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 Award Manager on [email protected] or 03 9321 1735.

ENGINEERING HERITAGE AUSTRALIA

John Monash Medal - Engineering Heritage Australia

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 nominee should have, over a considerable period of time, made an outstanding contribution to Engineering Heritage in Australia, through one or more of the following:

  • the raising of awareness of engineering heritage within the profession;
  • the promotion of engineering heritage within the community;
  • the recording and documentation of engineering heritage;
  • the conservation of engineering heritage;
  • such other contribution to engineering heritage as EHA may considers worthy of recognition.

This award is open to members and non-members of Engineers Australia.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Nominations should address all of the selection criteria where relevant
  • Nominations may be made by any unit or member of Engineers Australia
  • Nominations should be brief, but present a persuasive case and contain sufficient information for comparative assessment of nominees
  • Nominations will be treated as confidential to the EHA Board
  • The nomination addressing the selection criteria should be prepared and uploaded in the form of one or more PDF files
  • This award is open to members and non-members of Engineers Australia

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

You must provide the following with your submission:

  1. Completed Nomination Form
  2. Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements
  3. Nominee’s current Biographical Information
  4. Nominee's portrait photo
  5. Nominee’s Citation (Max 100 words)

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.

2018 Winner

Bruce Armitage Cole FIEAust CPEng (rtd)

Over a long and distinguished career, Bruce Cole has made an exceptional contribution to the creation, recording, recognition and preservation of our Engineering Heritage, and to raising the awareness of heritage matters within the profession and the general community.

Bruce studied Civil Engineering at the University of Tasmania, graduating with 1st Class Honours, and continued studies for several years as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.  in 1957 he joined the Tasmanian Hydro-Electric Commission and spent the next 20 years engaged in the creation of Engineering Heritage through the design and construction of large dams of various types, including service as the Project Director of the last two power developments to be built by the Commission.

This background led him to become involved with the Engineers Australia Heritage Dams Project in the 1990's, which reviewed major dams across the country, and then on to more general involvement in Engineering Heritage through participation in National Engineering Heritage conferences, and organizations such as Engineering Heritage Tasmania and Engineering Heritage Australia.   He has served in various leadership capacities in these organizations.

Bruce is very active in promoting Engineering Heritage within the profession and in the general community through organizing and participating in heritage conferences, the publication of papers on heritage subjects, the regular delivery of talks to community groups, and collection of oral histories and biographies of important engineers.  He is currently Convenor of the EHA Centenary Book project, a significant publication which will feature 100 Australian Engineering achievements for a general audience.

Bruce has made a sustained and significant contribution to the Engineering profession.  His papers, public activities and leadership are of outstanding quality and represent a major contribution to Engineering Heritage.

Colin Crisp Award - Engineering Heritage Australia

Colin Crisp Award perpetuates the memory of Colin Crisp, who was a structural engineer well known for his work in the conservation of heritage structures. This project award is given for excellence in the conservation and recording of items of heritage significance; in recording engineering accomplishment and the development of technology; or in education and raising awareness in engineering heritage.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The criteria to which the judging panel will refer in assessing entries may include, but are not limited to:

For Conservation Projects

  • Excellence in engineering heritage, including adherence to the principles of the Burra Charter or other relevant accepted heritage practices
  • Pertinence of the solution
  • Benefit to the community
  • Originality, innovation and ingenuity of the solution
  • Use of sound engineering practice and principles

For Documentation Projects

  • Excellence in engineering heritage, including adherence to the principles of the Burra Charter or other relevant accepted heritage practices
  • Pertinence of the solution
  • Benefit to the community
  • Originality, innovation and ingenuity of the solution

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Nominations should address all of the selection criteria where relevant
  • Nominations may be made by any unit or member of Engineers Australia
  • Nominations should be brief, but present a persuasive case and contain sufficient information for comparative assessment of nominees
  • Nominations will be treated as confidential to the EHA Board
  • This award is open to members and non-members of Engineers Australia
  • Entries should not exceed 6,000 words or 12 pages in 12 point (Arial or Times New Roman) excluding attachments.
  • There is no limitations on the size of attachments.
  • The project must have been completed within a reasonable time prior to closing of entries for judging so that it still possesses a reasonable degree of currency
  • The nomination addressing the selection criteria should be prepared and uploaded in the form of one or more PDF files

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

You must provide the following with your submission:

  1. Completed Nomination Form
  2. Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements
  3. Nominee’s current Biographical Information
  4. Nominee's portrait photo
  5. Nominee’s Citation (Max 100 words)

2017 Winners

2017 winner of the Colin Crisp Award for Documentation Project: Roads and Maritime Services, Environment Branch and GHD Newcastle have been awarded a Colin Crisp Award for the Documentation: RMS Movable Bridge Study.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) currently manages 26 movable span bridges in NSW, of which 14 are still operational. Between 1802 and 2005 there were five distinct types of movable bridge types built which included pontoon, vertical lift, bascule, swing and sliding spans. In total 66 movable span bridges were constructed in NSW, of which the majority (48) were of the vertical lift or the bascule type, but many of these have now been demolished or are permanently closed.

