CRL Project names latest TBM

After more than 30,000 people participated in the CRL social media naming contest, the latest TBM has been named Jeffie.

The machine will soon begin work in Mt Eden to divert a section of an existing stormwater pipe in preparation for the redevelopment of the Mt Eden train station, under a contract award to the March Bessac joint venture (JV), comprising Soletanche Bachy local subsidiary March Construction and Soletanche Bachy subsidiary microtunnelling specialist Bessac.

City Rail Link’s new TBM, Jeffie.


The CRL Project involves the construction of underground 3.45 km twin tunnels 42 m below Auckland’s city centre; it will better connect the Auckland rail network by linking the existing rail networks at Britomart Station and Mt Eden Station.

The CRL includes the redevelopment of Mt Eden Station, as well as the construction of two new underground stations.

The project jointly funded by the Government and Auckland Council and it is estimated that the total cost will within a funding envelope of NZ$3.4 billion (AU$3.18 billion).

The project will use a number of construction methods, including tradition civil engineering methods, tunnel boring, microtunnelling and pipe jacking.

The project is due for completion in 2024.

For more information visit the City Rail Link website.

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ASTT Technical Forum registrations still available

The popular forums feature educational presentations from industry experts, followed by an opportunity to network with colleagues and potential clients.


The NSW event will be held on 22 March at Sydney Water headquarters, Parramatta, and is sponsored by The Drain Man and AMC Drilling Optimisation.

NSW Councillor Nabil Issa will host the forum and feature presentations by The Drain Man Founder Brendan Dover, AMC’s Terry Fuller and Insituform Asia-Pacific General Manager Joe Lane.

Click here to register for the NSW Technical Forum.

Registration costs for the Victorian and NSW Technical Forums are AU$45 for ASTT members and AU$65 for non-members, including GST.

New Zealand

The New Zealand Technical Forums Roadshow will take place on 20-22 March, visiting Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, sponsored by the generosity of PipeWorks.

All forums will include an opening address by ASTT New Zealand Councillor Blair Telfer as well as breakfast and morning tea.

The Auckland forum, taking place on 20 March at Rydges Auckland, will feature presentations from Primus Line’s Mark Trembath, Qenos’ Jeroen Wassenaar, ProjectMax’s Paul Utting and Detection Services’ Terry Baker.

The Wellington forum, taking place on 21 March at Rydges Wellington, will feature presentations from Mr Trembath and Mr Wassenaar, as well as Detection Services’ Chris Evans and Wellington Water.

The Christchurch forum, taking place on 22 March Rydges Latimer Christchurch, will also feature presentations from Mr Trembath, Mr Wassenaar, Mr Evans and Hynds’ Dos Santos and Matt Mules.

Click here to register for the New Zealand Trenchless Technology Forums Roadshow.

Registration costs for the Technical Forums Roadshows are NZ$75 for ASTT members and NZ$95 for non-members, including GST.

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March edition of Trenchless Australasia now online

The digital edition can be viewed on a tablet, computer or smartphone. To view the magazine click here.

The March edition of Trenchless Australasia contains:

  • An article on the Causeway Lake Water Main Underbore in Yeppoon, Queensland, using Australia’s first Iplex Millenium® PE100 HSCR pipe, manufactured using Qenos’ HCR193B resin
  • A Victorian feature, including a look at the Melbourne Metro Tunnel
  • An interview with Spoutvac Australia General Manager Andrew Mollison.
  • An article on Watercare’s ambitious tunnelling project to construct a 13 km wastewater tunnel up to 100 m below the city in Auckland, New Zealand
  • And much more!

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ASTT calls for contributions to PwC industry survey

The nationwide survey, being managed by professional services company PwC, is for the Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII) Training Product Review project.

The aim of the 10 to 15-minute survey is to identify required changes to training in areas including Trenchless Technology.

Click here to complete the survey.

“The is an invaluable opportunity for our industry to have a say in the future and direction of industry training in Australia,” says ASTT Past President Trevor Gosatti.

“I encourage individuals or companies to take 10-15 minutes to complete the survey for the betterment of the industry.”

Industry-relevant feedback

PwC’s role is to support the Mining, Drilling and Civil Infrastructure Industry Reference Committees to ensure that training packages (qualifications, skill sets and units of competency) reflect the needs of employers and learners.

