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Madsen Giersing Supporting Development of Queensland’s Largest Indigenous Community

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Madsen Giersing is delighted to have been engaged by Brady Marine and Civil, to provide engineering expertise on their development of a new jetty for Queensland’s largest Indigenous Community in Yarrabah, east of Cairns. The $11.5 million Yarrabah Jetty project is funded by the Queensland Government.

Located 50km from Cairns by road, the community is only 12km away by sea and the new jetty will provide the community with access to commuter and tourism services that will boost the region’s economy and provide faster connections to the regional centre.

Madsen Giersing is providing detailed design services for the 165m-long structure, associated fenders and piles, as well as ensuring that the facility will be compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, enabling easy access for people with disability.

Lasse Madsen outlined key areas of consideration the team will take when developing the design. “This is a fantastic project to be involved in, one that will help support a community’s growth and development. A key part of our design will be ensuring access for the whole community; therefore, we will be looking at how we can efficiently and easily provide access for people with disability.”

The project is being developed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, and when completed, the jetty will become an asset of the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council.

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Join Us – Senior Draftsperson

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About Madsen Giersing

Outside the box thinking – an all too common catch phrase for some. Not for us however. At Madsen Giersing (MG) we take the box, and turn it into something extraordinary. Through a collaborative approach and tapping into our many years’ experience, the MG team delivers innovation unlike others in the field.

This approach has led to MG having a proven track record in the delivery of projects across Australia, PNG and South-East Asia, specialising in the innovative design and engineering of marine structures, bridges and temporary works.

About the Role

This is a permanent full-time position available for immediate start based in our Brisbane office.

  • This position offers technical design drafting work on civil and marine infrastructure projects
  • This position is responsible for the development and preparation of structural design models, drawings and quantity take-offs
  • Adherence to internal procedures, processes, and quality measures, which are carried out in accordance with our quality control system, which is third party certified to AS/NZS ISO 9001:2015

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A minimum of 5-10 years’ experience
  • Proficiency with Autodesk, Revit and AutoCAD
  • Some experience with BIM (Building Information Modelling) Civil 3D would be an advantage
  • Experience or a willingness to learn other applications (e.g. Navisworks)
  • The ability to produce structural design models, drawings and quantity take-offs
  • The ability to work as part of a team on the CAD component of projects under the supervision of the CAD Manager
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
  • Solid verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • You must be eligible to live and work in Australia to be successful in applying for this role

Why Choose Madsen Giersing

Don’t be deceived by our size. We may be a smaller firm in size, but the projects we work on are industry leading.

  • We are the leading innovators in Structural Design Engineering specialising in marine structures, bridges, and temporary works
  • Provide engineering consultancy services to both private and public sector
  • Projects are based in Australia, PNG, and South-East Asia
  • Long term respected client partnerships
  • Large challenging projects

What we offer

  • Remuneration and benefits in line with experience and qualifications
  • A fantastic working environment in a modern top floor office in Newstead with close proximity to public transport and The Gasworks and Emporium complexes with their fantastic cafes
  • End of ride facilities including bike storage and showers
  • Close-knit culture and open-door policy

To apply, email with a cover letter detailing your experience and what you will bring to our organisation, referee details and a copy of your current C.V.

No agencies please

Woodlark Island Gold Project

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70km long and 20km wide, Woodlark Island is located in the Solomon Sea in the Milne Bay Province of PNG. Home to the Woodlark Island Gold Mine, it is the site of the Woodlark Island Gold Project secured by Madsen Giersing.

The team at Madsen Giersing will be bringing our technical skill and proven marine capability to the project as we undertake design work for the development of wharf facilities to support the mining operation. Expected to be located to the west of the processing plant and connected by new road infrastructure, the wharf will be critical to the success of the project providing easy and safe access to the facility.

Operated by Geopacific Resources, the mine is expected to produce 980,182oz of gold over its mine life of 13 years.

CEO, Lasse Madsen, welcomed a new opportunity to support the resources sector in PNG “We are delighted to be working on another resources project in Papua New Guinea and helping to support the economic development of the region. Across our 30 years of operation, we have been involved in several critical marine projects, which have aided the sector’s growth and look forward to bringing our capabilities to this project.”

The team is currently involved in the development stages of the project and we will provide project updates as works progress.


Connecting Beach Communities in Far North Queensland

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Madsen Giersing is delighted to have been engaged by Davbridge Constructions on their development of the Barr Creek Bridge in Cairns. The $6m Barr Creek Bridge will connect Machans Beach and Holloways Beach as part of the Cairns Regional Council’s Northern Beaches Leisure Trail; a staged approach to connecting Palm Cove with Cairns City via a continuous walking and cycling link.

Madsen Giersing will be providing temporary works to support the construction of the 150 metres long and 3.5 metres wide bridge accessed via and have a 20m ramp on the Holloways Beach side and a 10m ramp on the Machans Beach side.

