All board as the G opens to passengers

McConnell Dowell was pleased to announce a day of free travel for the $1.2 billion Gold Coast Light Rail's official opening on Sunday 20 July, 2014. More than 80,000 passengers were welcomed aboard the G: on the first day in operation. The service was officially opened at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, GoldLinQ Chairman John Witheriff and other dignitaries. Revenue service is now underway. With the three year design, construction and the testing and commissioning phase complete, commencement of operations marks a significant achievement for McConnell Dowell…
 

McConnell Dowell leading infrastructure development for new homes

MCCONNELL DOWELL LEADING INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT FOR NEW HOMES Construction company McConnell Dowell’s new micro tunnel boring machine (MTBM) arrives in the country in the next few weeks to settle in Silverdale where it will make its way underground from the existing Watercare Pump Station off Millwater Parkway Orewa to a new series of subdivisions north of Grand Drive. Major residential developments are already underway in the area bringing tens of thousands of residents to Rodney and the Hibiscus Coast. The largest development, Millwater, will house more than 10,000 residents with around 3500 homes planned. Despite the fact that there is…
 

Alice completes the first tunnel in NZ Transport Agency’s $1.4b Waterview Connection

  Alice, as the largest TBM in operation in the world is affectionately known, broke through ahead of schedule in textbook style and incredible accuracy (within 10mm of the design position) to complete the first tunnel in Auckland’s Waterview Connection. “Alice’s breakthrough was one of the most technically challenging aspects of the project,” said Roger McRae. Managing Director of McConnell Dowell. “Arriving ahead of schedule of a date estimated over two years ago is an outstanding achievement for everyone involved. This is the largest TBM in operation in the world and the largest diameter tunnels ever built in Australasia. The…
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All Aboard as the G Opens to Passengers

McConnell Dowell was pleased to announce a day of free travel for the $1.2 billion Gold Coast Light Rail's official opening on Sunday 20 July, 2014. More than 80,000 passengers were welcomed aboard the G: on the first day in operation. The service was officially opened at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, GoldLinQ Chairman John Witheriff and other dignitaries. Revenue service is now underway. With the three year design, construction and the testing and commissioning phase complete, commencement of operations marks a significant achievement for McConnell Dowell…
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Singapore Down Town Line 2 (DTL2) project - Metro tunnels completed

On Wednesday 11 June at 0830hrs, a second major milestone was reached on McConnell Dowell’s DTL2 C917A Contract in Singapore. The Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) S-602 ‘Gloria’ reached her final destination, completing excavation on the Bukit Panjang Bound metro tunnel from her starting point at King Albert Park (KAP) Metro Station and docking in the station wall at the Sixth Avenue (SAV) Metro Station. This marks the completion of the excavation works of the metro tunnels on the C917A Contract, with this second of the twin tubes being completed just 34 calendar days after the first tube (Expo Bound) was…
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SA Premier officially opens new Adelaide Riverbank Precinct Bridge

The stunning Riverbank Precinct Pedestrian Bridge was officially opened on Saturday 14 June by the Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill. Final testing of the bridge’s lights and waterfall feature was undertaken ahead of the official opening to highlight a celebration hosted by McConnell Dowell and attended representatives of client Department Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) and key subcontractors to mark the bridge’s completion. The pedestrian bridge is an impressive structure in the light of day, but it is at night that this spectacular structure really comes alive. Located in the heart of Adelaide’s iconic Riverbank Precinct, the new bridge…
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New tunnelling video showcasing our success

With more than 40 years’ experience as a pioneer in tunnel and underground construction, picking up countless awards and setting records along the way, we have released a new video highlighting just a few of our successes. In the video, McConnell Dowell's unrivalled set of tunnel and underground capabilities across the transport sector, utilities, hydropower and mining are showcased through the delivery of some of the most challenging and ambitious projects from around the world. These include the Waterview Connection project in New Zealand, works on the Singapore Downtown Line 2 Metro project, Bogong Power Development, and various other projects…
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Alice is ready for first winter underground

