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The 2010 South Australian Engineering Excellence Awards

President’s Message Engineers Australia is the national forum for the advancement of engineering and the professional development of our members. With more than 90,000 members embracing all disciplines of the engineering team, Engineers Australia is the largest and most diverse professional body for engineers in Australia. Our chartered engineers are regarded as trusted professionals not only in Australia, but worldwide. Through the Australian and Division Engineering Excellence Awards we seek to recognise the high level of commitment of Australian engineers, from all fields and disciplines. Engineers themselves are not known for self-promotion, so we endeavour to promote engineers and their projects within the profession itself and the community as a whole. The South Australian Engineering Excellence Awards compare favourably with those anywhere in Australia. The annual Excellence Awards is central to our purpose to provide leadership, endorse excellence, support innovation and sustainability, and promote community confidence in South Australian engineering. However the ongoing success of the South Australian Engineering Excellence Awards is only possible through the generous support of our Sponsors, and we would like to thank them for this. We would like to thank our Division Partners, the Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure and MPS People Solutions, along with our Division Supporters Aurecon, Parsons Brinkerhoff, AusIndustry, Sydac and SA Water. We would also like to say a special thank you to the sponsor of both the division and the 2010 Young Professional Engineer of the Year Award, GHD. The night would also not be possible without the Chief Judges Kim Read OAM FIEAust CPEng (Ret) and Ross Milton FIEAust CPEng (Ret), and the individual judges who are named on page 4. These judges have had the difficult task of confirming the entries against the established criteria and awarding the Malcolm Kinnaird Excellence Award.


A short congratulations also to the entrants. Your hard work, both in undergoing the projects entered and preparing the entry, has shown the high standards that engineers in South Australia maintain every day. Congratulations also to the nominated and successful Individual Award applicants. Your ongoing dedication to your profession, the community and to professional development is an example for all. I invite you now to read on as we acknowledge those who have won awards in the 2010 South Australian Engineering Excellence Awards and hope to see you, or your entry, next year. Doug Gillott FIEAust CPEng President Engineers Australia South Australia Division

A Thank You To Our Sponsors

The South Australia Division of Engineers Australia would like to thank and acknowledge our sponsors for the 2010 South Australian Engineering Excellence Awards. Division Partners

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The 2010 South Australian Engineering Excellence Awards

About the Awards Why enter in 2011?


This is your chance to promote the outstanding work undertaken by your engineering team and market capability!

Engineers Australia South Australia Division would like to thank our Judges:

Engineers add real value to our communities. Small to medium size organisations produce excellent engineering, so be assured that a “small� project can create engineering excellence as well as the larger projects. The Engineering Excellence Awards recognise the highest level of achievement in the engineering field. They provide peer recognition of outstanding engineering work, be it a large or small project. As well as identifying the leaders within the engineering profession the Awards provide an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the invaluable contribution the engineering profession makes to the community. Recognition

Recognition is given by the awarding of an Engineering Excellence Award. This is the major award for the category. Projects that have achieved high scores but not to the degree as above, may be awarded a Commendation. The best overall project, as determined by the judges, is given recognition by the awarding of the Malcolm Kinnaird Engineering Excellence Award. See the next page for more details of this award and the engineer it is in honour of. Winners of a South Australian Engineering Excellence award are eligible and encouraged to enter the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards in the same year. Winners of South Australian Engineering Excellence Awards will be contacted on how to enter these National Awards.


Chief Judges Kim Read OAM FIEAust CPEng (Ret) Ross Milton FIEAust CPEng (Ret) Judges Barry Grear AO FIPENZ HonFIEAust CPEng Ben Rice MIEAust CPEng Ross Milton FIEAust CPEng Clive Blanchard MIEAust CPEng David Linn FIEAust CPEng (Ret) Don Sinnott FIEAust CPEng Dr David Cruickshanks-Boyd FIEAust EngExec Frank Siow MIEAust CPEng Jason Rollison MIEAust CPEng Peter Forward FIEAust CPEng Phil Crawley FIEAust CPEng Prof. Gus Nathan PhD FIEAust CPEng

The Malcolm Kinnaird Engineering Excellence Award About The Award

The overall award is in recognition of Malcolm Kinnaird’s strong passion for South Australia, his vision, leadership and drive to deliver many major developments, including the AdelaideDarwin rail link and the West Lakes Development. Mr Kinnaird epitomises the key function of the engineering profession, to identify and deliver solutions. The Malcolm Kinnaird Engineering Excellence Award will be given to the most outstanding entry and will be considered from the winners across all categories

