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PWI NSW Awards

PWI NSW has five annual awards each year for welding, track maintenance, young achievers, innovation and platelaying (track/turnout installation).  Presentation and recognition of permanent way achievement in the past 12 months not only acknowledges efforts, it is also an opportunity to advertise your achievements amongst industry peers and prospective clients. Do you need any more reason to nominate for the PWI annual awards……

PWI NSW Awards Nominations

To nominate you must be a financial PWI NSW member or have at least one financial PWI NSW member in your team.

These awards are presented during the PWI Annual Convention in October.  All Award submissions, except the Young Achiever Award, close at the end August each year with projects completed in the previous 12 months eligible for entry.

Submission templates, criteria and other relevant information is listed below for each Award Category.  Register your nomination by calling the Award Contacts below.

Registration and payment to the PWI NSW Annual Convention will be required as a PWI NSW member if you are nominated for an award.

PWI Young Achiever Award

The PWI Young Achiever Award is a prize of up to $10,000 for the winner to go towards the cost of attending a relevant international railway conference. To be eligible for this award, an entrant must be 35 or younger at the 1 January of the year of entry. The aim is to encourage younger members into our industry and promote knowledge sharing. We have now broadened the judging criteria to make it more multi-disciplinary so that it includes for all members who are involved in the numerous rail infrastructure projects that are being delivered at the moment. Specific multi-disciplinary examples that would be eligible could include:

  • Fit out works within the Northwest Rail Line Tunnels and viaducts including not just the slab track but other systems
  • Systems integration experience on projects such as the Sydney Light Rail; and
  • General rail infrastructure upgrade works or program of works including stations, power systems or signalling systems to increase capacity and the user experience.

Details of the 2019 award have now been announced by the ARA with nominations closing on COB Friday 19 April 2019.
The prize winners will be announced at the Australasian Rail Industry Awards Dinner on 11 July 2019 at the Four Seasons Hotel, 199 George Street, Sydney and it will give the winner an opportunity to be recognised by the whole of the Australian Railway family.
The winner will be invited to attend the Australasian Rail Industry Awards Dinner 2019, as a guest of the PWI and the Awards Committee. Partners may also attend at their own cost.
For further information on entries please contact Julian Sharp on 0437 638 398 or julian.sharp@cpbcon.com.au
Please refer to the ARA website for details on the Gala dinner Link to ARA Website

Please refer to the links below for information on how to enter for the PWI Young Achiever Award.

2018 Young Achiever Award Winner

On Thursday 5 July the winner of the PWI Young Achiever award was announced at the 2018 Australasian Rail Industry Award Dinner, held in Melbourne. 11 nominations were received, all of very high quality and it was excellent to see such an increase in the number of nominations when compared to 2017. The winner was Abdul Karim Jamal from John Holland whilst there were 2 other High Commended awards presented to Samiha Najem from Transport for NSW and Luke Parker from CPB Contractors
Abdul Jamal’s entry as a Design Engineer was titled “Lets Make Some Noise” and related to the design of the final noise requirements for the Sydney Metro North West system.
He was part of a team of engineers who, through design, helped to build what will be a world-class metro system with the aim of transforming people’s daily lives as they get about Sydney on the train network.
Every step of the way, the team had to manage a host of challenges that came our way in order to get the design underway and to bring the project to life. These steps included site visits, verifying measurements and understanding the parameters of the assets handed over to the project.
He helped work on ideas about final noise requirements for the system - a vital part of our company’s contract with its stakeholders and which would also have a major impact on residents and commuters. We were able to design a trackform system that ticked all the right boxes on noise levels, durability and maintenance. ‘Customer is at the Centre’ was a value the design team focussed on throughout the design delivery stages and the Design Management process ensured it was addressed. ". The paper describes how noise and vibration requirements for the SMNW were modelled at an early design stage for the purpose of determining the location of the noise attenuating trackform and the required design inputs.
The technical section of the paper provides the reader with an insight into how NRT developed a Noise and Vibration Specification that was utilised to govern the design of high attenuation trackform (Type 3). It also details the determination for the location of Type 3 throughout the tunnel alignment, the quantity of Type 3 required and decisions about the right components that ensured compliance with the Project Deed
Abdul is yet to decide on how and when to use his prize.

