The New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards

Press Release – Inspired Lives

Fourteen winners took home highly coveted awards at last nights New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards, held at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland. The Awards, running since 2005, celebrate outstanding leadership, innovation, and excellence in engineering …The New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards.

Fourteen winners took home highly coveted awards at last night’s New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards, held at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland. The Awards, running since 2005, celebrate outstanding leadership, innovation, and excellence in engineering projects, people and practice.

“It was a great night with such a high calibre of entries. It reminded us again just how well New Zealand’s engineering community deserves its world-leading reputation. The judges certainly had their work cut out for them,” Kieran Devine, interim Chief Executive of IPENZ, says. IPENZ is one of eight partner organisations hosting the awards.

The 14 winners were selected from a pool of 53 entries, covering everything from earthquake-resistant building design, sewerage, waste and water management, through to electricity supply and safety. There were some excellent examples blending engineering design with New Zealand’s cultural heritage.

“These are New Zealand’s premier engineering awards,” Panel Judge, Peter Higgs, says.

“This year’s entries included some outstanding examples of innovation and creativity in engineering projects and practice that are making a huge difference in the lives of countless New Zealanders – from innovations in the management of sewage and wastewater in Christchurch to a world-first in the use of redeveloped earthquake-resistant building technologies.”

The overall supreme award was given to the team behind the creation of Whangarei’s Te Matau ā Pohe bridge – which is only New Zealand’s second-ever bridge, and the first in 50 years, with a lifting mid-section to enable boats to pass underneath it. The design of the bridge incorporates the traditional Māori fish hook and takes its name from Wiremu Pohe, the Māori chief who greeted the first ever Europeans to visit the region.

“It was a pleasure to announce McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd, Transfield Services, Novare Design Ltd, Gaia Engineers Ltd, Knight Architects, Eadon Consulting, Northern Civil Consulting and Whangarei District Council as the joint winners of the Supreme Award for their work on Te Mata ā Pohe. It’s a well-deserved accolade that we hope will also inspire others to continue to integrate excellence in design with New Zealand’s unique cultural identity and ingenuity,” Mr Higgs says.

PEOPLE AWARDS
NZ Engineering Entrepreneur of the Year Shaun and Grant Ryan
NZ Engineering Innovator of the Year Gallagher Team: Craig Malins, Paul Reid, Keith Gallagher and Andrew Bealing
Young Engineer of the Year Brendon Bradley
William Pickering Award for Engineering Leadership Doug Hefferman
PROJECT & PRODUCT AWARDS
Building & Construction Christchurch Airport Artesian Heating: Beca
Chemical Bio & Food Darfield Milk Processing Plant: Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd, GEA Process Engineering, Ebert Construction, Calder Stewart, Fulton Hogan and Babbage Consultants
Energy & Resources High-Voltage Direct-Current Link Pole 3: Aurecon NZ Ltd, Siemens NZ Ltd, Transpower NZ Ltd
Resource Efficient Design Christchurch Bio Solids Drying Facility: Beca
Transportation Infrastructure
+ Supreme Award for Engineering Excellence
Te Matau ā Pohe: McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd, Transfield Services, Novare Design Ltd, Gaia Engineers Ltd, Knight Architects, Eadon Consulting, Northern Civil Consulting and Whangarei District Council
Wastewater & Amenities Eastern Selwyn Sewerage Scheme: MWH New Zealand Ltd
Information, Communication, Electronic and Electrical Technology Wellington Trolleybus Overhead Protection Project:Wellington Cable Car Limited, ProTechtion Consulting Ltd, Greater Wellington Regional Council and RCR Infrastructure – O’Donnell Griffin
PRACTICE AWARDS
Excellence in Community Engagement Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative: Opus International
Excellence in Community Engagement We’re Going Home Safely Every Day: Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd, GEA Process Engineering (NZ) Ltd, Ebert Construction, Calder Stewart, Fulton Hogan and Babbage Consultants

ENDS

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