Michael Dobbs

With over a decade of relevant experience in Fire Safety Engineering, Building Code Consulting, Fire Protection Services and Post Graduate Lecturing, Michael has a wealth of knowledge and relevant Fire Engineering experience. Michael’s career commenced as a Building Code Consultant in a jurisdiction that did not recognise Performance Based design. In this role he pushed the boundaries on several projects and guided the authorities to use their discretion in accepting a safer solution that did not technically comply with the Building Code. Since then, he has held senior and associate positions at some of the leading engineering companies in Melbourne.


Michael's commitment to the industry is illustrated by his involvement at Victoria University where he lectures the Post Graduate Certificate and Post Graduate Diploma courses. He has taken a leading role in the final year major project where students are challenged to complete the Fire Engineering design of a project building. Michael's knowledge of the legislated Fire Engineering process, building code and ongoing involvement with teaching institutions puts him at the forefront of fire engineering and allows Dobbs Doherty to provide designs that represent the client’s interests while reducing project risk and project cost.

Kieran Doherty

Kieran has worked with some of the leading engineering consultancies across Australia in the related fields of fire safety, risk engineering, fire protection services and smoke hazard management design. This expertise in fire safety engineering and related disciplines allows Kieran to consider a wider range of practical and cost effective fire engineering solutions which result in better project outcomes.


His past experience covers a wide range of building types, occupancies and configurations including some of Australia’s highest profile and landmark projects. He has developed a comprehensive knowledge of relevant Australian and International building codes, standards and technical guidelines.


Kieran has a strong client focus. He prides himself on being proactive at all stages of a project and his ability to provide expert advice and guidance to design teams. His strong communication skills and project awareness are key elements to ensure that the client’s needs are met. This proactive approach ensures that deliverables are issued promptly and in line with project deadlines.