Radio Interview with Professor Wije Ariyaratne on 90th anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

This Radio Interview was on 6PR (Perth) on 90th Anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. He has over 45 years of service with the Roads & Maritime Services of NSW, Australia (RMS) and its predecessors. He has a very wide experience in bridge engineering covering design, construction, maintenance, operations, asset management, structural health monitoring and load testing

Professor Wije Ariyaratne (Ari) is the first Professor of Practice (Bridge Engineering) to join the School of Civil Engineering of University of Sydney. Ari obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Ceylon, Master of Engineering degree from the University of NSW and Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Deakin University.  He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and was previously an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Ari has completed 50 years’ service as a professional engineer of which 47 years have been with the Department of Main Roads/Roads and Traffic Authority/Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).  Until his retirement from RMS in February 2019, he had been the Director (Bridges & Structures) for close to 20 years leading RMS Bridge & Structural Engineering and the RMS bridge community with over 100 staff.  During this period, he was responsible for managing the technical risk of Australia’s oldest and most complex bridge assets of about 6000 bridges with a replacement value of about $20 billion. Ari has also chaired the Standards Australia Bridge Code Committee, BD90 which recently published the most recent version of AS5100 in March 2017. This is the largest Standard published by Standards Australia and is considered to be world leading in nature.

Ari was also the winner of the most prestigious award in NSW, the 2018 NSW Premier’s Award in the category “Delivering Infrastructure (individual)”. 

Radio Interview Courtesy 6PR - Perth