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Aurecon transport planning experts Brian Smith and Mohammad Islam discuss the value of undertaking effective field trials of transport interchange or terminal layouts and incorporating the results into designs.
As manufacturing transitions to a high-tech, low-labour environment, managing energy costs will be fundamental for achieving strong financial returns.
Markets: ManufacturingExpertise: Manufacturing
While it’s true that data centres can be remote, countries (especially African countries) need to start looking at more local solutions in order to ensure data sovereignty and efficient network performance. This demand will drive a significant data centre build-out in both East and West Africa over the next 20 years and now is the time to start reassessing the number of data centres in Africa.
Markets: Data & telecommunicationsExpertise: Information and communications technology
Andrew Keith, Mine Services Leader at Aurecon, explains that, as major mining capital projects fail to achieve the desired project outcomes, it is time to step away from a reliance on geology, mining and processing to drive productivity improvement.
Markets: Resources Expertise: Mining infrastructure
For manufacturers working in a competitive global market environment, product price point is an imperative. And yet, the intelligent optimisation of assets, which can have a major impact on reducing production costs, is an area often overlooked.
Markets: ManufacturingExpertise: Manufacturing, Asset management
John Mason, Leader – Programme, Portfolio & Project Management at Aurecon catches up with Dennis (‘Denny’) Plockmeyer. John and Denny discuss the challenges of managing huge asset management programmes for the US Navy and the rebuilding programme in Iraq following the war in 2003.
Markets: DefenceExpertise: Asset management, Programme and project delivery
Building a collaborative business model, which integrates skills and capabilities across companies in ways that are difficult for competitors to replicate, can deliver competitive advantage. The selection of the right skills and capabilities is therefore a strategic task.
B4Risk is a concept that describes the proactive measures an organisation should institute to mitigate the severity of an impact as a result of the risk that realises.
Wayne Sander, Technical Director, Environment & Advisory at Aurecon, discusses an approach to the delivery of telecommunications infrastructure that can reduce costs by 60 per cent.
Markets: Data & telecommunications, Mobile and wirelessExpertise: Information and communications technology, Land infrastructure, Programme and project delivery
As Africa prepares itself for the 21st century, transport infrastructure will be playing a major role in transforming the continent into a vibrant, economic powerhouse.
A different approach to conventional field data recording methods has provided benefits to eThekwini Electricity for its asset capture project.
Markets: EnergyExpertise: Asset management, Power transmission and distribution
BIM as a project enabler can benefit clients across a range of infrastructure, building and utility projects, where there is definition to meaningful, accurate and insightful data that adds value to all stakeholders across the entire project lifecycle.
Markets: Building information modelling (BIM)
Aurecon’s Africa and Middle East Mining Industry Leader, Mark Berger says that in the 21st Century mining faces new challenges including the rising dominance of infrastructure and sustainability issues, with miners looking for fresh approaches to mine development solutions.
Abbas Jamie's latest column for Transport World Africa focuses on who should pay for corridor infrastructure and considers the pay for use principle as the most fair and equitable route to follow.
Markets: Transport, Rural transport, Urban transportExpertise: Roads
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.
Markets: TransportExpertise: Rail, Roads, Ports and coastal, Airports
Aurecon’s Programme, Portfolio and Project Delivery Leader John Mason says that programme and portfolio management offer benefits to the planning, delivery and maintenance of water infrastructure.
Markets: Water, GovernmentExpertise: Asset management, Business and infrastructure advisory, Programme and project delivery
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.
Markets: Data & telecommunications, Energy, WaterExpertise: Power transmission and distribution, Asset management, Urbanisation
John McGuire, Aurecon's Global Industry Director, Manufacturing, shares insight about how industry - leading manufacturers are utlising combined technologies and how they are applying them in unique, value-focused ways.
Abbas Jamie's latest column for Transport World Africa focuses on the boom of air travel in Africa and its ability to leapfrog the physical challenges to progress and help open up the economies of the numerous landlocked countries among the continent’s 54 states.
