Standards New Zealand celebrated the winners of the 2008 Meritorious Awards in February and Charles Clifton, an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Auckland, received an award for his extraordinary commitment to steel structure, loadings, and related Standards, for over 20 years.
Charles has now won an Institution of Professional Engineers (IPENZ) Supreme Technical Award for Engineering Achievers, as outlined in the IPENZ media release, 27 March 2009 below.
Auckland Professor wins award
IPENZ Supreme Technical Awards for Engineering Achievers
Auckland University Professor, Dr Charles Clifton has won the Freyssinet Award in the Building and Construction category of the 2009 IPENZ Supreme Technical Awards for Engineering Achievers.
Dr Charles Clifton when working at the Heavy Engineering Research Association, as Deputy Director was responsible for HERA's structural steel research and education programme and for developing new standards and codes of engineering practice for structural steel design and for fire engineering. He has made an outstanding contribution in this field which has been recognized internationally. He published a paper shortly after the collapse of the World Trade Centre buildings in 2001 which put forward the sequence of failure. This has been accepted and recognised as a significant contribution to the understanding of the behaviour of structural steel buildings in severe fires. He lectured to numerous groups on the subject, and this has contributed to New Zealand's standing as a leading country in structural fire engineering.
The Slab Panel Method for the analysis of steel framed buildings subjected to severe fire attack is the culmination of Charles's work at HERA, and this has contributed to the innovative fire safety design of three high rise steel buildings currently under construction in Auckland.
“The Supreme Technical Awards for Engineering Achievers are biannual awards that recognise those who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in engineering practice over their career to the benefit of the engineering profession,” said IPENZ Chief Executive, Andrew Cleland. “In all of his work Dr Charles Clifton has demonstrated leadership, excellence, and innovation, supporting his winning the Freyssinet Award 2009.”