Software for conduit inspection: a buyer’s guide

Is it time to upgrade your conduit inspection software? Many asset owners and contractors are still using software that was released more than 10 years ago and are facing end-of-life notifications from their vendors. 

Others are evaluating new software to meet the needs of the Water Services Association of Australia’s (WSAA) newly released 2020 v4.1 reporting code. This guide is intended to help you make the most of your software investment.

The good news is that there are now more choices than ever before, including the just-launched PipeTech Auscodes conduit inspection software. The software is the result of a collaborative effort between Peter Slingsby, an Australian water-industry veteran, and PipeTech Software, a company that has been creating inspection software for over 20 years. 

Evaluating software can be a daunting task. In Australia, we have faced limited options and high prices for many years. Now that there are more choices available, what criteria should you consider when making a decision? 

We surveyed experts who use conduit inspection software daily. And what follows are their top three recommendations. 

Speed of data entry

Field crews have a demanding job, and time is money. 

“Less time with a reporting program means less time in the pipe and more metres at the end of the day,” says Bruce Barrie of Deetect Pty Ltd in Canberra, who uses PipeTech Auscodes to compile reports in the WSA 2020 v4.1 format. 

“Inputting the header and asset details are easy and the shortcuts, duplication and repetition of codes as the survey progresses are what makes this program a treat to use and an asset to my business,” he says. 

Accurate coding and scoring

The WSA 2020 4.1 reporting codes have a revised scoring and grading system that is designed to better reflect the severity and impact of defects. Asset owners are adopting the new code system so that they can make better asset management decisions. 

It’s critical that whatever software you select adheres to the WSA standard and is capable of producing accurate scoring reports. PipeTech Auscodes is the first fully compliant software to meet this standard, and the partnership behind this software is committed to staying up-to-date with future WSAA updates.

Data quality and format

A software program is only as good as the data it produces. When evaluating conduit inspection software, carefully consider what you, and your customers, need in terms of data output. 

High-quality video and easy to interpret PDF reports are a must. Bruce Barrie says he uses this as a competitive advantage.

“My clients are very pleased with the reports and videos produced by PipeTech Auscodes,” he says. 

It’s also necessary to consider the structure of the raw data itself. 

For example, does the software you are evaluating allow custom folder and file names? Is there a flexible data export format that can be used in conjunction with other software platforms such as geographic information system (GIS)?

While the criteria above are universal to everyone who uses conduit inspection software, each buyer will ultimately have additional features that are important to them. 

This is why it’s important to start a conversation with different software vendors early in your buying process and keep a list of which software products meet your specific needs.

For more information visit Auscodes.

This article featured in the June edition of Trenchless Australasia. 

ISC Services

Providing innovative connection for HDPE

By providing inflow and infiltration (I/I) assessments, conducting inspections at hundreds of maintenance holes, pump stations and sewage treatment plant inlet structures, ISC Services has helped clients minimise their asset degradation and reduce operational asset costs.  

Most recently, its B-Tech Connections™, an innovative Pullable Mechanical Connection for HDPE, which has already been recently awarded the NASTT 2022 Abbott Innovative Product & Services Award. It is also up for Innovation recognition at No-Dig Down Under, UKSTT and ISTT.

The B-Tech Connections™ have been specifically designed for trenchless technologies, and providing a quick, simple, high strength pipe-to-pipe mechanical connection. B-Tech Connections™ can be used for all pull-in applications including pipe bursting and/or splitting, culvert replacement and micro tunnelling where HDPE is utilised. It can also be used in industries including telecom, electrical, de-water, by-passing, dredging, mining and even Petro-chemical.  

The innovation of pipe-to-pipe connection where the ID & OD remain the same, allows for 100 per cent retention of flow capacity while also maintaining a smooth external profile with no external obstructions, perfectly suitable for tight enclosed pipe tracks. 

Bentink tells Trenchless Australasia that the B-Tech Connections™ can be pre-fused to any length of pipe and are available in threaded or push together connections that are made of 100 per cent HDPE, allowing them to be the exact specifications and material as the pipe.  

“Pre-fusion of B-Tech Connections™ prior to arrival on site reduces labour time required on site for connecting pipes and also reduces the need for specialised equipment or specialised training on site,” he says. “As the B-Tech Connections™ maintain the same external size, stacking of pipes for transport is more efficient and simpler than flanged ends.” 

Impressively, the mechanical connections for HDPE pipe are designed retain over 70 per cent normal pull-able strength, while retaining 95 per cent ductility of the pipe and 100 per cent flow capacity. Additionally, the connections feature leak-free O-ring seals and are resistant to corrosion and UV resistance of HDPE. No metallic components! 

The innovative design of the B-Tech Connections™ allows the rapid make up of threaded connections with two-to-three rotations, which results in quicker connections in the field. Such connections have been lab tested to hold up to 16,100 kg of pulling force. Likewise, water pressure testing of SDR9 at 12-inches achieved 375psi internal water pressure  

For pipes with larger diameter and lengths, the combination of threaded and push together fittings (all-in-one) allows for a 360° rotating connection for increased ease of connections of larger and longer pipes with no need to rotate the entire spool of large and long pipes simply turn the connection.  

“Either permanently locked or temporarily installed, connections are water-tight with a broad range of applications in trenchless and non-trenchless applications,” says Bentink.  

“Pull-ability of connections exceed 70 per cent of virgin pipe strength while retaining the normal flexibility of HDPE pipe. Connections can be applied to a wide range of pipe sizes and wall thicknesses. Transitions to other pipe materials and connection methods such as Flanges can also be provided to ease with compatibility issues.”  

In confined space applications, work crews save time and resources in comparison to when utilising other time-consuming connection techniques of bulky mechanical methods. In the time it takes to make up 1 bolt on a flange, B-Tech can be fully connected.

This improves safety and drastically reduces time spent establishing connections and the equipment required to do so safely in restricted spaces.  