Markets: Transport, AirportsExpertise: Airports
The AUD 200 million South Australian Health and Medical Institute (SAHMRI), which will accommodate as many 675 of the world’s foremost scientists, is both aesthetically pleasing as well as a model of smart efficiency.
Abbas Jamie's column for Transport World Africa focuses on the major opportunities to grow trade between African countries through integrated transport corridors.
Martin Smith and Marni Punt attempt to define this latest wave of thinking about sustainable precincts; explore how to achieve greener precincts; and discuss the rating tools that are being developed to add value to the precinct concept.
Markets: PropertyExpertise: Building sciences, Environmental and community planning, Sustainability
Stephen Logan, Leader for Building Sciences, Quentin Jackson,Service Leader for Environmental Modelling, and John Hainsworth, who leads its BIM team within Buildings, expand on what Building Information Modelling (BIM) really is, and open the window on its potential.
Markets: Property, Building information modelling (BIM)Expertise: Building sciences, Building services, Building structures
To determine the performance of the two types of RE technology, the study simulated a solar aided power generation (SAPG) plant at Lephalale, Limpopo province and compared it with a model of a stand-alone concentrating solar power (CSP) plant near Upington, Northern Cape.
Markets: Energy, Renewable energyExpertise: Power generation, Renewable energy
Barry Grib, Project Manager at Aurecon, discusses how innovative 3D design is spearheading a future generation of substation designs which benefit clients by providing reliable, high-quality designs that can be produced speedily and cost-effectively.
Markets: Energy, Transmission and distributionExpertise: Power transmission and distribution
Governments across the world are increasingly embracing the use of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to deliver infrastructure services.
In our third thinking paper focussing on programme management, we discuss what challenges programmes experience and how is it possible to identify when a programme is experiencing difficulties.
Markets: GovernmentExpertise: Programme and project delivery
Alex Pey of Aurecon discusses the potential impact of poor population growth planning on Australian capital cities and suggests major rail freight tunnels could be the answer to freight logistics problems.
Markets: Resources , Transport, Freight, logistics and infrastructure, Urban transportExpertise: Urbanisation, Rail, Environmental and community planning
In this roundtable, four of our leading rail signalling experts in both passenger and heavy haul rail networks, talk about the issues facing the industry.
Markets: TransportExpertise: Rail
Michael Green, Engineering Meteorologist, Aurecon, discusses how engineering meteorology can assist in project challenges and help improve the resilience of operational and infrastructure design.
Markets: Energy, Water, Property, TransportExpertise: Renewable energy, Water resources management, Urbanisation
In this interview, Deon Pretorius, Aurecon’s Land Development Services Leader in Cape Town, describes some of the barriers to creating efficient cities as well as current trends and the solutions and innovations Aurecon is leveraging to help our clients ‘get it right’.
Markets: Government, PropertyExpertise: Environmental and community planning, Land infrastructure, Urbanisation
In this, our second thinking paper focussing on programme management, we discuss the differences between programme and project management and what is required to deliver programmes effectively at the highest level.
Currently, about 60 million people move into cities every year. That’s more than one million more people arriving every week, in a city somewhere in the world, each with an expectation of better access to jobs, better education for their children, better health-care and a better quality of life.
Markets: Data & telecommunications, Energy, Transmission and distribution, Water, Government
Andrew Keith, General Manager of JK Aurecon, sums up the state of mining development and explains the rationale for the alliance partnership between JKTech and Aurecon.
Structural integrity analysis is helping asset owners better understand the risk of damage to their infrastructure and the mitigation measures they can employ to avoid costly equipment replacement.
Markets: EnergyExpertise: Power generation
Successful stadium design involves maximising the stadium’s usage throughout its life cycle.
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.
BIM is a process involving the generation and management of data and digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places and objects and can be used to ensure fail-safe stadium design.
The award-winning redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval Western Grandstand, Australia, together with the provision of an architecturally unique footbridge across the nearby River Torrens for sports fans, has triggered the transformation of the surrounding, broader precinct.