The survey is an opportunity to provide valuable industry-relevant feedback that will play a pivotal role in improving the skills, knowledge and safety of the mining, drilling and civil infrastructure industries.

The responses will be used to develop changes to the Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package, which will shape the future of training in Australia.

Participation is voluntary and any information provided will be captured for this research only.

All information will remain anonymous and will be treated in accordance with PwC’s privacy policy.

Water NZ Conference and Expo calls for Trenchless Technology papers

The dedicated stream is supported by the ASTT and regularly features as part of the event’s conference program every two years.

Call for Papers closes at 5pm on Wednesday 21 March 2018.

ASTT NZ Councillor Blair Telfer Papers said presenting a paper, which have been requested from throughout the Australasian industry, is an opportunity to explore the technical and practical feats of the industry at New Zealand’s leading water event.

“If you are or have been involved in any notable trenchless projects I urge you to promote yourself and your endeavours and share the value of your trenchless exploits,” said Mr Telfer.

“I would ask that anyone interested in presenting at Water NZ get in touch with me immediately or submit a paper per the event’s instructions.

“I encourage all members of the trenchless industry – specifically in New Zealand – to attend the event, to see and learn what others are doing in the no-dig industry.”

Paper submissions

Authors are required to submit an abstract of 200 to 500 words; at the time submission, authors will also have the opportunity to upload an optional two-minute video about the abstract.

Papers will be selected by an abstract peer review process guided by the Technical Committee, based on the paper’s wider applicability, demonstrated results and conclusions, relevance to the current industry, content, clarity and quality.

Click here to submit an abstract.

If accepted into the program, a full paper must be submitted for review by 5pm on 13 July, with presentations limited to 30 minutes, including 5-8 minutes for questions and discussion.

For more information visit the Water NZ Conference and Expo website.

Merri Creek Sewer Relief Project uses kwik-ZIP spacers

The project involved the rehabilitation of a 100-year-old brick sewer running along Merri Creek, through Coburg, Brunswick and Northcote in Melbourne.

Works involved the installation of DN 225 PVC screw pipe inside of eight separate 380 mm outside diameter bore holes totalling 346 m.

L&D Micro Tunnelling – completing the microtunnelling works on behalf of Land Engineering, Quinn Civil, and JHL Civil for Melbourne Water and CPB Contractors – used kwik-ZIP HD 50 spacers to protect and centralise the PVC pipe during installation.

“The spacers are quick and easy to install, they also aid in the joining of the pipe providing a strong handle to screw threads together,” said L&D Micro Tunnelling Co-Owner Chris Dean.

The Merri Creek sewer is part of Melbourne Water’s sewerage network, which services customers in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne.

After inspections revealed that the sewer was in poor condition and in need of an upgrade, Melbourne Water began upgrade works that will ensure a reliable sewage service for a minimum of 50 years.

For more information visit the kwik-ZIP website.

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ASTT 2017 Person of the Year: Jim Shooter

The Person of the Year Award recognises individuals who have made major and sustained contributions to the trenchless industry above and beyond the call of duty that help develop and promote the use of Trenchless Technology.

Mr Shooter encapsulates this quality with his extended engagement with industry events and publications, the majority of which takes place in addition to his normal work activities.

Over the years, he has presented papers at local and international Trenchless Technology conferences, including co-presenting the first paper at the inaugural ASTT Conference in 1992. Mr Shooter is also a regular participant in the ASTT Technical Forums, as an attendee and presenter, and has contributed his work to industry publications such as Trenchless Australasia.

Jim Shooter on site.

A long-time member of the ASTT, Mr Shooter most recently established and chaired the ASTT Microtunnelling Special Interest Group (SIG). The SIG has since developed microtunnelling design guidelines which are a breakthrough from the previous Water Services Association code design for Trenchless Technology.

Mr Shooter’s knowledge has been gained from a lifetime of hard work. In 1976, he completed his Civil Engineering degree at Sydney University, after which he went on to work for the State Rail Authority, before joining Sydney Water.

For 13 years, Mr Shooter worked in the construction section at Sydney Water, acting as Project Manager of Trenchless Technology for his final 2 years with the utility.

