14 November 2012 - Aurecon Associate, Paul Muscat, was the winner of the coveted AW Roberts Award presented by the Australian Society for Bulk Solids Handling (ASBSH) at a ceremony held in Sydney on 7 November 2012.
The award recognises a young engineer who has made a significant contribution to bulk solids handling in the areas of research, design and or practice.
Paul has worked with Aurecon since 2001, during which time he has successfully managed the design of key infrastructure on some of the most significant bulk materials handling projects delivered in Australia during the past decade – Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Stage 7 Expansion (DBCT 7X) and Hay Point Expansion 3 (HPX3). He has also had key roles in the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) Stage 2 Terminal project and Port of Fujairah aggregates materials handling system commissioning.
Paul’s key experience is in the bulk materials handling field and includes bulk materials handling and conveyor design, mechanical component design, process design and engineering management and supervision. Paul has gained his experience in the coal, cement, smelting and power generation industries.
Resources & Manufacturing Services Leader, Brisbane, Peter McIntyre, said that Paul has demonstrated strong leadership, while working with diverse and complex teams on large, multidisciplinary projects across a range of sectors, primarily focused on bulk materials handling in the industrial and mining sector.
John Leech, Aurecon’s bulk materials facilities leader said that that Paul was a key member of the team delivering full engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for the DBCT 7X project.
“The highly successful 7X project, for which Paul was the lead mechanical engineer for the rail and inloading area, developed a new high capacity (8000 tph) dump station design, which has since been replicated at the NCIG terminal in Newcastle and also forms the basis for the soon to be constructed Wiggins Island Coal Terminal (WICT),” John said.
Paul was responsible for the detailed mechanical design, as well as all of the discipline interfaces for a new inloading dump station and the inload conveyor system. The new dump station is located adjacent to the two operational dump stations and the project involved significant brownfield constraints and interfaces.
Peter went on to say that Paul regularly demonstrates service to the profession through his ongoing support for the development of younger and upcoming engineers. He has not only led, but enthusiastically developed and mentored younger team members, and provided opportunities for them to flourish. At Aurecon, he has been very active in graduate mentoring to help them obtain Engineers Australia chartered status (CPEng).
"I am really proud of the work we do at Aurecon and honoured to receive this award,” Paul said.
“This award is a reflection of both the highly skilled team I work with and the great opportunities I have had at Aurecon.”
While currently based in Brisbane Paul will be relocating to Perth over the coming months where he will be Aurecon’s key contact for bulk materials handling in the state.