THE mind is a powerful tool, with a Leeton resident now being formally recognised for his ingenuity and inventiveness.
Leeton's Angelo Fiumara, who is a digital asset integration manager with Essential Energy, has been recognised for his effort and skill by being awarded an Australian Engineering Excellence Award from the Newcastle division of Engineers Australia.
Based in Leeton, Mr Fiumara gained the recognition after he created a 3D digital twin of the electricity network, with his work now allowing Essential Energy to produce and certify more efficient, consistent, and higher quality designs of electrical work planned across rural and regional NSW.
The company's executive manager engineering David Salisbury heaped praise on Mr Fiumara.
"This award is the culmination of sustained effort over a number of years by Angelo," he said.
Mr Fiumara also pioneered Essential Energy's creation of digital twin objects from highly-accurate laser measurements and has worked collaboratively with the company to automatically create digital twin "virtual objects" of power poles, cross arms and powerlines of the existing overhead network asset base from the data.
Initial uses include the transitioning of 2D drawings to 3D auto-generated digital models and, when applied across the network, the digital twin will impact strategic investment decisions.
Additionally, large scale assessments can be performed efficiently to provide insights that have not been possible in the past.
Essential Energy is also rolling out access to these models to accredited electricity network designers outside of the business, allowing them to improve their design and certification process alongside it.
"The Australian Engineering Excellence Awards highlight the best and brightest among engineers in our community, and celebrates their contribution to the economy, community and the environment," Mr Salisbury said.
Angelo's commitment and dedication to making this project the award-winning success it has become is fantastic example of our approach to doing business."
"On behalf of all of us at Essential Energy, congratulations Angelo and we look forward to even bigger achievements from your next project."