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2012 Anton Tedesko Medal awarded to Paul Grundy, Australia


Professor Emeritus Paul Grundy, Australia, has been awarded with the Anton Tedesko Medal 2012 by the IABSE Foundation for the Advancement of Structural Engineering ‘in recognition of his dedication to excellence in structural engineering and his role as mentor for young engineers’. Prof. Tobia Zordan, Chair of the IABSE Foundation will present the Medal to him at the Opening of the IABSE Congress in Seoul, Korea, on  ‘Innovative Infrastructures - Toward Human Urbanism.’
The Award has two components: the first is a medal awarded to the Laureate in recognition of his contribution to the advancement of structural engineering. The second part is a sum of 25’000 Swiss Francs to be used by the Laureate in order to organise and finance a study leave abroad for a young engineer (Fellow) with prestigious engineering firms.

Paul Grundy obtained his first degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Melbourne and his PhD in 1961 at the University of Cambridge, UK.  After gaining practical experience in consulting engineering he returned to academia to serve Monash University from 1966 to 2000. He succeeded to the Chair Professor of Structural Engineering in 1994 in the Department of Civil Engineering and was Head of Department from 1996-1998.

His professional experience and inquiries from industry lead him to his now central interest, the lifetime performance of structures (bridges, buildings, ship and offshore structures) in hostile environments. Extensive research in fatigue, incremental collapse, corrosion, estimation of fatigue loads and design loads for ultimate strength from traffic weigh-in-motion data, and risk assessment has resulted in many publications, and more significantly, useful advice to industry. After his retirement in 2001 he continued consulting in relation to structural integrity of ageing bridges and infrastructure affected by fatigue and corrosion, and a changing load regime. In particular he has provided continuing advice on West Gate Bridge, from its collapse during construction in 1970 and through subsequent upgrades and he has provided advice on wrought iron heritage bridges. Prof. Grundy was elected Chair of the Australian Group in 1999. He has 'strengthened the ties' between structural engineers in Australia and IABSE, hosting the IABSE Symposium in Melbourne in 2002. He served as Chair of the Scientific Committee and played a major role in making the Event a success.

Following the Tsunami of December 26, 2004, Paul Grundy launched the 'Joint Working Commission for Disaster Reduction on Coasts' at the IABSE Conference New Delhi already in February 2005. Groundwork was laid at a Symposium on 'Disaster Reduction on Coasts' hosted by Professor Grundy in November 2005 at Monash University. The scope of work has expanded to address all disasters resulting from natural hazards, cooperating with UN ISDR and UNESCO. Besides his passion for Disaster Reduction, Paul Grundy has dedicated time, energy and passion to IABSE.

Paul Grundy became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his work in 2008.  In 2010 he was awarded the John Connell Gold Medal by Engineers Australia for his outstanding achievements in structural engineering.  In 2011 he toured Australia as an Eminent Speaker for Engineers Australia, on the subject ‘Disaster Risk Reduction – the Engineer’s Role’. An e-lecture on this topic is in the e-learning section of the IABSE website.

Within IABSE, he has since 1999 contributed to numerous Committees. Chair Australian National Group (1999-2010), Outstanding Structure Award Committee (OstrA) (2001-2009); Organising and Scientific Committee Melbourne 2002; SEI External Reviewer (until 2003); WC 7 Sustainable Engineering (2003-2007) OPAC 2006; Permanent Committee Delegate.

The 'IABSE Foundation for the Advancement of Structural Engineering' was founded in 1993 as a non-profit, tax-exempt institution according to the Laws of the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland, to solicit, receive an provide funds to promote the aims and activities of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering. The Foundation aims to promote the IABSE objective of encouraging exchange between theory and practice, research and education, decision makers and the public. To this end the Foundation receives, raises and provides funds for special IABSE activities, education programmes and other activities consistent with the objectives of IABSE. The Foundation is managed by a self-governing Foundation Council.

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