RMS Movable Span Bridge Study documents the overarching history and individual past of the vertical lift span bridges, bascule bridges, and the sole remaining Roads and Maritime swing bridge in NSW, along with the only vertical lift table bridge in Australia. The study provides extensive research and background information utilising numerous documents and sources to establish each bridge’s history, integrity and enable their engineering heritage significance to be evaluated and assessed.

Through comparative analysis of the lifting mechanisms of all 66 bridges, the study built a classification system that identifies each bridge as belonging to one of 13 sub-types. This classification provides a better understanding of performance and shortcomings of those movable span bridges that are still operational as these issues are common to all bridges within a type. Another benefit of this classification is that it enables the standardization of replacement components across each type and the development of more consistent maintenance schedules.

The RMS Movable Span Bridge Study has been completed by GHD in conjunction with the Environment Branch of the Roads and Maritime Services. The study will play a vital role in assisting Roads and Maritime Services in managing their heritage movable span bridges into the future.

The Study closely follows the Burra Charter process in its sequence of investigations, decisions and actions recommended.

The combination of rare RMS archival photographs and stored bridge plans enables a better technical understanding of each bridge’s operation than has been previously achieved, forming a valuable reference within Australia and overseas. This is particularly important for the 22 bridges that have been replaced and are no longer available for inspection.

 

2017 winner of the Colin Crisp Award for Conservation Project: Sydney Trains and Ventia Utility Services - Macdonaldtown Gasworks Remediation: Restoration of the Heritage-Listed Southern Gasholder.

The Southern Gasholder is the only Victorian-era gasholder still standing in New South Wales. Ventia Utility Services Pty Ltd undertook its restoration for Sydney Trains. The conservation work was part of the Macdonaldtown Gasworks Remediation within the former Eveleigh Gasworks.

The Southern Gasholder, listed on the State Heritage Register as part of the Eveleigh Railway Workshops, was an integral element of the former Gasworks, which was built in 1892 to meet increased demand for gas lighting of railway carriages, stations and railway yards. The Southern Gasholder was operational until 1977.

The gasholder, measuring approximately 20 metres in diameter, has two nested internal steel lifts. It also has a steel superstructure that measures up to 13 metres in height. The superstructure supported and guided the two-stage lift of a steel bell, forming the containment tank that stored the manufactured gas.

Sydney Trains had originally intended the restoration of the gasholder to be carried out in-situ; however during early investigations, Ventia recognised that restoring the gasholder’s superstructure offsite would achieve a better long-term conservation outcome. Subsequent offsite restoration minimised the structural risks and allowed protective treatment of all metal-work and the reuse of most of the original fastenings. The remaining bell structure was restored onsite under controlled conditions before the superstructure was reinstated.

Significant challenges were faced because the remediation of the site required soil to be excavated to depths of up to 6 metres around the gasholder’s substructure. Ventia engaged geotechnical consultants Coffey Geotechnics, alongside structural and conservation consultant Bill Jordan & Associates, to develop an excavation sequence that would not have any adverse impacts on the below-ground brick annulus of the gasholder. The security of the gasholder’s substructure was also maintained during remediation excavations by dewatering its brick annulus and steel bell.

The replacement of the Southern Gasholder’s only missing components, its decorative finials, was achieved by casting them from the similar parts of the disassembled Molong Gasholder. The new finials were placed atop the gasholder’s columns in February 2017, enhancing the structure both technically and aesthetically, and completing its authentic restoration to a high standard.

Gender Diversity Awards

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Most Outstanding Company in Gender Diversity

ABOUT THIS AWARD

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.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

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

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

You must provide the following with your submission:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • Biographical Information (100 words)

Download 2019 Most Outstanding Company in Gender Diversity Nomination Template

PRESENTATION OF AWARD

The award consists of a framed certificate and is presented the World Engineers Convention 2019, held in Melbourne..

2018 Winners

Department of Transport and Main Roads

Nomination made by Neil Scales, Director-General

High Commendation went to GHD

Most Ambitious Company in Gender Diversity

ABOUT THIS AWARD

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.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

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

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

You must provide the following with your submission:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • Biographical Information (100 words)

Download 2019 Most Ambitious Company in Gender Diversity Nomination Template

PRESENTATION OF AWARD

The award consists of a framed certificate and is presented the World Engineers Convention 2019, held in Melbourne..

2018 Winners

Axicom

Nomination made by Alan Bennett, General Manager Infrastructure

High Commendation went to HFM Asset Management

Most Encouraging Student or Non-Profit Group in Gender Diversity

ABOUT THIS AWARD

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.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Projects demonstrating recruiting, retaining and recognising female engineers
  • Audience number/number of students targeted
  • Number of current females studying engineering and/or studying engineering supporting the group
  • Degree to which the group has fostered skills development of female engineers
  • Degree to which female engineers have achieved career progression/managerial roles within the company

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

You must provide the following with your submission:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • Biographical Information (100 words)

Download 2019 Most Encouraging Student or Non-Profit Group in Gender Diversity Nomination Template

PRESENTATION OF AWARD

The award consists of a framed certificate and is presented the World Engineers Convention 2019, held in Melbourne..

2018 Winners

Subsea Energy Australia / Women in Subsea Engineering (WISE)

Nomination made by Allison Selman, Senior Consultant

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