In 1994, he joined Pezzimenti Laserbore™ and has now been the New South Wales Manager of Pezzimenti Tunnelbore – a service provider specialising in the installation of underground infrastructure using microtunnelling – for more than 20 years. During the period, Pezzimenti has undertaken more than 1,100 bores.

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Water Corporation refurbishes Perth pipes

The projects are part of an ongoing Water Corporation program to reline and renew wastewater pipes across the state, and extend the life of existing infrastructure by up to 50 years.

In West Perth, wastewater pipes from the Robertson Park Tennis Centre to the WA Italian Club carpark will be refurbished in February, while works will take place in early March for the wastewater pipes near the Watertown Brand Outlet Centre and in Mick Michael Park.

Meanwhile, night works in Perth will renew wastewater pipes running from the Wellington and Barrack streets intersection, as well as continuing renewal works on Mounts Bay Road, Spring Street, Sherwood Court, Irwin Street and McCarthy Street in March.

“We use Trenchless Technology to reline wastewater pipes where possible, to minimise the impact on the community by reducing the need for extensive excavation,” said Water Corporation General Manager Assets Delivery Nick Churchill.

“The community may notice an increase in activity along impacted pipeline routes, however traffic management will be in place at all times and disruption will be kept to a minimum.

“I thank the community for its patience while we carry out this essential work.”

For more information visit the Water Corporation website.

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Forrestfield-Airport Link progresses on schedule

Construction has continued at stations, cross-passages and emergency egress shafts (EES), with Airport Central Station fully excavated in January in preparation for the TBM breakthrough anticipated in March.

Other preparations for the TBM’s arrival include sealing the base slab, pouring concrete in the first of six stages, waterproofing and installation of steel reinforcing.

After a warehouse at the Forrestfield site was converted into a segment production facility last year, more than 30 per cent of the 54,000 segments – which will be used to construct approximately 9,000 concrete rings to build the tunnels – required have already been produced and are being stockpiled, ready for use.

At Bayswater, work on the diaphragm walls (d-walls) for the tunnel and dive structure is underway, with ground compaction for the heavy vehicle hardstand to be completed by mid-March.

A number of EES are progressing, including d-wall construction at the Wright Crescent EES in Bayswater, excavation to base slab level at the Abernathy Road EES and mobilisation of the crane for excavation at the Airport West EES.

For more information visit the Forrestfield-Airport Link website.

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Registrations open for VIC and NSW ASTT Technical Forums

Both forums will feature educational presentations from industry experts and an opportunity to network with colleagues and potential clients.

The Drain Man and AMC Drilling Optimisation will sponsor the VIC and NSW events; Qenos is also a sponsor in VIC.

The VIC forum will be hosted by ASTT President Chris Frangos and feature presentations by The Drain Man Founder Brendan Dover, Microtunnelling Special Interest Group Chair Jim Shooter and AMC’s Terry Fuller.

NSW Councillor Nabil Issa will host the NSW forum, with Mr Dover and Mr Fuller making presentations, along with Insituform Asia-Pacific General Manager Joe Lane.

Click here to register for the VIC Technical Forums.

Click here to register for the NSW Technical Forums.

The presentations will be followed by canapes and drinks, providing attendees with the opportunity to network and share ideas with colleagues.

Registration costs AU$45 for ASTT members and AU$65 for non-members, including GST.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for all of the events; for sponsorship opportunities contact Dave Marsh at

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Wayatinah receives newly constructed water treatment plant

The treatment plant is part of a multimillion dollar TasWater project to remedy water quality issues in regional towns across the state.

Contractor TRILITY, with partner Hydramet, established the specialist facility last year to develop the treatment plants, which will be taken to Cornwall, Herrick, Mathinna, Gladstone, Rossarden and Bronte Park.

Additional works on this project include the construction of a plant in Conara to supply local residents and Epping Forest via a new pipeline, the construction of a new treated-water storage reservoir in the Central Highlands and the construction of four new treatment plants for improvements in Maydena, Rocky Creek, Fentonbury, Westerway and National Park.

Zinfra is currently constructing water main pipelines to connect adjacent regional in order to supply Epping Forest, Judbury and Colebrook.

TasWater CEO Mike Brewster said the Wayatinah plant is the first of many new water treatment plants to be commissioned and delivered across the state in the coming months.

