Alice completes remarkable journey

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…
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Gold Coast Light Rail Project Wins National Award

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.…
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McConnell Dowell wins at Malaysian Construction Industry Awards (MCIEA)

The Vale Iron Ore Jetty Project, was announced as the country’s best major infrastructure project at the Malaysian Construction Industry Excellence Awards (MCIEA) ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, 11th September 2015. McConnell Dowell, together with Bam from the Netherlands and Malaysian partner SYS, completed the project in late 2013 for Brazilian mining giant Vale. The results were the construction of a new wharf which connects an angle shaped transfer platform, to a 1,800-meter long access trestle joining the platform to shore. The new jetty accommodates some of the largest bulk carriers currently sailing the oceans to date, illustrating McConnell Dowell's strength in…
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Fourth Transmission Pipeline Completed. YouTube Video Released

After more than 12 months of fast-track construction and over four million manhours completed without a lost time injury, McConnell Dowell is pleased to announce the successful completion of the Fourth Transmission Pipeline Stage 2 (FTP2) project in Thailand. The contract, awarded to McConnell Dowell Constructors Thai by PTT Public Company Limited, involved construction of over 60km of 42 inch high pressure gas pipelines and major facilities spread over 300km of challenging terrain and traversing six provinces of Thailand, between Nakhon in the north and Rayong in the south.  The pipeline encompassed extensive trenchless construction including 45 waterway crossings and…
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Welcome Scott Cummins, New CEO of McConnell Dowell

Mr Scott Cummins commenced his role as Chief Executive Officer of McConnell Dowell Corporation this week. He replaces outgoing CEO David Robinson, who will retire at the end of October, 2015 after a managed transition. Commenting on his new position Scott said... "I am excited and honoured to be the new CEO of McConnell Dowell, an organisation with 54 years' experience in delivering outstanding projects across a vast part of the world. "I would like to thank David Robinson for his exceptional contribution to the company and to the broader construction industry over his 37 year career. He has passed…
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McConnell Dowell Celebrates the Christchurch Arts Festival and ARBORIA

McConnell Dowell is a proud cornerstone partner of the Christchurch Arts Festival and the Architects of Air, ARBORIA luminarium exhibited in Cathedral Square. Our support enabled the Festival to keep entry prices to ARBORIA down to $5 per person. McConnell Dowell launched a competition to find out how creative Christchurch children can be and students from the region rose to the challenge! Coral Murray won the McConnell Dowell Serious Fun art competition, and with her Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery School classmates joined McConnell Dowell and special guests to celebrate the grand opening of the ARBORIA luminarium.  Ao Tawhiti Discovery school…
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Construction Professionals Required for Defence Sector, Australia

Built Environs is McConnell Dowell's commercial building company with the ability to deliver significant and complex projects anywhere in Australia. Built Environs has delivered Defence related projects around Australia, including at HMAS Stirling and RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia, and the multi-award-winning RAAF Base Edinburgh LEAP Phase 2 Project in South Australia (pictured).  With offices in South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland, Built Environs is now seeking high-performance WA-based building construction professionals to contribute to their strategy of growing a national presence in Defence projects. Who we need From the building industry, we are seeking applications from the following…
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Contract Award - Barangaroo Ferry Hub, NSW

McConnell Dowell is pleased to have been selected by Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to construct the Barangaroo Ferry Hub in Sydney. Barangaroo is an ambitious urban renewal project showcasing Sydney as Australia's gateway to the world. Once completed, the $6 billion, 22 hectares development is expected to accommodate up to 23,000 office workers and attract up to 33,000 visitors per day. The ferry hub will be a vital connection to this key destination, increasing public transport options and helping ease pressure on Circular Quay. The project includes the construction of two ferry wharves featuring fully accessible pontoons, seated waiting areas,…
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Success at NAWIC Awards, Western Australia

Congratulations to Storm Nuttall and Winnie Zhu of McConnell Dowell's Western Region for their success at the National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC) Excellence Awards held in Perth on 10 September 2015. Storm won the Outstanding Contribution to Construction Award for her coordination and commercial management of the overseas fabrication work for the Roy Hill Iron Ore Project. This award recognises the achievements of an outstanding woman who has contributed to a construction project in any capacity. Storm commented, "I worked on a fabulous project, with excellent people; it was a joy to go to work and face the…
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McConnell Dowell Malaysia

The McConnell Dowell team was active this week at the International Construction Week event held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mr Murray Dundas, Managing Director of our Singapore and Malaysian business, presented a paper on safety and signed of a memorandum of understanding with the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) of Malaysia. The CIDB is a statutory body under the Minister of Works. It was established in July 1994 and it coordinates all activities in the construction industry with the aim of increasing competitiveness and performance. The MOU will see McConnell Dowell adopt CIDB's Safety and Health Assessment System in Construction (SHASSIC) and…
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McConnell Dowell Awarded Contract for Kawarau Falls Bridge Replacement Project, New Zealand

The NZ Transport Agency has awarded McConnell Dowell a design and construct contract for a new, two-lane bridge at Kawarau Falls in Queenstown, New Zealand.  McConnell Dowell has teamed up with Novare Design Ltd of Wellington for the bridge design. Speaking on the award, Transport Agency Senior Project Engineer Phil Dowsett said... "McConnell Dowell has recently completed, very successfully, the two new bridges over the Waitaki River near Kurow for the Transport Agency. They will utilise their team based in Christchurch including some of those people who worked on the Waitaki Bridges." The completed project will eliminate delays at the existing…
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McConnell Dowell finalists for the National Safety Awards of Excellence

