Zero Harm Scholarship an Opportunity to Upskill in Safety
Congratulations to McConnell Dowell Supervisor Geoffrey (Tiny) Wineera, who has been awarded one of four NZ Transport Agency Zero Harm Scholarships.
In addition to his ‘day job’ as a Painting and Coatings Supervisor in the mechanical and electrical team on the Waterview Connection Project in Auckland, Tiny also acts as a Level Two Health & Safety Representative, which involves incident investigation and reporting, creation of safety alerts, and documenting incidents, causes and solutions.
First Tracks Laid For New Rowsley Crossing Loop
McConnell Dowell are proud to deliver another important piece of rail infrastructure to the Victorian Government, the Rowsley Crossing Loop. The kilometre-long loop will provide another point for trains to pass each other, which will help services recover from unexpected delays more quickly, boosting reliability and punctuality.
McConnell Dowell publish ‘Construction for a resilient city’.
McConnell Dowell’s Group Environmental Managers, Nicole Rogers has written an article that has featured in the Planning Institute of Australia's publication, New Planner.
‘Construction is traditionally seen as the ‘end of the pipeline’ in delivering the physical infrastructure that makes and supports our cities. Construction is the start of bringing planning to fruition and, as a result, constructors have a great responsibility in bringing those plans to life.’
Click here to view the full article.
We are proud to announce that McConnell Dowell have been awarded the Australian Aviation Ground Safety Council (AAGSC) award for our work on the Melbourne Airport PUGs project.
The PUGs project involves the demolition and reconstruction of the Papa, Uniform and Golf taxi lanes. The project has been underway for over 24 months and involves heavy construction activities in some of the busiest and most congested parts of the airport.
McConnell Dowell are the proud sponsors of the Australasian Tunnelling Society’s (ATS) Technical Session “Waterview – A Wonderland Tale” hosted by Engineer’s Australia.
Justin Shepherd will present on the construction of the Water Connection 2.4km twin road tunnels at the event held at Engineers Australia’s Office at Level 31, 600 Bourke Street Melbourne on Wednesday 30 March 2015. Refreshments will be served from 5:30pm prior to the session commencing at 6:00pm.
Registration is free for members; please go to the Engineers Australia website to secure your position.
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The annual Australian based Graduate Training Programme for 2016 was held in the Melbourne Corporate office during the month of February over 2 separate weeks.
The first week saw a combination of 1st and 2nd year MCD Graduates participate in several formal training modules that included;
- Contract Law & Administration
- Essential Negotiation Skills
- Manage Project Scope
- Effective Stakeholder Engagement
The 2nd week of training saw 3rd year Graduates participate in;
- Contract Law & Administration
- Presenting for Results
- High Performance Teams
- Quality Management Essentials
- Future Leaders
Upon completing these modules and their assessments MCD Australian Graduates are working their way towards obtaining a qualification of Certificate IV in Project Management Principles.
The two weeks of training was planned and received well by everyone and it was pleasing to see a cohort of Graduates coming together each year and getting to know each other better and share some work experiences.
Both groups were fortunate enough to have some time over a working lunch to network with various MCD Executives and Managers in including Scott Cummins who was actively involved in networking and taking Q&A’s with each group. Some tough questions were asked! Fair to say that the Trivia Night at the local hotel each week was also a hit.
A Graduation event will be held later in 2016 for those MCD Australian Graduates who have completed their training and assessments. The next formal training will occur again in February 2017.
McConnell Dowell has been engaged by Jemena to construct this pipeline which will connect the gas fields in the Northern Territory with customers in the Eastern Gas Market, and run between Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory and Mt Isa in Queensland. The construction scope for this contract includes the 623km high pressure gas pipeline, two compressor stations and mid-line facilities. Construction of the NGP is expected to commence in early 2017 and be completed by 2018.
McConnell Dowell will be utilising the Northern Territory ICN Gateway to identify suppliers and subcontractors, with proven competence, who are commercially competitive, to participate in the construction of the NGP pipeline.
McConnell Dowell encourages suppliers and subcontractors to register with ICN via the link below and to regularly check back to the ICN Gateway page for updated project information. It is expected that the procurement packages associated with the construction works will begin to be listed on the ICN Gateway in the second half of 2016.
McConnell Dowell is one of six businesses in the North Otago region of New Zealand to receive a financial grant to help improve employees’ literacy, numeracy and communication skills.
The collaboration with the Tertiary Education Commission, which was announced last week, aims to help participating businesses improve their health and safety status, as well as productivity, by upskilling employees. The initiative coincides with the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, which comes into effect in April this year, and which places greater responsibility for occupational health and safety on everyone in the workplace.