About Malcolm Alexander Kinnaird AC DUniv FTSE HonFIEAust CPEng

Malcolm Kinnaird was born in Adelaide and educated at the University of Adelaide where he graduated as a civil engineer in 1958. Upon graduation Mr Kinnaird was employed as a Research Assistant in the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Adelaide. In 1960 he left the University to found the consulting engineering firm of Kinnaird Hill de Rohan and Young, which became Kinhill Pty Ltd. From the inception of the original practice, Mr Kinnaird was the Executive Chairman of the Board and was at the forefront of Kinhill’s development Kinhill was acquired by Brown and Root Inc in July 1997 and changed its name to Brown and Root Services Asia Pacific Pty Ltd in June 2000. Following the acquisition, Mr Kinnaird retired as an executive of the company and held the positions of nonexecutive Chairman of Kinhill Pty Ltd and Director of Brown and Root Pty Ltd. He retired from these positions in late 1999 and is now retained as a consultant to KBR (Kellogg Brown & Root Pty Ltd). In 1991, Mr Kinnaird was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his services to engineering and the community. He was later made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2009 for service through the development of public policy in the defence procurement, infrastructure and energy sectors, and to business. He was awarded the French decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur in 1998. Mr Kinnaird was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of the University by the University of South Australia in 2000. In 2002 Mr Kinnaird was awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society through Business and in 2003 he was recognised for his contributions to the field of engineering and the development of the State of South Australia by being named as South Australian of the Year. Malcolm Kinnaird has been a member of the Engineers Australia South Australia Division Hall of Fame since its inaugural year in 2006. Mr Kinnaird has been a Fellow and Chartered Professional Engineer since 1959 and was admitted as an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia in 1991, a title awarded to only 150 highly esteemed Engineers Australia current members at any time.

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Finalists And Commendations



Entry: Fairview Green Shopping Centre Category: Building Projects Entrants: AECOM Contact: Joanne van Zeeland – Communications Manager, AECOM. Ph: 0411 438 941. AECOM played a key role in successfully delivering the $50 million Fairview Green Shopping Centre in north-east Adelaide – South Australia’s first “green” shopping centre and one of a select few in Australia. Due to its Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD), design details of the shopping centre were provided to the Green Building Council of Australia to help further develop Green Star rating tools for shopping centres across the country. As the building services engineering consultant, AECOM concentrated heavily on energy efficient services while considering the importance of occupant comfort and functional retail space. The team’s scope of works included mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, fire engineering, hydraulics, vertical transportation and acoustics.

Entry: The Adelaide Showground Power Station Category: Environment and Sustainability Entrants: Lucid Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd Contact: Bruce Hatwell – Director, Lucid Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd. Ph: 8364 6155. The Adelaide Showground Solar Power Generator at Wayville, South Australia, is the largest urban solar power project in Australia, with power generating capacity of 1MW. The project is the first MW-scale roof-top solar plant in Australia and the first commercial

installation of First Solar CdTe thin film technology in Australia. The project was funded by the State Government in August 2008 and initiated by the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society. The project compliments existing site initiatives in water and energy conservation as a demonstration to the South Australian public. The Adelaide Showground Power Station was completed in August 2009 and officially opened during the Royal Adelaide Show in September 2009.

Entry: Christies Beach Biosolids Dewatering and Reuse Project Category: Infrastructure Projects Entrants: South Australian Water Corporation, United Water International Pty Ltd, Kellogg Brown and Root Pty Ltd and Jeffries Group Contact: Mario Borrello – Senior Project Manager, United Water International Pty Ltd. Ph: 8301 2768. After nearly 40 years of operation, the Christies Beach wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) has undergone a major upgrade to increase the plant’s treatment capacity and to eliminate the use of sludge drying lagoons at Noarlunga Downs. This project showcases excellence in design incorporating long design life, security of operations, operability and maintainability, combined with excellence in delivery by EPCM using a partnering philosophy across all contractual relationships. The project is an equally solid example of excellence in project delivery including timely and below-budget delivery, no time lost on industrial relations issues, and no time lost on injuries in nearly 80,000 hours of work.

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Entry: Eyre Peninsula 132kV Transmission Line Upgrade Category: Infrastructure Projects Entrants: Aurecon Contact: Andrew Reiter – Principal Electrical Engineer, Aurecon. Ph: 8237 9781. ElectraNet’s Eyre Peninsula 132 kV transmission line was recently upgraded without lost time, safety incidents or interruption of supply, ahead of schedule and within budget. Aurecon provided all concept design, detailed design and construction phase support services for the project. The line was built in 1967 but due to growing power flows the conductor heating and sag had increased to the point where it needed to be upgraded to ensure safe ground to conductor clearances. As the line is the single source of power to the Eyre Peninsula, all the upgrade construction work was required to be carried out ‘live line’, presenting a challenging project constraint. In October 2007 ElectraNet engaged Aurecon to develop a safe and cost-effective solution. In collaboration with ETSA Utilities (ElectraNet’s nominated contractor), Aurecon developed an innovative combination of tower top modifications, midspan pole and civil installations. The final solution used proven safe live-line work procedures and brought the project well within ElectraNet’s budget.

Entry: BMW Adelaide Redevelopment Category: Building Projects Entrants: Aurecon Contact: Niko Tsoukalas – Executive Property, Aurecon. Ph: 8237 9743. The BMW Redevelopment, in Adelaide, Australia, features a 9 metre high glass façade that is supported by a series of vertical, tensioned stainless steel Ronstan rods. The project demanded extensive knowledge of structure glass and innovative design solutions. Challenges presented to the design team included glass connections, tolerances, rod tensioning methods and the creation of 3D geometry. Project challenges were overcome by engineers working closely with both the glazier and the rod supplier to develop an innovative, projectspecific design. The structure meets stringent energy usage requirements, and matches these with impressive aesthetics and outstanding functionality.

