Mapping an innovative path
ACCORDING to Aurecon specialist Nick Moore, Geographic Information Systems is the answer.
The question for the engineering company was how to get clients faster quotes and information on engineering issues and assessment.
Mr Moore and engineer Marek Karca developed a project to get field engineers to use GIS (similar technology drives Google maps) and a tablet to gather raw data from the job site and send it back to the office for real time processing, before a report was generated and delivered to the client.
GIS is used in many disciplines, particularly on farms, but rarely in the field of engineering.
That innovation is why Aurecon is one of the finalists in the Out of the Box category for this year's Resource Industry Network Chairman's Awards.
The category for innovation was the most highly contested this year, with Mackay Regional Council and Diacon making up the final three.
"I think it's a really tough market at the moment and you have to make your processes efficient," Aurecon office manager Stephen Cutting said. "There is a great need to drive everything with innovation."
The resource services sector will celebrate outstanding achievements and innovation by businesses and individuals at a gala awards dinner on May 22. The awards, sponsored by KPMG, cover seven categories highlighting some of the most outstanding achievements in the sector over the past 12 months.
Resource Industry Network chair Tony Caruso said nominations in all categories had been excellent.
"Shortlisting was certainly a difficult task for our judges as all seven categories were contested vigorously by companies showing outstanding innovation and passion for their work," Mr Caruso said.
"All of the nominees are testament to the high level of professionalism and expertise we have in this region. I congratulate the companies who have been shortlisted as finalists and encourage everyone to come along on the night and celebrate the contribution the resource services sector makes to our region."
Mr Caruso said the board had secured Adani Mining chief executive officer Jeyakumar Janakaraj as keynote speaker.
The awards will be held at the MECC from 6.30pm.
Safety Foremost Award: Mackay Sugar, JP Piping Systems and G&S Engineering Services.
Leading from the Front Award: G&S Engineering Services, Mastermyne Group of Companies and SDV Longwall Support
Connecting in the Community Award: Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, C-Res (Qld) G&S Engineering Services
Chasing Foreign Markets: Team Engineering Services, SDV Longwall Support and MRAEL
Out of the Box Award: Diacon, Aurecon and Mackay Regional Council
Standing Out from the Crowd: Field Engineers - Dan Kajewki, Mastertec - Gavin Welsh and Mastermyne - Jannah Gaviglio