EEAS 2012 Winners

The annual Engineering Excellence Awards Sydney celebrate the accomplishments of some of the finest engineering companies and individuals in the world. The Awards showcase leaders in the profession along with world class engineering and innovation.

Each year the Excellence Awards judging panel consider the finalists of each category for an Engineering Excellence Award. As winners in their own right, these finalists represent the very best of engineering with the judging panel seeking to identify those unique finalists that demonstrate outstanding excellence, innovation and best practice.

The 2012 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards feature an exciting new array of state of the art technologies and innovations, cementing the position of the profession at the forefront of our society.

The 2012 Winners are:

 

Bradfield Award

MicroRapid Integrated Rapid Blood Test Device

Atomo Diagnostics Pty Ltd
Joint Entrant: Ide Group

MicroRapid is the world’s first fully integrated blood based lateral flow test device. It replaces the need for clinicians to use a complicated procedural test kit requiring multiple devices and significant handling. MicroRapid does this by providing a rapid blood test solution engineered into a single easy-to-use device.

Procedural errors rates in the use of current rapid test kits result are high and result in millions of people being incorrectly diagnosed for serious diseases such as HIV, Malaria, Dengue Fever and Hepatitis.

MicroRapid’s unique design enables it to be used across many test areas, simply by altering the type of test strip incorporated in the product during manufacture. Engineered to the highest international medical device standards, MicroRapid will become the next generation test platform for blood based lateral flow testing in the field. Market interest in MicroRapid is strong and initial customers secured with product launch due in November 2012.

 

President's Award

HALO

Partridge

Halo is a major public artwork installed at Central Park, Sydney. Its 12m diameter ring is eccentrically  supported by an inclined post, 15m in height. The impressive 12m diameter ring powered by the wind, rotates consistently, while yawling somewhat languidly. The project required innovative techniques in management, design and fabrication. A highly specialised team of engineers, fabricators and specialists came together to produce this artwork envisioned by the artist.

Halo demonstrates how professionals from very disparate disciplines and backgrounds can form a cohesive and collegiate team to enthusiastically push each other to achieve remarkable results. Not least of these was the determination that the clients and artists’ wishes and hopes were given paramount importance. Partridge recognised from the outset that no amount of clever or innovative engineering would be of any value if the artists were not content with the final outcome.

 

Control Systems and Communications

Control System for the North-South Brisbane Tunnel (Clem 7)

UGL Infrastructure Pty Ltd

Brisbane’s Clem 7 tunnel is the longest operational public road tunnel in Australia. As such, this important piece of public infrastructure demands a large and highly complex control and communications system to manage environmental effectiveness and the health and safety of the public and tunnel maintenance staff. The required sophisticated system was designed, developed and commissioned by UGL’s engineering team.

As the only Australian infrastructure construction company that maintains a dedicated in-house engineering capability of its size, the team was able to develop and apply a number of innovative techniques to this project. Key engineering data was centrally managed to allow concurrent development work while ensuring consistency and accuracy. Also, the wide variety of diverse sub-systems were integrated together to provide a single, consistent operator interface for the whole tunnel.

UGL Engineering’s innovative approaches delivered significant positive outcomes in terms of project delivery, functionality, environmental effectiveness and health & safety.

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Planning Data Management System (PDMS)
Ausgrid

 

Software and Embedded Systems

RFID Minibar System

Minibar Solutions Pty Ltd
Joint Entrant: Tranquility Group Pty Ltd

Minibars are a problematic area for hotel management due to high labour, unreported consumption, expiry date management and other factors. The entrant has invented and developed a solution for managing inventory and sales of hotel Minibar items using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. The system embodies excellence in the field of RFID, antennae design, embedded systems, wireless networking and software development.

A patent was issued for the invention by the Australian Patent Office in 2010, and overseas patents have been taken out to protect the IP internationally. Installations are planned for several leading hotels in Sydney in 2012. All engineering design work and product manufacturing was performed in Australia.

Studies by the company have indicated that the system achieves savings in labour of approximately 50%, and increases revenue by between 20% and 40%. Expiry dates of products are effectively managed.