While the butt fusion of short segments of pipe is typically difficult and time consuming in confined spaces, the B-Tech Connections™ can be readily supplied in short spools to 914 mm or they can be pre-fused to any length of pipe to produce custom length spools, allowing for quick and easy installation no matter how tight the space.  

The long-life span and fast assembly times makes the B-Tech Connections™ method not only cost-effective but efficient for any HDPE projects or applications. Proving that ISC Services is continuing to help develop innovative technologies and solutions within the industry.

For more information visit ISC Services.

This article featured in the June edition of Trenchless Australasia. 


KOR introduces spare parts

Consolidating KOR’s existing pre-delivery, servicing, and spare parts locations into one site, was an important consideration for the executive team when planning to accommodate customer requirements and future growth.

Importantly, distribution capability will increase, and further reductions in delivery times made as the facility is strategically positioned next to major freeway arteries for faster transport times. Receival from OEMs and parts dispatch to other KOR and customer sites is managed through this centralised location

KOR’s recent agreements with key US part suppliers – brush heads from the Alamo Group and sewer hoses from Piranha – means the purpose designed and built space of over 750m2 is now a dedicated home to over 10,000 individual spare parts for Cappellotto industrial vacuum trucks & Schwarze sweepers.

A pick, pack and dispatch capability are facilitated by a new inventory management system that delivers higher accuracy and faster stock sorting. KOR is continuing to develop new processes and innovate to ensure industry best practices are in place to meet increased market demands.

Spare parts are also distributed to KOR branch offices in NSW, Queensland, WA and SA and also to Hamilton in New Zealand which will deliver quicker customer turnaround times. The KOR mobile service vans, which are currently operating in Victoria, will soon enter the NSW market followed by QLD later in the year, are also fully equipped with a range of spare parts

This means, that whether customers Cappellotto or Schwarze trucks are serviced in-house or by the mobile service vans, KOR’s qualified technicians will always be able to replace any parts carried in stock on the vans. Getting customers trucks back operating as quickly as possible and reducing downtime is a priority.

The spare parts and support team also assemble pre-delivery accessory packs that are ready to accompany any new purchases of both Cappellotto and Schwarze equipment.

Besides spare parts, KOR also stock a range of quality OEM accessories kept onsite that includes Keg & Duebre nozzle ranges, Uraca water pumps, a range of jetting and vacuum hoses, TST high pressure safety equipment, Vanguard sewer equipment and sanitation tool, and Southland tools equipment.

 There is no doubt that with the investment made in having a contemporary Operations and Engineering Centre inclusive of a national parts warehouse that KOR will continue to drive continuous improvement and excellence in customer service to keep operations running.

For more information visit KOR.

This article featured in the June edition of Trenchless Australasia. 

Adept Civil

Adept leads the way with water and sewer upgrade at Thomas Embling Hospital

Thomas Embling Hospital is a high-security forensic mental health hospital located in Fairfield, Victoria. It is currently undergoing a $349.6 million expansion, and these upgrades are being conducted on behalf of Forensicare, Victoria’s leading provider of mental healthcare.

Shortly after the Andrews government announced the expansion plans for the hospital in 2021, Adept was awarded the sewer upgrade project. The company was chosen based on its experience carrying out similar projects, specifically those that require a high degree of consideration for community safety.

Adept will use its microtunnelling machine to install 250 metres of sewer. This installation process will involve constructing four maintenance chambers that are 10 metres in depth. The company will also install 1.6 kilometres of dual DN180 watermain in order to upgrade the water supply to service the entire site.

Like many of Adept’s other projects, the company described the upgrade works as “high risk” and “extremely challenging”. 

In fact, a significant amount of technical consideration has gone into the project’s planning. According to the company’s business development manager, Quentin Powell, the equipment and machinery that are being used were chosen on the basis of minimising risk.

“Microtunnelling is difficult at the best of times especially when drilling in hard rock in excess of 200 MPA,” Powell says. “The vermeer axis machine was suitable for this project as it provides a fully enclosed bore whilst boring, as the drilling rods are the similar diameter as the tri-cone boring head limiting the chance of collapsing.

“Adept have been working closely with NSC Project Solutions, Aecom and Forensicare to deliver the project safely and efficiently.”

Adept is a civil contractor that specialises in water and sewerage drainage pipelines, pump stations and associated services for Melbourne water boards and tier one Victorian contractors. It has worked across a number of projects in the state, including early works on the metro tunnel, the Seaford Road level crossing removal, and the West Gate tunnel sewer relocation.

Due to its industry expertise, Adept has a history of taking on some of the most challenging and risky projects; however, the company also has a reputation for being committed to safety. Adept makes safety a priority on every project it works on, and it is currently working towards a goal of zero workplace injuries. Adept provides thorough in-house training to all employees and engaging in careful site management strategies.

Adept is currently an accredited contractor with Greater Western Water, Yarra Valley Water, South East Water and Melbourne Water. It is also a member of Civil Contractors Federation Victoria Branch (CCF VIC) and is fully accredited with Vicroads.

For more information visit Adept Civil

This article featured in the June edition of Trenchless Australasia. 

PEF Commercial Finance

PEF Commercial Finance’s three steps to trenchless asset funding

The Melbourne-based finance brokering service’s main focus is to provide hassle free business finance solutions to clients and secure approvals quickly and conveniently.

Appreciating the importance of getting the deal secure for the client in a timely fashion, the first step they take is understanding and identifying the client’s needs.

Finance Broker Theo Robotis has over 30 years’ experience in the financial service world and has been with PEF Commercial Finance for the last 10 years. Theo knows the challenges customers in the trenchless and resources industry face when it comes to securing asset funding. 

“Today’s business world has varying business structures,” he says. “They trade from sole traders, partnerships, companies, trading entities, trusts – all sorts of variances or combinations.” 

