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Welcome I bring greetings from the members of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations. As the 2007–09 President, I am pleased to be involved with the fourth annual New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards. Engineering teams play an increasingly significant role in the development of countries throughout the world. Whether in companies, universities, public service departments or service sectors, the projects and engineering activities showcased in these excellence awards highlight the role and influence of professional engineers in New Zealand. I am sure you will be thrilled by the new technologies, techniques and designs, and the innovation, creativity and community benefit the entries have to offer. In my international travels, I hear of the high standing and reputation of New Zealand engineers and engineering, and I am proud of my close involvement over the last twelve years as an IPENZ Fellow. I am also particularly interested in the involvement of so many young engineers, either as part of the winning team or as individual entries. These awards promote engineers and the engineering profession to New Zealand communities, and I hope such promotion will encourage young people to aspire to become engineers. We all must thank and congratulate the founding partners, contributing organisations, and sponsors, whose support and energy has brought industry and business together for this superb event. I congratulate all the award winners and finalists, and I look forward to meeting you all. Barry J Grear AO HonFIEAust FIPENZ President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations Tonight’s Host Frankie Stevens Frankie’s professional singing career began at the age of 16 as a band member of the Australian group Peter Nelson and the Castaways. He became a household name in New Zealand as a solo artist with the number one hit single My Elusive Dreams. Frankie has toured extensively in New Zealand and overseas and has worked with some of the greats of the entertainment industry including Olivia Newton-John, Shirley Bassey, Milton Berle, Sammy Davis Jnr and Sir Howard Morrison. Frankie has appeared in a number of films including the James Bond movie Diamonds are Forever and The Matrix Reloaded. FrankiE is PrOudly sPOnsOrEd By In 2005, Frankie was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He continues to entertain both nationally and internationally and was recently a senior judge on the television show New Zealand Idol. OnTraCk is the backbone of the new Zealand railway network. On behalf of the government, it owns, maintains and manages 4,000 kilometres of rail infrastructure stretching from Northland to Bluff, and provides New Zealand rail operators with safe and controlled access to the national rail network. Contents individual awards WIllIAM PICkErINg AWArD FOr ENgINEErINg lEADErSHIP 08 NEW ZEAlAND ENgINEErINg ENTrEPrENEur OF THE YEAr 10 NEW ZEAlAND ENgINEErINg INNOvATOr OF THE YEAr 12 NEW ZEAlAND YOuNg ENgINEEr OF THE YEAr 14 AWArD FOr ExCEllENCE IN ENgINEErINg JOurNAlISM 16 HIgHlY COMMENDED 18 INDIvIDuAl FINAlISTS 20 JuDgINg PANEl 21 Category awards SuPrEME AWArD FOr NEW ZEAlAND ENgINEErINg ExCEllENCE 24 BuIlDINg AND CONSTruCTION 26 ElECTrICAl AND SYSTEMS 28 FOOD, BIOPrOCESS AND CHEMICAl 30 INFOrMATION AND COMMuNICATIONS TECHNOlOgY 32 MECHANICAl AND MANuFACTurINg 34 rOADS AND TrANSPOrT 36 SuSTAINABIlITY AND ClEAN TECHNOlOgY 38 uTIlITIES, NETWOrkS AND AMENITIES 40 CATEgOrY FINAlISTS 42 JuDgINg PANEl 45 Message from the Partners Engineers produce innovations, inventions and solutions that continuously improve the way we work, live and communicate. The New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards are an opportunity to encourage engineers to step into the spotlight and be recognised for their outstanding engineering achievements. These awards identify, recognise, reward and promote engineering excellence within the profession and the New Zealand public. They improve the public’s respect and understanding of engineers and the contribution they make to our economic and environmental well-being. By showcasing New Zealand’s engineering expertise and talent, we acknowledge the impact the profession has on society, highlighting to New Zealand that engineers really do make a difference. “An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.” – William Bernbach 04 Brent Meekan Colin Martin Greg skelton Ashley Harper Bas Walker President Chairman President President President ACENZ is delighted to CAENZ plays a special role The EEA is a proud partner INgENIuM is the brand The New Zealand support the fourth New in the engineering and in the fourth New Zealand name for the Association Engineering Excellence Zealand Engineering technology sectors as a Engineering Excellence of local government Awards continue to Excellence Awards. Our champion for innovation. Awards. Engineering New Zealand, raise public awareness members make up and our 900 members of why engineers We are proud to be The awards are a around 95 per cent of work in the field of and engineering are associated with the New superb opportunity to New Zealand’s consulting public infrastructure so important to the Zealand Engineering acknowledge the brilliant engineers and almost all across the roles of client, development and Excellence Awards. and inspirational work of of the infrastructure consultant and contractor. enrichment of our New Zealand engineers our engineers, to profile design industry. This year, INgENIuM economy and society. continue to create new the very best in New ACENZ members aspire Zealand design, and to and its predecessors I am overwhelmed by the and innovative solutions to be trusted advisors to recognise and celebrate have been operating achievements showcased to address the most their clients, providing those projects and talents for 60 years. This time in the awards. They show difficult of challenges. solutions that involve of exceptional quality. has seen vast changes how creative, smart and innovation, excellence The awards are an in public infrastructure, leading edge engineering important opportunity My thanks and and quality. These changes underpinned by is in New Zealand. I offer to acknowledge that congratulations to this attributes are among engineering innovation. my congratulations to engineering talent. years entrants and those recognised in these all finalists and award winners. awards tonight. winners. ACENZ 05 Individual Awards Individual Awards Across the five individual award categories there were 27 excellent entries. Clearly, interest in the awards continues to build. The quality of the entries was extremely high, giving the judges the unenviable, but most enjoyable task of selecting finalists and winners. This was particularly true of the Young Engineer and Engineering Journalism Awards, but all awards required considerable discussion and debate. Without doubt, the quality of the entrants indicates that the future of New Zealand engineering in is in good hands. Judging the awards is always a demanding, but fun task and I would like to thank all my