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Blockbuster award season for Aurecon

Aurecon awards - celebration

17 September 2010 - In the last 10 days, Aurecon has scored multiple award wins around Australia. Our technical and project innovation continues to be recognised by peak industry bodies.

National excellence

On Monday, 13 September 2010 the Australian Steel Institute announced Aurecon as the national winner in the Structural Engineering Steel Design: Infrastructure and Mining Category for the Falcon Street Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge in Sydney, New South Wales.

The bridge is located approximately two kilometres north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and crosses 19 lanes of the busy Warringah Freeway. The bridge is a complex slender structure, approximately 195 metres long with spans up to 65 metres and is curved in both elevation and plan. It links regional cycling routes and enhances pedestrian and cyclist safety. 

New South Wales

At the 2010 Engineers Australia, Newcastle Division Engineering Excellence Awards, announced on 10 September two Aurecon projects received highly commended awards. The projects are: 

South Australia

The 2010 South Australian Engineering Excellence Awards held on the same night, Aurecon projects winning were:

The Malcolm Kinnaird Award is the highest accolade for a project. The Techport Australia Common User Facility is Australia’s premier naval industry hub and is the central component of the naval warship-building. This was a joint project delivered by Built Environs, McConnell Dowell, Defence SA, Rolls-Royce and Aurecon.

The facility is crucial to the air warfare destroyer project and will attract future naval ship-building work, such as the next generation of submarines, to South Australia.

"It underpins the state's defence strategy," Defence SA chief executive Andrew Fletcher said in accepting the award. 

Also used for civilian craft, the Common User Facility was a 24-month, technically challenging and complex project, undertaken by the project partners. It involved work on land and over and in the waters of the Port River and required extensive civil, electrical, hydraulic and marine engineering construction expertise.

Queensland project management

In Queensland, 10 September saw Aurecon win the Australian Institute of Projects Management award for the Construction Project under million Category for the Building the Education Revolution – Yandina State School Project. 

Aurecon was appointed as project manager for the Building the Education Revolution - Yandina State School project by the Queensland Department of Education and Training. Building the Education Revolution (BER) is funded by the Australian Government as part of the Nation Building - Economic Stimulus Plan. 

The ,000,000 capital project comprised a library, incorporating a science technology information centre, a multi-purpose open covered area and new equipment such as computers and smartboards and ,000 for classroom refurbishments and a new outdoor learning area. Delivered on budget and over three months ahead of schedule, BER Yandina State School was the first BER project to be completed in Australia.

International innovation awards

In further recognition for Aurecon, we received two finalist nominations in Bentley Systems 2010 Be Inspired Awards Competition. Nominated projects are:

  • Innovation in Metals and Mining: Aurecon Hatch – Wiggins Island Coal Terminal – Gladstone, Australia
  • Innovation in Roads: Aurecon – SH18 Hobsonville Deviation – Auckland, New Zealand

The Be Inspired Awards program (now in its seventh year) continues to grow around the world, both within and outside of the infrastructure community. This year’s competition saw a record number of nominations, with 325 projects being submitted by 249 organisations from 45 countries. The panel of independent jurors worked to narrow down this field of spectacular project achievements to the top 56. 

“Recognition by Engineers Australia, the Australian Steel Institute and the Australian Institute of Project Management and nominations in the Bentley Systems 2010 Be Inspired Awards competition are clear evidence that Aurecon is market leading in innovation and the delivery of world-class projects,” said Paul Thorstenson, General Manager, Australia.

“Peer recognition such as this indicates that at Aurecon we are delivering on our mission statement to foster human development, deploy deep professional technical skills and team with our clients to deliver positive outcomes. 

“To colleagues who worked on these projects, well done! These awards are clear recognition of the teamwork and dedication each one of you bring to the table on a day to day basis.”


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