Sabina Shugg was the first woman in the state to gain the WA first class mine manager’s certificate of competency, and the first to work as an underground mine manager in WA.
She had a unique and varied career in remote mining communities, but at times found that she was more isolated than her male colleagues. So she established a networking group for women working in the mining industry, Women in Mining and Resources WA (WIMWA).
It gives women mining professionals a forum to share their experiences and extend their networks. The WIMWA Summit and Conference in September 2015 attracted 550 women from the mining industry in WA.
The group recently branched out into mentoring programs and matches pairs of 35 to 40 mentees with mentors.
“The group recently branched out into mentoring programs.”
Noise from wind turbines is a concern for residents near planned wind farms. In 2014, Arup’s acoustic specialists developed a mobile SoundLab for Hydro Tasmania to effectively communicate noise impacts of their proposed 200 turbine wind farm to the community on King Island.
Dr Kym Burgemeister (second from right) and his team developed a series of auralisations that recreated the noise expected under di ering weather conditions.
These were played at community stakeholder meetings using a mobile version of the Arup SoundLab to enable the community to assess the noise impact.
In September 2015, Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen trialled an innovative Gravity Loading Skinsuit on the
International Space Station. Back at the European Space Agency Astronaut Centre, the suit’s inventor, Dr James Waldie was watching.
While studying for his Aerospace Engineering degree in 1999, he heard that NASA was seeking new and innovative countermeasures to address health concerns, such as bone loss of astronauts on long-duration missions. He conceived an elastic garment that could mimic standing on earth: low load on the shoulders increasing to the full bodyweight at the feet.
Prior to his current role, Julian O’Shea led education and research programs for Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) as the Director of the EWB Institute, and created innovative programs including the Humanitarian Design Summit, an innovative educational program that immerses Australian engineering students in community development and human-centred design projects across developing countries in Asia.
Over the course of two weeks, students gain professional experience working in Cambodia or India and create low-cost designs, such as hand-washing facilities, or a pulley system to fetch clean water. The program prepares engineers for the Asian Century and applies their expertise to fight poverty.
“Over the course of two weeks, students gain professional experience.”
Under O’Shea’s leadership, these programs received an Engineering Excellence Award and he was named Young Australian of the Year for South Australia in 2014.
The Northern Territory Adventure Park decided to use a bit of engineering and innovation (what they termed engenuity), and in the process recycle materials to build new projects and reduce waste to landfills.
Kirsty McInnes was project manager, builder and engineer on the project. “The innovation was all in the design,” she said. “Construction items needed to be envisaged and designed before the materials had been sourced. For example, we recognised we needed to build an event space but did not realise this would be transformed from trampolines and truck jibs.”
She said designs had to be ‘fluid’ and ‘adaptable’ with an image of the constructed form, but not the key materials.
Through innovative design processes and careful project management, the result is an award-winning tourism business created with 52 t of waste and saving almost $500,000. It demonstrated that materials can be ‘repurposed’ rather than disposed to land ll at the end of their life, and challenges engineers to take another look at the materials they could use.
“Construction items needed to be envisaged and designed before the materials had been sourced.”
Fibercon was the industry sponsor of a three-year PhD program at James Cook University to develop Emesh, a 100% Recycled Macro Plastic Fibre Reinforcing made from industrial plastic wastes. The fi bres can reinforce concrete in footpaths, cycleways, shotcrete and small precast elements.
The Fibercon/JCU team produced recycled polypropylene (PP) fi bres from industrial plastic wastes such as off-cuts and off-specification items. Using industrial waste ensures a constant source of recycled plastic with reliable quality control. This process of producing recycled plastic fi bres is suitable for large-scale commercial production.