SKM honoured for Dampier Port project

The global engineering, project delivery and sciences firm was announced as an award winner at the Engineers Australia Engineering Excellence Awards gala dinner last week at Parliament House in Canberra.Engineers Australia praised the project’s innovation and successful delivery, which was ahead of time and under budget, with a record of 5 million man hours free of lost time injury, and incorporating technological innovation.The project increased the port capacity by 90% to 140 million tonnes per annum.SKM’s engineering manager on the project, Phil Beddoes, acknowledged the vision, experience and dedicated efforts of the SKM and Rio Tinto teams in delivering a showcase of Australian engineering.“SKM is very proud that the DPU has been recognised by Engineers Australia,” Beddoes said.“The project set new benchmarks in engineering design and construction practices that have since been employed in other port developments around the globe. “This clearly demonstrates that the Dampier Port Upgrade is a significant achievement in engineering and project delivery excellence, and long-term sustainability.”Beddoes also made special mention of the importance of teamwork and the average young age of the project team members (35 years) who delivered the project.The award follows the project’s win as the Most Outstanding Engineering Achievement in the Western Australian Engineers Australia awards in September.Vaughn Grey from SKM’s Perth office was also awarded the Snowy Hydro Young Professional Engineer, specifically recognising the work that he does for Engineers without Borders.

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