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

Tunnel boring machine image

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


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

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

Tunnel boring machine

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

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River Road Culvert Structural Relining Issued by: Mount Barker District Council Closing Date: 16 March 2022 Location: South Australia Description: Mount Barker District Council (the Council) invites Tenders from Tenderers for the installation of a structural liner internally for the full thirty (30) metre length of the existing culvert located on River Road, Hahndorf Kennedy Read More

sydney metro

Sydney Metro shortlists consortia for Eastern contract

The final piece of the project is made up of the Eastern Tunnelling package, which includes 3.5 km of twin tunnels under Sydney Harbour, between The Bays and Sydney CBD, as well as the excavation of Pyrmont and Hunter Street stations.  The shortlist includes: the Acciona Construction Australia and Ferrovial Construction join venture; Bouygues Construction, Read More

CRL team

Breakthrough at CRL’s Aotea Station

Workers removed the final pieces of concrete wall 15 m beneath Auckland streets and began connecting the new Aotea Station to CRL tunnels. “The wall wasn’t all that thick – about 300 mm wide – but its removal marks a huge step forward for our work,” said CRL chief executive Dr Sean Sweeney.  “While it’s Read More

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Irrigation Main Replacements – Supply & Construct – FY21/22 & FY22/23 Issued by: Lower Murray Water Closing Date: 13 January 2022 Location: Victoria Description: Lower Murray Water is looking for a suitably qualified contractor to complete Irrigation Mains Replacement works in the Mildura and Merbein area. The contract will be for the supply and construction Read More

Reference designs released for T2D Project

Reference designs released for T2D Project

The design features over two kms of twin three-lane tunnels as well as the extent of the Northern Tunnels, with entry and exit points at Hilton and Torrensville. East-west connectivity enhanced and maintained at James Congdon Drive, Richmond Road, and Everard and Barwell avenues as well as the avoidance of impact on heritage sites in Read More

John Holland

Sydney Metro on track for completion by 2024

The contract includes the construction of twin 15.5 km tunnels and civil works for six new metro stations with John Holland’s joint venture (JV) partners: CPB Contractors and Ghella. The company said that the trip deep under Sydney Harbour – from Sydney Metro’s new Victoria Cross Station in North Sydney to Barangaroo Station – will be just a three-minute journey Read More

Watercare's central interceptor

Watercare reroutes sewer link on Central Interceptor

Watercare has rerouted a link sewer to avoid community disruption and reduce emissions on the Central Interceptor project.  The team at Watercare has found a way to reroute the first of two link sewers connecting to the 14.7 km wastewater tunnel, removing the need for a 30 m deep construction shaft at Whitney Street.  Central Read More

CRL under Auckland city

Works ramp up on CRL

The New Zealand Government has invested $1.5 billion in Auckland’s rail network, and according to KiwiRail’s capital projects and asset development manager David Gordon, the Christmas break will be an ideal time to deliver key developments. “The Christmas shutdown allows us to get a huge amount of work done over a short period of time,” Read More

CCF National Earth Awards

“Best of the best” represented at CCF National Earth Awards

Chief executive officer of the CFF National, Chris Melham, said the CCF National Earth Awards were the most prestigious awards in civil infrastructure that recognised project excellence. “The award finalists are comprised of winners of each of the state and territory award categories, and so the projects being recognised at the CCF National Earth Awards Read More

METRONET design for Morley Station Precinct

METRONET moves to final stages

The finalised Concept Master Plan is a blueprint for the long-term urban renewal around the future station over the next 30 years. It details how safe routes for walking and bike riding and improvements to open space areas and development along Walter Road West and Broun Avenue will support key connections to Morley Galleria. Integral Read More

M4-M5 tunnel link

Breakthrough on M4-M5 Link Tunnels

The final tunnelling breakthrough on the M4-M5 Link Tunnels has been competed, wrapping up a major construction milestone on the WestConnex project with roadheaders carving rock 43 metres below ground.  WestConnex is the largest infrastructure project in Australia, linking Western and South Western Sydney with the city, airport and port in a 33 km continuous Read More

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Underground Drainage Upgrades – Relining Program 2021/2022 Issued by: Brimbank City Council Closing Date: 09 November 2021 Location: Victoria Description: Council is seeking to engage the services of a suitably qualified and experienced contractor to rehabilitate a number of existing stormwater drains within the municipality using no-dig trenchless methods i.e. pipe lining.   Design & Construction Read More

IA forecasts infrastructure boom

IA forecasts shortages for infrastructure boom

IA is an independent government advisor providing research to support decision makers in better understanding the capacity of the market, and to deliver the forward infrastructure pipeline.  IA predicts that by mid-2023 more than 105,000 jobs could go unfilled as governments attempt to deliver big infrastructure agendas over the next five years.  In the wake Read More

Dismantling TBMs at Town Hall Station

Metro Tunnel dismantles TBMs

After completing tunnelling at Town Hall Station, each machine underwent a dismantling process that lasted several weeks, breaking the machine down to its components to return to surface level.  The backup gantries, including mechanical and electrical components, were transported back through the completed tunnels to Anzac and Arden stations, where they were dismantled and each Read More

Construction to return

Return for construction

The mandatory industry shutdown over Melbourne and other local government areas was enforced on 20 September after concerns the state had seen multiple outbreaks linked to construction sites.  The Victorian Government said it has worked closely with the industry to develop a plan for reopening the sector based on recommendations laid out by the Health Department.  Read More

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Arrawarra Beach Rd 150WM Extn to Arrawarra Rd via Arrawarra Ck Issued by: Coffs Harbour City Council Closing Date: 20 October 2021 Location: New South Wales Description: To construct approximately 990 m of DN150 water main from Arrawarra Beach Road Arrawarra via Arrawarra Ck to Arrawarra Road Arrawarra Headlands. Due to Arrawarra Creek, Littoral Rainforest Read More


CRL TBM reaches 500m milestone

Dame Whina is now well underway on its journey underground, boring the twin tunnels for the NZD$4.4 billion transportation project.  City Rail Link chief executive Dr Sean Sweeney said the team was pleased to be operating at full capacity again, and the achievement represented a significant milestone for the city.  “It’s giving everyone a lift Read More

Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport project

Sydney Metro milestone

This follows the announcement of the New South Wales Government planning approval for the West Sydney Airport project back in July.  This final approval applies to the 3.3 km of twin rail tunnel and 2 km of surface track alignment within the airport boundary. Construction for this phase of the project will also involve the Read More

Boretech D24x40S3 for Vermeer WA & NT

Boretech leading WA’s HDD utility installations

Boretech uses top-of-the-line machinery from Vermeer Equipment of WA & NT to continually deliver excellent project results. The company is owned by Patrick Dunne and Stephen Roberts, who, with a vast amount of experience in civils and project management, have built the company’s strong reputation based on its quality installations and OH&S standards. Mr Roberts Read More