One of the key differences in dealing with PEF Commercial Finance is that they take all the hassle out of your application by coordinating, organising and compiling your documents for delivery along with any other required materials. They then arrange the final sign-up immediately so that you, the client, can enjoy use of your new business equipment or vehicle as soon as possible.

The company strives to ensure business loans and finances are easy with their simple three step process. 

The first step is identifying the purchase, which includes pin-pointing the equipment or assets for which the client requires business finance or a loan for. 

“We work with the client to really understand who they are, and how they operate, so that we can narrow down which lending options or which financing solutions are going to be worthwhile,” Theo says. 

“This may be deciding on the exact make and model of the equipment, assets, cars or other types of vehicles, the approximate purchase or lease prices, the source of the equipment being the supplier. An evaluation of the equipment prepared by a valuer may also help.” 

 The second step is to apply for pre-approval. “We (at PEF Commercial Finance) obtain the purchase information from the client and based on our discussions to date, work out the best approach to the business loan and finance application.” 

“We may ask for preliminary summary of financials, depending on the goods and amounts to be financed,” Theo says. 

The third and final step – finalisation and settlement.

“We may be able to obtain an approval for larger amounts which can come in useful for funding future purchases or leases or other business loan applications,” says Theo. 

“Once approval is obtained, we will do the preparation work to compile all documentation and loan contracts for your approval and signature. We will take care of finalising the settlement and paying for the equipment or vehicles.”

Trust is one of the key attributes PEF Commercial Finance has built its business on due to there being a lot of technical and financial information being passed across to the banks on behalf of clients. Theo stated this is a result of the us (PEF) knowing who the banks are that lend to these specific areas and knowing the products and how it’s applied to people’s businesses. 

“We deal with the largest and most reliable financiers, lenders, banks, and credit providers. We understand and implement the process on a daily basis through which we have regular dealings with decision makers,” he says. 

“We work towards streamlining it all for everybody and it is a big hurdle that we’ve got to get over because, as I see it, the banks are sometimes a bit detached from the reality of the small business owner, the guy on the street, or the guy on the building site. 

“So, we’ve got to put it to them, we have got to make them (the banks and lenders) comfortable around what they’re lending against, because that is the bank’s money, and they’ve got to make sure that it goes to the right hands at the right time.” 

At PEF Commercial Finance, another aspect of the service customers can expect is when they lock in repayments for their asset finance, the current interest rate is not going to change. 

“In a time where the interest rates have been moving around, at PEF Commercial Finance, we want to stress that these are commercial agreements, and once we secure a deal, that’s signed, and commenced, the interest rate will not change for our client for the next three-to-five years, or in some instances seven years, depending on their contract,” Theo says. 

When dealing with PEF Commercial Finance you can be assured that as your commercial finance broker, it will provide personalised, efficient and friendly service throughout the entire process from the initial consultation and application to settlement and finalisation.

For more information visit PEF Commercial Finance. 

This article featured in the June edition of Trenchless Australasia. 


NordiTube presents comprehensive product portfolio at No-Dig Down Under

This form of technology has been pivotal for pressure applications like potable water and gas and has been producing CIPP liners for more than 35 years with its  production sites in Belgium and Spain. 

A rehabilitation solution for all kinds of pipes 

In the 1980s, the first pressure pipe rehabilitation technology, the Phoenix System, was developed in Japan. The system had been designed to reduce the damages to  pipes during earthquakes. Shortly after, Norditube developed the Phoenix system further to match with Tubetex liner European water and gas pipe network´s standards.

New products followed, like the fully structural Nordiflow pressure system, the Nordiwall gravity system, the r-tec CloseFit PE Pipe system in cooperation with a leading manufacturer for industrial hoses 5ELEM, the IH liner for long transmission pipelines.

Pipe networks have to be designed for individual project requirements, which define the pipes´ dimensions, materials and technical standards. It is sometimes not easy for pipeline operators,  to keep an overview of the possible rehabilitation systems for those pipes. As Part of the RTi International Pipeline Construction group, NordiTube supports the operators to identify the right product and to design the projects.

NORDIFLOW – the fully structural and indepent Class A pressure liner  

NORDIFLOW products are used since more than 20 years for: 

• Potable water pipes.

• Industrial pressure pipes.

• Sewer pressure / rising mains.

The cured NORDIFLOW liner is considered a fully structural CIPP system that can be designed to resists not only the internal pressure but also external loads and negative pressure. The system is classified as “Class A” according to ISO 11295. 

TUBETEX –  the seamless fabric Class C pressure liner  

TUBETEX has established itself worldwide as a cost-effective solution for pressure pipe rehabilitation. The TUBETEX system is an interactive system relying on adhesion with the host pipe and is classified as “Class C” according to ISO 11295. A significant advantage, especially for repair and service works, is an easy and safe re-connection to the existing pipe network. TUBETEX have been used for more than 35 years for:  

• Potable water pipes.

• Industrial pressure pipes. 

• Gas and Oil pipes.

IH Liner

The IH liner is an inserted-hose according to ISO 11295 and is rated as an independent pressure liner. 

The inner layer of the liner is selected depending on the transported medium, gas, oil, steam or water. The liner has the US NSF drinking water certificate. The middle layer is designed to provide high flexibility and high-pressure resistance.The outer cover protects the fiber reinforced layer and prevents the liner from elongation or shrinking. 

The diameter range from DN 50 up to DN 1200, and the long potential insertion length of up to 5 km in one pull, in combination with the IH-Liner- Connectors provide economical rehabilitation solutions for most of the existing transmission pipelines.  

Cooperation TDM pipeline solutions & NORDITUBE

In the lead-up to the No-Dig 2022, TDM Pipeline Solutions and NORDITUBE entered in a partnership to expand the product portfolio for NORDITUBE’s technologies in Australasia. The local TDM representations and services will be a perfect complement to the global NORDITUBE partner network, 

As a first step, TDM and NORDITUBE will concentrate on entering the Australian market with liner products for gravity pipes and drinking water. For the future, TDM and NORDITUBE are ready to support gas pipe upgrade projects and the mining industry as well. 

