20 Nov 2014

2014 National PMAA Winners Announced

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2014 National PMAA Winners Announced

IDM Partners took out the Project of the Year for their Transport Network Reconstruction Program.

In what was one of the most eagerly anticipated contests in recent years, IDM Partners were announced as the winner of of AIPM's Project Management Achievement Awards (PMAA) 2014 Project of the Year last week in Brisbane, QLD. The PMAA recognise the most outstanding projects and individuals across the project management industry from the previous year.

The award winners were announced at the gala dinner, which was held on the penultimate day of the AIPM's 2014 National Conference at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. Some of the winners of the state level PMAA were represented as finalists at the awards, with several of the national winners now going on to represent Australia at the Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management PM Achievement Awards. The winners of the regional awards will be announced at the APFPM 2014 Congress in Beijing at the end of November.

"The judges of the awards this year were very impressed with the breadth and maturity of the projects submitted for this year’s awards. Australian project managers and organisations achieving business outcomes through project management continue to display that they are truly world leaders when it comes to innovation and delivery," said Yvonne Butler, CEO of AIPM. “Each and every year the winners set new heights which are really making the rest of the project management world stand up and take notice. We are really at the forefront of an exciting time for the industry” she said.

Dr Steve Milner, AIPM’s National President added, “The projects and people recognised in the 2014 Project Management Achievement Awards demonstrate that excellence in project management, whether it is though individual effort, small teams, or large and complex organisations, really deliver successful outcomes on a consistent basis. In today’s challenging economy effective project management is instrumental for this success.”

Queensland's IDM Partners for the Department of Transport and Main Roads were awarded the highest accolade for the night, with their win for the Project of the Year for the Transport Network Reconstruction Program in Queensland. 

Queensland's transport network required rebuilding following extensive damage caused by a succession of severe natural disaster events in 2010.  The $1.26 billion program entailed rebuilding 2,321 kilometres of roads, rectifying 247 earthworks and batter damage sites and repairing 326 bridges and culverts. The roads have now been reconstructed and communities have been reconnected. 

"Through a robust program framework and innovative solutions the Transport Network Reconstruction Program (TNRP) delivered exceptional outcomes for the department and the state and has left an enduring legacy," said David Flannagan, TNRP Program Manager. "The program framework used to deliver the 2010 works was again used to successfully deliver disaster reconstruction works in subsequent years totalling $6.923 billion."

Capital Insight from NSW was a popular winner in the Construction/Engineering in excess of $100,000,000 category, for their work on the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse. Capital Insight won the award ahead of some extremely highly regarded competition, and stands as a testament to the hard work done by the entire project team.

Project manager Steve Gibson from Queensland Urban Utilities won Project Manager of the Year for his outstanding work upgrading the sewerage network at Woolloongabba. The five year $82 million project is Queensland Urban Utilities' biggest on record, and was delivered not only ahead of schedule but $3.7 million under budget.

Other individual awards included Program/Project Director of the Year, with David Bartlett from South Australia's Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure taking out this top individual award for his work on the Seaford Rail Extension Project.

Team Member of the Year went to Chris Lamond from Jacobs Group Australia, and Ben Burrows from Defence Materiel Organisation won the inaugural Young Project Manager of the Year award.

AIPM would like to congratulate the award winners and encourages submissions for the 2015 Project Management Achievement Awards.

Project Category Award Winners


Organisation: IDM Partners (QLD)
Project: Transport Network Reconstruction Program


Organisation: Kellogg Brown and Root & South Australian Water Corporation (SA)
Project: PMP Solutions Metropolitan Capital Water Infrastructure Delivery Project


Organisation: Capital Insight (NSW)
Project: Chris O’Brien Lifehouse


Organisation: Jacobs (NT) 
Project: US Force Posture Review Stage 2 Project


Organisation: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) – (NSW)
Project: Pawsey Supercomputing Centre


Organisation: Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACT)
Project: Anti-Dumping Reform Programme Australian Capital Territory


Organisation: Retirement Benefits Fund (TAS)
Project: TAS New Insurance Products


Organisation: Arrium-WorleyParsons Alliance (NSW)
Project: RAPTEK Facility Project


Organisation: Jacobs (VIC)
Project: Alfred Health Acquired Brain Injury Unity

Individual Category Award Winners


Winner: David Bartlett  (SA)
Organisation: Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure


Winner: Steve Gibson (QLD)
Organisation: Queensland Urban Utilities


Winner: Ben Burrows (VIC)
Organisation: Defence Materiel Organisation


Winner: Chris Lamond (NSW)
Organisation: Jacobs Group Australia