Sabina Shugg
Women In Mining And Resources WA National Lead, Mining Performance, KPMG Australia
Western Australian School of Mines (Mining Eng)

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.”

Dr Kym Burgemeister
Wind Farm Auralisation Associate Principal, Arup
PhD (Acoustics/Vibration), University of Adelaide

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.

Dr James Waldie
Gravity Loading Skinsuit Senior Associate Researcher, RMIT University
PhD (Aerospace), RMIT

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.

Julian O'Shea
Humanitarian Design Summits Social Change Fellow, Westpac Bicentennial Foundation
BE (Telecomms), University of Adelaide

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.

Kirsty McInnes
A Bit of Engenuity for Tourism Director, UNO Management Services
BE (Env), University of Western Australia

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.”

Mark Combe
Recycled Reinforces Concrete Director, Fibercon
BE (Civil), University of NSW, James Cook University

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.