Sep 01, 2017

Townsville TARDIS takes innovation honours

Townsville TARDIS takes innovation honours IPWEA Queensland Division president Joe Bannan accepts the innovation award on Townsville City Council’s behalf.

Townsville City Council has won recognition for project innovation at the inaugural IPWEA Australasia Excellence Awards.

The council received the award for Excellence in Project Innovation for its TARDIS Software that captures data about rainfall and water levels.

Community Health and Environment chair Cr Ann-Maree Greaney said the software provided valuable information for council and emergency services about water levels during severe weather events.

“The TARDIS software enables us to track water levels in flood-prone areas so support can be prioritised and directed to where it is needed,” Cr Greaney said.

“The program has already proven its value and has been snapped up by Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay councils.

“For a city of 190,000 people, we box well above our weight class when it comes to innovation and smart solutions.”

In their comments, the judges noted that: “The development of this software for rainfall and stream level data analysis allows the user to perform flood forecasting. Its code sharing capabilities that allow other local governments to use have seen it already expanding into other locations. It’s great that this software is now being utilised by other councils.”

The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) honoured Australia and New Zealand’s most outstanding public works engineering projects and professionals at the excellence awards, held during the 2017 IPWEA International Public Works Conference in Perth last week.

Western Australia’s City of Gosnells took out the top honour, winning the IPWEA Australasia Public Works Medal for Project of the Year 2017 for the Mills Park Redevelopment, which also won Excellence in Environment and Sustainability 2017 award.

IPWEA chief executive officer Robert Fuller said the industry and communities should be encouraged by the calibre of the winners and finalists.

“The importance of great infrastructure in the health, wealth and happiness of our communities cannot be overestimated,” Mr Fuller said.

“Through these awards, we hope to encourage those who have strived toward greatness in the field of public works to continue to innovate and push the boundaries.

“These awards precisely embody the spirit and focus of IPWEA: supporting public works engineering professionals to reach their full potential for the good of their communities.”