The finalists for Engineering New Zealand’s inaugural industry awards, the ENVIs, have been announced.

Engineering New Zealand Chief Executive Susan Freeman-Greene said she was thrilled with the number of entries received for the inaugural event with 120 applications received across the eight categories. 

“Our aim for the ENVIs is to highlight the amazing achievements of engineers and showcase their vision, brilliance, creativity and technical skills. We are so pleased that there has been such a positive response from the industry to the ENVIs and incredibly impressed with the calibre of nominations received across a very board range of engineering disciplines”. 

The awards programme, whose category sponsors include MAS, HEB Construction, Tonkin + Taylor, Victoria University of Wellington, Callaghan Innovation and NZ Transport Agency has given engineers the opportunity to think beyond the final delivery of a product. Judges were looking for those individuals, teams and organisations that have been involved in significant or outstanding engineering projects that have encouraged innovation, creativity, diversity and overall excellence in engineering and in ways that benefit society and the environment. 

Judge Warner Cowin, founder and CEO of Height commented that “the sheer number and quality of the submissions clearly show that New Zealand's Engineering Sector is internationally leading-edge, feeling confident and in good health. From large corporates, government agencies through to small start-ups the judges were all impressed with the real depth and diversity of the sector. With so many worthy applicants we all had a hard time selecting the finalists”.

The ENVIs 2019 winners will be announced at the awards evening taking place at Shed 10 in Auckland on Thursday 7 November.  

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Young Engineer of the Year Award

  • Alistair Collins – Associate Building Services, Beca
  • Cameron Chapman – Commercial Engineering Manager, WEL Networks
  • Caroline Hope – Process Engineer, Beca
  • Terry Miller – Chairman Advisor and Lead Investor, Eight360

Engineering Leadership Award

  • Darryl-Lee Wendelborn – Managing Director, Beca
  • Jamie France – Production Director, Rocket Lab
  • Simonne Eldridge – Executive Leader – Clients, Tonkin + Taylor
  • Troy Brockbank – Senior Environmental Consultant, WSP Opus

Engineering Creativity award

  • Kakahu Façade – Lewis Bradford
  • Tirohanga Whanui Bridge – Aurecon 
  • The NOVA – Eight360

Engineering Impact Award

  • Clifton to Tāngōio – Tonkin + Taylor (Coastal Engineering Team)
  • Kaikōura Earthquake Recovery – NZ Transport Agency, KiwiRail and NCTIR alliance
  • Sustainable Outcomes Toolkit – Auckland Council Healthy Waters and Height Project Management 
  • Te Auaunga: Walmsley, Oakley Creek & Underwood Reserves Restoration – Auckland Council, Fulton Hogan, Boffa Miskell and AECOM

Engineering Innovation Award

  • Epoxy Porous Asphalt – NZ Transport Agency, WSP Opus and Fulton Hogan         
  • Micromaker – Callaghan Innovation (Research and Technical Service)
  • Modular Rockfall Protection Wall – NZ Transport Agency, KiwiRail and NCTIR Alliance  
  • Noise Reduction and Audio Capture Suite for Drones – Dotterel Technologies
  • The Bat Signal – Mt Messenger Alliance (lead by Peter Quilter – Tonkin + Taylor)
  • Tūranga, Christchurch Central Library – Lewis Bradford 

Engineering Partnership Award

  • Aspiring Artists – SCAPE Public Art and Lewis Bradford Consulting 
  • Franklin Road – Auckland Transport, Auckland City Council, Watercare, Waitemata Community Board, Franklin Road Community Liaison Group, Stantec and Downer
  • Kaikōura Earthquake Recovery – NZ Transport Agency, KiwiRail and NCTIR Alliance
  • Smart Seeds – GHD 

Engineering Diversity Award

  • Beca & SPIES – Our Journey Together
  • GHD
  • Honor Columbus – Maori and Pasifika in Construction
  • WSP Opus

Engineering Education Award

  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Meridian Energy Rural
  • The University of Auckland's Deans Leadership Programme
  • Troy Brockbank – Senior Environmental Consultant, WSP Opus 
  • Xero