The annual ACSE Awards for Excellence in Engineering were presented at a cocktail party on Thursday 23 March 2017 at Harbour 220. There were 24 fantastic projects submitted projects and on display. Despite the rainy weather over 100 people attended the event and enjoyed a fun night that celebrated the achievements of our profession. Our panel of judges faced a challenging assessment process and their notes about the selected winners can be read below.
2016 Awards Judging Panel:
Mike Hysler – 2015 Gold Medal Winner
Prof. Brian Uy – Head of School of Civil Engineering, University of Sydney
Greg Ewing – General Manager, Engineers Australia
Deb Smee – Newest ACSE member
Todd Halliday – 2017 President, ACSE NSW
Rick Piltz – ACSE Board Member
2016 Awards Winners and Judges Notes:
The most challenging category to assess this year was the Unusual Projects and it was also the category with the most submissions. The diverse range of projects meant that it was impossible to compare projects or apply a like-for-like assessment. In other categories too, the judges has to prioritise certain assessment criteria to be able to reach a decision.
What all the submissions demonstrate is that Structural Engineering is a professional to be proud of. There are complex technical issues to resolve whilst balancing community sustainability with stakeholder interests and financial drivers. Often these layers of input into the development process result in creative and progressive solutions that realise intuitive and impressive design.