“TasWater made a commitment to address water quality issues in regional town supplies by the end of August this year and we intend to do that.

“We have successfully removed 13 public health alerts since we began our 24 Glasses campaign in 2016.

“We are on track to add Wayatinah and the other regional towns to the list, but there is still plenty of work to do.”

For more information visit the TasWater website.

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Water New Zealand hosts Haverlock inquiry outcomes seminars

Currently, there are indications that the New Zealand Government will implement most, if not all, of the recommendations resulting from the Stage 2 Haverlock North inquiry into a widespread outbreak of gastroenteritis due to the presence of E. coli in the Havelock North water supply.

The seminars will cover the problems exposed in New Zealand’s drinking water industry and examine the key statements made, and will be presented by Water New Zealand’s Jim Graham, who was an expert advisor to the Inquiry, and Noel Roberts, who attended all of the Inquiry hearings.

The sessions will also explain the recommendations, taking into consideration the short- and long-term implications for local authorities and those in the industry, including elected municipal officials, water supply managers, and other key water supply staff.

As the recommendations are bold and propose far-reaching changes, water suppliers will need to understand the changes and adapt to a changed drinking water environment.

Each session will be presented over three hours, including a time for questions and discussion of any matters that are raised.

The sessions will take place at the following dates and locations:

  • 7 February – Palmerston North
  • 8 February – Napier
  • 9 February – New Plymouth
  • 12 February – Queenstown
  • 13 February – Oamaru
  • 14 February – Christchurch (morning session)
  • 14 February – Christchurch (afternoon session)
  • 15 February – Greymouth
  • 16 February – Blenheim
  • 20 February – Invercargill
  • 27 February – Whangarei
  • 1 March – Hamilton (morning session)
  • 1 March – Hamilton (afternoon session)
  • 2 March – Tauranga

For more information visit the Water New Zealand website.

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Sydney Water reviews procurement strategy

Through collaboration with its suppliers, Sydney Water is aiming to design a less complex supply strategy with better outcomes for customers, including reviewing feedback on planning; design; project management, construction and planned civil maintenance; operational maintenance; by-product and resource management; and facilities management and delivery.

Sydney Water Chief Financial Officer Kevin Jones said the focus is on driving better customer outcomes and is calling on suppliers to contribute to the discussion.

“Sydney continues to grow, and we’re working hard to plan and deliver services for our customers to meet that growth,” said Mr Jones.

“At the same time, we are focusing on providing the best possible value, so we want to work hand in hand with community, government and industry to do this.

“That’s why we’re asking our suppliers to help us design a procurement process that is simpler and more efficient, responsive to change and helps build true partnerships.

“We want frank and honest feedback so we can improve our procurement strategy, making it easier for our suppliers and our team, and benefiting our customers by increasing efficiency and improving the service we provide them.”

The first phase is an online feedback forum, which suppliers can contribute to by registering via SAP Ariba and Sydney Water Talk.

For more information visit the Sydney Water Talk website.

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Trenchless Australasia starts 2018 with subscription sale

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The March edition of the magazine will contain an in-depth review of the Victorian trenchless industry, including an update on one of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects, Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel.

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Coliban upgrades Bendigo Water Treatment Plant

Coliban Water has contracted Interflow for the construction of a 2 km sewer pipeline, which connects the plant with the sewer network aims to improve the plant’s ability to cope with the changes in quality and capacity of the raw water supply.

“We installed a pre-treatment dosing system in 2012 and carried out a process upgrade in 2014 to overcome issues in raw water quality,” said Coliban Water Manager Infrastructure Deliver Corey Bourne.

“The quality of the raw water entering our plant has changed since the plant was built in 2002.

“The plant can source supply from our catchment storages near Kyneton through the Coliban Main Channel and also from our capacity share in Lake Eppalock.

“With the construction of the Goldfields Superpipe in 2007 we have the ability to source water from the Waranga Channel and this water needs to undergo the pre-treatment process to control odour and taste, remove manganese, iron and colour from the water.

Mr Bourne said that the pipeline upgrade will help the plant cope with the increased wastewater discharge from the plant due to the treatment process and the increased frequency of membrane cleaning caused by fluctuation in raw water quality.

“The pipeline construction will involve a combination of trenchless and open trenching methods,” he said.

