The Ups and Downs of an Engineering Career

Mr. Richard Herraman

Our social evening is the occasion to catch up with our colleagues in a relaxed setting. This year our speaker is Richard Herraman, former Principal Geotechnical Engineer with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, DPTI, now the Department of Infrastructure and Transport, DIT. The title of Richard’s talk is “The Ups and Downs of an Engineering Career”. During his time as Principal Geotechnical Engineer DPTI embarked on several major projects, the North-South Corridor, in particular. During this time also the Department underwent three restructurings/downsizings. In this light-hearted presentation Richard talks about projects that went well and others that didn’t go so well and how he coped with change. Engineering students and beginning engineers may find this talk useful. Partners and friends are cordially invited.


Mr. Richard Herraman

My name is Richard Herraman. I graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1971 with an Honours Degree, majoring in Physics and Mathematics. After 10 years of teaching I returned to the University of Adelaide and studied Civil Engineering, graduating with First Class Honours in 1986. In late 1989 I joined the then Highways Department of South Australia, later renamed the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, DPTI. I retired from DPTI in 2017. At that time I was their Principal Geotechnical Engineer and had managed their Geotechnical Engineering Group for about 15 years.


This event is to be held as an end of year social event, you are more than welcome to join us casually after work and bring a partner. During this event, after Mr. Herraman presents the speech the current Chapter Chair will share a brief recap of the year and would like to invite the guests to share event ideas for the next year.

If you have any specific dietary requirements please contact the event organiser, Steve Chen via [email protected] or 0424907033.

Engineers Australia members participating in AGS technical sessions can record attendance on their personal CPD logs. Members should refer to Engineers Australia CPD policy for details on CPD types, requirements and auditing guidelines.