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Controltech Solutions continues to experience significant growth and expansion, allowing it to secure its position as a leading industry name.

With his background as an electrician, Controltech Solutions Managing Director Brenton Davey started the business as a registered electrical contractor to complete end-to-end electrical and communications work in 2014. 

Initially, most work came from National Broadband Network (NBN) projects where Controltech Solutions was subcontracted to Tier 2 companies. Over time, Controltech moved onto larger scale communication projects such as Optus’ business fibre connections, where it completed all the civil and cable hauling requirements. 

In 2016 – only two years after the business was founded – Controltech Solutions sealed direct contracts with Visionstream and Lendlease on the NBN project. Mr Davey says these contracts resulted in the constant use of non-destructive digging (NDD) units, leading to the purchase of Controltech’s very own NDD truck later that year. 

In 2017, the company purchased an additional NDD truck as well as drain cleaning combination units to expand its capabilities. In 2018 and 2019 the business tripled in size, leading to more NDD purchases, drain cleaning units and civil trucks. 

The business now employs 65 staff, has 24 trucks in the fleet and has contracts secured on multiple major projects across Melbourne. This includes providing service locating and NDD on the CTD9 rail project and various level crossing removal projects. 

“Through the supply of NDD, drain cleaning, CCTV, underground service locating, asbestos removal and civil works, we are proud as a company to be a part of successful projects,” he says. 

“We also played a major role in the successful rollout of the NBN Project from civil works to cable hauling and splicing. As a team, we found our point of difference by taking on the more technical build areas, such as the inner city, with the use of our state-of-the-art equipment and experienced field team. 

“The focus for our civil crews is now on major road and rail works along with volume communications projects.”

Mr Davey says the focus of the NDD and drain cleaning side of the business is to continue growth in all areas and “become a leader in specialised services”. 

Current service offerings 

After years of continued growth, Controltech Solutions now has a wide array of machinery used on its projects – including the addition of robotic CCTV equipment, heavy vac units, vacuum loading units, directional drills and coring equipment. 

Along with the new machinery and addition of more personnel across recent years, Controltech’s underground service offerings have also grown from its long-time specialisations of NDD, drain and culvert cleaning, drainage CCTV inspections and underground service locating. 

Now, the company can also provide drainage laser profiling, liquid waste management and recycling, pump station cleaning, vac loading, directional drilling and more. No matter what task it faces, Mr Davey says Controltech Solutions is dedicated to putting safety first. 

“We act in a manner that eliminates any risks that could result in an employee, client or member of the public being injured or at harm,” he says. 

“We strive to lead by example and recognise good practices surrounding a safe work environment.” 

The company also leads by example in best practices, by keeping both its employees and its clients at the forefront of priorities. 

“We have a strong willingness to go the extra mile for our employees and clients as they are key to our business success,” says Mr Davey. 

“We manage any concerns that may occur and also satisfy their expectations to the best of our ability with a flexible, responsive, can-do attitude.”

The growth continues

Based in Carrum Downs, Victoria, Controltech predominately operates across the state, although the team has also completed some rural interstate jobs for wireless phone towers and optic fibre installations across the country. 

The team expects its track record of growth will continue in the coming years, with Controltech currently working on many major projects throughout Victoria. 

These include numerous level crossing removals, the Mordialloc Bypass, RIA Metro Tunnel, Western Roads upgrade, M80 upgrade and the Melbourne Water Eastern treatment plant. 

Mr Davey says sustainability is an organisational priority, with the work carried out expected to have a lasting presence that is in the best interest of the environment – including recycling waste materials generated by equipment for re-use on projects. 

“For example, crushing our waste concrete for use as backfill and separating rock and sand from NDD muds to also use for backfill,” he says. 

Controltech Solutions prides itself on quality performance, allowing the business to continuously grow and improve alongside the industry. Mr Davey says the current organisational aim is to become a leader in the installation, protection and maintenance of all underground infrastructure. 

“We aim to achieve this by investing in our safety, our people, our plant and our processes,” he says. 

“Being innovative in the industry is a passion embedded within the company. We will strive to procure the latest technology and innovation to better the industry standards and provide quality service for our clients.”

This article was featured in the December 2020 edition of Trenchless Australasia. To view the magazine on your PC, Mac, tablet or mobile device, click here.

For more information visit the Controltech Solutions website.

If you have news you would like featured in Trenchless Australasia contact Journalist Sophie Venz at svenz@gs-press.com.au

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