Entry: Port Adelaide Viaduct Upgrade Project Category: Infrastructure Projects Entrants: WorleyParsons, Baulderstone Pty Ltd, Transfield Pty Ltd and Department for Transport, Energy & Infrastructure. Contact: Daniel Raschella – Project Manager, WorleyParsons. Ph: 8125 4088. The Port Adelaide Viaduct is located approximately 11 km from the centre of Adelaide on the existing Outer Harbor rail line, and forms part of the Metropolitan Rail Network. Built in 1919, the existing structure,

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Finalists which forms an integral part of the existing rail network, was in very poor condition and in need of structural repairs and upgrades. The Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure awarded the Design and Construction of the Port Adelaide Viaduct to the joint venture formed by Baulderstone Pty Ltd and Transfield Services Pty Ltd. WorleyParsons was engaged by the joint venture as the design consultants for the rail design and a significant portion of the structural works associated with the project. The project team with specialised skills, who adopted a collaborative approach to design, contributed to the success of the project and met the highest quality and standards.

Entry: Setting the foundation for Adelaide’s Rail Revitalisation Category: Reports, Procedures and Systems Entrants: Parsons Brinckerhoff and Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure Contact: Ruth Saturno – Regional Marketing Coordinator (SA), Parsons Brinckerhoff. Ph: 8405 4532. Parsons Brinckerhoff’s best practice geotechnical and contaminated land services have helped form the foundation for the future success of the State Government’s Rail Revitalisation program. This program forms the centre piece of the State Government’s $2 billion investment into South Australia’s public transport system. The Rail Revitalisation program includes a number of initiatives including: • Concrete resleepering of the network suitable for gauge conversion in the future; • Electrification of the Noarlunga, Outer Harbor, Grange and Gawler lines; • Gauge standardisation of the network; and

The aim of PB’s investigations was to identify the major causes of track instability and to provide a comprehensive set of data to inform future upgrades to the trackworks.

Entry: Lower Lakes Integrated Pipeline Project (Irrigation Water Component) South Australia Category: Infrastructure Projects Entrants: South Australia Water Corporation and Leed Engineering and Construction Pty Ltd Contact: Marcus Thornton – Manager Strategic Projects, South Australian Water Corporation. Ph: 7424 1857. The Lower Lakes Irrigation Pipeline was designed to provide irrigation quality water to drought affected communities around the Lower Lakes of the River Murray. Serious prolonged drought was having an impact on the horticultural industries and related communities. The worsening drought conditions resulting in the scarcity of water and rising salinity was having a devastating effect on the horticultural community in particular the wine grape growers. The annual value of the production in the region is estimated to be in order of $700 million. A component of Murray Futures was the Integrated Pipeline Project, a network of pipelines to provide potable water and irrigation water to communities and industries that are currently reliant on the Lower Lakes for their water supplies. The Commonwealth Government allocated up to $120 million for the Integrated Pipeline Project.

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Entry: Virginia Pipeline Scheme Category: Environment and Sustainability Entrants: South Australian Water Corporation and Water Infrastructure Group Contact: Peter Everist – General Manager, Water Infrastructure Group. Ph: 03 9863 3535. Australia’s first large scale water recycling scheme, the Virginia Pipeline Scheme, north of Adelaide in South Australia, paved the way for growing food crops with recycled water, not only in Australia but around the world. A joint venture of the South Australian Water Corporation (SA Water) and Water Infrastructure Group the scheme reduces nutrient discharge in to the Gulf of St Vincent, relieves stress on over used groundwater aquifers and prevents seawater intrusion into the area’s aquifers. In 2009, SA Water and Water Infrastructure Group completed the final section of the Virginia Pipeline Scheme. The new 20 km pipeline extension delivers an additional 3GL/ year of recycled water into the Angle Vale area to 50 new customers, helping them look forward to a secure future for their businesses.

Entry: S1 Operational Doppler Radar, Early Works Package Category: Infrastructure Projects Entrants: GHD Pty Ltd Contact: Craig Brown – Principal Architect / Project Manager, GHD Pty Ltd. Ph: 8111 6600. GHD was commissioned by the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology (the Bureau) to design and construct the S1 Operation Doppler Radar


facility at Terrey Hills, NSW. Due to the nature of the selected site, on approximately 15m of landfill, the project required a resolution on a number of challenging engineering solutions. Building on this site required the development of innovative engineering solutions across a number of disciplines to improve the subsurface prior to construction of the actual radar facility. As a result of an extensive consultative process, GHD designed and implemented a unique method of subsurface ground improvement that included a reinforced soil pad, preload material and post construction monitoring that was aimed at preparing the facility foundation to maximise ground stability prior to the construction phase of the facility.

Entry: Stainless Steel Fusegates at Little Para Dam – A world first Category: Infrastructure Projects Entrants: Hydroplus Australia and South Australian Water Corporation. Contact: Bill Hakin – Regional Director, Hydroplus Australia. Ph: 02 9420 8610. At 6.5m high and weighing up to 200t each, the new spillway control units at Little Para Dam may not be the tallest of their kind in the world but they are certainly the most technically advanced and structurally efficient. The design approach also provided significant flexibility in delivery whilst eliminating cost overruns even though the main civil works contract was significantly delayed (through no fault of the company involved). Perhaps even more significant is that according to the owner, South Australian Water Corporation (SA Water), the project is the first of its kind to be delivered in the State with a carbon neutral score card.

