Awards

Elyssa Mastroianni - Australian Steel Institute Prize 2018

Elyssa Mastroianni, engineer at Costin Roe Consulting, was awarded the Australian Steel Institute Prize for 2018 at the University of Sydney (School of Civil Engineering) Prize-Giving Ceremony, an invitation-only event held in Sydney on Friday 17 May 2019.

Elyssa Mastroianni - Australian Steel Institute Prize 2018

Elyssa Mastroianni accepts the Australian Steel Institute Prize 2018 at Sydney University.

The Australian Steel Institute (ASI) is the nation’s peak body representing the entire steel supply chain from the manufacturing mills right through to end users in building and construction, heavy engineering and manufacturing. The ASI acts as the focal point for the steel industry providing leadership on all major strategic issues impacting the industry, particularly focusing on economic, environmental and social sustainability. One of its initiatives is sponsoring annual prizes given by universities to the top students in engineering subjects involving the use of steel in building design and construction.

“It was great to receive recognition for the work I put into coming first in Steel Structures as a third-year structural design subject, and I appreciate the Australian Steel Institute for supporting the prize,” Elyssa said after the ceremony. “Working at Costin Roe while I’m studying at the same time allows me to bring innovative learnings from projects into my studies, and research findings from studies into my practical work.”

 

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Tanaz Dhondy wins international award

Costin Roe Consulting design engineer and PhD candidate, Tanaz Dhondy, received an award for ‘Best Oral Presentation’ following the delivery of her preliminary research findings at the inaugural International Workshop on Coastal Reservoirs held in January 2018, at the University of Wollongong.

Tanaz Dhondy wins international award

Tanaz Dhondy received the oral presentation (research) award at the IACRR Workshop 2018.

Titled: Investigation of the chemical and physical properties of sea sand for the possible use in concrete for coastal infrastructure, Tanaz’s award-winning presentation summarised the preliminary findings of Stage 1 of her PhD research.

Tanaz described the invitation to speak at the International Workshop on Coastal Reservoirs as “an amazing opportunity”, and receiving the award for ‘Best Oral Presentation’ at the event “an honour”.

“Around the world, cities appear to be running out of water. But is it the water that is running out of the cities?” – IACRR

Tanaz Dhondy speaks at the IACRR Workshop 2018.

Tanaz Dhondy speaks at the IACRR Workshop 2018.

Hosted by the Centre for Coastal Reservoir Research (CCRR) at the University of Wollongong, the world’s first international workshop on coastal reservoirs (CR) was held in collaboration with the International Association for Coastal Reservoir Research (IACRR).

“Major cities around the world are actively pursuing coastal reservoirs as a sustainable solution to their water problems. CR is an innovative technology that can recover floodwater entering the sea without desalination,” said the IACRR in promoting the workshop, which invited water resources planners, researchers, engineers, and scientists to review and assess the feasibility of coastal reservoirs in securing universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water.

Horsley Drive Business Park aerial view

Civil engineering by Costin Roe Consulting at Horsley Drive Business Park Stage 1 has been ‘Highly Commended’ for ‘Excellence in Integrated Stormwater Design’ and the achievement of ‘world leadership in sustainable design’.

CRC Stormwater Design Excellence

Commendations were accepted on behalf of Costin Roe Consulting by representatives of the local municipality, Fairfield Council.

Costin Roe Consulting was given special recognition during the annual award presentations at the Stormwater NSW Conference 2017, held in Newcastle where the firm maintains its second-largest office in NSW and national civil engineering headquarters under the supervision and mentorship of director, Mark Wilson.

In reviewing the Horsley Drive Business Park Stage 1 project, located at Wetherill Park in Western Sydney, the judges said:

“The Costin Roe Consulting team and their key stakeholders are to be congratulated for their demonstrated leadership in both sustainable and integrated stormwater planning and design.”

“The redevelopment of 21.3 hectares of degraded land has resulted in significant benefits for water quality, biodiversity, and the local economy.”

“The project sets the benchmark for sustainable and integrated industrial development being the first project of its kind in Australia to be awarded the 6-star Green Star Rating, acknowledging world leadership in sustainable design.”

Stormwater NSW congratulated “the whole team involved in the Horsley Drive Business Park Stage 1”.

