Special Interest Groups and Centre Awards

Engineering awards granted by the Special Interest Groups and Centre of Engineers Australia.

For general enquiries on these awards please contact Engineers Australia's Engineering Practice directorate.

Awards for work displaying engineering excellence (Category F)

  • John Monash Medal - Engineering Heritage Australia
  • Colin Crisp Award - Engineering Heritage Australia

John Monash Medal - Engineering Heritage Australia

Entry submissions will open in 2017.

The John Monash Medal is awarded by Engineering Heritage Australia (EHA) to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the cause of engineering heritage over a considerable time.

The award is an inscribed medal with an accompanying certificate signed by the National President of Engineers Australia. It is presented annually except when, in the opinion of the EHA Board, there is no worthy nomination.

This Medal was approved by Council in l976 and perpetuates the memory of Sir John Monash who is recognised as Australia’s greatest military commander, and who was an engineer of exceptional and diversified talents.

In l921 Sir John Monash was appointed Chairman of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria and was responsible for the La Trobe Valley power scheme. He was awarded the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal in l929.

The John Monash Medal was originally awarded for the best paper on engineering related to general engineering interests, and was first made in l979. In 2002, the John Monash Medal was re-designated as an award for engineering heritage.

More about this award

The medal was approved by the Board (then Council) in 1976 and perpetuates the memory of Sir John Monash is recognised as Australia's greatest military commander, and who was an engineer of exceptional and diversified talents. In 1921 Sir John Monash was appointed Chairman of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria and was responsible for the Latrobe Valley power scheme. He was awarded the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal in 1929.

The annual award recognises outstanding contributions made by individuals towards increasing the awareness and conservation of Australia's engineering heritage.

Criteria

The winner is the nominee deemed by the EHA Board to have, over a considerable time, made an outstanding contribution to engineering heritage in Australia, through one or more of the following:

  • raising awareness of engineering heritage within the profession
  • promoting engineering heritage within the community
  • recording and documenting engineering heritage
  • conserving engineering heritage
  • other contributions to engineering heritage EHA considers worthy of recognition.

Nominations

  • Nominations should be brief, but present a persuasive case and contain sufficient information for comparative assessment of nominees.
  • Nominations may be made by any unit or member of Engineers Australia
  • Nominations shall be sent initially to the EHA Administrator by a closing date to be established.
  • Nominations shall be treated as confidential to the EHA Board.

Assessment

Engineering Heritage Australia will appoint a Committee to assess all nominations and to recommend a recipient to the EHA Board for approval.

The Committee includes:

  • A member of EHA who will act as convenor.
  • An eminent practitioner in engineering heritage.
  • An eminent heritage administrator, historian or distinguished member of the heritage community.
  • A Past President of Engineers Australia.

The award will be presented by the National President of Engineers Australia or a nominee, at a suitable and prestigious function.

Presentation of Award

The award will consist of a framed certificate, citation and medal and presented at a suitable event.

2015 Winner

Richard Venus, BTech, BA, GradCertArchaeol, MIEAust

Richard is a retired electrical engineer who became interested in heritage in the late 1970s. He joined the South Australian Division’s Heritage Committee and a few years later became its chairman. Currently Richard is Chairman of the Engineering Heritage SA Committee, a member of the National Committee on Engineering Heritage, and Vice President of the History Council of South Australia.

In 2008, Richard received an Engineering Heritage Award of Merit and was delighted that this occurred on the same night as Sir Charles Todd’s induction into the South Australian Engineering Hall of Fame.

Richard combines his technical background with skills in graphic design and communication to write and present about a broad range of engineering heritage topics.

Colin Crisp Award - Engineering Heritage Australia

2013 Winners

Winner: Vibration Monitoring of Richmond Bridge
Awarded to the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources Tasmania

The Richmond Bridge is of outstanding significance to the people of Australia, Tasmania and Richmond. It is Australia’s oldest bridge built in 1823-25 and continues in use.

The bridge has a history of foundation movements. It has site soil bedding of the stonework with little or no quicklime and bedding washout has occurred giving internal cavities in the stonework. All arches have longitudinal cracking and there is some hairline lateral cracking.

The Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER) is responsible for management of the bridge and periodically inspected the cracks. In 1997 DIER commissioned a Conservation Management Plan for the bridge and Tasmanian consulting heritage engineer Peter Spratt was commissioned by the Department to peer review the 2008 update of the Conservation Plan.

Peter suggested that vibration monitoring be used as an asset management tool to provide real time operating data. Computer software, developed by Engineering Dynamics of Western Australia, was used to test the concept.

The testing proved the concept with identification of the most sensitive arch, the vehicle causing most vibration, the effect of vehicle speed, the effect of a road pothole and the required number and position of vibration monitors. Peter Spratt was engaged to design a permanent vibration monitoring scheme and to write a specification for its implementation. SLR Consulting Australia Pty. Ltd. was the successful tenderer.

