Seymour Whyte’s Eva Cho has won the Achievement in Design award at this year’s National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Queensland Crystal Vision Awards.
She was recognised for her skilful design management on the Bruce Highway Upgrade: Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway (CR2SM) project, which has left a significant legacy—a detailed blueprint for road authorities across the country to design and construct motorway facilities that include complex interchanges such as Australia’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI).
CR2SM Fulton Hogan and Seymour Whyte Joint Venture (FHSW JV) Project Director Brad Thompson said that Eva had been an integral part of the project delivery team since contract award in 2016.
“As the JV’s Design Manager, Eva is credited with the huge achievement of bringing together the complexities of client requirements, feedback and approvals, technical and regulatory standards, design team outputs and construction team inputs to deliver cohesive construction-ready designs on time and to specifications.
“She has met every challenge on this major project with grace, determination and commitment. It is unsurprising that she is respected and held in high regard by the client, the designers and our project team.”
Commenting on her win, Eva said, “I am honoured and humbled to receive this award. I could not do my job well, with all of life’s demands, without an incredible project team and a supportive network of family, friends, and colleagues—I share this award with them.
“Thank you to (the client) Transport & Main Roads, FHSW JV and Arup and Jacobs Design Joint Venture for practising a collaborative environment where solutions can be developed. Most importantly, thank you to my family and friends who continually encourage my personal and professional growth.”
Seymour Whyte National Design Manager Kent Kieseker said Eva and her team delivered more than 90 design packages—each with multiple iterations and changes resulting from progressing through four approval stages with the client.
“This massive achievement was made possible by the comprehensive design management system that Eva developed.
“Eva’s comprehensive system delivered key outcomes that will have lasting impacts beyond the project. Many design process risks were eliminated due to the system’s robust tracking and documentation, expediting construction,” he said.
“Eva’s system has also provided all the data for the client’s pilot monitoring program to share learnings on Australia’s first DDI with industry.”
Eva’s work also enriches the global infrastructure sector through Seymour Whyte’s multinational owner VINCI Construction, who will share her work with similar projects across 100 countries.