This year Beca HunterH2O took Ozwater’22, Australia’s national conference for Water professionals, by storm in a suitably rainy Brisbane!Following the recent announcement of Beca’s acquisition of Hunter H2O, attendees were excited to have a united presence at the conference, supported by our jointly branded exhibition stand and airport advertising.
Our team of attendees from Australia and New Zealand were spread throughout the conference agenda, with presentations of insightful papers on complex projects. Beca HunterH2O also hosted a client event in Brisbane after Tuesday’s conference agenda wrapped up, so that current clients of Beca and Hunter H2O could meet all the new faces they’ll be working with.
Highlight of the conference was at the Gala Dinner, when our very own Michael Carter, Principal Engineer, won Young Water Professional of the Year at the Australian Water Association (AWA) Awards.
“Carter was recognised as a passionate and inspiring young principal engineer, with a vision for all water supplies across regional NSW to be safe and resilient”, says AWA.
“Carter was recognised as a passionate and inspiring young principal engineer” -AWA
Michael, known to colleagues and clients as Mick, is excited about both the award win and his future with Beca HunterH2O.
“I was very humbled and surprised to receive this prestigious award. It’s great to be recognised for the work our team and I do throughout regional Australia, where together we are making everyday better. To top it off, I was able to celebrate the win with my work family.
"I’m super excited to see what shared learnings Beca HunterH2O can seize from the New Zealand reforms that are currently occurring. There are so many similarities between the issues and challenges our Australian and New Zealand regional water utilities face.”
News hot off the press is that Rob Burchell, Business Director – Major Projects has won the Best Presentation and Paper Award following a highly engaging breakdown of the Waikato River to Reservoir Program, alongside Watercare's CEO Jon Lamonte.
Rob comments: “It was easy to tell a great story about the Waikato River to Reservoir (R2R) project. The project not only delivered the outcomes of the design, consenting, procurement, construction, commissioning and operation of a 50MLD water treatment plant and 225MLD booster pump station in 12 months, but also extracted program-level value that can be realised across Watercare’s Enterprise Model.
"I’m very proud that we helped rethink how we deliver infrastructure and clearly demonstrated new ways of working... to deliver broader social, economic and environmental outcomes for our communities." -Rob Burchell
Timbi Poon, Associate - Advisory, also shared some of the spotlight last week, alongside Stephen Molineux, Water Design Manager at WSP New Zealand. The pair delivered a well received presentation on how they used digitised inspection workflows to assess 142 drinking water reservoirs in Wellington, New Zealand.
Peter Dennis, Managing Director, Beca HunterH2O, enjoyed seeing the team together as one: “It was wonderful to connect with our water community and understand the current challenges we all face. Great do this as a combined team, and there was a real sense of excitement of what we can achieve together for our clients.”
Clive Rundle, Utilities Director, Beca HunterH2O, added: "It was clear in Brisbane that we will bring new strengths to meeting the challenges of our clients, and grow a new wave of industry specialists."
"It was clear in Brisbane that we will bring new strengths to meeting the challenges of our clients, and grow a new wave of industry specialists" - Clive Rundle, Beca
Our success at Ozwater’22 is only the beginning for Beca HunterH2O. The future of water is bright and our team of water specialists across the Asia Pacific are ready to help our clients make everyday better.
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