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Beyond Engineering

Beyond engineering

Making underground works projects even better

Nominations for this category of ITA Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards are projects being commissioned and contractually closed-out between 1st January 2016 and 1st April 2021.

This category celebrates the creativity, ingenuity and tenacity in non-engineering matter finding ways to promote and better deliver underground works projects.

Applications may be made for non-engineering initiatives that have demonstrable improved the aspects of at least one project in areas such as approval , construction efficiency, health outcomes, environmental outcomes, sustainability and social equity.

Judges will consider project implementations that demonstrate:


  • Safety performance with records demonstrating Lost Time Injury Frequency Rates throughout all project phases
  • Demonstrated overall Project Owner’s satisfaction with completed work, including quality performance


  • Project structuring
  • Legislative and regulatory project facilitation
  • Risk Management


  • Financing solutions
  • Insurance programmes
  • Dispute resolution approach

The judges will consider both the non-technical initiative and the likelihood of the initiative having positive impacts on other projects in the future.