fellow judges and particularly our guest judge for the Engineering Journalism Award, Dr grant Hannis, for the effort they have all put in. It is also pertinent to record our thanks to IPENZ for their support throughout the judging process. We all see it as a privilege to have been involved. To all the entrants, finalists and winners, our congratulations and very best wishes for success in your ongoing careers. Steve Gentry DistFIPENZ individual awards Convenor 06 WIllIAM PICkErINg AWArD FOr ENgINEErINg lEADErSHIP NEW ZEAlAND ENgINEErINg ENTrEPrENEur OF THE YEAr NEW ZEAlAND ENgINEErINg INNOvATOr OF THE YEAr NEW ZEAlAND YOuNg ENgINEEr OF THE YEAr AWArD FOr ExCEllENCE IN ENgINEErINg JOurNAlISM This award is the most prestigious of the Individual William Pickering Award Individual Awards Engineering Excellence awards, recognising an engineer who has acted as a role model and an exceptional leader. for Engineering Leadership Kevin Thompson Chief Executive and Managing director of Opus International Consultants kevin is passionate about engineering and has been a vocal advocate of the profession over a number of years. He has consistently demonstrated the technical and business skills of a PrOudly sPOnsOrEd By true engineering leader. kevin’s natural abilities thrust him into senior management and leadership roles at an early age, roles that include the Motunui Synthetic Petrol Plant, roading for the Clutha valley development and the Maniatoto Irrigation Scheme. His success in leading these politically pressured, major public works demonstrates his innate ability to clearly articulate a vision, lead by example and inspire The iPEnZ Foundation is a charitable trust that looks those around him, be they superiors, staff or clients. after the promotion of the engineering profession and the welfare of iPEnZ members. under his energetic guidance, two major New Zealand companies – Works Civil Construction and Opus International Specific areas of the IPENZ Foundation’s work are: Consultants – have enjoyed profitable growth and ongoing • profile – finding ways to promote the engineering success in a very competitive global environment. Over the last profession seven years, kevin has managed a growth strategy that has seen • careers – providing scholarships to encourage secondary Opus more than double in size with 36 offices throughout New school students to choose careers in professional Zealand and a further 45 across Australia, Canada and the united engineering kingdom. Opus employs some 2,500 people and has a turnover • heritage – sponsoring a range of bronze plaques of $300 million per annum. marking significant engineering projects around Most recently, kevin played a crucial role in the successful listing new Zealand of Opus on the New Zealand Stock Exchange giving him the • research – undertaking this when appropriate opportunity to promote the engineering profession to a wider • rehabilitation – assisting IPENZ members in audience. financial difficulty. kevin is widely regarded as an ethical, fair, decisive and visionary Working alongside iPEnZ, the iPEnZ Foundation has an engineering leader. independent impact in which all IPENZ members can participate. 08 This award recognises an engineer or partnership New Zealand Engineering Individual Awards of engineers who clearly demonstrate a high level of entrepreneurial skill in developing new business Entrepreneur of the Year opportunities. William Studd, Malcolm Fredric, David Parle and Andrew Buchanan Windsor Engineering Group Windsor Engineering group’s timber drying kilns process around 75 per cent of all timber dried in Australasia. This dominant market position is largely due to the “can do” entrepreneurial PrOudly sPOnsOrEd By capabilities of the Windsor team. In 1975, Bill observed the growth in New Zealand’s primary produce processing requirements and recognised the opportunities to apply air systems and thermodynamic principles to these industries. Thus Windsor Engineering group was formed, and after construction of a manufacturing facility in 1978, quickly began to design and manufacture air pollution control Gen-i integrates iT and telecommunications services equipment, and later, high-temperature drying kilns for sawn to provide converged information and communications plantation softwood. technology solutions for clients across new Zealand and Australia. Those services are supported by people who are recognising a huge opportunity to kiln-dry wood in a matter proud to be experts at what they do, partners who are truly of hours rather than days, the Windsor team developed the world class and capabilities that set the benchmarks for the technology and established successful export markets in industry in their breadth, thoroughness and scale. Australia, Chile, South Africa, and more recently China and the united States. Beginning with a capital base of $2,000 in 1975, Windsor Engineering group’s sales figures now top $40 million per annum, and the Windsor team are growing new export business in process energy, gas combustion and heat exchanger equipment. 10 This award recognises an engineer, an New Zealand Engineering Individual Awards engineering technologist, or a team engaged in engineering activities, who have demonstrated a Innovator of the Year commitment to innovation in engineering. Don Clucas, Murray Aitken, Len Damiano and Vinod Kumar Whisper Tech Whisper Tech and its micro-combined heat and power product, Whispergen, are a New Zealand engineering innovation success story. PrOudly sPOnsOrEd By The Whispergen concept began with the wobble yoke developed by Don Clucas during his PhD. studies into the Stirling engine at the university of Canterbury over 15 years ago. To commercialise his research, Whisper Tech was established, and the company’s ongoing programme of technology and manufacturing process development led to the Whispergen system. Beca is a diverse, multi-disciplinary engineering and A Whispergen unit generates hot water for home heating and related consultancy services group. Our range of services domestic use, as well as electricity for the home or to be fed into covers engineering, planning, project management, the electricity supply grid. The unit is extremely efficient (over architecture, geographic information systems and 90 per cent) and gives a significant reduction in carbon dioxide surveying, cost estimating, asset management and emissions when compared to conventional technologies. valuations. We have a 90-year history in new Zealand and underpinning the commercial development, the Whisper Tech our 2,000-plus employees operate out of 19 offices in eight engineering development team has amassed an impressive list of countries around the world. patents in 26 countries, convincingly demonstrating its success in Beca has a strong reputation for technical excellence, and applying new knowledge. we believe that innovation is essential to find the new Don and the Whisper Tech team have now sold over 1,000 products, services, processes and markets on which our Whispergen units into the European home heating market, and future depends. Beca people are encouraged and challenged are now preparing for large-scale manufacture. to be innovative in their daily work, thereby making a vital contribution to our sustainability and increasing the value we bring to our clients. 