Stephen Logan is Aurecon’s Building Sciences Leader. He has worked on iconic international stadia projects, including the landmark Wembley National Stadium, Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium and the multi award winning Perth Arena.
World-leading stadium design means thinking outside of the box to deliver innovative designs that maximise a stadium’s potential. Read more about some of Aurecon's world-leading stadia projects.
Cities often have huge stadium assets that were built some decades ago, many of which are only used to host a dozen events a year, at best. These stadiums often become more of a municipal burden than an asset - no longer in step with the demands of an entertainment hungry, more sophisticated public. What can be done to breathe new life and sustainability into these assets? And in the case of new stadium projects, how can they be designed in such a way that they remain an asset far into the future? This new series explores the ins and outs of future-proofing world-leading sports stadia, including showcasing world-class examples of stadia projects as well as technical and commercial techniques designed to ensure game-changing sporting facilities. (IMAGE: Courtesy Foster + Partners)
The Adelaide Oval’s new ICT capabilities respond to current patron and operator expectations and requirements. The project has also set an unprecedented benchmark for stadia projects in Australia to match or exceed for many years to come.
Using technical and commercial techniques to ensure game-changing sporting facilities.
The concept behind a sports stadium has come full circle, from a place to see your favourite athletes pitting their skills against competitors, to a modern Roman Colosseum where the public gather, clutching smart phones, for a multimedia and multi-sensorial experience! This a field which Aurecon both works in and is passionate about. Our experts have built up extensive knowledge in this field through years of experience on some of the most iconic sports stadia ever created.This new series will share our people’s latest insights on designing world-leading sports stadia, including the technical and commercial techniques that ensure game-changing sporting facilities.
The new-look 7 500-seat major redevelopment includes an additional 1 500 seats, a retractable roof, full air conditioning and a significantly enhanced food and beverage offering. Importantly, the stadium and its exceptional amenties will provide the city of Melbourne a vital mid-sized, multi-purpose entertainment venue. Project Director, Mark Sheldon, discusses in depth how Aurecon and our project partners planned, designed and delivered this pioneering project.
Meet the Aurecon team who are committed to delivering world-leading sports stadia.
An exploration of the many technical and commercial techniques that interact to ensure the delivery of world-leading sports stadia.
The most successful urban rail projects knit effective passenger transport systems into the fabric of the city.
This Metros and Urban Rail series from Aurecon highlights some of the technical, social and planning challenges thrown up when developing new or enhanced metro or rail systems and looks at some of the way we have addressed these.
Our cities are continually undergoing renewal, which can mean big changes in the built environment. A proposal to drive a new tunnel is the catalyst for owners of buildings and other structures in the vicinity to become conc...
Increased urbanisation, environmental impact, passenger expectations and cost of system delivery all influence the shape of future rail networks. Stuart Littlewood, Aurecon's Metros Leader - Asia, discusses why high speed, safety, reliability and comfort are at the core of future rail systems.
The objective of any ground and groundwater investigation is to reduce risk to a project. In theory, the more investigations that are undertaken, the lower the risk of geotechnical and/or hydrogeological issues affecting excavatio...
In 1950 one in four people lived in cities, it is currently over two in four and in just 20 years it will be close to three in four. Solving urbanisation and transport challenges is critical for the future of governments, communit...
Jane has over 24 years of experience in community and stakeholder consultation and public policy development, and social and human services development.
Steven is a Chartered Engineer with experience covering the design and commissioning of various passenger rolling stock types, including light rail vehicles, metro, driverless and high speed trains.
Based in Sydney, Charlie's 20 year career spans major civil and geotechnical engineering projects involving investigation, design and construction in Australia, South Africa, West Africa, and the United Kingdom.
Meet Anthony Bennett, a techincal director for transport based in Melbourne Australia. With over 30 years of design experience in domestic and international civil engineering projects, Tony's expertise includes underground ...
Aurecon has developed a world-class public transportation light rail transit project to serve commuters and the general public travelling between Curepipe and Port Louis, a distance of roughly 26km.
