Sydney Division Key Achievements 2020

Despite the challenges that 2020 has thrown us, Sydney Division has thrived this year with many key achievements worth celebrating.
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  • The National Webinar Platform was introduced – since May there have been 231 CPD presentations, 87076 registrations. 61% tuned in live with an average of 377 registrations per event.
  • Sydney Division was an early adopter of webinar technology and remained a key content provider to the National Webinar OnDemand platform.   Recognition should be made of Natalia Kontsevaya and Joanne Rowley as they moved from event coordinators to technical wizards!
  • Sydney Division was first to introduce “hybrid” events in collaboration with WIE and YEA. 
  • The delivery of 2020 Harricks Leadership Event welcomed members online and on premises.  Featuring Hugh Durrant-Whyte; The Hon. Gabrielle Upton; and Jane MacMaster – with the underlying theme of the discussion around turning ideas into jobs.
  • Congratulations to our AEEA award winners: Wynyard Place, Shell House – Taylor Thomson Whitting (TTW); Albion Park Rail Bypass Detailed Design – SMEC Australia & Fulton Hogan;  Team UoW, Desert Rose House – University of Wollongong;  Sydney Metro Northwest, Operations, Trains & Systems Contract – Northwest Rapid Transit;  Sydney Metro Northwest Stations – Mott MacDonald, SMEC, KBR.  A very big thank you to our judges for all their work in determining winners from the excellent entries.
  • Pinnacles was a big night for Sydney with congratulations to Harry Poulos, Peter Nichol Russel Medal winner; Neil Hogg, Presidents Award Winner; and a special mention for our finalists Daniel Lambert and Reas Beeston.  And Sir William Hudson finalists for Sydney Metro Northwest Stations - Mott MacDonald and SMEC.  Engineering Associate of Year 2020 was awarded to Ian Fitzpatrick.
  • At the AGM last week, Bruce Howard our previous Division President was awarded Honorary Fellow.
  • A first was the delivery of Engineering your Future – (Winter School of Engineering) a week long online event during July School Holidays for Year 11-12 & 1st & 2nd year Uni students.   Presentations included: ANSTO: Australian Tunneling Society; Dolby; Cochlear; Australian Centre for Field Robotics; Sydney Metro; SMEC and UGL.  Plus interactive information sessions from all NSW Engineering Universities; ANU & TAFE NSW. 679 Students and 112 Teachers/Parents/Advisors registered with an amazing 47% Female students.  69 Regional Schools & 155 Metro Schools were represented.
  • A key learning from Engineering your Future was that online immersive workshop sessions were necessary to engage younger students.  Experience it! was delivered on 16 October to 298 x Year 7-10 female students across 15 schools across NSW. 101 Volunteers were involved from our 7 Universities + Engineers without Borders and our key Industry Partners.
  • In June of 2020 the passing of the Design & Building Practitioners Act was the culmination of concerted activity and advocacy by Engineers Australia and a wide range of kindred bodies with whom we worked closely. The Act paves the way for building / construction reform and sets the foundation for the Registration of Professional Engineers in NSW in the building sector now and across the wider profession in years to come. Engineers Australia is currently working on our submission in response to the publication of the Draft Regulations. Thank you to all our members who have participated in the series of consultations this year and especially to those who have actively contributed to and informed our endeavours.  
  • Discover Engineering was delivered on 3 Dec to 201 boys and girls also in Years 7-10.  Both Discover Engineering & Experience it! engaged groups of school students in workshops based on fundamental Engineering principles and facilitated by University students & Young Engineers from Industry.
  • Amongst all this activity Sydney Division moved into our new premises in 44 Market Street – and we look forward to welcoming you to your new home in 2021.