Across a diverse array of disciplines including transport, property and buildings, power, water, environment and asset management, WSP Opus’ team of Technical Directors have vast collective experience, gained on some of the largest transformational projects in recent times – both here and abroad.

Think London’s Docklands, the Adelaide Oval, Auckland Council’s landfill management, London’s City Hall, Heathrow Airport’s masterplan, Air NZ’s environmental performance and much, much more.

This depth of experience and multi-discipline approach ensures WSP Opus Technical Directors offer an unparalleled level of expertise not seen elsewhere in the New Zealand market.

Meet the team

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Carole Smith
Technical Director, Environment & Planning

“Sometimes when we work for our clients in the environmental area the benefits of our efforts aren’t always immediately obvious – it is quite different from building a bridge or a new road. Yet when I reflect back on my career I can see that I’ve made a difference for the environment and for our communities.  This is what gets me out of bed in the morning.”

With over 20 years’ experience in environmental consulting in New Zealand and the Unted Kingdom, Carole has a well-earned reputation for being strongly committed and versatile, with a multi-disciplinary background involving project management, technical and management roles.

She is passionate about understanding how technology can be used to deliver better results for clients, and believes that being at the forefront of new technologies and approaches is one of WSP Opus’ major strengths.
Like many of our experts, Carole didn’t initially start university with a career as an environmental scientist in mind.
In Carole’s opinion, adapting to climate change, particularly the impacts of coastal erosion, is one of the biggest issues facing local authorities – both locally and globally.

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Phil Harrison
Technical Director, Transport

“I want to leave a legacy of empowered, talented transport engineers and planners that are future focussed and professional with the skills, experience and attitude to make WSP Opus the #1 New Zealand transport consultancy.”

As he explains, the road to becoming a Transportation Engineer was one he stumbled on by accident.

“I was studying geology at Auckland University, and had a holiday job at the Ministry of Transport.  I was coding Traffic Accident Reports, and when I saw all these crashes and the resulting death and trauma I thought ‘wouldn’t it be a great job to try to prevent this?’  I never went back to the geology degree!”

His defining moments are numerous, ranging from crash reduction studies with the MoT in the 80s, working on the regeneration of London Docklands in the 90s, delivering transformational projects in the 2000’s such as Canary Wharf, London Bus and Tram projects and transport planning for the London 2012 Olympics.

Phil says transport faces a number of significant challenges, one of the most immediate is keeping up with the impact of disruption on existing and planned infrastructure with new technologies such as electric transport alternatives, mobility as a service and rapid social changes driving this.

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Daniel Jurgens
Technical Director, Digital Engineering

“Everything is converging right now and we are being flooded with data, but not intelligence. As Technical Director of Digital Engineering I am across all our disciplines and tasked with connecting the dots to extract collective intelligence. It’s very exciting and the potential is limitless.”

Daniel is passionate about sustainability and is genuinely excited about harnessing the power of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and smart build initiatives to realise project efficiencies and increase sustainability of the build environment across the entire project life-cycle, from inception, design, construction, asset management, re-use to demolition.

His defining career moments include working on the Adelaide Oval redevelopment project where he was exposed to a proper BIM project for the first time, with all disciplines collaborating in a model based environment. It was the sheer scale of this project with a 140-metre wide steel diagrid roof shell that really got him interested in engineering.

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Bruce Curtain
Technical Director, Buildings

“I relish the technical stimulation of design. Each project is different, with new challenges and opportunities. Teasing out the project brief, analysing and understanding the site constraints and generating a design response is a truly inspiring career. Every day is different and the energy of working with a like-minded team to solve a design makes my job truly enjoyable.”

Career defining moments include collaborating with the artist Billy Apple on a high-rise office competition and the opportunity to work on London’s City Hall Building.

“Geometrically and technically this landmark building was at the leading edge of design and construction. Now it’s an iconic feature on the London skyline. From its high sustainability credentials, complex structural and façade systems and truly civic brief for London’s local authority assembly building, this project was challenging and inspiring to be a part of such a high performing team.”

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Wayne Hatcher
Technical Director, Asset Management

“Throughout my career I have gained significant experience working for a broad range of clients in various sectors, countries, political systems and cultures. These experiences and technical knowledge make me well placed to  deal with complex and high risk asset management projects.”

Wayne is passionate about sustaining, managing and maintaining our built environment in harmony with society needs and the environment. Career defining moments include developing a compelling case for increasing investment in motorway maintenance and renewal in the UK in a time of financial austerity, and winning the Hertfordshire County Council Whole Client Service Professional services contract in the UK; a 12-year contract employing over 150 people full time.

He sees technology as the biggest industry disruptor, particularly advancements in data capture that enable better decision making. There will be an increasing need for collaboration around road and water projects in order to overcome the skills shortage, and to gain greater efficiency and productivity across the industry.

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Jason Bretherton
Technical Director, Buildings

“We are living in an ever-changing world which is heavily influenced by climate change, immigration and urbanisation, social and democratic change, rapid technology advancements and limited resources.”

Jason’s curious mind and interest in how things work led him to a career in engineering and he’s been blessed with opportunities to work on a diverse range of projects across a broad range of sectors ranging from pumping systems in power stations, to electrical infrastructure and control systems in road and rail tunnels. As his practice has grown so has the scale and complexity of the projects and this has seen him involved in building and infrastructure projects associated with schools, hospitals, prisons and commercial buildings.

Of all, the most career defining experience was living through the devastating earthquakes that have occurred in Christchurch and Canterbury since 2010.

“Out of this came the opportunity to apply my skills and work with others and be part of the post-earthquake rebuild and create a modern, resilient and inspiring city that others will enjoy for generations to come.”