06.09.2016

Celebrating four ACENZ INNOVATE awards

Beca has been recognised for engineering innovation and excellence in New Zealand following four wins at the 2016 Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand (ACENZ) INNOVATE Awards. Amongst the project gongs bestowed upon our teams at the Ellerslie Events Centre in Auckland were 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Merit and an ACENZ Special Award.

For over 50 years the event has celebrated the most ground-breaking and exceptional engineering projects from New Zealand and international locations. These accolades recognise the significant contribution that engineers in New Zealand make towards developing and maintaining a sustainable built and natural environment. The awards consider the technical excellence of the design and execution of projects by evaluating complexity, innovation, depth of technical knowledge, the elegance of the solution, social environmental impacts and the client relationship of each entry.

We're proud to have been involved in the following award-winning projects:

Project ATOM for New Zealand Steel - Gold Award of Excellence

Project ATOM was an upgrade to New Zealand Steel's existing Glenbrook site allowing flexible production and expanded capabilities for the plant. The project had to be completed in a tight timeframe in the middle of an existing and fully operational steel plant, with a completely boutique solution. This project was determined to be Gold-worthy for the outstanding consulting performance working under time, capability and physical constraints to produce a custom solution for the client. The Beca team fully integrated themselves into New Zealand Steel and is a prime example of what a great collaborative working agreement looks like, raising the profile and value of the consulting engineering industry.

Timaru's District Wide Wastewater Strategy for Timaru District Council - Silver Award of Excellence

This project is a 17-year long wastewater strategy developed collaboratively by Beca CH2M and Timaru District Council. This project was determined to be Silver-worthy as a shining example of the impact good consultancy can have on a project. By engaging in wide stakeholder engagement with the four communities this project reached, including: Timaru, Geraldine, Pleasant Point, and Temuka, we were able to create a cost-effective solution with outstanding client and community satisfaction. We adapted as the project evolved over the years, listening to the client, council, and community to respond with a series of simple but effective solutions. Without the trust of the client/consultant relationship, we could not have provided some of the environmental improvements and effective solutions that resulted in cost savings for the community.

Auckland Harbour Bridge Outcomes Based Asset Management for NZ Transport Agency - Award of Merit

The Auckland Harbour Bridge Outcomes Based Asset Management project by alliance members: NZ Transport Agency, Beca and Total Bridge Services is a resource consent project that transformed the process for maintaining the bridge. Historic lack of consent flexibility constrained innovation and the ability to use more environmentally sensitive maintenance processes. The project resulted in a framework that provides flexibility in the way the bridge is maintained to achieve optimal outcomes, rather than fitting with a prescribed maintenance method. This project was determined to be Merit worthy for the adaptive consent process developed by the alliance team, which has set a new best practice for bridge maintenance by the NZ Transport Agency. Through the alliance's collaborative thinking the Auckland Harbour area will see a dramatic reduction in discharged contaminants to land air and coast as well as saving the client a considerable amount of future cost.

ACENZ Special Award for the Consulting Industry's Collaboration in the Rebuild of Christchurch's Public Infrastructure

The devastation and destruction caused by the Christchurch Earthquakes was of an unprecedented scale in New Zealand in recent times. This award recognises the contribution of both ACENZ members and non-member firms to the collaborative working arrangement for the infrastructure rebuild, and for demonstrating that, by working together, we are stronger. Repairing and reinstating the public infrastructure required an innovative and collaborative approach. The award recognises this effort, which included early response and teamwork between firms to address, maintain and renew earthquake-damaged infrastructure. Together, the firms facilitated the framework that enabled consultants to deliver critical engineering solutions. It was the leadership of ACENZ firms and others that led to these innovative and collaborative processes. Christchurch and the people of New Zealand have benefitted from the unwavering commitment of ACENZ Members and other firms who offered their selfless service during this critical time. We'd like to thank the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT), including Christchurch City Council, NZ Transport Agency, CERA, and the five contractors, and 11 consultants who we worked with to deliver the best for Christchurch.

Congratulations to our Business Director of Civil Infrastructure - Brent Meekan, who was awarded an Honorary Life Membership of ACENZ in recognition of the governance and other inputs he has made to the Association over the last 12 years. Honorary membership is awarded infrequently to individuals whose efforts have particularly helped advance the interests of the consulting engineering profession in New Zealand.

Visit the ACENZ website for more information on the awards.