Engineers Australia plays an important role in promoting engineering excellence and the contribution engineering makes to the community. Our award programs seek to identify, recognise and reward outstanding achievement, eminence in the practice of engineering, and conspicuous service to the profession.
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- President's Message
- Chief Judge Message
- About the SA Engineering Excellence Awards
- Who Should Enter
- What will I receive should I win
- Conditions of Entry
- Judging Criteria
- Entry Process
- Contact Us
- 2013 SA Individual Awards
Registration to enter due: Friday 17th May 2013, 5.00pm
Due to high requests, we have extended the registration date for one week.
Click here to register online now
Entry submissions due: Friday 7th June 2013, 5.00pm
Individual Award nominations due: Friday 7th June 2013
For more information on Individual Awards click here.
Jury presentations: Week beginning 8th July 2013
Award presentation: Friday 20th September 2013
Adelaide Entertainment Centre
I’m often asked by my family, friends and (most recently) the media “What do engineers do?” I respond by saying that the engineering profession contributes to a better society through the creation of innovative, economical, safe and sustainable solutions to the technical problems faced by society. Thanks to the engineering profession we have reliable and safe roads and rail, planes in the air, ships on the seas, satellite communication, computers, medical imaging machines – I could go on…
The 2013 South Australian Engineering Excellence Awards present an ideal opportunity for our profession to showcase our latest and greatest contributions towards building a better community in which we live, work and play. We must tell our story to the world, but it starts with what we are achieving in our own backyard!
No matter whether it is large or small, your latest project achievements matter and are worthy of recognition. Our Engineering Excellence Awards recognise great ideas, not just grand structures. Last year’s Malcolm Kinnaird Engineering Excellence Award (the overall winner), which went to the “Six Degree of Freedom Hexapod Robot for Biomechanical Research”, is testament to that.
Project and individual winners from our Engineering Excellence Awards will be automatically entered into the 2013 National Engineering Excellence Awards. These awards represent the pinnacle of engineering achievement throughout Australia.
I strongly encourage all members of the engineering profession in South Australia to consider entering the 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards. Just by entering you are promoting the great depth and high quality of engineering achievements which have occurred in South Australia in the last few years.
John Olson RFD FIEAust CPEng EngExec FAICD
Engineers Australia South Australia Division
The South Australian Engineering Excellence Awards recognise projects and the personal achievement of outstanding engineers, engineering technologists and engineering associates.
In 2011 the major award, the Malcolm Kinnaird Engineering Excellence Award, went to the Adelaide Oval Western Grandstand project. In 2012 it was awarded to the Six Degree of Freedom Hexapod Robot, a medical research biomechanical testing system. This serves to emphasise the diversity of engineering activities that take place in our state.
It also serves to emphasise that entries from any engineering discipline have the potential to win the major award. Engineering elegance is more highly regarded by the judges, when compared with, for instance, the absolute size of a project entry. Judging provides a snapshot of Engineering in South Australia and I am sure it will be an uplifting experience for all those involved, once again.
Preparing an entry takes time and effort. That is appreciated and well understood by the judges, who will give every consideration to each entry received.
We look forward to receiving the entries for 2013; and the opportunity to recognise and honour the work of engineers in South Australia.
Ross Milton FIEAust CPEng (Ret)
Engineers Australia South Australia Division
The South Australian Engineering Excellence Awards aim to inspire and encourage engineers to achieve world’s best practice through teamwork, innovation, and appropriate technical excellence, and to recognise those engineers, companies, or organisations responsible. As well as identifying the leaders within the engineering profession, the Engineering Excellence Awards provide an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the invaluable contribution the engineering profession makes to the community.
Any company, individual or joint venture that has an engineering related project, product, process, report or other work, that they believe is an example of outstanding engineering practice and that meets the judging criteria is eligible. The entered project should be complete in its entirety, or should have reached practical completion, successfully completed commissioning or final release for full production. A project which is part of a larger undertaking should be sufficiently definable to enable the consideration of the merits of its engineering excellence.