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED


Bridge Deck Structural Health Monitoring
NSW Roads and Maritime Services
Joint Entrant: National ICT Australia

 

Products, Manufacturing Facilities and Processes

No Excellence Award given in this category.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Polaris Soft Close Hinge
Glass Hardware Australia

 

 

Environment and Heritage

There are 2 Excellence Award Winners

Hume Highway Woomargama Alliance

Abigroup Contractors Pty Ltd
Joint Entrant: Roads and Maritime Services and Sinclair Knight Merz

The Woomargama Bypass is one of the final sections of the Hume Highway duplication and bypasses the Woomargama in southern New South Wales as part of the Federal Government’s commitment to complete the duplication of the Hume Highway.

Originally scheduled for completion in 2012, federal funding for the project carried a completion date requirement of December 2011.

Within this environment Roads and Maritime Services (RMS, formerly Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW) selected Abigroup Contractors and Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) as the Non-Owner Partners (NOPs) to form the Hume Highway Woomargama Alliance (HHWA) to complete the design and construction of the bypass.

Environmental planning, environmental engineering and environmental design principles were integrated throughout the project to set a new benchmark in sediment and erosion control and construction sustainability, with outstanding outcomes being achieved in environmental management, water management and resource re-use and recycling.

 

Sustainable solutions for the Glenfield commuter car park

Transport for NSW

In 2009, Transport for NSW developed Sustainable Design Guidelines to drive improved sustainability performance on transport infrastructure projects. The four storey Glenfield Commuter Car Park, providing 700 spaces, was one of the first projects to be delivered using these guidelines, leading industry by showcasing practise in sustainability.

As a result, the car park includes a wide range of sustainability initiatives including:

  • a rain garden to manage the treatment of water runoff

  • rainwater collection for use in cleaning and landscape maintenance

  • reuse of spoil and mulch during the construction phase

  • energy efficient design features such as natural ventilation and motion sensing lighting

  • 20% recycled fly ash as cement replacement and 80% recycled steel for reinforcement

  • design to allow future extension of the car park or retrofitting for other uses.

The project included community involvement in the façade artwork and has been delivered with sensitivity in relation to the adjacent heritage building, the historic Glenfield Suspension Centre.

 

Welfare, Health & Safety

HypoMon

AIMEDICS Pty Ltd

The HypoMon is a non-invasive monitor for the detection of nocturnal hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) in children and young adults with type 1 diabetes. Development was achieved by employing industry best practice with a creative multidisciplinary engineering approach.

  • Strong customer focus: Customer requirements a key focus throughout the entire development life-cycle, from generating the requirements analysis right through to clinical and post-market trials.

  • Design Innovation: Areas include: body-worn sensors comprising of conductive fabric, use of patented user-tailored/adaptive algorithms and unique user-interface software designed with a strong focus to usability engineering practices.

  • Addressing unique challenges: Unique Belt/Sensor design to overcome harsh sleep environment, biocompatibility and biomechanics challenges, comprehensive use hardware/software low power acquisition system to overcome power management/wireless communication (body absorption)) issues and the use of adaptive algorithms to overcome translational issues from the clinical to home-setting environment.

  • Engineering Principles/practices: Employing industry and international best practice and guidelines for quality medical device development, such as IEC 60601 and ISO 13485


HIGHLY COMMENDED

Wellbeing by Design
Hyder Consulting

 

Education and Training

SPARKPLUS : Developing Engineering Judgement and Capacity to Learn

University of Technology, Sydney

The online tool SPARKPLUS has been extended through rigorous research, development and testing by engineers Dr Keith Willey and Anne Gardner from the University of Technology, Sydney and  programmer Mike Howard.

SPARKPLUS now supports a range of activities that provide both students and professionals with an opportunity to learn, test, receive feedback and develop their professional ability, knowledge and skills including critical evaluation and judgement.

SPARKPLUS allows participants to clearly visualise differences in judgement between participants and/or an expert/instructor on virtually any subject, yet has the option to maintain participants’ confidentiality. Participants are free to concentrate on the content of feedback, focus conversations on addressing differences and identified gaps in their learning.

The efficiencies afforded by SPARKPLUS provide instructors with a range of tools that can motivate students and professionals to engage with different modes of learning and enhance skills required for continuing professional development, even in large classes /organisations.

