Smart Lock

Case study: Smart Lock restores badly damaged GWM Water network

Located in regional Victoria, local utility GWM Water discovered that one of the network drains had been badly damaged by an external source. The drain had a diameter of 375 mm, and damage was only the top third of the pipe. The repair proposal offered up several different options with varying cost and different degrees Read More

A powerful drilling solution for tight, narrow job sites

One of the major challenges faced by horizontal directional drilling operators is balancing the need for both power and accessibility. This is particularly the case with large-diameter drilling and infrastructure upgrade projects performed in densely populated urban areas. These were the challenges faced by WA based drilling operator CD Drilling, which provides drilling services to Read More

S&Z Australia

S&Z Australia support North East Link early works

S&Z were chosen to reposition several utilities to allow the tunnel to enter and exit without obstruction from pipelines, conduits, and services. These included watermains, major power and gas mains, and services. General manager Jim Pound says the company worked for several different contractors and were required to liaise directly with the various infrastructure companies Read More

No-Dig Down Under

Trenchless training courses at No-Dig Down Under

The courses were originally developed by the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT), but the material has been adapted to suit Australasian audiences. It will cover horizontal directional drilling (HDD), sewer laterals and new installations, and is considered to be the global standard for education on trenchless technology. The programs will be invaluable to Read More

Larger and longer: TRACTO drill facilitates contractor’s biggest installation

Established in 2013, Jelmac is a proven trenchless technology leader in Victoria, specialising in horizontal directional drilling (HDD). Based in Melbourne, the company works across all major utility sectors and essential services, as well as local builds and small-scale projects. Over the past few years a significant portion of Jelmac’s resources have been focused on Read More

Powerful pumps – the heart of HDD maxi-rig spreads

If the pumps are down, the drilling stops In the Australian HDD sector there is a limited number of available maxi-rigs and powerful mud pumps. Having ready access to additional maxi-rigs and powerful mud pumps is a key means to maintaining project productivity and mitigating the impact of unscheduled repairs. If the pumps are down, Read More

Vermeer HDD a fab addition for Irrifab

Thompson’s Irrifab (TI) was started in 1985 by Ray and Greg Thompson, based out of Cowra, in the Central West of New South Wales. The business started out as a farm irrigation service, providing local farms with support on pivot irrigation, stock water systems and turf watering. Then about 10 years ago, they decided to Read More

Sydney’s forgotten ghost tunnels all powered up with guided boring breakthrough

As part of the biggest upgrade to Sydney’s busiest railway station in decades, Directhitt Trenchless were contracted to supply and install four DN 630 HDPE liners and PVC electrical conduits to provide 33KV power to the new underground Metro station. The boreholes constructed by Directhitt, connected the 27 m deep metro station box level B2 Read More

Ditch Witch CEA maximises profit and performance

Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) is a demanding industry, where having the best equipment on the market has been and remains essential to a company’s success. Bench Direction Drilling and Civil purchased its first direction drill in 2010: the Ditch Witch JT2020. Twelve years later and several machines on, director Barry Pringle is still a proud Read More

PEF Commercial Finance

Finding financing deals quickly and efficiently

Established in 1993 by James (Jamie) Hannah, PEF Commercial Finance delivers professional business finance brokering services to small, medium, and large businesses all over Australia. Principal Jamie Hannah returned from America in 1993 following a stint working for Caterpillar Finance, part of the Cat® company group. It was here Jamie discovered a gap in the 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

View the latest trenchless technology tenders

View the latest trenchless technology tenders

Waimapu Marae & Castlewold Drive Wastewater Renewals Issued by: Tauranga City Council Closing Date: 04/05/2022 Location: New Zealand Description: Waimapu Marae Wastewater Connection: Installation of 1 No. supplied 1200mm diameter Aquatec pump chamber and 1 No. supplied 1800mm diameter horizontal storage vessel (18m3). Supply and installation of 3 No. E/One grinder sewer pumps to fit 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

Central Interceptor micro-tunnel boring machine prepares for 722 m drive back

Two weeks before Christmas last year, the company celebrated its micro-tunnel boring machine, Domenica, broke through to the Haycock Ave shaft in Mt Roskill. To complete this first drive she travelled almost a kilometre since her launch from May Road in June. Watercare said this was a great milestone for the project, the first of Read More

Adept works through high-risk, challenging projects

The company was selected for the project due to its commitment to collaborate with all stakeholders and experience with carrying out projects which require a high level of commitment to safety. “This project is 10mts in depth and in extremely challenging ground conditions, along with a very restricted working footprint,” Adept Civil outlined in a Read More

ASTT introduces tailored membership for asset owners

Established in 1991, the Australasian Society for Trenchless Technology (ASTT) provides advocacy, leadership, support and educational opportunities for individuals and organisations involved in trenchless technology. ASTT recently introduced a specific ‘Asset Owner’ tier of membership, providing an opportunity for utilities and municipalities to support the association’s objectives, including: Advance the science and practice of trenchless Read More

View the latest trenchless technology tenders

View the latest trenchless technology tenders

UGL Regional Linx – Underboring Services Issued by: UGL Regional Linx Pty Ltd Closing Date: 30 June 022 Location: New South Wales Description: Provision of underboring / horizontal directional drilling services including the supply of conduit / pipe. Seymour Wastewater Management Facility (WMF) Third Party Irrigation Stage 1 Pipeline Issued by: Goulburn Valley Water Closing 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


No-Dig welcomes international visitors

Australia reopened its borders to vaccinated overseas travellers on 21 February, welcoming in tourists and visa holders for the first time in almost two years.  This announcement has been welcome news for the organisers and attendees of No-Dig Down Under, which has had to be postponed more than once due to uncertain interstate and international Read More

West Gate Tunnel TBM launches

The project is being delivered in a partnership between the Victorian Government and Transurban, and will be built by construction contractors CPB Contractors and John Holland.  Contractor John Holland said TBM ‘Bella’ has begun its 18 month journey to carve out one of the twin tunnels that will create a vital alternative to the West 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


McRobert completes access chamber refurbishments in the Northern Territory

MCS has developed a patented method for structurally relining access chambers that have suffered from sulphide corrosion, more commonly known as gas attack or concrete cancer. Using 10 mm rigid PVC sheeting, the chamber walls are prefabricated into sleeves, which can then be lowered directly into the asset. After installation, the preformed sleeves are secured Read More

Future-proofing CIPP liners and pipe rehabilitation solutions

Country Manager Kevin Woolf tells Trenchless Australasia that IMPREG recognised early on that trenchless pipe rehabilitation using cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) liners is the technology of the future.  Further developing this avenue, the company’s CIPP liner systems are developed using innovative high-tech processes, and set new standards. “Our success proves us right. IMPREG CIPP liner systems Read More

Adept Civil

Adept completes bore for Sunbury Line

Adept was contracted by Multiworks, who has partnered  with Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) to deliver major upgrade works at the Tottenham Substation as part of the Sunbury Line Upgrade and Metro Tunnel Projects. The scope of the project was to tunnel using a micro-tunnel boring machine (mTBM) under the Sunbury Line during an occupation for Read More

metro tunnel

Tracks laid for Metro Tunnel

Metro Tunnel crews are preparing to lay track through the completed tunnels, moving the project one step closer to enabling more than half a million extra passengers every week on the rail network.  The first of almost 40km of rail has been delivered on freight trains to the Metro Tunnel’s western entrance in the past Read More