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Abigroup’s Arvo Tinni wins prestigious John Shaw Medal

30 April 2010

Abigroup’s National Road Manager Arvo Tinni has been awarded the prestigious John Shaw Medal for 2010. He was presented with the Medal at a Gala Dinner at the Roads Australia Annual Summit in Sydney.

The John Shaw Medal has been awarded annually since 1978 by Roads Australia in recognition of outstanding service to road transport in Australia. An award is only made when the selection committee is satisfied that a candidate merits pre-eminent industry recognition - Arvo’s award was only the 14th Medal presented in the 32 years since its inception.

The citation for his award states, “A true pioneer of modern road construction techniques, Arvo Tinni’s contributions in the fields of road construction and maintenance, pavement design, administration, quality assurance and mentoring of young engineers are esteemed by his peers not only in NSW, but throughout Australia and internationally.

“Arvo Tinni has spent his working life in the pursuit of excellence. His body of work covers not only the practical side of construction but also embraces leading edge design and research. He has a legendary ability to unravel complex problems and come up with innovative solutions.

“Many of the ideas developed by Arvo Tinni, such as road maintenance policies, model specifications and quality assurance in road contracts, have become industry performance standards which exemplify engineering excellence.”

Arvo’s distinguished careers stretches over 50 years and he has worked for Abigroup for the past 15 years.

“I’m delighted to receive the John Shaw Medal and also pleased for my company Abigroup: as it’s only the second time an employee from a private construction company has received this award,” said Arvo.

“The Australian road construction industry has undergone many changes for the better over the course of my career and I’m proud to have played a part in helping along this process.”

Among some of Arvo’s achievements are:

  • writing the first Department of Main Roads (DMR) Model Specifications for Roadworks;
  • establishing the first DMR pavement management system;
  • documenting the contract road maintenance policy for the South Australian Department of Transport;
  • implementing the first electronic toll collection system in Australia; and
  • assisting a team from Abigroup and the RTA develop the design of the world first, award winning Seamless Reinforced Concrete Paving system for the M7.

The John Shaw Medal citation concludes with the words, “Arvo Tinni gives generously of his time and expertise to educate others. He mentors young engineers and shares his vast experience and knowledge through regular technical papers which he writes and publishes.”

The Medal is awarded in honour of the work of John Shaw who was Commissioner of the NSW Department of Main Roads from 1962 to 1967 and then went on to become Commissioner of the City of Sydney and National President of the Australian Road Federation.





L to R: Ray Fisher, President of Roads Australia, Arvo, Malle Tinni & Peter Walton, Abigroup's General Manager Major Projects & Technical Services Group at the Gala Dinner

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