Beaconsfield Substation project management recognised at Engineering Excellence Awards

TransGrid – the owner and operator of the high-voltage electricity transmission network in New South Wales – has taken out first prize in the Project Management Category at the 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards.

The Beaconsfield Refurbishment was completed in November last year and represents the world’s first major in-situ GIS substation replacement. It is also the largest 132kV GIS Substation in the southern hemisphere.

The awards celebrate the expertise of both individuals and engineering organisations and aim to boost the public profile of engineers by promoting what they do and how they contribute to communities.

TransGrid executive general manager Gerard Reiter accepted the award, stating the recognition was a testament to the good relationships the company had built within the project team, which includes staff members from UGL Limited and ABB.

“The project was all about the replacement of a significant electrical substation, and the project team was required to achieve this while keeping the substation in service throughout the entire project,” he said.

“This rebuild project was considerably more complex than the construction of a new substation, and it required detailed staging of works to achieve the project goals while keeping the lights on.”

The project team was led by Daniel Sartor and Colin Mayer. Although the rebuild totalled more than 320,000 man-hours, there were no lost time injuries throughout.