TDM Pipeline Solutions is a division of TDM Group Australia along with other entities / divisions including The Drain Man and TDM Traffic Management, with operations in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. 

TDM Pipeline Solutions specialises in commercial, industrial and network services working most prominently with civil infrastructure, water utilities and local government markets. 

Triple certified to ISO 45001 (Safety), ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environmental) TDM Pipeline Solutions provides services that include CCTV pit & pipeline inspections, drain cleaning, CIPP relining, sectional pipe repairs / patches, top hat & junction relining and robotic cutting.

For more information visit RTi

This article featured in the June edition of Trenchless Australasia. 


New GRUNDODRILL in the spotlight at No-Dig

The arrival of these machines has been years, if not decades in the making, and represents a landmark step forward in horizontal directional drilling (HDD) engineering. TRACTO-TECHNIK’s products are constantly being refined based on end user feedback, and the new range of GRUNDODRILL fluid-assisted and rock drilling machines are the ultimate reflection of this ideology.

Consisting of six machines with performance ratings between 60 and 280 kN, the rigs in the xCS range can be adapted to be used as a Jet Condition System (JCS) for excavating in conventional soils with normal rods, or as an All Condition System (ACS) using twin-tube rods to navigate through rock.

The customisable and adaptable nature of the machines is the result of years of research and development at TRACTO’s headquarters in Lennestadt, Germany, where the machines are also manufactured, using best-in-class processes and materials, before being shipped around the world, including to Australia and New Zealand. 

Taking centre stage

After making the more than 15,000 km journey from the manufacturing hub in Germany to Australia, one of the new GRUNDODRILLs will take centre stage on TRACTO’s 54 m2 exhibition stand at No-Dig Down Under. Having the machine on display gives contractors the opportunity to see the rig and its features up close, as well as speak to the company’s team who provide clients with support and servicing capabilities for the life of the asset.

TRACTO will also have a number of interactive installations on site, demonstrating how the machine functions and is controlled. This illustrates how the machines have been designed to keep the complex and unique demands of the HDD process front of mind, making them adaptable, versatile and efficient.

As a result of the modular design, the GRUNDODRILLs can be configured to the specifications or restrictions of the market in which they’re operating. This includes numerous options for customisation according to application and comfort.

The majority of all rig functions are controlled via a centralised touch screen while integrated cameras give the user 360° visibility of the rig from the comfort of the refined cabin. This enables ergonomic conditions for the user, limits fatigue and frees them up to focus on the task at hand: drilling. 

Remote-controlled drilling is also possible with the new machines, with operations conveniently controlled and monitored from outside the operator’s cabin using a specially designed remote-control unit. In combination with the intelligent cameras, this allows for the full control of the entire drilling rig.

The 130JCS/ACS features a Cummins Tier V engine, equipped with variable torque and speed adjustment for maximum rotational performance and productivity. In addition, the machines are capable of fully automatic drilling operations, including drill rod exchange.

The machines’ performance and customisation are also backed up by TRACTO’s range of high-quality mixing systems, meaning the machines can operate for longer periods without disruption.

Digging in

A number of contractors in the region are the first to use these new GRUNDODRILLS and are already reaping the benefits of the additional power and functionality. As with all TRACTO machines, they are also supported by the best servicing, spare parts and training the industry has become accustomed to from the company. 

The company considers itself “more than a dealer” and has a goal to create and maintain meaningful and lasting relationships with its clients. This includes guiding customers through all stages of the product process, from purchase to training and after-sales support, as well as giving clients access to technical and engineering support in real time. 

“If you’re a drilling or construction contractor looking to improve efficiency and performance on the job site, visiting us at No-Dig is an opportunity to see these machines up close and personal,” says TRACTO Australia Managing Director Jeff Rose.

“There’s a handful of contractors who have already taken delivery of the new GRUNDODRILL. With stock available on the ground at our Queensland head office ready to be delivered, there are opportunities to join them.

“Make sure you visit stand 50, meet our team and learn more about how this machine is shaking things up.”

For more information visit TRACTO-TECHNIK. 

This article feature in the June edition of Trenchless Australasia. 

View the latest trenchless technology tenders

View the latest trenchless technology tenders

Forest Wind – Other Supporting Work Packages
Issued by: Forest Wind Holdings Pty Limited
Closing Date: 30/06/2022
Location: Queensland
Description: The tender work includes but is not necessarily limited to:

  • General truck hire
  • General steel fabrication, welding and assembly
  • Drainage and precast culvert manufacturers/suppliers
  • Hospitality events, functions, catering, mobile food supply, on-site canteen
  • Labour hire services
  • Drainage and precast culvert manufacturers/suppliers
  • Hospitality events, functions, catering, mobile food supply, on-site canteen
  • Labour hire services (plant operators (loader, excavators, grade, dozer, roller), Labour (concreters, pipe layers, general labour))
  • Small equipment hire (e.g. generators, pumps, etc)
  •  Supply and Delivery of Diesel Fuel for Site
  • Supply of office consumables (e.g. Stationary, cleaning products, etc)
  • Water Carting Services

UGL Regional Linx – Underboring Services
Issued by: UGL Regional Linx Pty Ltd
Closing Date: 30/06/2022
Location: New South Wales
Description: Provision of Underboring / Horizontal Directional Drilling services including the supply of conduit / Pipe. (Design is not included.)

Oaklands Wetlands Network Extension, Treatment Capacity Upgrade and Water Supply to Marion Golf Course
Issued by: City of Marion
Closing Date: 30/06/2022
Location: South Australia
Description: The procurement is for 5 separate Portions of Works. Council reserves the right to award the various Portions to different Contractors, or all Portions to a single Contractor. Tenderers can be a single company with subcontractors, a joint venture, and the like.

