Brad Dockrill is the Principal Engineer and Engineering Manager for our Newcastle, New South Wales office. He joined the team earlier this year and wears many hats in his varied and interesting role with us. Brad is particularly skilled and experienced in corrosion prevention, structural assessment and asset management. Get to know Brad in our latest quick chat interview.
What is your role at Engenium and what does it involve on a day to day basis?
My duties involve providing input and advice regarding structural engineering, civil engineering, corrosion prevention and asset management of infrastructure. Furthermore, I am also a member of the executive management team making contributions regarding strategic planning and business development.
What do you consider to be your areas of speciality and expertise?
I have a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with first class Honours from the University of Newcastle. I have spent over 34 years practicing in the consulting fields of structural, civil, forensic and remedial engineering.
My professional experience includes structural and civil engineering design of domestic construction, warehouse and office complexes, light and heavy industry (including cranes), mining assets, resorts, multi-storey’s, plant and equipment for chemical plants, assessment of existing buildings and structures, remedial specifications and a wide range of investigation, refurbishment and remedial works to building and civil infrastructure. This also includes the condition assessment and remedial strategy development of infrastructure assets, particularly in the mining, water, energy and marine market sectors.
I began a professional interest in corrosion prevention, structural assessment and asset management in the early 1990’s, and since then I have regularly authored peer reviewed technical conference papers on this subject.
What projects are you currently working on?
Mining surface operations – thickener upgrade and remediation. As well as inspection and assessment of crane structures.
What do you enjoy about working at Engenium?
Having a culture of accountability and improvement particularly fits with me, as well as being people focussed whilst achieving project delivery.
What inspired you to pursue a career in your field?
I always had an interest in structures and began producing engineering and fabrication drawings from 16 years of age. I always had an interest in maths and science which lead me to engineering.
What do you love to do outside of your work life?
I like to enjoy activities that have very little to do with engineering, such as travel, golf, photography, horse racing and fishing. However, some of these activities can be useful in the engineering profession.
What makes you laugh?
Big Bang Theory and Friends.
Who inspires you?
That’s a tough question, however in no particular order:
- My late Grandfather
- Those that make things look simple
- Leaders without being motivated by self interest
- Those that help others to have a happy fulfilling life.
What is your favourite quote?
There is a quote by Theodore Roosevelt, which I think reflects the way I work and live.
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”