“Trenchless techniques reduce the need for excavation and prevent damage to trees and their roots.

“Less excavation also means less disruption to traffic, although there will be some minor traffic management on Tuckermans Lane in Big Hill.”

Works commenced in December 2017 and are anticipated to be completed by April 2018.

For more information visit the Coliban Water website.

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MTM awards RCR $70 million contract

The scope of works for the project works package includes the engineering, design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of system upgrades for three MURL stations.

MURL is an essential part of Melbourne’s metro rail network, which includes three underground stations below the Melbourne CBD at Parliament, Melbourne Central and Flagstaff.

“We continue to see growth in our pipeline of rail infrastructure projects and this award clearly shows RCR’s capability to support a range of complex rail systems projects,” said RCR Managing Director and CEO Dr Paul Dalgleish.

“We look forward to working with MTM to deliver a safe and reliable project.”

For more information visit the RCR website.

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WaterHack18 raises money for WaterAid

Organised by Queensland Urban Utilities, industry professionals – including developers, designers, engineers, scientists and more – will gather to tackle Australian water industry challenges over the course of a weekend.

Participants will have the chance to solve water industry challenges, meet industry experts, and to pitch their solutions to judges, with the potential to tap into more than AU$25,000 to turn ideas into reality.

The AU$30 registration fee from WaterHack18 will be donated to WaterAid.

The challenges, which will combine water and technology with a range of topics including Internet of Things, smart cities, blockchain and sustainability, are being sponsored by AECOM, Aurecon and Deloitte.

Queensland Urban Utilities is sponsoring a major prize of AU$10,000 for the team that comes up with the best overall idea.

The challenge sponsors will also provide an additional AU$15,000 worth of prizes, which will be awarded to the teams that best answer the challenges.

For more information visit the WaterHack18 website.

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CDEnviro expands Australian team

Ryan O’Loan.

Mr O’Loan – who will be based in Melbourne, but provide technical expertise across Australia – will reinforce the existing Australian business development team as largescale CDEnviro projects continue to increase.

He will also develop market opportunities and provide support for new CDEnviro customers.

Prior to CDEnviro, where he has worked for three years, Mr Loan was a Project Engineer for a food processing company in the UK, and will bring his experience in the landfill diversion and environmental remediation sectors to the Australian market.

“Ryan’s relocation to Australia forms part of our business expansion strategy for this region,” said CDEnviro Business Development Director Darren Eastwood

“It’s a market that is growing at a fast pace, and Ryan’s expertise will be of great benefit to the region.”

For more information visit the CDEnviro website.

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QBCC introduces legislation changes

QBCC’s new laws aim to prevent the manufacture, distribution and use of non-conforming building products (NCBP) – products that are unsafe, do not comply with regulatory provisions, or do not meet the claimed performance standard – at all Queensland building sites.

For the plumbing industry, the new legislation means the only accredited products fit for use are those obtaining the prized WaterMark certification granted by the Australian Building Codes Board.

Ed Ahern.

Nuflow Technologies, which has achieved WaterMark accreditation for its non-invasive pipe rehabilitation technology, is advising Queenslanders to make sure that new plumbing and drainage installations meet the all legal requirements.

“It is mandatory for all plumbers and relining companies to sell, supply or install products with this accreditation, and as part of the new laws there is now a chain of responsibility starting from the manufacturer all the way down to the installer to ensure all products meet regulatory standards,” said Nuflow Technologies Director and Founder Ed Ahern.

“This move is extremely beneficial to Queenslanders, who are now guaranteed products that have received the tick of approval by the Australian Building Codes Board.

“Consumers should ask their plumbers to provide details on the products they are installing – it’s simple, no Watermark means it is a NCPB and therefore illegal to use.”

Nuflow Technologies is currently one of two pipe relining companies in Australia that have WaterMark certification for their products.

For more information visit the Nuflow Technologies website.

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Water New Zealand announces 60th Annual Conference and Expo

The event aims to bring together industry leaders to share knowledge, experiences and enable industry professionals to build new relationships.

The conference comprises a range of conference streams and featured more than 100 technical papers in 2017.

In 2018, the event will feature a dedicated Trenchless Technology stream, supported by the ASTT.

Submissions for the Thought Leadership Stream will open at the start of February, with the Call for Abstracts opening soon after.

