With a predicted population of 10 million in Victoria by 2051, the need for quality engineering solutions to infrastructure needs has never been so critical.
The best examples of Victorian engineering innovation will tonight be recognised at Engineers Australia’s Victorian Engineering Excellence Awards.
“These awards provide a snapshot of our society including key trends, solutions to community issues and the significant contribution professional engineers make to the State of Victoria,” said Professor John Wilson, Chair of the Victorian Engineering Excellence Awards Judging Panel.
“Being awarded an Engineering Excellence Award requires outstanding achievement in all aspects of project planning, execution and community benefit. Particular attention is given to designs which show ingenuity, have contributed to productivity in the region, createdeconomic opportunities or improved the quality of life in the community.”
RMIT’s $200 million Swanston Academic Building accommodates 6,000 students and 850 staff and reinforces Melbourne’s position as an international leader in university education. The project has received an Engineers Australia Award of Excellence for the technical complexity and elegant design features, including environmental design and smart automation features.
Goulburn-Murray Water received an Award of Excellence for the Hattah Lakes Environmental Infrastructure Project, acknowledging the significant contribution their engineers have made in protecting the natural environment. This project restored an area of national park allowing the natural replication of flooding through a system of channels and gates, receiving strong community support and engagement.
Victoria Engineering Excellence Award Winners are now eligible to nominate for the National Engineering Excellence Awards to be awarded at the Melbourne Convention Centre as a highlight of Engineers Australia’s Convention 2014.
“I congratulate all 56 entrants in the Victoria Engineering Excellence Awards 2014. Their entries demonstrate, yet again, the significant impact the engineering profession has on the Victorian community, its businesses, and our way of life,” said ProfessorWilson.
Victorian Engineering Excellence Awardees
Environment Award: Goulburn-Murray Water - Hattah Lakes Environmental Infrastructure Project
Building and Structures Award: RMIT, Bonacci, and AECOM - RMIT: Swanston Academic Building
Research and Development/Innovation Awards
- Land Engineering Agency - Mine Blast Test Capability
- La Trobe University - TIGER 3 Radar Radar
- Austeng, Cytomatrix Pty Ltd, and Deakin University - Multi-scale Manufacturing for the Production of Novel Short Nanofibre Materials
Infrastructure Awards over $20 million
- Melbourne Water, UGL, Black and Veatch, KBR, and Lend Lease - Eastern Tertiary Alliance
- Melbourne Water in conjunction with Water Resources Alliance (comprising Melbourne Water, LendLease (formerly Baulderstone), UGL, Beca, MWH, and Jacobs (formerly SKM)) - Western Treatment Plant 55E Cover Renewal