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Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) South Australia 2016

The Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) South Australia 2016 program seeks to identify, recognise and reward outstanding achievement in the practice of engineering and service to the profession.

The AEEA South Australia Awards 2016 is the premier event for the profession. The night promotes industry excellence across engineering projects and engineering professionals.

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2015 South Australian Individual Awards

The 2015 Young Professional Engineer of the Year was awarded to Joanne Chong MIEAust CPEng .  Joanne graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil and Structural with honours. Joanne joined WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2007, attaining Chartered Status in 2010 and has worked on a diverse range of engineering projects including transport infrastructure, mining infrastructure and geothermal power plants, taking on a variety of roles from design/lead engineer to project manager. Previously involved with FutureNet, a young professional initiative developed by Consult Australia, Joanne was nominated as the Chair in 2012. She currently manages and mentors the Professional Development Program (PDP) group at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff.

The 2015 Professional Engineer of the Year was conferred to Andrew Skinner FIEAust CPEng, Engineering Director of Measurement Engineering Australia (MEA). With an engineering career spanning 40 years, Andrew has worked in remote areas of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Canada before returning to Adelaide to found MEA in 1984 and carry out the three-year SA Wind Energy Survey. While running the company full-time, Andrew completed a Master’s Degree and PhD in environmental measurements. Andrew was one of the pioneers of the renewable energy industry and MEA has built more than 2,500 systems for wind and solar monitoring, irrigated agriculture and remote weather station networks. MEA has also developed a web-enabled radio measurement system for Australian farmers, novel soil moisture displays for African farmers, salinity sensors for farmers in Bangladesh and a new-to-world sensor for getting living plants to talk to irrigators about their state of water stress.

The 2015 Engineering Technologist of the Year was awarded to Christine Haydon TMIEAust, a Senior Lecturer and Course Co-ordinator within the School of Electronics and Computer Systems Engineering at TAFE SA. Christine has been an active volunteer of Engineers Australia over the last 15 years and actively promotes women in engineering. She also promotes the use of technological changes and innovation for the advent of green energy and renewable energy solutions. Christine was the first female senior official for the International bi-annual event: the World Solar Challenge and one of the 12 foundation members of Team TREV (Two Seater Renewable Energy Vehicle) for the round-the-world Zero Emissions race in 2011. Since then she has employed innovative design and construction practices in the refitting of the University of South Australia’s electric vehicle TREV with new lithium polymer batteries and electrical systems to be able to travel long distances.

The 2015 Engineering Associate of the Year was conferred to Peter Newman AFIEAust, who has over 6 years’ hands-on experience on the new Air Warfare Destroyers with the AWD Alliance. Peter has over 30 years’ experience, initially as a Marine Radio Surveyor, then moving into designing, installing, commissioning and maintaining Industrial and Maritime electronic and control systems. Peter has worked in government and private industry and has strong engineering, project management and contract administration expertise. Peter’s work on the world class optic fibre project brings together a range of commercially available components, processes and test equipment into the harsh naval military environment. This is a major innovation which had to overcome the embedded “legacy” designs and has resulted in an optic fibre glass fusion welded together and enclosed in the protective sleeve of the connector with nil waste material.


Past Awards

2014 South Australian Engineering Excellence Awards - Overview

The 2014 South Australian Engineering Excellence Awards Showcase Booklet highlights all of the Finalists, Commendations, Engineering Excellence and Individual Awards, as well as the Malcolm Kinnaird Engineering Excellence Award recipient.

2014 SAEEA Showcase Booklet

2014 SAEEA Photographs

2014 South Australian Engineering Excellence Award and Malcolm Kinnaird Engineering Excellence Award

Category: Buildings and Structures
Adelaide Oval Redevelopment
Wallbridge & Gilbert

The Adelaide Oval Redevelopment is one of the most important buildings and pieces of social infrastructure in South Australia. The project has transformed the previously aging venue into a state of the art 53,500 seat stadium, uniting the people of South Australia and creating vibrancy in the city of Adelaide.

In detail, the civil engineering design addressed the difficulties of dealing with a site that had inherent problems relating to low to medium levels of environmental constraints ranging from contamination to mixed fill types resulting from earlier development projects.

2014 South Australian Engineering Excellence Awards

Category: Project Infrastructure
Goodwood Junction Rail Grade Separation
York Civil

The Goodwood Junction Rail Grade Separation has set new benchmarks for engineering excellence in South Australia, delivering world–class outcomes for the community, commuters and freight users.

The judging panel was impressed with the innovative design which commenced pre tender through to completion of the project, with the selection of materials and with the sound engineering practices throughout the project. A project made more challenging by the tight time frames, constrained site and live freight lines, delivery to program and budget was a key success.

Category: Control Systems, Networks, Information Processing and Telecommunications
ANZAC ASMD - Australia's World Leading Naval Combat Management System
Saab Australia

Saab Australia’s 9LV Combat Management System is at the heart of the highly successful project to update the Royal Australian Navy ANZAC Class Frigates to provide a major warfighting capability enhancement: the Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade. The upgraded and enhanced 9LV Combat Management System is the core control system, network and information processing and communication system that delivers the enhanced situational awareness and command and control capability to fully exploit the entire suite of new advanced sensors and weapons.

2014 South Australian Commendation Awards

Category: Buildings and Structures
City of Adelaide Clipper Ship Retrieval Project
Aztec Analysis
Category: Buildings and Structures
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd
Norman Disney & Young
Category: Innovation / Research and Development
An Accessible Gaming System for Children with Limited Hand Function
Flinders University
University of South Australia
Women's and Children's Health Network
Category: Resource Development
Copper Crude Ore Bin Life Extension Project
MCA Engineering Group

2014 South Australian Finalists

Category: Buildings and Structures
Adelaide Showground Station
McConnell Dowell Constructors
Category: Reports, Procedures and Systems
Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan
Parsons Brinckerhoff
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Ernst & Young
SGS Economics and Planning
Category: Project Management
Rail Revitalisation Project
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Laing O'Rourke
John Holland
York Civil
McConnell Dowell
Category: Project Management
Port Wakefield Water Supply Upgrade
Nova Systems
SA Water
Category: Project Infrastructure
Oaklands Wetland Stormwater Reuse Scheme
FMG Engineering
Category: Innovation / Research and Development
Predictive and Operational Analytics Tools for the Adelaide Metropolitan Water Distribution Network
SA Water

2014 South Australian Individual Awards

Luigi Rossi, was awarded the 2014 South Australian Professional Engineer of the Year. Building on his overwhelming success as Project Director for the widely acclaimed Northern Expressway, Mr Rossi was appointed as Project Director for the $842 million South Road Superway, the most complex engineering and road construction project ever undertaken in South Australia. The project represents the biggest single investment in a South Australian roads project, and Luigi was selected with the confidence that his project leadership skills would see South Australia’s first ever elevated roadway be successfully constructed.
The 2014 South Australian Young Professional Engineer of the Year was awarded to Justin Goodman. Justin graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2002 with a First Class Honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Immediately following his graduation he commenced employment with Aurecon (then Connell Wagner) in early 2004 as a building services electrical engineer and has remained with Aurecon ever since. He is constantly researching and applying the latest proven technology in the telecommunications and security industry.

Contact Information

Please contact Engineers Australia South Australia with any questions:

Phone: 08 8202 7100