Engineer recognised for NQ stadium innovation
Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers is an annual program run by create magazine, the publication of Engineers Australia.
Now in its fifth year, the list profiles 30 Australian engineers who are finding creative and innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.
Mr Rathie worked with Cox Architecture to develop an winning concept for the new Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville,
He came up with an innovative roof framing system that was inspired by the leaf of the pandanus tree, with research including folding a variety of origami models to understand the limitations and opportunities of the leaf’s post-buckled form.
His create magazine profile explains how Mr Rathie’s design enabled the creation of the stadium’s emblematic pandanus “kites”. ()
Engineers Australia chief executive officer Dr Bronwyn Evans said the Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers listing sought to recognise engineers and raise the profile of the profession within the wider community.
“The 2020 innovators span a fascinating and diverse range, demonstrating the ability of engineers to bring new ideas to life and reimagine the everyday,” said Dr Evans.
“Innovations ranged from macro-scale pieces of infrastructure like railway stations and sports stadiums, to micro-scale technology like atomically thin materials.”
The Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers list is organised into 10 categories representing a cross-section of the profession. Applicants had to explain what their project was, the problem it solved, the benefits it offered, why it was innovative and the role they played individually on the project.
The full list of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers 2020 can be viewed here:
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