Wedge-tailed eagles are an iconic part of the Tasmanian landscape. However, their population is small and the species is threatened. Their large wing-span and hunting patterns make them vulnerable to power line collision and/or electrocution. Solomon Foster (Senior Asset Strategy Engineer, TasNetworks) and Mandy Fish (Continuous Improvement Specialist, TasNetworks, and Engineers Australia’s Young Environmental Engineer of the Year 2019) will share the steps TasNetworks are taking to minimise the risk to these beautiful birds, and in turn manage the utility’s network reliability, reputational, legislative and environmental sustainability risks.
Mandy Fish, BEng(hons), BPhil, TasNetworks – Continuous Improvement Specialist
Mandy is an experienced Engineer within the electrical power industry, with a passion for continuous learning and sustainability. She is an advocate for young engineers, and volunteers her time for STEM programs led by both Engineers Australia and TasNetworks.
Mandy’s passion for sustainability led to her development and implementation of TasNetworks’ Threatened Bird Risk Mitigation Plan. First implemented in 2018/19, this plan is showing positive results towards achieving its aim; to reduce the impact of the electricity network on Tasmanian threatened raptors, most notably the iconic Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle (WTE), whilst maintaining customer reliability. This work has been recognised both nationally with Mandy receiving Engineers Australia’s Young Environmental Engineer of the Year 2019, and internationally with Mandy’s paper being accepted at both the African Conference for Linear Infrastructure & Ecology 2019, and CIGRE Paris 2020 combined with the NGN Paris scholarship.
Solomon Foster, BEng(hons), TasNetworks – Senior Asset Strategy Engineer
Sol started with TasNetworks six months ago. He trained as a mechanical engineer and has spent the last six years working mainly as a reliability engineer in the Electrolysis department of a metals refinery. Following this experience, he feels like he has some catching up to do in terms of the environment and sustainability.
Sol has taken over Mandy’s previous role since she’s moved onto other things and has been continuing her work developing the Threatened Bird Risk Mitigation Plan. Since taking over, he’s been progressing the delta conductor spacing design changes as well as the use of HV fibreglass cross-arms which are nearly ready for roll-out in the network.
Thursday 29 October 2020
5.30 pm NSW, ACT, VIC | 5.00 pm SA | 4.30pm QLD | 4.00pm NT | 2.30 pm AWST
The Tasmanian chapter of the Electric Energy Society of Australia.