Engineering Reimagined

Engineering Reimagined Podcast

The Engineering Reimagined podcast explores how, like engineers, people from all walks of life are reimagining the future and their roles in it. Each month you'll hear inspiring stories from a range of guests as we reimagine how engineering can lead the world to a better future.

Do we take good design for granted?
Design has a powerful impact on our lives, from the smartphone we use to stay connected with friends and family to the bicycles that enables us to get from A to B. The COVID-19 pandemic, while being extraordinarily challenging, has inspired many designers to innovate and repurpose their production processes to meet demand for hand sanitisers, PPE and ventilators. What lessons can we learn from this creativity to reimagine the manufacturing sector and drive economic growth? There is mounting evidence t...

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How do you run a train network during a pandemic?
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how much we rely on essential workers. Whether working in a hospital or supermarket, they have been providing services non-stop while putting their own health at risk. It’s become apparent how vital public transport is in enabling our modern-day heroes to travel to and from work, but means operators also face the huge challenge of supporting the safety of employees and passengers and maintaining operation of the network. However, with more people working remotel...

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How do you run a train network during a pandemic?
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how much we rely on essential workers. Whether working in a hospital or supermarket, they have been providing services non-stop while putting their own health at risk. It’s become apparent how vital public transport is in enabling our modern-day heroes to travel to and from work, but means operators also face the huge challenge of supporting the safety of employees and passengers and maintaining operation of the network. However, with more people working remotel...

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Will engineers be the rock stars of the future?
So many sectors around the world, including aviation, tourism, hospitality and retail have been hit extremely hard by COVID-19, leaving millions of people jobless. Fortunately, many engineers have quickly adapted to digital ways of working despite delayed or cancelled projects. Given their skills in finding solutions to complex problems, will engineers be the new rock stars of our post pandemic world? Aurecon’s Chief Executive for Australia and New Zealand, Louise Adams, speaks with Trish White, Board Di...

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How can renewable energy boost economies?
As COVID-19 restrictions start to ease in many parts of the world, economic recovery plans are taking shape to stimulate jobs and growth. A recent Clean Energy Council report demonstrated how renewable energy could create an estimated 50,000 new jobs and inject approximately AUD 50 billion worth of investment in Australia, particularly in regional areas where projects would be located. Whether it’s the Australian Outback or rural Southeast Asia, people in remote areas all over the world deserve affordabl...

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Caring for your mental health in a pandemic
When the COVID-19 pandemic peaked in Australia, Beyond Blue, an independent non-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, suicide, anxiety and other related mental disorders, witnessed their online forum activity reach an all-time high in its "coping during the coronavirus outbreak" chatroom. In this episode of Engineering Reimagined, Aurecon’s Scott Powell talks to Beyond Blue Chief Executive Officer Georgie Harman about how we can support our own and each other’s mental ...

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Engineering during and beyond COVID-19 – lessons from Asia and Middle East
In this special episode of Engineering Reimagined, Maria Rampa talks to Stephane Asselin, Aurecon’s Chief Executive for Asia, about his insights on the COVID-19 pandemic and what lies ahead for the region, and Mark Mauerberger, Aurecon’s Electrical Team Leader in Dubai, who shares his experience on what it’s like working on a live construction project during a period of lockdown.   Find us online at aurecongroup.com/podcast or email us at [email protected] See omnystudio.com/l...

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Engineering during and beyond COVID-19 – an ANZ perspective
In this special episode of Engineering Reimagined, Maria Rampa talks to Louise Adams, Aurecon’s Chief Executive of Australia and New Zealand, on COVID-19’s impact on the engineering sector across both countries and the opportunities available to industry post the crisis. Engineering geologist and Aurecon’s Spatial Team Leader Camilla Gibbons also shares her insights on how lessons learned from the Christchurch earthquake could be helping to inform New Zealanders’ responses to the current crisis. Find us ...

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Some excellent reasons for women to become engineers
In this Engineering Reimagined episode, Aurecon’s Kylie Cochrane talks to engineer and award-winning speaker and entrepreneur Felicity Furey about the new breed of engineers leading social change and making a name as a young female professional in a male-dominated industry.   Find us online at aurecongroup.com/podcast or email us at [email protected] See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

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Some excellent reasons for women to become engineers
In this Engineering Reimagined episode, Aurecon’s Kylie Cochrane talks to engineer and award-winning speaker and entrepreneur Felicity Furey about the new breed of engineers leading social change and making a name as a young female professional in a male-dominated industry.   Find us online at aurecongroup.com/podcast or email us at [email protected]

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BIM for infrastructure: why it's better for everyone
In this Engineering Reimagined episode, Aurecon’s John Hilton talks to Office of Projects Victoria’s Tim Mumford about the role of digital engineering and Building Information Modelling on the development of complex, smart, and efficient infrastructure.   Find us online at aurecongroup.com/podcast or email us at [email protected] See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

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Engineers bring different energy to the boardroom
Engineering is often seen as synonym for disruption. Numerous disruptive forces in the global economy right now owe their existence to engineering. From AI and robotics, to micro medical procedures and quantum computing, engineers are enabling key disruptors that are changing the way we live, work and play, particularly in these times of climate change and natural disasters. Nowhere is this change and innovation more stark than in the energy sector, where the rules of generation, distribution, transmission ...

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Conversations from the World Engineers Convention
Last month more than 3000 engineers from around the world descended on Melbourne for the World Engineers Convention. Engineering Reimagined established a recording studio in the exhibition hall of the event and we captured some fascinating conversations, highlights of which are featured in this special bonus episode. Our roster of Aurecon podcast hosts were fortunate enough to speak to a handful of speakers about everything from flying cars, what makes a good engineer, the impact of renewable energy project...