12 This award recognises an engineer aged 35 years or under New Zealand Young Individual Awards who has made an excellent contribution as an engineer and leader through their professional role and community Engineer of the Year involvement. The overall winner receives $2,000 while each finalist receives a $500 prize. Toby Collett Even during his undergraduate degree, Toby was exploring robots and robotics, achieving international recognition for his work on the open source Player robotics project, playerstage. He continued his interest of robotics into his PhD., work which led directly to the development of Inro Technologies, a company PrOudly sPOnsOrEd By that retrofits cars, forklifts and other vehicles with robotic control systems, effectively replacing the driver without redesigning the vehicle from scratch. Toby has involved himself in the practical side of running the start-up business, and he ably mentors new arrivals to the company, which has grown from six to 20 staff in the last year. He is clearly suited to his position as Technical Director, and he demonstrates a great aptitude for explaining highly Rob Law maxrecruitment is one of New Zealand’s leading complex concepts. specialist technical, professional and industrial staff While Inro Technologies is still in its early stages, Toby impresses recruitment companies providing effective recruitment with a wide and long-term view of the opportunities for spin-off solutions at all levels nationwide. businesses and for widely different uses for robotics technology. Our highly skilled team of recruitment consultants specialise in the sourcing of quality candidates for the engineering, infrastructure and utilities, construction and architectural, manufacturing and process, transportation, building services, print and media, trade and industrial industries. An organisation’s greatest resource is its people – our aim is to exceed your expectations by providing the very best service to help you find those people. 14 This award acknowledges the New Zealand media’s Award for Excellence in Individual Awards contribution to the engineering industry. The award and $5,000 is presented to the journalist who has most Engineering Journalism improved the public’s understanding of engineering. Simon Collins For “Raising Standards” and associated articles published in The New Zealand Herald Simon’s research investigated claims of falling standards in structural engineering in New Zealand. rather than taking these claims at face value, Simon undertook lengthy research to check PrOudly sPOnsOrEd By out each claim, studying documents and interviewing a wide range of people in the industry. The articles explained the commercial pressures engineers are now under because of the privatisation of the construction industry – the shift from the dominance of the Ministry of Works and council design teams to private developers. In each of the cases quoted, design faults were picked up before construction The iPEnZ Foundation is a charitable trust that looks was completed, but the implication was that other problems after the promotion of the engineering profession and the might go unnoticed. The articles concluded that to protect public welfare of iPEnZ members. safety, councils and central government need to employ more Specific areas of the IPENZ Foundation’s work are: engineers in building consent work and for random auditing of • profile – finding ways to promote the building consent processes. engineering profession This is an important, albeit controversial, piece of journalism. • careers – providing scholarships to encourage secondary Some engineers may dispute the findings, but few could question school students to choose careers in professional the quality of the research and grit displayed by the writer in engineering bringing this issue to the public’s attention. • heritage – sponsoring a range of bronze plaques marking significant engineering projects around new Zealand • research – undertaking this when appropriate • rehabilitation – assisting IPENZ members in financial difficulty. Working alongside iPEnZ, the iPEnZ Foundation has an independent impact in which all IPENZ members can participate. 16 Although it is unusual, the judges were so impressed with Highly Commended Individual Awards the entry from Jeremy stringer, david Earl, ian Graham, karthik sharma, Mark searle, Vladimir Minkov and Marc Moons that they felt a Highly Commended Engineering innovator of the year award should be given. Jeremy Stringer, David Earl, Ian Graham, Karthik Sharma, Mark Searle, Vladimir Minkov and Marc Moons Endace Technology The Endace Technology engineering development team are recognised for their role in developing the InfiniBand monitoring products. The Endace InfiniBand (“infinite bandwidth”) monitoring product is the world’s first solution to accurately monitor and measure the performance of high-speed networks commonly used in distributed supercomputing applications such as automated trading systems. The team’s innovative development allows the monitoring equipment to tap into multi-gigabit data flows without affecting the data flow itself. Starting as a university of Waikato spin-off in 2001, Endace Technology now employs over 100 people with a 50-strong research and development team in New Zealand. 18 Individual Finalists Individual Awards Brendan Dwyer Mike White for “Blowing in the Wind” published in North & South Finalist – New Zealand Young Engineer of the Year Award Finalist – Award for Excellence in Engineering Journalism Brendan was the lead engineer and primary client contact, leading the mechanical and electrical design on the Pacific This article looks at the issue of wind power, focussing on the Palace project in Jakarta, a uS$250 million shopping complex career of wind-power entrepreneur and maverick engineer, geoff with three apartment and office towers. Brendan is a strong Henderson. Although the story, understandably, focuses primarily believer in sustainable design, and is actively involved in the New on geoff, counter voices are heard, context is provided, and there Zealand green Building Council and is a greenstar Assessor. is a sense of journalistic detachment. Sue Carter Paul Enticott, George Murahidy, Rod Vaughan, and Chris Wilks for the programme “Fuels Finalist – New Zealand Young Engineer of the Paradise” broadcast on TV3’s 60 Minutes Year Award Finalist – Award for Excellence in Engineering Sue has eight years of bridge design experience in the united Journalism kingdom. Her first role in New Zealand was the structural design This programme follows three New Zealand entrants in the 2007 management of the Auckland Northern Busway project. Sue World Solar Challenge in Australia, an event that takes solar- leads Connel Wagner’s “culture committee” in Auckland and the powered vehicles across the continent. This is an interesting, New Zealand-wide “Connell Wagner corporate women”. She well-told story. The use of narrative tension – which car will