Gold recognition for Aurecon at the ACENZ 2011 awards

ACENZ awards

08 August 2011 - It was a golden Saturday night for Aurecon as it picked up four gold, one silver and three merit awards at the engineering fraternity’s prestigious Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand (ACENZ) awards ceremony held at Rotorua.

“Celebrating our engineering excellence is of great importance to us at Aurecon” says Bruce Manners, Manager Auckland/Wellington offices. “It showcases to the industry that we are ‘walking the walk’ when it comes to the excellent work we do in delivering projects to our clients.”

Gold - Silver Fern Farms Bubbling Fluidised Bed Boiler

The first gold winner for the night was for the manufacturing team for designing a bubbling fluidised bed boiler for the Silver Fern Farms Ltd’s Finegand meat processing plant located in Balclutha.

The new boiler technology enables the use of renewable fuels (wood residues and effluent plant sludge) for steam production, thereby reduces the site’s dependency on fossil fuels. The environmental benefits from decreased consumption of a high sulphur content coal together with the reduction in particulate emissions from the site also gives Aurecon’s client the added financial benefit of avoided Emissions Trading Scheme charges.

Gold - USAR Specialists - Response to the Christchurch Earthquake

Gaining worthy recognition for their work with NZ Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) during the recent Christchurch earthquakes, was a specialist team of five structural and geotechnical engineers. Three of the five engineers from Aurecon are Carl Devereux, Craig Stevenson and Jan Kupec. The other two engineers are from Holmes Consulting Group.

The USAR engineering team is trained and contracted to the New Zealand Fire Service for such events and are deployed immediately after an earthquake, with years of specialist building collapse and building instability training by the team immediately put to use.

The team spent two weeks on full deployment following the September event and four weeks on full deployment following the February event. Long days and nights were spent assisting with immediate live rescue and victim recovery, followed by emergency shoring and building stabilisation works.

Gold - Rosedale Wastewater Treatment Plant Tunnel

Aurecon won another gold for its involvement in the Rosedale Wastewater treatment plant outfall tunnel project. One of Auckland’s most recently finished underground water projects, the 3 km long segmented line tunnel goes from the Rosedale Wastewater Treatment Plant to Mairangi Bay where it then goes into a 2.5 km marine outfall pipe and is discharged 2.7 km off shore (as compared to 600 m for the previous outfall pipe).

Aurecon completed all the detailed design for the 38 m deep cascade drop shaft, the first use of a cascade in New Zealand, the tunnel and the marine outfall pipe, whilst utilising their hydraulic, tunnelling, geotechnical, structures and wastewater expertise.

Gold - Watercare Project Hobson

The Hobson sewer project was another worthy winner on the night. This involved the replacement of the ageing sewer pipe that crossed Hobson Bay, Auckland with a 3 km-long tunnel together with a new pump station in the Orakei Domain. The new tunnel and pump station provides for population growth in the area and will also increase recreational opportunities in the bay. The extra capacity they provide means that wet weather overflows from this part of the network will be reduced.

Aurecon was involved in all of the preliminary and detailed design of the 3.7 m diameter tunnel and the 6 m³/s pumping station.

“Winning four gold awards this year is tremendous acknowledgement to our people who have been working hard to deliver excellence to our clients.It is also particularly pleasing to see the breadth of services that our gold awards have covered – from our manufacturing team, tunnelling and water teams, through to our structural engineers and our commitment to the community” continues Bruce Manners.

Silver - Johnsonville Rail Tunnel Clearance Assessment (Wellington)

Receiving a silver award, the Johnsonville Railway clearance assessment project allowed for the new Matangi larger unit passenger trains. Aurecon worked closely with its client, KiwiRail, to define the operational clearance parameters and then using 3D Terrestial Laser Scanning built an accurate, spatially correct model of the tunnels comprising 4 million scanned points per tunnel.


The Aurecon projects receiving merit were:

  • The NMIT building in Nelson is the first in a new generation of multi-storey timber buildings. It employs an advanced damage avoidance earthquake design that is a world first for a timber building.
  • The Air Nelson technical hangar with its large 80 m x 60 m free span structural steel building with a clear height of 9.5 m and overall height of 15 m to the apex.
  • The Trafalgar Park (Nelson) recently completed a NZ.9 million upgrade provides Nelson a multi-use venue capable of hosting major events, not the least of which are the three Rugby World Cup 2011 matches.

For more information or a copy of the executive summaries to these projects please contact Wendy Byrne, New Zealand Marketing & Communications Manager.

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