Outstanding entries in engineering awards

Judges of the IMEA - NSW Division 1999 Engineering Excellence, Awards, said the calibre of the projects submitted were once again outstanding.

The Awards, sponsored by the Foundation for the Technical Advancement of Local Government Engineering in New South Wales, attracted 34 entries in three categories. These categories included Design and Construction of a Local Government Project; Environmental Initiatives; and Innovation or Introduction of New or Improved Techniques.

Winner of the Design and Construction category was Campelltown City Council for the Leumeah Railway Overpass. This project resolved dangerous traffic inefficiencies at a major road and rail transport junction.

Joint winners of the Environment Award were Kempsey Shire Council and Port Stephens Council. Kempsey's winning entry was the Macleay River Quality Monitors Project. This is a unique environmental monitoring system which studies the water quality in the Macleay River floodplain.

The system is described by Dr Ian White from the ANU as world class, adventurous and innovative. Port Stephens Waste Minimisation Scheme is a comprehensive system addressing waste at every point in the process. It has far exceeded government waste reduction targets.

Wyong Shire Council won the New or Improved Techniques category with a computer based system to increase workplace productivity. The new system has resulted in increased productivity and utilisation of Council's Plant fleet by 15% while reducing costs of construction and maintenance work by $2 million dollars per annum.

Councils which received high commendations in the Design and Construction category were Greater Taree City Council for its Main Street Redevelopment and Mulwaree Shire for its Marulan Water Supply system.

In the environment category, a high commendation went to Mudgee City Council for its Rural Landfill Development.

Eurobodalla Shire and Blacktown City Councils earned high commendations in the New or Improved Techniques category.

Eurobodalla for its development of low cost asset management system and Blacktown for the development of an automated system that transposes goalposts for different football codes.