Our Project Manager wins international award

08 September 2017

Power and Water congratulates Water Services Senior Project Manager Eric Vanweydeveld, who was awarded the 2017 International Young Project Manager of the Year and a Gold Medal.

Eric was awarded at the International Project Management Association’s (IPMA) Project Management Awards held in Astana, Kazakhstan on Tuesday night.

The IMPA Awards recognises high performance in projects and excellent project management from different countries, industries and organisations. The esteemed Young Project Manager of the Year Award acknowledges project managers aged between 18-35 who have demonstrated an invaluable impact to both their profession and their organisation.

To be considered for this accolade, Eric had progressed through the rigorous Territory, National and Asian Pacific Project Management Achievement awards process and was:

*         winner of Young Project Manager of the Northern Territory 2016

*         winner of the National Young Project Manager of the Year 2016, and

*         winner of the Asia Pacific Young Project Manager of the Year 2016

Eric’s winning submission was based on Power and Water’s innovative Adelaide River Water Treatment Plant.

The project also won the Australian Water Association’s prestigious national Project Innovation Award for pioneering Australia’s first biological filtration system with the use of native iron and manganese eating bugs. The taste, colour and appearance of drinking water supply to the community has generated a new perspective of water treatment in the Australian water industry.

Eric is honoured with the international recognition on his work on the Adelaide River Water Treatment Plant.

“I am humbled that the way I manage my water and wastewater project portfolio has been validated as representing world’s best practice project management through the processes and tools I developed. It’s been a long and challenging journey and certainly very fulfilling.”

Power and Water’s Chief Executive Michael Thomson has expressed pride and delight for Eric, his project team and contractors over this accomplishment and many related awards the Adelaide River project has won since it was successfully commissioned in December 2015.

“Power and Water is very proud of Eric, the Adelaide River Water Supply project and all of those whom worked on that project. It shows that our projects at Power and Water are innovative, world class and  proves the talent and capability of Territorians and that their ability to deliver is at an international standard,” said Mr Thomson.

AIPM CEO Yvonne Butler, was ecstatic with the announcement.

“I am thrilled that the international project management community has recognised the outstanding work of Eric. As an organisation, we are extremely proud of the achievements of two of our members and it is further validation of the fact that we here in Australia are international leaders in the field of project management. We encourage all current and future members of the profession to emulate their success.”