“As a responsible employer, we need to be confident that all our workers understand all the content of their health and safety training, and can comply with the requirements,” says McConnell Dowell Managing Director Roger McRae.
“McConnell Dowell already runs a fully accredited private training school and supports a literacy and numeracy strategy to ensure our people go Home Without Harm every day. This new programme will increase our confidence that our people are able to read and interpret the Health & Safety rules and procedures used by the company."
One initiative McConnell Dowell has had in place for several years is the pocket-sized See-Say-Do notebook, which every employee is expected to carry with them every day. The mini-reporting forms are designed to make it easy to record hazards, incidents and other risks and report them in a timely way to a supervisor or Health & Safety advisor.
“The See-Say-Do notebooks have been really helpful in getting our people to notice and report hazards and incidents, so that we can avoid them in the future,” says Health and Safety Manager Chris Haefele. “This training will help improve that behaviour among those people who are not so confident with reading and writing.”
Learning and Development Manager Anand Naidu says that McConnell Dowell is delighted to participate in the Employer-Led Literacy programme.
“We know that literacy and numeracy skills are an area where we have the opportunity to provide more support,” he says. “We employ people from a very wide range of educational backgrounds, and we require them to complete some fairly complex training around Health and Safety.
“In areas like North Otago, where we employ a relatively small number of people, a programme like this enables us to do that.”
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McConnell Dowell – New Zealand and the Pacific
McConnell Dowell was founded in New Zealand in 1961 by entrepreneurial kiwis Malcolm McConnell and Jim Dowell. Since its inception, the company has earned a reputation for engineering excellence in delivering complex projects in remote and challenging Pacific island locations, while at the same time becoming well known as a leading, multi-disciplined construction contractor throughout New Zealand.
The company works with a wide and diverse group of clients in sectors including transport, energy, resources, water and wastewater. The breadth of capability built up over more than 50 years in the construction industry means the company can offer end-to-end service to all markets in any physical environment.
McConnell Dowell was the proud sponsor of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia's (CEDA) Gas Market - Policy and Investment Outlook forum held in Melbourne today.
The event brought together gas market stakeholders, industry representatives and policy-makers to discuss commercial and policy developments in Australia's east coast gas markets.
McConnell Dowell’s Executive General Manager of Pipelines, Jim Frith, opened proceedings and highlighted the importance of collaboration across the industry as it undergoes some significant transitions.
Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) Chairman John Pierce then delivered the key note address outlining the development of current reviews into the East Coast Wholesale Gas Market and Pipeline Frameworks, and the Victorian Declared Wholesale Market.
The forum concluded with a high-level panel discussion on the current outlook for gas. In addition to John Pierce, panel members included industry leaders such as Rosemary Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Consumers Australia; Shaun Reardon, Executive General Manager, Strategy and Markets, Jemena; and Stuart Jeffries, Director - Australia Gas Marketing, ExxonMobil Australia.
The forum was well attended with approximately 200 guests. They gained an understanding of the challenges facing the gas industry, as well as the complexities facing our policy makers as they seek to establish the mechanisms and frameworks that will underpin Australia’s clean energy future.
We are pleased to announce that Port of Melbourne Corporation has awarded our Southern Region team a $12 million contract for the PCP Completion Works Package.
The Port Capacity Project (PCP) comprises the redevelopment of the Webb Dock precinct to deliver an international container terminal located at Webb Dock East, as well as an expanded automotive terminal located at Webb Dock West.
The PCP Completion Works Package includes the design and construction of roadwork’s, parking facilities, pathways, landscaping and service infrastructure works required for the completion of the project.
The successful delivery of the PCP Maritime Works Package (almost complete) was a key factor in securing this further work at Webb Dock and is testament of McConnell Dowell’s ability to work collaboratively with our Client.
Works commence this month and will be complete in November 2016.
McConnell Dowell is pleased to announce the official opening of the IKEA Cheras project in Kuala Lumpur, 10 days earlier than originally scheduled.
With over 45,000 customers attending the first day of trading, Malaysia’s ‘biggest house warming party’ started with a traditional Swedish breakfast attended by family members of IKEA owners, IKEA senior management and Malaysian dignitaries. This was followed by a traditional Swedish log cutting ceremony to the tune of ABBA. Customers who had been eagerly lining up since early morning were released into the store at 9am.
