The Australian Institute of Project management has named a desalination project in Western Australia its Project of the Year.
The Southern Seawater Desalination Project by Water Corporation (pictured) first won its category, Construction/Engineering over $100 million, before being announced as the overall winning project in Australia at the Project Management Achievement Awards (PMAA) gala dinner.
The desalination project, under Western Australia’s Integrated Water Supply Scheme, has alleviated water shortages in Perth, Mandurah, the Goldfields and Kalgoorlie.
Other wins for the project were for individuals, Nick Churchill, named Project Director of the Year, and Suzanne Brown as Project Team Member of the Year, making Water Corporation the most awarded organisation and Western Australia the most awarded state.
National PMAA Chair Peter Fowler said this year’s finalists provided high calibre solutions for their respective organisations. “We had many examples of complex and challenging projects, which had been managed well and obviously contributed to the successes for their own organisations.”
Construction/Engineering (less than $100 million): Adelaide Airport Runway & Taxiway Overlay by SA Beca Consultants
Defence Aerospace: Avionics Business Unit Project by Raytheon Australia
Product Development: National Train Communications System by Telstra
Information Technology: Next Generation Check-In Program by Qantas Airways
Telecommunications Technology: VHF Radio Replacement Project by Airservices Australia
Organisation/Change Management: NICUCAM by ACT Health
Small Projects: Greenhouse by Joost, Sydney Arup
Regional Development: Jacinth-Ambrosia Mineral Sands Mine Project by Parsons Brinckerhoff/Iluka Resources (Joint Submission)
Community Service and/or Development: ACT Health Elective Surgery Capacity Building Project by ACT Health
Sustainable Projects: Three New Community Pools Project by Brisbane City Council
Project Team Member of the Year: Suzanne Brown from Water Corporation
Project Manager: Lindsay Charles from NSW Public Works
Program/Project Director: Nick Churchill from Water Corporation
The PMAA ceremony was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of the IPMA World Congress, and in conjunction with accolades awarded by the Asia Pacific Federation for Project Management, as well as the International Project Management Association’s International Project Excellence Award 2011.