Structural engineer awarded for lifetime achievements

Structural engineer and CIA Member, Peter Airey, has received a National Lifetime Career Achievement Award from Engineers Australia.

Peter, who has been a Fellow of Engineers Australia for more than 44 years and an Honorary Fellow since 2018, was awarded the John Connell Gold Medal for 2022 by EA’s Structural College.

He is the managing director of Airey Taylor Consulting in Perth, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in business last year. The firm has been a long-time Bronze Member of the Concrete Institute of Australia, with Peter having served as Chair and Committee Member for CIA in the WA Branch.

Engineers Australia said the award was given to Peter in recognition of “his lifetime achievements and contributions to the field of structural engineering”, underscoring that only one engineer is selected nationwide for the honour each year.

“It could be considered Peter’s crowning achievement in his highly successful career extending over five decades,” Engineers Australia stated.

One of Peter Airey’s many innovations includes the structural use of glass fibre reinforced plastic bars (GFRP) as reinforcement in concrete to extend longevity. Peter presented the highly successful ‘GFRP Bars for Reinforced Concrete Structures: State of Practice in Australia’ online for EA in August 2021 that was streamed nationally.

The Concrete Institute of Australia congratulates Peter on his well-deserved award. The nomination for the John Connell Award and Peter’s biography, make for impressive reading.

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Desi Corbett

Desi is the Editor of Concrete in Australia and at the helm of our magazine for 8 years. She was behind the Institute's weekly news bulletins from 2016-2021 and is now writing our focused news items. Desi has been an engineering news and features journalist/editor across all disciplines since 2013 - part of a 30-year career writing for a wide range of industries.