Who are Rudds Consulting Engineers?
Perhaps more importantly, what do we do?
We are the guys who operate behind the scenes in your apartment, office, hospital, school, airport, embassy or even your data centre. We are the ones who make sure that your building has services and systems that meet their intended purpose safely, effectively and efficiently.
What does all this mean for you and the people who work and live in our buildings?
We make sure there is enough light to walk safely to your car at night and to deter car thieves. We make sure the air is fresh and there is enough light to see at your desk without squinting. We make sure there is enough power for your computers, iPads and phones. We make sure that the internet cloud stays operational even when the mains power fails. And remember the “cloud” is not up in the sky, it’s in the data centre in Fyshwick or Mitchell or Albury or Melbourne – it could be just down the road from you now.
In short we make sure everything works as it’s intended to.
But our passion is not just in making things work. Our passion is making them work in a way that reduces costs, uses less energy, creates less carbon and results in less environmental harm.
What are the challenges in turning this passion into reality?
We’ve found that you just have to go above and beyond. Above being a traditional engineering practice, and beyond to educating architects, builders and cost planners about the benefits of new technologies. Above and beyond in taking an active role in the design of building facades and not only bringing world’s best practice to Australia, but adapting and improving it for local conditions.
At Rudds, we’ve put our money where our mouth is!
We have incorporated what we preach into the construction of our own very low energy office building which, for much of the year, is energy neutral. We now have a real live demonstration of how these technologies work and are striving to achieve a year-round energy neutral result.
When people ask me how I feel about what we have achieved at Rudds…
I tell them, that I feel proud. Proud that our culture of delivering a quality product is never compromised even when our costs exceed the available fees. Proud of the highly experienced and skilled team of professionals who have chosen to work with us. Proud of the fact that the majority of our business is from repeat clients and through personal recommendation, because we stick to our core belief that “doing a great job…gets the next job”.
But there’s more to be done.
We want to use the attention that winning the ACT Business of the Year Award brings to spread the word. Spread the word about how to build energy efficient, environmentally friendly buildings. To change mind sets and change Australian construction practices so that they can become the best there is.
Andrew Beattie, Director
Rudds Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd