Water Journal : Water Journal December 2013
WATER DECEMBER 2013 20 Industry News ADP WINS GLOBAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR SA Water's Adelaide Desalination Project was named project of the year at the Project Management Institute's awards ceremony held in New Orleans recently. "We congratulate SA Water on their project being recognised as world-class by the largest association for the project management profession," said Brett Nilsen, Aurecon's Major Projects Leader. SA Water initially appointed Aurecon to undertake technical studies and investigations. Aurecon was later appointed as technical advisor and client's engineer, undertaking a project management role for the 100GL desalination plant. At the request of SA Water, Nilsen undertook the role of Senior Project Manager responsible for managing the AUD1.2 billion contract and leading an integrated, site-based team consisting of SA Water staff and a range of consulting rms specialising in engineering, project management, commercial, legal and cost advice. "The success of this project belongs to every person who has contributed to it during the past ve years," SA Water Project Director Milund Kumar said. "Building a desalination plant of this calibre and quality is no easy feat, and the leadership team, specialist advisers, and project contractors brought their passion, commitment and focus to deliver a quality asset. "The award especially recognises the project management approach and the 'one team' culture," Kumar said. SA Water delivered commercial handover of the plant 19 days ahead of schedule, within the original approved budget of AUD1.824 billion while achieving industry benchmarks in quality and durability. Please visit www.aurecongroup.com for more information. NEW CHAIR ELECTED TO WSAA BOARD Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) has announced the appointment of Mark Sullivan AO, Managing Director of ACTEW Water in the ACT, as the new Chair of the WSAA Board. Mark takes over from the outgoing Chair, Sue Murphy, Chief Executive Of cer of the Water Corporation of Western Australia, who has just completed two years in the position. Mark said he was delighted to be appointed and thanked Sue for the strong leadership she had shown to WSAA and the industry as a whole. The role of Deputy Chair will be taken by Louise Dudley, CEO of Queensland Urban Utilities. The Managing Director of Melbourne Water, Shaun Cox, was also re-elected to the Board. Adam Lovell, WSAA Executive Director, said: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with Mark and Louise, who both bring a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to their new roles. With their leadership and such a depth of talent on the Board we can be con dent that WSAA will continue to represent the Australian Urban Water industry appropriately." US OPPORTUNITIES FLOWING TO AUSTRALIA With Australia being the driest inhabited continent in the world, the Australian water industry has developed many innovative water products, services and solutions. There is now growing opportunity to spread this innovation to international markets, including the US. The $US21.5 billion utilities and industrial water and wastewater market is growing and represents a major opportunity for Australian water suppliers. Following a successful mission to the US in 2011 to introduce Australian suppliers to the market, ICN received Australian Government funding, through the Suppliers Access to Major Projects (SAMP) program. The funding was to establish a US representative, identify market opportunities for Australian water companies and provide them with on-the-ground support. Through SAMP funding, the US representative, Ken Rubin from Rubin Mallows, spoke at a number of Australian workshops on the opportunities in the US, and assistance available to Australian companies. A trade mission was also organised in later 2012 by waterAUSTRALIA, allowing Australian SMEs to attend the major water event WEFTEC (Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference) in New Orleans. Since the mission a number of companies have engaged the services of Rubin Mallows to help them enter the US market. This opportunity identi ed key partners and current distribution channels for one such Australian company, which is now working with a well-established irrigation company and will be launching a co-branded product with them in the US. They have now incorporated their business and have two employees in the US. Brett Nilsen and Milund Kumar.
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