 

Innovations and Inventions

CSIRO Ngara Rural Point to Point Microwave Backhaul Technology

Commonwealth Science and Industry Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Emerging broadband communications demands high-speed long-range wireless backhaul infrastructure, especially in rural and regional areas where deploying optical fibre backhaul is prohibitively expensive or infeasible.

Existing microwave systems can only provide a few hundred Mbps link, which cannot meet the increasing data rate requirement. In the last two and half years, CSIRO Ngara Backhaul Project team has developed the world’s fastest microwave backhaul system which can provide symmetric data rates up to 10 Gbps over a distance up to 50 km.

CSIRO invented and applied numerous breakthrough solutions in system design, signal processing, and hardware and firmware implementations. An IP portfolio including 5 patents has been created, which paved the way for commercialisation. CSIRO Ngara backhaul can deliver tens of times more broadband services to rural areas, and can significantly reduce the deployment cost and environment impact by requiring up to 40 times less communication dishes and equipment’s.

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

MicroRapid Integrated Rapid Blood Test Device
Atomo Diagnostics Pty Ltd
Joint Entrant: Ide Group

 

Research and Development

CSIRO Ngara Rural Broadband Point-to-Multipoint Access Technology

CSIRO ICT Centre

Access to high speed broadband at anytime and anywhere is essential for Australia to succeed in the emerging knowledge economy.  CSIRO has developed a new technology targeted at rural and regional areas that has the potential to provide fibre-like broadband access over wireless.

The Ngara Access Demonstrator uses multi-user multi-antenna technology along with beam forming antenna arrays and innovative synchronisation and channel feedback algorithms to significantly increase the spectral efficiency of wireless broadband networks. 

Field trials have demonstrated 12 Mb/s symmetric data rates at distances up to 16~km, at a spectral efficiency of 20 b/s/Hz; approximately three times higher than commercially available technologies.  In the Lab, we achieved 50 Mb/s at a world record spectral efficiency of 67 b/s/Hz.  This new technology has the potential to bridge the digital divide between metropolitan and rural communities.

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Centimetre Receiver Upgrade for CSIRO's Compact Array at Narrabri
CSIRO
Joint Entrant: Astronomy Australia Limited

 

Project Management

Hume Highway Woomargama Alliance

Abigroup Contractors Pty Ltd
Joint Entrant: Roads and Maritime Services and Sinclair Knight Merz

The Woomargama Bypass is one of the final sections of the Hume Highway duplication and bypasses the Woomargama in southern New South Wales as part of the Federal Government’s commitment to complete the duplication of the Hume Highway.

Originally scheduled for completion in 2012, federal funding for the project carried a completion date requirement of December 2011.

Within this environment Roads and Maritime Services (RMS, formerly Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW) selected Abigroup Contractors and Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) as the Non-Owner Partners (NOPs) to form the Hume Highway Woomargama Alliance (HHWA) to complete the design and construction of the bypass.

Environmental planning, environmental engineering and environmental design principles were integrated throughout the project to set a new benchmark in sediment and erosion control and construction sustainability, with outstanding outcomes being achieved in environmental management, water management and resource re-use and recyling.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

HALO

Partridge

 

Infrastructure Projects

Boundary Street Bridge, Roseville

Arup
Joint Entrant: RailCorp

RailCorp’s new Boundary Street Bridge in Roseville, on Sydney’s North Shore, is a 3,500 tonne superstructure built to facilitate future growth and represents best practice in the delivery of essential transport infrastructure.

Features of excellence on this project include:

  • Overcoming constraints – construction limited to set number of railway possessions, with minimal impact on live traffic and the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link (ECRL).

  • Provision for future expansion – new bridge carries an additional two tracks and has provision for an additional three lanes under the bridge to facilitate future extensions.

  • Minimal impact on end-users – use of precast elements and building the core of the new bridge adjacent to the existing bridge and sliding it into place ensured minimal impact on rail and road users.

  • Incorporating temporary and permanent works – integral connection between the substructure and superstructure achieved post slide maximised structural capacity by incorporating the temporary works into the permanent works.

  • Commercial value – demonstrated excellent commercial value and return on government investment.

