Above: The John Shaw Award Dinner....the industry's 'night of nights'.
The Roads Australia National Roads Summit and John Shaw Award Dinner has come and gone for 2016, confirming yet again that it is the industry's premier networking and knowledge-sharing event.
This year 250 industry leaders turned out for the Summit in Sydney, while a record 550 gathered at the Sydney Town Hall for the John Shaw Award Dinner.
Summit speakers including Federal Major Projects Minister, Paul Fletcher; former state premiers Nick Greiner and Peter Beattie; international C-ITS expert, Dr Peter Sweatman; California Transportation Commissioner, Jim Madaffer; and road agency leaders Peter Duncan, Stephen Troughton, Peter Todd and Miles Vass provided their expert views on everything from autonomous vehicles and road usage charging to road safety and procurement.
Industry legend, Gordon Ralph, was honoured as the 2016 John Shaw Medallist in recognition of his almost four decades of contribution, including key roles in the delivery of some of Australia’s largest road projects, most notably EastLink, Airport Link and the Eastern Distributor.
Roads Australia Chief Executive, Ian Webb, said the success of the 2016 Summit and Dinner again owed much to the support of RA members and sponsors.
"The tremendous support we receive for this event underlines the collegiate nature of our industry and the importance members place on sharing ideas and learning from each other," Ian said this week.
"I especially want to thank our Gold sponsors - the Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing and Structural Steels (ACRS), Advisian, Arcadis Australia Pacific, Opus International Consultants, SMEC Australia - our Silver sponsors - Altus Traffic and D'artagnan Consulting - and our John Shaw Dinner sponsor - Arup.
"We couldn't have done it without them."
Ian was himself recognised at this year's event, with RA President David Stuart-Watt bestowing life membership on him.
Above right: Minister Paul Fletcher opens the Summit on Day One. Below: Nick Greiner makes a point in the discussion with Peter Beattie and journalist, Peter Thompson.
Below: Gordon Ralph....our industry champion for 2016.