BONACCI GROUP - Key Persons


Amir Bagheri

Job Titles:
  • Senior Associate
  • Chartered Structural Engineer
Amir is a chartered structural engineer with over 15 years' experience covering design and project management of major building and infrastructure projects. Amir has been the structural team lead and project manager on major building projects including the Residential Fraser Park Tower in Central Park and SCEGGS Science, Technology Centre, and North West Rail Link - OTS Package.

Dardan Ukiqi

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Dardan is a Registered Building Practitioner with 8 years' experience in the structural design and co-ordination of health, education, infrastructure, residential and retail facilities. He has strong experience in managing large teams of support engineers, liaising with clients and with allied design consultants to deliver large hospital and institutional projects. Dardan brings unique analytical skills to complex building structures and can convert these designs into readily constructable, economical solutions. He has developed specialist skills in the modelling, behaviour and detailed design of complex building forms and optimising these intricate structures for resistance against dynamic wind and earthquake loading. Dardan also has experience in geotechnical engineering which proves vital in assessing and selecting economical building foundation and site retention systems on varying project sites.

Eros Cavallin

Job Titles:
  • Associate Director
Eros has a good appreciation of civil design techniques and project management, which can be utilised to produce a cost-effective design solution and facilitate the construction component of the project. Expertise in large car park design, on-site detention and multi-level building developments. Eros is particularly good at managing multiple projects and is uncompromising in delivering quality documentation to the highest technical standards. Eros particularly enjoys mentoring, the technical and managerial development of support staff, and derives satisfaction from a successful project outcome.

Francis Ayan

Job Titles:
  • Senior Associate
  • Chartered Professional Engineer
Francis is a Chartered Professional Engineer with over 14 years' experience in civil and structural engineering works spread across Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Philippines. His experience ranges from the design of tall buildings, seismic structural assessment of buildings, probabilistic seismic hazard assessment, base isolation design, design and assessment of industrial tanks, and linear and non-linear analysis of building structures. His roles include job management, coaching graduates and other colleagues on computer modelling of structures including non-linear analysis and the use of analytical software such as SAP2000, ETABS, and the like. He has special competence in tall building design, computer modelling of structures performing linear and non-linear analysis such as pushover and time-history analysis, sequential or staged-construction analysis, and performance-based design.

Harrison Chua

Job Titles:
  • Associate
  • Structural Engineer
Harrison Chua is a structural engineer who has nineteen years of experience, with a strong focus on concept design and value engineering; managing project delivery from inception to completion; and providing total design, documentation and construction phase services to a wide range of construction projects. He has been active with engineering institutions in which he has held committee positions to provide technical and professional advice to industry stakeholders and fellow structural engineers.

James Nguyen

Job Titles:
  • Technical Manager
James is uniquely qualified to provide the full spectrum of structural design services including structural analysis, detailed design of structural elements ranging from concrete, structural steel, high rise and complex building forms. He is also able to manage and coordinate our structural requirements with the design team, clients and contractors. He has developed specialist skills in the modelling, behaviour and detailed design of high rise structures, including optimizing the structure's resistance to dynamic wind and earthquake loading. James is highly recognised by his clients for delivering projects to completion on time and on budget with a strong customer focus. James enjoys applying his specialist technical skills to the modelling of new and innovative form of structures and resolving challenging engineering problems. He also enjoys training and mentoring younger engineers particularly interested in specialist analytical techniques.

James Thomas

Job Titles:
  • Associate Director
James is taking on a leadership role in terms of design and delivery of a wide range of projects in sectors including health, defense, retail, residential and aged care. James builds strong relationships with clients through his friendly demeanour and is a top mentor for our younger engineers.

Jana Thangarajah

Job Titles:
  • Associate
  • Chartered Professional Engineer
Jana is a Chartered Professional Engineer with over 10 years' experience in the structural sector. He has experienced in the design of high rise towers from conceptual scheme designs to detail designs including construction assistance. He is also experienced in complex building design and detailing of all major elements to satisfy the strength, serviceability and stability criteria. He has special expertise in tall building design, concrete, post-tension and masonry design, along with sound experience in advanced software packages: ETABS, SPACEGASS, RAPT, RAM Concept, Microstran, SAFE, Slab, RC modules and other related packages.

Joanne Le

Job Titles:
  • Senior Associate
Responsible for the facade design, management, delivery and implementation of complex multi-disciplinary projects. Primary focus being the delivery of projects that are economical and present the best design solution for the client and other stakeholders. With almost a decade of experience in the façade industry, Joanne has successfully delivered various projects from early conceptual designs through to construction. She also has experience in remedial and rectification works.

John Bea

Job Titles:
  • Senior Associate

Kristjan Madissoo

Job Titles:
  • Associate Director
  • Specialist
Kristjan is a specialist consultant with over 14 years' experience dedicated to facade design and leads our facade team nationally. He has worked for international consulting firms in Australia, Singapore and the United Kingdom on high profile projects such as the 130 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne; Paddington Station Integrated Project, London; and Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. Masdar City was originally developed as a zero-carbon, zero-waste city with world leading levels of sustainability. Kristjan also has in-house experience at a large multinational facade contractor where he has developed an understanding of facade contractor design, procurement, fabrication & assembly, delivery and installation. His specific area of interest is facade energy and carbon efficiency including the transfer of heat through facade components and the procurement of low embodied systems. He has undertaken research at Bath University as part of his master's degree, examining the sustainable benefits of timber framed glazing systems.