is active in mentoring, developing flexible work practices and come in first, which will not finish – is effective. There was also improving communications. some telling critique of the event, such as its preponderance of petrol-guzzling support cars. 20 Judging Panel Steve Gentry Warwick Bishop Gretchen Kivell Laurence Dr Grant Hannis DistFIPENZ (Convenor) FIPENZ DistFIPENZ Zwimpfer FIPENZ Steve is a retired Warwick is a self- gretchen worked as laurence specialises in Specialist Judge – Award for Excellence in Engineering consulting engineer. employed director, a chemical engineer the use of information Journalism Steve is a former consultant and mentor. in New Zealand and and communications He has a background England for 18 years technologies in grant heads the Director of Energy in electrical (radio) before moving into education. journalism programme Direct, ECNZ, Meridian engineering and senior management at Massey university in Energy, Whisper Tech, He is a Trustee of the extensive experience at uNITEC in Auckland. Wellington. He spent Building research and 2020 Communications on both sides of the She is currently head 14 years at Consumer BrANZ. Trust, the Computer Tasman, including of Abbey College, a magazine, primarily He was New Zealand’s Access New Zealand positions at IPENZ, the residential college for as the senior financial first and only President Trust and The New Zealand Meat postgraduate students writer and latterly as the of the International Wellington loop Producers Board, Works at the university of manager of the writing Federation of Consulting Trust. He is also Corporation and AWA in Otago. staff. He currently Engineers (FIDIC) – the Deputy Chair of the both New Zealand and teaches journalism international body gretchen was President National Commission Australia. at Massey university, representing the of IPENZ in 1998, and for uNESCO in New is the immediate consulting engineering Warwick maintains she has been a Director Zealand and chairs the Past President of the community. strong links to the of Telarc/Accreditation Communications Sub Journalism Education engineering profession New Zealand, Worley Commission. He is a member of the Association of New as the Executive Officer Consultants and the In 2006, laurence was Chartered Professional Zealand, and is a to the Chartered land Transport Safety awarded the William Engineers Council, and member of the New Professional Engineers Authority. gretchen is Pickering Award for a Trustee of the IPENZ Zealand Journalists Council and as a currently a Trustee of Engineering leadership. Foundation, the red Training Organisation’s Trustee of the IPENZ the IPENZ Foundation. Cross Foundation and Council. Foundation. the katherine Mansfield Fellowship Trust. 21 Category Awards Category Awards Many of this year’s category award submissions are, in the words of the young, awesome – such as the night picture of the complex unity of the university of Auckland Business School, or the choreographed robots of Fonterra’s lights-out packing system. Wellington’s inner-city bypass snuggled smoothly into the community, moving old houses into place almost as if constructing a theatrical set, while digital terrestrial television dared to be different, gambling (as we saw it) on new technology to bring high-definition television to our homes. There was drama too, in the bleakness and short summers of the Straits of Magellan as the Carnes Agromar lamb processing plant was brought into being – twenty-first century technology in an ancient landscape. And there was a wonderful ingenuity in the sustainability of Dunedin International Airport’s climate control and of the Burwood landfill’s use of waste generated methane. The one emotion missing this year was frustration. In the past this had mainly been our reaction to poor presentations, but this year we were happy to see that the standard was much higher. We were told and shown precisely how the projects met the criteria. Engineers had obviously vetted the submissions, and we were delighted. David Elms DistFIPENZ Category awards Convenor 22 SuPrEME AWArD FOr NEW ZEAlAND ENgINEErINg ExCEllENCE BuIlDINg AND CONSTruCTION ElECTrICAl AND SYSTEMS FOOD, BIOPrOCESS AND CHEMICAl INFOrMATION AND COMMuNICATIONS TECHNOlOgY MECHANICAl AND MANuFACTurINg rOADS AND TrANSPOrT SuSTAINABIlITY AND ClEAN TECHNOlOgY uTIlITIES, NETWOrkS AND AMENITIES The judges compare the winners of each of the category Supreme Award for New Category Awards awards to choose the recipient of the Supreme Award for New Zealand Engineering Excellence – the project that has Zealand Engineering the “zing” factor and clearly stands out from the others in terms of its contribution and standing. Excellence Arapuni Dam Foundation Remediation Project Arapuni Alliance – Brian Perry Civil, Damwatch Services, Mighty River Power and Trevi S.p.A. The rock foundations of the Arapuni Dam had major clay-filled fissure zones with the potential to erode out. This could result in PrOudly sPOnsOrEd By an expensive loss of water and foundation pressures high enough to destroy the 64-metre-high dam with disastrous consequences. The four zones of fractured rock were sealed with curtain walls formed by drilling overlapping (secant) holes right down through the dam and backfilling them with concrete while keeping the power station fully operational. The Arapuni Dam foundation remediation project wins the Supreme Award for New Zealand Engineering Excellence because As New Zealand’s leading standards developer, Standards of its high degree of technical difficulty, the originality of the new Zealand is driven by one overriding goal – to solution, its contribution to the reputation of New Zealand contribute to the overall public good of New Zealanders. engineering internationally, and the beneficial effects to New it aims to ensure new Zealanders are safer, healthier and Zealand of keeping this dam operational. more prosperous and that their lives are more convenient. The project is a major international first, and the engineering Standards help by making life simpler and safer, and team made great efforts to ensure that the construction work did increasing the effectiveness and reliability of many goods not harm the structural or operational functionality of the dam, and services used every day. and that the responses of the foundation to the construction did Standards New Zealand’s core strengths are project not portend a dangerous or critical situation. The professionalism management, facilitation and consensus-building skills. shown throughout by the dedication of the Arapuni Alliance to Partnership is fundamental to developing standards and quality was outstanding. Standards New Zealand works with a range of public- and private-sector organisations, professional associations and industry groups to develop effective standards and standards-based solutions. 