2015 apfpm Recognized Projects in Asia Pacific During Awards Ceremony

On 17th, November, 2015, during ACPM Symposium in Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia, apfpm recognized and honored five projects in different category for project excellence this year. Since inaugural of the awards, in 2012, apfpm has been receiving outstanding number of application for the awards in the region. This year was not different. See the winners and the respective winner categories, below:


Winner Category A, Construction & Engineering: Shore of Campaspe Australia

The 2011 flood across northern Victoria resulted in a significant amount of damage to The Shire of Campaspe Council’s essential infrastructure. The Flood Recovery Project delivered over 410kms of road and culvert renewals, 55 bridge restorations and 17 retaining wall reconstructions. It was completed by the funding deadline of June 30 2014 despite a second major Flood event in March 2012 which inundated and damaged many already restored assets. External funding required all resources, human and plant, to be additional to Council’s normal operations and preferably externally contracted. Council’s strong project methodologies, structures and governance delivered an outstanding result for the Campaspe community.

Winner Category B, ICT/Telecommunications: QLD Government and Telstra Australia

In the lead up to the G20, the largest peace time security operation in Australia, the Queensland Government,  Telstra and Motorola formed a successful partnership to design and deliver a secure, fully integrated government  radio communications network that provided mission critical field communication capability for Queensland’s police and emergency services, and national and international security forces.  The Government Wireless Network (GWN) played a critical role in the success of the G20 by maximising public safety agency  response capability and setting a new benchmark in inter-agency interoperability, encryption and officer safety.

Winner Category C, Organisational Change Management: QLD Police Australia

In November 2014, the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and their partners successfully delivered one of the largest and most  complex security operations project in Australia’s history: “Operation Southern Cross”. Leveraging previous G20 Summits learnings,  the QPS worked collaboratively with Government Agencies, international, national and state policing resources integrated with  Defence and emergency services networks to provide safety and security of all visiting leaders, dignitaries and delegates as well  as the Australian Community. With preparations spanning more than two years, the QPS laterally expanded the boundaries of its culture and traditional project management to deliver the safest G20 Summit in history.

Winner Category D, Community Service and/or Regional Development: Paul Y Constructions Hong Kong

Urban Renewal Project (H21), formally named as Harmony Place, is a residential development project of the Hong Kong Housing Society. It brings to Hong Kong a new concept of residential building development that encompasses both residential and retirement tower providing 27 nos. of traditional residential floors for sale at high zone and 6 nos. of retirement floors for rental of the elderly at low zone. The ultimate goal is, like its name, providing a Harmony Place to allow two generations of families to live together.

High Distinction Category D, Community Service and/or Regional Development: NT Government Australia

Following the destruction caused by Category 3 Tropical Cyclone Lam, the Northern Territory’s Department of Infrastructure was tasked with the emergency recovery of schools, health centres, police stations and community buildings in the very remote communities of Millingimbi and Ramingining in Arnhem Land, approximately 445 kilometres from Darwin. During the wet, cyclone season, both communities are accessible only by air or barge.  Approximately 2000 locals were dislodged and displaced following the cyclone, with most community housing and services damaged. The project community through consultation and training opportunities.

Winner Category E, Internationally Funded Humanitarian Aid:  Aspen Medical Australia

On 5 November 2014, the Prime Minister announced that Australia would increase its contribution to the global fight against the unprecedented Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa. This response involved Aspen Medical managing an Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) in Sierra Leone.  At the same time, the US Government contracted Aspen Medical, through PAE, to establish four ETCs in Liberia, adding another layer of complexity.  In addition to saving lives and achieving zero infections amongst the healthcare and support team, the project was delivered under budget and Aspen Medical left a legacy of highly-trained local healthcare workers across Africa.

Winner Category F, Research:  Yan Ning China

While relational transactions have been more commonly used in private construction projects, it is not known if public projects can enjoy the full benefits of relational transactions. Drawing upon the Relational Contracts theory and the theory of Network Embeddedness, this research investigated whether the relational transactions lead to better performance in public construction projects. The empirical results supported that public projects do benefit from relational transactions. The findings could inform project management professionals that besides formal controls, relational transactions may also be a possible strategy to improve public project outcomes.