SRL shortlists industry heavyweights

Progress towards Melbourne’s suburban rail loop (SRL) is rolling ahead as the shortlist is announced for firms that will build the massive project. Three global industry leaders have been shortlisted for the tunnelling contracts for what is being called a ‘city-shaping’ project in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. The three shortlisters are: CPB Contractors, Ghella and Acciona Read More

Yarra Valley Water opens tender for HDD advisory

Yarra Valley Water is searching for an expert in trenchless construction to consult on the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) activities included in its Community Sewerage Program. A rare opportunity exists for a suitably qualified and experienced individual to deliver trenchless construction advice through field-based assessment of horizontal directional drilling works being undertaken to deliver Yarra Read More

McRoberts restores PST channels at Woodman Point

The Woodman Point Waste Water Treatment Plant in Munster, Perth, has experienced deterioration of the concrete structure around its channels due to gas attack. Fixing the damage was broken into two stages. McRoberts Contracting Services (MCS) were brought in on the first stage of the project, which required the lining of a channel totalling 12 Read More

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There’s nothing boring about underground tunnels

Underneath every major city across the globe are networks upon networks of underground tunnels – many are used daily by commuters on trains or light-rail or even travelling by road. The tunnels help to keep vehicles off the condensed city streets and for traffic to flow more freely across urban areas. In 2022, the NSW Read More

City Rail Link

City Rail Link’s TBM reaches Mt Eden

The TBM, named Dame Whina Cooper, has travelled 900 m from the start point at Maungawhau Station (Mt Eden). The CRL is New Zealand’s largest infrastructure project, comprising  a 3.45 km twin-tunnel project. The TBM was boring 42 m below the city centre in Auckland. The Dame Whina Cooper TBM has taken three months to Read More


After the storm: what the floods have taught us

The feedback from water managers around recent flood events has been characterised by shock and awe. Furthermore, it has been about how can stormwater infrastructure ever cope with the levels of water that submerged parts of towns and cities such as Byron Bay and Lismore, Brisbane and Sydney experienced. Of course, there is no single Read More


City Rail Link’s TBM is full steam ahead under Auckland

The TBM has been powering away beneath NZ’s surface, excavating the second 3.45 km underground rail tunnel and removing dirt and rocks to the surface. However, the TBM is doing more than excavation. The machine has also been busy installing precast concrete panels to line the tunnel walls. Once it reaches its destination, which is Read More

Catherine King

Trenchless in Valencia: More than 500m of SAERTEX-LINER H2O potable water UV liner installed

Running the project was Spanish company GRUPO CANALIS – Soluciones Tecnológicas who turned to SAERTEX multiCom GmbH and their advanced UV-CIPP technology to rehabilitate the ageing pipeline. The job spanned 500m of DN 600 cast iron pipe which supplied the Metropolitan region of Valencia with potable water. GRUPO CANALIS – Soluciones Tecnológicas was charged with Read More

NZ’s City Rail Link produces innovative 3D model

The use of the 3D model will enable the work being diligently executed by the CRL team to be seen with more ease. The model itself is a cross-section and shows a view of the station as if it were cut in half, looking outward toward Victoria from Mayoral Drive. It is hard to show Read More


Auckland’s biggest water project finishes construction

With the connection of Watercare’s Hūnua 4 pipe to the Khyber Pass reservoir marking the colossal pipeline’s completion, it will now undergo a series of tests before the final stage is put into service. Work on the 31 km watermain began in 2008 and has been carried out in 11 stages. As each stage has Read More

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NZ’s City Rail Link makes strides with TBM

The star of the CRL project, the TBM is named after Dame Whina Cooper and has facilitated incredible progress for the project. Its most recent breakthrough comes as the TBM broke through into the mined tunnel cavern at the Link Alliance Maungawhau (Mt Eden) Station construction site. This occurred only 85 m after the TBM Read More

Interflow impresses with Primus Line in NZ

A large-scale job for the team, with plans for the project ongoing since 2019, the works completed by Interflow is an impressive notch in their belt of success. Partnering with local contractors and council, the project consisted of the rehabilitation of a previously abandoned pressured sewer line which hadn’t been utilised since 2007. The highlight Read More

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 Read More

Water pipes

Beechworth sewers inch closer to completion

The Beechworth sewer system is being upgraded to address sewage overflows after heavy rain events. The project involves a new sewer transfer pipe being constructed from the bottom of Church Street, along Last Street, Sydney Road and Old Chiltern Road then under the Historic Park to the wastewater treatment plant. Without the upgrade, when prolonged Read More