  • Portion 1 – Design and Construct – Seacliff pipeline extension.
  • Portion 2 – Construction – New aquifer storage and recovery well at Oaklands Wetlands
  • Portion 3 – Design and Construct – Pipeline extension to Flinders University and Women’s Memorial Playing Fields
  • Portion 4 – Design and Construct – Chlorination dosing system at Oaklands Wetlands
  • Portion 5 – Design and Construct – Stage 1 :Tank, compound and irrigation pumps, and Stage 2: transfer pipeline. Both for Marion Golf Course.

Smithton WTP Treated Water Storage Inlet Works
Issued by: Tasmanian Water and Sewerage Corporation
Closing Date: 24/06/2022
Location: Tasmania
Description: TasWater PDG intends to construct a new Treated Water Storage (TWS) inlet pipeline at the Smithton WTP with the current common TWS inlet/outlet pipe becoming a dedicated outlet pipe to the Treated Water Pumping Station. As part of the pipework construction, a new TWS bypass pipeline (linking the new TWS inlet pipe to the outlet pipe) and a filter to waste line pipeline (linking the new TWS inlet to the Stormwater drainage system) must also be constructed by the Contractor.

Project Marinus – HVDC Underground Cable (Subcontractors)
Issued by: Tasmanian Networks Pty Ltd
Closing Date: 30/06/2022
Location: Victoria
Description: HVDC underground land cable design, manufacture, transportation, supply, installation and commissioning (single package, excluding land trenching civil works and land horizontal directional drilling (Vic and Tas).

Preferred Supplier Arrangement – Hydro Excavation, Underground Services and Directional Drilling
Issued by: Mackay Regional Council
Closing Date: 21/06/2022
Location: Queensland
Description: Council seeks submissions from suitably experienced and resourced personnel with the capacity to provide hydro excavation, underground service location and / or under boring services, to be appointed to a panel of preferred suppliers.

Talison Lithium Greenbushes Expansion – Structural, Mechanical and Piping Installation Works (Process Plant)
Issued by: Talison Lithium Limited
Closing Date: 26/06/2022
Location: Western Australia
Description: Contractors wishing to be considered must be able to demonstrate their ability to:

  • Assemble and install structural steelwork for process plant buildings, platforms,
    frames, support structures, stair stringers, walkways, equipment supports,
    crane rails, conveyor trestles, trusses and low level modules, etc.
  • Assemble and install platework and shop fabricated items including hoppers,
    chutes, bins and the like.
  • Assemble and install mechanical equipment in line with the manufacturer’s
    recommendation, lifting, placing, cleaning and fixing to concrete and/or steel
    support structures.
  • Install roof sheeting including natural lighting systems, insulation, roof plumbing,
    doors, flashings, filler strips, cappings, vents, louvres, safety and/or security
    mesh, and roof drainage.

Email for more information.

For more tender information visit the Australian Tenders website.

One System – make the transition today

Kynection, originally called Fleet Effect, was born in 2006 with a focus on creating technology that would help heavy vehicle operators manage operations and reduce their impact on the environment.  

Champion of Growth & Communications Jonathan Patchell says in 2008, during the early phase of the business, the management team had become entrenched within the local heavy vehicle industry and identified a real need in the marketplace for systems that would help transport operators manage heavy vehicle compliance (NHVAS and CoR), as it was increasing in complexity and becoming too much for many companies to manage.

“Based on the skillset of the management team (Courtney Smith, Kasie Smith and John Tsoucalas), this change-in-direction was perfect as they’d all come from consulting backgrounds with focuses on operational process and compliance,” he says. 

By 2009 the company had proved itself to be a real player in the market by completing Australia’s first pilot for Electronic Work Diaries (EWD) with a Queensland-based quarry fleet. 

Fast forward to 2018, Fleet Effect undertook its first merger by merging 44 per cent of Vertical Matters into the business. 

As part of this deal, it tripled its employee headcount and diversified its software portfolio by offering Quality Management Systems allowing customers to receive Triple ISO Certification through Quality (ISO9001), Safety (AS/NZ4801) and Environment (ISO14001).  

As part of this merger, clients such as KONE Elevators, Mitchcon, Rangedale, Underground Cable Systems, VSA Group, Roadsafe and Johns Lyng Group joined the Fleet Effect family.

With the part acquisition of Vertical Matters and diversification of the business into new areas, Fleet Effect officially rebranded to Kynection in May 2019 – with Knowledge in Motion as the underlying tagline from parent company Autolync.

Today, Kynection offers One System for all, which encompasses the whole workflow of a business in one spot. 

Jonathan Patchell says the company identified a gap in the market for a company to be integrated into existing accounting systems and other third-party applications thus creating the “One System”.

 “Kynection can be slotted into any business, and we can be integrated into any accounting system and make that seamless transition from a clunky paper-orientated business workflows to a paperless streamlined business,” he says. 

“By having an organisation managing these different aspects of the business, the customer is able to contact us, and we can fix it. Essentially it removes the middleman and streamlines a lot of customers’ billing systems and operations.” 

Kynection has a unique way of doing integrations. Jonathan says through its up-to-date expertise in technology, the company is able to integrate a lot of its hardware customers’ purchases from OEM manufacturers and from third-party software systems, making it an easy transition into a one-system approach. 

Not only does it optimise teamwork by converting “paper to glass”, but Kynection allows clients to have real-time communication, remotely manage employees, suppliers, and subbies, win more tenders, bids and contracts, and have end-to-end supply chain fulfillment. 

In the trenchless industry Kynection is able to offer full vehicle compliance by putting AI cameras in trucks, which links back to its job management system in real-time on the “One System”. 

Jonathan says through this the company is able to manage driver awareness with the camera system which then feeds back to the operations system. 

