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Aurecon shines at 2020 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards

Aurecon won five awards at the 2020 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards.

Project Gilghi won in the Newcastle Division and will compete for the Sir William Hudson Award.

24 September 2020 – International engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon won five awards at the 2020 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) announced in a virtual ceremony last week.

The AEEA is a bi-annual award program organised by Engineers Australia to recognise exemplar engineering projects and the engineers that deliver them.AEEAs are awarded to outstanding projects within each division of Engineers Australia. From the pool of division winners, one is selected to compete for the Sir William Hudson Award at a ceremony later in the year.

Developed over the past three years in partnership with Ampcontrol, Aurecon’s Project Gilghi was named a Newcastle Division winner. Project Gilghi is a world-first solar powered packaged water treatment plant at the Gillen Bore outstation approximately 75 km from Alice Springs, developed for the client Ingkerreke Outstation Resource Services.

The Gilghi system is designed to take feed water from a range of sources and turn it into pure water, providing the remote communities with a reliable source of quality potable water. The project recently received a Good Design Australia Award for Social Impact and will compete for the Sir William Hudson Award, which will be announced in November.

Aurecon also received awards for its exemplar projects in the following divisions:


Australia’s tallest and largest engineered timber office building 25 King was named a winner for its innovative and sustainable building design.

South Australia

The world’s biggest energy storage project Hornsdale Power Reserve won for its contribution to the state’s objective of ensuring reliable, affordable and clean power.


The Woodside Building for Technology and Design for Monash University and Level Cross Removal Project: Caulfield to Dandenong were both named division winners.

  • The Woodside Building for Technology and Design is a new, landmark building representing the latest thinking in tertiary education and world-leading energy efficient building design and is on target to achieve world-leading Passive House certification.
  • The Level Crossing Removal project saw Aurecon, along with its Alliance partners, remove nine of the most dangerous and congested level crossings on one of Melbourne’s busiest rail lines.

We also extend our congratulations to our client Downer for its winning entry in the Newcastle division for the Newcastle Light Rail project, a 2.7km alignment that has transformed Newcastle’s central business district by connecting the Newcastle Interchange with Newcastle Beach. Aurecon was joint venture design partner with WSP, proudly working together with Downer to deliver this city shaping project.

Aurecon Chief Executive Officer William Cox said he was delighted that so many of our exemplar projects have received this prestigious recognition from industry.

“These achievements are testament to Aurecon’s culture of innovation, eminence and excellence and the talented people bringing these projects to life with our clients,” said Mr. Cox.

Scott Johnson named as Young Professional Engineer of the Year

In conjunction with the AEEA virtual ceremony, Engineers Australia also named its division winners of the Engineer of the Year awards. These awards acknowledge outstanding engineers who demonstrate innovation and resourcefulness in their work.

Aurecon’s Scott Johnson, an Associate Mechanical Engineer, was named Young Professional Engineer of the Year in South Australia for his significant contributions to the engineering profession through his commitment to bringing sustainable and energy efficient innovation to the design and delivery of projects, including developing an Australian first air conditioning application, and mentoring emerging professionals.

In addition to this division win, Scott will represent Aurecon at the national Engineer of the Year awards in the Young Professional Engineer category, to be held in November.

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