5 Questions

Five Questions with Matt Cornell

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Matthew Cornell 

Hi. I’m Matthew Cornell. I’m a structural engineer with 20+ years structural engineering experience in residential, industrial and small commercial jobs in Queensland. These are my 5 questions.

1. How did you become an engineer?

At school I aimed high and worked hard. I was interested in science, building things, electronics and computers. Spurred on and supported by my fantastic parents, I achieved a good Year 12 result and went to James Cook University to study engineering. At that time I didn’t know I wanted to be a structural engineer especially – it just seemed like a good mix of science and fun.

2. Where do you live and why?

I live in Brisbane now but I grew up west of Mackay, Queensland in a sugar producing town called Marian. Mackay was right for me growing up. It’s a great place to go to school and has a lot of spirit. I moved around after university but ended up back in Mackay for 10 years until 2013.

Now my home is Brisbane. Brisbane is a great place to be growing our business and there’s so much to do on weekends. There’s a wealth of great people with the same friendly atmosphere I grew up with in Mackay. We live on the north side of the river because of its proximity to the airport but we love exploring and finding new places to have breakfast and dinner as far afeild as Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.

I think Brisbane has a lot of potential and I’m excited to have an office there.

3. What do you like about being an engineer?

I like helping people achieve their property goals. Property is a great wealth building tool but it can also be a great nest egg. New homes and renovations are my favourite types of project. I have great clients that appreciate the service we offer. Working with these people is the thing I like best about my job.

4. What is your greatest challenge?

As a business owner, my greatest challenge is taking time off. Even though we have a great group of structural engineers, our clients love to know they have direct access to me by phone and email. We have projects in design stage and construction stage constantly and I try to be always available if unexpected conditions arise on site. That makes it hard to go away for any length of time. I have a great wife and she understands that I have to answer my phone on holidays – and that makes it ok.

5. Where to from here?

Cornell Engineers has always been about being in the right place to provide a service to people who need help with structural engineering. The Queensland market place has changed since we started 15 years ago and we change with it. We’ll always be here for Queenslanders. Our experience and local knowledge means that we’re a great choice for looking after your property what ever stage you’re at. As we say: Building. Maintaining. Repairing. We’re Cornell Engineers.


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CQ Rescue

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Anyone who travels the highway north,south or west of Mackay knows the value CQ Rescue provides – a superfast trip to hospital with an intensive care paramedic the whole way should you need it.

It’s a great rescue service staffed by caring professionals. As a Community Helicopter Provider (CHP), RACQ CQ Rescue relies heavily upon the community to provide funding for operational purposes. These funds are sourced through sponsorships, business donations, workplace giving programs, annual appeals, bequests, and fundraising events.

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5 Questions

Five Questions with Glen Place

Learn about Building Designer Glen Place

My name is Glen Place.

My business Glen Place T/A Place Designs has been in business as Place Designs since 01/07/1980.

I have a Building Design & Builder: Open Licence (QBCC Lic 12080) and our office is in Badila Court, Mount Pleasant, Mackay.

This is my website and these are my 5 questions:

1. What sort of projects do you prefer?

I prefer new Residential and Commercial projects as they are more challenging and rewarding.

However all project are treated equally as they have real meaning for our clients.

While our business is focused towards the residential market, we also provide comprehensive services to commercial and industrial development and business renovations including villa units, commercial projects, retirement villages and hospital staff accommodation.

2. How do you add value to projects?

I provide the client with sustainable options moving towards a more energy efficient and healthy building. This helps to increase the longevity of the building.

I believe I have the ability to identify, assess and recommend design features of buildings which promote sustainable and energy efficiency.

I’m also proud of my ability to analyse complex technical issues associated with building design and materials and communication effectively in a succinct, accurate and coherent fashion.

The design philosophy at Place Designs is a combination of your needs and desires and the contribution of our dynamic design team.

Clean, simple, elegant building lines dominate our design thoughts for exteriors and efficient and functional flow is our focus for internal layouts.

We aim to employ modern building techniques and innovative building products to present a design that is functional.

 3. What is a future trend you would like to see develop?

I would like to see buildings become more accessible to all people. I would like the see the use of more healthy and durable building materials being used in buildings.

I would like building to be designed suit the climate and be more aesthetic within their surroundings.

4. Describe a recent project where you had a positive influence.

This current market this is a difficult one, but a recent project where we met the brief and designed a great house was Mackay Harbour. It’s presently under construction by Mackay builder Barry Green.

5. How does Cornell Engineers add value to your product?

Cornell Engineers are attentive to our needs and are quick to understand our vision and assists us achieve our goals.

The staff at Cornell Engineers work with us as a collaborative team and don’t carry out their designs in isolation.

Cornell Engineers will work with us to provide the best outcome for our client.

Tips & Tricks

Wind Speed

Buildings in Australia are designed to resist wind forces by complying with Australian Standards.

The “design gust wind speed” for a particular site is determined by considering the height of the building, the location of other buildings and topography on all sides of the building.

Houses in exposed locations or on tops of hills are designed for higher wind speeds and consequently higher forces than buildings in built-up areas.

The structural engineers at Cornell Engineers use the latest version of Australian Standard AS1170.2 to determine the wind speed for your structure.

Wind Classification to AS4055

Where the building complies with AS4055, we can classify the wind speed using that standard too.

Call us for a wind assessment for your building today!

Tips & Tricks

Merry Christmas from the crew at Cornell Engineers

On behalf of Jess and Kim, I’d like to wish our clients, friends and associates a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Our office is closed now until 13 January. Have a safe holiday season and we look forward to helping you again in 2014.
Matt Cornell