“We manage the operation system with the scheduling of the trucks and crews, which overlap that with the competency crew, detailing what they are competent of doing and whether they have been inducted. It also identifies what assets have been introduced to those projects as well,” he says. 

“This means clients get all the information they need in one place and allows for a smoother operation and management of their business overall.” 

As part of Kynection’s cloud-based platform, clients have access to the following: project management, job management, time and attendance, asset management, equipment management, eForms, task management, contractor management, quoting/invoicing, document management, tender management, contracts, human resources, and CRM. 

Jonathan says his team of consultants are experienced with over a collective 100 years of experience at providing a full turn-key system that includes its cloud-based technology suite, as well as any required hardware teams may need.  Kynection is a unique business that supplies the complete full systems of hardware and software including any support. This is a real game changer for the trenchless industry as they just need to have one point of contact for their operational systems. 

“Ultimately our goal is to make it easier to view data and business information in one place,” he says. “Our technology will let you improve operational efficiency of your facilities maintenance businesses and ensure that use of paper is minimised.

For more information visit Kynection

This article featured in the February edition of Trenchless Australasia. 

Asset Training: Paving the way in safety

Initially intended to train and develop internal staff to ensure best practices, industry-leading safety procedures, and the workforce were  appropriately educated, the company quickly recognised there was an opportunity to provide this same level of understanding to the wider industry regarding the importance of proper qualification. 

Business Development Manager & qualified trainer and assessor Chris McCarthy says the company realised there was a real need for training to be completed across the industry, not just internally, leading to the development and expansion of Asset Training. 

As leaders in training solutions for both individuals and businesses, Asset Training provides training and assessment services for new trades, up-skilling and refresher courses.

Operating since 2006, the registered training organisation (RTO) primarily focuses on work safety, backed by vocational educators who are passionate about the level of instruction they provide.

For more than 15 years, Asset Training has continued to grow its portfolio of industry-specific trainers who collectively have close to 80 years of combined industry experience.

The company’s core courses relate to the industrial maintenance and wastewater services, including: operate a high-pressure water jetting system, and operate a high-pressure drain cleaning system and CCTV pipeline inspections. 

Chris says Asset Training also offer courses which complement the water, waste management and industrial maintenance service industry, such as: operate a vacuum loading system, wider safety training including working in a confined space, working at heights, breathing apparatuses, first aid and gas test atmosphere training.

“We try to be an end-to-end service for our industry in providing training. 

We’re also trying to pave the way for delivery of that training,” he says.

Asset Training produced two of Australia’s first online refresher courses for drain cleaning and for high-pressure water jetting, one of which it won a Hunter Safety Award for in 2019.

Refresher training is required by industry, and the training offered by Asset Training is nationally recognised, up-to-date, and of the highest quality.

While COVID-19 has restricted many industrial maintenance businesses from accessing the training they require, Asset Training has adapted its curriculum to help operators maintain their nationally accredited compliance standing remotely.

Chris says it has been a real opportunity for the company to be at the forefront of industry safety training in Australia.

“We’re strategically looking at ways we can develop our delivery methods to be accessible for everyone, irrespective of locality,” he says.

The training comprises both theoretical and practical components with the theory including online quizzes with downloadable learning materials.

“We want to make sure every student’s experience is positive but still productive and proactive to their learning,” says McCarthy.

The fit-for-purpose training centre, based in Newcastle, NSW, is fully equipped to provide nationally recognised training in CCTV pipeline inspection, high-pressure water jetting, vacuum loading, drain cleaning, work safely at heights, confined space, first aid, CPR and many more.

Asset Training also provides training interstate, with trainers travelling Australia-wide to  provide industrial training courses for its customers. 

Asset Training expects water utilities and pipeline maintenance companies, plumbers, and local councils will greatly benefit from the new level of accessibility offered by these courses.

Chris says the company looks forward to attending No-Dig Down Under in March, providing a great networking opportunity as well as a chance to educate the industry.

“We will be giving people an insight into our online refresher training, as with our two main courses it’s a requirement that you must be refreshed in them every two years,” he says.

“We’re eager to attend and continue to lead the way in work, health and safety training.” 

Chris says providing safe work training will continue to be its primary focus moving forward, with high hopes for the future. 

“It’s really exciting because the company is moving quickly, and it’s something we hope to impart on the industry,” he says.

“Making sure we’re growing and identifying opportunities for us to be better is really important to us, as well as being able to help others within the industry to realise their needs and goals.”

For more information visit Aqua Assets. 

This article featured in the February edition of Trenchless Australasia. 

New adaptable machines shake up HDD market

TRACTO’s products are constantly being refined based on end user feedback, and the new range of GRUNDODRILL fluid-assisted and rock drilling machines are the ultimate reflection of this ideology.

Consisting of six machines with performance ratings between 60 and 280 kN, the rigs in the new range can be adapted to be used as a Jet Condition System (JCS) for excavating in conventional soils with normal rods, or as an All Condition System (ACS) using twin-tube rods to navigate through rock.

Tailored to the end user

The customisable and adaptable nature of the machines is the result of years of research and development at TRACTO’s headquarters in Lennestadt, Germany, where the machines are also manufactured, using best-in-class processes and materials, before being shipped around the world, including to Australia and New Zealand. 

The design keeps the complex and unique demands of the HDD process front of mind, and has culminated in drills with unparalleled adaptability, versatility and efficiency in the market today.

As a result of the modular design, the GRUNDODRILLs can be configured to the specifications or restrictions of the market in which they’re operating. This includes 40 options for customisation according to application and comfort.


The majority of all rig functions are controlled via a centralised touch screen and monitored via an integrated camera, which can be tailored to the needs of the operator. This enables ergonomic conditions for the user, limits fatigue and frees them up to focus on the task at hand: drilling. 

Remote-controlled drilling is also possible with the new machines, with operations conveniently controlled and monitored from outside the operator’s cabin using a specially designed remote-control unit. In combination with an intelligent camera, this allows for the full control of the entire drilling rig.

