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, architects and scientists.
Tasmanian infrastructure businesses not only complete world-class work within the State, they sell their skills in more than 20 countries. Hydro Tasmania’s consulting arm Entura, 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 CBM 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.
Building contractors, Fairbrother, Voss Construction and Hazel Brothers also attract national attention – and contracts – because of their design and construction capability.
Infrastructure can be dirty work, but Tasmanians are showing that it can be done with flair and grace, as well as efficiency.
Facts and figures
- Tasmania’s hydro-electric system includes 29 power stations and more than 50 dams.
- A submarine cable, BassLink, connects Tasmania to continental Australia’s electricity grid, while an undersea pipeline delivers natural gas to the State.
- UTAS’s Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology provides courses for people considering careers in the development or maintenance of infrastructure.