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Angus Jackson, International Coastal Management,

Innovation requires confidence to "give it a go" and that often comes from trust and mentoring of others who have travelled the road ahead of us. I have been able to implement a number of innovations in my career and I owe much of my successes to a number of extraordinary Engineers who mentored me and gave freely of their time, support and trust. They lifted me up to stand on their shoulders, the shoulders of innovative giants.

These technical notes [or blogs as the younger generation label them] are dedicated to all of my mentors . I can not name them all – but they included Jack Cronin, Sam Smith, Frank Goetsch, John King, Phil Hill, Roy Starkey and Barry McGinnity – THANK YOU. Of these great Engineers, 2 who have now passed on deserve special mention for their trust and patience with me:

Jack Cronin, RIP, who was the chief Engineer of the Gold Coast Council from 1947 until sometime in about the mid-1980’s. Jack was not trained as a coastal engineer but he was a natural one. He was a leader and mentor to many like myself. He was a real gentleman and lived his chosen profession. Once while sick in hospital he took the time to ask a young nurse about herself and found out her husband was at uni studying engineering and was interested in becoming a Coastal Engineer. He suggested he [me] work with the Council in his next vacation. I did and I was sold on Coastal Engineering.

Sam Smith, RIP, who was the Gold Coast City Council coastal engineer from 1967 to about the late 1970’s. Sam “got his feet wet” to solve many problems in implementing a practical and economically achievable coastal management plan for the then small and young City of Gold Coast. He had an inquisitive mind and whenever he came across a fascinating problem or observation in his professional career he wrote one of his legendary “coastal engineering notes”. Often the content of these hand scribbled notes showed a brilliant insight into coastal processes and coast dwelling humans who try to conquer the forces of the sea [or “fart against the wind” as he often put it.]. Copies of his notes are now kept with his collection of reference books at Griffith University.

The older generation of engineers need to make sure we too pass on our successes and failures to the next generation. As part of my efforts, I will attempt to keep Sam's “blogging” practice alive and publish some selected notes of his and new, random, ones from myself and my staff.