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Aurecon commends innovation for 2019 Good Design Awards

Verton’s Verton R Series has been awarded Best in Class in Engineering Design at the 2019 Good Design Awards. Image courtesy of Verton.

"The 2019 award winners are creating a better world for humanity and doing so at the forefront of technology and innovation," says Aurecon Managing Director for Design, Innovation and Eminence, Dr Kourosh Kayvani

12 July 2019 – A world-first electromechanical load-management system aiming to reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities from crane operations and a portable medical device providing speedy diagnoses of infectious diseases have been awarded Best in Class in Engineering Design, sponsored by global engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon, at the 2019 Good Design Awards.

Australia’s premier awards for design attracted a record number of more than 600 entries this year as a celebration of the country’s most ingenious and innovative design projects.

Aurecon’s Managing Director for Design, Innovation and Eminence, Dr Kourosh Kayvani congratulated Verton and BluSense Diagnostics for their pioneering projects that were awarded Best in Class, alongside Agersens and Green Camel for their entries that were awarded Gold.

“This year’s calibre of entries was extremely high and showcases the immense contribution that our profession is making to society. This is the second year of the Engineering Design Category following Aurecon’s conception of the category in 2018 to recognise the excellence and impact of innovative engineering,” Dr Kayvani said.

“From designs that allow improved safety and productivity of crane operation to facilitating a step change in availability and feasibility of diagnostics for infectious diseases, the 2019 award winners are creating a better world for humanity and doing so at the forefront of technology and innovation.

“There are so many opportunities available at our fingertips as industries across the world are reinvented through digitisation. This year’s entries have shown us that engineers are not seeing this as a problem, but are instead embracing their opportunities to leave a legacy,” he added.

Adjudicating with Dr Kayvani for the Engineering Design category were Australian Research Council Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla from the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology, University of New South Wales Sydney, and John Leech, Design Director – Industrial Machines at Aurecon.

Engineering Design category winners

Best in class

Verton R-Series – Verton
The Verton R-Series is the world’s first remote-controlled electromechanical load-management system that provides immediate safety and productivity benefits with crane-operated suspended loads. The design aims to reduce the number of serious injuries or fatalities from crane operations that are sustained by those in close proximity to the load.

BluBox – BluSense Diagnostics
This portable, easy to use medical device enables practical and speedy diagnosis of infectious diseases such as Dengue Fever and the Zika virus. BluBox provides patients with laboratory-grade results in a matter of minutes, can be carried in a camera case and physicians can be trained to use it in less than 15 minutes.


eShepherd – Agersens
This world-first livestock virtual herding solution provides remote pasture management and animal monitoring to help farmers manage their animals and land more effectively in the face of climate change. The system comprises an intelligent neckband that trains livestock to recognise and stay within virtual boundaries utilising GPS and other sensors. Farmers use a cloud-based web application to create virtual paddock boundaries and check on livestock activity, all of which are updated dynamically to ensure accurate data.

Sustainable Organic Production – Green Camel
This state-of-the-art technology enables glasshouses to produce certified organic crops at yields comparable to or better than conventional hydroponic facilities. The modular, scalable aquaculture-horticulture system produces both fish and vegetables in a symbiotic manner with zero pesticides. A facility converts waste from a barramundi fish farm into nutrients for the glasshouse crop, with the resulting irrigation supply water rich in the required nutrients and 100% organic.

The annual Good Design Awards programme is one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. It is recognised by the World Design Organization (WDO) as Australia’s peak international design endorsement programme.

For further information about the Engineering Design category winners please visit the Good Design Awards website.

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