McConnell Dowell have been selected as the 2015 finalists for the NSCA Foundation / GIO Workers Compensation National Safety Awards of Excellence in the following categories... Best Work Health and Safety (WHS) Training Program and Best Communication of Safety Message. The National Safety Awards of Excellence are Australia's longest running, independent awards for recognising outstanding Work Health and Safety initiatives. This year there were 150 nominations over all the categories, highlighting Australian business and individuals who continuously exceed safety standards in their industry. All finalists will be recognised and winners of each category announced at the gala luncheon, hosted by…
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McConnell Dowell now an Authorised Engineering Organisation

McConnell Dowell is pleased to announce that it has achieved Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) status with the Asset Standards Authority (ASA), an independent government unit established within Transport for NSW (TfNSW). THE AEO process is a crucial part of ASA's drive to foster best practice and the growth of engineering capability and capacity with the rail industry in NSW. It will enhance knowledge transfer across industries and provide organisations with greater flexibility to deliver assets without compromising safety. Reflecting on the achievement, Neville Kidd, McConnell Dowell's Engineering Manager, said... "This accreditation covers the full spectrum of our Engineering Services from…
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More Accolades for Waitaki Bridges Replacement Project in NZ

Congratulations once again to our community team on the Waitaki Bridges Replacement Project where we have been announced as a finalist in the New Zealand Transport Authority's (NZTA) GEM Awards for 2015 - Connecting with Our Community Category. The GEM Awards (Going the Extra Mile) are a way for NZTA to recognise and celebrate contractors and suppliers who go the extra mile for customer service, safety and quality. This is well-deserved recognition for the tremendous community engagement achieved by the McConnell Dowell, NZTA and OPUS team throughout the duration of the project. We have made some life-long friends in the region who continue to be tremendous…
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Gold Coast Light Rail Project Recognised Again

The Gold Coast Light Rail Project (Stage 1) enjoyed more success last week when it was awarded the Queensland Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) Earth Award for projects over $150 million. The awards are one of the most prestigious accolades in civil infrastructure and are awarded for excellence and innovation in the fields of construction, environmental and project management. The Gold Coast Light Rail Project beat some strong competition including the Pacific Motorway Upgrade (Worongary to Mudgeeraba) and the Robinson Road Open Level Crossing Replacement project. Congratulations to all the team involved and good luck in the upcoming National CCF Earth…
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New Age Pipeliners

Cross country pipeline construction is a tough business - physically demanding work and long hours, often in harsh climates. Throw in the challenges and temptations of living in a camp with a well-stocked mess, and the impacts on a pipeliner's health can be devastating if not properly managed. Recognising these challenges, the McConnell Dowell team on APA Group's 1400km long Amadeus Gas Pipeline project in the Northern Territory have embraced Fitbit exercise technology as part of their individual health and safety regime. Project Manager Grant Kruger explains... "The Fitbits were provided so that the crew could monitor heart rates during…
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Built Environs Celebrates Success at Construction Awards

Built Environs, the commercial construction brand of McConnell Dowell, received a prestigious SA Master Builders Association (MBA) Building Excellence Award at a black tie event held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday 14 August 2015. MBA Building Excellence Awards are judged by building industry experts according to very strict criteria, with a special emphasis on the quality of the processes that have been followed as well as the quality of the finished product. The Parks Community Centre Redevelopment won an MBA Building Excellence Award in the commercial refurbishment/ redevelopment over $5 million category – a firm endorsement of the…
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Christchurch’s newest road bridge opened

Christchurch’s new Dallington Bridge at Gayhurst Road officially opened last Friday, with traffic flowing again across the bridge from midday. The old bridge closed and demolition and construction work by the McConnell Dowell team began in June last year and took 14 months to complete. The new bridge is part of the reconstruction of Christchurch after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. McConnell Dowell is a member of SCIRT the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team. The Dallington and Avonside community came together to celebrate the opening of the bridge with a ribbon-cutting officiated by Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Hon…
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The Principles of Workplace Prosperity

The construction industry is renowned for its cycles; one minute we are searching for work to keep our people challenged, the next we are searching for skilled people to deliver the volume of work on offer. In this month's edition of World Pipelines Magazine, McConnell Dowell's Director of Pipelines, Jim Frith shares the principles of workplace prosperity that have helped McConnell Dowell prosper throughout the cycles. Click here to read the online version or download the pdf here.  
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Mandurah Road Footbridge Lifted into place

After seven months of offline construction the Mandurah Road Footbridge was successfully lifted into place last weekend. Despite heavy winds delaying commencement of the lift by 12 hours, the McConnell Dowell team's contingency plan kicked into gear and the operation was completed without a hitch. The busy road and rail line which it crosses were reopened for traffic on schedule. Soon to be completed, the new 110 metre long, twin-arched steel bridge will provide safe and convenient pedestrian and cyclist access between the east and west sides of Mandurah Road and the Mandurah Train Station. Mandurah is a fast-growing regional…
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