We love collaborating with our clients and consultants, to come up with the best engineering designs for every project.
“Inertia consistently stand out above others for their warmth, their excellent knowledge base and most importantly their practical approach to technical issues.”
“The Inertia team is responsive, efficient and provides a committed service, ensuring projects are delivered successfully.”
"Throughout the entire process from design to completion, Inertia’s engineers not only bring a high level of professionalism and experience but also a willingness to engage with builders and designers to achieve great results and cost savings for the project."
Our mission is to make a truly significant and positive impact on every project, on the people we work with and on communities globally.
The following values guide us in everything we do:
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Scott is both Managing Director and Principal of our Building team. His purpose is to lead Inertia in achieving a significant positive impact on every project. Scott is experienced at working on projects of all scales, from small housing projects to multi-residential apartments, industrial and commercial developments, and stadium structures.
His project work is combined with time in roles outside of engineering, including development, marketing, and finance. Scott brings his expertise gained in these roles to each client’s project.
Director + Principal Structural Engineer
Dave is the Founding Director of Inertia, which he established in 2005 after realising the industry’s need for small-to-medium sized consultancy firms that provide a professional and personal service. Dave is one of South East Queensland’s most highly recognised housing engineers. He is experienced at working on low-rise projects including architecturally designed houses, townhouses, retaining walls, childcare centres and other commercial structures.
Dave combines a drive for problem-solving with attention to detail, practical site experience and a love of collaboration with clients and other consultants to deliver the best possible solutions for your project.
Principal Water Engineer
Emma is Inertia’s Water Principal. She brings over 15 years of local and international experience to our flood and civil engineering projects. Her extensive background in hydrology and water engineering covers water quality studies, modelling, flood studies, water-sensitive urban design, disaster management and analysis.
Emma works with developers, architects, and planners on a range of mixed-use developments in Queensland. She’s passionate about identifying a site’s land and water opportunities and constraints to help create the development footprint while respecting the local topography and surroundings. Emma loves guiding her clients on the importance of protecting our waterways while helping them maximise their yield.
Principal Civil Engineer
Calvin Kirk joined Inertia in March 2018 as a Civil Principal overseeing Inertia’s Civil Team.
Relocating to Brisbane from Western Australia, Calvin will bring a proven track record allied to a significant range of experience, expertise and skills to the team.
A Nationally Registered Chartered Professional Civil Engineer and RPEQ with over 14 years’ experience in design and construction across a range of roles and industries, Calvin will be responsible for the delivery of our civil projects across Queensland.
Calvin has strong multidisciplinary project management experience encompassing design, scheduling, procurement, cost control, contract administration and quality control and has demonstrated capability in delivering projects across a range of industry sectors including land subdvisions, infill developments, roads and other major civil projects.
Known for his practical approach to design and problem solving, Calvin will help our client’s projects to be successful through a committed approach to communication, time management and delivering outcomes to schedule and budget.
Principal Structural Engineer
Award winning international structural engineer, Mario Darmanin joined inertia in July in the role of Principal Structural Engineer. Armed with over 25 years global experience, Mario has been responsible for the engineering design, development and delivery of world class projects in Australia, Qatar, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, projects that have shaped the skylines of their locations.
Mario built his career working on iconic projects such as the $3bn New Doha Port Project, Qatar; $1.5bn All Seasons Place in Bangkok, Thailand; Abu Dhabi’s Zayed University and Siemen’s Regional HQ in Abu Dhabi, a project which achieved LEED Platinum status and won several Internal AECOM and UAE Awards for Innovation.
Joining Inertia from AECOM, Middle East, Mario will bring a wealth of global project knowledge, expertise and experience to Inertia’s structural team, as we deliver flagship engineering projects across Queensland and the eastern seaboard.
Originally from Melbourne, Mario holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Melbourne, is a Chartered Member of Institute of Engineers Australia and a Registered Practicing & Certifying Engineer.
Jason has over 10 years experience in Business Management with a demonstrated history of working in the construction and engineering industry. Jason brings skills in quality, safety and environmental management, financial reporting, sales & marketing and human resource management to Inertia and his passion lies in fostering positive workplace environments and cultures.
He holds numerous business qualifications, as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in History from the University of Queensland which occasionally comes in handy during Trivia contests.
Nick heads up Inertia’s Project Team and makes sure that when Inertia manages your project we deliver it on time, to specification and to budget.
