McConnell Dowell’s Emerging Leader wins at Z People Awards

McConnell Dowell’s Chris Ashton, Tunnel Construction Manager with the Well-Connected Alliance at Waterview for NZ Transport Agency has won the Civil Contractors New Zealand’s Z Energy Emerging Leader 2015 award. The awards are organised by the New Zealand Contractors’ Federation to recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals within the civil construction industry. “Chris is an incredibly well respected individual in the construction industry,” said Roger McRae, Managing Director of McConnell Dowell and chair of the Well-Connected Alliance. “I’m delighted that he has been recognised for his leadership skills but also for his sound tunnelling, engineering and management experience gained working…
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McConnell Dowell New Zealand wins at Civil Construction Excellence Awards

McConnell Dowell was announced as the winner of a top award for excellence in civil construction at the Civil Contractors New Zealand conference in Taupo this weekend. The company won the award for the SH82 Waitaki Bridges Replacement project. The NZ$20.1 million project involved the design and construction of two new bridges: one 206 m and the other 92 m in length spanning the Waitaki River which forms the boundary between Otago and Canterbury. Dating back to 1881, the original Waitaki Bridges were built as railway bridges. As well as the project award, McConnell Dowell was recognised with a win…
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How creative are Christchurch children?

McConnell Dowell, in conjunction with the Christchurch Arts Festival has launched a competition to find out how creative Christchurch children can be.  The competition is in celebration of the Christchurch Arts Festival and the arrival of the stunning luminarium EXXOPOLIS to the City.  McConnell Dowell wants Christchurch children to design their own luminarium and be in to win a personal tour of the Architects of Air luminarium EXXOPOLIS for their entire class. McConnell Dowell is a cornerstone partner of Christchurch Arts Festival and their support means the Festival has been able to keep prices for entry to EXXOPOLIS to just…
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Scott Cummins, New CEO of McConnell Dowell

The Aveng Group today announced the appointment of Scott Cummins as Chief Executive Officer of McConnell Dowell Corporation Limited effective 1 October 2015. Mr Cummins (pictured) takes over from David Robinson who will be retiring in October this year. Commenting on the appointment, Kobus Verster, Chief Executive Officer of Aveng said... "Scott's appointment follows a comprehensive executive search which considered both internal and external candidates. I am confident that Scott will lead McConnell Dowell in sustaining its track record in its anchor market, Australia, while helping us realise the full potential of its international operations." Scott brings vast experience in…
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Irrigation expansion boosts local economy

The irrigation expansion for North Otago Irrigation Company (NOIC) in New Zealand is well underway and local suppliers are already seeing the benefits. The McConnell Dowell managed project involves the expansion of existing infrastructure such as pumps, pipes and the head pond, which is tripling in size. McConnell Dowell has appointed local company Hynds Pipe Systems as the supplier of pipes and pipe fittings, with Gillies Metaltech of Oamaru producing some of the products. "McConnell Dowell partners with local suppliers on every project whenever possible,"says Managing Director Roger McRae."It makes sense..." "Partnering with people who know the area and the…
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Contract Award - Port Bonython South Australia

McConnell Dowell has been awarded the Jetty Pipeline and Mechanical Works contract as part of the Port Bonython Fuels project in South Australia. Highlights: Challenging pipeline and mechanical project on a brownfield site Part of $100 million development for diesel fuel distribution in South Australia 4 km long, 500 mm diameter pipeline from operating jetty to new storage facility Associated mechanical and electrical works Details: Port Bonython Fuels (PBF) is constructing a fuel storage terminal at Port Bonython for distribution of diesel fuel to regional SA. As part of the $100 million project McConnell Dowell will deliver the transfer pipeline…
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Skills Development in Myanmar

