State-of-the-art bridge system wins Canberra’s top engineering award
The InQuik Bridge System by SMEC and InQuik has been announced as the city’s top Engineering Excellence Award winner and Sir William Hudson Award finalist.
The InQuik Bridge System (‘the system’) is an Australian developed, semi-modular bridge solution. The system comprises two main parts: a steel tray and reinforcing cage forming the deck units with abutments and headstocks providing a complete bridge solution. These components are placed on-site then filled with concrete.
SMEC and InQuik Bridging Systems co-developed this new system through extensive engineering development, validation, and prototyping to maximise quality through pre-fabrication, ease of transport of lightweight forms and simple on-site concrete placement. The prototype was installed in June 2016, and a multi-span bridge delivered under market conditions installed at Parsonage Creek in mid-2019.
The Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) recognise Australia’s top engineering projects and the engineering teams behind them.
Following a rigorous judging process by an independent panel of experts, projects from each of Engineers Australia’s nine divisions are selected to win an AEEA. One winner from each division is also selected as a finalist for the Sir William Hudson Award – the highest honour for a project awarded by Engineers Australia.
Engineers Australia Canberra Division Manager, Catherine Carter, congratulated both winners on their teamwork, innovation, and technical excellence.
“These Australian Engineering Excellence Award winners showcase the outstanding achievement in engineering and the invaluable contribution engineering makes to the economy, community and the environment,” Ms Carter said.
“The InQuik Bridge System is and efficient and effective solution to a growing issue, particularly in the face of natural disasters and is a worthy contender for the national award.”
Australian Engineering Excellence Award winners – Canberra
· Canberra Light Rail – Canberra Metro
· The InQuik Bridge System – SMEC, InQuick Bridging Systems
Professional Engineer of the Year Award winner – Canberra
· Real Admiral Colin Lawrence AO FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Young Professional Engineer of the Year Award winner – Canberra
· Alexandra Radulovich MIEAust CPEng NER
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