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Far from Ordinary

Hydro, Construction, Engineers

During nearly a century of hydro-industrialisation, Tasmanians developed and refined their engineering skills as they built the dams, roads, railways, bridges and power stations needed to power their community. While many skills could only be learned on the job in a challenging physical environment, the University of Tasmania responded to the need for relevant knowledge by developing its Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology into the largest and most diverse school on its campus. An interplay between hard-won practical experience and world-class academic preparation created a rich heritage for the state’s engineers, architect’s and scientists.

Tasmanian infrastucture businesses not only complete world-class work within the state, they sell their skills in more than 20 countries. Hydro Tasmania Consulting, for instance, has applied its expertise to the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of energy and water projects around the world. Government utilities, developers, multilateral lending agencies and UN agencies have all benefitted from the group’s experience and skills.

In Launceston, a highly motivated team of engineers, architects and designers at CB&M has collected more than 65 awards through a commitment to:

  • Promote energy efficiency, water conservation and environmental sensitivity in tourism and residential development projects in Tasmania;
  • Pursue new technologies for bulk water management and waste water management in the Murray Basin; and
  • Assist community-based organisations with planning, design and project management services to meet their infrastructure needs.

Building contractor, Fairbrother, attracts national attention – and contracts – because of its design and construction capability. Its enlightened attitude towards its workforce is regarded as a template for others in the industry.

Infrastructure can be dirty work, but Tasmanians are showing that it can be done with flair and grace, as well as efficiency.

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