At the 2019 Annual Lunch in Sydney, the Ray Fisher Award was presented to Dr Richard Kelly, SMEC's Chief Technical Principal – Geotechnical,in recognition of his best practice and innovative approach to soft soil engineering.
Richard led the creation of the National Soft Soil Field Testing Facility, the research from which has led to improved industry practices for soil sampling testing and numerical analysis, greatly reducing costs and risk for projects while delivering improved performance.
He has authored and co-authored over 100 technical publications, with his contributions to the industry being recognised with the awarding of the international Shamsher Prakash Award for practice, as well as honorary professorial positions at the universities of Newcastle and Wollongong.
Most recently Richard helped deliver the Ballina Bypass, applying new ground improvement technologies that significantly reduced the time and cost of construction.
Pictured is Richard (centre) with our former President Ray Fisher on his left and our current President Michael Bushby to his right.
To be eligible, a nominee's field of contribution must be in a technical or scientific area relevant to transport in Australia. His or her contribution must be outstanding, measured directly in terms of impact on the industry, including the transformational change to the industry.
The following specific criteria and guidelines apply in making the Award:
Nominations for the 2020 Award will be called in August, with the Award presented at the RA Annual Christmas lunch in the recipient's home city at the end of the year.
Inquiries about the Award and completed submissions should be directed to RA Communications Director, Mark Bowmer.
2019 - Dr Richard Kelly
2018 - Harry Asche
2017 - Rod Troutbeck
2016 - John Hilton
2015 - Professor Mary Lydon
2014 - Rahmi Akçelik
2013 - Kieran Sharp
2012 - John Hodgkinson
2011 - Dr John B Metcalf