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Last night, WSP won the 2017 Consult Australia Award for Technological Innovation. The judges commended the firm’s use of digital engineering to produce an innovative robust design Transport for New South Wales’ Sydney Metro City and Southwest project.


Left to right: WSP’s Damien Cutcliffe, Samantha McWilliam and Duncan Saunsbury.

WSP’s digital engineering approach for the seven new underground stations and the 15.5km twin tunnels running below Sydney Harbour, combined data management with virtual reality in the early planning stages of the project.  

This significantly aided collaboration between designers, clients and stakeholders during the reference design allowing the team to make informed decisions and a reaching greater alignment on the final design. 

WSP’s General Manager for Rail, Mike Jenkins, commended the team on their technical achievements, “The objective of adopting digital engineering early in the project was to produce a more coordinated design and by improving the way stakeholders interact. 

“We saw an unprecedented level of collaboration between the client, contractors, and designers during the early design stages of the project. The use of digital engineering in the concept design stage of a project allowed us to make better informed decision, resulting a better outcome for the customers that will use the metro line every day.”

Mr Jenkins added, “Using digital engineering allowed the rapid production and testing of station options and requirements, significantly cutting time required for the optioneering phase of the project and support design decisions that were best for project.”

WSP was engaged as Technical Adviser for the Sydney Metro City and Southwest contracts together with AECOM, Cox and HASSELL. The Sydney Metro City and Southwest project is due to be completed in 2024. 

The Consult Australia Awards for Excellence were held in Sydney and recognise outstanding industry and community achievements.

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