As the year begins to draw to a close, Indesco staff celebrated last Friday with a Twilight Christmas Party at the National Zoo & Aquarium. Food and drink was enjoyed by all, and children attending were lucky enough to get a personal visit from Father Christmas handing out gifts!
From the team at Indesco we wish all our clients and their families a festive and safe holiday season, and we look forward to working with you all again in the New Year. Please note that our office will be closed from 12pm on 20 December 2019, and reopen at 8:30am on 6 January 2020 to give our staff a well-deserved break!
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Not all structural engineering projects are high rise buildings and warehouses! Although we love these too, our Sydney office has recently been designing water slides. At Indesco, we pride ourselves on challenges big and small, and this unique project allowed our engineers to showcase their versatility in design.
Indesco was commissioned to produce structural designs for a 17.5m waterslide tower opening in Bullsbrook, WA late 2019. The project is nearing completion as the waterslide tower at Perth’s Outback Splash; which will feature both raft slides and speed slides; is currently under construction and due to open next month.
Our engineers provided structural design for the tower foundations, concrete slab and certification for the steel structure, which will be the newest addition to the WA water park. The new waterslide will open just in time for the school holidays, perfect for kids to stay cool during summer and enjoy a fun family day out. Needless to say, there have been plenty of volunteers for site inspections!
On 2nd September, Paul Brookbanks attended the opening of the Arawang School Indigenous Gardens in Waramanga, ACT. Paul was joined at the ceremony by Minister for Education Yvette Berry, and School Principal Jennifer Page to officially open the garden.
Created by Indesco’s landscape team, the gardens designs reference Ngunnawal stories in collaboration with Aboriginal artist Kristie Peters from Yarrudhamarra Creations. The local geography of the Brindabellas and Murrumbidgee River is also suggested, and the landscape includes native edible species of plants available for the school students and staff.
The gardens focus on forming relationships with indigenous cultures, learning from nature and outdoor classrooms and a spirit of knowledge exchange.
Indesco staff were proud to attend the opening ceremony for the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing last Saturday 20th July at Honeysuckle Creek. The ceremony saw the official unveiling of the interpretative signage elements designed by Paul Brookbanks and his team in collaboration with local Indigenous artist Lynnice Church. The installation commemorated Australia’s role in delivering live video footage of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing to 600 million viewers around the world.
A number of international ambassadors along with members of the ACT government and previous staff of the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station were present to see the revealing of this significant new landmark.
Indesco is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Hulme who has joined our growing Wollongong team! Mark is a Civil Design Engineer with over 8 years’ experience in civil engineering design, project management and project delivery.
He has specialised experience in land development, linear works, bulk earthworks, stormwater, sewer, water servicing and water quality. Mark has applied this experience in his roles as lead designer and verifier on several large scale infrastructure projects in South West Sydney, Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions.
He has worked closely with local authorities, services providers and project stakeholders to ensure best practice civil design outcomes. Mark also has experience managing multidisciplinary projects for Wollongong City Council and various private developers.
We welcome Mark to the Indesco family and look forward to the exciting new projects both he and the Indesco Wollongong team are taking on.
As a city of active travel, many would agree that cycling is one of the best ways to see Canberra’s sights. Indesco Principal Landscape Architect Paul Brookbanks and Senior Landscape Architect Michael Roy recently proved this by leading a cycling tour of Lake Burley Griffin and surrounds for the Parks and Leisure Australia NSW/ACT State Conference 2019.
Attendees of the tour were granted some stunning views of the Central Basin, along with visits to local landmarks such as the Boundless National Children’s Playground, Commonwealth Park and Henry Rolland Park. They were joined by speaker Jodie Robinson who presented at the Boundless Playground, and as a team the organisers delivered an excursion that not only showcased local play and recreation spaces, but informed attendees about meeting the active recreation needs of the community through considered design and use of open space.
Thank you to all speakers and attendees for making the cycling tour possible. Special thanks also to Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and in particular Debbie Sibbick for assistance and some wonderful photos of the day!
Each year, the Actsmart Business Sustainability Awards are held to recognise Canberra organisations that make an outstanding contribution to sustainability across the region. This year during the 10th annual awards ceremony, Indesco Managing Director Angus Gorman and Office/HR Manager Colin Imms were presented with the Motivation Excellence award due to the range of initiatives we have implemented over the last 12 months resulting in significantly improved levels of recycling undertaken by the company.
This award recognises organisations that have implemented an effective staff motivation system for business sustainability. At Indesco, our staff are provided with options for energy saving options on electronics, reminders of recycling messages are posted on kitchen noticeboards, and office items are purchased in bulk to reduce excess packaging and transport.
By implementing our organic waste recycling solution, the percentage of our overall annual waste going to landfill in 2018 saw a 92% decrease, saving almost 300kg of food waste from landfill by having it collected and recycled instead.
Well done team!
Big congratulations to the staff of Indesco this week for raising $1,082 for the Cancer Council during this year’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea! In the spirit of bringing people together, our Canberra office staff hosted a multicultural themed morning tea, with staff volunteering to bring food from their home country, and fun games such as a raffle, “Guess the Population” and “Guess the Flags”. Prizes were handed out, food was enjoyed and funds were raised to make a big difference to those impacted by cancer. Special thanks to the lovely Belinda Barnier, Executive Manager at Cancer Council ACT who stopped by to give a talk on their work and our how our funds would make an impact.
Sydney and Wollongong offices also joined in with their own delicious morning tea and made valuable contributions to our donations total! We are so pleased to say that we beat our goal of $1,000 by raising a total of $1,082 combining online donations and cash collected on the day. Thank you to all involved, and thank you especially to the Cancer Council for creating the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea event to raise awareness for such a good cause and helping all those affected by cancer.
Indesco is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Smith who will be joining our growing Wollongong team as Senior Structural Engineer! Michael is an experienced Professional Engineer with over 8 years of engineering experience.
He has been involved in many large and small projects within Wollongong and the surrounding area, bringing to the team expertise in structural design, feasibility studies, preliminary post-tensioned design and more.
We welcome Michael to the Indesco family and look forward to introducing our clients to him through our current and future projects.