Annual Awards

2019 Excellence in Engineering Awards

The 2019 annual ACSE Awards for Excellence in Engineering were presented on Thursday 21 March 2019 at L’Aqua Cockle Bay Wharf. This year two new categories were introduced – Female Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year.

There were 26 submissions on display and 100 people attended the event to help us celebrate the achievements of our profession.

2019 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
Richard Kell – ACSE Gold Medal Winner 2017
Joyce Lee – ACSE President – Arcadis
Todd Halliday – ACSE Retiring Board Member – Northrop

Read our judges notes and comments.

Award for Large Building Projects

Northrop Consulting Engineers

Omnia Potts Point is a high-end iconic residential development located in the heart of Kings Cross. The project comprises an adaptive re-use of the existing building which was designed in the late 1960’s to the design standards of the time.

The new mixed-use development includes 135 residential units over 20 storeys with communal landscaped amenities on one level, retail and commercial uses on ground floor and level 1, and three levels of basement parking, which is maintained from the original building. Further, the southern portion of the site is located over the Eastern Suburbs rail tunnels and King’s Cross station.

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Award for Medium Building Projects

Taylor Thomson Whitting

The Anzac War Memorial is a landmark building in Hyde Park. The original building completed in 1934, is a concrete structure, clad in stone, designed by Charles Bruce Dellit.

As part of the NSW Centenary of Anzac, a redevelopment project involved constructing underground facilities to include education and exhibition areas around a new central chamber, the “Hall of Service”, connected to the Memorial through an open oculus. A new stair flanked by inclined lifts connects the new underground spaces with the existing ground floor. The structure within the Hall of Service features dramatic precast cantilevers towards the central oculus, leaving the space free of columns.

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Award For Small Building Projects

Taylor Thomson Whitting

This project involves improvements and extensions to a heritage-listed Synagogue building, designed to serve the community as both a cultural centre and place of worship. Built in the southern wing of the existing campus, the new two-storey concrete and steel framed structure comprises of a preschool on the ground floor, with a 700-person synagogue facility. Working to a tight budget, the team sought to deliver a ‘simple yet dramatic’ design that highlights the importance of the built space.

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Award for Unusual Building Projects

SDA Structures

High Commendation:
Bonacci Group

Three Capes Track is an iconic 3 day walk in the Tasman National Park, Tasmania. This natural location, over 10kms from the nearest roadway, is untouched by development and the core value of this project was to have a light a touch on the topography while installing a world class luxury accommodation facility.

With precise pod design, weight calculations and lifting sequencing planning by SDA, the pods were helicopter lifted from a staging point near the park onto pre constructed foundation base frames at the two sites requiring close liaison with the builder, aviation specialists, pilots, riggers, architects and the client. The bushwalking premise – ‘leave nothing but footprints’ was often quoted during this project.

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The UTS Central staircase project comprises of three distinct staircases:

(1) The Helix Stair – a 4 storey double helix design with 176 steps;  (2) Reading Room Stair – a 3 storey spiral design with 60 steps; and  (3) Wintergarden Stair – a 6 storey spiral design with 144 steps.

To achieve the long helical spans, Bonacci designed circular hollow sections as primary torsional members, with additional stiffness provided by the structural steel stair treads and balustrades. Visible from the street through the glass facade of the new building on the corner of Jones Street and Broadway, the unusual staircase is a real showpiece.

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Awards for People of the Year

Female Engineer of the Year:
Northrop Consulting Engineers

Young Engineer of the Year:
Northrop Consulting Engineers

Isabel is currently the lead engineer and job manager on several of Northrop’s biggest and most complex concrete framed buildings. She has been with Northrop since graduating from UNSW in 2012 with a Bachelor of Engineering – Civil with Architecture and has worked on a wide range of projects in that time. She has three mentees at Northrop, she is the youngest member of their Business Development team and she was a founding member of their ‘Women in Northrop’ group.

Isabel currently chairs the national Young Engineers Australia committee and is an advocate for the engineering profession. She aspires to be a leader for women in engineering and construction, and a voice for change in the industry.

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Nick has worked at Northrop Consulting Engineers for 4.5 years as a structural design engineer, job manager and now technical manager. He graduated from The University of Sydney in 2013 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), and a Bachelor of Design in Architecture, the University Medal and awards from the Australian Steel Institute and the Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia for steel and concrete design.

As technical manager he is responsible for pushing forward the design and documentation capabilities of a team of 60 engineers and drafters. He recently became Northrop’s youngest associate in 2018, a group of 30 individuals who display leadership both within the area that they work in and within the company and industry as a whole.

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Gold Medal Award

The ACSE Board of Director’s is delighted to present this year’s Gold Medal to Tim Hogan.

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.

Tim Hogan graduated with a Master of Engineering Science from UNSW in 1973 and embarked on a long and prolific engineering career, and concluding as the Director of Stigter Clarey & Partners until he retired a few years ago. He has been a member of several colleges, institutes and associations as well as holding various Chairperson positions on a large number of committees for Standards Australia (too many to list here!). His work at Standards Australia has seen the incorporation of many of the industry standards used today. He has also contributed to several of our own ACSE Practice Notes.

Tim has enjoyed a highly successful career and is a recognised specialist in all matters dealing with structural steel in terms of design work, practical construction and specialised connection details. He has had significant involvement in more than 200 complex structural projects. In addition to this he was a part-time lecturer at UTS for many years. He has authored and co-authored 15 text books, 17 conference papers and 17 technical journal articles. His vast specialist knowledge resulted in him providing Expert Witness Opinions on many technical reports and maintenance procedures.

Tim’s contribution to our industry is vast and informs much of our work today. He is a very worthy recipient of the ACSE Gold Medal Award. Thank you Tim!

Awards Presentation Night