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Memoirs of an engineer, Auckland

  • Lecture
  • Auckland
  • 22 February 2018
  • 17:30 - 20:00
Memoirs of an engineer, Auckland

About this event

You are invited to attend the inaugural event of the Institution of Civil Engineer's 200 year celebrations. We will be looking back over the past 200 years of Civil Engineering and looking forward to what the next 200 years might hold in store?


Ernesto Henroid

Ernesto Henroid

Born 1936 in Lima, Peru. NZ Citizen since 1979. Married to Jill Brewis, lives in St Heliers since December 2014
Educated in English school, and National Engineering University in Lima. Civil Engineer
Graduate training Scholarship with Federation of British Industries, London and Scotland
Worked with British Consultants (Binnie & Partners) Contractors (George Wimpey) and NZ contractors (Fletcher Construction)
Joined World Bank 1980 and retired 1998 – last position as Department Director, reporting to the President.
Returned to NZ, bred alpacas in lifestyle property.
Worked with Centre for Advanced Engineering, Canterbury University, 1999/2008
Board Member, Transit New Zealand, 2003/8

Allan Watkins

Allan Watkins

Allan began his working career in 1957 as a civil engineering technician working with NZ Railways. He completed the ICE Part II examinations in 1968 thereby qualifying as an ICE civil engineering graduate and became a corporate member of NZIE in 1970.

His career followed various employments in NZ, Fiji and Australia before be began a 40 year working period in Hong Kong firstly employed till year 2000 by the Hong Kong Government Geotechnical Engineering Office where he became a Chief Geotechnical Engineer and thereafter 'til the end of 2015 as a Technical Director for Halcrow China Limited. During this later employment besides projects in Hong Kong he was involved in several projects in mainland China including the one described in this presentation. Allan is a fellow of the ICE.

Highway in the Sky

The 118 Km long Chongzun Expressway is located in the north of Guizhou Province in China and is part of the countries national trunk highway system which connects poorer inland areas with boom coastal areas like Shanghai and Shenzhen. The expressway was described in the June 2005 edition of New Civil Engineer where it was referred to as a Highway in the Sky.

Ray Turner

Ray Turner

Ray Turner has had a long career in technical roles responsible for some of Auckland's iconic engineering structures. Notable amongst these are the construction of dams in the Hunuas and trunk watermains for Auckland's water supply.

Born in Mount Albert in 1935, he moved to Pukekohe in 1939, where his father was Borough Engineer. He attended Pukekohe Primary & High Schools, followed by Auckland University, graduating with a BE Civil in 1959.

His first job was with Wellington City Council Drainage Department, moving to Ove Arup and Partners, London in 1963. In 1967 he returned to NZ, working for Auckland Regional Authority and Auckland Regional Council before joining Watercare in 1992.

He retired in 1998, his hobbies are photography, tramping, genealogy & travel, and he is married with 3 children, 7 grandchildren.

Sir Ron Carter

Ron Carter was born in Auckland in 1935 and educated at Auckland Grammar School. He attended Auckland University College, graduating in 1958 with a Master of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering, having submitted a thesis on 'The effect of stress on the longitudinal wave velocity of an ultrasonic pulse in concrete'.

He joined the Beca engineering company in 1959, becoming a partner in 1965 and managing director in 1986, remaining chairman of the Beca group until 2002.

Sir Ron's contributions to the Profession and to the community at large has been rewarded with his investiture to the Order of New Zealand, limited to 20 living members. Active in promoting engineering excellence at home and pioneering development to undertake significant engineering overseas, particularly South East Asia, Sir Ron has been witness to the progress of the Profession at the highest level for 60 years. His continued participation in high profile engineering roles in the wider community enables Sir Ron to speak authoritatively on a vision of the future for the role of the engineer in society.

Alistair Mitchell

Alistair is a Project Management Professional with a ME(Hons) in Construction Management and a BE(Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland. In 2005 he started work with Fletcher Construction and later Piletch, before joining Bam Nuttal & Bachy Soletanche for a 3 year stint in London. Returning to NZ to join Beca in 2014.

His projects include Land Development for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the 2012 London Olympics. He was the Piling Project Manager for the foundations and retaining walls for various stations on the £15.9bn, 118km Crossrail project and worked on the redevelopment of London Bridge Station. He has since worked on a number of land development projects in the UK & NZ and is currently working on the Kirkbride Road Interchange improvements to SH20A to Auckland Airport.

Event venue

Auditorium, Beca House
21 Pitt Street
New Zealand

For more information please contact:

Sasha Planinic

e: sasha.planinic@ice.org.uk