Robert Herbertson

Robert Herbertson photo

BE MPhil
Adjunct Professor - Consultant for Design Studies



School of Civil Engineering, Room 442
Email: Robert.Herbertson@sydney.edu.au

About Robert

  • Career Background
    Robert has over thirty eight years consulting structural engineering experience, gained in Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany.
  • He graduated from the University of Sydney in Science and Civil Engineering (with First Class Honours), and later completed an MPhil and DIC at Imperial College, London University.
  • Robert has worked on structure for a broad range of principally architect designed buildings, developing particular expertise in recent years in health, (medium density) residential and adaptive re-use projects. While at Imperial College, he coordinated the requirements of the geotechnical and structural departments, to design and supervise the fabrication of a large scale soil-structure interaction testing facility, and participated in box girder bridge plate buckling research.
  • On his return to Australia, Robert was Principal Engineer Structures for Maunsell. In 1988, Robert started his own consulting engineering practice, The Structural Design Group Pty Ltd. Over the years SDG, as the firm became known, achieved a wide reputation for practical structural engineering design solutions, deliverable within time and cost budgets. It was the structural engineer for significant award winning projects including the Archery Centre at Homebush Olympic Park and the Droga Apartment in Surry Hills. Subsequently, Robert was the structural design engineer for the acclaimed Spry Residence, Darling Point and the Holman Residence, Dover Heights.
  • From 2001 to 2004 Robert was Adjunct Professor and Consultant for Design Studies in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney. Since April 2003 he has been Structures Editor at NATSPEC the national construction specifier.
  • Professional Standing
    Robert is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, and a Member of both the United Kingdom Institution of Structural Engineers and Institution of Civil Engineers. He is a Member of IABSE and of AISC.
  • He has served on the Board of ACSE (1994-2000) and was its President in 1996-1997. For some years he chaired the ACEA Sydney Division Certification Committee, and represented the ACEA on the Engineers Australia (EA) Accredited Certifier Assessment panel. He has been Secretary of the Civil Branch of EA Sydney Division.
  • Interests
    Robert's interests include walking, travel, swimming, music (listening), cooking and carpentry.

Teaching and Learning

  • CIVL4903 Civil Engineering Design