In this article, Ralph Moulang, Aurecon's Principal Overhead Wiring Engineer, discusses how cities can integrate new and existing light rail systems into the urban environment, while meeting the requirement for continuous uninterrupted tractive power supply for electrified rail systems.
Steve is Country Leader Manager for Aurecon Singapore. He has considerable experience in directing major projects in the infrastructure sector, including design and construction support of transport projects throughout Asia and Europe.
Railway Control room integration can be an emotive topic. John Cranley, Technical Director - Transport Services, shares his experiences and lessons learned from these often complex projects over his 20 year career.
Eva Wood is a Technical Director, Transport Services, in Aurecon’s Brisbane, Australia office. She is currently Project Leader on the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 Reference Design in Queensland, Australia.
Ben Vardon, a senior transport planner based in Brisbane, Australia, and Ashley Stevenson, a civil engineer based in eThekwini, South Africa, look at the process used during planning to improve accessibility to the 16 stations included in Phase 1 of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit (GCRT) project.
Meet Jimmy Tong, an associate and leader of our buildings electrical and mechanical (E&M) team based in Hong Kong. He has extensive experience in delivering major metro and urban rail projects in Asia, and in the Middle East.
Land use and patronage are core principles when evaluating and planning any additions to a public transport system. Here we talk with Stuart Littlewood, Aurecon’s Metros Leader, Asia about his experience of successful airport rail connections in the region.
The South Island Line (East) (SIL(E)) is a 7 km medium capacity railway extension connecting the Southern District of Hong Kong to the existing MTR network at Admiralty Station (ADM).
Mikel Alonso looks at how balancing the key functions of a ventilation system in order to maximise both safety and cost efficiencies for an underground metro or railway system.
Aurecon’s Metros Leader, Asia. Based in Singapore, Stuart has over 30 years of experience in delivering some of the biggest urban transit systems in Asia and the Middle East.
Melbourne Metro is a critical city-shaping project that will overhaul Melbourne's rail network, resulting in major improvements in capacity, reliability and travel times across the bulk of the metropolitan rail lines.
Anthony Bennett, Aurecon’s tunnels leader, looks at proven approaches to saving the building while developing underground rail infrastructure.
Chris Burley is Aurecon’s Transport Planning lead in Asia. Based in Hong Kong, he has over 25 years of integrated transport infrastructure planning experience in most major Asian countries.
The Gold Coast Rapid Transit is completing the first phase of development in which 13km of light rail will service the fast growing commercial, retail and recreational centres between Southport and Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.
A techincal director and Aurecon's Ground Engineering Leader. Based in Hong Kong, he has over 25 years of experience delivering Metros in some of the most urbanised cities throughout Asia.
Warren Dou talks about the effective risk management and innovative technical solutions that address the challenges of constructing underground stations in urban environments.
The Hong Kong West Kowloon Terminus (WKT) is part of the large scale (US$8 billion) infrastructure project that aims to link Hong Kong with major Chinese cities via high speed rail.
A senior engineer based in Melbourne. He has over 10 years of international experience leading multidisciplinary design teams on mass transit projects, with expertise in tunnel ventilation and M&E design.
With over 27 years of experience, Grant has provided programme and project management of large multi-disciplinary teams for mass rapid transit systems throughout Asia and the UK.
Creating passenger focused transport hubs agile enough to meet future needs and grow return on investment.
This new series will share our people’s latest insights on creating safe, profitable and passenger friendly airports. From urban planning and land survey to structural and behavioural modelling and airside and landside infrastructure, there are new approaches and creative solutions that can make airports work.
Airport redevelopment projects have the potential to significantly affect operations and profits. John Mason and James Bennett outline why a programme management approach will ensure optimal outcomes for airport owners and stakeholders.
George Reid, Technical Director - Buildings, talks about how engineering can support profitable and sustainable business models.
Dr Neil Mackenzie, Aurecon’s Acoustics &Vibrations Leader, discusses the solutions his team has utilised to address some common design issues at airports.
