It is with deep sadness that Standards Australia acknowledges the passing of leading Australian academic and contributor to knowledge of the behaviour and design of steel structures, Professor Nicholas Snowden Trahair.
Nick’s passion and dedication to the Australian steel industry was unparalleled and saw him give many years of service in senior roles, including Director of the Australian Institute of Steel Construction (1989-1998), Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia FIEAust and Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
From 1964 to 1995, Nick was a member of the Steel Structures Committee of Standards Australia which produced the steel design codes AS-CA1 (1968), AS1250 (1972, 1975, 1981), and the first cold-formed steel structures code AS1538 (1974). He co-chaired the Steel Structures Committee which developed the Limit States Steel Structures Standard AS4100 (1990), internationally regarded as one of the world’s leading steel design standards.
Nick is broadly considered the father of AS4100 and many of the design equations he developed are featured in AS4100 and have been adopted across the world.
Our thoughts are with Nick’s family and friends at this time.