25 October 2013 - Aurecon’s Danette McLean, Marie Gales and Fay Nunn have been recognised for their outstanding contributions at the 2013 National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Crystal Vision Awards.
Fay Nunn, Senior Electrical Engineer, took out the top honour, winning the Crystal Vision Award at the NAWIC South Australia Chapter ceremony held on Thursday, 17 October at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide.
Aurecon Associates, Danette McLean and Marie Gales were recognised in the Design and Innovation categories at Queensland and Northern Territory Chapter awards held on Friday 18 October at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane.
Fay Nunn was recognised for the work she has done throughout her career, particularly with chairing the Aurecon Adelaide AW2 and Engineers Australia Women In Engineering committees. She also served as an informal and formal mentor to women at Aurecon and WIE.
“My personal goal is to provide support networks for women in engineering and in those in the minority in the workplace as well as to encourage confidence in women to empower them to move out of their comfort zone and grow as a result. My aim is to be an ambassador of women’s networks like NAWIC to women around me working in the construction industry. I want women to know how important it is to embrace the value of being a female in a project team,” said Fay.
Awarded the Hutchinson Builders Award for Achievement in Design, Cairns Environment and Advisory Associate, Danette McLean, said it was an honour to represent Aurecon at the awards night.
“I was thrilled to receive the award for Achievement in Design and it gave me a chance to showcase the amazing work Aurecon has been doing in Torres Strait communities with the Torres Strait Regional Authority and the Queensland Department of Local Government,” Danette said.
Danette’s submission focussed on her work with waste management in the Torres Strait Region where she led a team to find a practical solution that could be implemented within time and budget constraints.
“My nomination focussed on the multi-criteria analysis we used to generate a solution for various stakeholders. With the integrated, multidisciplinary problem solving process used by Aurecon as part of our value engineering approach, we incorporated community, environmental sustainability, feasibility, constructability and cost considerations to achieve a great outcome.”
Brisbane-based Transport Associate, Marie Gales, won a Highly Commended award in the Queensland University of Technology Award for Innovation category.
“It was fantastic to be recognised for the innovations and lateral thinking I have developed for our systems and processes. I have worked on ways to improve our multi-criteria analysis process and use of high quality graphics for methodology and risk flowcharts, team integration and cost estimation,” Marie said.
“Our commitment to innovation in these areas has improved the way we translate highly complex technical information into user friendly formats, leading to improved communication with our stakeholders and cost savings for our key clients including the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and Brisbane City Council.”