CCF’s Industry and Training Awards

March 2018

The WA branch of the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) held its President’s Gala on Friday 23rd February to present the annual Industry and Training Awards for 2017.

This prestigious event was the biggest yet, fielding the largest number of entries across all categories and attracting over 300 guests from across the civil industry. 

DM Civil were finalists in 3 categories - Workplace Health and Safety, Women in Civil (Tessa McGrath) and Plant Operator of the Year (David Parker). 

We were thrilled when Dave Parker was announced as the winner of Plant Operator of the Year. There were 4 other very strong finalists in this category. Commencing with DM Civil in July 2000, Dave has worked on the majority of our key and unique projects. His operating aptitude exemplifies quality, safe and efficient completion of extremely difficult tasks, in potentially dangerous circumstances, with minimal instruction or need for supervision. He is fastidious with his workmanship and produces consistent standards of safe excavation

Dave is committed to ensuring that project milestones are met. This is demonstrated through his willingness to extend daily, shift or roster times over and above his sustained remote work schedule. 

Dave’s machine maintenance and servicing ensures that his machine exceeds expected production life. His technical knowledge of machine attachments such as hydraulic rock breakers and vacuum pipe lifters is first-rate. His extensive knowledge and experience allows us to utilise him in a supervisory/leading hand position when necessary. He’s trusted to communicate honestly and professionally with his Project and Construction Managers, as well as key project stakeholders. 

Dave has been a loyal employee for over 17 years. He embraces all the best qualities an employer seeks in not only a plant operator, but an employee. He believes in our core principles and sets out to achieve positive outcomes. His consistency of quality, safe production capabilities coupled with his self-imposed high maintenance standards sets him apart. Congratulations Dave on this outstanding and well deserved achievement.

Congratulations also to Tessa on being a finalist for Women in Civil. There were 5 other finalists in this category. Tessa commenced in April 2015 as a graduate Civil Engineer. She continues to demonstrate strong commitment and dedication to civil engineering. Her ability to grasp unique project challenges and source appropriate solutions is equivalent to someone with far greater experience. 

Tessa is beginning her journey toward chartered engineer status and her recognition elsewhere, including being a published engineer, certainly indicates a promising and successful career ahead. Only two years in to her profession, Tessa has a proven interest in civil infrastructure projects. She’s been involved with notable clients including Water Corporation, Austral Bricks and Clough. She holds her own with client and key stakeholder negotiations and is efficient with resource allocation and coordination of personnel and subcontractors. Tessa is also astute with contractual requirements and reporting. 

We have full confidence that Tessa’s continued contribution to the civil construction industry will be beneficial and successful. Congratulations Tessa.