Commendations Entry: Christies Beach Biosolids Dewatering and Reuse Project Category: Environment and Sustainability Entrants: South Australian Water Corporation, United Water International Pty Ltd, Kellogg Brown and Root Pty Ltd and Jeffries Group Contact: Mario Borrello – Senior Project Manager, United Water International Pty Ltd. Ph: 8301 2768. The Christies Beach Dewatering Biosolids Reuse Project has implemented an advanced sludge dewatering process with robust odour and noise control; ceased operation of the sludge lagoons to allow rehabilitation as stormwater wetlands; and, with private industry participation, set up innovative and sustainable reuse of the biosolids through composting with green waste. The project has provided a number of community benefits ranging from economic to environmental and social, and will continue to provide financial benefit to the local community through the ongoing employment created through the biosolids reuse and distribution. Most importantly, however, by providing an environmentally as well as aesthetically

Entry: Adelaide Entertainment Centre – Facilities Enhancement Category: Building Projects Entrants: Aurecon Contact: Philip Motteram – Executive, Aurecon. Ph: 8237 9666. Aurecon was a key member of the team tasked with creating an iconic entry for the existing Adelaide Entertainment Centre and providing a new entertainment venue with superior acoustic, lighting and audiovisual features. The facilities enhancement has been an outstanding success, delivered on time and under budget and exceeding the client’s expectations. The initial stage of the project involved

attractive solution to the community’s need to dispose of its wastewater, the Christies Beach Dewatering Biosolids Reuse Project will help to increase community awareness and acceptance of the benefits of recycled organics. The judges stated that “...through good project management and attention to many technical aspects, the project delivered on the Government’s commitment to cease the sludge drying operations adjacent the Onkaparinga River, consolidate all wastewater treatment operations on the one site, eliminate the aesthetic and odour impacts on nearby residential areas and maximise the reuse of biosolids.”

intensive workshops with the architect to develop the shape of the iconic entrance structure. This allowed the creation of a pure form that provides a great aesthetic appeal, as well as optimising the size of the structural steel members and minimising its carbon footprint. The dome is clad with the ETFE fabric and further enhanced with world class dynamic lighting effects. Aurecon provided engineering services including structural, civil, electrical, mechanical, hydraulics, fire and acoustics, as well as mast planning, audiovisual design, planning, traffic, glass design and survey. It was noted by the judges that “...the Adelaide Entertainment Centre Facilities Enhancement project brought together an iconic entry statement with excellent engineering. Other highlights for the judging panel included a low energy air-conditioning system and a fire engineered solution.”

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Commendations Entry: Coast to Coast Light Rail – City West to Adelaide Entertainment Centre Category: Infrastructure Projects Entrants: Department for Transport, Energy & Infrastructure, Thiess, Downer EDI Works, Aurecon, Parsons Brinckerhoff and HASSELL. Contact: Manuel Delgado – Project Director, Department for Transport, Energy & Infrastructure. Ph: 0401719180. In the 2008 State Budget the South Australian Government announced an expansion of the light rail network from Glenelg to the City and on to West Lakes, Port Adelaide and Semaphore. The first step was the $100m Coast to Coast Light Rail – City West to Adelaide Entertainment Centre project, recently delivered by the Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (DTEI) and the Thiess Downer EDI Works Joint Venture (TDJV). The project saw the installation of 2.8 kilometres of dual track and related infrastructure from City West on North Terrace

to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Port Road. In addition to the rail works, the project involved significant roadworks on two of the city’s busiest roads, major bridge works at two locations, traffic lane and intersection signaling modifications, relocation of utility services, the provision of four new tram stops and the implementation of a Park ‘n’ Ride facility. The Judges were impressed that “...the City West to Entertainment Centre Light Rail Tram extension was a complex project which was all completed in 15 months from design to completion. This latest tram extension is an excellent example of a well managed and delivered project.”

need for vehicles to stop for frequently passing trams. The removal of the crossing has also reduced the potential for rear end crashes on South Road.

Entry: South Road Upgrade – Glenelg Tram Overpass Project Category: Infrastructure Projects Entrants: Department for Transport, Energy & Infrastructure, McConnell Dowell, Swanbury Penglase and AECOM. Contact: Paul Gelston – Project Director, Department for Transport, Energy & Infrastructure. Ph: 0434 070 560. The Glenelg Tram Overpass is a key part of the South Australian Government’s work to transform South Road into the centrepiece of Adelaide’s dedicated north-south corridor. The Glenelg Tram Overpass will significantly reduce travel times along South Road by removing the


The tram line was relocated to a temporary track while the overpass was constructed. Equally impressive, the impact to tram customers and motorists was minimal during construction. South Road is the strategic north-south arterial route for freight movements within metropolitan Adelaide, carrying up to 50,000 vehicles per day. The Glenelg Tram Overpass is a key component in transforming South Road into a dedicated north-south corridor for Adelaide. The judges agreed that “...the South Road Tram overpass consists of an impressive mix of engineering and planning. This project is a fine example of engineering developed in consultation with the community to deliver a critical piece of infrastructure.”