The installation consists of four piezoelectric transducers fixed to the parapet at the centre of each upstream bridge arch, connected by cable to a pole mounted control cabinet containing the data acquisition system, computer and email data sender. A camera is mounted on the pole, activated by a preset vibration threshold and the automatic system photographs the vehicle causing the trigger and activates an alarm signal with data transmission of the event. Operation of the system commenced in November 2011.

The records are providing information not previously known on how vehicles affect the bridge and have given the unexpected result that the highest vibration to date has been caused by an empty short wheelbase gravel truck.

Peter Spratt is congratulated on the implementation of this project. There is no known similar use of this concept elsewhere.

Winner: Book titled “A Century of Canberra Engineering”
Awarded to Engineers Australia, Canberra Division and Keith Baker

The Canberra Division of Engineers Australia and author of the book “A Century of Canberra Engineering” Keith Baker, jointly nominated this impressive book for the Colin Crisp Award. Keith Baker, who lives in Canberra, is the current Deputy Chair of Engineering Heritage Australia and a long-time supporter of EHA and engineering heritage.

The 292 page large format book is extensively illustrated in full colour and has been designed to be of interest to engineers and to a wider general public audience.

The book starts in 1913 when the new National Capital was in the planning stage and records the gradual development leading to the opening of the Old Parliament House in 1927. Growth slowed somewhat during the difficult times of the Depression and Second World War.

Following the Second World War there was a long period of rapid, sustained expansion as more and more departments moved their headquarters to Canberra. This period culminated in the construction of the magnificent New Parliament House which was opened by the Queen in 1988.

Phase 3 of the development of Canberra, after 1988, was characterised by the granting of self-government to the Australian Capital Territory and the broad embracing of privatisation by both the Commonwealth Government and the Territory Government.

Each of these three phases offered major engineering challenges across all disciplines and across the vast number of players involved in the development. The meeting of these challenges is well documented in the book from the early planning of the city right through to the development of very impressive engineering systems within many departments and instrumentalities and the private sector which supports them.

Nowhere is this excellence in engineering more apparent and well documented in the book than in the field of engineering for the Australian Defence Force.

The book will find a place in the libraries of many people - engineers, Canberra residents and all Australians who have a connection with Canberra, which is most of us. Keith Baker and Canberra Division are to be congratulated on this work.

High Commendation: Dunmore Bridge Capacity Upgrade
Awarded to Roads and Maritime Services NSW

Bridges are not just functional; they can also be scenic and engineering attractions. The Dunmore Bridge over the Paterson River at Woodville 6 km from Maitland was completed in 1899. It is a rare and representative example of an Allan truss road bridge, and is one of three surviving overhead braced timber truss road bridges in NSW. The bridge also has a lift span, now decommissioned, to allow river traffic to pass.

Before the bridge’s upgrade and refurbishment, its metal lift span had deteriorated and was replaced in 2005. The entire lift tower and substructure was repainted in 2009.

The main structural elements of the timber trusses and cross girders had deteriorated and had been subject to replacement and temporary supports. A capacity upgrade was considered a high priority because of the importance of the bridge as a transport link.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) maintain the bridge because of its complexity and the need for specialist artisan skills to maintain and rehabilitate the bridge. RMS obtained approval to upgrade and rehabilitate the bridge from the NSW Heritage Office and work took place between May 2011 and October 2012. All the work was carried out so as to minimise disruption to traffic using the bridge. There was a 28-day shut-down towards the end of the project.

The three truss spans were substantially rebuilt. The bottom chords were strengthened by using steel laminates attached to the inner side of the timber bottom cord flitches. The timber in the bottom chord is a facade to represent the original material used. Shoes used at the joints of the truss members were redesigned and new shoes cast.

A new stress laminated timber deck was constructed on new steel cross girders. Abutments were modified, approach spans replaced, widened and vertically re-aligned to give enhanced visibility and sight distances.

RMS was the Principal, Engineer and Contractor for the project with many other organisations including consultants and contractors participating in a team effort. All involved are to be congratulated on an innovative solution which provides a long term, low maintenance outcome which has retained key heritage features of the bridge.

High Commendation: Book titled “Evolving Auckland: The city’s engineering heritage”
Awarded to IPENZ Engineering Heritage Auckland Chapter

The Auckland Chapter of Engineering Heritage New Zealand, a group within the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), nominated this impressive book for the Colin Crisp Award.

The book was edited by John La Roche, Chairman of the Auckland Chapter and is the work of eighteen authors, mainly retired engineers who have written about the engineering areas in which they worked during their professional careers.

Evolving Auckland is a 335 page book, fully illustrated with many colour pictures sourced from many locations. The book has been designed to be of interest to engineers and to a wider general public audience.