Key stakeholders included The Western Sydney Parklands Trust, which owns the site, and Frasers Property which entered into a development agreement with the Trust to establish a mix of facilities that would meet the highest sustainability benchmarks. As a result, the Horsley Drive Business Park is the first and only industrial precinct in Australia to successfully target a ‘6-star’ Green Star rating (Green Building Council of Australia), certifying ‘World Leadership’ in sustainable design. Mark Wilson credited Newcastle-based Costin Roe Consulting civil engineer, Mitchell Cross, for outstanding contributions on behalf of the firm towards the successful completion of HDBP Stage 1.

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For civil and structural engineering firm Costin Roe Consulting, winning the 2016 ACSE NSW structural engineering excellence award in the category ‘Unusual Projects’ for work on the Veolia MBT facility at Woodlawn, near Goulburn, brings wider attention to the firm’s role in completing one of the world’s most remarkable eco-projects.

Grant Roe, BE(Hons) MEngSc MBA MIEAust CPEng NER, managing director of Costin Roe Consulting [right], and Mark Wilson, B Eng (Civil) B Surv ME CPEng, director of Costin Roe Consulting [left], with ACSE NSW 2016 award and aerial view of the Veolia Woodlawn MBT facility site near Goulburn, NSW

Grant Roe, BE(Hons) MEngSc MBA MIEAust CPEng NER, managing director of Costin Roe Consulting [right], and Mark Wilson, B Eng (Civil) B Surv ME CPEng, director of Costin Roe Consulting [left], with ACSE NSW 2016 award and aerial view of the Veolia Woodlawn MBT facility site near Goulburn, NSW

A ‘good news’ story for the people of NSW and generations to come, the Veolia MBT facility is transforming much of Sydney’s garbage into the on-site production of green energy, aquaculture, agriculture, and much more as intrinsic value is extracted from the municipal refuse which has caused a mounting problem for the Sydney region.

Few Sydneysiders would realise that each day more than 1,800 tonnes of Sydney’s household and commercial waste is trucked to Banksmeadow where it is compacted and containerised for the 250km rail leg to Tarago – preserving air quality and avoiding the increased costs and risks associated with excessive heavy vehicle transport on our highways. Yet, it was at this point of transition for the waste on its journey to Woodlawn where some of the most significant engineering challenges associated with the project would be encountered by Costin Roe Consulting.

Extreme pavement loads and continuous flow of acids

At the Banksmeadow transfer facility, garbage trucks from participating municipalities arrive fully loaded at 40 tonnes, exposing pavement areas to not just the movement of extreme load weights but also the flow of organic acids produced by putrescible waste. Where conventional concrete pavement and even jointless ‘combi’ flooring would have rapidly deteriorated, structural engineers from Costin Roe Consulting collaborated with concrete technicians to formulate an innovative approach to pavement construction which would maximise its durability in the aggressive Banksmeadow environment.

Innovation using by-product to improve concrete pavement durability

Using a waste by-product of silicon-related manufacturing, silica fume, as an additive to make the concrete more impervious to penetration by liquids and less prone to becoming odiferous, challenges associated with the workability of concrete containing silica fume were overcome to successfully complete construction of the pavement areas required for operational serviceability at Banksmeadow.

Achievement of structural precision despite challenges and constraints

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Aerial view of reception pit construction, Veolia Woodlawn MBT facility

Other structural engineering challenges associated with construction at the Veolia Banksmeadow site included the presence of a high water-table, the need to preserve an electrical easement which provides one of the main feeds to Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, and access restrictions imposed by rail sidings on two of the boundaries.

At the Veolia Woodlawn MBT site, structural engineering challenges for Costin Roe Consulting included the design and construction methodology of the reception pit at 13 metres deep, 27 metres long and 12.5 metres wide. Examples of achievement in structural precision included elements such as 24m lengths of pipe installed within a 2mm tolerance, structural beams installed at 25m above ground level within 2mm +- tolerance, and each welded joint being x-rayed and certified.

Leading engineering technology with BIM coordination

Renowned for exceptional capabilities in building information modelling (BIM) technology, Costin Roe Consulting successfully resolved numerous technical challenges inherent to the unique design and construction requirements and constraints at the Veolia sites to coordinate and document all works in BIM.

