Nick Barker is Robert Bird Group’s global Infrastructure and Construction Engineering leader, which sees him critically involved in identifying and delivering engineering solutions for globally-significant projects across Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom.
Nick has over 38 years of experience – fuelled by an enduring passion for developing construction solutions for iconic buildings and major infrastructure projects. This passion was the foundation for Robert Bird Group’s now-global Construction Engineering service offering, and our key philosophy of Design for Delivery.
Nick has delivered world-class construction engineering services for infrastructure, building and resource projects across the globe, developing trusted relationships with some of the world’s leading construction and trade contractors.
Nick is a leading industry advocate of the need to address buildability issues within the design of iconic and long-span structures. Knowing that many projects across the industry have faltered during the delivery phase, Nick has pioneered the adoption of engineering and construction philosophies including CMES (Construction Methodology and Erection Sequence) development prior to construction. It has been shown that developing a CMES approach on major projects can dramatically reduce risk and provide project delivery certainty.
Nick has a long-standing belief in the value of virtual construction as both a design and communication tool; in 2009 he established the VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) team within Robert Bird Group – a group that now delivers a full range of virtual design and construction visualisation services globally, and is integrated with the Building Information Modelling (BIM) process.