Commendations Entry: Lower Lakes Integrated Pipeline Project (Potable Water Component) South Australia Category: Project Management Entrants: South Australian Water Corporation and Leed Engineering & Construction Pty Ltd. Contact: Marcus Thornton – Manager Strategic Projects, South Australian Water Corporation. Ph: 7424 1857. The South Australian Water Corporation (SA Water) and Leed Engineering and Construction are proud to have delivered the Lower Lakes Integrated Pipelines – Potable Water Project. SA Water have been able to provide innovative solutions as part of delivery of the projects to secure drinking water, which have provided a much needed economic boost to the rural landholders. The pipelines provide water from the Tailem Bend Water Treatment Plant to Meningie to supply rural properties on the Narrung and Poltalloch Peninsulas, the Raukkan Aboriginal community and the Narrung community. This involved approximately 157 km of pipeline and provided potable water to approximately 53 rural property holdings, in addition to the

communities of Narrung and Raukkan. From Strathalbyn the project involved approximately 12 km of pipeline and provided potable water to 85 connections previously supplied from the locally managed groundwater scheme. The judges thought “...the team’s project management skills and dedication to implementing the project played a major role in it successfully delivering treated filtered water in an extremely short period to communities which had previously sourced stock and domestic supplies from the Lower Lakes and rainfall, thus ensuring their viability was maintained.” under one of four categories: Energy / Carbon Content, Resource / Material Consumption, Pollution / Waste Generation and Community Impact. Their design approach was to run a continual assessment of the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) Green Star rating, but also to consider the building’s performance against their own four categories.

Entry: Department for Families and Communities, Offices at Mount Gambier, South Australia Category: Building Projects Entrants: GHD Pty Ltd Contact: Paul Whatnell – Manager, Sustainability and Green Buildings, GHD Pty Ltd. Ph: 8111 6600. A new commercial development at Mount Gambier has been designed to house the connected services facility for the Department for Families and Community Services (DFC). The new building, which has to be larger to house additional facilities, was designed to achieve excellence in sustainable building design. GHD consider sustainability to be measured

The building’s design incorporates a high regard for passive solutions to minimise the work required by its active systems. High levels of controlled day lighting, extra low water consumption, harvested and recycled rainwater and natural ventilation The judges agreed that “...the Department for Family & Community Services new office building in Mt. Gambier used some innovative and different low energy heating and cooling systems. This project demonstrates that energy efficiency and sustainability are achievable in all types and sizes of buildings.”

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Commendations Entry: Delivering a Secure Water Supply to the Community: Combined Optimisation and Multi-Criteria Analysis Approach Category: Research, Development and Innovation Entrants: South Australian Water Corporation, Optimatics, United Water International Pty Ltd and University of Adelaide. Contact: Fady Boumouglbay – Senior Electrical Engineer, South Australian Water Corporation. Ph: 7424 1643. Expansion of the capacity of the Adelaide Desalination Plant capacity from 50GL to 100GL led to a requirement to strengthen the metropolitan Adelaide Water Supply distribution network as part of South Australian Water Corporations’ (SA Water) Network Water Security Program (NWSP). A component of the NWSP is the NorthSouth Interconnection System Project (NSISP) which will enable water from the Adelaide Desalination Plan (ADP) to be utilised by customers through the Adelaide Metropolitan Water Network. Interconnectivity of the network will also provide SA Water with additional water supply contingency and improved operational flexibility.


Many options exist to provide the desired objectives and all exhibit complex tradeoffs between aspects including network operability, impact on water quality, impact on existing assets and impact on the community. An innovative process was therefore developed and applied by the Project Team (comprising SA Water, Optimatics, United Water and the University of Adelaide) to arrive at an optimal approach for connecting the Adelaide Metropolitan Water Network whilst meeting multiple objectives. The judges agreed that “...the key features of the innovative optioneering process applied to the NSISP included the utilisation of state of the art hydraulic modelling and optimisation and multi-criteria analysis techniques and extensive and effective engagement of key stakeholders.”

Excellence Award Winners

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Excellence Award Winners Entry: Induction Motor Efficiency Measurement System Category: Small Business Entrants: CalTest Contact: Andrew Baghurst – Director, CalTest. Ph: 8554 3096. CalTest, a small professional engineering company based in Port Elliot, South Australia, has recently completed the construction and commissioning of a laboratory facility for measuring the energy efficiency of large electric motors. Such ‘induction motors’ are very widely used in industry. Their efficiency performance strongly influences the amount and cost of energy consumed in industrial processes, and thus also the quantity of carbon dioxide which is released into the earth’s atmosphere as a result of the generation of the electricity which they consume.

only able to handle motors with relatively small power ratings. The recently completed project involved the development of equipment which would allow efficiency measurements to be made on motors with ratings up to the limit of the minimum efficiency legislation, namely 185 kW (250 horse-power in the old units). The test system uses an energy ‘recycling’ process, and is therefore highly efficient, allowing tests to be carried out on large motors using a mains electricity supply which would otherwise be quite inadequate. The judges noted that “ result of the project, staff of Caltest were invited to lead a workshop at a recent international conference in France. Also, they were invited to join the International Electrotechnical Commission’s Working Group 28 in order to share the highly relevant engineering information and lessons learnt in the induction motor testing field with the rest of the world.”

