Young Members Queensland (YMQ) - a busy 2018

Published: 31/12/2018

The President and Chief Executive meet with the YMQ committee

We hope you enjoyed our calendar of events as much as we did! Here’s a quick snapshot of what kept us busy and the kinds of exciting events you can expect to attend next year…

Technical Talk - Timber: Challenges and Opportunities
We kicked off the year with the technical event "Timber: Challenges and Opportunities". The two speakers were Toby Hodsdon, (then Principal Structural Engineer at Bligh Tanner) and Kim Baber, (Principal at Baber Studio Architects). Attendees learnt about engineered timber, its emergent role in the industry, overseas exemplar projects, current research and the challenges engineers can encounter using timber.
Site visits:
Throughout the year, we had the opportunity to attend several sites currently under construction:

The 25 King Street site - This tour was a great opportunity to witness the efficiencies of building with mass timber. We learned about the effects that simple and well planned design has on speed of construction, transportation logistics, and of course – structural performance! A big thanks to Lend Lease for showing us around on the day.

The Howard Smith Wharves site - This tour allowed our group to experience Brisbane's latest riverfront entertainment precinct - when construction was in full swing and when the structural engineering problems were rife and prominent for all to see. There was plenty of discussion around piling into the river and the river bank, working around the landmarked Story Bridge and dealing with concrete, steel and timber to preserve and strengthen existing heritage sheds. The group very much appreciated Hutchinson Builders’ help to get the tour group along.
Networking event:
In conjunction with our technical events the YMQ hosted a combined networking event between young engineers, architects and town planners, ‘EAT’ at Newstead Brewing Co. The atmosphere on the night was uplifting and we thank Hilti, Master Builders, Hyne, Hutchinson Builders and Gadens for their sponsorship of this event.
'Is Traditional Consulting Dead?'
The Institution's Young Members Group and the Australian Regional Group jointly hosted an evening of short presentations considering the question 'Is Traditional Consulting Dead?' The speakers focused on changes in the construction industry and how structural engineers are embracing innovation. The junior engineers and experienced engineers alike enjoyed networking over a few Charming Squire beverages after the event.
Visit from President
Institution President, Faith Wainwright, toured Australia to launch the CROSS-Aus initiative in October. She and Chief Executive, Martin Powell, attended a breakfast with the YMQ committee discussing topics ranging from the Institution's can support for young engineers to the future of the profession. 
Cross River Rail project - Technical Talk
Our end of year event saw the Technical Manager for the Cross River Rail Authority, Jeremy Kruger, discuss the background and challenges of Brisbane’s new high-speed rail line and how it will shape the future of our city. We also heard from Dr Peter Ho on the launch of CROSS-Aus in 2018.

Thanks for your support and participation in 2018 – we look forward to bringing you an exciting calendar of events in 2019.


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