24 This award acknowledges outstanding activities associated Building and Construction Category Awards with the design and construction of buildings and structures. University of Auckland Business School Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner The university of Auckland Business School construction project showed originality, attention to sustainability and high-quality project management. PrOudly sPOnsOrEd By The project was challenging because of its scale and the many conflicting requirements. There were also issues around ensuring the geotechnical stability of the site, and the need to accommodate large teaching spaces, a 37,000-square-metre car park, offices, computer suites and the circulation paths for up to 6,000 students per hour. These conflicting requirements contributed to the unusual and irregular geometry of the The Department of Building and Housing seeks to ensure complex, which in turn meant that there were major challenges that New Zealanders have access to quality homes and for the geotechnical, structural and services engineers. buildings that meet their needs and reflect the New The structural engineering solutions were very high quality, and Zealand environment. It takes a big picture approach, the judges were particularly impressed by Beca Carter Hollings covering all aspects of buildings and their use, from design & Ferner’s integrated approach to each requirement and the and construction through to living and renting. attention given to sustainable solutions whilst achieving a cost- The Department’s responsibilities include ensuring laws effective design. relating to the building and housing sector are effective and are complied with, providing a wide range of building- related information and guidance, assisting with dispute resolution, weather-tightness or tenancy issues, working with the sector to improve professional standards, skills and behaviour, and providing policy advice to the government. 26 This award recognises excellence associated with the Electrical and Systems Category Awards development or implementation of electrical and systems products or services, including networks, industrial or system automation, protection and control technology. Dunedin International Airport Groundwater Heat Pump Energy System MWH new Zealand MWH New Zealand’s groundwater heat pump energy system has significantly reduced Dunedin International Airport’s operating PrOudly sPOnsOrEd By costs, and enhanced the environmental comfort of those working in and using the airport’s refurbished and extended terminal building. This project is an excellent example of using known technologies and off-the-shelf equipment in innovative ways to create a highly successful and integrated system design. Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy The groundwater heat pump system operates in challenging management. It offers integrated solutions making energy climatic conditions, where external temperatures can range safer, more reliable, efficient and productive in the energy from about -9°C in winter to about 30°C in summer. However, and infrastructure, industry, data centres and networks, interlinking various control systems gives high energy efficiency buildings and residential markets. and ensures the airport’s environmental comfort levels remain acceptable. With sales of €17.3 billion in 2007, Schneider Electric’s 120,000 employees in 102 countries help individuals and The airport also reports operating cost savings of $70,000 per year, organisations make the most of their energy. savings that it expects will be ongoing. The judges were impressed with the way MWH New Zealand’s project team developed a thorough understanding of the building’s energy usage and were able to use standard equipment to tailor an integrated control system to achieve the required solution. 28 The award acknowledges exceptional activities associated Food, Bioprocess Category Awards with developing improved or new food, bioprocess or chemical materials, processes, products or services. and Chemical Carnes Agromar Lamb Processing Plant GHd While not large by New Zealand standards, the Carnes Agromar lamb processing plant in Chile is a world-class facility that incorporates leading-edge process flow and hygiene concepts, PrOudly sPOnsOrEd By and makes use of the latest scientific findings on meat conditioning to ensure optimum quality. At a cost of uS$12 million, the plant employs 70 process workers and can process 1,000 lambs per day. gHD’s Food and Agribusiness team designed each of the plant’s working areas to function as a “hygienic operating envelope” and are supported by sophisticated heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems that draw aerosols away from the product. The new Zealand Engineering Excellence awards Drainage and carcass waste removal systems carry wastes partners would like to acknowledge the support of the New immediately away from the slaughter area and the selected Zealand National Committee of the International building materials provide an easy to clean, non-slip work Institute of Refrigeration for the Food, Bioprocess and environment. Chemical category award. The judges felt that the project exemplified the application This year also marks the centenary of the international of leading-edge New Zealand design techniques and meat institute of refrigeration and several national processing technologies to improve food safety standards in refrigeration associations, and the awards partners export-quality chilled lamb products. would like extend their congratulations to these organisations for reaching this remarkable milestone. 30 This award recognises outstanding achievement in Information and Category Awards developing new or improved communications, hardware, or software products or services. Communications Technology Digital Terrestrial Television kordia kordia’s digital terrestrial television project provides New Zealand with a terrestrial digital broadcasting service in addition to the satellite digital broadcasting service that is already in place. Changing from analogue to digital television allows more PrOudly sPOnsOrEd By channels to use the existing spectrum and enables high-definition television broadcasts. kordia’s innovative solution to introduce efficient MPEg-4 video compression established New Zealand as one of the first developed countries to adopt the technology for terrestrial broadcasting. Spanning seven regions, the $30 million project used google Earth terrain mapping software to optimise antenna placement The IET is one of the world’s leading professional societies and signal coverage, resulting in the most efficient arrangement for the engineering and technology community. it has of 54 transmitters around New Zealand. more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. Working within tight constraints and a demanding specification, the kordia engineering team accomplished a major improvement The IET is a leading publisher of technical information to important national infrastructure, work which will potentially and provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the have a positive impact on millions of New Zealanders. exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world. In New Zealand, the IET has about 1,000 members and local networks based in auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Each network fosters close links with industry and universities, and holds regular local meetings. 