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New appointments in water treatment and sludge stabilisation

Grahame Simpson

24 September 2012 - Aurecon has ramped up its water and wastewater treatment capability with five senior appointments in recent months across Australia.

Julian Briggs, Water and Wastewater Leader at Aurecon, said, “These new appointments will strengthen our process engineering capability and ensure that we have the agility to be able to respond to business opportunities as well as deliver innovative solutions for our clients.”

With these appointments, Aurecon has strengthened capability in the areas of water treatment as well as sludge stabilisation and management and now has strong process leads in all of Australia’s eastern states as well as South Australia.

“Each of these leaders will be the local point of contact and will be responsible for delivering high quality services to their clients,” says Julian. "Ric Ingerson brings hands-on operational knowledge of water and wastewater treatment plants to the team which will support Aurecon’s drive to enable its clients to get more out of their existing assets through optimisation as well as looking to minimise power and chemical consumption."

“These leaders form part of Aurecon’s growing global water and wastewater treatment network, giving our clients access to a wide range of experienced treatment specialists,” adds Julian.

Grahame SimpsonGrahame Simpson (Brisbane)
Joining Aurecon as a Senior Process Engineer, Grahame Simpson has a strong background in the strategic planning, design, optimisation and commissioning of water and wastewater treatment plants.

In his previous role working with Queensland Urban Utilities, Grahame led a team of process engineers and environmental officers responsible for master planning, project feasibilities, capital investment program for many sewage treatment plants and two membrane desalination plants.

Grahame will be based in the Brisbane Delivery Centre, serving the water and wastewater treatment needs of our Queensland clients with the support of Aurecon’s global process team. Grahame will also be tasked with further strengthening the links and knowledge sharing between the process groups in Australia and South Africa.

Susan KitchingSusan Kitching (Sydney)
Specialising in wastewater process engineering and biosolids treatment, Susan Kitching has been appointed as a  Senior Process Engineer at Aurecon’s Sydney Delivery Centre.

With experience in Australia and the UK spanning feasibility, concept, detailed design and commissioning, Susan has designed several wastewater plants, including membrane bioreactor and, traditional activated sludge plants. She has expertise in BioWin modelling for the design of wastewater treatment plants and also specialises in biosolids treatment including anaerobic digestion.

In addition to servicing the needs of Aurecon’s New South Wales clients, Susan has a keen interest in business growth and development and will be supporting Julian in the development of the Water and Wastewater Treatment area of expertise.

Simone NguyenSimone Nguyen (Melbourne)
With a successful track record in managing projects, Simone Nguyen, Associate, Water Services at Aurecon has extensive technical capabilities, coupled with team management and project management experience – a great combination for delivering high quality, cost-effective solutions.

Simone has over 20 years of experience in process design engineering covering manufacturing, research, consulting and environmental.

Simone’s wealth of experience in municipal and industrial treatment is already being put to good use mentoring the younger engineers in Melbourne’s Water group.

Malcolm HydeMalcolm Hyde (Adelaide)
Water treatment specialist, Malcolm Hyde, has returned to Aurecon’s Adelaide Delivery Centre to support water treatment work across the country. Malcolm brings 45 years of experience gained in the UK, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, Indian sub-continent and the Far East.

Malcolm was formerly the Desalination Plant Element Leader for the Adelaide Desalination Project responsible for technical studies and concept design and will assist the Adelaide team in the close out stages of this important water security project.

Malcolm’s expertise lies in the investigation and process design for all forms of potable water treatment and a wide range of industrial effluent treatment processes. He specialises in membrane treatment and desalination, as well as having extensive experience in managing water treatment residuals.

Ric IngersonRic Ingerson (Adelaide)
Ric Ingerson has joined Aurecon as Water Leader for the Adelaide Delivery Centre.  With a considerable depth of experience across all aspects of the water and wastewater industry, Ric has successfully operated major water and wastewater infrastructure both on the treatment side and the customer delivery side.

He was recently site engineer for the construction of major water pumping facilities as part of the Cadia East Mine Upgrade project where maintaining continuity of water supply throughout the construction process was critical to maintaining mine output.

Ric’s significant operational experience allows him to readily understand client requirements, and communicate them to the design team to ensure effective project outcomes.

“With Water and Wastewater Treatment a key area for Aurecon over the coming year, I am excited by the energy, talent and experience that these new appointments bring to our team. I am looking forward to working closely with them all to deliver better outcomes for our clients” adds Julian.



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