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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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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