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Campus News : December 2011
14 Campus News December 2011 University of Wollongong www.uow.edu.au Three of UOW's new buildings were recognised recently by the NSW Master Builders Association, with iC Enterprise 1 on the Innovation Campus and UOW's SMART Infrastructure Facility winning coveted Excellence in Construction Awards. Enterprise 1, the latest building to be opened at the Innovation Campus, was listed as a winner of the commercial buildings category ($20 million to $50 million). The innovative $40 million, 10,000 square-metre building houses some of UOW's most valued collaborative partners and was constructed by Baulderstone and designed by Bates Smart Architects. The Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) Processing and Devices Facility, also on the Innovation Campus and also constructed by Baulderstone, made it onto the winner's list for Best Use of Timber. iC Acting Director David Campbell said the University was delighted by the accolades and pleased to see the efforts of the architects, builders, construction workers and iC staff recognised. The SMART Infrastructure Facility on the main campus took out the Excellence in Construction Award in the tertiary buildings category ($20 million to $50 million). SMART is the creation of architects Graham Bell and Bowman and builders Cockram Constructions. The facility is the first on the main campus to target a Green Building Council accreditation, a process which involves the evaluation of environmentally sustainable design (ESD) initiatives including water efficiency, indoor environment quality and resource conservation. JB Buildings take out construction awards Awards, achievements and accolades The award-winning iC Enterprise 1 on the Innovation Campus. The SMART Infrastructure Facility has won an Excellence in Construction Award in the NSW Master Builders Association Awards. Laird presents Parkes Oration The role of railway infrastructure in uniting a nation -- and serious inadequacies in Australia's current rail system -- were themes of the 2011 Henry Parkes Oration, delivered in Tenterfield by Associate Professor Philip Laird in October. The Oration celebrates the contribution of Australia's "Father of Federation" Sir Henry Parkes, and past presenters have included former Defence Minister Senator John Faulkner and former NSW Government Minister Linda Burney. In the 19th century railways played a major role in opening up the vast Australian continent. On 1 May 1889, at the official opening of a major rail bridge across the Hawkesbury River, Henry Parkes was able to say that the NSW Government had delivered a "world class railway system". This new bridge completed a continuous railway link between Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. However, it involved three different railway gauges. Six months later, in his speech at Tenterfield in October 1889, Parkes gave a rousing call for Federation of the Australian colonies -- not only for defence purposes but also to give Australia a standard railway gauge. Professor Laird in his address highlighted that it took until 1995 to deliver a standard gauge on the through running lines, when track from Melbourne to Adelaide was finally converted to standard gauge. The 2011 Henry Parkes Oration, Railways in Australia: Federation Unfulfilled, examined why it has taken so long to achieve limited gauge standardisation, and why Australia's interstate mainline rail track between Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, is according to Professor Laird,"... inadequate for current and future needs". Professor Laird is an Honorary Principal Fellow in the Faculty of Informatics at UOW. Rogan appointment a first UOW's Student Support and Peer Learning Director Sally Rogan is the first Australian to sit on the Advisory Board for the American National Resource Centre for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition. Ms Rogan said her role on the Board may include providing input on publications, research topics and marketing strategies, offering suggestions for conference speakers, publication authors and editors, evaluating portfolios of nominees for various awards and grants and providing guidance on the pursuit of external funding. "I hope that I will be able to provide First Year Experience perspectives from the Australasian region and, in particular, contribute ideas and expertise which further enhance the contribution of peer learning and mentoring to the First Year Experience," she said. Ms Rogan's four-year appointment will provide opportunities for UOW to create closer connections with the international First Year Experience community as well as showcase its existing strengths in the field. "It will also be a great opportunity for me to bring back new ideas and initiatives to enhance the First Year Experience and student support at UOW and further strengthen the excellent work the University already does in supporting the academic and social experience of its students," she said. The National Resource Centre for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition was chartered in 1986 and is located at the University of South Carolina. JB Civil engineer's double honour Professor Buddhima Indraratna has been made a Fellow of the prestigious professional body of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). The geotechnical engineering specialist is the first academic at UOW's School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering to be honoured as a Fellow of the Academy. He has also been awarded the 2011 Engineers Australia Transport Medal given to a distinguished individual who has made an outstanding contribution for advancing Australian transportation engineering. Professor Indraratna was awarded the Transport Medal at the Civil and Structural Colleges Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony held at Darling Harbour recently, based on his scholarly research which has made a real practical contribution to society. Associate Professor Philip Laird, who delivered the 2011 Henry Parkes Oration Professor Buddhima Indraratna (left) receives the 2011 Engineers Australia Transport Medal from National Committee on Transport Engineering Chair Clive Mottram.