Development of transport initiatives and massive mining facilities dominated the ASI's 2008 Steel Awards for Western Australia.

The WA steel award winners were announced on 15 September at the Burswood Entertainment Complex in Perth as part of the ASI's annual national Convention.

Woodhead's entry on the Clarkson Station development for the Northern Suburbs Transit System topped the Architectural Steel Design category, whilst the entry on the Exmouth Marina Foot Bridge in WA's Northwest Cape region won in the Structural Engineering Steel Design section for BG&E.

The uniform and simple steel portal structure of Clarkson Station sped fabrication and erection well within budget and program constraints whilst minimising disruption to public in the busy corridor.

BG&E designed the new footbridge at Exmouth as an innovative and aesthetic structure that met the demanding requirements of the cyclone-prone area with functional efficiency and landmark status.

Steelwork for resource-related projects scooped the Steel Fabricators and Detailers categories.

Work on the massive Naphtha Splitter Column unit for BP's refinery at Kwinana topped the Steel Fabricators category for UGL Resources which provided integrated capacities from design onwards to deliver what is believed to be the largest single unit of equipment of its type ever fabricated with steel in Australia.

The honours in the Steel Detailers category were split between joint winners, PDC Consultants for their work on Fortescue Metal's Cloud Break Iron Ore Handling Project and UGL Steelplan for its Boddington Gold Mine Expansion Project work.

ASI State Manager – WA, John Brazier said the nature of entries well portrays why Australian-fabricated steel satisfies the demands for rapid development and to cope with the State's rugged conditions and large-scale industry requirements. “The awards highlight the high standard of design and execution achievable with the versatility of steel, aesthetics and the industry's capacities and efficiencies,” he said.


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