Projects

In the past 25 years I have completed an enormous number of projects. This page presents several examples to indicate the range of my abilities and experience.

LEAD ENVIRONMENTAL AUDITOR: UoN Student Accommodation Project
RESPONSIBILITIES: Compliance, EMS and Site Environmental Performance

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The University of Newcastle recently constructed four accommodation towers on its Callaghan campus with a total of 780 beds. I acted as Lead Environmental Auditor and ran this long term audit for 18 months until I left GABA in January 2014. My role was to scrutinise construction contractor John Holland‘s adherance to its corporate and site EMS, regulatory compliance requirements, and its site environmental performance.

This engagement was fairly typical for me. I had scoped out and written the audit proposal; managed the relationship with the University; assigned resources; coordinated the activity; lead the audit team; set up the reporting mechanisms; and assured the quality my fellow auditors work. Being environmental only, this particular audit did not require the compilation of a multidisciplinary team, unlike many of the audits I managed.

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: 90+ Site Assessments, 4 states, 6 months
RESPONSIBILITIES: Methodology, Multiple Stakeholder Liasion, Technical Supervision, Resourcing, Problem Solving, Reporting

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In 2008/9 I successfully supervised almost 100 site assessments across 4 states for (jointly) Bluescope Steel and Onesteel conducted in a highly compressed six month period. The ACCC required Bluescope Steel to transfer almost 100 steel distribution centres to (then) OneSteel ASAP. My role was to resource the assessment team with specialists across 4 states, coordinate the assessments, liaise with environmental managers in both corporations, plus an independently appointed ‘peer review’ auditor, and process the assessment reports through multiple draft and final report stages. The project was completed to the satisfaction of both parties and representatives of each commented on how professionally the project had been managed.

SITE MANAGER: BHP Kooragang Island Industrial Landfill 1992 to 1995 RESPONSIBILITIES: Waste Management and Site Rehabilitation

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At the age of 21 I managed a 310Ha industrial waste landfill owned by BHP. Amongst others my role included; preventing illegal dumping; continuous improvement in environmental compliance, establishing monitoring programs; pollution reduction projects; waste stream segregation; incident response; liaison with key stakeholders; community consultation; and media activity.

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Wetland Marked up5 annotated In 1994 I conceived to recover many thousands of tonnes of slag waste and scrap iron that had been used as fill beside the Hunter River in Newcastle, NSW. I recycled the iron and slag . The mixed team of volunteers and staff I created then returned the land to its original condition (a saltmarsh and mangrove estuary) – a significant environmental benefit. See the construction site here. As part of this project I successfully created and co-supervised two environmental Undergraduate research projects, one Masters project and one PhD project as my team had achieved a (believed) world first.

TWO CHEMICAL ENGINEERING WASTE RECYCLING PROJECTS: “Coal Tar to Fuel”, and “Thermal Waste Soil Recycling”

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In 1994 my final year Chemical Engineering Design Project required me to lead a team of 5 undergraduates to design a soil decontamination plant. Hydrocarbon and low boiling point metal contaminated soil could be recycled in a mobile plant. In a faculty first for an undergraduate design, this plant was later built and operated by Innova Soil Technology Ltd. In this project I cut my teeth on the essentials of thermal decomposition of carbonaceous waste.

I won the occasional Spruson and Ferguson Prize for my final year Chemical Engineering Research Project. I’d proven a bench scale process for the thermal decomposition of a prevalent complex hydrocarbon waste (coal tar). Lighter tar hydrocarbons were volatilised for use as process fuel, and heavier hydrocarbons were ‘coked’ to produce a solid, inert waste suitable for landfilling or beneficial applications. Carcinogenic hydrocarbons were reduced to non detectable levels.