Lasse Madsen welcomed the opportunity to work on the project, “We are delighted to be working with Davbridge to create a vital piece of active transport infrastructure in Far North Queensland. Our team look forward to bringing our marine, and temporary works experience to the project to ensure a great result for our client, stakeholders and the local community,” said Lasse.

PNG Wharf Project Upgrade Secured

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Madsen Giersing is delighted to have been appointed to undertake a feasibility study for an upgrade to the wharf facilities for St Barbara’s Simberi Gold Company’s operations at Pigiput in Papua New Guinea.

Located on Simberi Island in the Taba Island’s Group the project represents an important milestone for Madsen Giersing who have won another project in PNG, but their first in collaboration with Simberi Gold Company.

CEO, Lasse Madsen, was pleased to secure the project “We are delighted to have secured our first project with Simberi Mining Company, a project which will see a feasibility study undertaken to improve and enhance the facility’s wharf. The end result will see significant improvements to access and safety, boosting the facility’s operations.”

“At present, a 110t crawler crane is used to unload the containers on the 20m wharf, which can accommodate ships of up to 6.5m draft, our scope is to look at across the board improvements to the facility.”

“We are also pleased to be working again in PNG; it is a country in which we have a proud history of collaboration, and we can’t wait to get started on our latest project.”

Madsen Giersing Appoints Jay McIntyre as Senior Engineer

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On the back of continued project success, Madsen Giersing is delighted to appoint Jay McIntyre to the role of Senior Engineer. Jay joins the organisation with over 30 years’ experience in maritime infrastructure engineering where he has supported the delivery of major projects across Australia and the Middle East including Townsville Port Inner Harbour Expansion, Port of Brisbane Wharves 11 and 12 and  Kingsford Smith Drive Upgrade Project.

Jay re-joins Madsen Giersing where he previously worked from 2004-2010 as a Senior Engineer supporting the delivery of major projects through the design of temporary works, marine and resources infrastructure.

“I am delighted to be back at Madsen Giersing; it is a fantastic opportunity to once again work with a talented team who design and deliver outstanding engineering solutions for their clients’ projects. With a number of exciting projects in the pipeline, I cannot wait to get started and support the organisation’s growth,” said Mr McIntyre.

CEO, Lasse Madsen, welcomed Jay to the team “We are delighted to have Jay re-join us at Madsen Giersing. Jay’s extensive experience and expertise will support our continued growth and the delivery of upcoming projects across Australia and Asia,” said Mr Madsen.

Jay holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from the University of Queensland and is a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland.

Celebrating Milestones for Yasintha and Michael

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The team gathered to celebrate Michael and Yasintha‘s 10 years with Madsen Giersing with a boardroom lunch. As well as great conversation, sharing of memories and a fantastic spread, there was plenty of hand sanitiser on offer to make sure everyone was COVID safe. The whole team was delighted spend time with two stalwarts who continue to make fantastic contributions to our company and our clients’ projects.

Senior Engineer Yasintha reflects on his time at Madsen Giersing, “11 years ago, I joined Madsen Giersing team as a Junior Engineer. It was my first job in Australia and was quite challenging for me as an overseas skill migrant. However, after a few years working with the team, especially with Peter Madsen, I felt like an expert in the fields of maritime and temporary structure design.”

“I really appreciate his constructive advice which has helped to strengthen my structural engineering skills and my confidence when facing challenging projects. Working with friendly Madsen Giersing team helped me achieving my career goals, while also providing a flexible working environment so I could balance work with family life.”

Senior Drafter Michael also shares his experience, “10 years at Madsen Giersing has given me a wealth of experience and knowledge of the local construction industry, and has given me amazing opportunities to be involved in large infrastructure projects across Australia and overseas.”

Both should be immensely proud of the work they have done throughout their time here, as they have both played a pivotal role in driving Madsen Giersing forward.

Meet the Team – Ruwanika

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In 2019, Madsen Giersing welcomed Ruwanika Piyasena to our team in the role of Structural Engineer. Having worked and studied across a range of engineering sectors from buildings to Structural Dynamics and Blast Analysis, Ruwanika applies her wealth of knowledge and experience to each project to find innovative engineering solutions for our clients. We caught up with her to find out a bit more about her journey through the industry.

Why did you become an engineer/drafter?

I became an engineer because I loved maths and physics, so naturally I landed on studying engineering. When it came to choosing between the many different streams of engineering, like mechanical, electrical, computer or civil, the obvious choice for me was civil because I have always been fascinated by structures.

What do you love about engineering/drafting?

I love seeing designs take form into real structures. It makes me proud that I am part of projects that the world will marvel at.

I also love that engineers can find solutions to every problem. I used to watch documentaries about how some of the worlds world most phenomenal projects came to life, and in all of them I noticed one thing; no matter what architectures design and no matter how impossible it is to bring that design a real structure, engineers always have an innovative and practical solution.

