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Year: 2016


Melbourne property experts put their knowledge to the test

WGE have taken the traditional gathering of top property people to the next level with a ‘family feud style video that taps into the pulse of the Melbourne property industry. After surveying 100 property industry people about the current state of play in Melbourne and the future of the industry, we asked Sally Capp, Darren Hawkins, Jennifer Marks, King Ng, Von Slater, Roger Teale, Ruth Wilson and a selection of WGE engineers to share their thoughts. Melbourne Office Manager Grant Holman took on the role of Grant Denyer for the day, but sadly no one walked away with the car. …

Date: December 9, 2016
Category: News

WGE welcomes new Civil Project Engineer to Sydney office

In response to the growing demand for infrastructure expertise in the Sydney market, Hock Chua has recently been appointed as Civil Project Engineer. Hock has extensive experience in the planning, design and management of major transport and infrastructure projects in Australia and Asia. He has worked on a wide range of projects spanning the infrastructure and transportation sectors – from highway drainage design, airport movement area geometry and pavement detail design to container terminals, ports and an intermodal logistic centre. Sydney Office Manager, Joseph Walsh says that Hock’s experience strengthens the Sydney team’s capacity to work on the major infrastructure …

Date: December 7, 2016
Category: News

Virtual Reality brings project to life

WGE’s Acoustics team in Melbourne have been testing virtual reality (VR) software to allow clients and stakeholders to experience what a project will look and sound like – before it gets built! The team are currently working with Gray Puksand Architects on the Prahran High School for the Department of Education. The team was able to virtually walk through the space and experience the acoustic qualities of the atrium in Victoria’s first ‘vertical’ high school. WGE’s in-house Auralisation software, combined with VR modelling offers a highly immersive and revealing experience which brings the plans to life. For more information about …

Date: November 25, 2016
Category: News

Gaining an understanding: cladding material, how do they really perform?

Since the Lacrosse Dockland Fire in November 2014, scrutiny over building façades materials has significantly increased.  The Victorian Building Authority released several practice notes clarifying the requirements of the Building Code of Australia regarding the construction of building façades. In accordance with the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions of the Building Code of Australia, combustible cladding may be used on external façades of a building in restricted circumstances. The recent focus on external building façade cladding has created confusion regarding the Building Code requirements and the actual fire performance of the façade cladding available on the market. Wood & Grieve Engineers’ fire engineering …

Date: November 9, 2016
Category: News

Stunning WA projects recognised by Design Institute of Australia

Congratulations to our clients Hassell, who have won the Design Institute of Australia (WA) Award of Merit for the new Jones Day office. The judging panel applauded the project’s high-end feel, seamless integration and considered selection of finishes. WGE provided Acoustics, AV, Electrical, Fire, Hydraulics and Mechanical engineering services. The DIA awards acknowledge the creative work of the WA design community across three major categories of Interior Spaces, Product Design and Visual Communication. In its 14th year, the award program spans sectors including corporate, retail, hospitality and residential. Congratulations to Woods Bagot – shortlisted for Brew Ha café and Parmelia …

Date: November 3, 2016
Category: News

Ten year anniversary celebrations for Perth to Busselton Bike Ride

WGE is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the annual charity bike ride from Perth to Busselton. On Friday 4 November, a team of 35 riders will depart WGE’s Perth office on Adelaide Terrace, finishing at the Busselton office after clocking 250km. The day is a test of endurance that involves about 12 hours on the road and whilst it’s not a race, the traditional sprint finish along the Busselton foreshore is known to get competitive. As well as raising vital funds for WGE’s nominated charity, the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation, the event is a chance for staff, clients, …

Date: November 2, 2016
Category: News

Read the latest publication from our WA Civil team

A new publication has been produced showcasing WGE’s expertise and experience in Civil Engineering projects across Western Australia. The document highlights recent projects in land development, civil building services and civil infrastructure. WGE’s civil team was established over 50 years ago, and have worked on some of WA’s landmark developments including Elizabeth Quay, Perth Arena, Albany Boat Harbour and award winning residential estates including Meadow Springs and The Glades in Byford. The team are currently working on the six hectare Waterbank development at the eastern end of Perth’s CBD. Construction has begun on site which will feature a new inlet, …

