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Engineering accolade for the Kings Avenue overpass

By 29 September 2011 18

The National Capital Authority has proudly announced they’ve won a Engineering Excellence Award (Canberra Division) for their project management of the Kings Avenue overpass.

The recently opened Kings Avenue overpass was honoured for engineering excellence and design ingenuity at an Engineers Australia awards ceremony in Canberra last night.

Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean today congratulated the National Capital Authority (NCA), as project manager, for winning the Engineering Excellence Award.

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18 Responses to Engineering accolade for the Kings Avenue overpass
#1
arb2:12 pm, 29 Sep 11

Did they win this because their bridge didn’t collapse? I can’t think of any other reason.

#2
MightyJoe2:15 pm, 29 Sep 11

When do they get their award for the GDE?

#3
johnboy2:22 pm, 29 Sep 11

MightyJoe said :

When do they get their award for the GDE?

NCA hasn’t had a direct hand in the GDE. That’s ACT Gov.

#4
ohmygoy2:23 pm, 29 Sep 11

Haha oh, the irony of me saying it was a terrible design.

#5
johnboy2:30 pm, 29 Sep 11

ohmygoy said :

Haha oh, the irony of me saying it was a terrible design.

The award is for the project management, not necessarily the design, and it’s just a canberra division award, so compared to…

#6
Thoroughly Smashed2:30 pm, 29 Sep 11

arb said :

Did they win this because their bridge didn’t collapse? I can’t think of any other reason.

I’d say that’s a reflection on you more than it.

#7
Little_Green_Bag3:00 pm, 29 Sep 11

Obviously they didn’t win it for the traffic lights on top of the bridge. Must be a real bottleneck trying to get to and from Russell for work each day.

#8
caf9:30 pm, 29 Sep 11

johnboy said :

ohmygoy said :

Haha oh, the irony of me saying it was a terrible design.

The award is for the project management, not necessarily the design, and it’s just a canberra division award, so compared to…

That’s not what the quote in the article says: …was honoured for engineering excellence and design ingenuity….

#9
Kim F9:44 pm, 29 Sep 11

Well, they certainly won’t win an award for the stupid short merge lanes coming down from Kings Ave !

#10
JC9:47 pm, 29 Sep 11

They may not have done the GDE but they are sure the hell taking notes off them. The fact it is opened, work has stopped but it’s not actually finished being a case in point.

#11
screaming banshee10:02 pm, 29 Sep 11

Is the “Rough Edges Ahead” sign:
- part of the design,
- a statement about the nearby defence facility, or
- evidences that contrary to recent celebrations ITS NOT ACTUALLY FINISHED!

#12
I-filed10:20 pm, 29 Sep 11

But the merge lane is downright lethal! How did this come about?

#13
LSWCHP10:25 pm, 29 Sep 11

I’m surprised that they failed to mention that the award was shared with CEA Technologies, who have developed the worlds most advanced maritime phased array radar, right here in Canberra.

I believe that there may also have been another organisation that shared in the tie for first place, but I’m not sure right now. Perhaps the NCA could elaborate…

#14
screaming banshee10:35 pm, 29 Sep 11

Sounds like a modern day pass the parcel……everyone gets a prize.

#15
yellowsnow11:12 pm, 29 Sep 11

Has Roads ACT ever won any awards for project management, design ingenuity or even basic competence? No, I didn’t think so.

It takes them nine months of disruptive roadworks just to replace a roundabout with traffic lights. Then there’s the GDE, Molonglo asbestos pond debacle … the list is endless, all of you probably have countless further examples from your daily travels

Though Tony Gill certainly deserves some kind of prize for being likable, approachable and responsive in the face of monumental stuff ups.

#16
Thoroughly Smashed8:53 am, 30 Sep 11

LSWCHP said :

I’m surprised that they failed to mention that the award was shared with CEA Technologies, who have developed the worlds most advanced maritime phased array radar, right here in Canberra.

I believe that there may also have been another organisation that shared in the tie for first place, but I’m not sure right now. Perhaps the NCA could elaborate…

Good question. I was going to sarcastically suggest looking at the Engineers Australia Canberra Division Engineering Excellence Awards page, but they’re still at the accepting nominations stage: http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/divisions/canberra-division/awards/awards_home.cfm

Good work EA.

#17
EvanJames8:56 am, 30 Sep 11

Little_Green_Bag said :

Obviously they didn’t win it for the traffic lights on top of the bridge. Must be a real bottleneck trying to get to and from Russell for work each day.

I was staggered when I realised those things weren’t temporary for the roadworks, but permanent. I thought the whole idea of all this expensive work was to avoid admissions of failure, which is what traffic lights are.

#18
Thoroughly Smashed9:22 am, 30 Sep 11

EvanJames said :

admissions of failure, which is what traffic lights are.

Haha… what?

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