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February 2021

Madsen Giersing Welcomes Burt Wilken to Team

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Madsen Giersing is delighted to welcome Burt Wilken to the team in the role of Graduate Engineer. Originally from South Africa, Burt migrated to Brisbane with his family when he was ten and has called the city home ever since. With a natural aptitude for maths and science, Burt is one of life’s problem-solvers, which led to his studies at the University of Queensland where he graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in 2020.

Lasse Madsen welcomed Burt to the team “We are delighted to have Burt join the Madsen Giersing team. He is an excellent young engineer, and we look forward to him bringing his passion to his new role and getting involved in our projects across Australia and Asia.”

Before joining, Burt undertook work experience at FAS Consulting Engineers and a placement with Madsen Giersing in the final year of his studies, specifying remedial work on waste pipeline piles and support structures. Burt is also a graduate of Constructionarium Australia’s Story Bridge build program, an initiative that Madsen Giersing proudly support, completing the October 2019 program.

On joining Madsen Giersing, Burt outlined the excitement he has for the opportunity. “It has been fantastic to become part of the team. I can’t wait to be thrown in at the deep end, to work on a range of unique and diverse projects and to be challenged to excel in a field where we are known for our innovation and delivering great results for our clients.”

“I can’t wait to get involved in any project the team needs me to support. I’m currently working on the temporary works to help the demolition of a major road bridge in New South Wales, designing a steel frame with a rotating saddle that will enable 150-tonne bridge piers to be rotated horizontally before being laid flat on the barge deck. It is a fantastic project that is equally challenging and rewarding.”

“And Daisy, the corporate dog is great too. I love dogs, so having her in the office is awesome,” said Burt.

Outside of work, you’ll find Burt hitting the trails on his mountain bike, burning up the tarmac on his road bike or escaping to Fraser Island on a camping trip. He is also keenly exploring the world of 3D printing and usually has a project or two on the go at home, to divert him from his other passions of gaming and a bit of entertainment streaming.