Date: October 18, 2016
Category: News

WGE’s Dr Houman Tamaddon pioneers new water pressure solutions for high rise buildings

WGE Senior Hydraulic Engineer, Dr Houman Tamaddon is preparing a white paper on the effects of pressure reduction valve (PRV) stations subjected to very high water pressure. This is in response to industry demands for taller buildings with reduced plant space. WGE are involved in numerous projects where pressures are expected to exceed 1800KPa and there is a need to “test” the system prior to commission. The performance test, with collaboration from our Acoustics team will measure the performance of PRV’s at high and low flows and the noise generated from these systems. In conjunction with suppliers and manufactures, our …

Date: October 6, 2016
Category: News

WGE Sustainability expert highlights green opportunities in NSW

The NSW Government’s mandate that all state-significant infrastructure projects achieve ratings from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) is a golden opportunity, says WGE’s Nicholas Johnson. In June, the NSW Budget grabbed the headlines for a record infrastructure investment of $73.3 billion over four years, with projects such as the WestConnex and North West and South West metro the beneficiaries. While the promise that each ‘state-significant’ infrastructure project must achieve an Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating from ISCA didn’t grab as many headlines, Johnson says the move has the potential to be a game-changer – for both industry and the …

Date: October 3, 2016
Category: News

UDIA WA award winners announced

Congratulations to our clients Blackburne Property Group, Peet Limited and BGC Development who were recognised at the recent WA Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Awards for Excellence. The prestigious awards recognise excellence and innovation in the property development industry. WGE is proud to have provided engineering services for two projects that won their respective categories. Aria Apartments by Blackburne Property Group won the high density development category. The project includes 156 apartments over five levels with an exceptional standard of design and amenity. Judges praised the development’s liveability and sense of community. WGE provided Civil and Structural services on …

Date: September 29, 2016
Category: News

WGE – lighting the final AFL Women’s Exhibition Match

The WGE Lighting team are thrilled to assist televising the coverage of the final AFL Women’s Exhibition Match on Saturday, September 3 at 7.20pm. The Seven Network will air the match live nationally on Channel 7 (Melbourne/Victoria and Adelaide/South Australia), 7Mate (Perth/Western Australia, Sydney/NSW and Brisbane/Queensland) and via its regional affiliates into Tasmania and the Northern Territory.  Telstra via the AFL Live App and Channel 7 via Plus7 and 7Live will also stream the match live. Held at VU Whitten Oval in Footscray Melbourne, our temporary lighting scheme delivered by Resolution X will lift the illuminance levels to exacting AFL …

Date: September 1, 2016
Category: News

Are you interested in Acoustics engineering for your next project?

WGE have recently published a Capability Statement that showcases our experience delivering acoustic solutions on a wide range of projects across Australia. Building acoustics are not about building full height partitions everywhere and specifying expensive finishes – they’re about achieving a balance between the budget, architectural intent and a good outcome that fits the project brief, whilst complying with codes and standards. Whether you’re looking to achieve speech privacy and sound insulation, control noise emissions or reduce external noise intrusion – our team have the expertise to ensure the best outcome. WGE’s acoustics team also has extensive experience with major …

Date: August 31, 2016
Category: News

2016 prefabAUS annual conference – driving construction forward

Peak national body for prefabrication and offsite construction, prefabAUS will hold its annual conference in Sydney October 10 – 12. The Hon. Ian Macfarlane will open the Conference; former Federal Minister for Industry and Science and current Chair of the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre. WGE has been part of the prefab community in Australia since its conception and proudly supports industry conference’s such as this. This year’s conference see some of the industry’s most highly regarded thought leaders from Australia, Europe and USA presenting on innovative prefab technologies; and there’s an optional day of site tours. Details are on …

