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News April 2014

Leaders in safety

At Aurecon we are committed to driving continuous improvement in our Health & Safety management system. It was pleasing to hear recently that the Lighthouse Club, a Hong Kong based construction industry charity, awarded Aurecon the Derek Smyth Safety Leadership Gold Award.

Another way that we keep improving the way we do business is by investing in specialist areas such as Building Information Modelling (BIM). A process involving the generation and management of data and digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places and objects, BIM can benefit developers, designers, owners, occupants and asset managers across the built environment. Click on the video on the left to see John Hainsworth, Aurecon’s Buildings BIM Leader, talk about how BIM can be used to ensure fail-safe stadium design.

In this edition of our enewsletter, you will find the latest news from around Aurecon including project updates and key appointments. You can also read our latest thinking on powering urban rail systems.

Best regards




Aurecon Hong Kong wins prestigious Safety Leadership Award 2014

Aurecon has won the Derek Smyth Safety Leadership Gold Award “Recognising Leadership in Safety” in the Architect-Consultant Category, presented by the Lighthouse Club in Hong Kong on 14 March 2014. Read more

Image: mlh architects & planners

New Industry Director Communications and Utilities appointed

Victor Young has been appointed as Industry Director, Communications and Utilities for Aurecon, covering the Energy, Water, and Data and Telecommunications markets. Read more


Airport Cities World Conference and Exhibition

The Airport Cities World Conference & Exhibition took place recently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with experts from around the world coming together to discuss optimising the positive effects the airport can have on the economy and on communities. Read more


Aurecon continues its stand for ethical business by becoming a member of EthicsSA

In line with this, Aurecon has continued its stand for ethical business by becoming a member of The Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA), a non-profit, public benefit organisation founded with the vision of building an ethically responsible society. Read more




29 Apr-1 May

Aurecon’s Joey Loke, Julian Briggs and Johan van Zyl will be speaking at the Ozwater'14 conference in Brisbane.
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2 May

Disaster response specialist Carl Devereux will be talking about the Christchurch rebuild at the Urban Development Institute of Australia regional conference in Hunter Valley, New South Wales.
Event website

5-7 May

Joel Walsh will be presenting a paper co-authored by Colin Eustace on integrated detailed rail simulation with the supply chain at CORE 2014 in Adelaide.
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13-14 May

Aurecon energy experts will be presenting papers at the collocated African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference in Cape Town.
Event website


New thinking


Alternative traction power distribution systems within the urban environment

Aurecon overhead wiring engineer Ralph Moulang evaluates options for integrating new and existing light rail systems that are safe, reliable and visually enhancing into the urban environment, while ensuring the availability of a continuous uninterrupted tractive power supply. Read more

Luggage Point Advanced Water Treatment Plant, Australia

An integrated approach to programme, portfolio and project delivery

John Mason, Aurecon’s Programme, Portfolio and Project Delivery Leader, discusses the opportunities that owners may wish to consider to help them manage risk and optimise value for money in their investments. Read more


Cable information

Communicating with infrastructure in the connected age

Colin Dominish writes about the shift from the age of Information to the Connected Age, where infrastructure will converse with itself and humans in ways that transform the built environment. Read more


Stadium transformation – the ins and outs of roofing existing stadia

“Rather than starting from scratch, with the complete demolition of the old structure, the key to a stadium’s transformation could lie in a new roof,” observes Professor Kourosh Kayvani, Global Building Structures Leader, Aurecon. Read more


People and projects


Bhiraj Tower, Thailand

Bhiraj Tower is a 185-metre tall premium-grade office tower and retail development located in an exclusive business area of Bangkok, Thailand. Aurecon undertook civil and structural engineering for the project.
Read more


Abbas Jamie: Enhanced transportation to usher in Africa’s economic revival

Abbas Jamie's latest column for Transport World Africa focuses on how cross-border infrastructure development in Africa has been identified as a key driver for economic development on the continent.
Read more


Hobson Substation, New Zealand

The new Transpower substation forms a vital link in the upgrading of their 220 kV grid to cater for growing power demand in Auckland. The confined site, fire and blast issues, high voltage power and complex temporary works meant that safety in design and innovation were core considerations.
Read more


Eva Wood: Integrated teams streamline design process

As project leader on the reference design for stage two of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit project in Queensland, Australia, Eva discusses how an integrated team environment has streamlined the design process.
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