What are you working on at the moment?

One project I am working on is an access brow and davit design for FMG. The access brow, which is a gangway that gives access to tug boats, is definitely a challenging yet enjoyable project for me as it includes several mechanical components that require extreme accuracy and attention to detail.

What has been your greatest professional achievement to date?

Last year I accomplished a long awaited dream of mine, which was completing my PhD in Structural Engineering. It was seriously hard work, but I am so proud that I stuck through it.

What’s the best project you have worked on?

I have mostly been working on temporary works projects, however a recent one involving crane support frame for pile driving has been my favourite. When designing this, we had to consider several practical scenarios and limitations as two cranes were operating on the frame simultaneously and we had to rely on existing piles as well.

What’s the most useful thing you’ve learned throughout your career?

Never be afraid to explore new fields in engineering. As a graduate engineer I used to work on the structural design of buildings, then I started working on my PhD which was in Structural Dynamics and Blast Analysis, and now I am designing marine structures and temporary works. The knowledge I have gathered from each of these fields is priceless.

What excites you about the future of our industry?

The most exciting thing is how we can apply new technology into structural designs. While the basic physics and mathematical theories will always be the base of the designs, we can always improve the quality and accuracy of the designs with new technologies such as finite element analysis, ANN Techniques, optimisation techniques and coding applications.

What would be your dream project to work on from history?

Sydney Opera House. When I was a kid I watched a documentary on how engineers and architects designed and constructed this world marvel. I was fascinated by how engineers invented solutions to all the problems to get the final spectacular outcome that people from all over the world visit Sydney to see.

What piece of advice would you give to an aspiring engineer?

Don’t limit yourself to one field or path. If you have come so far as an Engineer, it is only a matter of time and just a bit of hard work for you to transfer your knowledge and focus to a new area of expertise.

What would your last meal be?

Rice, stir-fried prawns and vanilla Ice cream to finish off.

What is the last movie you watched or series you binged?

The Good Place – it’s an American fantasy comedy series. It was a little different to what I usually watch which are thrillers or mystery, but I enjoyed it a lot.

Who’s the greatest engineer of all time and why?

I admire Antoni Gaudi. He is not an Engineer, but a Spanish Architect. During a tour to Barcelona I got to visit most of his amazing designs and I started admiring his attention to detail and innovative ideas. I also love the fact that Spain is still benefiting from his masterpieces almost a 100 years after his death. If you haven’t heard of Gaudi, look him up – you won’t be disappointed.

Project Completed – Motukea Wharf Upgrade

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Madsen Giersing is delighted to have completed our latest project for Curtain Bros on their Motukea Island complex in Papua New Guinea. Since 1998 we have been involved in the design and development of many of the facility’s marine structures, and our latest project saw the team design a new general loading and unloading wharf.

Designed to accommodate a 280 tonne crawler crane, Lasse Madsen outlined the unusual elements that make this project one of a kind “This project has a couple of unique design elements. Firstly, the location of the wharf is a challenge as there is a lack of locally suitable rock that we would usually use for support and protection. To overcome this, we designed a concrete mattress on which is placed on the slope to protect the revetment from scour.

“Secondly we were asked to reuse existing materials as part of the structure and were able to recycle curved gas line pipe sections to form supports for the wharf’s dolphins. Part of the way in which we work, is to always look at what the client has in terms of materials and how they can be best used to keep construction costs down, whether that is across temporary works or permanent structures.”

Improving Safety and Connectivity in Brisbane’s Western Suburbs

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We have recently been involved in the design and delivery of a temporary load-out jetty for the Georgiou Brady JV as part of the development of the $37 million Indooroopilly Riverwalk.

The new Riverwalk will provide improved connections for road, rail, cyclists and pedestrians and will feature significant improvements in safety and efficiency.

Lasse Madsen discussed Madsen Giersing’s involvement “We’re delighted to have worked on this key project and look forward to seeing our partners in the Georgiou Brady JV deliver an important link in Brisbane’s active transport network.”

“As always our focus was on delivering the most efficient safe and solution to operating in a marine environment and we are delighted that our involvement in the project has assisted out client deliver this project for Brisbane City Council.”

When complete the project will see:

  • A five-metre-wide pedestrian and two-way separated cyclist facility
  • Shared cyclist and pedestrian connection to Foxton Street from the Riverwalk
  • An upgrade of the Foxton Street and Radnor Street intersection to create a safer environment for all road users
  • Connection to the Jack Pesch Bridge and Indooroopilly Rail Station by linking the Riverwalk to the existing path at Witton Barracks
  • A dedicated pedestrian connection to Riverview Terrace
  • Viewing platforms on the Riverwalk overlooking the Brisbane River and the iconic Walter Taylor Bridge
  • Lighting along the length of the Riverwalk
  • Landscaping and wayfinding signage

We are looking forward to seeing this project come to life in our city and will keep you updated on its progress.