04 Oct 2016

Recognising engineering excellence – Congratulations DHI Australia!

DHI Australia was proud to receive a High Commendation Award at the Queensland Division of the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards Australia (AEEA) night. The Award was received in the category of Reports, Procedures and Systems category for the Unified Water Operating Platform project. DHI, in collaboration with The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), were also nominated as finalist in the category of Environment for the operational Vessel Drift Model and 24/7 Drift Forecasting System.

The AEEA identifies, recognises and rewards outstanding achievement in the practice of engineering as well as service to the profession. This year, over 60 project and individual award entries were received for Queensland.

The Unified Water Operating Platform (UWOP) is an online application that assists QGC in optimising planning and operation of its water management system. A genuinely innovative application of world-class technology, it has been successfully embedded within an operational framework, setting a new standard for process water management.

Numerical modelling, integrated with real-time data acquisition, is at the heart of the technologies embedded in UWOP. It is used for feasibility studies for future infrastructure development, environmental compliance monitoring and risk management, and planning investigations. The core technologies of UWOP were developed by DHI experts and has been implemented within QGC’s operations and IT environments in collaboration with Accenture.

DHI Australia team members at the AEEA night © DHI

In collaboration with AMSA and Rio Tinto, DHI has developed the Vessel Drift Model and 24/7 Forecast Service which is the world’s first, next generation numerical model for predicting vessel drift. Grounding risk due to stricken vessels is assessed through high precision numerical modelling, allowing the risks to be further mitigated. The Vessel Drift Model can accurately simulate historical and forecasted events for all territorial waters and allows for a significantly more precise development of optimum vessel route planning and emergency response strategies. This model can be used to prioritise resources efficiently and cost effectively to minimise grounding events from occurring or becoming environmental catastrophes. 

Con Strydom, Managing Director of DHI Australia, who attended the event commented, ‘We are extremely proud and honoured to be finalists and for the high commendation. We want to thank EA for the opportunity to part of such an amazing event that recognises the exceptional work of our engineers and their dedication to the profession.’

DHI wish to thank Engineers Australia who hosted the outstanding event for supporting the advancement of the engineering community and the esteemed judges who spent their valuable time and effort in appraising the entries.