The IKEA Cheras store is the 8th largest in the world and is expected to be in the top three for daily visitor numbers out of the 400+ IKEA stores globally. It has over 42,000m2 of retail floor space and 60,000m2 of underground car parking, which includes four road tunnels from the car parks to adjacent roads.
To achieve this project milestone the McConnell Dowell team of over 700 employees and subcontractors worked day and night 7 days a week for the past few months ensuring the building was safe, functional and ready for the constant stream of customers. This project was not without its challenges. However, the team worked tirelessly to overcome these challenges and ensured the opening date was achieved.
Sitting proudly outside the store is the second tallest IKEA sign in the world. Watch the Youtube timelapse clip of its erection here.
One of the biggest infrastructure projects in the Queenstown area was officially started yesterday morning, when Minister of Transport Hon Simon Bridges turned the first sod at the Kawarau Falls new bridge site.
McConnell Dowell has been awarded the construction of the NZ$22 million project to improve traffic capacity in the area by replacing an historic 90-year-old, one-lane bridge with a new two-lane bridge with footpath. The old bridge will remain in place and become part of the Queenstown Trail cycling and walking network, increasing safety for visitors and locals enjoying the Lake Wakatipu environment.
Expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2017, the new bridge will help accommodate the growing traffic volumes resulting from growth and commercial development in Frankton Flats, around Queenstown International Airport. This leads to delays at the bridge, especially during the peak winter ski and summer holiday periods, causing frustration for visitors, locals and freight operators.
“McConnell Dowell is very pleased to be a part of this project to benefit the Queenstown community,” said McConnell Dowell Managing Director Roger McRae. ”This is an important project and technically challenging site, and we will take pride in delivering a truly excellent product.”
To deliver the new bridge, McConnell Dowell is working with consultants Novare Design, Coffey International, Boffa Miskell and Hadley Consultants, with support from design checkers Arup NZ, Holmes Consulting and MWH.
The team will draw on collective experience from award-winning projects, such as the Lower Hatea River Crossing (LHRC) in Whangarei, the Makira steel arch bridge in the Solomon Islands and the Waitaki Bridges Replacement in Kurow.
The bridge itself is designed to be attractive, durable and low maintenance as well as being built to withstand a one in 2,500 year earthquake.
The construction is designed to minimise disruption to river users, including tourism operators, and to preserve the sensitive river environment. A proactive stakeholder communications plan is in place to keep stakeholders, including the local community, informed of developments.
Read more about the project on the NZ Transport Agency website here.
The Northern Territory Government this week announced that Jemena has been selected to build and operate the North East Gas Interconnector (NEGI), connecting the Territory's vast gas fields to the east coast gas market.
The 623km pipeline will link Tennant Creek in the Territory to Mt Isa in Queensland and has a capital cost of around $800 million.
McConnell Dowell have been supporting Jemena through the competitive tender process for the NEGI project and will continue in this role as the agreed construction contractor for the project. The construction scope for this contract will include the 623km high pressure gas pipeline, two compressor stations and gas treatment facilities. The value of this construction work is expected to exceed $300 million.
Jemena and McConnell Dowell have been working closely with communities and businesses along the proposed route from the start of the bidding process to maximize local and Indigenous participation in the delivery and ongoing management of the pipeline.
McConnell Dowell Executive General Manager Pipelines, Jim Frith stated...
The collaborative Early Contractor Involvement approach adopted by Jemena has assisted McConnell Dowell and other project partners and key stakeholders to work together to provide optimized solutions for this project. We thank the Jemena team for providing us with this opportunity.
We look forward to project execution so we can play our part in delivering the full benefits of this project to the community and other project partners. The project is an important addition to our significant track record of successful major pipeline and mechanical infrastructure delivery.
Construction is expected to be completed by 2018 and, once completed, it will be known as the Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP).
Picture caption: The awarding of the North East Gas Interconnector Project continues McConnell Dowell's leadership in cross country gas pipeline construction
McConnell Dowell is pleased to announce the awarding of a contract for the design and construction of the Rowsley Crossing Loop project by V/Line.
The one kilometre long crossing loop, located at Maddingley on the railway line between Ballarat and Sunshine in Victoria, will provide another opportunity for trains to pass each other on the busy corridor, offer greater flexibility to train operations and help with timetabling.
McConnell Dowell's scope of work includes the design, construction and integration of the crossing loop and the upgrade of the Rowsley Station Road level crossing.
Reflecting on the award McConnell Dowell's General Manager for Rail, Malcolm Tinkler said:
"The Rowsley Crossing Loop is an important project to help improve the operational flexibility and reliability of V/Line's Ballarat corridor and McConnell Dowell is delighted to have been selected to deliver it.