Lou Piovesan

Job Titles:
  • Director
Over many years of hands-on practice, Lou has obtained an extensive understanding of construction techniques, which he incorporates into designs, to produce readily buildable and economical structures, which respect the intent of the architecture and skill of the contractor. Lou has established good working relationships with many leading architects and has successfully assisted to deliver a broad range of developments across Melbourne and its surrounding inner suburbs. Lou in particular enjoys the ‘front end' of each project where collaborative workshopping with the client and architect is required to achieve a cost effective, sensible structural arrangement.

Mario Caputo

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Mario is Bonacci Groups Senior BIM Modeller, and is responsible for managing and advancing BIM (Revit) development. Mario has worked closly with many of Melbourne's leading architects to successfully deliver complex projects using Autodesk's Revit Software. Mario has an easy going attitude and enjoys close association with allied BIM Modellers. Mario derives satisfaction from managing design drafting staff and developing our Revit Software capabilities.

Moj Ezzat

Job Titles:
  • Principal
Moj has experience in Project Leadership of various types of concrete and steel structures. Project management, co-ordination and design. Moj has been involved in the design and construction of a number of significant commercial, residential and industrial projects both in Australia and overseas. In completing these projects he has advanced his experience in reinforced and post tensioned concrete, precast elements and structural steel design.

Natalie O'Brien

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Associate Structural Engineer with over 10 years' experience in the design of steel, concrete and timber buildings, ranging from multi-level commercial structures to single-level residential dwellings. Specific interest in lateral stability of multi-level buildings and finite element analysis.

Neal Foye

Job Titles:
  • Associate Director
Neal has over 20 years experience in Structural design and management. He has experience of working on large, prominent, public buildings and has also led teams delivering multi-story residential developments of up to 40 levels. Neal's manner leads to a collaborative approach with the design team as well as providing practical and economical solutions to builders.

Nofal Umarjan

Job Titles:
  • Associate Director
Nofal is a self-managed and result-oriented Project Design Manager/Engineer with years of experience in Design Management, Estimating, Bid Development, Administration, Budgeting, Design Development, Training/Development, Team Supervision, Technical Support and Client Relations. Nofal is experienced in managing large scale residential and commercial high rise façade design and project teams for some of the most challenging projects in the world.

Paul Luttick

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Paul is highly experienced in all forms of commercial construction and readily applies this knowledge to his projects.

Pieter Verstraaten

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Pieter is our Senior and most experienced CAD design draftsperson. Pieter is responsible for managing all aspects of the structural documentation, and is supported by the collaborative resources of our Melbourne office.

Roger Sykes

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Roger understands the detail and sequencing of all forms of construction. This allows him to contribute to detail designs to complex and difficult buildings site and designs. This understanding provides the framework for a proactive and enthusiastic relationship with contractors and industry sub-contractors. Roger also has extensive experience in the demolition and recycling of old and heritage listed buildings. He has a good appreciation of all forms of nineteenth centurty construction, which allows him to readily design/modify these buildings for adaptive re-use. Roger in particular enjoys the construction phase and working collaboratively with the contractor to resolve site issues. He has developed a strong and respected reputation with Melbourne leading builders and structural subcontractors.

Sam Caruso

Job Titles:
  • Principal
Sam has a deep appreciation for commercial construction techniques and readily applies this knowledge to his projects. This understanding provides the framework for a proactive and enthusiastic relationship with contractors and industry sub-contractors. Sam has an enviable reputation with our leading architects and developer clients and is justifiably proud of his reputation for providing great service. Sam enjoys the close interaction with the architect and allied design consultants and gains much satisfaction from a successful project outcome.

Sherwin Moreno

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Sherwin is a highly motivated and effective structural engineer with over 15 years of experience on consulting and construction services which includes planning, design, supervision and construction of a wide range of developments comprising of residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, and infrastructures. He has successfully completed a series of large-scale projects within specified timeframes to the highest standard and quality in Victoria, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Philippines

Stephen Payne - Chairman

Job Titles:
  • Chairman
Stephen has extensive understanding of commercial construction techniques and is able to invest this knowledge into the design of readily buildable and economical structures that respect the particular skills of the contractor. Stephen has demonstrated the ability to work closely with leading Architects, helping them bring to reality a broad range of developments, from hospitals and institutional infrastructure, through to icons of Melbourne's urban environment. Stephen enjoys the challenge of delivering innovative and practical design solutions for important institutional buildings requiring exemplary architecture.

Vivien Chen

Job Titles:
  • Associate
  • Associate / Design and Verification of Residential, Commercial, and Retail Developments
Vivien has been involved in the design of low-rise and high-rise developments, including structures ranging from workshops high-rise buildings, to hospitals and schools. She is experienced in all aspects of design, from concept to construction, using materials including concrete, steel, masonry, and timber. She is also familiar with many structural analysis and design software programs such as Rapt, Microstran, Spacegass, Ram Concept/Structural System and RC Buildings/Columns.