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Mentoring Evening for Young Structural Engineers

May 15, 2018 6:00 pm

Please pre-register by contacting Pervin Suntoke (p.Suntoke@auckland.ac.nz) for catering purposes and to ensure the selected room is large enough.


  • Room ALR5/421W-301 in the University of Auckland Architecture Facility.
  • Date: Tuesday 15 May 2018
  • Start at 6.00pm.
  • Refreshments from 5.30pm.
  • No charge, but pre-registration requested.
  • Any questions – contact John Scarry (021) 1874-327, jmscarry@xtra.co.nz

The format of the 15 May 2018 SESOC mentoring event in Auckland will consist of:

  • Mentors, who will make short introductory statements, then field questions from the audience,
  • As many graduate and intermediate structural engineers who can fit into the lecture theatre,
  • Open questions from the floor, with no set agenda, other than specific technical questions cannot be addressed,
  • Although aimed at structural engineers, some other related civil fields such as geotechnical may find the session worthwhile.

The mentors have between them experience in:

  • Working as consulting structural engineers, in firms of all sizes, from the largest multi-disciplinary companies to sole practice, both in NZ and overseas,
  • Design and construction experience from houses through to the largest commercial, industrial and infrastructure developments,
  • The full range of work a structural engineer will do, from checking shop detail drawings through to leading the design and construction of major projects, to acting as expert witnesses, sitting on standards committees, and attempting to shape policy at Central Government level,
  • Mentoring young engineers within their own companies.

The mentors will include:

  • Paul Campbell, former President of SESOC, National Technical Director – Building Structures – WSP|Opus,
  • George Downey, Director, Lough Downey Ltd,
  • Nick Gillespie, Structural Practice Leader NZ – Mott MacDonald,
  • John Mitchell, Manager – Structural Engineering, Dodd Civil Consultants Ltd,
  • Stephen Power, Regional Leader – Northern, Calibre Consulting (possible),
  • John Scarry, John Scarry Engineering.

Hopefully, the open forum and multiple mentors will provide a range of problems and questions that some attendees will not have thought of, and a range of advice that one mentor alone could not give.



May 15, 2018
6:00 pm
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John Scarry
(021) 1874-327


University of Auckland
20 Symonds Street
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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