Broner Consulting Pty Ltd
November 2014 – Present
Consultant in all aspects of acoustic consultancy. Conducted peer review of Rio Tinto Warkworth Extension for NSW DPE, providing all acoustics advice to the State of WA for the Perth Children’s Hospital, Impact noise reduction on Multi Purpose Hall in Adass Israel school.
Sinclair Knight Merz
December 2005 to October 2014
Practice Leader – Acoustics, Noise and Vibration
Team Leader 2005 – 2012
Responsible for building the acoustics team in Melbourne from scratch and for brand building around Australia and in the UK. Responsible for marketing to new clients (both internal and external) and for budgeting and performance of the Melbourne team.
Developed Low Frequency Noise Criteria for assessment of impact which are used by the NSW Planning Department and other Authorities.
Signature projects include acting as Acoustic Specialist advising the State of Western Australia with respect to the new Perth Children’s Hospital, and with respect to the new facilities being built at RAAF Base Williamtown for the introduction of the Joint Strike Fighter. Also involved in Wind Turbine noise assessment and Power Station environmental noise control, acoustic privacy in Defence facilities and with noise mitigation modelling and design for noise compliance of industrial and power facilities. A further area of expertise is prediction of aircraft noise with respect to land use planning and assessment of impact – this has been utilized around RAAF Bases and at civilian airports. Also, prediction of underwater noise impact on marine mammals due to oil and gas developments.
VIPAC Engineers & Scientists- Operations Manager
1993 to 2005
Responsible for engineering practice of over 50 engineers and support staff in Melbourne Office (Headquarters) involving day-to-day operations, project and personnel scheduling, marketing, engineering review, quality assurance, budgeting, performance to budget, hiring of new staff, contracts.
Required to prepare yearly budget ($6million +) and to ensure financial targets were achieved. Practice included many engineering areas and manufacturing of specialised hardware. Project management of specific large projects (up to $0.5 million value) and provision of acoustic technical expertise to other Vipac offices, particularly Vipac Hong Kong and Vipac Singapore. Won international tender for conduct of research for ASHRAE. Presentation of engineering technical papers at international technical seminars and conferences. Lecturing to second and third year Building Science and Architectural students at Melbourne University on fundamentals of Acoustics. Represented Australia at International (ISO) Standards meetings. Responsible for Quality Assurance and liaison with NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) [equivalent to NVLAP] re accreditation of many tests including calibration of noise and vibration equipment.
Marketing and engineering consulting to various groups in the Far East region. Familiarity with Far East cultural diversity. Good communication skills.
VIPAC Engineers & Scientists
1987 to 1993
Responsible for technical and financial management of acoustics and aero-thermal group including acoustics, air diffusion testing, environmental/solar and balanced calorimeter testing. Also responsible for proposal generation and general marketing, development and running of seminars, budget preparation.
1985 to 1987
Responsible for successful running of Acoustics Division, including direct supervision and control of personnel (3 engineers, technical and draughting personnel), project costing and scheduling, liaison with clients and business development, resource development and provision of expert testimony in court.
1981 to 1984
Manager, South East Asia
Responsible for business development in Jakarta and Singapore. Involved in introducing the Company to various clients and conducting negotiations on contracts. Negotiated $600,000 contract for Keong Emas Imax Theatre through wife of Secretary of State for the Harapan Kita Foudation (chaired by the First Lady of Indonesia – Mrs. Suharto). Project completed on time and within budget within two years.
1979 to 1981
Senior Consulting Engineer
Involved in design and on-site supervision, liaison with plant personnel and architects. Main projects involved engineering noise control, prediction of noise and effects and architectural acoustic design.
Chelsea College, London
1976 to 1979
Graduate School Consultant
Involved in research in psycho-acoustics but also responsible for development and construction of test hardware and for development of computer analysis programs. Also conducted various engineering consulting projects as well a teaching of undergraduates.
Australian General Electric
1975 to 1976
Involved in production, development and testing of domestic appliances.
Engineering Vacation Work
1969 to 1972
Williamstown Naval Dockyard, Victorian Railways, Government Aircraft Factory, Aeronautical Research Laboratories
I am more than happy to refer the services of Dr Broner. You have maintained the standards of excellence that we expected for our venue.