32 This award honours excellence in new or improved Mechanical and Category Awards products, processes or services using mechanical engineering or arising in the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing “Lights Out” Packing Avalon Engineering, Fonterra Co-operative Group and JMP Engineering The “lights out” packing system is a fully-integrated automated materials processing system. It starts with bulk milk powder and empty bags, and ends with shrink wrapped pallets of full, PrOudly sPOnsOrEd By labelled bags in warehouse storage, ready for dispatch. Human input is not required anywhere in the process, and the increased reliability and accuracy of the packing system means the lights can be turned off on the operations, hence the project’s name. The system comprises four main components – a bag packer, Industrial Research provides research, science and robotic palletiser and stretch wrapper, automatic guided vehicle advanced technology support to industry to enhance system, and the integration and automation information services performance and add value to the New Zealand economy. system. In isolation, each component is effective – automatically Core to the company is innovation based on world-class loading, filling, stacking, wrapping, labelling, transporting and science and engineering. storing – but what is particularly impressive is the integration Our research serves a range of sectors with an emphasis on of the various components into a single well-balanced and the manufacturing, processing, biopharmaceutical, medical smoothly operating materials handling and packaging system. and energy industries. Fonterra has installed the innovative packing system at five sites, Industrial Research’s services include research and covering the production of 2,000 tonnes of milk powder per day, development, pilot-scale production, consultancy, and Fonterra believes there is export potential for the control commercialisation of technology, testing and calibration, and materials handling technologies. and sales and licensing. its clientele ranges from small companies with bright ideas to some of the largest New Zealand companies needing research and development support to succeed in the highly competitive international marketplace. 34 This award recognises exceptional activities associated Roads and Transport Category Awards with the development or operation of any form of land, sea or air transport including vehicles, infrastructural assets or services used by vehicles. Wellington Inner-city Bypass Fulton Hogan, the NZ Transport Agency, Opus International Consultants and Wellington City Council The $55 million Wellington inner-city bypass project is Wellington’s largest road construction project in a decade. Constrained by limited construction space, the proximity of live traffic, nearby residences and commercial properties, the PrOudly sPOnsOrEd By project faced a number of serious technical challenges and the engineering design team had to contend with high earthquake loads, poor ground quality and various groundwater issues. A comprehensive archaeological survey took place prior to moving a number of heritage buildings in the area, and the sensitive relocation and refurbishment of displaced heritage buildings with buildings of a similar age and style in separate The road Controlling authorities Forum was initiated precincts has enhanced the community benefits. in 1996 as a closed, non-political voluntary group, which meets to share information, act as a sounding board on The completed Wellington inner-city bypass project has greatly potential issues, and offer peer support and networking enhanced Wellington’s motorist, pedestrian and cyclist facilities, opportunities to the industry. and has reduced the impact of city traffic on nearby residents and businesses. The Forum has representatives from the 73 territorial local authorities, the Department of Conservation, the NZ The need to address the impact upon the adjacent environment Transport Agency and Local Government New Zealand. has been met comprehensively with noise suppression panel The Forum’s goals are to be the acknowledged source of on the structures as well as the road pavement utilising a noise industry research and development of guidelines relating reducing surfacing (WhispA). to asset ownership, and to achieve a nationally consistent and robust method of performance measurement to drive industry investment decisions. 36 This award acknowledges excellence in new or improved Sustainability and Clean Category Awards clean technologies, lowering resource consumption, or improving environmental sustainability. Technology Burwood Landfill Gas Scheme Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner and Christchurch City Council A typical landfill generates significant quantities of methane, a greenhouse gas that would traditionally be controlled by flaring to the atmosphere. However in the case of Burwood landfill, Beca Carter Hollings & PrOudly sPOnsOrEd By Ferner and Christchurch City Council derived a complex scheme to collect the gas, process and compress it, and transport it via a dedicated pipeline to the QEII sports complex where it is burnt in the existing (though modified) boilers to generate electricity and hot water. The scheme is the first of its type in New Zealand and has significantly reduced carbon emissions, earning over $3 million Auckland Airport is one of New Zealand’s most important dollars in kyoto Protocol carbon credits in its first five years. It infrastructural assets – it provides thousands of jobs for has also saved the Christchurch City Council over $1 million in the region, is the country’s second-largest cargo port by fossil fuel costs. With an expected lifespan of 15–20 years, value and contributes around $14 billion annually to the scheme is set to become a significant contributor to the the economy. local economy. Each year, over 12 million travellers are welcomed to The judges considered the Burwood landfill scheme a win- New Zealand or say farewell through Auckland Airport. win project. Not only does it achieve a positive environmental Because of this, we are very mindful of our environmental outcome by converting a waste product and damaging responsibility and we continually look at how we can greenhouse gas into a viable resource, but it does so at a net be more sustainable. Earlier this year we opened a new cost saving to the community, and with an innovative use of arrivals area that boasts several green initiatives including technology in the treatment and transportation of the gas. A New Zealand’s largest photovoltaic solar display. worthy winner in this category. 