Danya Mullins
Perth's Daily Population Associate Principal, Arup
BE (Civil), University of Melbourne

The City of Perth has been undergoing a rapid transformation over recent years. The impacts of these changes are difficult to pinpoint without understanding the baseline population of people using the City on a daily basis for various purposes. Very little information exists on how many people are in the City typically, which makes it increasingly di cult to plan the City, new transport infrastructure and develop business cases to support new projects.

Danya Mullins managed the project for Arup. One of the key challenges to overcome was the fact that no new data was to be collected to inform the calculations. This meant that the approach needed to be tailored to available datasets, but also to make sure that secondary data sources could be kept independent to allow validation of the population calculation.

This required innovative thinking, as many of the datasets were collected for entirely different purposes. For instance, the number of cyclists using shared paths into the City, or needed to be sensibly adapted as they were old (eg 2011 Census statistics).

“One of the key challenges to overcome was the fact that no new data was to be collected to inform the calculations.”

Dr Marianne Foley
50 Martin Place Fire Design Principal, Arup / PhD (Fire Safety), University of
Leeds and University of Edinburgh

Fifty Martin Place is a landmark heritage building in the heart of Sydney’s fi nancial district. Recently transformed as the new global headquarters of Macquarie Group, it is the largest heritage property to achieve the Green Building Council of Australia’s 6 Star Green Star rating, and to date the only building in Australia registered for WELL Building Standard.

Dr Marianne Foley devised a performance-based fi re engineering design, which enabled the preservation and revitalisation of the building’s original heritage aesthetic, the creation of new spaces and features, and ensured the highest levels of occupant safety.

Ben Cooper-Woolley
Digital engineering Associate, Arup / BSc, Cardiff University (UK)

Ben Cooper-Woolley works in digital strategy, design and development across the built environment. His recent work includes smart city strategy for international cities, designing information management systems and large scale public data analysis and visualisation projects.

His team has led the development of a digital platform for the Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail project, creating a number of interfaces to a consolidated information layer across the project. He is working on understanding the information value chain through the full project lifecycle.

Dr Konstantinos Athanasiadis
StormDMT treatment technology Principal Process Engineer, GHD
PhD (Chemical), Technical University of Munich

As part of GHD’s Innovation program, Dr Konstantinos Athanasiadis, has developed StormDMT – a patented advanced technology of managing stormwater runoff generated in urban and industrial areas.

Load reduction of dissolved nutrients and heavy metals is typically achieved using constructed wetlands, which require significant land and deliver inconsistent performance.

To fill this gap, cost effective and low maintenance engineered stormwater quality improvement devices are needed to remove dissolved contaminants while requiring minimal surface area.

“The system is suitable for both retrofitting and new applications.”

The idea emerged as he studied the properties of different low cost natural filter media as part of his doctoral thesis. After joining GHD in Australia, he created an innovative configuration of inexpensive cartridge filter media that removes dissolved contaminants such as nutrients and heavy metals.

Dr Bruce Harper
SEAtide Simulation System Managing Director, Systems Engineering Australia
BE (Civil), James Cook University

SEAtide is a rapid prediction and analysis so ware system to enable tropical cyclone forecasters and emergency managers to evaluate the possible impact of storm tide threats to coastal communities in a statistical context. SEAtide provides an operating interface that is intuitive, easy to learn and economical in its operation.

The concept focuses on the importance of allowing for uncertainty in the forecast tropical cyclone track and intensity parameters and the inter-relationship with the astronomical tide. The predictions are targeted towards providing clear and concise information about location, magnitude and timing of storm tide events, as well as the probability associated with possible forecast outcomes.

This can then determine what actions might be necessary to advise the community on precautionary or evasive actions.

It was conceived as part of recommendations arising from the Queensland Climate Change and Coastal Vulnerability to Tropical Cyclones Project.

John Leech
Continuum of inventiveness Technical Director, Aurecon
BE (Mech), University of Queensland

John Leech has brought an innovative approach to bulk materials handling, ferry terminals and retractable stadium roofs. In 2015, John Leech and his team developed a plan to expand the capacity of the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal in Queensland within its current footprint.

While the environmental, community and cost benefits were clear, it was only made possible through his approach of designing an alternative zonal operating regime for the terminal, coupled with de-linking, stacking and reclaiming functions to support higher shiploading rates.