In partnership with the Australia-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce, McConnell Dowell is helping upskill Myanmar's engineering capability through the Austrade funded "Networks Through Skills Development Project." The initiative brings together Myanmar and Australian organisations to help build skills and capacity in technical areas needed for Myanmar's continued economic renewal. "Skill Swaps" are a central part of the program and involve secondments of Myanmar engineers into Australian run projects in the region. One recent participant was Mr Phyo Wai Chan Thar, an experienced Project Engineer who successfully completed the Skill Swap program on McConnell Dowell's Fourth Transmission Pipeline Project in Thailand. Mr…
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Congratulations to two Outstanding Individuals

Well done to two outstanding members of the McConnell Dowell New Zealand team who were recently recognised for their individual contributions to industry. Iain Simmons, Construction Director of the Well Connected Alliance for New Zealand Transport Agency's Waterview Connection Project, won the Hynds Outstanding Individual Award at the recent CCNZ Auckland gala dinner. Iain is an incredibly well respected individual and a leader in the construction industry. His construction expertise, coupled with his dedication to quality, planning, training and 'people-safety set him apart as the clear winner of this award. Congratulations Iain! Kimberly Jupp (far left of picture below) won the Connexis Infrastructure…
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The Ripple Effect

McConnell Dowell's connection with a forward-thinking high school in Perth, Western Australia is helping to inspire Australia's next generation of engineers. Most of us could count on one hand the number of times an industry guest speaker addressed our class in high school. However Southern River College in Gosnells, a grass roots suburb in Perth, is making industry engagement in high school the norm, and McConnell Dowell is proud to be playing its part. 'The Minerals and Energy Academy was put in place at Southern River College three years ago in response to the Skilling WA workforce development plan," said…
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Excellent Progress at Grosvenor Mine Project, Queensland

The McConnell Dowell - Mastermyne Joint Venture (MDMJV) team is now four months into their construction program and on schedule to complete the two, 8m diameter drifts and associated works at Anglo American's Grosvenor Mine in Queensland. The MDMJV team commenced on site in March 2015 and in that time the team has installed, aligned, levelled and grouted 671 of the required 1208 roadway elements, each weighing in excess of 10 tonnes. The Materials drift is on target for handover to mine operations in July 2015 and once complete, the crews will relocate to the Conveyor drift site for works…
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Engineers Australia WA Sponsorship

McConnell Dowell's Western Region is proud to be supporting the Western Australian Division of Engineers Australia as a new sponsor. Health and Safety Operations Manager, John Brereton (right of picture) accepted the sponsor certificate at Engineers Australia's recent Risk, Reason and Reward event held in Perth on 19 June 2015. The company is committed to growing and supporting the engineering profession and believes local sponsorships such as these are great way to make that happen.
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Industry Recognition for CEO David Robinson

Congratulations to CEO David Robinson on being named in Engineers Australia, Top 100 Most Influential Engineers for 2015. The listing recognises engineers from all walks of life and disciplines, from contracting and consulting, through to academia and community services. This accolade is a fitting recognition of David's achievements as McConnell Dowell's CEO for the past 15 years during which time the company has grown and prospered both locally and overseas. As was posted earlier this month, David has announced is retirement effective October 2015. View the full Top 100 listing here
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Final Brisbane Ferry Terminal Open

The Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk offically opened the final ferry terminal rebuilt by McConnell Dowell on the Brisbane River this morning, June 23, 2015. In January 2011, Brisbane experienced its worst flood event since 1974, decimating the numerous public ferry terminals and CityCat and CityFerry mooring sites along the river. In early 2014, Brisbane City Council awarded McConnell Dowell the contract to reconstruct seven modern, flood resilient terminals including a new terminal at Milton and moorings at Dutton Park and St Lucia.  After just over 12 months construction, the final terminal was open at Holman Street this morning, completing the project…
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ISCA Western Infrastructure Conference 2015

