Civil engineer Gary Neave thrives on management challenges such as those he met as Project Director in charge of the AUD $403 million North South Interconnection System Project (NSISP) in Adelaide, Australia, for client SA Water, a role he completed in December 2012.
“The NSISP connects Adelaide’s northern and southern water supply networks to enhance water supply flexibility, reliability, and security,” says Gary. One of the project’s biggest challenges is its urban location. Adding 32 kilometers of large diameter pipelines, 8 large facilities, and enhancements at over 120 sites through the city directly affected over 4000 homes and businesses and required significant community engagement.
Gary believes engineering is as much about collaboration as it is about project delivery. He strongly advocates the integrated project team approach used in the NSISP. “Understanding, and framing, the key drivers for your client is critical in order to represent them effectively in front of their customers and stakeholders,” he says.
Gary, who joined the company in 2008, was also involved, as Deputy Project Manager, in the integrated project team for the Jacinth Ambrosia Mineral Sands Mine in South Australia. With Gary’s oversight of some of the project’s most time-sensitive elements, the mine was delivered early and within budget. Gary is now Director – Program Delivery Services, Utilities, Government and Energy for Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Australia-Pacific business unit.
In October 2012, Gary won the National Project Director of the Year award from the Australian Institute of Project Management. The award recognizes Gary’s skills in leading the NSISP project team as well as his diverse construction and project management experience, accrued over 27 years, in the resources, aviation, transport, defense, and services industries throughout South Australia and the Northern Territory.
He holds a bachelor of engineering (civil) from the University of Adelaide and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management.