With Badgerys Creek again being touted as the location for Sydney’s second airport, Kylie Cochrane, reflects on the consultation effort that will be required for this potential infrastructure project.
Kylie is a senior communication professional with more than 20 years of experience in community and stakeholder engagement, strategic communication and issues management.
Aurecon was engaged to provide the structural and geotechnical engineering for Terminal 2.
Aurecon Acoustics & Vibrations Leader, Neil has over 20 years of experience delivering expert, innovative, pragmatic design solutions for a diverse range of domestic and international projects.
The New Execujet Hangar and the Carpark Building Upgrade were a part of WIALs NZ$14.9 million capital works expenditure in 2011.
Jason leads our Advisory team in New Zealand. With more than 15 years of industry experience, his focus is on effectively linking client business objectives to project objectives.
Meet Angus Leitch, Aurecon's Buildings Leader for Western Australia. Over his 20 year career, Angus has delivered a diverse range of civil and defence airport projects.
Designed as a landside capacity model influenced by airside demands, the model we call Airnodes can assess airport infrastructure to benchmark airport performance and current capacity.
Great design has the potential to significantly alter the profit equation of an airport and should be a key consideration from the earliest planning stages onward. Stephen Logan shares insight on why is designing for profit so crucial in today’s operating environment.
In the coming years, airports will be significantly challenged to plan for and adapt to climate change induced risks. Trinity Graham, discusses how climate change factors will affect airports and what airport operators might consider for future planning.
In this article, Matt Glenn, Airports Leader - Airside, looks at the business decisions that airport operators must make around pavements, traffic and overload. He also looks at the effects of repeated overload the best approach to pavement evaluation and maintenance.
Meet Stephen Logan, our Building Services Leader and Airports Leader – Terminals. With over 25 years of experience in major project design, particularly airport terminals, he is passionate about understanding passenger behaviour and translating it into design that grows revenue.
With its massive Y-shaped columns and clever use of concrete and glass, the Central Terminal Building (CTB) at OR Tambo International Airport is both striking and devoid of the heavy, boxed-in feeling that so many high traffic airports share.
Meet Matt Glenn, who has 20 years of experience in airport pavements, planning, engineering and design. Matt is a strong advocate of client focused outcomes and creating adaptable, cost effective airport infrastructure.
Aurecon is working with Perth Airport on all three of its Domestic Terminals and International Terminal 1.
Meet Trinity Graham, a water expert with 20 years of experience in water management issues that impact airside and landside infrastructure.
Aurecon was part of the consortium that undertook the design management, full engineering and systems design for the new passenger terminal building.
Simon Oakley has nearly 10 years of experience in civilian airports and defence airfields. Here he chats about communication and pragmatism in his projects and client relationships.
Aurecon successfully rehabilitated this runway using innovative measures and ensuring continued flight operations throughout construction.
Smart advice to reduce cost and improve productivity.
Rail is becoming bigger, longer, faster and more costly as complex mining provinces are developed in remote locations. Mike Foley spoke to Aurecon’s Ken Devencorn who said supply chain integration and automation are key to facilitating development.
Skilled management of the supply chain is critical and allows major project teams to deliver excellence on schedule, within budget and with quality outcomes.
Alex Pey shares insights on how Australian bulk material handling, bulk ports, and heavy haul rail expertise are collectively providing innovative and cost effective solutions for export supply chains in the mining industry.
Aurecon’s Ruben Nielsen navigates the complexities of successful marine supply base development.
Aurecon's John Leech provides an introduction to some of the typical interactions that exist between the components of a mine to ship bulk export chain. The discussion focuses on the characteristics of two key operating modes along with the relative benefits and the situations where these different modes are best applied.
Fresh ideas on the design of tall, long and exposed structures
Balancing structural expression with functionality.
Trends in tall building design. How buildability, time and cost optimisation are achieved without comprimising design and functionality.
Smart engineering of long span structures and operable roofs.
