Arup’s Meg Panozzo and Scott Rathie have been listed among Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers for 2020.
Leading industry body Engineers Australia selected Meg in the Community category for her initiative to attract and retain women in engineering, and Scott in the Building & Construction category for his ground-breaking technical work on Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville North Queensland.
The distinctive Stadium roof design was inspired by a local plant, the pandanus. Scott, a senior structural engineer, used origami models to better understand the leaf form, and created a parametric script for the roof framing system to achieve the unique geometry. The final result has an appropriately tropical character, as well as being structurally efficient, elegant and able to withstand cyclonic winds.