For more information visit the Water New Zealand Conference website.

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Queensland Urban Utilities invests AU$300,000 in trenchless relining

Project Manager Philip Leyburn as the PVC liner is inserted into the sewer.

The relining project – comprising the inspection, cleaning and relining of sewer pipes – will upgrade the pipes and extend their useful life by up to 50 years.

The works will use a ‘fold and form’ renewal process known as EX Method, which is a trenchless PVC structural lining system manufactured in Australia under factory-controlled quality standards.

This method allows multiple liners to be installed each day, with a joint free finished and flow capacity improvements of up to 40 per cent.

“The crews access the pipe through maintenance holes, so no open trenching is required, minimising impacts on the community and the environment,” said Queensland Urban Utilities Spokesperson Sally Prosser.

“The relining process will involve pulling a soft PVC liner into the sewer, which is then formed into a solid circular pipe using heat and pressure.

“This project is part of our ongoing capital works program and demonstrates what goes on behind the scenes to ensure Lockyer Valley residents can keep their showers running and toilets flushing.”

Works are expected to be completed by the end of February, weather permitting.

For more information visit the Queensland Urban Utilities website.

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Victoria places order for West Gate Tunnel TBMs

The West Gate Tunnel Project will provide an alternative to the West Gate Bridge, upgrading the West Gate Freeway and linking it to the city and CityLink.

Weighing 4,000 t, the 15.6 m diameter, 90 m long TBMs will be launched from the northern tunnel portal in Footscray and, once in the ground, build 6.8 km of tunnel between the Maribyrnong River and the West Gate Freeway.

“These massive tunnel boring machines will be hard at work 24/7, digging tunnels that will be used by Victorians for generations to come,” said Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan.

The West Gate Tunnel Project is expected to provide an estimated AU$11 billion boost to the Victorian economy, creating 6,000 new jobs, including 500 jobs for people entering the workforce, and up to 150 jobs for former auto workers.

The first TBM will be launched in 2019 and is expected to take two years to complete, tunnelling at a rate of approximately 9 m per day.

Construction on the project is set to start within the next few weeks.

For more information visit the West Gate Tunnel Project website.

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Victorian Government awards Metro Tunnel’s largest contract

Premier Daniel Andrews announced that CYP JV – comprising Lendlease EngineeringJohn HollandBouygues Construction and Capella Capita – has been awarded the AU$6 billion tunnels and station contract as part of Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel.

“We are building the world-class turn up and go train network Victoria deserves – with more jobs, more stations and more trains, more often,” said Premier Andrews.

“We don’t just talk about building the big roads and public transport Victoria needs – we’re getting it done.”

The JV will build twin 9 km tunnels and five new underground stations, as well as finance, design, construct and maintain the stations and tunnels for approximately 25 years.

The decision follows an extensive competitive process with the world’s most experienced construction and tunnelling contractors.

The finalising of the contract paves the way for construction on the tunnels and stations to begin next year.

John Holland CEO Joe Barr said the project has already kicked off an exciting process of urban renewal for inner-Melbourne.

“This is an amazing project and we can’t wait to deliver it for the people of Melbourne.

“There will be revitalised open space above ground at all stations and additional entrances to reduce crowding on CBD streets.

“By enabling more workers easy access to the busy city area, the benefits will flow to businesses, employees, and the economy at large.”

It was also been announced that a CPB ContractorsBombardier Transportation JV, known as the Rail Systems Alliance (RSA), has been awarded the AU$1.1 billion contract to deliver all site construction services, including civil works, as well as lead the design, supply, installation, testing, integration and commissioning activities for train and power control systems, operational control systems, and conventional and high capacity signalling on the new Sunbury to Cranbourne/Pakenham line.

The RSA will also deliver safety and efficiency improvements at the five new underground Metro Tunnel stations through the installation of platform screen doors, the application of which will be a first for Melbourne.

As it stands, the AU$11 billion project is on-budget, on-time and is expected to create approximately 7,000 jobs.

Speaking on the creation of the new jobs, which includes 500 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets, Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said, “We’re not wasting a minute delivering the Metro Tunnel, which will create jobs and a new community on the doorstep of the CBD.

“We’re getting things done, ramping up construction on this massive project to deliver a world class train network for Victorians where trains come so often you can throw away the timetable,” she said.

