John Burden | Project Director | Infrastructure | The Fletcher Construction Company Limited | Industry Sector
1. Why do you think UCQC is important professionally?
Earthquake engineering is clearly, obviously, a very important challenge for New Zealand. Engineering professionals need to be aligned and organised in their approach to find the best solutions for the benefit of preserving assets and preserving lives.
2. Why do you support UCQC personally?
The UC Quake Centre provides a forum and an alignment for the engineering community. A place to link engineering theory to practical solutions. Fletcher Building have made a very big investment and are keen to see the UCQC successful.
3. What’s your professional background and what do you bring to the UCQC?
Originally qualified with a Masters of Science in Chemistry at the University of Auckland I bring an understanding of research and an academic approach. As a qualified civil engineer and as Project Director for Fletchers I have professionally led a number of major NZTA infrastructure and transport projects. Currently I am project directing the Waterview Connection project, part of Auckland’s connective Western Ring Route.
4. How important is the link between industry and academic sectors?
It’s very important to bridge the gap between academic theories and practical solutions, or the means with the mechanism, to find the best possible solution at a professional standard.
5. What are your hopes/vision for what the UCQC will provide?
I envisage the UCQC as an internationally recognised centre for excellence in earthquake engineering. A place to align engineering theory with practical solutions around seismic resilience. I would like to see the results from the centre’s work becoming a part of everyday construction.