The principal aim of the book project was to create a greater awareness, both locally and throughout New Zealand, of the importance of engineering in the development of New Zealand’s largest city. In 2006 a book project was identified by the Chapter as a solution to this significant gap in public understanding.

The book project developed from work done to write a heritage walk booklet covering significant engineering sites within walking distance of Auckland’s central business district.

This motivated the Chapter to take on a bigger project because they felt there was so much more engineering heritage in the Auckland region that needed to be recorded and profiled. The project developed from there with topics and 18 volunteer authors being identified by the Chapter.

The comprehensive nature of the book can be seen from the chapter titles: People and engineering; Water and waste water; Harbour development; Roads and motorways; Ferries and trams; Railways; Bridges; Telecommunications; Aviation; Military protection; Energy supplies; Industrial development and Buildings.

Evolving Auckland, published by Wily Publications Ltd of Christchurch, will find a place in the libraries of many people – engineers, both in New Zealand and internationally and anyone who has an interest in how a major city develops its infrastructure.John La Roche and his team are to be congratulated on this work.

Awards sponsored by and administered by divisions and groups (Category G)

  • Most Outstanding Company in Gender Diversity - Women in Engineering
  • Most Ambitious Company in Gender Diversity - Women in Engineering
  • Most Encouraging Student Group in Gender Diversity - Women in Engineering

Most Outstanding Company in Gender Diversity

Nominations for 2017 will open in March 2017.

About this Award

(Category G - Awards sponsored by and administered by divisions and groups and those that do not fit any other category)

This award promotes national engineering excellence and the contribution women in engineering make to the community. This award seeks to identify, recognise and reward companies that strive towards national engineering excellence in encouraging gender diversity.

Nomination Criteria

  1. Projects demonstrating recruiting, retaining and recognising female engineers
  2. Previous award or recognition or statement in Gender Diversity and/or significant effort in improvement of policies, procedures in regards to Gender Diversity
  3. Degree to which a company has fostered skills development of female engineers
  4. Degree to which female engineers have achieved career progression within the company
  5. Numbers of female engineers and female members of Engineers Australia per male equivalency (fellows, CPEng, members and grads)

Click here to download a copy of the nomination criteria submission template

Terms and Conditions

  1. Eligible companies can be not-for-profit or commercial
  2. Each criteria is to be addresses using no more than 500 words

Presentation of Award

The award consists of a framed certificate and is presented at a special event selected as appropriate by the Women in Engineering National Committee.

2016 Winners

AECOM

Nomination made by Josh Cass, Senior HR Business Partner, Australia & New Zealand

Highly Commended Prize went to Aurizon.

Most Ambitious Company in Gender Diversity

Nominations for 2017 will open in March 2017.

About this Award

(Category G - Awards sponsored by and administered by divisions and groups and those that do not fit any other category)

This award promotes national engineering excellence and the contribution women in engineering make to the community. This award seeks to identify, recognise and reward companies that strive towards national engineering excellence in encouraging gender diversity.

Nomination Criteria

  1. Projects demonstrating recruiting, retaining and recognising female engineers
  2. Significant effort in improvement of policies, procedures in regards to Gender Diversity
  3. Degree to which a company has fostered skills development of female engineers
  4. Degree to which female engineers have achieved career progression within the company
  5. Numbers of female engineers and female members of Engineers Australia per male equivalency (fellows, CPEng, members and grads)

Click here to download a copy of the nomination criteria submission template

Terms and Conditions

  1. Eligible companies can be not-for-profit or commercial
  2. Each criteria is to be addresses using no more than 500 words

Presentation of Award

The award consists of a framed certificate and is presented at a special event selected as appropriate by the Women in Engineering National Committee.

2016 Winners

Transurban

Nomination made by Tiffany Clark, Transurban Ltd

Most Encouraging Student Group in Gender Diversity

Nominations for 2017 will open in March 2017.

About this Award

(Category G - Awards sponsored by and administered by divisions and groups and those that do not fit any other category)

This award promotes national engineering excellence and the contribution women in engineering make to the community. This award seeks to identify, recognise and reward companies that strive towards national engineering excellence in encouraging gender diversity.

Nomination Criteria

  1. Projects demonstrating recruiting, retaining and recognising female engineers
  2. Audience number/number of students targeted
  3. Number of current females studying engineering and/or studying engineering supporting the group

Click here to download a copy of the nomination criteria submission template

Terms and Conditions

  1. Eligible companies can be not-for-profit
  2. Each criteria is to be addresses using no more than 500 words

Presentation of Award

The award consists of a framed certificate and is presented at a special event selected as appropriate by the Women in Engineering National Committee.

2016 Winners

UNSW Australia, Faculty of Engineering

Nomination made by Dr Ray Eaton, Associate Dean (Education), UNSW

Highly Commended Prize went to Women in Engineering & IT Program, University of Technology Sydney.

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