Vincent Liao DMA Engineers

Vincent Liao

Associate, Senior Mechanical Engineer and Virtual & Intelligent Design Manager
Year joined DMA: 2020

I’m happy to be in boots on-site helping contractors figure out practical solutions in challenging environments. I’m equally as happy to deliver a formal presentation for clients and stakeholders.

My professional background

I’m an engineer with a keen interest in healthcare facilities, research facilities, Building Information Modelling (BIM), and parametric design. Throughout my career, I’ve come to realise how much I’m driven by the desire to achieve quality outcomes for projects and systems in their totality – across design, construction, operation, and maintenance.

I have experience working on projects across Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia, and Canada. Each of these projects has enabled me to work closely with and develop a deep appreciation for the complexities and challenges faced by each discipline.

I’m happy to be in boots on-site helping contractors figure out practical solutions in challenging environments. I’m equally as happy to deliver a formal presentation for clients and stakeholders.

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  • Healthcare facilities
  • Science & Research facilities
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) & Parametric Design
  • Services intensive & spatially complex facilities

My key project experience

  • Mater Hospital South Brisbane – COVID-19 Theatres and ICU Ward Reconfiguration Works: Lead mechanical engineer responsible for the stakeholder meetings, design, documentation and construction supervision. Our practical and solutions focused approach enabled the project to be successfully delivered on a tight deadline.
  • Roma Hospital Redevelopment for South West Hospital and Health Service (Jacobs – 2019): Lead mechanical engineer responsible for the design of mechanical, medical gas and vertical transport systems for the new AUD $70 million hospital at Roma. The hospital facility includes perioperative suites, emergency, medical imaging, pathology, inpatient suites and maternity departments.  I was also the Lead building services/clash detection co-ordinator utilising REVIT and Navisworks software packages.
  • Christchurch Hospital Outpatients for the Ministry of Health – New Zealand (Jacobs – 2019): Mechanical engineer responsible for the design of medical gas systems for the new Christchurch Hospital Outpatients building including; dental air, dental suction, oxygen, medical suction, medical nitrous oxide and pneumatic tube systems.
  • New Animal Research Support Facility for the University of Otago (Jacobs – 2019):
    Mechanical engineer for this new 4-storey building valued at NZD $46M. Responsible for the design and modelling of all HVAC, chilled water, heating hot water and steam systems, as well as clash detection (using Navisworks & REVIT software packages) and in ceiling co-ordination of all services for the PC2 animal holding, animal quarantine and SPF facility. Also responsible for the design of 2 x passenger and 1 x goods lifts for the project.

My qualifications

  • B. Eng (Mechanical)

Professional Memberships, including any committee positions

  • MIEAust – Member Institute of Engineers Australia
  • CPEng – Charted Professional Engineer
  • NER – National Engineers Register
  • RPEQ – Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland
  • Member AIRAH – Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating
  • ABSANZ – Association of Biosafety for Australia and New Zealand.

What creating inner beauty means to me

To me, ‘Inner Beauty’ is creating fundamental infrastructure and all the things that make a building work. This must be both robust and flexible enough to enable architectural design to completely fulfil the clients’ needs. Inner beauty is ‘how it works’; this enables ‘what you see’.