WSP’s rail corridor scanning for KiwiRail was recognised with a Silver Award.
WSP Research developed a prototype system to help detect obstructions on or near railway tracks. The system scans the rail corridor using LiDAR laser technology. It assesses measurements to detect potentially dangerous items – augmenting the work of human inspectors.
The judges gave the nod to WSP Research’s technical consulting excellence - recognising the delivery of “a simple, robust system using complex technology in a way that’s able to be easily understood and implemented”.
WSP was named winner of a Silver Award alongside Aurecon, and Tonkin + Taylor for a self-cleaning rockfall canopy.
Developed for Waka Kotahi as part of the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) project, the canopy covers a rockfall-prone corner of State Highway 1 near Kaikōura.
Using conventional rockfall fence components, the canopy is shaped as a tensioned, sloping mesh roof over the roadway. Falling rocks bounce and slide over the mesh, dropping from the outer edge into a safe zone in the sea.
The judges described the project as “an exemplar of outstanding consulting services delivering an innovative and technically challenging solution for the community”.
WSP's design and engineering work on Christchurch’s Catholic Cathedral College picked up a Merit Award.
Here, the WSP team delivered a sustainable and innovative timber building. The building features Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) walls and floors on a shallow concrete foundation. The design used 330 tonnes less CO2 than a traditional steel building - equivalent to the yearly CO2 emissions of 110 average cars.
The judges commented on WSP’s consulting excellence in delivering “a sustainable, innovative timber building which met the client’s needs, responded to the challenging conditions on the site, and allowed for ease and speed of construction”.
Congratulations to our WSP winners and all the other worthy award recipients! Check out the full list of winners here.