Innovative Award Winning Projects

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


TAFE Restaurant
Level 2 - Block C 66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101


This year the Queensland Branch will review Innovative Award Winning Projects of different project types and how “concrete” impacts on the construction process. All four projects received Concrete Institute of Australia Awards for Excellence in Concrete 2017 with the Jubilee Bridge also receiving a Medallion for Excellence in the Infrastructure Projects division.  Each project review will provide interesting insights into the design and construction issues dealt with by the design and construction teams.  The seminar will be of interest and benefit all levels of participants in the construction industry.


CIA Members $75.00 CIA Student Members $20.00 CIA Retired Members $20.00 Non-members $98.00


Shan Kumar
Principal Engineer - Head of Innovation & Research - Hickory

Mr. John Tuxworth
Managing Director - Built Environment Collective

Mr. Damian Murphy
Structural Technical Director - Aurecon

Mr. Callum Lillywhite
Senior Structural Engineer - Aurecon

Mr. Eoin O'Donovan
Consulting Engineer - Arup


Innovations in prefabricated Modular Structures - La Trobe Tower, Melbourne
Shan Kumar, Principal Engineer - Head of Innovation & Research - Hickory

Modern world construction has met challenges and hurdles with construction methods. Contractors and builders have come up with innovative construction technique to overcome the challenges and hurdles. This interesting technical evening will uncover some innovative approaches with concrete pumping and spraying.
This presentation discusses how the innovative prefabricated and in-situ concrete structural elements of Hickory Building Systems (HBS) have enabled the construction of an award winning 44 level La-Trobe tower apartment building in Melbourne. In an Australian first the building was manufactured offsite in prefabricated sections, then transported to the construction site and assembled.
This application is one of the first examples of integrated prefabricated structural system, which differs from more common, panelised modular systems and is more comparable in capability to conventional cast in-situ construction system.
Southpoint Stage B, Brisbane
Damian Murphy, Structural Technical Director - Aurecon
Callum Lillywhite, Senior Structural Engineer - Aurecon

Southpoint Stage B, a 17 storey commercial tower, was completed in late 2016. Part of a three-stage development on Grey Street, Southbank, Brisbane, it cost approximately AU$140m. Aurecon provided Structural Engineering, Tunnel engineering advice, and Environment advice services for the project.
Far from a standard 17 storey building, what lies within the design is highly complex;
  • Multiple stages of construction planned above proposed common podium and foundations. Allowance for future tower loads onto proposed core and columns to allow flexibility in future design by others.
  • Multiple inclined steel columns – concrete filled – inducing in plane rotational forces through floor plates to be resisted by core and adjacent elements.
  • Rail impact design.
  • Design for foundations to be constructed within and adjacent to bus tunnel structure
  • Safe excavation around, relocation of existing heritage building housed within and an integral part of the new building.
  • Stepping columns to allow transition from carpark to retail to carpark to office layouts.
  • Use of a precast feature wall on the side of the building that as lateral restraint required diaphragm stitching and high strength dowel connections.
  • Offset lift cores, offset columns distribution of forces into propping columns inclined off vertical.
  • Large cut-outs to core modelled in detail.
  • Concrete feature stairs in the main entrance.
Clifftop House, Brisbane
John Tuxworth, Managing Director - Built Environment Collective

John and the team at BE Collective delivered Structural and Hydraulic consulting engineering services for a $2million dollar (450m2 GFA) residential alterations and additions project in Walker Avenue, Teneriffe.
The result is as aesthetically spectacular as it is technically complex; featuring sharp, tectonic external elements that respond to, and jut out above, the sheer cliff face below. Internally these hard finishes are countered by sumptuous, warm materials to create a safe, comfortable and nurturing residential environment – almost as if hewn out of the cliff face itself.
Join John as he discusses in detail the challenges, intricacies, and learnings of this impressive project.  John’s presentation will delve into the technical elements of the project, including:
  • Design;
  • Construction practices;
  • Materials and concrete technology used;
  • Durability and weathering initiatives, and;
  • Innovative ideas and solution.
Jubilee Bridge, Singapore
Eoin O'Donovan, Consulting Engineer - Arup

The Jubilee Bridge is a 220m pedestrian bridge in the centre of Singapore commissioned after a design competition held in 2009.  The bridge connects two landmarks at the edge of the Marina Bay and was opened in 2015 to celebrate Singapore’s 50th year of independence and to complete the 3.5km Marina Bay waterfront loop.
A Brisbane based design team proposed a long central span of 95m with a mid-span depth of 1.5m by utilising a high-strength concrete and the balanced-cantilever construction method.  A precast concrete solution was chosen to provide a high quality finish and due to the location of the site in a busy commercial and tourist precinct.  The presentation will summarise some of the key design challenges and the inspiration for some of the solutions adopted.


4.30 pm Registration Commences - Tea and coffee will be served
5.00 pm Welcome & Introduction
5.05 pm Commencement of Speaker Presentations
7.00 pm Question time to panel of Speakers
 Light refreshments served after conclusion of event
8.00 pm Seminar closes

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