Annual Awards

2017 Excellence in Engineering Awards

The annual ACSE Awards for Excellence in Engineering were presented at a cocktail party on Thursday 22 March 2018 at L’Acqua Cockle Bay Wharf. There were 20 fantastic projects submitted projects and on display. Over 90 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.

2017 Awards Judging Panel:

Professor Brian Uy – Head of the School of Civil Engineering, University of Sydney
Andrew Nimmo – NSW Chapter President, Australian Institute of Architects
Greg Ewing – General Manager, Engineers Australia, NSW & ACT Division
Harry Partridge – ACSE Gold Medal Winner 2016
Trudy Myers – ACSE President – Enstruct
Rick Piltz – ACSE Retiring Board Member – GHD
Rob McGowan – Newest ACSE member – Structure Engineers

Award for Unusual Projects

Structure Consulting Engineers

The feeling amongst the judges can be best conveyed with the words from our judge Andrew Nimmo – “Interloop is a beautiful example of how engineers can make wonderful public art come to life – it is a great example of engineers applying their skills beyond the traditional – and showing how they can work creatively with artists “.

Interloop ticks all of the boxes, but in particular it demonstrated 2 key criteria:
1. Sustainability and heritage conservation – the existing treads of the escalators have been used as the fabric of this art work. This is both visually interesting and displays heritage in a fun and quirky way.
2. Innovation – The solution was technically well resolved and demonstrated how, due to time constraints, a major change in the engineering design approach was found quite late in the process. The engineering design allowed for the extremely tight erection timeframe and is an elegant and fully resolved solution.

Award for Large Building Projects

Taylor Thomson Whitting

Parliament Square demonstrates a fundamental and primary solution to an engineering & architectural problem which was to avoid structural proximity to a heritage wall. The engineering of Parliament Square has overcome a number of issues that were all technically well resolved.

The highlight of this project for the judges was the Y – columns. These feature columns had many changing surfaces, and were a very complex and ever changing geometry. The outcome – a structural expression that is both sculptural and structurally efficient. Despite the complexity of the columns, the documentation was very impressive making an extremely complex feature, very understandable. They also pushed the envelope in terms of construction, using 100MPa concrete, which was a first for Tasmania.

This is another project where the judges identified a strong collaboration between engineer and architect.

Award for Medium Building Projects

Taylor Thomson Whitting

High Commendation:

The judges were extremely impressed with the innovation used in this project that brought cutting edge techniques into the use of timber and C.L.T. The judges acknowledged that timber is the way of the future and this project has pushed boundaries and demonstrates a new approach. Not only has the engineer been inventive with the technical design, but also to the delivery of the project in a very short timeframe.
The structural solutions had to work to very strict requirements of modular off-site construction, reduced time frame, and buildability issues. Transportation and construction all came together in a co-ordinated way showing great planning and great team work.

Strong collaboration with the architect was also evident, and it was clear they have worked together to influence the extraordinary outcome. The final structure is light, elegant and fully integrated into the architecture. The end result is a fine example of excellence with an outcome that provides an inspiring space for students and research.

Whilst the waffle pod has been around for decades, it is uncommonly used in suspended structures these days. The judges liked seeing the waffle pod concept brought back with use of post tensioned ribs. It was a very fitting, clever and innovative solution to overcome the challenges associated with the large cantilevers of this floor plate, as the reduced self-weight of waffle slabs assisted with the deflection criteria. The engineer also did well to overcome the tight restraints of the building, only having 4 points of support.

The judges were a bit disappointed the beauty of the waffle slabs and the structural solutions were supressed by the fitout, but note that is no fault of the engineer.

Award For Small Building Projects

Chippendale Warehouse Conversion
PMI Engineers

High Commendation:
Torsion House, Castle Cove
SDA Structures

Chippendale House showcases a series of creative structural solutions to the existing building and the architectural issues, which have not only enhanced the architecture but also the outcome of the project in a very specific way. It shows a lot of respect for the existing building fabric and the history of the building. This is a prime example of the success of the engineer and architect working intimately together. The engineer’s solutions have contributed substantially to the success of the architecture. It is projects like this that encourages other engineers to be inventive.

There has been some daring and cutting edge engineering used in Chippendale House which grabbed the attention of the judges, and left us wanting to know more. A prime example of this was the suspended glass brick wall. The judges were eager to delve into the finer technical details like the stresses generated in the glass bricks and mortar, but nevertheless were impressed with the solution and outcome.

Torsion house represents a complex design that has been made to look like an effortless solution. The entirety of the structure has been designed to work together, which is a great concept. By adopting this holistic approach to the design, the engineer has been able to achieve slender concrete elements, despite some of the large cantilevers.

Torsion hose demonstrates very good engineering on many fronts: design, construction and team working together with the architect.

Gold Medal Award

The ACSE Board of Director’s is delighted to present this year’s Gold Medal to Dick Kell, one of Australia’s most distinguished engineers.

His career commenced in 1960 and successfully progressed to culminate in his becoming Chairman of Cardno and then Executive Director after its listing in 2004.

He has appeared frequently in the Engineers Australia “Top 100” and was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1998 for services to Engineering, particularly Bridge Engineering and International Affairs. Dick has led major infrastructure expansions in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Islands, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Dick is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia. He is currently Chairman of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney and serves on the board of DRBF Australia.

Awards Presentation Night