Ipswich Local Group
Welcome to Engineers Australia Ipswich Local Group!
As the Chair of the Ipswich Local Group of Engineers Australia, I'm delighted to introduce the first edition of our local group newsletter.
The newsletter includes information about up-coming engineering site tours and speakers, events the local group committee is involved in, local engineering stories and a wrap-up from the Chair.
In the past 12 months our group has undertaken sites tours of the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade, Richlands railway station and track, Wyaralong Dam and Goodna Technology Park. We've also heard from a wide variety of guest speakers and run an inaugural Engineering for Kids event at Leslie Consulting, Goodna. Our aim is to celebrate and learn more about the many influences of engineering in the Ipswich region.
To attend one of our events simply requires an interest in engineering. Everybody is welcome to come along to learn more about different areas of engineering. The tours and presentations are usually given by an engineer, so they are technical to a point, but no prior knowledge is required. Most site tours are free and other events charge just a nominal fee.
The Ipswich Local Group is always on the look-out for new sites to visit. So if you know of tours that may interest the engineering community or there's a site where you've wondered "how do they do that?" please send us your suggestion using our email address.
Welcome to the April edition of the Ipswich Local Group newsletter. The month got off to an exciting start, with a tour of Tarong Energy's Splityard Hydroelectric Pumped Storage Plant, near Wivenhoe Dam. I'd read about this facility in the Top Ten Queensland Engineering Feats. But no amount of reading prepared me for the enormity of this place!
Through a roller door, we entered a large but very plain shed - plain until you notice the 60 metre drop into the concrete silos. The silo design features 8 metre diameter inlet and outlet pipes used to power the turbines or return the pumped water to the reservoir. Our guides were both mechanical and electrical engineers who not only took us on a tour of each floor of the plant explaining everything as we went, but answered our many questions.
On behalf of the Ipswich Local Group members who attended the tour, I would like to give a huge thanks to all involved from Tarong Energy. I would also like to make a special mention of Committee member, Peter Jones, who coordinated the event. On the day of the tour, Peter was presented his certificate as a Fellow of Engineers Australia, from Queensland President, Dennis Wogan. No, it wasn't an April Fool's Day joke Peter! Congratulations!
Engineers Australia Ipswich Local Group helps out the Ipswich Greyhound Training Track
The January 2011 floods had a significant impact on many parts of Ipswich. The Ipswich Local Group was one of many groups which volunteered to help local industry and organisations recover.
The group was put in contact with the Ipswich Greyhound Training Track, which sustained significant damage to fences. The flood waters and debris pushed over three fences, two which keep the dogs on track and also a fence separating the track and the neighbouring softball courts. One of the track fences had already been replaced. This left two to be replaced, but in the scorching Queensland heat that Sunday it was more than enough work for one day!
Between the users of the track and the EA volunteers, about 20 turned out to disassemble the damaged fences and help restore the remaining track fence, which got the track back into operation.
The teams pulled apart the flattened fences and stacked the fence posts, rails and chain wire into piles for easy disposal. The track users had organised a tractor, which was used to pull out the posts and to push the replacement posts into the ground. The new fencing wire was then tied to the posts ready for use.
Meanwhile, a small group set about fixing the timing light system at the track with limited tools. Although there were glimpses of hope, the printed circuit boards (which were totally submersed in flood water) were deemed an item cheaper to replace than to fix.
So on behalf of the Ipswich Local Group I'd like to sincerely thank all those who came from Brisbane and Ipswich and surrounding regions in support of the Greyhound Training Track.
Excellence in Action
The Queensland Division of Engineers Australia is on the look-out for nominations for its Engineering Excellence Awards. If you know of a person, team or project that you feel is deserving of an award, please let us know so we can acknowledge this work. The nominations can be discrete for those who are publicity-shy. The Local Group will present a certificate, and also pass all nominations on to the Queensland Division for the state awards.
Help Us Spread the Word!
You can support Ipswich's engineering industry by forwarding this webpage to anyone you think may be interested, or printing it out and posting on noticeboards. Thanks for taking the time to visit our site!
The following site tours are planned to take place throughout 2011. Stay tuned for Dates!
- Hastings Deering
- Coca-Cola Amitil
- Amberley airforce base
- Railway workshops
- Toowoomba bypass tunnel
- Gateway bridge - internal
- Brisbane shipping port
- Eminent speaker (Dr David Morrison) - Using continuous mining equipment to develop an open cut mining operation.
- Engineering for kids - hands on activities.
USQ bbq with a guest speaker who will talk to students on the Professional Development Program, Cpeng, RPEQ, and the students involvement in the groups and branch's of Engineers Australia.
Chairman - Robert Grant
Secretary - Roxane Kinnane
Treasurer - Jennine Holliday
Weena Priyanganie Lokuge
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