In the pavements industry, Lance Midgley is considered a legend by peers and those he’s taught along the way.
The former VicRoads regional director for Western Victoria was recognised for his extraordinary contribution to the industry with the Lifetime Contribution Award at the 2023 National Transport Research Awards in Melbourne.
More than 180 guests attended the transport industry night of nights at Cargo Hall, South Wharf, organised by the National Transport Research Organisation (NTRO) and sponsored by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and Puma Bitumen.
Lance’s Lifetime Contribution Award was the premier gong among five awards presented on the night in a range of transport research related categories.
Lance was unable to pick up the award in person, but appeared on video. Watch the acceptance speech by clicking the video icon below.
His great friend and colleague Dr Michael Moffatt – pavement discipline lead at NTRO - picked up the award on Lance’s behalf on the night, and paid tribute to his wonderful service to pavement engineering and the transport sector.
Local government had a huge night at the awards.
Logan City Council, in south-east Queensland, and Jinjiang Zhong won the Local Government Innovation Award for their cutting-edge work with artificial intelligence in road asset management.
That award followed victory for a collective involving Mornington Peninsula Shire Council in the Research Industry Partnership Award. Mornington Council teamed with Real Time Traffic, Corben Consulting and NTRO in an innovative project evaluating cost effective roundabouts.
The judges spoke of the compelling combination of local government, researchers and industry working together for optimum results.
NTRO’s client outcomes leader Karen Cogo picked up the award on the team’s behalf.
In a popular result, judges could not separate two nominees in the Research Rising Star award for the outstanding transport researcher under the age of 35.
Dr Chrysoula Pandelidi (NTRO) and Clifford Tse (Downer) were co-winners of the award. Chrysoula won for her outstanding work in the biogenic binders space - Clifford for his work in the development of Trackguard.
Senator The Hon Carol Brown - the Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport – was guest speaker at the National Transport Research Awards and Gala Dinner.
Senator Brown spoke passionately about road and rail safety, and the Albanese Government’s commitment to Vision Zero - no fatalities or serious injuries on our roads by 2050.
Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads Chief Engineer Dennis Walsh, Senator The Hon Carol Brown and NTRO CEO Michael Caltabiano at the National Transport Research Awards and Gala Dinner in Melbourne.