Richard Hardy is a Lead Civil Designer at Engenium. He has over 18 years of experience in the civil industry, including lead and senior roles in resources consultancies in Australia and Scotland. At Engenium he has had exposure to large scale projects for BHP, Fortescue Metals Group and Roy Hill.

We asked Richard to chat to us about his career and what it’s like to work at Engenium.

What is your role at Engenium?

I am a Lead Civil Designer. My role involves roads, rail and bulk earthworks design, mentoring civil designers, checking team members drafting and design models.

What are your areas of speciality and expertise?

I have over 18 years experience in road, rail and bulk earthworks modelling and drafting for both the public and resource sector.

What projects are you currently working on?

Over the last year and a half I have been leading the civil design and drafting team in a number of projects. The Pilbara Minerals Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Mine, South of Port Hedland, was a challenge due to the project schedule in which we designed and drafted the non-process infrastructure. This included 50 kilometres of road, two level crossings, power station pads, ROM pads, office areas, laydown areas and all the internal roads in which to access them. We have also been designing a number of grain storage facilities for CBH Group. The challenge, as always, is optimising the designs to limit the cut and fill quantities.

What do you enjoy about working at Engenium?

Engenium is a fantastic company to work for. There’s a great bunch of people in the Engenium office which makes coming to work enjoyable. We work hard and have fun.

What inspired you to pursue your career in your field?

My Dad has always been involved with trains - from heavy haul to passenger lines. He has over 40 years of experience, including maintaining the Hamersley Iron rail network and working in Sydney and Hong Kong maintaining the MTR passenger rail network that services approximately 4 million passengers per day. I guess going up track with him since I was a child gave me the bug for rail and road design.

What is something you love to do outside of your work life?

I have two beautiful kids. The weekends are filled with pulling apart model train tracks and altering the rail alignments, to riding bikes and generally having a laugh with them. I also love guitars and amplifiers. Once in a blue moon I get to catch up with three other mates to play some loud music.

What makes you laugh?

Cheesy movies with great one liners. I’ll really just laugh at anything.

Who is someone that inspires you?

I suppose my Dad. He got me into this field being a Civil Engineer. He is now retired but we talk about my rail designs and he’s always giving me advice.

What is your favourite quote?

“Did you see the size of that chicken!?” A line from the movie Young Guns.