Above: Guests gather at the Sydney Town hall for our 'night of nights', the John Shaw Dinner.
The Roads Australia – IRF Regional Conference for Asia and Australasia has come and gone, and we’d like to take the opportunity of thanking all our sponsors, members, international guest speakers and stakeholders who contributed to making this year’s summit one of our best ever.
With attendees from as far afield as Singapore, India, the United States, Germany, Switzerland and Nigeria, our 2018 conference at the ICC Darling Harbour had a truly international flavour – reflected also in the presentations and case studies on leading-edge road and transport technologies and solutions from Asia, the US and Europe.
The John Shaw Dinner was once again the social highlight of the two-day conference, with over 700 in attendance at the Sydney Town Hall to congratulate internationally recognised infrastructure and dispute resolution lawyer, Doug Jones, on being awarded the industry’s top honour.
Our closing lunch with Professor Tim Flannery also proved to be a fantastic addition to the program, with Australia’s most famous environmental scientist delivering a thought-provoking and highly relevant speech that highlighted the opportunities for those in our industry - both individuals and organisations – to show leadership around climate change and infrastructure adaptation.
We could not have delivered such a successful 2018 conference without the support of our Gold and Silver sponsors - AECOM, Altus Traffic, CPB Contractors, Cardno, McConnell Dowell, SMEC Australia, the National Highways Authority of India, Gawar Construction, the Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing and Structural Steels, and Kapsch TrafficCom Australia - not to mention our John Shaw Dinner sponsor, ARUP.
Above right: Dissecting the industry's big issues....CPB Contractors' Juan Santamaria, Transport Canberra and City Services' Emma Thomas, and Bechtel Infrastructure Australia's Ailie MacAdam. Above left: Cardno's Asia Pacific Environment and Sustainability Director, Nicole Neal, moves the vote of thanks for Professor Tim Flannery at our closing lunch.
Above: The roll-call of industry champions....(from left) Arup Australasia Regional Chair, Peter Chamley; past John Shaw Medallists Greg Hallam and Bruce Judd; RA Chief Executive, Ian Webb; Clayton Utz Partner, Marko Misko, collecting the 2018 Award on behalf of Doug Jones; another former medallist in Colin Jordan; and RA President, David Stuart-Watt.
Right: Two of our eminent speakers from the US, Contra Costa Transportation Authority Executive Director, Randy Iwasaki; and AECOM's VP of Connected and Automated Vehicles, Suzanne Murtha.