“Developing nations need to plan how they will recover from large natural disasters and consider how to make their economies more resilient,” comments Sean Gledhill, Aurecon Building Structures Service Leader, and multiple award winner for low damage seismic solutions.
In the 21st Century, computer simulation has enabled architects to push the boundaries of urban design with lightweight architectural forms, random geometries and super-tall buildings.
Successful hotels understanding the mega trends.
In this article, our experts expand on the current, increasing demand for hospitality industry services and the mega-trends shaping the hospitality industry.
Aurecon’s experts have built up extensive knowledge in this field through years of experience on some of the most popular hotel destinations worldwide. Read more about our world-class projects.
Smarter thinking around people, places and public transport
Finding an optimal balance between community needs and economic benefits of the urban expressway.
Brian Smith, Aurecon’s Technical Leader, Transport, explains how more compact bus facilities can better fit within constrained city centre locations and make for improved integration of transport and land use.
Optimising land use, operational efficiency, light rail system, integrated urban design
Aurecon’s HUB-id integrates human behaviours to drive successful outcomes in land use form and transport function. Understanding how cities flow and finding sustainable pathways between city centres and suburban developments requires an integrated approach to achieve sustainable transport and land use outcomes.
Aurecon used a proprietary agent-based simulation package called AureALIS to create an impressive “fly through” video of a potential new light rail network that incorporated our HUB-id approach to transport and land use planning.
See how Aurecon's HUB-id provides unique planning that links transport, land use and property development, to create integrated urban design for communities.
In this issue of Aurecon’s 360° magazine, Transforming Transport looks at the complex issues around moving people and resources in a world experiencing massive population growth and urbanisation.
Investigating the drivers behind successful major project outcomes
Every major project is unique, encompassing different sponsor and stakeholder environments, different objectives and external influences.
In this round table discussion, we feature four of Aurecon’s major project leaders: John Mason, John Callaghan, Peter Blersch and Ross Parslow in a debate on defining a major project, key success factors and culture.
On major projects, expectations around communication are greater than ever — both internally and externally.
Truly successful major projects are those that attain the highest engineering and project management standards and add value by delivering effective skills development to communities.
For the Adelaide Desalination Project, SA Water requested that Aurecon's Matt Vorrasi and Michael Velissario relocate to Spain and provide client oversight for large complex procurement.
In order to meet South Africa’s future energy needs, utilisation of the Waterberg coal fields in the Limpopo province, South Africa, is expected to increase tenfold over the next 20 years.
Building resilience and improving response to natural disasters
Mitigating the impact of natural disasters is key to reducing the vulnerability of communities.
“Years of specialist building collapse and building instability training were put to use assisting with immediate live rescue and victim recovery followed by emergency shoring and building stabilisation works.” Carl Devereux, Christchurch, New Zealand February 2011
In this Face to Face interview, Aurecon CEO, Paul Hardy, talks with Peter Baxter, Director-General AusAid, about effective ways to support disaster response as well as reduce community vulnerability in the long-term.
Disaster Risk Management (DRM) plans help to coordinate activities should disaster strike. These plans aim to reduce the risk of communities, or even entire countries, either through ensuring they are prepared to respond in the case of an event, or by reducing risks through planning measures.
Addressing the issues that challenge urban environments
It is estimated that in the year 1800, 3% of the world’s population lived in cities. By 1900, that number had reached 14% and by 2000, it had risen to 47%.1 Urbanisation has continued apace, with the tipping point reached in 2007, a year in which demographers estimated that the majority of the planet’s population was living in cities. This trend is unlikely to cease, and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Population Division estimates that by 2030, 5 billion people, or 60% of the world’s population, will be ‘urbanised’.
Smart urban planning and management strives to go beyond delivering ‘basic needs’.
John Leech, Bulk Material Handling Leader at Aurecon, interviewed Professor David Brereton, Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM).
A 'smart grid' is more than just a physical asset. Instead, it is a new way of augmenting existing resources and managing the flow of energy within the system.
Water is a prerequisite for human and ecosystem health, as well as for the success of a wide range of industrial and agricultural enterprises.
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