Having been involved in the construction industry for over 27 years Derek has considerable experience in the design of offices, commercial, residential, institutional and leisure projects requiring a familiarity with a broad range of construction methods and materials. He has led both new build and refurbishment projects. During his early career in Ireland he twice won the G&T Crampton centenary award for the engineer most likely to make a significant contribution to the construction industry. He worked for Arup in Ireland before transferring to their Melbourne office in 2000. Derek spent time working for Beca and Robert Bird Group prior to establishing Engineering Elements P/L. His skills include all aspects of design of structures using either manual or computer aided design processes and he has excellent familiarity with the use of computer aided drafting. With a keen interest in lightweight structures he has been involved with several projects with the Arup facades group. He has carried out peer reviews of multi-storey residential towers and carries out independent checking and design of temporary structures for major building contractors. Derek enjoys spending most of his weekends providing taxi services for his three young boy’s various sporting commitments.