Engineering think tank partners with TransGrid to push innovation

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(Left to right): TransGrid Network Services and Operations executive general manager Lionel Smyth and TransGrid managing director Peter McIntyre

TransGrid and The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering have joined forces to find innovative ways in which to lift performance outcomes in all areas of Australian engineering.

TransGrid, which is one of Australia’s major electricity transmission networks, is a key player in The Warren Centre’s Professional Performance, Innovation and Risk (PPIR) project. Now in Phase 3, the project’s ultimate aim is to achieve widespread adoption of the PPIR change plan across engineering platforms.

PPIR director and co-author of the report Christine Kanellakis said in the past two decades there has been a dramatic shift in the commercial and professional contexts in which professional engineers operate. This shift is due to a range of issues, including the complexity of commercial relationships between professional engineers and their clients, according to Ms Kanellakis.

“These associations have also become far too legalistic and less responsive to the engineering task and client expectations,” she said.

The Warren Centre also argues the community has come to have unrealistic expectations about engineering risk and real-life risk management has become subordinate to risk segmentation and allocation.

“Insurance underwriters find it difficult to understand the risks as presented and to accurately assess the exposure of those involved in engineering projects,” Ms Kanellakis said.