Interflow after the storm

Nevertheless, the company is committed to approaching the situation in a way that can further mitigate risk and prepare for similar events in the future. Feedback from water managers in recently flooded areas has been characterised by shock and awe. Likewise, much of the feedback has been centred on how stormwater infrastructure is supposed to Read More

Water pipes

AWA to provide insight on future of water

The AWA has developed The Future of Water – The Australian Context survey which aims to develop a national perspective on the emerging challenges, trends and opportunities we, as communities, are facing with regards our water sources and use.  Corinne Cheeseman, AWA chief executive said water is Australia’s greatest natural resource – extreme weather, increasing populations Read More

Yarra Valley Water forms partnership with engineering services

Yarra Valley Water partners with Jacobs, Ripple

The agreement has an initial five year term, but may extend up to a decade. Yarra Valley Water’s general manager, Chris Brace, said the company is delighted with the partnership. “These agreements reflect our commitment to fostering deep relationships with our partners for the long-term benefit of our capital delivery ecosystem and ultimately our customers,” Read More

Smart Lock hosting live demonstration day

Smart Lock combines proven resin and fibreglass patch methodology with the longevity of a stainless steel point repair, creating a combination which allows the installer to load, lock and leave in just a few moments. On May 11 and 12, the company is hosting an open day at its headquarters at Unit 1, 18 Kimpton Read More

Water infrastructure projects to expand industry

SA Water to monitor Blue Lake groundwater supply

Located in Mount Gambier, the Blue Lake is a volcanic crater made of porous limestone. It contains a considerable amount of groundwater – around 36 gigalitres – which seeps through the limestone from local aquifer systems. Amanda Lewry, the general manager of sustainable infrastructure at SA Water, said that the bores will help determine how Read More

UV curing of wastewater pipeline

IMPREG Australia’s leading supplier of CIPP liners

The company’s wastewater rehabilitation technologies are considered to be a gold standard solution for trenchless sewer pipe rehabilitation. The CIPP liners are distributed worldwide, and were introduced into the Australian market in 2021. Since then, IMPREG has continued to supply its state-of-the-art CIPP liners throughout Australasia. Even when faced with supply chain issues during the Read More

Rob Carr

Rob Carr names new AVN1800

On 19 April, 2022 was a landmark day for the project with the naming ceremony for the company’s new AVN1800 (now named BAKTON) held prior to the TBM’s maiden voyage. The naming ceremony was presented by Rob Carr WA General Manager Andrew Youngs and was attended by senior Water Corporation staff in Steve Ilic, Scott Shand Read More

Unitywater appoints a new CEO

Jackson comes to Unitywater from her most recent role as the General Manager Customer and Commercial at state government-owned SA Water. She has previously held other executive roles of various responsibilities including business strategy, water security and quality, innovation, customer engagement, and environmental and social governance. Unitywater Chairman Michael Arnett said Jackson’s skills, experience and Read More

More employment pathways for trainees at Barwon Water

Nine of the trainees will work directly with Barwon Water in a range of areas, including water treatment, technology operations, water quality, administration and customer service. The other five trainees will work at the Barwon Asset Solutions, a maintenance subsidiary of the company, where they will gain experience in civil maintenance, land management and administration. Read More

Sydney Water pipes

Sydney Water partners with Veolia to ensure sustainable water supply

“We’re joining forces with Sydney Water to explore innovative ways to drive a circular economy,” Veolia announced. “Over the next 18 months, together we’ll explore how we can use new and existing technologies to deliver sustainable and resilient water solutions for a growing City.” The two industry leaders will strategically alter existing water operations so that they Read More


Water jetting equipment training made more accessible online

AUSJET Chair Peter Jones said the course is for members of water jetting teams who are not competent to operate independently and need to have basic competencies before working under supervision. “This not only involves technical competence in high pressure water jetting but also requires safe operation at a worksite that is not familiar to Read More

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Tackling inflow and infiltration

Sewerage networks are typically designed with a contingency to allow for inflow and infiltration, and it is not unusual for storage systems to be added to existing sewerage networks to increase capacity to cope with inflow and infiltration, particularly during rain events. While these contingencies result in large and costly infrastructure and pumping systems, many Read More