The BigDO

The mission is to achieve the greenhouse gas emissions reduction to limit global warming to below 1.5oC. The facts are clear that we are losing. The tactics we have been trying are not working. Our backs are against the wall, we are running out of time. What are we going to do?


Transition Engineers We will use knowledge-based engineering of all the different systems we are expert in.

We will be honest with employers, policy makers and the public about the risks of business as

usual operations and the range of viable options.

We will carry out investigations using effective methodologies to discover disruptive ideas and

develop these into down-shift projects that achieve the transition requirements in the most

direct way possible – by reducing fossil fuel production and demand by 80%.

We will practice, develop, share and expand the competencies and impact of the field.


That is a lot to do. But every time there are new challenges and new opportunities, a new field of engineering emerges to deliver the projects, meet the requirements, manage the risks and achieve the benefits.

Why do we think we can do it? Because the engineering professions have done it before. Every time our successful technologies have caused disasters and unintended consequences, a new field of engineering emerges in response. Safety, Waste Management, Green Chemistry, Natural Hazards... Now, the field of Transition Engineering is available to train engineers in any field in the methodology of flipping their perspective, and discovering projects that their organizations can do.

The Big Do

The Transition Engineering research group at Canterbury University has carried out a Disruptive Discoveries project. The results are revolutionary. This lecture will describe the project and the results and mission which we are now calling “The Big DO”.

The lecture is about 40 minutes and a discussion period after the lecture is planned to explore the implications of The Big DO on the transition of Auckland.

Susan Krumdieck is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Canterbury, Co-Founder of GATE