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Reimagining the future through passion, collaboration and innovation
Engineers create a positive legacy for humanity. The work they do makes a difference in the lives of current and future generations. What does it take to solve the world’s complex challenges? When we asked our guests about how they’re helping to reimagine the future, three key themes emerged – passion, collaboration and innovation. In this episode of Engineering Reimagined, listen to highlights from season one. Find us online at aurecongroup.com/podcast or email us at [email protected]

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Reimagining the future through passion, collaboration and innovation
Engineers create a positive legacy for humanity. The work they do makes a difference in the lives of current and future generations. What does it take to solve the world’s complex challenges? When we asked our guests about how they’re helping to reimagine the future, three key themes emerged – passion, collaboration and innovation. In this episode of Engineering Reimagined, listen to highlights from season one. Find us online at aurecongroup.com/podcast or email us at [email protected]

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The Good, the Bad and the AI of It All
With the rise of artificial intelligence or AI, technology will play an even greater role in our lives. AI will significantly change not only the type of work performed in many professions but also the roles themselves over the coming years. But what about the ethical challenges that AI also bring? If AI is used for simulation of human intelligence processes, what role do professionals have as ethical guardians in the work they do? In this final episode of Season 1, Professor Anne Gregory, a Professor of Co...

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The Good, the Bad and the AI of It All
With the rise of artificial intelligence or AI, technology will play an even greater role in our lives. AI will significantly change not only the type of work performed in many professions but also the roles themselves over the coming years. But what about the ethical challenges that AI also bring? If AI is used for simulation of human intelligence processes, what role do professionals have as ethical guardians in the work they do? In this final episode of Season 1, Professor Anne Gregory, a Professor of Co...

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Do our universities need to change?
Universities are ancient institutions and have long been considered the melting pot of society’s ideas, culture, and change. But against the backdrop of new technologies, what role will universities play in the future? Will the advent of digital learning mean that university campuses become a thing of the past? In this episode, Professor Ian Harper, Dean of Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne and Susie Pearn, Client Director for Education and Research at Aurecon, discuss how universitie...

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Redesigning STEM education for diversity and inclusivity
Across the globe, private and public education policies are changing to increase the diversity of students in higher education. Unfortunately, in some institutions, increasing student diversity is hampered especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – also known as STEM. In this episode, Aurecon Civil Engineer Rebecca Ilunga chats with Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng about what the future curriculum might look like and how we can a...

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How can art and engineering create meaning in our lives?
Throughout history, public art has played a vital role in communicating our culture and heritage. It creates a conversation and adds a deeper meaning to our lives. So, why does public art often take a back seat in modern design, and does it have a more significant role to play? In this episode of Engineering Reimagined, Aurecon’s Design to Innovate Partner Veronica Nolan and Urban Art Projects’ Managing Director Matt Tobin explore the value of public art in our lives and what role engineers can play in help...

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Breaking the mould: how can design achieve equality for all?
Many communities today are full of people of different shapes, ages, races and access needs. Yet do our spaces reflect that diversity so that everyone experiences equality of access, comfort, and familiarity? This episode explores the vital role that design can play in creating better communities. Aurecon’s Associate Director and Mechanical Engineer Suds Hettiarachchi talk to two eminent leaders in this field – Australia’s former Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes AM and cross-cultural cons...

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Moving to Mars: my childhood dream to live on the red planet
The expansion of our society beyond this planet is within reach according to NASA, which plans to send humans to Mars by the 2030s. Dr Adriana Marais, one of Africa’s foremost physicists, chats with Aurecon’s Dr Gabi Wojtowitz about why she wants to move to Mars and how engineers can contribute to the pursuit of space discovery. Find us online at aurecongroup.com/podcast or email us at [email protected] See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

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Innovation versus risk: how do visual contracts stack up?
How are lawyers and engineers joining forces to innovate and disrupt at the same time? The answer is in visual contracts. Aurecon’s Managing Director for Built Environment John McGuire and Professor Camilla Andersen discuss the complexities of innovation versus risk and the vital role visual contracts can play in engaging people. Find us online at aurecongroup.com/podcast or email us at [email protected] See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

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Engineers and earthquakes: the first 24 hours and beyond
What’s the role of the engineer in emergency response and disaster recovery? Carl Devereux, Aurecon’s New Zealand Regional Director and one of the first responders during the February 2011 Canterbury earthquakes, chats with fellow responder John O’Hagan on the critical role of engineers in the entire earthquake recovery and regeneration process of a city. Find us online at aurecongroup.com/podcast or email us at [email protected] See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

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Waste not, want not: how innovation is saving Mother Nature
How can we repurpose waste into valuable assets? Aurecon’s Kourosh Kayvani chats with materials engineer and inventor Veena Sahajwalla about new ways industries can repurpose waste as a sustainable, low-cost alternative to raw materials and fossil fuels. Find us online at aurecongroup.com/podcast or email us at [email protected] See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

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Leadership lessons from the kitchen table to the board room
How can lessons learnt in the kitchen be applied to leadership in business? Australia’s top French Chef, Guillaume Brahimi shares leadership insights with Giam Swiegers, outgoing CEO of global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon. Find us online at www.aurecongroup.com/podcast or email us at [email protected] See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

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Trailer: Engineering Reimagined
Introducing Engineering Reimagined, a podcast series exploring how, like engineers, people from all walks of life are reimagining the future. Join us to hear inspiring stories from a range of guests. The first two episodes will drop on 30 January 2019. Subscribe now at http://bit.ly/2Avq9iF. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

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