TetraTrap continues to wow

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19 December 2012

One of the world’s leading engineering, architecture and environmental consulting companies, GHD, along with Auckland Transport has have won the NZ Engineering Excellence Award for Environmental Practice with an innovative device designed to significantly improve capture of litter and contaminants in stormwater catchpits.

The team developed the TetraTrap as part of a broader program to manage road stormwater and its impact on the Auckland Harbour and other receiving environments.

Awards judge Andrew Read said that the TetraTrap program is “an excellent example of a simple, practical, and cost effective engineering solution that significantly improves the quality of the environment." It has, says Auckland Transport’s Regional Asset Program Manager Veenay Rambisheswar, “raised awareness of the link between road stormwater discharge and protecting our city environment. It’s about getting the best out of existing road infrastructure and focusing on delivering an efficient, safe and sustainable road network.”

Initiated in 2005, the New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards are the premier industry awards for professional engineers in New Zealand. The Environmental Practice Award was introduced this year in recognition of the more holistic direction the profession is taking.

The award caps off a run of recognition for the TetraTrap program, which received and Honour Award from the International Water Association (IWA) in June this year - the first New Zealand project to receive such an award - and an Arthur Mead Award for Environment and Sustainability in 2011.

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