Date: August 30, 2016
Category: News

Sydney team welcomes new Fire Engineering Section Manager

In response to client demand for expertise in fire engineering, Lloyd Wilkinson has recently been appointed as Fire Engineering Section Manager at WGE’s Sydney office. This is the first time Sydney office has had a locally based, dedicated fire engineer. Lloyd specialises in complex modelling for fire engineering, including computational fluid dynamic techniques for smoke development in spaces, such as airport hangers, train stations, warehouses, atriums, apartments and shopping malls. Lloyd has a strong interest in expanding the boundaries of architectural design by combining the cutting edge international research with state of the art Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and human …

Date: August 29, 2016
Category: News

WGE’s Ben James shares insights on the NSW Infrastructure budget

The NSW Government recently announced an injection of $73.4 million to address infrastructure ‘pinchpoints’ throughout Sydney. WGE’s Ben James highlights the challenge for delivery authorities in this piece recently published by the Property Council of Australia. The ‘congestion busting’ NSW budget, announced in June, grabbed the headlines with its record capital spend of $73.3 billion over four years, including a $2.9 billion cash injection for the WestConnex, and the $12 billion for the North West and South West metro projects. But the Baird Government has also allocated $125 million to projects that “improve traffic flow and reduce congestion across key corridors in …

Date: August 26, 2016
Category: News

WGE announced as first Recognised Provider for Climate Change Adaptation Plans

Wood & Grieve Engineers’ (WGE) online climate change adaptation tool, CChangeAP, has been validated by the Green Building Council of Australia, with WGE named as the first Recognised Provider for Climate Change Adaptation Plans. Recognised Provider status offers a more certain outcome for those requiring location-specific climate change statistics to guide the development of new projects. WGE’s skills and experience in climate change planning help to prepare clients with information about how climate change may affect their project in future and what needs to be done to mitigate any risks identified during the process. WGE Sustainability Project Engineer Phillip Cook …

Date: August 25, 2016
Category: News

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre reaches completion

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre is a purpose-built centre-of-excellence for cancer research, treatment, care and education. The $1 billion, 130,000-square-metre facility is the new home of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, new cancer research and clinical services for Melbourne Health and the University of Melbourne. Located in Melbourne’s prestigious Parkville Biomedical Precinct the VCCC aims to become one of the top 10 facilities of its kind in the world. It was designed to deliver maximum functional area with a blend of clinical, administrative and research facilities and includes 96 overnight inpatient beds, 110 same-day beds, a dedicated clinical trials unit and …

Date: August 25, 2016
Category: News

Civil Contractors Federation of WA recognise Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club

WGE assisted Ertech in a major redesign of the Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club (MAAC) in 2015 which improved accessibility to the beach and upgraded the parking capacity from 42 to 82 bays. Ertech was recognised with the Excellence in Civil award at the recent event held to honour the industry’s leading firms and innovative projects.  Well done to the whole project team! WGE provided Civil, Structural, Electrical and Hydraulics services for this challenging project on Perth’s northern coastline. One of the challenges of the project was to allow for the busy coastal footpath to remain open for the duration of …

Date: August 17, 2016
Category: News

WGE appoints senior technical engineer to structural section in Perth

Neil Fowler joins Wood & Grieve Engineers (WGE) with over 30 years’ experience leading structural design teams, delivering award winning projects in Australia and the UK. Neil’s past experience extends across a range of sectors including residential, commercial, retail, leisure, health, education, infrastructure, industrial and government projects. Recent projects include: CBD hotel and office tower complex Two new train stations on Perth’s rail network Several high profile sport and leisure complexes Education facilities across WA A number of residential projects Perth Office Manager Brett Davis welcomed Neil to the team and said that his technical expertise will be a valuable …

Date: August 15, 2016
Category: News

WGE’s multi-discipline approach ensures vital integration at Perth Busport

WGE proudly helped deliver the innovative new Perth Busport which is set to handle 28,000 passenger movements each day. Opening to Perth commuters on 17 July, the Perth Busport represents a key piece of the transportation strategy for Perth and is critical to the finalisation of Perth City Link, connecting the CBD with Northbridge for the first time in more than 100 years. WGE have provided acoustics, electrical and communications, fire engineering, fire protection, hydraulics, sustainability and vertical transportation services in the design and construction phases of the project. Project details: It was designed with passenger comfort and safety in …

Date: July 26, 2016
Category: News