Zenith Award Winners revealed: Apex Optimisation and Woodside Energy win Project of the Year

16 July 2011, Sydney.  PACE magazine’s 8th annual Zenith Awards dinner welcomed a record number of finalists – as well as attendees. It was a night to remember as the 75 finalists eagerly waited for the winners to be revealed.

With over 220 guests in attendance, Doltone House was packed. Veteran MC Andrew Daddo hosted the evening and was in fine form as he guided the audience through the evening’s proceedings.

The winners in each category were:

POWER & ENERGY MANAGEMENT (sponsored by Rockwell Automation)
K.E. Brown Electrical Switchboards for Darling Walk Redevelopment
The Judges said: “This project employs an excellent understanding of the designs and manufacturing standards required to respond to increasing standards for EMF emissions”.

FOOD & BEVERAGE (sponsored by Siemens)
Zi-Argus NSW for Boags Brewery Modernisation and Expansion
The Judges said:” A well designed and executed project. The design was able to place the process owners back in control of the process. The powerful concept of ‘one click’ manufacturing was successfully implemented in a brewery.”

MINING, MINERALS & EXPLORATION (sponsored by Schneider Electric)
Coal Services for Virtual Reality Training
The Judges said: “This project represents an important development in simulation for needs-based training for operator workplace and safety management. This well-conceived program can play a major role in protecting and training the mining industry.”

AUTOMOTIVE & MANUFACTURING (sponsored by ifm efector)
The Dulux Group & Robotic Automation for Robotic Compositing, Handling & Stocking System
The Judges said: “A well engineered solution to improve productivity and workplace safety. It redeployed workers out of hazardous work areas. This is a good implementation of automated manufacturing delivering tangible benefits.”

WATER & WASTEWATER (sponsored by Endress+Hauser Australia)
Wide Bay Water Corporation for Nikenbah Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Judges said: “The project team should be congratulated on the quality of its implementation. They were able to deliver a smart solution whilst balancing environmental, cost and performance objectives.”

YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD (sponsored by NHP)
Brad Shaw from Serck Controls
The Judges said: “Brad Shaw has demonstrated a strong solutions-oriented approach and technical maturity that belies his age. He delivers above and beyond what is expected and willingly mentors juniors. He has played a key role in the GWMWater project, leading a team that delivered innovative solutions.”

OIL, GAS & HYDROCARBONS (sponsored by AMS)
Apex Optimisation and Woodside Energy for LNG Train Advanced Process Control
The Judges said: “Advanced Process Control was successfully and appropriately employed to deliver sustained improvement in plant profitability and operability in a cost effective manner.”

METAL PRODUCTS MANUFACTURING
Xstrata Copper for ESP Dust Recovery Plant
The Judges said: “An innovative project that delivers a win-win for both for the environment and commercial return by using a by-product that would have otherwise gone to waste.”

TRANSPORT, POWER & INFRASTRUCTURE (sponsored by Rockwell Automation)
Hero Engineering for DiCOM Project Development
The Judges said: “This is a well-engineered and well-managed project. The winner accomplished pioneering engineering work on an innovative process in the absence of reference designs or existing standards.”

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (sponsored by ABB)
Mario Dona from Santos Ltd
The Judges said: “Mario Dona has contributed to the wider community by participating in development at Standards Australia and the IEC. He has also used his knowledge and experience to mentor process control engineers in Santos.”

PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Apex Optimisation and Woodside Energy for LNG Train Advanced Process Control
The Judges said: “This excellent implementation of Advanced Process Control has rewarded the business with exceptional returns.”