Warren Bird, Work Group Manager - Water Resources won Best Paper at the IPWEA Conference. Warren's paper outlines findings from his team’s international review of safety risks posed by stormwater assets and the subsequent development of a GIS-based tool for identifying and scoring risks posed to members of the public.
Opus International Consultants has officially opened its new research and training centre in Petone, Wellington, with the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. John Key, flicking the switch on its brand new wind tunnel to mark the occasion.
Dr Anna Robak's presentation was judged the best at the Asset Management Council’s AMPEAK (Asset Management Promote Educate Assist Knowledge) annual conference, held in Australia. Her presentation, called “The uncertain future: Planning for alternate realities”, focused on incorporating human behaviour into infrastructure strategies. Anna developed a simple model that could help explain why people might react in unexpected ways when they are faced with changes in service provider, service provision mechanism, or charging mechanisms.
The 24th Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference was held in Vancouver on 1-4 June 2014. Opus was represented at the conference by Cherie Mason (NZ) and Robert Swears (UK) who were awarded the inaugural Mavis Johnson Traffic Safety Award for the Best Policy and Practice Paper at the conference. The conference was attended by about 200-250 delegates from across Canada and several from overseas countries and from a variety of different agencies and included health professionals, police representatives, researchers, practitioners and those interested in road safety education and engineering. Over the three days of the conference 90 presentations were made covering a diverse range of topics extending from "Automated Vehicles: How Close Are We?" through to "Roadway Police Justice".
The Waikato Expressway is a NZ$1 billion plus project that will increase journey reliability, provide a safer route and reduce travel time between Auckland and Cambridge by 20 minutes, driving inter-regional and national economic growth and productivity.
The Annual Meeting of Opus International Consultants shareholders was held today in Wellington.
At today’s Annual Meeting Opus International Consultants’ Chairman, Kerry McDonald, reported strong results for 2013.
Opus’ revenue rose 13% to $459.7m and EBIT by 14% to $34.3m. While NPAT was down 2.6% on 2012, Opus’ delivered a Return on Equity of 17.7% compared with the NZX 50 market capitalisation weighted average of 11.2%. The decrease in NPAT mainly reflects higher interest and tax costs.
Trimble Navigation’s Christchurch Office was destroyed by a fire in May 2011 following the February earthquake. The redevelopment proposals presented to Trimble by Opus International Consultants incorporated the Architect’s vision of using the latest timber engineering while incorporating additional floor area to address both their current and future needs.
Opus won the following awards:
Senior Asset Manager, Anna Robak won the 2013 Business School Best Thesis Award at the University of South Australia Business School for her thesis entitled ‘Identifying and monetising the impacts of potable water supply infrastructure investments in New Zealand using stated and revealed preferences’.