The 130JCS/ACS features a Cummins Tier V engine, equipped with variable torque and speed adjustment for maximum rotational performance and maximum productivity. In addition, the machines are capable of fully automatic drilling operations, including drill rod exchange.

In addition to this performance and customisation, the machines can also be equipped with a range of high capacity mixing systems, meaning they can operate for longer periods without disruption.

More than a dealer

Not only are these revolutionary machines the best available on the market, according to TRACTO, they are also supported by the best servicing, spare parts and training the industry has to offer. The company has recently positioned itself as “more than a dealer” with the goal of creating and maintaining meaningful and lasting relationships with its clients. 

This includes guiding customers through all stages of the product process, from purchase to training and after-sales support, as well as giving clients access to technical and engineering support in real time. 

TRACTO Australia Managing Director Jeff Rose says there’s an appetite from the trenchless industry for the adaptability and performance of the new machines. 

“The design has been meticulously planned for a number of years. During this time, all the feedback and responses from our clients in Australian and New Zealand, as well as all over the world, have been fed back to our German engineers for consideration,” he says.

“While the conditions for HDD might change from region to region, the challenges for contractors are ubiquitous. With the 130JCS/ACS range, we’ve delivered machines which address those challenges, providing the adaptability, power and performance to increase drilling efficiency and optimisation.”

A GRUNDODRILL 130ACS has already been delivered to a customer in Australia, with Victorian-based trenchless contractor R&R McClure taking delivery of a machine in early 2022. The machine is setup to excavate through the tough quartz-rock which is unique to the Castlemaine and Bendigo region where the contractor is based.

One of the new GRUNDODRILLs will be on TRACTO’s stand at No-Dig Down Under, giving contractors the opportunity to see the machine and its features up close. Visit TRACTO at stand 50 in the exhibition.

For more information visit TRACTO-TECHNIK.

This article featured in the February edition of Trenchless Australasia. 

Primus Line, Baker Hughes partnership

TDM partners with NordiTube

TDM is a proudly Australian owned and operated drain service specialist with over 30 years’ experience. TDM offers a range of drain services including the rehabilitation, maintenance and inspection of pipeline infrastructure across Australia.

With operations across NSW, VIC and WA, the company is dedicated to providing high quality service to customers and community.

TDM utilises cured-in-place pipelining (CIPP) as a method by which pipelines are rehabilitated without the excess costs associated with excavation and/or replacing existing pipelines. TDM has over 15 years of experience working with CIPP and relines an estimated 5000 pipelines a year.

CIPP lining comprises a resin-saturated lining tube installed in a pipeline. The tube creates what is known as a close fit pipe-within-a-pipe as a structural solution to pipeline deterioration.

TDM’s CIPP liners are custom made from felt then impregnated with specially formulated resins suitable for various conditions and applications, including UV cured GRP relining, ambient cure polyester resin and heat cured thermosetting resin.

The CIPP method can be applied to structurally rehabilitate pipelines with defects such as cracks, offset joints and structurally deficient segments.

Thankfully, almost any shape and size of pipe can be structurally rehabilitated including vertical, horizontal, square, rectangular or round piping. Likewise, the CIPP method can be used for pipes with 90-degree angle bends, P traps, S traps, junctions or elbow.

The opportunity to work with NordiTube as its strategic supply partner grants TDM the chance to further implement its core values as a company to continue providing better, more efficient and affordable services to its Australian customers.

NordiTube has a well established position as one of the leading technology provides for trenchless pipe rehabilitation and has been producing CIPP liners for over 30 years.

Backed by a global trading company, the experts of NordiTube offer a wide range of innovative systems, materials, equipment, expertise and technical support to customers worldwide.

The NordiTube range comprises optimised solutions for maintenance, rehabilitation and renewal of gravity and pressure pipes.

TDM Pipeline Solutions and NordiTube invite those attending the 2022 No-Dig Down Under (NDDU) conference to visit the team at stand #023.

To find out more about what live demonstrations will be on offer at the expo, click here.

Register to attend NDDU here.

Awards finalists announced for NDDU

NDDU is the southern hemisphere’s only large-scale conference and exhibition dedicated to trenchless technology. Trenchless technology is important for installing new services, as well as rehabilitating and maintaining existing pipelines and infrastructure, without having to dig multiple trenches, disturbing traffic, business and residential locations.

With major utilities located underground and requiring ongoing upkeep and extension, No-Dig Down Under is a crucial event for local government representatives and those involved in planning decisions for major infrastructure projects.

The achievements of the Australian trenchless industry will also be recognised, with the nominees being revealed for five awards (for the full list of awards and nominees, see below).

The No-Dig Down Under conference will kick off with a keynote presentation from Jonathan Farrell, Program Manager at Urban Utilities, looking at current projects being undertaken by the company.

His presentation will be followed by a panel session, where Jonathan will be joined by Ben Hayes, Sales Manager at Herrenknecht AG, Tom Sangster, Managing Director of Downley Consultants, and Craig Vandaelle, Vice President of Michels Trenchless Preconstruction.

NDDU is set to be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney from 14-17 June.

To get your free ticket to the NDDU exhibition, register for the conference, or find out more information about the event, click here.

ASTT Award Finalists

Rehabilitation Project of the Year

Recognises innovation, advancements in technology, environmental benefits and occupational health and safety benefits in rehabilitation projects utilising trenchless technology.
Renewal of the Amarina Culvert, Mooloolaba – Interflow.
Lihir Island (PNG) Tailings Pipeline Rehabilitation Project – Spiecapag Australia T/A HDI Lucas.
Ann St to Bartleys Hill Trunk Main Relining – Urban Utilities and Radlinger Primus Line.