38 This award recognises excellence in activities associated Utilities, Networks Category Awards with reliable service supply to communities, or the distribution of water, waste, energy (including electricity, and Amenities gas, oil or coal), communications or community amenities. Arapuni Dam Foundation Remediation Project Arapuni Alliance – Brian Perry Civil, Damwatch Services, Mighty River Power and Trevi S.p.A. Arapuni was a large dam with serious problems. Its rock foundations had major clay-filled fissure zones with the potential PrOudly sPOnsOrEd By to erode out, which could result in an expensive loss of water and foundation pressures high enough to destroy the dam. Engineers working in the Arapuni Alliance took a careful and Roadshare effective approach to resolve these issues. First, exploratory drilling mapped the problems and discovered four zones of fractured rock. working together The engineers proposed to seal the zones with curtain walls formed by drilling overlapping (secant) holes right down through The New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group is a joint the dam and backfilling them with concrete while keeping consultative group of road owners and utility companies the power station operational. The geotechnical work had working together to create outcomes to benefit all road unexpected challenges and the impact of a wrong action was users and communities. potentially disastrous. The Group formed to consider issues relating to utilities in In addition, the solution was completely untried on this scale (in the road corridor, but has now produced several national weak rock, down to a 90-metre depth) anywhere in the world. best-practice guidelines and tools for all aspects of road corridor management. It was truly groundbreaking work. In 2007–08, New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group managed the development, consultation and implementation of a national code covering all aspects of working in road and rail corridors, including working in partnership, planning and corridor management, working underground and above ground, and safety requirements. 40 Category Finalists Category Awards Conservation House Whare Kaupapa Atawhai Sovereign House Sinclair Knight Merz Buller George Turkington, Holmes Fire and safety, and Lincolne Scott Finalist – Electrical and Systems Finalist – Sustainability and Clean Technology Finalist – Building and Construction Finalist – Electrical and Systems Conservation House’s fully integrated and largely automatic building management system monitors and adjusts the internal Sovereign House is a large office building made up of three environment taking into account internal occupancy and external separate limited ductile frame structures within a common weather and lighting. envelope connected by steel members, and slender bridges and stairs spanning the five-storey atrium space. The main problems The complex monitoring devices and control networks are part were to understand and design for the forces in the connecting of a system that creates a safe, healthy, and comfortable building members and to ensure the human-induced vibrations in the and that is environmentally friendly. bridges and stairs were within acceptable bounds. Aviemore Dam Seismic Safety Upgrade Burwood Landfill Gas Scheme Meridian Energy, Opus International Consultants Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner and urs new Zealand and Christchurch City Conncil Finalist – Utilities, Networks and Amenities Finalist – Utilities, Networks and Amenities The Aviemore Dam straddles the Waitangi fault, a region known The Burwood landfill gas scheme makes innovative use of to generate magnitude 7.0 to 8.0 earthquakes. The project team technology to collect methane gas, process and compress it, and developed a methodology to meet the dam’s unique safety needs transport it via a pipeline to the QEII sports complex where it is and satisfy international peer review. The project demonstrates burnt in the existing boilers to generate electricity. sound engineering knowledge applied to infrastructure and is an excellent example of innovative methods overcoming an unusual problem. 42 Carnes Agromar Lamb Processing Plant Dunedin Airport Groundwater Heat Pump GHd MWH new Zealand Finalist – Mechanical and Manufacturing Finalist – Sustainability and Clean Technology The lamb processing plant in southern Chile is a highly automated MWH New Zealand’s groundwater heat pump energy system has plant designed to assist process flow and maintain hygiene. The significantly reduced Dunedin International Airport’s operating project used sophisticated engineering and manufacturing costs, and enhanced the environmental comfort of those working technologies, and was executed in demanding conditions. It has in and using the airport’s refurbished and extended terminal made substantial contributions to the quality-of-life of workers. building. Izona Cook Surface Johnson Street Stage 1 Sewage Plant Fisher & Paykel Appliances MWH new Zealand Finalist – Mechanical and Manufacturing Finalist – Utilities, Networks and Amenities The Izona cook surface is a smooth, modern domestic gas hob The Johnson Street sewage plant design needed to cope with that obtains a simmering condition using a single, low-down, very large fluctuations in flow and effluent quality, placing fan-boosted flame beneath a spreader plate, unlike the multiple considerable demands on the equipment. This project showcases flames of conventional burners. Both burners and pan supports the appropriate use of technology to achieve an affordable, retract down into a smooth continuous ceramic surface using a immediate improvement for the community, while a long-term sophisticated cam mechanism with interlocking controls. solution can be affordably implemented. “Lights Out” Packing Northport Berth Three Avalon Engineering, Fonterra Co-operative Group Beca Infrastructure and the Fletcher Construction Company and JMP Engineering Finalist – Roads and Transport Finalist – Food, Bioprocess and Chemical The design to extend Northport’s general cargo wharf by 180 The “lights out” packing system has reduced the requirement for metres used high-modulus H-sections supporting conventional manual intervention and repetitive handling while increasing Z-shaped sheet piles. At 32 metres, these piles were some of the reliability and accuracy packaged weight. Each day, the largest sheet piles installed in the southern hemisphere. automated system packs over 80,000 25-kilogram bags of milk powder in a low-oxygen environment to increase shelf life. Category Awards Ritz Carlton Jakarta – M&E Engineering Singapore Republic Polytechnic – Air Conditioning Beca international Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner Finalist – Building and Construction Finalist – Building and Construction The design work undertaken on the ritz Carlton building The innovative use of large thermal energy stores coupled with included electrical reticulation and on-site generation, water and a clever building management system created a high-quality wastewater treatment. This coupled with the clients’ desire to use internal climate at reduced operating costs. Sophisticated local equipment and labour intensive construction created a cost- simulation of the cooling load indicates that a $6 million effective solution with significant energy savings. operating saving can be expected over 20 years. Southern RESA at Wellington Airport St Patrick’s Cathedral Airways Corporation of New Zealand, Beca Carter Hollings & Connell Wagner Ferner, Brian Perry Civil and Wellington International