Joining Inertia in 2011 as a structural designer, Nick has built a portfolio of experience across design, drafting and construction supervision that progressed naturally to his role as project manager.
Across major works from $2m to $40m, Nick’s experience and insights enable him to provide strategic advice at all stages, from project conception through to approvals, marketing, project finance, design, procurement, construction and commissioning activities.
At Inertia Engineering we design solutions, Nick makes sure they are delivered.
Senior Structural Designer-Drafter
Jodie brings over 16 years’ experience working on housing and building engineering projects, across both urban and regional New South Wales and Queensland.
Her strong management ability and attention to detail allow her to effectively coordinate with external consultants and contractors, continually delivering high quality documentation. Jodie’s involvement is a foundation for high quality product together with enjoyable collaboration.
Writing bios for websites isn’t Joshua Falco’s thing, so let’s look at what he does best - solving the engineering problems that others put into the too hard basket.
From large scale retail, commercial and defence projects through to education and residential developments, Joshua brings his 10+ years of experience to Inertia Engineering’s Buildings Team.
Where he really excels is in adapting existing structures, efficiently, thoughtfully and in a way which makes economic sense for all parties.
Want to add 35 storeys to your existing multistorey building? Or maybe you wish to sympathetically rejuvenate a historic building, to give it a new lease of life and retain its character and charm? These are the projects Joshua does best and where he helps Inertia Engineering’s clients.
Brisbanite, Kurt Annand, is a new member of Inertia, joining us in the structural team. With over 15 years experience, Kurt originally started his career straight from school as a cadet draftsperson, where he found a passion for the projects he worked on.
That passion led to a degree at QUT which has armed Kurt with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Majoring in Structural Engineering. Kurt has built a successful career helping to design, plan and implement numerous large-scale retail, commercial and hospitality projects such as Pacific Fair, The Calile Hotel, The Rocket Robina and Coomera Shopping Centre. He will bring this experience, technical know-how and knowledge to further grow this important and growing sector for Inertia.
Like any engineer, Kurt likes the details many miss out on, but unlike most he commits a myriad of facts and figures to memory, which immediately mark him out as a dark horse for Inertia’s Trivia Competitions. Given the serious nature of trivia at Inertia, Kurt will be a highly popular and prized team member.
Hailing from Colombia, Carolina Bernal is a talented structural engineer who is part of Inertia Engineering’s Housing Team.
Working part time, Carolina balances the needs of our clients with the demands of a young family, bringing her enthusiasm, technical skills and expertise to each project she works on.
She specialises in designing solutions for all projects types, ranging from home renovations and new builds to townhouse developments and lightweight structures.
Carolina spent her first three years in Brisbane studying before joining us at Inertia Engineering. In those 5 years, she has loved Inertia Engineering so much she feels the team are more like family than colleagues. Thanks Carolina, we think of you as part of the family too.
Civil Engineer + Project Manager
James specialises in planning, strategy and due diligence that helps to create measured and practical solutions to engineering challenges.
From single lots up to over 10,000m2, from 1 storey to 12 storeys or more, James has a track record of success that enables him to help our client’s save their time, money and sanity. By getting James involved early, you will reap significant benefit over the lifetime of the project.
Originally from Lennox Head, James studied civil engineering at QUT and has been with the team at Inertia Engineering for 4 years. And like all engineers, James likes nothing more than getting thrown into projects and helping people out. From working skilled labour and then into hospitality during study, James’ background gives him a unique perspective on outstanding client service that comes through in every project he works on.
James is always keen to chat about civil engineering – as well as gigs, food and booze, bars & restaurants, getaways and holidays – so hit him up for some insider knowledge on where to go and what to do in the river city – and most importantly, how to get the most out of your project.
Nathan is a civil engineer who specialises in stormwater management and flood modelling. He worked as a civil designer and drafter on the Sunshine Coast, before undertaking his Bachelor of Engineering (Civil). Nathan is particularly interested in urban and land development.
Nathan is passionate about instilling confidence into property owners in flood-affected areas. He keeps owners informed about the risk of flood on their development, through extensive modelling and reporting.
His recent work includes a concept stormwater management design for an education and training facility, set on a 48-hectare site near Toowoomba.
We like to think our team at Inertia Engineering have superpowers and in the case of Daniel Gibson it could well be true. Daniel has a unique ability to ensure the Inertia team get their daily caffeine fix safely and quickly – his superpower is parting the traffic on Sandgate Road so that our Inertians can cross the daily snarl.
