. He also played a key role in the negotiation and drafting of the Agreement on reciprocal membership between Engineers Australia and IStructE first signed in 2004.


Jacques Combault

Jacques COMBAULT was born in 1943. After receiving a degree in civil engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon, he began his career at CAMPENON BERNARD (now a division of VINCI) in the Bridge Design Department where he had the chance to work with expert bridge designers Jean MULLER and Jacques MATHIVAT. Mr COMBAULT's early projects entailed the design of major links in France from 1970 to 1980 and more especially of the Brotonne Bridge in Normandy, a world record in the field of pre-stressed concrete cable-stayed bridges.

In 1980, Mr COMBAULT was named director of CAMPENON BERNARD's Bridge Design Section and later of the entire Design Department. As such, he was associated with the refinement of pre-fabricated segment techniques and several other major innovations in the field of pre-fabricated concrete and steel-concrete composite bridges. He widely contributed to the development of external prestressing and steel-concrete composite box girders, made of concrete slabs connected to steel corrugated webs; he was also involved in the design and construction of several large cable stayed bridges abroad.

In 1991, Mr COMBAULT was recognized by the French Association of Civil Engineering (A.F.G.C) for his contributions to the development of concrete structures using computer software, the study of local stresses induced in stay-cables and the implementation of modern external Post Tensioned tendons.

In 1993, Mr COMBAULT joined the GTM Group (now a division of VINCI). He served as Scientific Director first of GTM International, then of DUMEZ-GTM. As Scientific and Technical Advisor of the General Management Team, Mr COMBAULT coordinated design and construction methods for most of the GTM Group's major projects, mainly abroad. Among them are the Second Severn Crossing between England and Wales and the Confederation Bridge over the Northumberland Strait in Canada linking Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick. His design contributions to the Rion-Antirion Bridge across the Gulf of Corinth in Greece were decisive to the feasibility of this exceptional link: large steel pipes inserted into the poor-quality soil of the seabed, well adapted 90-meter wide pylon bases and a fully suspended bridge deck allow for total stability in this major earthquake zone.
Working as an independent consultant in the field of Structural Engineering since 2001, Jacques COMBAULT received the fib Medal of Merit 2004, in recognition of his carrier mainly devoted to Bridges and large Projects; he is currently professor at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris - France) in the field of construction techniques and Technical Director of Finley Engineering Group (Florida - USA).

President of the International Association for Bridges and Structural Engineering (I.A.B.S.E) from 2007 to 2010, Mr COMBAULT has published over 40 scientific and technical papers and has delivered talks at many international conferences as Key-Note Speaker.

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