A high-fidelity radar training simulator for upgraded Orions at Whenuapai is a finalist in the Innovate New Zealand Awards of Excellence.
Judges are assessing 39 finalist projects, including 12 from Auckland, for the prestigious awards run by the Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand.
The goal is to recognise innovation in consulting engineering, both in the structures developed and in the means of providing engineering services.
Judges convener Allan Leahy says projects entered include investigation and environmental improvement, buildings, power generation and urban renewal.
"Many of the submissions represent examples of world-leading applications of technology showcasing the strength of consulting engineering in New Zealand,"he says.
The groundbreaking RNZAF P-3K2 Orion radar trainer, designed by Beca, resolved a challenge for the Royal New Zealand Airforce.
The recently upgraded P-3K2 Orion aircraft is one of the first in the world to be fitted with the ELTA 2022 radar.
But costs associated with on-the-job radar training are high due to the number of flying hours needed for operators to gain experience.
Beca became the first New Zealand company to develop a high-fidelity training simulator for an airborne radar system. The highly successful project gives Whenuapai airbase high levels of flexibility and future-proofing.
Included in the finalists are the The Hobsonville Deviation and the Brigham Creek Extension Upper Harbour Corridor.
Other contenders are the Auckland waterfront tram, the Museum of Transport and Technology aviation display hall and the intelligent street lighting at Eden Park which was designed for the Rugby World Cup.
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