Charles graduated from Surrey University, UK with a Master of Science (Distinction) in Structural Engineering in 1975. He undertook his initial 3 years of engineering training with Taylor Woodrow, the international engineering group. By 1982, after an 18 month stay with Alan Baxter and Associates, he had progressed to the position of London Associate with White Young Consulting Group [now called White Young Green]. His major responsibility with that company was the engineering design and management of construction for the $100 million (1980 prices) town centre development in Basildon, UK as well as a 3 month stint in Qatar designing a new palace for the Emir.
In 1984, he moved to Australia to set up Rickard and Partners Pty Ltd, subsequently known as Bonacci Rickard and then Rickard Hails Moretti Pty Ltd. Over a period of 22 years, the company offered civil, structural, façade and building diagnostic consultancy services in two different divisions with an annual turnover in excess of $3.0 million. Their clients covered the public and private sector, project values ranging up to $200 million in value.
In 1999, he was contracted by the GRC Industry Group of the National Precast Concrete Association Australia to produce the document ‘Design Manufacture and Installation of GRC’. Charles has worked in the GRC and façade Engineering industry in the USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, UK, the Middle East and Australia. He was Technical Secretary to the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCAA), in the 90s when he wrote the Australian Code of Practice for GRC.
In June 2004, Rickard Hails Moretti Pty Ltd split Engineering and Diagnostics work in to two separate businesses. Charles progressively reduced his involvement in both to occasional consultancy and reference up to December 2006.
After 2 years as a sole practitioner, Charles relaunched his own engineering team as Rickard Engineering, based at 121 Military Road, Neutral Bay, New South Wales.
In August 2012, Charles agreed to be Chairman of the Multi-disciplinary Committee of the Institution of Engineers Australia, providing recommendations to the NSW Government on the Standards of Certification in the Building Industry today.
In 2021, we are proud to say that the company has grown to a team of over 20 persons with a turnover of around $3.0 million.
The company carries out design in structural engineering, civil engineering, swimming pools, diagnostics with an increasing workload in façade engineering, particularly glass reinforced plastics and glass reinforced concrete. This has resulted in an expansion of company clientele to include America, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, India, and Singapore. For more comprehensive details, refer to our company website.
Charles is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and Structural Engineers UK, is a member of Institution of Engineers New Zealand and a Registered Engineer in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Europe.
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