End result is a win for NSW and all project stakeholders

ACSE NSW award for 'Excellence in Structural Engineering' in the category 'Unusual Projects' 2016 won by Costin Roe Consulting for the Veolia Woodlawn MBT facility, announced in Sydney on Thursday 23 March 2017

ACSE NSW award for ‘Excellence in Structural Engineering’ in the category ‘Unusual Projects’ 2016 won by Costin Roe Consulting for the Veolia Woodlawn MBT facility, announced in Sydney on Thursday 23 March 2017

Today, the Veolia Woodlawn MBT facility produces and exports sufficient electricity to power more than 6,000 homes each year, provides more than 2.5 tonnes of sustainably-grown barramundi to the Canberra market, farms livestock for meat and wool, makes compost, and rehabilitates land which had been contaminated by open-cut mining – all from the mechanical and bio-technical processing of Sydney’s waste.

Costin Roe Consulting completed all civil and structural works for the Veolia Woodlawn and Banksmeadow sites. Civil works included earthwork levels/grading, stormwater drainage, external pavements, car park, modifications to the haulage road, and ponds road. Structural works included all building structures, crane beam, internal pavements, reception pit, push walls, and detailed coordination with services. Over the course of the project, six engineers and two draftsmen designed and documented the works. All structural documentation was completed in Revit.

The 2016 ACSE Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering (Unusual Projects) was presented to Grant Roe, BE(Hons) MEngSc MBA MIEAust CPEng NER, managing director of Costin Roe Consulting, at the ‘Awards for Excellence in Engineering’ event held in Sydney, Australia, on Thursday 23 March 2017.

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PROJECT: Veolia Woodlawn MBT facility
CLIENT: Lipman Pty Ltd
SIZE: site 90,000m2 – structures approx. 17,000m2
VALUE: $100M development – $58M construction
COMMENCEMENT: July 2014
COMPLETION: Nov/Dec 2016

Costin Roe Consulting has announced Xavier Cure (B Eng), civil engineer, as the winner of the first-ever Wayne E. Costin Award for outstanding performance in the field of civil and/or structural engineering and commitment to client service by an employee of Costin Roe Consulting.

Grant Roe, Xavier Cure, Wayne Costin

Grant Roe, managing director of Costin Roe Consulting (left) and Wayne Costin (right) present Xavier Cure with the Wayne E. Costin Award trophy.

2016 saw the successful transition of board-level leadership at Costin Roe Consulting from the firm’s founder and former CEO, Wayne Costin, to the new managing director, Grant Roe, with the former associate director, Mark Wilson, becoming a director. Wayne continues to work with the firm as a senior specialist consulting engineer.

Honouring and commemorating founder

One of several initiatives designed to honour and commemorate Wayne’s many years of contribution to the firm and the broader discipline of professional engineering in Australia is the establishment of the annual Wayne E. Costin Award.

Each year from 2016 onward the award, symbolised by an engraved trophy, will be presented to the Costin Roe Consulting engineer who has demonstrated the highest overall standards of technical excellence and diligence; professional development; and communication and collaboration with colleagues, clients, and project partners. Recipients are ultimately decided by the firm’s management team taking into account feedback from direct supervisors in the decision-making process.

Worthy recipient of inaugural Wayne E. Costin Award 2016

In December 2016 the inaugural Wayne E. Costin Award trophy was given to Xavier Cure, who has been with Costin Roe Consulting for more than 6 years. Xavier has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Specialising in civil engineering, Xavier has excelled as an engineer and representative of the firm in recent major commercial, industrial, and residential projects involving subdivisions, earthworks, roads, drainage, and WSUD (water-sensitive urban design) using Civil 3D, 12D, MUSIC, and HEC-RAS.

The director-in-charge of civil engineering at Costin Roe Consulting, Mark Wilson, B Eng (Civil) B Surv ME CPEng, said of Xavier’s achievement, “Xavier is always on-task with a project from beginning to end – no question. He is a role model to our junior civil engineers and respected by his peers in the office. Personally, I would have to say that it is a pleasure to work with Xavier. Over the years, the firm’s management team has enjoyed watching Xavier steadily develop from a promising graduate to the accomplished senior engineer he has now become. For these reasons and others, Xavier is the deserving recipient of the inaugural Wayne E. Costin Award.”

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