Two Alumni win Australia Day Honours

In the 2017 Australia Day Honours, School alumni Robert (Bob) Harrison (BSurv ’73) and Prof John Yeaman AM, FTSE (ME ’76, PhD ’81) were recognised for their services to Australian society.

Bob Harrison received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his outstanding service to surveying and to professional organisations. Professor Yeaman was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia for his significant service to civil engineering and road asset maintenance management, to professional organisations, and to the community.Robert (Bob) Harrison, OAM and John Yeaman, AM

Bob Harrison, who is Principal at Harrison, Friedman & Associates – has been a member of the Institution of Surveyors since 1969, later serving as President and in several other leadership roles.

As a professional with over forty years’ experience, Bob has done it all: worked abroad and interstate; run his own practice out of Jannali, Harrison Friedmann & Associates; chaired numerous industry committees and boards; served as president of the Institution of Surveyors NSW and regularly attended and facilitated international symposiums. In 2014 he was awarded the Professional of the Year at the NSW Excellence in Surveying & Spatial Information Awards. In receiving that award, Bob stated that for him surveying has always been and still is “an enjoyment.”

Bob is also respected in the community for his generous assistance to the Apex Foundation for children with special needs, where he has been an Apex member since 1976, a life member since 1996 and is now the President of the Apex Children’s Chalet. Former Principal Surveyor of RMS, Mark Gordon, emphasised Bob’s worthiness of the award by saying: “This recognition is well overdue. Bob is a Saint.”

Bob has loved his work as a surveyor and always encourages young people to consider surveying as a career. “BIS Shrapnel has done a study” he says, “which found there will be a shortage of 15,000 surveyors in Australia by 2021.” 

Professor John Yeaman AM, FTSE, completed his PhD at the School in 1981 under the supervision of Professor Ian K Lee – his topic was on the development of pavement management systems for local government. Since then John has assisted road organisations and governments across the world in the management of their road networks. His main fields of expertise include design, implementation and operation of road management information systems, assistance of road authorities in planning and programming road maintenance and improvement programs under constrained budget situations. John has occupied the position of director, deputy team leader or team leader on several internationally recognised projects as well as occupying key expert positions in multi-disciplinary teams.

John has recently been appointed to an endowed Chair – The Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) Professor of Pavement Engineering at the University of the Sunshine Coast. 

Our warm congratulations to Bob and John for their well-deserved awards.

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