Engineering Manager, Tunnelling
Ed Taylor is a professional engineer with over 45 years’ experience in tunnelling and underground construction in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Since 1973 Ed has been continuously contributing to the improvement and creation of major road, railway, water and wastewater tunnel infrastructure projects, the majority of which have involved the design and construction of tunnels and underground structures.
Ed has been actively involved in the Australian Tunnelling Society for over 20 years. He was an instrumental member of the organising committee for 13th ATS conference in Melbourne 2008, chaired the Victorian Chapter for 6 years, and currently holds the position of National President of the society. Ed is also active with the International Tunnelling Association as vice animateur of a working group.
Ed was awarded the Allen Neyland Award in 2017 for outstanding service to the tunnelling and underground industry.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
Although I have been an EA member for the majority of my professional life, I only commenced as a volunteer in 1998 with the Australian Tunnelling Society (ATS).
Why did you become a volunteer?
When I commenced work in the tunnelling industry in the early 70’s, I was strongly encouraged by my mentors to contribute to the professional society. This was the formative years of the ATS and I benefited enormously from the society and I knew I needed to give something back.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
Working with likeminded people who want to give the best possible service to individual members. In the tunnelling society you also have the opportunity to provide advice and service to the industry at large.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
Through my role and encouragement within the ATS executive committee, I have seen the growth of volunteer lead technical skills training around the country. This has also had a positive flow on effect where younger members are becoming involved in the society.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
Your time and hard-earned experience within an industry becomes a valuable resource as a leader of younger professionals. I have used the same experience to engender enthusiasm and action within the local and international tunnelling societies.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
This can be a real challenge because in volunteering there is always more you can do. Fortunately for the last few years I have worked part time, and this has enabled me to devote more time to the ATS and the The International Tunneling and Underground Space Association (ITA).
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
Don’t be daunted by the task. You will soon be amazed what can be achieved when working together with likeminded people. It is really satisfying and lots of fun.
Image: courtesy of Ed Taylor