Meet the members of the Porter Consulting Engineers team, all are specialists in civil and traffic engineering design and combined have more than 120 years experience.
Brad HarrisManaging Director
Brad is a professional Engineer and accredited Senior Road Safety Auditor with 25 years experience in local government, urban infrastructure, land development and traffic engineering. His experience includes project administration, design and contract administration of major and local earthworks, roads, drainage, subdivision and infrastructure projects in the Midwest, Pilbara, Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions along with all metropolitan areas.
Brad joined Porter Consulting Engineers in 2006 after gaining a wealth of experience in municipal and land development engineering, design and project management. Previously Brad held the position of Manager, Technical Services with the City of Gosnells and prior to that, was the Civic Design Manager at the City of Melville.
His technical experience is extensive and includes: design and contract administration of land development projects; asset management for roads, paths and bridges; road safety; road funding applications; management and design of large scale road projects; overseeing civil design, horticultural design, transport planning and surveys.
The major projects Brad has been involved in include the Kelvin Road duplication; Gosnells Town Centre redevelopment; Maddington/Kenwick revitalisation; North Lake Road dual carriageway; Bicton Jetty redevelopment; Lakeway Drive-In re-development and Mirrabooka re-development. In 2010 Brad was awarded the IPWEA GK Watters Local Government Engineering Excellence Award for his work on the Lakeway Drive-In redevelopment for the Town of Claremont.
Brad holds a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) from the University of Western Australia. His professional affiliations and representations include: Fellow, Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA); Past Convenor, IPWEA Road Safety Panel; and Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia.
Shane HighmanDirector Development
Shane is a chartered professional Engineer with over 22 years experience in infrastructure and subdivision design.
Having joined Porter Consulting Engineers in 1997, Shane is a design engineer with specific responsibility for the design, documentation and contract administration of the full extent of civil engineering disciplines covering roads, earthworks, stormwater drainage, water and wastewater reticulation for civil engineering and land development projects, traffic surveys, assessments and studies; and project control.
Shane’s involvement in urban, rural and industrial land developments and municipal works throughout Western Australia includes developments in Armadale, Albany, Broome , Cockburn, Fremantle, Mandurah, Ravensthorpe, Seville Grove, Swanbourne and Wanneroo.
Shane’s projects include a 159 lot industrial subdivision in Wangara, a 65 lot residential subdivision in Margaret River and 280 lot subdivision in Ravenswood. Significant projects include North Link Industrial Park, Cockburn South Central and Westfield Road Estate, Seville Grove.
Shane holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Construction – Upper Second Class Honours) and Diploma of Civil Engineering. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer on the National Engineering Register (NER), a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a member of the Water Corporation UDAC technical committee.
Jennie HopfmuellerSenior Traffic Engineer
Senior Traffic Engineer
Jennie is a Traffic and Transport Engineer with 25 years experience working in traffic and transportation engineering disciplines with private consultants. Jennie joined Porter Consulting Engineers in late 2017 and her wide experience includes traffic impact assessments, intersection capacity analysis using SIDRA, traffic input into structure plans and local area traffic management.
Jennie has provided advice to WA Local Government and private developers on traffic issues relating to land subdivisions, property developments, road networks and road safety.
Within her area of specialisation, Jennie’s experience with projects has included traffic signal design, detailed design of intersections/interchanges as well as parking, pedestrian and cycling studies. Jennie’s exposure to both planning and detailed design of road infrastructure projects gives her an appreciation of traffic management issues and the appropriate experience to apply this to practical design and construction solutions.
Jennie has been an accredited, practising Senior Road Safety Auditor since 2010 and has undertaken numerous road safety audits offering her traffic engineering and road design experience to improve safety for all road users.
Jennie holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil – Honours) from Curtin University and is a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia.
Michael CookSenior Civil Engineer
Senior Civil Engineer
Michael joined Porter Consulting Engineers in late 2015 as a Senior Civil Engineer and has over 18 years experience working in civil engineering.
Prior to joining Porter Consulting Engineers, Michael was working as a Senior Project Engineer on a variety of commercial and residential subdivisions, specialising in land development engineering design, documentation and supervising construction activities.
Michael is an experienced Project Manager and is responsible for project delivery, design and contract administration of local road projects and subdivisions.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Construction – Honours) and a Diploma of Project Management. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer on the National Engineering Register (NER) and a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia.
Jamie KingProject Engineer
Jamie is a qualified professional Engineer with almost 10 years experience in land development, Water Corporation and Local Government works.
Jamie joined Porter Consulting Engineers in 2012 as Construction Engineer and was promoted to Project Engineer in May 2017 . Prior to joining the Practice, Jamie worked for the City of Armadale as a Subdivision Engineer working on a variety of commercial and residential subdivisions, assessing engineering designs and supervising construction activities.
Jamie has gained a wide range of experience since joining Porter Consulting Engineers particularly in the area of Construction and Land Development. Jamie’s main responsibilities include design and documentation input (concept to detailed design), contract administration, facilitation of construction site meetings and undertaking construction site surveillance check of various development projects. Jamie prepares and reviews construction costings and assists with preparation of feasibility and servicing reports.
Jamie holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Structural – Honours) and is a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia.
Melissa VineyAssociate / Senior Designer
Associate / Senior Designer
Melissa is a qualified Senior Civil Designer who joined Porter Consulting Engineers in 2000 as a civil drafter. Melissa has over 20 years’ experience in civil and traffic engineering design.
More recently, Melissa was appointed to our operational board in July 2019.
Melissa is responsible for concept and detailed design works, liaison with service authorities and service location. Melissa has extensive experience in CAD design and documentation in a variety of civil engineering projects associated with urban, rural, commercial and industrial land development, municipal works and road projects as well as having designed 10 synthetic hockey turfs in Western Australia.
Doug EamesSenior Designer
Dane CoombsSenior Designer
Mel GasparTechnical Officer
Sue AbbottBusiness Manager