Sep 15, 2020

Radar technology tops state engineering awards

Radar technology tops state engineering awards

SSR-Omni by GroundProbe has been announced as the Queensland’s top Engineering Excellence Award winner and Sir William Hudson Award finalist.

The slope stability radar technology is used for monitoring and detecting movement and potential collapses across open-cut mines and tailings dams. In 40 seconds, it scans 360 degrees and takes 37 million measurements in a 11.2km diameter, showing movement of rock and ground of 0.1 millimetre precision.

Using embedded super-computing on a chip, the scan processes over 600MB of raw data down to a fraction of the size, while proprietary algorithms also predict the time of collapse and display the data in 2D and 3D patented visualisations.

Engineers Australia Queensland Division manager Stacey Rawlings congratulated all of this year’s winners on their teamwork, innovation, and technical excellence.

“These Australian Engineering Excellence Award winners showcase the outstanding achievement in engineering and the invaluable contribution engineering makes to the economy, community and the environment,” Ms Rawlings said.

“The SSR-Omni pioneering approach has created a world leading solution for stability monitoring of cuts and tailings dams and is a worthy nominee to represent Queensland at the national awards.”

The Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) recognise Australia’s top engineering projects and the engineering teams behind them.

Projects from each of Engineers Australia’s nine divisions are selected to win an AEEA.  One winner from each division is also selected as a finalist for the Sir William Hudson Award – the highest honour for a project awarded by Engineers Australia. 

Australian Engineering Excellence Award winners – Queensland 

  • SSR-Omni for Monitoring Open-Pit Mine Slopes, Walls and Tailings Dams –  GroundProbe
  • Cedar Grove Environmental Centre – Logan Water
  • Bruce Highway Link Flood Study – Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • 25 King – Aurecon
  • Intelligent Switchgear with Synchrophasor Technology for the Future  Distribution Grid – NOJA Power Switchgear Pty. Ltd, Energy Queensland,  AusNet Services, University of Queensland, Deakin University, AEMO
  • Cairns Shipping Development Project – Ports North

Young Professional Engineer of the Year Award winner – Queensland

  • Stephen Sproul – MIEAust CPEng NER

Professional Engineer of the Year Award winner – Queensland

  • Alan Hoban – FIEAust CPEng NER
The Cairns Shipping Development Project was among the winning Queensland projects.

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