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED


Hoxton Park Recycled Water Scheme Stage 1
GHD
Joint Entrant: John Holland, Sydney Water Corporation and RPG Australia

 

Buildings and Structures

There are 2 Excellence Award Winners

Commonwealth Bank Place at Darling Quarter

Arup
Joint Entrants: Lend Lease, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies

Commonwealth Bank Place is the largest commercial office development in Sydney’s CBD. The unique development is located within Darling Quarter, a new 1.5-hectare precinct that includes a new playground, retail terrace, children’s theatre and community green.

The project represents best practice in terms of:

  • Place making – in particular, the integration of amenities for tourists, locals and employees into the new precinct reactivates the area.

  • World class sustainability - Commonwealth Bank Place is characterised by world class sustainability initiatives including tri-generation system, and black-water and rain-water systems. Integrating these initiatives into real-time displays ensures that tenants can see the tangible benefits of their behaviour.

  • Best practice and novel engineering – the building pushes the envelope in terms of engineering and architecture. The full height atria is supported by thin steel pillars and intersected with floating pods and cantilevered stairs which extend into the void to achieve the open feel desired by the architect and the tenant.

 

Westfield Sydney

Hyder Consulting
Joint Entrant: Westfield Design and Construction

The Westfield Sydney project spanned seven years and reinvented an ageing retail precinct beneath Sydney Tower into premium retail space. The combination of a refurbishment and new build presented an exceptional challenge, which Hyder, as structural and façade engineer for the project, met with a strong commitment to sustainability, the community, safety, innovation and achieving client satisfaction.

The features of excellence for this project include

  • Extensive modification to the lateral support of Sydney Tower while operational

  • GPS monitoring of Sydney Tower during modification and geo-fence to validate design and ensure safety – an Australian first

  • Australia first structural glass portal pedestrian bridges

  • Novel use of concrete filled steel tubes

  • Minimal impact on community with public thoroughfares developed during construction

  • Replacement of ventilated façade with equivalent triple glazed system

Sydney’s skyline has been transformed with a world-class retail and commercial precinct below the iconic Sydney Tower.

 

Small Business Ventures

MicroRapid Integrated Rapid Blood Test Device

Atomo Diagnostics Pty Ltd
Joint Entrant: Ide Group

MicroRapid is the world’s first fully integrated blood based lateral flow test device. It replaces the need for clinicians to use a complicated procedural test kit requiring multiple devices and significant handling. MicroRapid does this by providing a rapid blood test solution engineered into a single easy-to-use device.

Procedural errors rates in the use of current rapid test kits result are high and result in millions of people being incorrectly diagnosed for serious diseases such as HIV, Malaria, Dengue Fever and Hepatitis.

MicroRapid’s unique design enables it to be used across many test areas, simply by altering the type of test strip incorporated in the product during manufacture. Engineered to the highest international medical device standards, MicroRapid will become the next generation test platform for blood based lateral flow testing in the field. Market interest in MicroRapid is strong and initial customers secured with product launch due in November 2012.

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED


HALO
Partridge

 

Engineering for Regional Communities

Highlands Source Project

GHD
Joint Entrant: Goulburn Mulwaree Council

The Highlands Source Project was initiated during a time of severe drought and is a major initiative designed to secure Goulburn’s water supply. It linked Goulburn to Wingecarribee Reservoir, which is part of the Sydney Catchment Authority’s network of dams, through the construction of a pump station and 81 kilometres of pipeline.

The project was designed by GHD and managed on behalf of Goulburn Mulwaree Council by Hunter Water Australia. Leed Engineering and Construction and Ledonne undertook the construction components of the project.

Recognising environmental, social and safety impacts, the project was designed and constructed in 24 months with the community’s welfare at the forefront of planning. The project has meant that public swimming pools can stay open permanently and has provided residents with additional opportunities to participate in recreational and sporting activities. This will lead to improved health and an increase in levels of community spirit and enjoyment. In addition, the project has provided greater predictability across all businesses and industries.

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED


Promoting Engineering in Regional High Schools
Faculty of Engineering, University of Wollongong

 

Professional Engineer of the Year

Dr Adi Paterson

Dr Adrian (Adi) Paterson commenced a five year appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) on 1 March 2009. In this role, he has oversight and responsibility for ANSTO’s multi-facetted portfolio of activities.

