Water Journal : Water Journal November 2013
WATER NOVEMBER 2013 22 Industry News and climate change data to quantify the risks from hazards like extreme weather and sea level rise. The system automatically forecasts the annual costs of the impacts, insurance premiums, and can even project the future change in value of the assets. Dr Karl Mallon, Director of Science and Systems at Climate Risk stated: "The Resilience Engines address a fundamental gap in business intelligence: the chasm between climate science and asset planning. To cross the divide we turn maps and probability distributions into dollars, cents and cost projections. It might seem a small gap, but its takes serious maths, maps and computing power to bridge that divide. What currently takes months of expert consulting time, we have captured in sophisticated software that runs 10m risk calculations per minute." Climate Risk is currently negotiating deployment arrangements with transnational cloud-computing providers for commercial rollout in Australia and the US. KEY AURECON APPOINTMENT Leading water engineer Craig Berry has joined Aurecon as the Unit Manager for its water team based in Brisbane. Craig has moved to Aurecon from Jacobs, where he was the director of its water division in Glasgow and managed Scottish Water's £800 million capital works program. In his previous role at GHD, Craig was the Design Manager for the AUD 2.5 billion Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme named Global Water Project of the Year in 2008. Aurecon Water Services Group Leader Tobie Louw said: "Craig brings great knowledge of the Queensland water business together with fresh perspectives obtained through his years with GHD and Jacobs." Craig has over 24 years of experience in civil engineering, with particular emphasis on water-related projects. He has led a number of multidisciplinary integrated teams operating within partnering arrangements and framework contracts including the AUD900 million Traveston Crossing and Wyaralong Dams project in Queensland. In his role as Water Unit Manager Brisbane, Craig will focus on growing long-term relationships with Aurecon's water clients to align solutions to business needs. Aurecon offers a range of integrated water solutions that address every element of the water cycle. LEIGHTON CONTRACTORS WIN SAFETY EXCELLENCE AWARD Leighton Contractors was awarded the 2013 Queensland Project Safety Excellence Award at a gala dinner attended by around 400 construction industry leaders at the Brisbane Convention Centre last month. The Awards are run annually by the Queensland Major Contractors Association (QMCA), the peak body representing the state's engineering construction industry. Sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills, the Award is Queensland's highest construction safety accolade, recognising a project team's commitment to safety in the construction of major government and private sector infrastructure projects. Leighton beat 13 other high-pro le contenders to take the prize for their Australia-Paci c LNG Upstream Water Treatment Facility Project at Condabri, near Miles in Central Queensland. The project involves constructing water treatment facilities and storage ponds to treat water produced by Australia Paci c LNG's coal seam gas wells, with a goal of producing water that can be used for irrigation. Judging Panel Chair, Harold Downes, said the Leighton entry demonstrated a combination of innovation, simplicity and executive commitment, best responding to Award criteria, which this year focused on innovation. "A key aspect of the project included the innovative and effective processes engaged by the project team including trialling a Smart phone App to analyse and diagnose safety risks in the workplace." QMCA President Tony Hackett said there had this year been unprecedented interest in the Award with 14 nominations received despite challenging business conditions for the sector. VINSI APPOINTS NEW CIVIL ENGINEER Vinsi Partners has announced that Barry Gentle has joined their Newcastle Of ce as a Lead Structural/Civil Engineer. Barry has over 19 years of experience in the elds of Structural and Civil Engineering with both contractors and consultants. In the UK, he managed numerous underpinning and remedial repair projects for domestic properties suffering subsidence, and also carried out the structural design for a £3M sports hall. He has worked in Australia since the year 2000, and has been responsible for the design of many reinforced soil structures for road, rail and mining applications. He has also worked abroad, providing reinforced soil design tuition and design veri cation for a highways project in Bangkok, as well as supervising site works for a dump wall at a mine in Papua New Guinea. Work on a number of signi cant projects across industry sectors such as rail, desalination, and mining was also undertaken. Barry was previously based at PB Newcastle and managed the structural engineering, drafting, and water engineering teams. ORICA ANNOUNCES SENIOR MANAGEMENT CHANGES Orica Ltd has announced that Nick Bowen will join Orica as Executive Global Head Mining Services, bringing with him a strong background in the mining and mining services sector spanning over 30 years. Most recently Mr Bowen was Managing Director at Macmahon Holdings Ltd, a position he held for 13 years. Mr Bowen is a highly experienced senior manager with deep experience in the sector and across international operations. The appointment follows a global search to ll the role. Meanwhile, Craig Elkington has been appointed as Chief Financial Of cer. Mr Elkington will now commence the formal handover process with outgoing CFO Noel Meehan, who will leave Orica at the end of October.
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