- A prestigious trophy;
- A certificate of excellence;
- Recognition in front of fellow professionals and industry leaders at the Black Tie Ball;
- The right to use the South Australia Engineering Excellence Awards 2013 logo on letterhead and other promotional material for two years following the Awards; and
- The right to enter the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards.
Upon receipt, each entry will be assessed to confirm the project’s eligibility to enter the South Australian Engineering Excellence Awards. The principal entrant may be contacted to discuss the entry in greater detail.
Each accepted entry will be assessed by a panel of judges consisting of Engineers Australia members, industry leaders and community representatives. Entries are judged against the criteria published in respect of each award category. Any issues requiring resolution between panels will be referred to the Judging Review Panel.
- Engineers Australia South Australia Division reserves the right to publish in part or whole, material contained in entries, apart from material marked CONFIDENTIAL.
- Confidential information should be clearly marked CONFIDENTIAL and included only as appendices in the entry submission.
- Entrants may be required to be available for award presentations and media interviews.
- Entrants must own all intellectual property rights relevant to their entry and the Awards process.
- Submissions and supporting material will only be returned at the request of the entrant.
- Engineers Australia South Australia Division is not responsible for any loss or damage to submissions.
- Engineers Australia South Australia Division reserves the right not to allocate an award for a particular category.
- The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence concerning decisions will be entered into.
- Information about award winners will be strictly embargoed until the announcement at the presentation evening.
- The Chief Judge will determine the final list of categories once all entries are received. The Chief Judge may request that a submission be entered into a different category than originally applied.
- If the project is not located in South Australia, a significant component should be engineered in South Australia, or the engineering must be coordinated from South Australia.
- Projects must have been completed within a two-year period prior to the closing date of entry, Friday 10th May 2013.
Please note that each submission will only be judged in one category.
Project Management: managing a project or an engineering work that achieves client requirements in harmony with environment, business and community considerations, while meeting time, cost and quality targets.
Innovation/Research and Development: how innovative ideas are applied individually or as a team, including reviewing existing engineering knowledge, formulating new engineering ideas and concepts and testing and developing them by analysis or experiment.
Environment: engineering activities particularly directed to achieving sustainable solutions resulting in improvements to the quality of life, protecting our natural environment, assessing and mitigating environmental impact or remediating environmental damage.
Products and Manufacturing Facilities: an industrial product is defined as a device, assembly, process or system with substantial engineering content, which is inherently capable of replication. A product may be tailored to meet user requirements whilst retaining its essential function. Projects that undertake the development or upgrade of any manufacturing facility may be in any engineering discipline. This category provides for fields, which include mechanical equipment, chemical processes, bioengineering, ceramics, medical, fuel technology and includes products, materials handling equipment and asset management. This category also facilitates entries relating to plants such as oil refineries, gas processing plants, power stations, sugar mills, breweries, grain and cotton mills.
Resource Development: any resource development for commercial, industrial or other purposes that has a substantial engineering content.
Buildings and Structures: engineering products and building projects directed essentially to human functions other than industrial, including city buildings, housing developments, art galleries, museums, hospitals, retirement and resort villages, hotels, personnel transport terminals, in which engineering has a particular influence on the finished work.
Project Infrastructure: any engineering discipline that provides facilities or amenities for the use by, service of or to the community, including facilities for transport, water, sewage, energy, waste, chemical treatment, communications, defence, electricity and gas.
Reports, Procedures and Systems: reports covering engineering activities including development, feasibility studies, computer modelling, environmental impact, planning investigations, procedures and systems.
Control Systems, Networks, Information Processing and Telecommunications: products, projects and developments in control systems and networks, communications and information processing applications, applied successfully and involving a high level of engineering practice.
Small Business Ventures and Projects: an engineering organisation with five or less professional engineers, in any field of engineering.
Sound engineering practices/principles: design, use of materials, construction or manufacture is based on demonstrable sound engineering principles and practices.
Originality/ingenuity: significant original engineering application or ingenuity to achieve the best solution for the required specifications.
Adherence to budget and program: meets relevant budget parameters and timelines.
