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Australia celebrated its most innovative engineering projects this week — along with the brilliant teams behind them — during this year’s Australian Engineering Excellence Awards, according to the official website.

For the first time, the ceremonies were held virtually, but this didn’t kill the vibe for the talented engineering teams who surged to the top.

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Australian Engineering Excellence Award Winners

Starting in 1988, the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards searched 32 years for local engineering projects with a substantial positive impact in local communities.

Like any other competition, project teams submit their entries locally and are assessed by a Division judging panel against key criteria. After the entries are shortlisted, they go through a rigorous judging process to compete for one of the highly-coveted six Australian Engineering Excellence Award titles in their Division. One winner was selected to represent their location as a finalist for the Sir William Hudson Award, the top of the top.

Before we learn who the winner is, let’s take a look at three of our favorites.

Source: AEEA

State-of-the-art metro line helped many in Sydney region

One of the projects on the Sir Williams Hudson Award finalists list is the Sydney Metro Northwest station, which made a stunning addition to the Sydney area.

The collaborative creation of Mott MacDonald, SMEC, and KBR — this modern metro line features fully-automated trains and improved safety features — connecting residents to different communities and emerging economic hubs within the region. The entire project included eight new stations, five renovated stations, 4,000 new parking spots for residents, and an impressive 22.3 miles (36 kilometers) of new metro rail.

No one would complain about train stations competing for the nicest public experience.

Check Out the 2020 Australian Engineering Excellence Award Winners
Source: AEEA

Monitoring, detecting movement, potential collapses across open-cut mines

Hailing from Queensland, SSR-Omni is the world’s leading slope stability radar technology. As a Sir William Hudson Award finalist, it monitors and detects movement, in addition to potential collapses across open-cut mines and tailings dams, areas that can be very dangerous.

The SSR-Omni can scan 360 degrees, taking 37 million measurements in a 6.95-mile (11.2-kilometer) diameter, and it tracks the movement of rock and ground to within a 0.0004-inch (0.1-millimeter) magnitude of precision — within only 40 seconds. It can even predict potential collapse.

Check Out the 2020 Australian Engineering Excellence Award Winners
Source: AEEA

Affordable, continuous potable water for remote communities

Enter Project Gilghi — from Aurecon and Ampcontrol. Based in Newcastle, Australia, the project is changing the lives of people living in remote communities across Australia.

Project Gilghi gave isolated communities continuous access to affordable potable water. This was done via a self-sufficient, “containerized” water treatment plant.

Additionally, the plant can take water from groundwater, rivers, lakes, and oceans — and turns it into drinkable water.

Finalists and winners are awarded a lot of great benefits. 

The finalists and winners at the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards receive a lot of great perks — not to mention the prestige and recognition associated with the AEEA.

Finalists receive an official badge for social media and email signature, in addition to AEEA website listing, inclusion in the finalist announcements to Engineers Australia networks, and a project showcase during the division virtual award ceremony, streamed live to Australian and international attendees.

At the same time, finalists are given access to the Engineers Australia Network, an interview used in promotion for the Pinnacle Awards event, and, of course — an official trophy and certificate. For the full list of perks, be sure to stop by the AEEA website.

It’s interesting to wonder whether our own engineering prowess would make the cut. Until we try, no one can say, but sometimes a little inspiration goes a long way.

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