Five ACENZ Awards for innovative Beca teams

In a night to remember, five Beca teams were recognised for excellent technical work on our clients’ projects, including Gold for Skellerup Project Viking and Mason Brothers – Building Information Modelling. The 2017 INNOVATE NZ Awards of Excellence were celebrated on 12 August in Taupo.

Mingling - and innovating - with the best the New Zealand consulting engineering fraternity has to offer, Beca was proud and delighted to receive awards for these diverse projects:

  • Skellerup Project Viking
  • Mason Bros – Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Christchurch City Council Insurance Programme
  • SKYCITY Generator Replacement Project
  • Holcim Cement Imports

You can read more about these remarkable projects below.

Senior Structural Engineer Phil Wilkins also received a special award for Our Underground Story, his book profiling the amazing work SCIRT has done to help rebuild Christchurch’s underground infrastructure after the earthquakes.

New Zealand Managing Director Darryl-Lee Wendelborn affirmed Beca’s commitment to keep fostering technical excellence, finding new ways to make things happen for our clients.

“Whether we’re finding efficiencies in design, adapting technology, or creating brand new methodologies and design innovations, our goal is to make things happen for our clients. We aim to bring a level of innovation to their projects that they can showcase on a global stage – and these awards demonstrate how even small improvements can help to shape the whole industry.”

Skellerup Project Viking: Gold Award – Collaborative Working Agreement Category
Won by Beca, Skellerup, Calder Stewart and Inovo

Following the Canterbury earthquakes, Skellerup needed to move complex, specialised rubber manufacturing equipment into brand new premises in Wigram. The impacts of locating all the machinery and multiple production and warehousing areas in close proximity needed careful planning, consideration and teamwork.

Project Viking was set up, with extraordinary ‘best for project’ collaboration between Skellerup, Calder-Stewart, Invovo and the Beca team, resulting in a very successful relocation. Beca provided expertise in preliminary engineering and planning advice, BIM modelling, and managed the design build contract.

Mason Brothers – Building Information Modelling: Gold Award – General Category

Beca delivered a New Zealand-first BIM solution for Precinct Properties’ three story commercial development. Using a cloud-based iPhone application for digital project delivery, the team used 3D models and captured data on site – delivering it straight to the Operations team’s mobile phones. This will enable greater efficiencies and enhanced service to their tenants. 

Christchurch City Council Insurance Programme: Silver Award – General Category

The Christchurch City Council Insurance Programme was established to manage and coordinate assessment of 1,600 property assets damaged in the earthquakes. The Beca-led project management office centrally coordinated with the client, stakeholders and insurers to logically carry out site by site engineering investigations and lodge claims cohesively. A wide number of engineering and other technical consultancies collaborated to carry out the investigations.

SKYCITY Generator Replacement Project: Silver Award – General Category

The Beca team believes this may have been one of the most technically challenging buildings projects in Auckland in recent years. SKYCITY needed to free-up basement space to enable the New Zealand International Convention Centre build to commence. But the space housed their back-up generators and switchboards. A new generator system had to be designed, installed, commissioned and integrated into the live SKYCITY site. The team had to be innovative to find space for all the new equipment within the existing site, with no impact on operations.

Holcim Cement Imports: Merit Award – Collaborative Working Agreement Category
Won by Beca, Downer, Van Aalst Building Handling BV and Holcim

To successfully implement Holcim’s Cement Market Supply Project, a collaborative team planned, procured, transported and construct two reinforced concrete monolithic storage domes, one in Auckland and one in Timaru. This was the first time buildings of this type had been erected in Australasia. Early contractor involvement ensured the project was delivered speedily, and 3D modelling ensure the 30,000 tonne capacity domes were erected without a hitch.

Christchurch – Our Underground Story: Special Award

Structural engineer Phil Wilkins combined his passion for engineering and education to write Christchurch - Our Underground Story. The interactive children’s book tells the story of the incredible work SCIRT did to rebuild Christchurch’s underground infrastructure, and is helping raise money for Ronald McDonald House, South Island. Phil engaged illustrator Martin Coates (an ex-colleague and chemical engineer) to help bring its messages to life.

A unique solution, the book aims to educate and inspire young minds about the world of engineering, simplify its complexity and encourage a wider understanding of the important work engineers do. It received a huge amount of support and interest from the engineering and wider community and has raised more than $20,000 for Ronald MacDonald House.

Title image of Skellerup Project Viking's front facade on opening day, with all credit to David Alexander.
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