Charles graduated from Surrey University, UK with a Master of Science (Distinction) in Structural Engineering in 1975, having completed a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering the previous year. 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. The team utilised the very latest in design and drafting computer technology. Their clients covered the public and private sector, project values ranging up to $200 million in value. 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 8 years as a sole practitioner, RH Consulting Engineers has now opened a new office at 121 Military Road, Neutral Bay. A small but highly experienced and capable team provides a service to the industry at all levels. Recent projects of note are as follows.
SCG Façade, working with Townsend Group
New Royal Adelaide Hospital, working with Yuanda
Victorian Cancer Council Building, working with Minesco
Building Alterations at the Domestic and International Airports, working with Built
Barrangaroo, working with Townsend Group
Sydney Opera House, working with Erectright
New Commonwealth Games Pool, Gold Coast, working with Paul Stevenson and Associates
Regular Diagnostic work for NSW Schools, working with DET and NSW Services
Technical Expert Services to the Legal Profession
New 25m Swimming Pools, Canberra, working with Crystal Pools
Numerous Domestic Building Projects with a variety of small builders
30 year association with Compass Pools, providing support to the Dealer Network.
In August 2012, Charles was asked 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. His enclosed C.V. provides a list of the many projects of all types on which he has worked. Further he is an acknowledged expert in the field of facades, in particular glass reinforced concrete and reinforced plastics. He has recently completed commissions in Qatar. He was technical secretary in 1999 to the National Precast Concrete Association for the development of the Australian Code of Practice for GRC. Charles Rickard is also considered an expert in the design of swimming pools, his expertise uniquely covering both fibreglass and concrete. He has designed over 20 Aquatic centres in Australia and Asia. He was technical secretary to AS1838 and AS1839 in 1987. Finally, Charles undertakes building diagnostic work for certain clients. Strata work is still done by RHM Consultants Pty Ltd but he personally undertakes restricted work of an engineering basis only (including dispute arbitration work) for the NSW Department of Commerce and the Office of Fair Trading. Charles now also offers engineering training courses for graduate and middle management engineers, concentrating on all the issues you learn from experience rather than at university.
Dhanu Murthy is Charles Rickard’s Senior Structural Engineer. He has over 16 years of experience in the industry and has worked on a range of national and international projects valued at up to AU$800 million. Dhanu is passionate about applying his knowledge and expertise in delivering services that exceed client expectations. Dhanu received a Bachelor of Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Mysore, India and a Master of Engineering (Structures) at the University of Mumbai, India. He has also completed a course on Limit States Design of Steel Structures to AS4100-1900 at the University of Sydney. Dhanu is particularly focused on being environmentally conscious and believe it is important to recycle structures whenever possible. He has been a professional member of Institution of Engineers Australia since 1994.
Aleksandar Vuceski is Charles Rickard’s Structural / Façade Engineer. Educated in Macedonia at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Aleksandar holds a BEng (Civil / Structural). 8 years as a Structural Engineer across an extensive portfolio internationally and domestically. His first job in Australia was with world renowned consulting engineer Aurecon. Following some time in Gladstone QLD, his major involvement was the NCIG coal loader project in Newcastle. Aleksandar joined RH consulting in 2013 and has broadened his expertise to include all areas of structural analysis, gaining experience in the design of commercial, residential and industrial structures. Aleksandar is now one of the most proficient façade engineers in Australia.
Amir Naderi is a Structural Engineer at Charles Rickard. Experienced in a variety of projects ranging from commercial to residential, Amir is a highly professional member of the Charles Rickard team. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Azad University, Tehran, a Master of Structural Engineering from the University of NSW and a Master of Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology also from UNSW. Amir has now been with RH Consulting Engineers for 18 months.
Robert is an architect and a licensed builder with 50 years industry experience. His project management business was responsible for a wide range of projects including multi-story commercial, industrial, residential and civic buildings. In recent years he has turned his focus to providing consulting advice to builders and developers for projects as diverse as residential housing and major land subdivision and the resolution of building disputes.
Malcolm Rolls practiced as a building surveyor in the UK for many years. This gave him a wide knowledge base for all styles of building including heritage buildings. In 2001 he moved to Australia and joined the NSW Public Works. Over the next 12 years he worked on a variety of buildings in the public domain with particular attention to heritage structures. In 2013, he joined RH Consulting Engineers where he continues to utilise his vast knowledge of building for heritage, government, private sector buildings. He is also involved in our building dispute resolution division, BDR. Malcolm holds a BSc in Building Surveying from Polytechnic of the South Bank London UK.
Szymon (Simon) Fujak is a structural engineer. He obtained a Master’s degree (Hons) at Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland. Highly qualified, a brilliant mathematician and very diligent, Simon meets the challenges of designing complex structures with ease. His experience ranges through steel and reinforced concrete structures and includes bridges, silos, long-span post tensioned slabs and beams and stadium coverings. He has a firm grasp of the behaviour of structures and mechanics and is highly capable in the design of structural elements using both traditional and finite-elements methods. He has been with RHCE since 2015.
Arash Hemmati is a Senior Civil and Structural Engineer. He has 15 years’ experience in a diverse portfolio of projects including heavy industrial, oil and gas, power, multi-storey commercial and residential projects. Arash received both his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran. He received a Master’s degree in project management from Curtin University, Perth, Australia. He is a professional member of the Institution of Engineers Australia. With extensive engineering knowledge and project management experience he is capable of leading engineering projects to the maximum benefit of clients and other stakeholders.