Structural engineer and seismic design expert receives the esteemed John Connell Medal 2020

The prestigious John Connell Medal 2020 was recently awarded to a South Australian Engineer, recognising his significant contribution to the structural engineering profession.
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The prestigious John Connell Medal 2020 was recently awarded to a South Australian Engineer, recognising his outstanding contribution to the structural engineering profession over the past 35 years, both nationally and abroad.

The Medal, named after the principal founder of John Connell and Associates and one of the most influential engineers of his generation, Mr John Connell, was so bestowed because of his significant contribution to the structural engineering profession in Australia and to exporting Australian engineering skills to Asia in the 1970s and 1980s.

Recipient of the 2020 Medal, Mr Peter McBean FIEAust CPEng, is the Joint Managing Director of Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec (WGA) and has over 35 years’ experience in the field. He has led the structural design of many major projects including the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, which opened in 2017. Mr McBean is a Fellow of The Institution of Engineers Australia, a Chartered Professional Engineer and immediate past President of the Australian Earthquake Engineering Society.

"I am greatly honoured to receive the John Connell Gold Medal for 2020 and do so acknowledging and thanking the many wonderful people who have helped and guided me throughout what has been a very fulfilling and enjoyable career", says Mr McBean.

"In accepting the award, I would like to encourage others to contribute to our profession, to pursue excellence and to collectively work towards improving the quality of design and construction in Australia."

Mr McBean has also co-authored many award-winning papers and journals on seismic design and most recently was a co-author and co-recipient of the RW Chapman Medal 2019, for the paper entitled "RC walls in Australia: seismic design and detailing to AS 1170.4 and AS 3600".

In addition to his design activities, Mr McBean is also an active Australian Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Force Engineer and was deployed to Christchurch following the February 2011 earthquake, where he spent two weeks providing key structural engineering advice.

Mr McBean is passionate about the importance of improving the standard of seismic design across the country and in particular, how the better understanding of seismic design directly enhances the robustness of buildings and the future resilience of cities and communities.

Engineers Australia and the Structural College Board would once again like to congratulate and thank Mr McBean for his extraordinary contribution.

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