Auckland Transport and GHD were thrilled to come away with one of the most prestigious New Zealand awards for engineering at a black tie gala dinner held at the Langham Hotel on Friday.
It was the first year that the award for ‘Excellence in Environmental Practice’ had been included in the New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards and AT and GHD jointly won it for their ‘TetraTrap’ design.
The traps are installed (and can be retrofitted) inside roadside drains and are designed to filter out rubbish and other contaminants from stormwater that runs off the road before it impacts the environment.
Awards Coordinator, Dionne Needham said: “The award recognises the changing face of engineering and the more holistic direction the profession is taking.”
Awards Judge, Andrew Read said: “This is an excellent example of a simple, practical and cost-effective engineering solution that significantly improves the quality of the environment.”
The New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards were initiated in 2005 and are the premier awards for engineering professionals of New Zealand.
Veenay Rambishewar, AT Regional Asset Programme Manager (right) instigated the design of the TetraTrap in conjunction with GHD and the most recent installation of the traps was in the waterfront and Shortland Street area in preparation for the world triathlon event in October.
Veenay says: “It’s about getting the best out of existing infrastructure. This project has raised the awareness about the importance of protecting our environment and has a strong focus towards Auckland Transport’s objective to deliver an efficient, effective, safe and sustainable network.”
GHD’s John Tetteroo thanked Veenay and Auckland Transport at the awards for supporting their company and believing in the device.
He said: “This project has displayed our commitment to working with Auckland Transport towards best practice and sustainability, to meet Auckland Transport’s key environmental drivers and the Auckland Plan vision of ‘most liveable city in the world’ through significantly reducing stormwater contaminants and gross pollutants from entering our receiving environment.”
There is already local and international interest in the TetraTraps and they may soon be being used in Australia.
It is not the first time the achievements of the TetraTrap program have attracted recognition within the industry. Last year Auckland Transport and GHD received the prestigious ‘Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand Arthur Mead Award’ for Environment and Sustainability 2011.
See the awards site.