This year’s IRTENZ Outstanding Industry Achievement Award has gone to Warwick Wilshier for services to log truck safety.
IRTENZ president Dom Kalasih told attendees at this year’s IRTENZ conference that Warwick was instrumental in the formation of the Log Truck Safety Council (LTSC) in 1996, a time of chronic log truck roll over incidents. “The log truck industry chose to take responsibility for the problem they faced and put in place the initiatives to effect real change, rather than wait for legislators to address the problem in a way the industry may not have found suitable." Warwick has served as chair since the LTSC inception.
"Today’s log truck industry is unrecognisable compared to the one the group who embarked on the turnaround in 1996 faced,” said Kalasih.
Warwick Wilshier received the Outstanding Industry Achievement Award for services to log truck safety. (From left) Warwick Wilshier, IRTENZ secretary Kate Bucknell and IRTENZ president Dom Kalasih.
IRTENZ president Dom Kalasih announced to conference attendees at Wednesday night’s gala dinner the institute is committed to acknowledging and rewarding a young person in the field of heavy vehicle maintenance or engineering.
“It’s an initiative the institute has undertaken previously and it’s a good time to reintroduce it. We want to increase the profile of the Institute and this will not only achieve that but provide multi-faceted benefits also,” said Kalasih.
More information will be released shortly on the detail and selection process.
IRTENZ will sponsor Institute member, and Director of Engineering Research at TERNZ, Dr John De Pont to take part in an OECD research group on transport infrastructure. The group's body of work will take two years, with meetings in England, Australia and Holland. The results of the group's work will be presented to the Transportation Research Board in Washington in 2019.
John De Pont presenting at the IRTENZ conference this week in Rotorua