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Beca wins top engineering excellence awards

Press Release – BECA
Beca took out three awards at the NZ Engineering Excellence Awards presented in Wellington last night.

Matthew Lander: Young Engineer of the Year

Matthew Lander, Beca Associate in Structural Engineering, was named Young Engineer of the Year.

This highly competitive award recognises an engineer who has demonstrated a commitment to innovation in engineering.

Matthew joined Beca in 2005 and holds a Master of Engineering (Civil) from the University of Canterbury. He has been involved in a number of innovative projects, the most significant of which is the BNZ Building project.

The BNZ Building, located at CentrePort’s Quays development in Wellington, consists of three 6-storey towers or ‘piers’, interconnected by pedestrian bridges spanning full-height atria. It was constructed on reclaimed, vibro-improved land. This building was a finalist in the Building and Construction category of the awards.

Matthew was the structural engineering manager for this project, and was responsible for the design and construction monitoring.

NZi3: Winner Sustainability and Clean Technology category

NZi3 (the New Zealand ICT Innovation Institute) is based at the University of Canterbury campus in Christchurch, and has been designed primarily as a research and innovation centre.

Set an ambitious brief by client the University of Canterbury, the consulting team of Warren and Mahoney and Beca took a collaborative approach, with a high level of integration between architecture, structure, and environmental engineering.

Beca adopted a whole building engineering approach to the building, integrating architectural elements into the environmental control concept to offer improvements in performance, adaptability, and life cycle value.

NZi3 has received a number of accolades, including a category award win earlier this month in the UK based IStructE awards.

SLN Shaking Baghouse: Winner Chemical Bioprocess and Food category

This Beca AMEC study was part of a number of environmental improvement projects at SLN’s Doniambo nickel smelter in New Caledonia.

One part of Beca’s involvement was to research options for cleaning off-gases from the ferronickel desulphurization shaking stations. The Beca AMEC team engineered a baghouse system that required no special heat transfer equipment and no dilution air, which prevented the implementation of a more expensive electrostatic precipitator and simplified the operational and maintenance demands on the client.

Other Beca finalists in project categories:
BNZ Building, Wellington
Beca and Tonkin & Taylor
Naval Fuel Installation
Beca, Fitzroy Engineering Ltd and the New Zealand Defence Force
Auckland Motorways, Ramp Signalling
Beca, NZ Transport Agency and Transfield Services Ltd

About Beca
Established in New Zealand in 1918, Beca employs 2500 staff in 21 offices across the Asia-Pacific region, centred around hubs in Auckland, Melbourne and Singapore. Beca engineers, planners and project managers have played a major part in a wide variety of New Zealand infrastructure projects, including Auckland’s Sky Tower, The Rock at Wellington Airport, Christchurch Southern Motorway, and Tauranga’s new harbour bridge.

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