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Rewrite of development standards triumphs at surveying awards

 Quality land development for years to come will be the legacy of the 2011 New Zealand Institute of Surveyors Award of Excellence ‘Gold’ winner.

Judges said the joint effort by Brett Gawn of CPG Wellington and Greg McBride of Harrison and Grierson, a review of the NZ Land Development and Subdivision Infrastructure Standard, ticked all the boxes in terms of technical challenge, complexity, innovation, environmental considerations and client satisfaction.

The resulting Standard, NZS4404:2010 contains a complete rewrite of the road, and landscape and reserve sections and an update of the stormwater management, impact of climate change and sea level rise and utilities sections.

The silver award was presented to Mike Pinkerton and Geoff Munns of Aurecon for delivery of the SH20 Waterview Connection in Auckland, a complex state highway connection tunnel and road interchange project.

The judges noted “the challenging schedules and high standard of deliverables” and the “innovative approach using Google Earth, internet delivery of results, laser scanning and software adaptation”. 

Client satisfaction was also a high rating factor with adherence to timeframes and the project coming in below budget.

The NZIS awards are open to all institute members with the aim of encouraging and identifying excellent performance by the surveying profession.

Nine entries were received detailing projects in urban design, spatial sciences, resource consent planning, engineering design, project management and communication amongst others.