Company Director / Structural
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Structural), F.I.E. Aust CPEng NER APEC Eng IntPE(Aus)
David Templeton is a Director and structural engineer with over 30 years of consulting engineering experience. He is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Queensland (RPEQ) and a Registered Building Practitioner Victoria (RBPVic).
He started his design career with the Roads and Traffic Authority, designing steel & concrete road bridges. David commenced with SCP Consulting as a design engineer initially working on a diverse range of public infrastructure projects for the Dept of Transport. These included railway stations (new and refurbished), wharves, multi-level carparks and bus interchanges.
As a senior engineer with SCP he took on the responsibility for the design and structural design management of various projects including multi-storey post-tensioned concrete commercial & residential projects, as well as large structural steel industrial buildings. A period as the Structural Manager of Cardno Young saw he and his staff carry out the concept design, detailed design & construction supervision of educational, industrial & aged care facility buildings.
David returned to SCP Consulting in 2005 as a Director and continues to manage the design of large residential, commercial & industrial projects. His particular design expertise is in post-tensioned concrete & structural steel.
What are you most passionate about in your role (what drives you)?
Helping our clients achieve great outcomes in their projects and finding solutions to problems in both a business and technical capacity. To do that you need great people around you, which I have. In my other role as manager of our Structural Group I really enjoy mentoring our young and not so young engineers and drafters. Watching them grow and develop over time is very satisfying as well as knowing that you have played a role in their lifetime career development, wherever they end up in the future.
In your opinion, what makes SCP special?
The environment of teamwork and camaraderie that was created when we were just 18 structural staff still exists today as we approach 70 multi-disciplined staff. We still try and keep that small company, family feel and have a great group of key people that are highly invested in creating a great social calendar that all staff look forward to.
What are the top 3 projects of your career so far and why?
Entertainment Quarter multi deck carpark, Moore Park This was part of the frenzy that was the lead up to the Sydney Olympic Games. The old Sydney Showground was relocated to Homebush and the site was redeveloped into the Fox Studios Entertainment precinct. A large steel frame attached to the side of the carpark displays artwork and billboards creating the gateway to the Entertainment Quarter. It is still the best carpark in Sydney, even after 21 years!
The Anzac Bridge will always be special to me as it was one of the first projects I worked on while finishing my engineering degree. My boss at the time was Ken Wheeler, a legend in the bridge community, and I worked with him on the final stages of the design as well as spending 9 months on the site during its construction. The practicalities of design I learned from that time on site have remained with me to this day.
7 – 11 Talavera Road Macquarie Park, Sydney This was a large commercial development comprising 3 buildings and a gym/conference centre building. It was the first commercial project I worked on, and I designed the lot. One of the buildings comprised 3 storeys built off an existing first floor slab that was retained from the original building on the site.