CalTest’s laboratory is at present the sole provider of electric motor testing services to the Federal Government’s Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA – formerly the Australian Greenhouse Office), but until recently was


Excellence Award Winners Entry: Air Warfare Destroyer – ASC Shipyard Development Category: Building Projects Entrants: Kellogg Brown & Root Pty Ltd and Hansen Yuncken Contact: Tim Nicholls – Design Manager, Kellogg Brown & Root Pty Ltd. Ph: 8301 1234. The $120 million ASC Shipyard Development in South Australia involved world-class, largescale naval infrastructure to deliver Australia’s largest and most complex defence project—the $8 billion Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program. The Australian Government-appointed AWD shipbuilder, ASC Pty Ltd, required the development of the state-of-the-art shipyard to build and fit out the ships’ hull blocks. The 14-hectare site is beside the Port River at Osborne, adjacent to a common user facility that separates it from ASC’s existing submarine building facility. The company appointed Hansen Yuncken as head building contractor, who subsequently awarded KBR the contract to provide structural engineering services.

parking, and landscape and storage areas. It also included extensive retrofitting to make some existing buildings fit for purpose and designing for 13 overhead travelling cranes— one of the nation’s largest heavy fabrication lifting capabilities. The design of the shipyard provides expansion opportunities for building ships up to Panamax size beyond the AWD program. This has the potential to bring economic benefits to South Australia and the nation for decades to come. The judges noted that “...the ASC Shipyard Development overcame many challenges to deliver a world class shipyard facility, and that it is a wonderful example of engineering design collaboration and construction.”

The landmark development included site preparation and the design and construction of a pre-outfit hall, multi-storey outfitting workshop, three-storey administration building, two-storey wharf support building, and eight support services buildings, plus heavy duty pavements, car

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Excellence Award Winners Entry: Glenelg to Adelaide Park Lands Recycled Water Project Category: Infrastructure Projects Entrants: South Australian Water Corporation, Leed Engineering and Construction, Leighton Contractors, Guidera O’Connor and United Water International Pty Ltd. Contact: Courtney Blacker – Manager Media Relations, South Australian Water Corporation. Ph: 8399 9935. Recycled water is now flowing to the Adelaide Park Lands following the early completion of the Commonwealth and State funded $76.25 million Glenelg to Adelaide pipeline project. Work on the project started in September 2008 and included the construction of a new recycled water treatment facility at Glenelg, an eightkilometre trunk main from Glenelg to the city and a 24-kilometre pipe network around the park lands. This project has the capacity to provide up to 5.5 billion litres of high-quality recycled water a year.

Sustainability in design was a key focus throughout the project. All project options for wastewater treatment, trunk-main and ringmain pipeline routes and the location of the break tank and pump station, were designed and selected to ensure minimal environmental and community impacts. Early completion of the project meant that recycled water was available to irrigate the city’s public open space during the 2009-10 summer months when it was needed most. The project also provides the opportunity to extend the use of recycled water to new customers in the city and along the pipeline route. The scheme further enhances Adelaide’s reputation as the nation’s leading capital city in wastewater recycling.

The project provides a sustainable long-term solution for watering the park lands by reducing dependence on other water sources including the River Murray and decreasing the amount of treated wastewater discharged to Gulf St Vincent.


The judges stated that “...the Glenelg to Adelaide Parklands Recycled Water project exceeded the performance requirements of the original client brief and was delivered ahead of program. The GAP water project puts South Australia at the forefront of recycled water use and technology.”

Excellence Award Winners Entry: Alliance pays dividends for Iluka Jacinth – Ambrosia mineral sands project Category: Project Management Entrants: Parsons Brinckerhoff and Iluka Resources Ltd Contact: Ruth Saturno – Regional Marketing Coordinator (SA), Parsons Brinckerhoff. Ph: 8405 4532. The $420M Jacinth-Ambrosia (J-A) mineral sands mine is located approximately 200km North-West of Ceduna in remote South Australia. The mine is potentially the richest zircon deposit to date globally, and has the potential to supply around 25% of the world’s demand. Its value to South Australia is indisputable. The project represents an outstanding example of well delivered ‘fit for purpose’ engineering infrastructure. Though the strict application of project management principles, the project not only met but exceeded the owner’s objectives in that it was delivered ahead of schedule, under budget and with no safety or environmental incidents.

for a mining project, and was a first for a mining project in South Australia. The team consisted of both Iluka and PB personnel, to capitalise on the best resources available to meet the project’s needs. Projects are delivered by people – and this dedicated team came together in a co-located office to engender a one-team culture and deliver an outstanding project. The judges agreed that “...the project represents a high-quality example of well delivered, “fit for purpose” engineering infrastructure, which largely owes its success to the overall quality of the project management skills employed throughout all phases of the project.”

