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New structural engineer for consulting group

National consulting engineer and environmental solutions company, SEMF, has appointed a new sales and management expert as part of a “concerted thrust” into the Queensland area.

Paul Keane will join the team to replace Bob Dunbabin, who is to return to Tasmania to take up the role of principal structural engineer at SEMF.

Formerly from New Zealander, Keane brings a wealth of experience to his new role, having worked on the tools, in site supervision and management, project engineering and in national sales and management in Australia and New Zealand, according to his new employer.

Prior to leaving New Zealand, he was headhunted to assist in developing a start-up venture which would provide a consulting service to the dairy industry and farmers, working with key organisations such as global dairy ingredient supplier, Fonterra.

Five years ago he took up the role of national project manager for multi-disciplinary engineering group, Realcold Milmech Australia, refrigeration expert to the meat industry. His function was to create a new business unit for the group, focussed on commercialising newly developed meat electronics technology.

The unit is now a viable commercial entity and has been absorbed into another part of the Realcold business.

In his new role at SEMF, Keane will be instrumental in increasing the company’s presence in Queensland, and over the next three years will oversee the establishment of a sizable workforce, says the company.

He will also be active in developing new business opportunities in mining, food processing, environmental services, facilities management and building engineering.

“We foresee enormous opportunities in the Queensland market in the next 5-10 years and we are now putting the necessary building blocks in place to make the most of these opportunities,” said SEMF managing director, Allan Waitzer.

“Having a heightened presence, a top management team and the right people will position us as a serious contender — not just for small- and medium-sized projects — but also for major multi-disciplinary projects previously out of our reach.”

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