On June 4, 2015 Nicole Rogers, Environmental Operations Manager, represented McConnell Dowell at the inaugural ISCA Western Infrastructure Sustainability Conference which was sponsored by one of our key clients, Main Roads Western Australia. Nicole shared with an audience of key clients, partners and competitors McConnell Dowell’s approach to sustainability, our experiences with implementing the ISCA Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating tool, and lessons learnt to date in sustainable infrastructure delivery. Nicole also took part in a panel discussion and spoke about the ISCA Contractor’s Working Group (of which she is Co-Chair). The session focused on the group's work in identifying current…
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Contract Award - Proposed LNG Jetty (Berth 4) Sarawak, East Malaysia

The Company is pleased to announce that the joint venture between McConnell Dowell (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and See Yong & Son Construction Sdn Bhd (SYS-MCD) has been awarded the procurement and construction of Petronas' proposed LNG Jetty (Berth 4) at Bintulu Port, Sarawak. Scope of work includes: 450 metre long access trestle substation platform new LNG platform new LPG platform to be integrated with the existing LPG jetty mooring and berthing dolphins. This award follows on from our excellent work in delivering the LNG jetty projects in Indonesia and the Vale Jetty Project, Malaysia. The Project commenced 13 March, 2015…
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McConnell Dowell & IPLOCA

The International Pipe Line & Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA) held a very successful annual regional meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia earlier this month. Speakers from four leading organisations presented on a range of topics, including Petronas on "Peninsular Gas Utilisation"; Shell on "Deepwater Pipeline Integrity and Emergency Repairs – Experiences from GOM"; Technip on "Flexible Pipes - A Competitive Alternative for Shallow Water Developments"; and AECOM on "Managing Environmental and Social Issues Associated with the Design and Construction of Onshore Pipelines." Juan Arzuaga, IPLOCA, Executive Secretary also gave a presentation on IPLOCA's Activities and Initiatives. Jim Frith director of McConnell Dowell…
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Retirement of CEO David Robinson

David Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of McConnell Dowell Corporation, has announced his retirement after 37 years with the company and 15 years as its CEO. The retirement becomes effective October 2015. Since assuming the position of CEO in 2000, David has overseen the profitable growth of McConnell Dowell to what it is today, a tier one engineering and construction company recognised for its creativity, ingenuity and progressive approach to delivering outstanding projects. In reflecting on his retirement David said... "This was never going to be an easy decision as this company and its people have been a major part of…
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Shortlisted For British Construction Industry Awards

McConnell Dowell is thrilled that the Riverbank Precinct Pedestrian Footbridge Project in South Australia has been shortlisted for International Project of the Year in the 2015 British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards. McConnell Dowell constructed the 255 metre long, 8 metre wide bridge which was commissioned by South Australia's Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI); engineered by Tony Gee and Partners / Aurecon; and architecturaly designed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects. The striking design mirrors the River Torrens with 2000sqm of curved glass cladding, to connect two key destination points on the north and south banks. "This is more than…
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McConnell Dowell New Zealand tracking strong growth in the South Island

McConnell Dowell, heavily involved in the Christchurch rebuild through the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Team (SCIRT), is set for strong growth in the South Island when the rebuild is complete. "The recent $48 million construction contract with the North Otago Irrigation Company (NOIC) and the NZTA $90 million Memorial Gateway highway project in Christchurch continues a long standing commitment to growth in the South Island," says Rob Wotherspoon, McConnell Dowell's Regional Manager, Christchurch. The company, which is a major sponsor of the Christchurch Arts Festival, has been building infrastructure in the South Island since the Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter and Clyde…
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Contract Award by APA Group

McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pt Ltd has been awarded the contract to revamp the below ground pipework coating at 25 stations by APA Group, as part of its regular maintenance programme for the approximately 1,400km-long Amadeus Gas Pipeline, which runs from Darwin to Alice Springs and then on to Mereenie. The pipeline will continue to operate during the maintenance project, which is expected to run for 12 months and will involve assessment of the coating condition as well as undertaking the work required to restore the stations to their original condition. Primary challenges for the project include the remote nature…
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