Since his arrival at ANSTO, Dr. Paterson’s diverse career experience, understanding of and exemplary skills in –science, engineering, policy development and business – have allowed him drive positive change and growth.  Staff numbers have increased, from approximately 920 to over 1100, and a number of major engineering projects have been initiated, including the Centre for Accelerator Science and the next suite of neutron beam instruments. 

He has focused on the interrelation between public spending and practical innovation. He demonstrates a fundamental understanding of the need to put science and technology to work, creating wealth and enhancing quality of life. He is regarded as a trusted voice by government officials and invited to regularly and repeatedly to speak by business and scientific organisations on: the nexus between science, innovation and business, nuclear science and technology issues and the international aspects of nuclear power.

Dr Paterson has also served on a number of councils and boards, including as Chair of the South African Innovation Fund and as member of the South African National Advisory Council on Innovation.  In the nuclear domain, he served on the advisory board of South Africa’s cyclotron organisation iThembaLABS and played a role in reviewing and restructuring the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa.

From 2001 to 2006, Dr Paterson was a key architect of South Africa’s national science policy with the Department of Science and Technology. Through his work on the national research and development strategy, he established enhanced linkages with European research organisations and linkages to the European Research Framework Programmes.

 

Young Professional Engineer of the Year

Trudy Myers

Trudy undertook her 4 year Civil Engineering degree at the University of Sydney in 2002, majoring in Structural Engineering. She graduated with First Class Honours at the end of 2005, and was offered a position with Taylor Thomson Whitting in early 2006. Trudy has now worked at Taylor Thomson Whitting for six and a half years. She has worked as part of the design team on various large scale, complex projects and also successfully managed numerous other challenging projects where she has been appointed the Lead Engineer. Trudy recently completed her engineering chartership at the beginning of this year, and has been recognised as a Chartered Professional Engineer by Engineers Australia.

Engineering is a profession that allows Trudy to work in an office as well as out on site. It is a constantly changing and developing field, and one that she always finds interesting and exciting. The job allows Trudy to be creative in her designs and details, challenges her to develop new concepts and find solutions to complex problems. Trudy enjoys working with a range of consultants to develop an economical, buildable and sustainable project. It gives her a great sense of achievement and satisfaction seeing the finished product and knowing that she had an integral role in its completion.

 

Entrepreneur of the Year

Dr Zhengrong Shi

Dr. Zhengrong Shi is Suntech’s founder, chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer. Prior to founding Suntech in 2001, he was a research director and executive director of Pacific Solar Pty., Ltd., an Australian PV company engaged in the commercialization of next-generation thin film technology. From 1992 to 1995, he was a senior research scientist and the leader of the Thin Film Solar Cells Research Group in the Centre of Excellence for Photovoltaic Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Dr. Shi holds 11 patents in PV technologies and has published a number of articles and papers in PV-related scientific magazines and at conferences. Dr. Shi received a bachelor's degree in optical science from Chang Chun University of Science and Technology in China in 1983, a master's degree in laser physics from the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1986, and a Ph.D in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales in Australia in 1992.

 

Student Engineer of the Year

Brendan MacGillcuddy

In 2007 Brendan began a Bachelor of Engineering - Civil, at the University of Western Sydney. Over the following years Brendan received numerous high distinctions and distinctions and in his final year of studies found himself drawn to the research being carried out by Professor Zhong Tao at the University of Western Sydney. Under the guidance of Professor Zhong Tao, for his thesis, Brendan studied 'Methods to enhance the bond between the steel tube and the concrete in Concrete Filled-Steel Tubular (CFST) columns'.

This work led to the testing of CFST columns, similar in size to those actually used in construction, to determine what affected the strength of the bond between the concrete and the steel and to test the effectiveness of a variety of measures to enhance it. The strength of the bond between the concrete and the steel is critical in maintaining the continuity of strain between them, particularly pertinent when attachments are made to the side of a CFST column as it determines the maximum permissible load that can be applied in this manner.

Shortly Brendan will graduate with honours from the University of Western Sydney but is already busy applying his engineering skills. He is currently employed at the City of Canada Bay Council in the transport section, satisfying his desire to improve roads and road related facilities for the benefit of the community.

 
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