Just think, if Daniel can part the traffic on Sandgate Rd each day, what he can do for your projects? Well, Daniel can bring his drive, passion and increasing portfolio of skills to bear, ensuring that your projects are delivered to the highest standards. Working in the civil engineering team and specialising in water and wastewater design, he is heavily involved across all project sectors from industrial, commercial, residential, townhouses, retail, property developments and high-rises.
As he develops his career, Daniel is keen to grow his skill set and learn as much as he can, as quickly as possible and make a valuable contribution to every project he works on.
And remember, if you are ever at Inertia Engineering and you need a coffee, wait for the Sandgate Moses to make his move and cross in his wake.
Senior Civil Designer
Isaac is a civil designer who specialises in in-fill developments. His project experiences ranges from small townhouse developments to major high-rise infill projects. He works closely with the Building team during a development’s structural design stages to foresee any potential civil design issues.
Isaac is passionate about drafting and designing projects that increase a developer’s yield and overall success of their project.
Taylor is a civil designer with nearly 10 years’ experience in engineering design, construction management, contract administration and property development.
Taylor has extensive knowledge of civil construction and has previously worked for a civil contractor as a project engineer. His design, construction and project management experience provides a strong understanding of the development lifecycle, from detailed design, construction management to final operating assets.
Civil Project Engineer
Civil Engineer, Sarfaraaz Sacur, joined the team at Inertia Engineering in March, as we continue to build our expertise and capability.
Cutting his teeth in the Flood team, Sarfaraaz is responsible for helping to ensure that our client’s developments can cope with everything that Queensland’s precipitous rainfall can throw at them.
In a city crisscrossed with creeks and prone to flash flooding, Sarfaraaz provides modelling, design and documentation of water, sewer and stormwater for developments such as townhouses, small subdivisions, residential houses, commercial and industrial use developments.
Liaising with councils, architects, town planners and clients are part and parcel of his role and in a complex environment, Sarfaraaz is rapidly becoming an expert in design standards, policies and codes of local councils.
Emily has over 10 years’ experience in the construction industry and joined Inertia in 2017.
Since starting out as a cadet structural draftsperson, Emily has committed to engineering for life and is now in the 2nd year of civil engineering degree at QUT, where she will become a ‘real world’ structural engineer.
Emily is involved in our residential and commercial projects, working with the team across every aspect of the design process. As Emily’s career develops at Inertia, her focus will be on winning over clients and expanding her skills and project portfolio.
Emily doesn’t think that we need to know that she likes motorbikes, old buildings with character and wine…but we do. So, when you bump into Emily ask her all about them!
Kai Xu joined as a structural designer-drafter in July 2017.
If we think Brisbane is growing, what we are seeing is nothing to the first-hand experience Kai gained working for one of China’s top design companies in Beijing.
With a skillset developed across industrial, commercial, residential and public buildings, Kai is committed to delivering design solutions that are underpinned by his rich experience, knowledge and skills.
We’re delighted that Kai has decided to call Brisbane home and look forward to working with him to bring his experience of the Chinese construction boom to the growth of Brisbane and South-East Queensland.
Originally from Treviso, a small town near Venice, Ed moved to Australia when he was six weeks old and brought with him his Italian heritage which comes out in his love of soccer, cold crisp beer and Italian food.
As a recent graduate from QUT, Ed holds a bachelor’s Degree in civil and Structural Engineering and worked with us in his final year at Uni before coming on board as part of the structural buildings team as graduate engineer.
Ed’s focus is on continuous learning and he is heavily involved in researching and scoping the latest programs, design ideas and methods that can be integrated into his skillset for use on the varied projects he is working on.
Day-to-day, Ed is involved in design, review and project co-ordination as he works with members of the project team to deliver outstanding results for our clients across projects in the residential, commercial, childcare and industrial sectors.
When he’s not helping our clients, you’ll find Ed cheering on the mighty Roar at Suncorp Stadium or glued to a TV in the small hours catching up on the Champions League, Premier League, Serie A or the World Cup. And if he is not watching it, he is playing six-aside for his uni team or turning out for Inertia’s Futsal Team, Young Man United. And if that isn’t enough, Ed is a Tae Kwon Do instructor training students twice a week in the discipline and skills of self-defence.
Given all the energy Ed burns, it probably explains why he is on first name terms with the local Subway.