"Through our established relationship with V/Line developed over recent years, we continue to provide them with safe, reliable and cost effective maintenance services and enhancements to their regional public transport infrastructure.
"This project reinforces this relationship and we look forward to delivering this critical piece of infrastructure for V/Line which will help to improve the commuter experience along the Ballarat corridor."
The Rowsley Crossing Loop is being built as part of the $14.1 million 'Ballan Station Car Park Upgrade and Rowsley Crossing Loop' project. On site works will commence in November and project completion is expected in mid 2016.
Adelaide’s construction industry heavyweights gathered over breakfast at the Hilton on Wednesday morning to learn about potential sub-contract and supply opportunities associated with the O-Bahn City Access Project in South Australia.
Earlier in the month the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) announced McConnell Dowell as the preferred contractor for the high profile $160 million guided bus tunnel from Hackney Road into the CBD.
McConnell Dowell’s project team (including Project Manager Mark O’Reilly, Design Manager Melanie Saunders, Construction Managers Mario Russo and Nigel Schmidt, and Procurement Manager Sean Hughes) provided the 260 strong crowd with an overview of the project’s scope and timelines, and the Local Industry Participation and Workforce Industry Participation targets to be met by MCD and all subcontractors.
Other speakers included DPTI’s Project Manager Dariusz Fanok, Ian Nightingale from the Office of the Industry Advocate, and Bettina Venner from the Industry Capability Network (ICN).
All speaker presentations and information about work packages can be found on the ICN Gateway: http://gateway.icn.org.au/project/3657/o-bahn-city-access-project
“McConnell Dowell’s culture is founded on expertise, creativity, and progressive thinking and this has been demonstrated in their contracts over this year. In particular they have challenged themselves to find best solutions for every project and to have open and collaborative relationships with their stakeholders. Many of their innovations in design and method have resulted in large cost savings which are obviously appreciated by their clients. McConnell Dowell are also highly regarded by their subcontractors who appreciate their openness, their operational expertise and their fairness. They are a very professional outfit. Their projects are consistently executed to a high standard and they are worthy winners of the Contractor of the Year Award.”
The inaugural Jeff Shepherd Construction Excellence Award has been taken out by Mark Barrows, Managing Director of Dutco McConnell Dowell based in Dubai at the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) Conference, 19 October on the Gold Coast.
This award recognizes excellence in the construction industry and particularly the pipelines sector.
Mark began his career in New Zealand and moved to Australia in 1985 where Jeff Shepherd appointed him Project Engineer for the Wasley’s Pipeline in South Australia. Since that time Mark has progressed through senior roles within McConnell Dowell.
APGA President Mark Dayman said…
“Mark worked closely with Jeff Shepherd throughout his career to establish McConnell Dowell’s pipelines capability on the world stage. The challenging projects they undertook as a team were typically remote with long shifts away from home so, in many respects, they became family.”
“Nominees for the Jeff Shepherd award were not limited to construction. Jeff Shepherd was also highly regarded for his mentoring and training skills, bringing young people through the industry and ensuring they received broad and deep experience and was instrumental in developing the next generation of leaders.”
“Mark benefited from the mentoring, training, support and diverse experience provided by the late Mr Shepherd to become an industry leader in his own right and now draws on Jeff’s example to similarly mentor the industry’s future leaders.”
Other great news announced on the night were the Safety Award commendation for Fourth Transmission Pipeline Phase 2 project, as well as Jim Frith, Executive General Manager for McConnell Dowell re-elected to the APGA Board.
Mark Barrows (L) is presented with his award by Queensland Deputy Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek.
McConnell Dowell is pleased to have been awarded the design and construct contract for the O-Bahn City Access Project in Adelaide, South Australia.
In making the announcement, South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said...
"McConnell Dowell has delivered some of the state's key infrastructure projects in recent times, including the award-winning Riverbank Bridge – the centrepiece of our Riverbank Precinct."
"The company has also been involved in a number of other award-winning projects including the Bakewell Underpass and the Adelaide Showgrounds Station."
McConnell Dowell Chief Executive Scott Cummins said the company was delighted to continue its history of close collaboration with the South Australian Government.
"We have a proud history of delivering new infrastructure here and this project continues that tradition," Mr Cummins said.
"McConnell Dowell wholeheartedly embraces the SA Government's Workforce Participation and Skills Development policies.
"We look forward to working with local industry – particularly our South Australian partner SAGE Automation – to ensure we maximise local employment and training opportunities throughout the project delivery."
