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New appointments for ANZ water team address sector’s rapid growth

Aurecon has strengthened its capability with three new appointments

Vanessa Personnaz has joined Aurecon’s Queensland team as Associate Wastewater Process Engineer

12 February 2019 - In a move to help clients plan and respond to increasing demands on water and wastewater treatment infrastructure across Australia and New Zealand, Aurecon has strengthened its capability with three new appointments.

Aurecon has appointed Victoria Haigh (Brisbane), Hemadri Saha (Melbourne) and Vanessa Personnaz (Brisbane) to support clients’ need for innovative new and existing facility upgrades, and emerging treatment systems and technologies against a backdrop of rapid population growth.

Welcoming the new appointments, Julian Briggs, Aurecon Design Director Water & Wastewater Treatment, said Aurecon could now capture more opportunities in the wastewater sector with the expertise of Victoria, Hemadri and Vanessa.

Julian said that rapid urbanisation was placing exponential pressure on governments to develop increasingly larger, more sophisticated and more energy efficient wastewater treatment facilities and associated infrastructure.

“Clients are also searching for emerging treatment systems and technologies that are more sustainable, easier to maintain and less cost restrictive to operate,” Julian said.

“Our team’s expansion means we have a more rounded capability to respond to our clients’ problems and have additional expertise to solve their project needs. We’re on a growth path to build an integrated virtual team that can respond to clients in Australia and New Zealand, and be able to work collaboratively with our differing but complementary skill sets.”

Victoria Haigh

Principal Wastewater Process Engineer, Brisbane

Delving into Victoria’s technical background there’s a history of delivering environmental and community outcomes on treatment projects. It’s this consideration on the long-term provision of wastewater collection and management services to growing communities that motivates Victoria.

Leading the Aurecon water and wastewater planning team in Brisbane, Victoria is supporting clients in treatment planning, master planning and feasibility studies. This broad application of engineering and technical skills, and resources, will provide improved outcomes throughout the wider community.

There are many future-thinking technologies that may have impacts on, or inputs to, treatment projects, including digital and technology disruption, robotics and artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Part of Victoria’s position with Aurecon is working with clients to consider how these types of technologies can help their businesses build resilience, prepare contingencies and take advantage of the future.

What three words would you use to describe your role?

Thought-provoking: Consider new ways to ‘bring ideas to life’

Adventurous: Aurecon brings ideas to life so it’s exciting to be on that journey

Privileged: To be working with an inspiring team

Connect with Victoria on LinkedIn here

Hemadri Saha

Technical Director, Process Treatment, Melbourne

Hemadri brings to Aurecon more than 20 years of water and wastewater treatment plant process design along with the desire to see more energy conservative plants across Australia.

It was a key consideration in his recent process lead roles for the Nambour Sewage Treatment Plant and Sunbury Recycled Water Plant, where Membrane Bioreactor treatment technology was used.

His wastewater treatment plant expertise is planning, detailed design, project management, operational troubleshooting and engineering support during construction and commissioning.

Hemadri obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from The University of Melbourne, and he is a Chartered Engineer. He’s a trained HAZOP facilitator and Hazardous Area Classification Assessor.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Achieving my dream of designing energy neutral treatment plants.

Connect with Hemadri on LinkedIn here

Vanessa Personnaz

Associate Wastewater Process Engineer, Brisbane

Vanessa takes on the function of research and design engineering for water and wastewater projects with Aurecon.

Her foundation of experience spans across construction and consulting firms in Australia with specialist skills in low energy and sustainable wastewater treatment plants.

Vanessa has a real focus on bringing innovative environmental and sustainable solutions to clients and brings together design teams to enable this to happen.

Her design of innovative procurement approaches enables clients to transition new construction projects into functional and operational applications for the benefit of their businesses and customers.

What’s exciting about the future?

This is the most exciting time ever to be in water and water reuse as nutrient recovery functions are presenting tremendous opportunities to solve the water-food-energy nexus. It is up to us as water professionals to take new innovations and technologies and understand how to adapt those to the water industry in a timely manner.

Connect with Vanessa on LinkedIn here

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