WSP Scoops up at 2020 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards

We are delighted to have been named a winner – multiple times – in the 2020 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) that were announced last week across nine divisions (state-based locations).

The AEEAs are awarded bi-annually to projects that contribute to social and/or economic outcomes and represent excellence in engineering.


The division winners of the AEEAs, as well as the Professional & Young Professional Engineer of the Year Awards were announced at a series of virtual presentations last week. All division winners will be put through as finalists for November’s Pinnacle Event known as the National Engineer of the Year Awards. You can view a full list of the division winners of the AEEAs here.


“It’s exciting to see new engineering feats that push the boundaries coming from across Australia,” says Guy Templeton, President and CEO of WSP in ANZ.


“WSP is proud to be part of signature projects delivering innovative engineering solutions in transport, water and sustainability to transform outcomes for the end communities they serve.


“From returning green space to Melbourne’s community with the visually distinctive elevated viaduct on the Caulfield to Dandenong project in Melbourne; to uniting Newcastle’s CBD and beach with the design of Australia’s first catenary free light rail – we are playing a key role in helping communities thrive.


“We’re also thrilled to be moving the needle in the structures space – championing the introduction of new technical solutions such as the country’s first steel-concrete composite dowel girder bridge in Perth, and in sustainability with Queensland’s first Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) at the Cedar Grove Environment Centre which is benefiting the environment through membrane bioreactor technology and constructed wetlands to achieve record low nutrient levels, and offsetting remaining nutrients through catchment restoration.



Cedar Grove Environmental Centre - Winner

Logan Water, Economic Development Queensland, Downer, Cardno, WSP

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Young Professional Engineer of the Year – Queensland

Brody Clark – Finalist

Dr. Brody Clark – Senior Pavement Engineer, has been with WSP for two years and is the youngest (known) engineer to acquire his PhD and chartership. Brody has led packages of work to design and deliver billions of dollars of infrastructure, he’s authored several peer reviewed journal papers, and presented at an international conference. Vincent Blanchet- finalist


Vincent Blanchet – Finalist

Vincent is a young chartered professional geotechnical engineer and our Queensland Team Leader for Geotechnics and Tunnels. Vincent has more than 10 years’ engineering experience in France, England, Papua New Guinea, Australia, and New Zealand, applying his adaptability and creativity to transport infrastructure, mining and property (residential and commercial) projects.



The Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project - Winner

The Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Alliance


The Alliance comprising WSP, Lendlease, CPB Contractors and Aurecon in partnership with the Level Crossing Removal Project and Metro Trains Melbourne, innovated throughout the project’s immense scope. It elevated the railway above the surrounding area, eliminated nine dangerous level crossings, delivered five new train stations, and created 22.5 hectares of new vibrant linear parkland.


The CTD team artfully enriched the urban space while alleviating several road congestion points, enlarging stations and upgrading the infrastructure to cater for longer, higher-capacity trains soon being added to the network.


The Engineering Excellence award win is the latest in CTD’s achievements – 13 major industry accolades to date – and follows the 2020 Rail Technical Society for Australasia’s 2020 Biennial Project Award win and 2019 Consult Australia Gold Award for Sustainability in Design, and Project Team Collaboration. Read more.


Southern Program Alliance – Initial Works Package - Winner

Alliance consisting of Lendlease, Acciona Coleman Rail, WSP, Metro Trains Melbourne and Level Crossing Removal Project


The Alliance consisting of Lendlease, Acciona Coleman Rail, WSP, Metro Trains Melbourne and Level Crossing Removal Project, is delivering level crossing removals and new stations along the Frankston line as part of a $3 billion upgrade that will improve safety and allow more trains more often.


SPA's Initial Works Package, valued at $588 million, included removing four level crossings in Carrum and Seaford, a new Carrum Station, connecting Station Street across Patterson River, and new community open spaces. The solution improves safety, reduces congestion, provides more direct road connections and more walking and cycling options, making it safer and easier for people to access the things they love about their local area. Read more.



Professional Engineer of the Year – South Australia

Peter Statton - Winner


As the state’s 2020 Professional Engineer of the Year, Peter has been recognised for his innovation and resourcefulness, commitment to excellence through strong and positive leadership, ability to effectively engage with others and the delivery of sustainable and innovative outcomes for the community, industry and clients.


With WSP for over 27 years, Peter has held several leadership roles on transport and water infrastructure projects in both ANZ. His recent appointment as Chair of the National Structural College Board for EA and chairing the 2018 International Australasian Structural Engineering Conference is testament to his contribution in the field and profession in Australia.


The judges commended Peter on the significant contributions he has made to the profession throughout his career including demonstrated technical leadership and mentoring on multi-billion-dollar projects in Australia and New Zealand, as well as small heritage projects of great importance to local communities.


Peter will now represent South Australia for the National Professional of the Year title at the Pinnacles Award Ceremony on 9 November 2020.



Newcastle Light Rail - Finalist

WSP, Aurecon


WSP, in a joint venture, delivered Newcastle Light Rail project for Downer and Transport for NSW (TfNSW), as part of the NSW Government’s $650m program to revitalise Newcastle. It was Australia’s first fully catenary-free light rail with an innovative charging mechanism, and it notably increased light rail’s appeal as a viable future option for growing regional areas. Read more.



Tone Bridge Replacement - Finalist

WSP, Main Roads WA, Fulton Hogan


Our innovative solution for the Tone Bridge Replacement project became Australia’s first steel-concrete composite dowel girder bridge to be successfully constructed. The project embraced a state-of-the-art approach to bridge design, including digital design and development.


Main Roads WA, Fulton Hogan and WSP worked closely together to provide concept-to-detailed design work for a proposed new bridge including civil, structural, geotechnical and waterways works. At 54.5 metres long, the bridge became the longest fully integral bridge built in Western Australia. The value engineering and safety-in-design approach identified significant benefits of the composite dowels for this project resulting in a sustainable bridge structure tailored to this remote site. Benefits include reduced maintenance and inspection requirements as well the reduced span to depth ratio, which minimised changes to the road’s vertical alignment. The built-in strain gauges allow Main Roads WA to plug in data loggers at one abutment enabling remote bridge monitoring.



“Overall, these wins reflect WSP’s dedication to excellence the profound impact engineers and engineering has on the communities in which we live, work and play,” concludes Guy.


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