SAGE Automation will deliver some of the latest Intelligent Transport Systems for the project which will monitor safety, traffic flow, CCTV and communications within the tunnel as well as provide for emergency response in the event of an incident.
The O-Bahn City Access Project is the latest investment in rebuilding South Australia's public transport network to create faster, more efficient and more accessible services.
Pictured from left: Adrian Fahey (SAGE), Peter Fraser (MCD), The Hon Stephen Mullighan (Minister for Transport and Infrastructure); Luigi Rossi (DPTI); Justin Kahl (SAGE); Dariusz Fanok (DPTI); and Mark O'Reilly (MCD), at SAGE Automation.
Alice, the giant Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) has today successfully completed excavation of the second motorway tunnel on Auckland’s Waterview Connection motorway project.
One of the largest TBM’s ever used in the Southern Hemisphere broke through into daylight after its 2.4km-long journey underground between the suburbs of Waterview and Owairaka.
“Today’s breakthrough is a massive milestone for a project that will transform the way Aucklanders get around their city – a brilliant and remarkable effort and a proud day that needs to be celebrated,” says the NZ Transport Agency’s Highways Manager in Auckland, Brett Gliddon.
Around 800 staff and contractors who’ve been working hard to deliver the project, stopped work this morning to watch the breakthrough together, live on specially erected screens and celebrate their success so far.
“The risks associated with constructing tunnels twice as long as the Auckland Harbour Bridge were always high and the Waterview team rightly needs to be congratulated for its engineering skills and innovation to complete this job safely and on time. That’s a fantastic achievement.”
The $1.4bn Waterview Connection is New Zealand’s largest ever roading project. It includes construction of twin 3-lane tunnels – the longest road tunnels in the country - and a giant interchange to connect Auckland’s Northwestern and Southwestern Motorways (State Highways 16 and 20).
The project is being delivered for the Transport Agency by the Well-Connected Alliance.
Tunnelling at Waterview first began in 2013. The first tunnel was completed in September 2014. In a rare manoeuvre for any TBM worldwide, Alice was then turned 180 degrees to complete her second drive.
“The project’s careful and detailed design, planning and operation for the construction of the tunnels and the complex turnaround grabbed some pretty amazing headlines in New Zealand and overseas,” Mr Gliddon says.
During her time underground, Alice excavated enough dirt to fill 320 Olympic-sized swimming pools and installed more than 24,000 concrete segments to line both tunnels.
The TBM’s job is now complete. Over the coming months Alice will be taken apart and returned to the German company, Herrenknecht, that designed and built her.
“Although it’s the end of the road for Alice she will leave behind a lasting legacy – the world class tunnels she helped construct that will benefit Auckland and New Zealand for 100 years and more,” Mr Gliddon says.
Meanwhile, there is a busy programme of work to complete both tunnels. Sixteen cross passages linking the two tunnels are being constructed, equipment to safely operate the tunnels together with lighting and signage are being fitted, walls and the ceiling are being painted, and back-filling continues before the motorway asphalt is laid.
The Transport Agency plans to open the tunnels and the adjacent Great North Road Interchange in early 2017.
The Waterview Connection completes Auckland’s Western Ring Route, a 48km alternative route to SH1. It will link Manukau, Auckland, Waitakere and the North Shore, improving network resilience, travel time reliability and bus shoulder lanes as well as upgrading cycleway and pedestrian facilities.
The Waterview Connection project is being delivered by the Well-Connected Alliance which includes the Transport Agency, Fletcher Construction, McConnell Dowell, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Beca Infrastructure, Tonkin & Taylor and Japanese construction company Obayashi Corporation. Sub-alliance partners are Auckland-based Wilson Tunnelling and Spanish tunnel controls specialists SICE.
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The $1.4 billion Gold Coast Light Rail Project received more accolades last week winning the national award for excellence in civil construction from the Australian Civil Contractors Federation (CCF).
The award was in the top category, involving projects valued at over $150m. It beat some stiff competition including some major expressway projects
In assessing the project, the judges said...
This is a city-changing infrastructure project that has integrated new and existing transport systems and stimulated urban regeneration. Working on and adjacent to live roadways with up to 32,000 vehicles per day, the project implemented more than 57 traffic management plans. The complexity of the project demanded outstanding design solutions, engineering excellence and pioneering construction methods.
Harry Hartman, Project Director, accepted the award on behalf of the large team who worked tirelessly between 2011 and 2014 to design and deliver this complex project.