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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: PropertyExpertise: 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
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.
Markets: Resources Expertise: Mining infrastructure
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
On 2013’s World Environment Day themed “Think.Eat.Save”, Digby Hall, Aurecon Senior ESD Specialist, shares some challenging and achievable goals to reduce food wastage and improve communities negatively impacted by global consumption.
Markets: PropertyExpertise: Building sciences
Programme management is most commonly the process of managing a number of interrelated projects to deliver new or enhanced infrastructure, such as a new metro system, an airport, a mine, a power station or even the Olympic Games.
Jean Bouwer, Aurecon Project Manager says that the successful biomass to energy scheme hinges on two essential elements.
Markets: Energy, Renewable energyExpertise: Renewable energy
To help consumers understand the benefits of smart grids it is essential to integrate energy engineering expertise with a community engagement strategy.
Markets: EnergyExpertise: Power transmission and distribution
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
Australia is steadily moving towards a lower carbon economy driven by social and corporate response to climate change and the reorientation of the legislative environment.
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.
Markets: Resources , TransportExpertise: Rail
Engineers Australia interviews Aurecon’s Peter Mathieson and Peter Greaves on a holistic approach to collaboration which was a focus in the design of our new Aurecon Centre in Melbourne.
Bayhead Road is one of the highest volume heavy vehicle traffic routes in the world. Against all odds, the project team managed to achieve an incredible Zero Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) on completion of the project, and over 1 000 000 Lost Time-free man-hours.
Markets: TransportExpertise: Roads
Andrew Tanner, Aurecon’s Specialist Consultant for Water Resources Management, discusses how developing Integrated Water and Resource Management (IWRM) strategies and plans are important building blocks towards achieving both national and multi-lateral objectives.
Markets: WaterExpertise: Water resources management
Richard Jois of Aurecon discusses maximising road safety on mine sites.
Markets: Resources , TransportExpertise: Roads, Mining infrastructure
With the promulgation and enactment of the National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act, a paradigm shift in coastal management has occurred in South Africa.
Markets: Water, GovernmentExpertise: Ports and coastal, Environmental and community planning
A hands-on collaborative approach to D&C equipment supply drove the best end result for reliability, operability, maintainability and safety.
Markets: Resources , Transport, Freight, logistics and infrastructureExpertise: Rail, Bulk material facilities
Kobus van den Berg, an Electrical Engineer at Aurecon, discusses the importantance of understanding the additional functionality of a Smart Metering system and if it meets the specific requirements of Africa.
Brendon Theunissen, Project Manager at Aurecon, discusses how a novel treatment process has provided significant cost savings for Meulwater Water Treatment Works.
Markets: WaterExpertise: Water and waste water treatment, Bulk water and dams
Gerry Quinn, an expert in programme delivery at Aurecon, presents a case study on a project to identify mitigation measures that could be implemented to reduce risk from bushfires at schools in bushfire prone areas.
Markets: ConstructionExpertise: Building sciences, Environmental and community planning
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.
Markets: Resources Expertise: Ports and coastal, Rail
Sustainable lighting design is more than achieving a watts per metre square target. It should consider the entire lighting system - from the materials used to the location of the manufacturers and the ongoing maintenance.
Markets: Property, Commercial office buildingsExpertise: Building services, Building sciences
Governments across the world are increasingly embracing the use of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to deliver infrastructure services.
Blair Walter, Renewable Energy Leader for Aurecon spoke with Australia’s Energy Generation magazine about wind farm developments and getting energy prediction right.
In this article, Simon van Wyk and Carin Joyce discuss the multi-scalar and multi-dimensional nature (complexity) of risks, with a special focus on the interconnectedness of operational and disaster risk, with Civil Engineering magazine.
Markets: GovernmentExpertise: Environmental and community planning
Nick Mannie – Technical Director, Waste – relates how the Merafong City Local Municipality took bold steps towards ensuring sustainable waste management solutions, and shares lessons that can be learnt from their actions.
Andrew Keith, Aurecon’s Mining Infrastructure Leader spoke with Australian Mining on the economics of pit to port transportation alternatives.
Markets: Resources , TransportExpertise: Mining infrastructure
Increasingly, the emphasis on the sustainability of major projects has moved to engaging communities in order to catalyse self-sustaining growth and break the cycle of poverty. We asked Amelia Visagie, Training Projects Coordinator at Aurecon, to give her views on this trend and explain what it entails.
Expertise: Environmental and community planning
Before mining companies embark on detailed discussions with transshipment operators, consultants can provide some useful guidance and information. Andrew Keith and Paulo Cardoso de Campos of Aurecon spoke with AJM's Mike Foley.
Paul Stephenson, Manufacturing Leader at Aurecon discusses how a novel evaporation system design has set a new benchmark in lactose manufacturing.
Markets: ManufacturingExpertise: Manufacturing
This paper delves into several sustainability theories with the aim of ensuring a sound understanding of the concept of ‘sustainability’ and ‘sustainable development’ which then poses the question as to what role EIAs have in promoting sustainability in South Africa.
Dr Amir Tadros, Aurecon Senior Mechanical Engineer Energy Services spoke with Australia’s Gas Today magazine about creating solar and natural gas synergies.
Markets: EnergyExpertise: Renewable energy
“As corporates and as individuals, we vastly underestimate the power we have to transform our communities . . . ” - Ronnie Khoza on Corporate Social Investment in South Africa
Markets: International development assistance
An interview with Stephen Logan, Aurecon Technical Director Buildings on performance-based approach to allow design flexibility and improve stadia fire safety.
Markets: PropertyExpertise: Building services
Developing a systems thinking approach to sustainable cities.
Markets: Energy, Renewable energy, WaterExpertise: Building sciences
Finding an optimal balance between community needs and economic benefits of the urban expressway.
Markets: Transport, Urban transportExpertise: Environmental and community planning
Rail Express talks to Ken Devencorn, Aurecon’s Technical Director, Resources & Manufacturing Services about efficient planning and development of remote heavy-haul rail operations.
Markets: Transport, Resources Expertise: Mining infrastructure, Rail
In this article, Jeff Robinson highlights a few of the emerging trends he believes have the potential to driver greener ways of going about our everyday lives.
Markets: Property, Transport, Energy, WaterExpertise: Building sciences, Rail
More than one billion people in the world today lack access to safe drinking water. The United Nations Millennium Development Goals’ initiative aims to cut this figure in half by 2015.
Markets: WaterExpertise: Water resources management, Water and waste water treatment
Nick Mannie – Technical Director, Waste – was recently interviewed about finding sustainable solutions to South Africa’s waste challenges.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With expertise in transport planning, Bill has over 25 years of international experience delivering mass transportation systems and public multi - modal interchanges.
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.
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 Bill Guy looks at the challenges of introducing or extending a Light Rail Transit system and identifies some effective approaches to addressing them.
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.
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.
Neil Mackenzie, Acoustics & Vibrations Leader, identifies five common environmental constraints of airport design and offers insight on solutions.
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.
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.
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.
Smarter thinking around people, places and public transport
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.
Ross Nugent, Industry Leader, Resources, met with Brad Fish, Chief Executive Officer, NQBP to discuss key drivers for the ongoing expansion programmes for the Port of Abbot Point.
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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