Airport Finalist – Building and Construction Finalist – Roads and Transport The aim of the St Patrick’s Cathedral conservation and restoration The 90-metre extension to the runway end safety area (rESA) project was to fulfil modern needs especially in terms of meeting at Wellington Airport involved constructing a 180-metre traffic construction and safety standards while restoring the building underpass adjacent to the southern seawall, and relocating to its original character. All this while operating in a very cost and protecting significant buried services. Strict site restrictions conscious environment where all the restoration work was funded permitted construction for only five hours per day by donations. Tainui Bridge Wellington Inner-city Bypass Connell Wagner Fulton Hogan, the NZ Transport Agency, Opus International Consultants and Wellington City Council Finalist – Roads and Transport Finalist – Building and Construction Strengthening the 327-metre Tainui Bridge in Huntly increased the bridge’s capacity to a 520-tonne gross transport load, well The Wellington inner-city bypass was a complex construction above its previous limit. The innovative design approach meant project with limited space, high earthquake loads, and poor the new steel fabricated arches could be constructed without ground quality. The design team created a range of innovative affecting the existing arches or closing the bridge to traffic. solutions that overcame these challenges and delivered the project ahead of time with minimum negative impact. 44 Judging Panel David Elms DistFIPENZ Allan Leahy MIPENZ Kevin Mackey FIPENZ Paul Sampson MIPENZ (Convenor) CPEng IntPE(NZ) David is Emeritus Professor Allan is a Director of Harrison kevin worked as an Paul has an engineering of Civil Engineering at the grierson Consultants, and electric power engineer for background in roading university of Canterbury leads the company’s Water Transpower New Zealand and small wastewater and a Fellow of the resources Management and its predecessors on tertiary treatment plants. royal Society of New Division. He has worked in various aspects of the high- He retired after a career in Zealand. He is currently the stormwater industry in voltage transmission system. local government as District a consultant, specialising Australasia for over 20 years, Prior to his retirement Engineer for rotorua District in risk management and and has presented a number from Transpower, he was Council and County Engineer issues related to complex of papers at conferences in the general Manager – for Taupo County Council. systems. This often involves this field. Operations for a number Paul has been an executive unusual and unique Allen is a founding committee of years. member of INgENIuM for problems as well as more member of the New kevin served as President many years and is a life well-trodden areas such Zealand Water and Wastes of the Electricity Engineers member of the organisation. as lifelines, transportation, Association’s Stormwater Association of New Zealand environmental impact and He has been involved Special Interest group. for eight years and was Chair geotechnical engineering. in a number of advisory He is also a past Board of both the New Zealand committees interacting David was involved in the member of the Association Electrotechnical Standards with Transit New Zealand, Prime Minister’s Special of Consulting Engineers Committee and the New Transfund and the Fire Committee on the Safety of New Zealand, has served Zealand National Committee Services Commission. Nuclear Powered Ships, the on the Association’s Awards of the IEC, also for eight years. Board of Inquiry into the Currently, he is Chair of the He was also Chair of the Fire of Excellence judging panel Taranaki Combined Cycle Electricity Supply Industry and rescue Services Industry for a number of years, and Power Station and the team Safety Committee and is Training Organisation. is currently the convenor of inquiring into the Police judges on that panel. the electrical representative INCIS project. on the IPENZ Engineering Practice Board. 45 Contributing Organisations The Institute of refrigeration, Heating & Air The Institution of Engineering and Technology is one of the Conditioning Engineers of New Zealand world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community. It has more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North The New Zealand Computer Society America and Asia-Pacific. The IET is a leading publisher of technical information The New Zealand National Committee of the and provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the International Institute of refrigeration exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world. The New Zealand Society on large Dams In New Zealand, the IET has about 1,000 members and local networks based in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Each network fosters close links with industry The New Zealand Timber Design Society and universities, and holds regular local meetings. www.theiet.org The New Zealand Water & Wastes Association The IET also sponsors the Information and Communication Technology Award. The Waste Management Institute of New Zealand 46 The IPENZ Transportation group is a Technical Interest group The IPENZ Foundation Charitable trust promotes the engineering of IPENZ. Its objective is to advance the knowledge of the profession and looks after the welfare of IPENZ members. art, science and practice of road traffic and transportation Specific areas of the IPENZ Foundation’s work include finding engineering and planning. Currently, it has over 900 members. ways to promote the engineering profession, providing The main activities of the Transportation group are arranging scholarships to encourage secondary school students to choose continuing professional development opportunities for members, careers in professional engineering, sponsoring bronze plaques publishing its quarterly newsletter Roundabout, liaising with marking significant engineering projects around New Zealand, New Zealand and overseas organisations with similar objectives, research when appropriate, and assisting IPENZ members in promoting technical education and research, assisting with the financial difficulty preparation of standard specifications and good practice guides, Working alongside IPENZ, the IPENZ Foundation has an and providing advice to government and other organisations on independent impact in which all IPENZ members can participate. issues relating to transportation. www.foundation.org.nz www.ipenz.org/ipenztg The IPENZ Foundation also sponsors the William Pickering Award for Engineering Leadership and the Award for Excellence in Engineering Journalism. The New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards partners would like to thank the following for their support. AIr NEW ZEAlAND IPENZ AuCklAND BrANCH JH WHITTAkEr AND SONS We would also like to acknowledge the judges who gave so generously of their time and the staff and volunteers who worked behind the scenes to make these awards possible. Te PaPa 26 November
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