NZIS Announces 2015 Awards at Conference Dinner

Celebrating the best of the profession was the fitting finale for the annual NZIS conference. Members, guests and Diamond partners congratulated the Award of Excellence and Cadastral Survey of the Year award winners at the Glenn Stone Insurance Gala Dinner held at the stunning Te Papa -Te Marae venue in Wellington, Friday 16 October.

Awards being announced and presented by NZIS President Mark Allan at Te Marae, Te Papa Tongarewa.

Award of Excellence

A damaged Historic Places listed structure, an Auckland tunnel and a complex redevelopment site surrounded by traffic movement feature in this year’s Award of Excellence winning projects.

Most, if not all Cantabrians, are familiar with the Triumphal Arch and Bridge of Remembrance over the Avon River. Located in the heart of Christchurch city, the historical monument suffered considerable damage during the earthquakes and like numerous other damaged structures it was required to be bought up to 100% building code. The entry submitted by Woods Ltd details the complexity of strengthening an existing 14m structure within existing cavities. The team of Rowan Hallam and Vanda Kadlecikova carried out intensive 3d site scanning and used an accurate point cloud which allowed the designer to proceed with confidence when manoeuvring the structural steel into place.

Real time monitoring of a tunnel experiencing 55 000 traffic movements a day in Waterview, Auckland was the challenge the Silver award winning project. For safety reasons, the tunnel required continuous, 24/7 monitoring for 2mm movements. The innovative monitoring system developed by Michael Cutfield of Well Connected Alliance (consisting of NZ Transport Agency, Fletcher Construction, McConnell Dowell, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Beca Infrastructure, Tonkin & Taylor and Obayashi Corporation) has since been implemented on other parts of the project with success.

The Merit award went to the Tauranga firm, Lysaght Consultants where Mike Stott entered a project featuring complex traffic movements, traffic light re-signalisation, a site redevelopment and considerable negotiation with various parties.

Inaugural Cadastral Survey of the Year Award

This year, NZIS Cadastral Stream launched the new Cadastral Survey of the YearAward to recognise the considerable effort and skill required to produce cadastral survey plans. Sponsored by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), the Gold Award went to Tony Nikkel of NIkkel Surveying, Motueka for a remote a rural subdivision survey plan; DP 461455.

The Silver award went to Envivo Engineering Surveying & Planning, Auckland for SO 460481 -a Strata Parcels – Viaduct Legalisation survey prepared by Brian Curtis.

The Bronze award was won by a Limited Title and Natural Boundary (DP 466668)entrysubmitted byTony Nikkel and Stuart Wallace of NIkkel Surveying, Motueka.

Sincere congratulations go to all the Award recipients.

Further entry details are available on the webpage - NZIS Awards.