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.
Mike Dunn, Principal Fire Engineer received an Annual Meritorious Service Award – the Committee of the Year Award, as a member of the P4541 Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems Committee. The award recognises the Committee’s reputation as a group of individuals who operate as a team drawing on the wisdom, technical skills, and talents of each member, and that works towards common goals.
The Opus brand was awarded a silver Graphis Award. The awards recognise published works from some of the best talent in design, advertising, and photography and are a bastion of excellence in design and visual imagery. Opus will be included in the resulting Graphis Design Annual.
Simon Bush, Principal Engineer - Structures Asset Management won the Hynds’ Best Paper at the IPWEA conference. His paper used a SimCity analogy, calling for asset managers to model service users and decision makers as well as assets, and his proof of concept showed how freight hauliers might change their routes and, in turn express dissatisfaction with their service provider based on reduced bridge reliability.
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 and Robert Swears 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".
Reresentatives from Global Engineering Consultancy, Opus International Consultants (Opus) with the head office in Bristol, swapped hard hats for golf shoes when they took on the prestigious Celtic Manor golf course and raised over £1,200 for The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).
Opus International Consultants, the global Engineering Consultancy will be relocating from offices in Victoria to larger premises on Old Street, Shoreditch, East London.
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.