11 August 2014

Opus has been honoured at the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACENZ) 2014 INNOVATE NZ Awards. The ACENZ Innovate Awards attract outstanding and innovative projects from all engineering disciplines and recognise the valuable contribution that engineers make to developing and maintaining sustainable infrastructure in New Zealand.

The Opus Group, were awarded a total of four awards in total including the Future Leader Award, one Silver Award, two Merit Awards:

Future Leader
Opus won the Future Leader Award for a consecutive year with Emily Stevens, a Geotechnical Engineer from Central Otago clinching the honour. Ms Stevens who has been with Opus for over eight years was recognised for her strong leadership skills in leading teams who work in high risk situations following slip and rockfall events on the state highways.

Silver Award - SH94 Milford Road: Homer Tunnel Western Portal Rockfall Risk Management
Milford Sound is an iconic New Zealand tourist destination, however, the sole road to the Sound is prone to multiple natural hazards such as avalanche and rockfall, closing the road for several days a year. Opus’ design of a shelter protection system adopted a radical means of assessing site specific rockfall risk and provided a high level of temporary protection with minimal impact on the National Parks environment.

Merit Award - SH35 Mareanui Realignment
Opus designed and supervised the construction of the 1.2km realignment for the NZ Transport Agency following a landslide. The challenging project involved steep and challenging terrain which required an agile and innovative design approach.

Merit Award - Christchurch Southern Motorway: Stage 1
Working alongside Beca and Fulton Hogan, the successful delivery of the project involved extensive collaboration between the project team, Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury and affected parties to ensure all facets of the project were integrated into the design. This dedicated team approach proved critical; with the contract spanning both Christchurch earthquakes, creating many challenges and prompting innovative thinking.

President of ACENZ
Opus Transportation Leader, Keryn Kliskey, was elected as the President of ACENZ at the conference for a two year term. Keryn has been on the ACENZ governing board for the past three years, led the ACENZ transportation group, and was the vice-president of ACENZ last year.

“This recognition of our work and our contribution to engineering is testament to the talent of our people. Infrastructure and engineering will continue to shape the world we live in, and I am enthusiastic about the role Opus will play in in New Zealand’s future," said Opus Chief Executive, Dr David Prentice.