ElectraNet and Parsons Brinckerhoff, whose Adelaide Central Reinforcement – Powering South Australia project provides an alternative energy supply to Adelaide’s CBD and surrounding suburbs won in the Infrastructure category for their ingenuity in meeting the demands of the Australian Energy Regulator.
The $190 million investment has provided an 18.5 kilometre, 275 KV underground cable from Torrens Island power station to Adelaide’s CBD, as well as a new substation. It is the most significant project of its kind in more than 25 years and will support the long-term development of Adelaide.
The Adelaide Film and Screen Centre Studio by AECOM Australia scooped the Buildings and Structures category due to the project’s technical excellence in acoustics design. It is one of only 21 Dolby Premier studios in the world and meeting Dolby Premier Mixing Studio certification – a measure of technical excellence that encompasses every level of a studio’s operation – on the first try was a record-setting achievement.
The Film and Screen Centre Studio includes two sound stages, the Dolby Premier Studio, various post-production areas including editing rooms, an additional dialogue recording room (ADR) and Foley sound effects room, as well as a 96-seat screening theatre.
The Six Degree of Freedom Hexapod Robot for Biomechanical Research won the Malcolm Kinnaird Engineering Excellence Award; the highest engineering excellence award conferred at the South Australian Engineering Excellence Awards.
The project, a joint venture by the Flinders University and the University of Adelaide, has revolutionised joint simulation in humans and the way biomedical engineers understand joint motion, elasticity and plasticity to advance medical treatments. Traditionally, biomechanics research has only applied loads in one or two directions. This new technology, however, simulates actual joint motion more accurately which is essential for the development of more robust artificial joints and replacing damaged or diseased tissues.
Engineers Australia South Australia Division president Gerry Doyle was delighted to note the awards received the highest number of entries in eight years.
Chief judge Ross Milton added that the awards could help the public better appreciate strong engineering, said it was “a pity that the general populace didn’t get the same exposure” to the projects as he and his fellow judges, adding that “they would be very proud if they did.”
All regional winners are now eligible for the National Awards later this year.