For more information visit the John Holland website.

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Water New Zealand calls for water supply reforms

After a widespread outbreak of gastroenteritis in August 2016, testing confirmed the presence of E. coli in the Havelock North water supply.

By 21 August 2016, there were 168 confirmed cases and 355 suspected cases of illness, with estimates that more than 4,500 people had been affected.

The contamination lead to the Government launching an inquiry to determine the cause, whether all parties in drinking water supply chain met their obligations, and what needed to be done to prevent an outbreak reoccurring.

Water New Zealand Chief Executive John Pfahlert said the Inquiry identified systemic problems in the regulation and supply of safe drinking water, and the need for major reform.

“Unless there are significant changes to the way drinking water is regulated, there is a serious risk of another contamination outbreak on the scale of Havelock North,” said Mr Pfahlert.

“This report provides a blue print for the Government to move forward to ensure that our drinking water meets the needs of what New Zealanders and visitors should expect from a modern 21st century developed world water supply.”

“We support the Inquiry recommendation that the Government create an establishment unit to oversee the creation of a new drinking water regulator.

The report identified recommendations to prevent future incidents, including the need for mandatory treatment of drinking water and the establishment of a compulsory training and qualification system for water suppliers and operators.

It is an initiative Water New Zealand is already acting on, to improve compliance, competence and accountability.

Mr Pfahlert said it would enable the broad range of recommendations outlined in the Inquiry report to be implemented more effectively and efficiently.

“We simply cannot afford to have another water contamination event such as occurred in Havelock North.

“The outbreak resulted in many unnecessary cases of illness including loss of life, which has been tragic for those affected and their families. It has also tarnished our international reputation.

“Experts from around the world are now watching very closely to see how we respond to these findings.

“The inquiry has addressed all the key issues that have been concerning many in the sector for some time.

“It has produced a very thorough and well considered report. The inquiry asked the right questions and has come up with the right answers.

“We would urge that the Government implement the recommendations without delay because, if it does not, there is a serious risk of another similar contamination outbreak.”

For more information visit the Water New Zealand website.

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kwik-ZIP wins WA Industry and Export Small Business Award

In October, the company was a finalist in two categories – the Small Business and WA Regional Exporter categories – for awards that recognise WA’s most innovative and forward-thinking companies and exporters.

Despite not receiving the WA Regional Exporter Award, kwik-ZIP received a High Commendation Finalist Certificate, one of only three awarded on the night.

“The WA Industry and Export Awards provide a unique opportunity to celebrate the breadth and diversity of the State’s business community,” said Premier Mark McGowan.

“While the winning companies are vastly different in industry, focus and size, they all share a commitment to be the best in their field and create jobs and opportunities for Western Australians.

“For the export category winners who now go on to represent the State at the national awards, I wish them the very best of luck and have no doubt that they will do Western Australia proud.”

kwik-ZIP represented WA in the Australian Industry and Export Awards on 5 December.

For more information visit the kwik-ZIP website.

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Interflow takes home two CCF awards

Flora McGowan.

The CCF NSW 2017 Excellence Awards were presented across 14 categories at the CFF NSW President’s Gala Ball on 10 November.

Ms McGowan, who has been with Interflow for two years, was the recipient of the Women in Civil Construction Award.

Interflow said she has demonstrated her ability to manage and deliver challenging rehabilitation programs to authorities in regional areas, with her approach a major factor in the growth of the business.

The Site Supervisor of the Year – Contracts Under AU$2 million Award was taken home by Mr Bozinovski, who has worked at Interflow for 13 years managing site works on large and complex projects.

Rob Bozinovski.

The award recognises his ability to manage projects with demands outside the scope of regular civil construction activities.

Of the 77 finalists, four were from Interflow, including Ashleigh Borg, who was nominated for the Contract Administrator Award, and Matthew Cremona, who was nominated for the Engineer ­– Contracts over AU$2 million Award.

“Our company’s reputation is built on honesty, reliability and competence, and it is very gratifying to see the industry recognising those qualities in our people,” said Interflow Managing Director Geoff Weaver.

“We are extremely proud of them.”

Ashleigh Borg, Matthew Cremona, Flora McGowan and Rob Bozinovski.

For more information visit the Interflow website.

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