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Concrete In Australia : June 2013
56 Concrete in Australia Vol 39 No 2 OBITUARIES Brian Shackel 1941-2012 Dr Brian Shackel, consulting professor and friend to many in the concrete industry, lost his battle with cancer on 18 November 2012. Shackel graduated from the University of She eld, UK in 1962 and soon a er came to Australia where he joined the Department of Main Roads, NSW. In 1966, Shackel accepted a teaching fellowship at the University of NSW where he earned a masters and doctorate in civil engineering. Soon a er, he was appointed as lecturer and commenced his distinguished 35 year academic career at UNSW. In 1978, Shackel undertook a sabbatical at the National Institute for Transport and Road Research in South Africa and was subsequently seconded to that institute as the senior research o cer until 1981. He then returned to UNSW when he joined the Department of Geotechnical Engineering as senior lecturer, serving several terms as head of that department over the next decade. Shackel was promoted to Associate Professor in 1989 and about that time was appointed as the inaugural Director of the UNSW Munro Centre for Civil & Environmental Engineering. Shackel taught pavement engineering at the undergraduate and postgraduate level and was one of the leading researchers in the area, acclaimed internationally for his research. In addition to his theoretical research, Shackel conducted experimental studies in pavement engineering, including accelerated tra cking tests of more than 200 full-scale pavements. ese included exible and rigid freeway pavements, heavy duty industrial pavements, and concrete block pavements. His work in uenced industry associations around the world including those in Australia, Japan, North America, Europe, South America and South Africa. He travelled extensively and lectured in some 24 countries worldwide, including repeated visits to North America and Europe. He published over 100 research papers on the mechanics and pavement engineering of which more than 60 were on interlocking concrete block paving. His book e Design and Construction of Interlocking Concrete Block Pavements, Elsevier Applied Science, London (1990), was translated into several languages and is widely acknowledged as the most widely used and valuable resource on concrete block paving. Shackel was also the author of the Lockpave so ware program which is widely used for design and speci cation of concrete block paving by paving block associations throughout the world. Shackel had many interests that he was able to cultivate due to his speaking engagements around the world. He could o en be found in antique markets adding to his impressive collections of old cameras and rare books. His speaking engagements o en coincided with some of his favourite opera performances. His love of opera was matched by his love of ne wine -- a topic he knew a great deal about. He was a long-term member of the NSW Wine and Food Society, serving several terms as cellar master. Erik Guldager-Nielsen 1937-2012 Erik Guldager-Nielsen was a life member of the Concrete Institute of Australia, having served on the Victorian Committee almost continuously since the late-70s. Guldager-Nielsen retired in 2005 a er 41 years with Arup. He originally graduated from the Technical University of Copenhagen in 1961 and worked for a couple of years in Denmark before joining Arup in Scotland. Guldager-Nielsen came to Melbourne in 1972 for the opening of Arup s o ce in Australia. Prior, he had worked on projects in Edinburgh, Dundee, Newcastle and Glasgow followed by three years in Johannesburg. e projects on which he had a major input include National Bank House, 484 St Kilda Road, Sunshine Hospital, Southbank Promenade, Australian Embassies in Beijing and Tokyo, e Exhibition Centre, Melbourne Museum, Rail Depot for NE-line in Singapore and Traders Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. In May last year, Guldager-Nielsen gave a presentation about concrete design, his passion in life, at a CIA technical evening. It was a superb presentation and well received by all who attended. Dr Brian Shackel Erik Guldager-Nielsen