PWI Alan Barham Maintenance Award

the maintenance Team Award is named in the honour of Alan Barham. Alan held several positions over the years after he joined as a graduate engineer with the NSW Government Railways in the Structures Design section of Transport House in about 1969 until 1996.

Alan Barham was an advocate of the importance of local housekeeping/ routine maintenance from fettling gangs to safety, reliability and the condition of the railway.  This award was established to promote pride in track maintenance and associated structures.

It is for the above reasons that this award has been named in Alan’s honour whom sadly succumbed to cancer in early 1997.

The Alan Barham Team Award - Submissions from
ARTC – Coffs Harbour Provisioning Centre
John Holland Group CRN – West Wyalong Routine Maintenance Team
Sydney Trains – ICON Team
Sydney Trains – City North Civil Team
ARTC – Wagga Wagga Provisioning Centre

2017 Alan Barham Maintenance Award Winner

ARTC – Coffs Harbour Provisioning Centre (pictured below).

2017 Alan Barham Maintenance Award - Highly Commended

John Holland Group CRN – West Wyalong Routine Maintenance Team


For further information on entries please contact Scott Chapman on 0427 298 577.

Entries to be submitted to schapman@ARTC.com.au

PWI Ken Erickson Innovation Award

Ken Erickson was elected as a Fellow of the New South Wales Permanent Way Institution on 30 November 1981. He was a member of the Committee from 1981 until his untimely death on 25 November 1988. Ken was always trying to provide new ideas or concepts to the PWI, hence it is fitting that the Innovation Award (previously Achievement Award) is named in his honour. This Annual Award is made to recognise an initiative or significant advance, which has been towards improvement in any part of the Permanent Way Industry during the last year.

2017 Ken Erickson Innovation Award Winner

The winner is Speno with their Multi Purpose Platform


For further information on entries please contact Daniel Armstrong on 0423 571 267.

PWI Steve Maxwell Platelaying Award

Steve Maxwell was a Member of the PWI Committee for many years, and his hard work and dedication enabled the PWI to continue during some difficult times.  Steve was an informed Judge of the Platelaying Award, and also an entertaining speaker and presenter.  Steve's death in 1997 was a great loss to the PWI and took from the industry a great engineer, friend and personable and supportive leader.  The Committee deemed it appropriate to name the prestigious Platelaying Award after Steve.  The award is to recognise excellence in rail trackwork construction and renewal works, or in short “trackwork that is well done”.
In 2015 the judging criteria for the Award was revised to include a “level of client satisfaction” assessment that resulted in client project ratings being incorporated into the judging process.

Major Works Category

2017 Steve Maxwell Platelaying Award Winner

John Holland Port Botany Rail Line Upgrade Contract Area 4


2017 Steve Maxwell Platelaying Award - Highly Commended

Northwest Rapid Transport - Sydney Metro Train Facility – Cudgegong Road Station, Rouse Hill


Minor Works Category


2017 Steve Maxwell Minor Platelaying Award Winner

Sydney Trains - Central 628 AB Turnout Renewal


For further information on entries please contact Stephen Fleck on 0407 103 228.

Below are links to the award entry schedule for 2016 together with the award judging criteria and submission templates.

PWI Welders Award

PWI NSW introduced this Award in 2002 to recognise the efforts of field workers in the area of rail welding.This award attracts entries from all over the State, which is testimony to the wide geographic base of PWI members.


2017 Welders Award Winner

William Stapley from MP Rail P/L


For further information on entries please contact Mark White on 0407 940 577.


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