Technical Lead - Infrastructure
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Raad Jarjees (Branch President)
Technical Lead, Infrastructure
Gleb Kolenbet (Vice President)
Principal Integrated Transport Engineer
Moreton Bay Regional Council
Jessica Kahl (Ambassador)
Principal Engineer, Heavy Vehicle Operational Policy
Department of Transport and Main Roads
McCullough Robertson Lawyers
University of Southern Queensland
Senior Civil Engineer
Qld Program Manager
Tonkin Consulting Pty Ltd
SEQ NETWORKING FUNCTION
SEQ Branch Presidents Report
The SEQ Branch ended the year with a Christmas function in the Engine Room at IPWEAQ’s new facilities in Eagle Farm with the prize for the best Christmas outfit going to Craig Murrell. Thanks to everyone who joined us!
We were also fortunate that we were able to gather for the Annual Conference last month and it was clear from the level of excitement (even for engineers) that everyone was pleased to have the opportunity to catch up once again. It was great to learn how well our community had adapted to the challenging times and how we overcame the many obstacles. As a war veteran, I saw some similarities with everyone pushed to the next level of performance and achieving the desired outcomes to keep people safe.
Once again, the Annual Conference was a very well organised event with high quality papers, a holistic program (not just the ‘technical’) and excellent speakers. Thank you to the IPWEAQ CEO, staff and everyone involved for their extraordinary efforts at this extraordinary time.
The excellence awards celebrated our sector further with a number of awards presented to SEQ Branch councils and organisations including Project of the Year for the Sunshine Coast Council’s airport expansion project. This was a complex project with an array of environmental considerations.
City of Gold Coast won the inaugural Coastal Engineering award for the Palm Beach shoreline project, designed to protect one of our most vulnerable beaches and included an artificial reef.
The City of Gold Coast also took home two of the major people awards: Woman in Engineering was presented to Tiffany Parker, Senior Structural Engineer, and Dean Ostrofski, Executive Coordinator Drafting Services, Infrastructure Delivery, Transport and Infrastructure at City of Gold Coast was awarded the prestigious President’s Award for his contributions to the Standard Drawings Working Group over a significant period.
Not long into the new year, the SEQ Branch will host its first branch conference since 2017 where we expect to learn more about the adaptability, sustainability, resilience and agility of our sector. The Call for Papers closes Friday 11 December so please make your submissions as soon as possible. We’ll get together in Caloundra for a Technical Tour Wednesday afternoon 24 February followed by Welcome drinks with a full day of presentations Thursday through to Friday lunch time. You may wish to consider a long weekend on the coast – perhaps bring your family.
On behalf of the SEQ Branch Committee, I would like to wish you all very happy and safe Christmas. I hope to see you at the President’s Breakfast in February and we look forward to welcoming you to the SEQ Branch conference in Caloundra, 24-26 February 2021!
SEQ Branch President
Other award winners from SEQ Branch
Projects under $1 million - Winner
Noosa Botanic Shade Garden Canopy
Projects $1 - $2 million - Highly Commended
Coplick Footbridge Replacement
City of Gold Coast
Asset Management - Highly Commended
Footpath / Shared Path Functionality Assessment (Copy)
Logan City Council
Projects $5 - $10 million - Highly Commended
Luggage Point STP FST Distribution Channels Settlement Mitigation Project
Urban Utilities & Fulton Hogan
Projects over $10 million - Winner
Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project
Sunshine Coast Council
Innovation & Sustainability in Water - Winner
Cedar Grove Environmental Centre: ‘On the Nose’ Project to Community Showpiece
Martin Luna Juncal