Extent to which the work has provided a safe and healthy working environment: for those directly or indirectly involved and members of the community in general
Actual or potential contribution of the work to the economy: contributes to the local, regional or national economy by, say, reducing whole of life costs or adding to the efficient use of existing engineering construction, manufacture, maintenance or application.
Impact of the work on the quality of life of the relevant communities: contributes positively to the communities using it in respect of, say, cost, time, environment or general amenity of the community.
Significance of the work as a benchmark of Australian engineering: sets new benchmarks or continues current high standards, thereby raising the standard and standing of Australian engineering.
Extent to which the work represents world best practice: can be matched against similar engineering achievements to represent world best practice.
Step One: Only Submit Entry Form
Registration due 5.00pm Friday 10th May 2013
YOUR FULL SUBMISSION IS NOT REQUIRED AT THIS STAGE.
To register, complete the attached Entry Form and return together with the full entry fee to the South Australia Division office by 5.00pm 10th May 2013. Note that registrations will only be accepted with payment, and that the entry fees are non-refundable.
It is essential at this stage that you provide details of the entrant organisation, together with all details of joint entrants or other parties who have made a significant contribution to the entrant project. This will help to ensure recognition of all appropriate parties, and to prevent potential conflict of interest amongst members of the judging panel.
Step Two: Submit Entry Submission
Submission due 5.00pm Friday 7th June 2013
Six copies of the Entry Submission.
(Submissions are to be submitted on individual CDs in PDF format)
Each copy must include:
- Executive Summary - Include a summary of approximately 500 words, providing a description of the entry and the principal elements of its claim for engineering excellence. This material is a key element in the judging process. Introduce your project then list each “feature of excellence”, in point format followed by a brief statement that explains the feature.
- Detailed submission - A written submission under itemised headings, addressing all eight judging criteria. The submission may include drawings, pictures, photographs and other methods of illustration. As a guide the overall submission should be a maximum of 4000 words.
- Appendices (optional) - Supporting material such as additional photos, diagrams and published material may be included in appendices if this provides crucial information. Entrants are however encouraged to keep this to a minimum.
- ePoster - One A3 landscape ePoster as a PDF format. Your ePoster should strongly represent the project and will form part of any exhibition for public viewing. It will not be used for judging purposes and this will be for display purposes only.
The ePoster must include:
- Project name, location and entrant(s)
- Photographs, drawings, plans and text sufficient to describe the project.
Copies are required of each of the following, separate from the Entry Submission (Submitted on a CD):
- Media Statement - A media release of 250 – 500 words describing your entry. This will be copied for use in press releases prior to judging, promotional material and award announcements. The media release does not have to be a professionally prepared piece; it can be prepared in-house as long as it has the relevant information regarding your entry and company details for us to use.
- Principal Participants in Project - Please supply names, addresses and emails for each person: Consultants, Project Managers, Contractors and Owners.
- Logos – A copy of the corporate logo(s) of primary and all joint entrants.
- Photographs – 6 different colour photographs of professional presentation quality on CD in JPEG or TIFF format. The photographs will be used in the audio visual presentation at the Black Tie Ball and the showcase booklet.
- Video / DVD footage – You are strongly urged to submit video footage. Community impact of your project should be demonstrated if possible.
- Companies may provide, at their own discretion, a statement of approximately 200-250 words, for use in the yearly showcase booklet.
Step Three: Jury Presentation
Jury Presentation Days -
Week Beginning Monday 8th July 2013
Time allocated for each project team is as follows:
- 10 mins - Set up
- 20 mins - Presentation
- 10 mins - Q&A
Judges with recognised experience and expertise in the category will evaluate the submission. You are expected to present your project to the jury as though you were making a formal presentation (the jury may seek further information from you).
This presentation is your opportunity to highlight your project in its claim for excellence and PowerPoint slides are strongly recommended.
Entrants need to bring their own laptop (please make sure your presentation is already loaded onto your laptop and ready to go). A data projector will be made available for your use. You may also be able to clarify any issues that the jury raises from your written submission.
If you have any questions about the 2013 South Australian Engineering Excellence Awards, please contact Events and Communications Coordinator Sharryn Fensom:
Phone: (08) 8202 7140