New Installation Project of the Year

Recognises innovation, advancements in technology, environmental benefits and occupational health and safety benefits in new installation projects using trenchless technology.
Donnybrook Link Branch Sewer Stage 2 – Edge Underground.
St Mary’s Bay Area Water Quality Improvement Project – McConnell Dowell.
REMS 1B Pipeline Connecting Bomaderry WWTP and Nowra WWTPs – UEA, UGL, Shoalhaven Water.

New Technology: Machine, Tool, Material, System or Technique

Should demonstrate the practical development of trenchless systems or equipment that results in benefits such as improved economy, accuracy, speed of drive or replacement, ability to overcome difficult installations, or similar.
TeraTrak R1 – Digital Control Australia.
Jet pump system in Slurry MTBMs: XXL drive lengths in small diameters – Herrenknecht AG.
B-Tech Connections – ISC Services.

Menno Henneveld ASTT Person of the Year

Recognises an individual who has made major and sustained contributions to the trenchless industry in any area of activity within the industry. The award will identify a contribution over and above the call of duty to grow, develop and promote the use of trenchless technology across Australasia and indeed around the world.
David Tuner – Maxibor.
Jerry Sunarho – Sydney Water.
Lance Horlyck – SASTTI Joint Venture.

Young Person of the Year

Recognises the important role that younger members of the Australasian trenchless community play in the growth of the industry. The recipient will be someone who is engaged with the industry and the promotion of trenchless technology, and has significantly contributed to the industry over the past two years.
Ash Hamer – Yarra Valley Water.
Dominic Preest – McConnell Dowell Constructors.

KOR heading to NDDU 2022

However, NDDU isn’t the only 2022 exhibition on KOR’s must-attend list.

The company has already attended the 2022 New Zealand based Stormwater conference and exhibition held in Christchurch. The exhibition was held on 18 – 20 May at the new Te Pae Convention Centre, with workshops offered across the two-day period.

Back in Australia, KOR is currently attending the Sydney Build Show which runs from 1 – 2 June at the ICC before the NDDU exhibition officially opens on 14 June. Following NDDU, KOR will be attending the WIOA at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre from June 22 – 23. Lastly, the company will be attending IFAT on 30 May through to 3 June at the Munich Exhibition Grounds.

Over the last decade, KOR has developed its national footprint to support contractors across Australia and NZ. Since the company began, the cornerstone of its vision has been to prioritise the needs of customers.

This has pushed the company to providing full-service support capability, spare parts centres across Australia, unit availability to support the demand for contractors and a customer service focus to support its clients.

In July of 2021, KOR secured an exclusive distribution in Australia and NZ for Schwarze Industries. Schwarze is highly regarded for its durable sweeper products and renowned for its innovative design and quality.

By the conclusion of March 2022, KOR had three mobile services vans in operation across Australia with one operating in NSW with plans for further expansion of its mobile services and workshops for the next 12 months.

It’s clear from the company’s commitment to customer satisfaction that KOR is investing in the ongoing support and happiness of its customers.

For more information on KOR, read here.

Register to attend NDDU here.

View the latest trenchless technology tenders

View the latest trenchless technology tenders

North West Ashburton Wastewater Servicing

Issued by: Ashburton District Council

Closing Date: 17/06/2022

Location: New Zealand

Description: The Ashburton District Council is seeking tenders for the provision of civil, mechanical and electrical construction services to supply and construct the Council’s planned programme for North West Ashburton Wastewater Servicing.

The Contract Work includes (but is not necessarily limited to):

  • Confirming locations of existing services in the vicinity of the works and setting out the location of new pipes and components.
  • Supply and installation of multiple pipework for wastewater mains.
  • Supply of 15m of new DN250 steel carrier pipe, installed via trenchless methods.
  • The mechanical fit-out of the pump station. Pumps will be staged over the life of the station.
  • Supply and installation of an odour control system for the discharge manhole, consisting of an Armatec green dome filter.

Coffs Harbour Bypass – Tunnel Technical Lead

Issued by: Transport for NSW (Roads and Maritime Projects)

Closing Date: 02/06/2022

Location: New South Wales

Description: Tenders are invited from suitably qualified tunnel consultants to lead the team during detailed design and through construction on the Coffs Harbour Bypass Project.The Tunnel Technical Lead will be a subject matter expert (SME) and provide high quality detailed design advice, engineering knowledge and effective project management skills to drive successful outcomes during construction.

This will include but is not limited to:

  • Informing construction methods for drill and blast tunnelling in hard rock.
  • Tunnel lining design.
  • Cross passages design.
  • Mechanical and electrical experience with the capability to lead technical M&E experts.

Culvert Post 119 Pipe Jacking

Issued by: Department of Transport and Main Roads – RoadTek

Closing Date: 02/06/2022

Location: Queensland

Description: RoadTek are required to undertake pipe jacking on the Gulf Development Road east of Georgetown. The proposed pipe is 26.6m Client supplied DN1650 Class 4 Butt Joint RCP around 1500mm Steel pipe.

Tender for the Construction of Verve Estate, Clyde North, Branch Sewer (21PD7239)

Issued by: Reeds Consulting Pty Ltd

Closing Date: 02/06/2022

Location: Victoria

Description: Reeds Consulting Pty Ltd on behalf of Goldfields Clyde Management Pty Ltd invites tenders from South East Water accredited contractors (Category SC1, SC1(a), SC2) for the construction of approximately 334 metres of DN300mm, 138 metres of DN225mm, 140 metres of DN150mm of branch sewer required for the development of Verve Estate Branch Sewer, Pattersons Road, Clyde North.

Jacking Pipe Supply

Issued by: City of Townsville

Closing Date: 23/06/2022

Location: Queensland

Description: Townsville City Council requires the manufacture and supply of large diameter jacking pipe (envelopers), associated fittings and the like, etc. to be delivered duty paid just in time to nominated locations along the pipeline alignment in accordance with the specified requirements.

Email for more information.  

For more tender information visit the Australian Tenders website