Our presenters

Expert presenters from around Australia provide specialised knowledge and understanding in their delivery of these courses

Bob Andrews

Bob Andrews has had an extensive career in geotechnical and pavement engineering and now manages his own technology consultancy, Infratechno Consultants, in addition to being a Principal Engineer Research at ARRB Group. His specialist consultancy areas are in the application and performance characteristics of unbound, marginal, industrial/mining waste, recycled and stabilised materials, mechanistic pavement design/rehabilitation and strategic management of unsealed road networks. 

Bob has contributed both nationally and internationally, serving on a number of research groups and international standards. He is a member of the US Transportation Research Board Committee AFS90 ‘Mechanical and Chemical Stabilisation’, honorary member of AustStab and chair of the national construction and demolition waste division of the Waste Management Association of Australia. As a member of the Austroads Working Group he has been a major contributor to the Austroads Guide to Pavement Technology (2008) Part 4D "Stabilised Materials", Part 6 “Unsealed Roads” and co-author for Part 4L Stabilising Binder. 

Fred Sluyter

Fred is a Senior Lighting Application Engineer, with 15 years’ experience in the delivery of roadway, industrial and commercial lighting designs throughout Australia, New Zealand and overseas. Fred is a recognised Lighting Practitioner with the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). Fred capabilities include:

  • Over 15 year’s providing lighting designs for external clients in accordance with appropriate Australian and International standards.
  • Ability to engage with clients whether they be other lighting designers, ASP level 3 designers, Consultants, Architects, Electrical Engineers, Contractors and Governments agencies.
  • Proficiency with many computer programs utilised to provide professional lighting designs.

Fred is a Senior Lighting Engineer at Jacobs, Sydney.

Geoff Webb

Geoff is the Principal of an independent Tasmanian based consultancy providing technical services in Pavement Technology, Infrastructure Asset Management and Maintenance Management. The Company also delivers training in Pavement Management Systems, Road Condition Assessment, and Asset Management & Maintenance Management Systems.

Prior to establishing the consultancy in 1996, Geoff was the Technical and Quality Manager for Roadways Pty Ltd, (1986-1996), and has over twenty years’ experience in the civil construction industry, specialising in pavements and surfacing , having held various technical positions in the resources and construction industry sector. Between 1998 and 2008 GR Webb Consulting was commissioned as Maintenance Auditor for the Maintenance Contractor for the Tasmanian Long Term Performance Based Road Maintenance Contract for the Tasmanian State Government. The company was also engaged as Consultant Pavement Engineer providing network analysis, pavement investigation and treatment selection and design services.

Geoff is a member of the Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia, REAA. He is a member of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia, IPWEA, and is a Consultant Supporter of the IPWEA National Asset Management Strategy (NAMS.AU) committee. He is an ARRB Associate with ARRB Group Ltd serving in Tasmania and is a member of the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association, AAPA. Geoff has contributed to Standards Australia committees, and has held NATA signatory positions.

John Hodgkinson

John is a senior pavement engineer with extensive experience in rigid construction as well as having been involved in developing and presenting special courses for concrete pavement construction over many years. John‘s recent consulting activities include developing concrete pavement design catalogues, presenting technical training courses in support of Malaysian MY10 Plan, developing reporting systems and on site work methods and practices for rapid replacement of concrete pavement slabs and as specialist advisor, concrete pavement design and construction cost estimation, NZ’s largest road contract. John is also the National Training Manager Grey Card course, for the Australian Society for Concrete Pavements (ASCP).

Ken Russell

Ken who holds a degree in Civil Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Municipal Engineering is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Engineers and Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He has developed his skills and knowledge over many years, with significant strategic roles as well as operational responsibilities. Ken’s construction experience includes the project management, by direct labour, of a rural highway reconstruction and outer metropolitan highway duplication. Following these projects five years was spent as bituminous surfacing engineer in an outer metropolitan region managing all aspects of road surfacing using direct and contract sealing and asphalt units. A further five years was spent as a specialist surfacing engineer providing training and guidance across the state. He then project managed the planning for a range of major road projects In the late 1990’s he was responsible for the preparation and maintenance of strategic plans for Victoria’s road network, especially the development of corridor strategies for rural highways.

