31 October 2013  – The Nebo Rail Maintenance Facility project in Queensland has won two of Norman Disney & Young’s (NDY) Excellence Awards this year.

It is the second year the consulting engineers to the buildings, defence, health, industry, transport and utilities have made the awards for projects they consult on, initially called the Innovation Awards.

The Nebo project was winner in the categories of Best Project over $20 million and in Exemplar Documentation, reflecting the scale of the project and quality of design documentation prepared by the NDY team.

Nebo project representative, Jonathan McCowen said that though the $180m Nebo facility presented some logistical challenges due to its remote location in Northern Queensland, the firm’s 3D modelling allowed it to accurately geo-reference all elements of the project.

“We were able to test the design and coordination virtually on the model prior to building works, so the majority of issues were sorted before we went on site.”

The Awards attracted 148 entries for the 10 categories, with 27 of these shortlisted as finalists.

The winners included:

  • NDY Engineer of the Year – Michael Priest, Melbourne
  • Best Mentor Award – Geoff Cullen, Perth
  • Contribution to Society Award – Darrel Cooper, Brisbane
  • Best Internal Training Initiative Award – Laura Esperanza, Melbourne
  • Engineering Excellence Award – Project under $20M, 60 Miller Street, Sydney
  • Consulting & Engineering Excellence Award – Project over $20M Nebo Rail Maintenance Facility, Queensland