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Aurecon commends innovation for 2019 Good Design Awards

Aurecon awarded highest number of recipients for Top 30 Most Innovative Engineers

Global engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon has reinforced its leadership in design excellence and engineering innovation by taking out five coveted spots on this year’s Top 30 Most Innovative Engineers list – the highest number of any company in 2019.

Developed by Engineers Australia, recipients of the 2019 list were awarded to the following Aurecon professionals: Matthew Dahms, Associate (Resources); Andy Mak, Associate (Built Environment); Ben McGarry, Associate (Energy), Amelia Milne, Associate (Built Environment) and Steve Wilson, Principal Power Generation Engineer (Energy).

Aurecon’s Managing Director – Design, Innovation & Eminence Dr Kourosh Kayvani commended all recipients for this impressive citation that recognised the wide range of skills, talent, passion and commitment of engineers to shape and design our future.

“We are delighted that Aurecon has such a significant representation on this year’s list, which is testament to the company’s ethos of co-creating clever, innovative solutions to some of the world’s most complex challenges,” Dr Kayvani said.

“As evidenced by our recipients’ projects, each has brought vital experience, technical capability and drawn on deep knowledge to see the opportunities and possibilities. I am immensely proud of their achievements and congratulate Matthew, Andy, Ben, Amelia and Steve whole-heartedly.”

Aurecon Top 30 Most Innovative Engineers

Sustainable design solutions

Dedicated to achieving innovative and sustainable solutions, Amelia, Ben and Steve were recognised for their respective roles in projects contributing to the future of sustainable energy in Australia.

Amelia led the Aurecon team in delivering a 100 per cent electric and zero-carbon ready building for the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, while Ben was involved in engaging a broad range of stakeholders for the Virtual Power Plant of the South Australian Government.

Steve leveraged his expertise in the emerging field of battery energy storage systems to deliver the 100 MW battery project for the Hornsdale Power Reserve and the Alice Springs 5 MW battery storage system.

Simple solutions for complex design problems

Living by the Aurecon principle ‘making the complex simple,’ Matthew and Andy both delivered innovative and holistic design solutions through deep technical expertise and unconventional thinking.

Matthew was recognised for his unconventional conveyor belt design for the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) Shiploader System resulting in a potential 700 MWh reduction in annual power consumption while Andy was recognised for his Digital Wind Method, which allows engineers to directly solve the wind-induced dynamic effects of complex and tall buildings.

Engineers Australia’s Top 30 Most Innovative Engineers list recognises engineers who have made noteworthy contributions to their organisations, the community, environment, industry, and the engineering profession. 

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About Aurecon

Aurecon is an engineering and infrastructure advisory company, but not as you know it. We’ve reimagined engineering.

Our clients’ ideas and aspirations drive all that we do. We work alongside them like no other firm to co-create clever, innovative solutions to some of the world’s most complex challenges, adding value across the project lifecycle through deep technical and advisory expertise. We serve our clients across a range of markets, in locations worldwide. Hardwired in our DNA are engineering, design and the deep need to leave a legacy. We are as diverse as we are dynamic. As curious as we are clever.

Drawing on our deep pool of knowledge, we bring vital engineering experience, technical capability and design expertise to the table. Then we listen deeply and intently. We see the opportunities, possibilities and potential that others don’t. Through a range of unique creative processes and skills, we collaborate with our clients to re-imagine, shape and design a better future.

We believe humanity depends on engineering; and we recognise we have a broader stewardship role to play. A deep responsibility to hold. As we continually strive for a life in balance, Aurecon clients will be both future ready and engineered for life.

Think engineering. Think again.

Aurecon: Engineering, re-imagined.

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Privately owned by employees, Aurecon formed in 2009 when Africon, Connell Wagner and Ninham Shand announced the formation of a new global group.

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