The J-A project was delivered via an integrated owner’s team, operating under a Project Alliance Agreement. While alliance delivery is reasonably commonplace in urban infrastructure projects, it is rare

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Excellence Award and Malcolm Kinnaird Engineering Excellence Award Winner

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Entry: Techport Australia Common User Facility Category: Infrastructure Projects Entrants: Built Environs Pty Ltd, McConnell Dowell, Defence SA, RollsRoyce and Aurecon. Contact: Karyn Dale – Communications and Marketing Manager, Built Environs Pty Ltd. Ph: 0410 314 286. In recognition of the excellent performance of the project team, the McConnell Dowell Built Environs joint venture (MDBE) submitted the Techport Australia Common User Facility (CUF) for a South Australian Engineering Excellence award. Client Defence SA, design consultants Aurecon and shiplift contractors Rolls-Royce are joint entrants in the award. Owned and operated by the Government of South Australia, the CUF is a national strategic asset that will play a key role in building the new Air Warfare Destroyers for the Royal Australian Navy. It is also ideally suited for the delivery of future significant naval projects, such as the proposed next generation of submarines.

Working in conjunction with design consultants Aurecon and the other members of the project team, MDBE and Rolls-Royce’s on-time completion of the CUF in December 2009 was critical to the successful start-up of the $8 billion Air Warfare Destroyer programme.


The 24 month construction of the CUF was technically challenging and complex, requiring extensive civil, electrical, hydraulic and marine engineering construction expertise. Work was performed on land, over water and under water, with much of it performed on the river’s edge and requiring substantial pre-construction works. The Port River, adjacent to the site, is a dolphin sanctuary and stringent environmental controls were put in place during the dredging and other works to ensure minimal impact on the river’s ecology. Around half of the dredged material was suitable for landfill and was used to reclaim industrial land adjacent to the CUF. The remaining half was used to cap the nearby Garden Island waste disposal site. The project achieved a near perfect score for recycling in 2008 under the KESAB Clean Site environmental partnership programme, in which MDBE worked with Defence SA, the EPA, KESAB and Zero Waste SA to develop and execute best environmental practices in a construction environment. They successfully met objectives included stormwater pollution prevention, recycling and resource recovery and reduced litter escape from the site. It was agreed by the judges that “...This project is a world class piece of engineering infrastructure that has put South Australia on the ship building map.”

Individual Award Winners

South Australia Division


The 2010 South Australian Engineering Excellence Awards

2010 Professional Engineer of the Year Professor Karen Reynolds PhD

MSc MA BA (Hons) Grad Cert (Tert Ed) FIEAust

Professor Karen Reynolds PhD MSc MA BA (Hons) Grad Cert (Tert Ed) FIEAust has made extraordinary contributions in biomedical engineering education, research, innovation and commercialisation and has had a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of engineers while providing valuable service to the community and the profession. Karen’s inspiration, leadership and energy have produced three strong support pillars in biomedical engineering education, research and commercialisation, and have established a highly supportive innovation environment for fledgling biomedical engineering industries in South Australia. A high proportion of the products and services arising from this incubation process are already reaching national and international markets showing that she is an exemplary engineer who is “Making it So ... ”. Karen plays a lead role in the advancement of the biomedical engineering profession within Australia. Her pragmatic and strategic leadership, her direct ‘hands on’ approach, and her openness and integrity have earned her great respect amongst the country’s biomedical engineering community. She chairs (and indeed was the initiator for) the National Panel for Biomedical Engineering Education and Research within the Biomedical Engineering College of Engineers Australia. She contributes to the College more widely through membership of the College Board and through SA Branch activities. Professor Reynolds also regularly presents at public and community-based events. Karen has played a key role as scientific chair for the premier biomedical engineering conference in the region, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the discipline’s peak national journal, Australasian Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine. As a member of the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s Medical Device Evaluation Committee, she contributes to the safety and efficacy of new medical technologies. Her work has featured in a wide variety of


international, national and local media outlets, including: BioSpectrum Asia; AusBiotech’s BioTechnology; Bio Innovation SA’s BioNews; The Independent Weekly, Spectrum; The Advertiser; the Southern Adelaide Economic Development Plan – ‘A New Economic Future’ (2007); City of Marion City Lights; and Encounter Magazine. In 2006, she received a Media Award from Flinders University’s Public Affairs and Alumni Office for her cooperative and effective engagement with the media. Karen’s rapid rise from lecturer to professor midway through her career has been very well deserved. Students have flourished under her supervision, and have themselves been inspired to achieve excellence. (David Hobbs became the Australian Young Professional Engineer of the Year in 2004 and has recently returned to Flinders to undertake a PhD under Karen’s supervision). Karen has a strong commitment to ethical practice, a warm and engaging personality and is an outstanding communicator. As Flinders University’s only full-time female professor in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Karen is a highly-valued role model and mentor for female staff, students and graduates. She encouraged and supervised the first female to enrol in a PhD in engineering at Flinders, and since then has supervised a further 9 female postgraduate students and 30 honours students. Karen was also instrumental in assisting Australia’s first indigenous person to graduate with a degree in biomedical engineering.

