We’re excited to let our members know that we now have a new Senior Structural Engineer on board with us – and lets just say… he’s no stranger to HERA!

Andrew Pennington joins the HERA fold once again after a sabbatical away pursuing other roles.

His history with us dates back to 2013 when he worked with us as a Structural Engineer. During this time he consulted on a number of composite deck developments and tools for composite design. He also worked on the calibration of the new structural design standards for composite design – AS/NZS 2327.

It’s been an interesting journey throughout Andrews career, where he actually started off as an electrical engineer and held numerous IT roles. Then deciding to return to university, he completed a number of geotechnical and structural papers in 2011/2012 – working along side Prof. Charles Clifton on updating Slab Panel Method software.

Senior Structural Engineer, Andrew Pennington.

Previous to coming to HERA, Andrew was working at a medium sized consultancy on a mix of commercial and high-end architectural projects. And, we’re very excited to bring his gained ‘commercial’ understanding to our research at hand so we can better serve our members.

Andrew saying, “I enjoy being involved at the forefront of new technologies.”

“This role at HERA allows me to keep abreast of the technologies as they develop and to be involved in the process of getting these updates adopted in the industry through the development of training and design guides for engineers.”

“For me, I just love the hands-on approach that structural enginnering as a career allows. You can see and appreciate the results of your design decisions, and you get to work with architects and designers to provide a solution that meets the structural requirements while supporting the visual objectives.”

While with us, Andrew will be concentrated on initial work around the new steel/concrete composite design standard, as well as driving the development of tools and guides to enable engineers to uptake this new standard into their design structures.