BEST OF THE BEST www.engineeringnews.co.nz 39 OPUS INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANTS Opus International Consultants has been creating infrastructure since the late 1800s and in that time it has grown from a national company to an international leader. This status was underscored by it being named ‘Company of the Year’ by the New Civil Engineer at this year’s NCE100 Awards in London. Another notable achievement in the past year was the development of the Waikato-Tainui Mitigation Plan as a result of close collaboration between Opus, the New Zealand Transport Agency and Waikato-Tainui. This resulted in the establishment of protocols and measures to address potential cultural and environmental effects throughout the construction and operation of the Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway. These measures set a new benchmark for addressing cultural impacts, with a shift in focus from the effects of mitigation to seizing an opportunity for Iwi to reconnect with lost whakapapa and heritage. The company, which has more 3,000 infrastructure experts working in the building, water, transport, environment, REVOLUTION FIBRES Revolution Fibres is a New Zealandowned and operated advanced materials company. It specialises in nanofibre production, offering a successfully established proprietary technology called Sonic Electrospinning Technology and laboratory, pilot and industrial-scale electrospinning machines that have the flexibility and capacity to produce commercial quantities of nanofibre. It has developed a market niche and competitive advantage as a result of addressing the major gap between research and production in the nanofibre market – that is the capability and willingness to customise core technology to suit multiple applications. Through a unique combination of core strengths of innovation, manufacturing and product development, the company’s business model offers multiple business lines and revenue streams. This encompasses the contract manufacture of nanofibre, including the licensing and production of customised electrospinning machines for customers; product lines in filtration, skin health, composites, acoustics, and anti-allergy bedding; and nanofibre customisation services bridging the gap between research and commercialisation and generating unique Picture courtesy of Getty Images energy, resources, research and telecommunications sectors across Australasia, the UK, Canada and the US, often finds itself in the role of trusted partner in the creation of sustainable communities through the development and management of infrastructure. PROFESSIONAL CAD SYSTEMS Professional CAD Systems specialises in 3D scanning hardware, 3D software and support services. The company’s mission is to distribute cutting edge portable 3D measurement and analysis technologies that increase productivity. It helps companies from the manufacturing industry to seamlessly create, simulate, verify, and collaborate in 3D, significantly enhancing their turnaround times and profitability. The key to Professional CAD Systems’ innovation is the high quality 3D optical measurement systems it distributes for Creaform and the many applications for which they are suitable. All the company’s 3D scanning technologies have TRUaccuracy, TRUsimplicity and TRUportability. TRUaccuracy enables the accurate acquirement of 3D measurements regardless of environmental disruptions. TRUsimplicty offers hardware and software that is user-friendly and quick to set up. It offers real-time visualisation, bypassing complicated alignments of point cloud data by directly exporting triangulated meshes in many different formats such as .STL. TRUportability sees all 3D systems being completely portable. Applications the technologies are used for include reverse engineering (3D scan-to-CAD), quality control and inspection (part-to-CAD inspection), measurement of product environment or connecting/surrounding parts, concept design, rapid prototyping/ manufacturing, prototype inspection, finite element analysis (FEA), tooling design, assembly/production, maintenance, repair and overhaul, museology/heritage preservation, digital archiving, and multimedia. products, intellectual property and a growing manufacturing pipeline. All products are sold locally – in HRV ventilation filters as an example – or exports.
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