2010 Engineering Technologist of the Year

Patrick Campbell TMIEAust CEngT Patrick Campbell TMIEAust CEngT is a Chartered Engineering Technologist (electrical engineering) and is NETR Registered. Zimbabwean-born, Patrick established his career in South Africa working on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange building before immigrating to Australia in 2001 to pursue a career in Adelaide. Patrick established a successful career as Technical Director at Basset Consulting where he completed the $30 million, 151 Pirie Street development, awarded a four star Green Star rating as South Australia’s first green-star credited “A-grade” commercial office building. Most recently, Patrick Campbell is the founder and Director of BCA Engineers. In September 2008, Patrick established BCA Engineers with business partner Nathan Brown. In this twenty month period they have grown the engineering consultancy firm to 19 staff members boasting an annual turnover in excess of $2 million. The rapid growth of the business was strategic and undertaken in accordance to the business plan written at the commencement of the Practice. This rapid growth was achieved through the Global Financial Crisis. Patrick is recognised as an industry leader in the building industry’s Health Care, Retail and Commercial arenas. He has demonstrated competence as an Electrical Engineer, Design Manager and team leader. Patrick Campbell has made an outstanding contribution to engineering and community service throughout his career. Through his work and leadership with BCA Engineers Patrick has demonstrated a strong desire to give back to the industry he loves through education and community contribution resulting in the enhancement of the engineering profession. Patrick’s work with younger practitioners and students has ensured many young South Australians continue to be attracted to the engineering industry. His work on various community projects in South Australia and Northern Territory has also ensured that Patrick continues to be involved in the invaluable contribution the engineering profession makes to the community. Patrick and BCA Engineers continue to promote local contractors and suppliers throughout South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Patrick and BCA Engineers have recently developed a ‘Student Work Experience Program’ in South Australia. The program is aimed at high school students who are interested in pursuing a career in the engineering industry. Mock projects, site inspections and visits to allied business sites are all offered to students and up and coming engineers. Through BCA Engineers involvement with the Tenant Creek Renal Dialysis Unit, Patrick has worked in partnership with the Northern Territory Renal Services to research and establish an improved, pragmatic approach to home dialysis in remote areas of the Northern Territory. Patrick is also working with Standards Australia to better understand and work effectively under the Code of Practice for home dialysis. Patrick will continue to work with the Northern Territory Renal Services in the coming months to develop an acceptable electrical standard for home dialysis. Patrick and the BCA Engineers team were recently recognised for their work in the establishment of a Respite Care House for children with disabilities and their families. The company was recognised by Westfield and Community Accommodation and Respite Agency. Patrick provided the electrical, communication and life safety engineering for this project free of charge.

South Australia Division


The 2010 South Australian Engineering Excellence Awards

2010 Young Professional Engineer of the Year Anthony Elder MIEAust CPEng Anthony Elder MIEAust CPEng is a Project Manager for Leed Engineering and Construction, and believes that the design skills he developed whilst at Tonkin Consulting have been beneficial to the projects he is currently working on. Anthony has a broad range of technical knowledge and managerial skills to deliver multidisciplinary projects whilst coordinating work forces of up to 60 people. He is currently managing the Christie Creek Upgrade design and construct contract for the City of Onkaparinga. This project will deliver 850ML per year of treated storm water comprising of two wetlands, mechanical filtration, UV treatment, 3 pump stations, 15km of distribution pipework and a 93ML lined storage. The significance of this project is that it has been designed and built in a built-up area of metropolitan Adelaide (Morphett Vale). Limited space has been a considerable design constraint to this project and the close proximity of residents to all aspects of the project has called for a high interaction and consultation with the community to ultimately have community engagement into the design and continued liaison through construction. A significant highlight in Anthony’s career has been the successful innovative 164m micro tunnel under the Keswick rail line for the Alliance contract GAP project. The original designs called for a 600mm MSCL 65m pipe bridge over the ARTC and TransAdelaide rail lines and then a tunnelled section under Greenhill Rd. Difficulties with existing services and interests of the stakeholders including SA Water; Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure; TransAdelaide; City of Unley; Department of Defence (Army) and Adelaide Showgrounds made the design a compromise to the many constraints and ultimately an ongoing maintenance problem for SA Water primarily to negate vandalism. The innovative approach he conceived and developed, allowed for micro tunnelling without disruption to rail, achieved a single DN750 164m on grade drill under the rail lines and Greenhill Road without any works being conducted within the rail or road corridors. All works were done within the safety of the jacking pit and saved in


excess of $200,000 for the project. Anthony was the previous President of the FutureNet Committee. This committee’s role was important in allowing Anthony to contribute back to the engineering community and provide networking and education events for other young professionals. At Leed Engineering and Construction, Anthony is the Professional Development Program (PDP) Coordinator. This role is important in assisting engineers within the company in attaining their professional qualification. He is currently working with other companies to establish an external mentoring scheme where PDP members would have access to mentors outside their company and generally provide insight to the operations and challenges facing other market sectors.

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SA Engineering Excellence Awards 2010  

South Australian Engineering Excellence Award Winners publication for 2010

SA Engineering Excellence Awards 2010  

South Australian Engineering Excellence Award Winners publication for 2010