Ken has extensive experience of working with the stakeholders. At a national level he has represented the Victorian State Road Authority (VicRoads) on the Austroads Roads System Management program and acted as project manager for a range of Austroads studies, including road pricing, transport modelling and travel demand management. He represented VicRoads on the Austroads Asset Task Force; project managed a number of studies and was Program Manager for the Austroads Asset Management Program for two years. This period included preparation and publication of the first edition of the Asset Management Guides

Ken has also worked extensively with local government asset managers, having a deep understanding of the issues and challenges, not to mention the perspective, of this critical stakeholder group. He has also had significant contact with industry over the years and has a deep understanding of their imperatives.  He is nationally recognised as an expert on road asset management with his VicRoads career culminating in eight years as Director Asset Management.

Kym Neaylon

Kym's early civil engineering career was a practical basis in open cut mining, local government engineering, state government, road construction and contract superintending before he specialised in bituminous pavement surfacings for 30 years.  Coming from a practical background, his PhD dissertation was the first in Australia in the field of chip sealing.

His current role at the Centre for Pavement Engineering Education is to lead the ongoing development and implementation of CPEE’s innovative professional development including the Short Course Program for transport professionals within the road sector.

Prior to joining CPEE Kym was the Research Manager, Pavements, where he lead and managed at Opus Research (NZ) in the fields of pavements, chip seals, asphalt, bituminous binders, finite element modelling, nanocomposites and materials laboratory testing.  He has consulted in bituminous surfacings for most state road jurisdictions in Australia, and in New Zealand, Ethiopia and Fiji. For eight years at ARRB he project-led Austroads research projects in areas of chip sealing, bituminous binders, and skid resistance, and is currently the chairman of the Australian Standards committee on bitumen and related products for road making. Kym is an experienced presenter to audiences at a variety of levels. He enjoys leading technical teams, and coaching and training staff to help them reach their full potential.

Leigh Wardle

 Leigh developed CIRCLY, the Windows-based package that can analyse a range of load types acting on layered elastic systems. CIRCLY was first released in 1977 and was commercialised by MINCAD Systems in 1988. The first Windows version appeared in 1996. CIRCLY is an integral part of the Austroads Pavement Design Guide used by authorities throughout Australia and New Zealand. Leigh joined CSIRO Division of Geomechanics in 1970 after qualifying in Applied Mathematics & Physics from Monash University. Over the 18 years of his career with CSIRO he worked on numerical stress analysis techniques.

In 1988, Leigh formed Mincad Systems, a company specialising in numerical stress analysis for the civil and mining industries and since 1993 has specialised in pavement applications. In 2018, version 7.0 of Circly was released.

In 1995, a special version of CIRCLY was released for airport pavement design (APSDS- Airport Pavement Structural Design System) in conjunction with Pioneer Road Services and the Federal Airports Corporation. In 2005 Leigh released HIPAVE (Heavy Industrial Pavement) for Heavy Industrial Pavements such as intermodal container terminal pavements. Leigh is also co-author of the recently released Heavy Duty Industrial Pavement Design Guide – a guide that reflects best practice in the design of new construction and rehabilitation of industrial pavements.

Peter Gibbins

Peter’s professional background is in land surveying having spent 20 years in private practice, including many years designing engineering infrastructure including roads.  Among a number of qualifications, he holds a Bachelor of Surveying Degree from the University of Queensland, a Master of Geomatics Degree and a Doctor of Education Degree from the Queensland University of Technology.  Peter is currently an Associate Professor at USQ in the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences.

Ross Paul

In his career with VicRoads Ross worked in several Regions and Project Teams in various positions responsible for planning, design, construction and maintenance of roads. In 1988 he was appointed Surfacing Engineer followed in 1993 by the role of Manager - Pavement Services being responsible for leading a team for undertaking pavement investigation, design and related research and development projects. From 1998 to 2013, he was Technology Transfer Engineer responsible for implementation of new technologies and research outcomes, development and review of technical specifications, and guideline documents including provision of technical advice on most aspects of pavement technology.

Steve Jenkins

Steve is a Chairman of CIE Australia and has been Australia’s representative on CIE’s Division 4 Lighting and Signalling for Transport for 24 years. He is also the Chairman of Standards Australia committee on Road Lighting and also Chairman of Standards Australia committee on Retroreflective Devices. His professional interests have been in the areas of visual ergonomics in transport and in photometry, radiometry and colorimetry.

He gained his Bachelor’s degree at Imperial College, London University, majoring in Physics. The post-graduate degrees were obtained at Melbourne University in the area of psychophysics, studying the relationship between the stimulus and response in the visual sense. He spent ten years in the department of Defence, Applied Optics group then ten years at the Australian Road Research Board in the Road Users group, then the last 18 years involved in metrology in the optics and radiometry fields, and as a consultant in the visual ergonomics field.

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