Tunnelling has resumed at Auckland’s Waterview Connection project after the completion of maintenance work on the giant tunnel boring machine, Alice. Alice stopped earlier this month so steel fibre brushes associated with the installation of the tunnel lining could be replaced. At that stage, she was about 40m below the surface and had travelled 870m, about a third of her 2.4km journey to construct the first of the twin motorway tunnels that will connect Auckland’s Northwestern and Southwestern motorways.  “It made sense for Alice to take a breather now, replace the worn brushes that have done their job, and have…
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A Major Milestone on the Singapore Down Town Line 2 (DTL2) Project

McConnell Dowell is pleased to announce that on Thursday 8th of May at 0500hrs, a major milestone was reached on the DTL2 C917A project in Singapore. The Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) S-603 Sophia reached her final destination, completing excavation from her starting point at King Albert Park (KAP) Station and docking in the station wall at the Sixth Avenue (SAV) Metro Station.  This is a very important moment in the project, with the risk level on tunnelling productivity dropping significantly with the completion of the first of the twin metro tubes.  Sophia's sister TBM, S-602 Grace is anticipated to catch…
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McConnell Dowell wins $165 Million Kempsey to Kundabung Pacific Highway Extension Project

The NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) have awarded McConnell Dowell and Joint Venture Partner Obrascon Huarte Lain S.A. - Australia (OHL) the contract to construct the Pacific Highway upgrade between Kempsey and Kundabung in northern New South Wales. The project will involve the construction of 13.7km of 2 lane dual carriageway with 6km of local roads.  The existing highway is a single carriageway with only one lane in each direction.  The project will upgrade this to dual carriageway with two lanes in each direction, ensuring better safety and improved efficiency for commuters on this portion of the highway. The…
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McConnell Dowell awarded Brisbane City Council Flood Recovery and Milton Ferry Terminals contract

  Brisbane City Council has awarded McConnell Dowell the Flood Recovery and Milton Ferry Terminal construction contract. The flood of January 2011 damaged or demolished much of the maritime infrastructure located along the Brisbane River, including Brisbane City Council’s ferry terminals. The project scope includes eight new ferry terminals to the city, replacing or upgrading existing facilities along the river relocating two terminals to improve links with other public transport facilities and infrastructure. The Brisbane City Council is undertaking a program to provide Brisbane with new and upgraded CityCat terminals in response to greater demand and compliance with the Disability…
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McConnell Dowell awarded PT Petro Storindo Energi contract

PT Petro Storindo Energi has awarded McConnell Dowell Indonesia the marine works contract for the EPCIC of Mooring System and 3km Subsea and Onshore Pipeline in Kalimantan. The works involve the construction of an offshore (2.5 km offshore) mooring system, consisting of: •    Four mooring dolphins with double and triple quick release hooks (each 75 ton); •    Four breasting dolphins with composite fender systems and double 75 ton quick release hooks •    An offshore fire water pump station platform •    A 2.5 km, 20 inch diameter concrete-coated subsea pipe line ending at a subsea remote controlled manifold (PLEM). The PLEM…
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Springvale Level Crossing and Premium Station Open

  The company is proud to announce that the Springvale Road Grade Separation has successfully reached the end of the line. On Tuesday 22 April, Victorian Minister for Roads and Public Transport Terry Mulder joined Premier Denis Napthine to officially open the new $159 million development. NetworX, an alliance consisting of participants from VicRoads, McConnell Dowell, Balfour Beatty, MTM, Beca and PB commenced work on the project in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs in June 2013. The alliance was responsible for the removal of the existing level crossing and the design and construction of grade separation works and the new station. By…
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First new Waitaki bridge opens at Kurow - NZTA

The first of the two new bridges being built by the NZ Transport Agency over the Waitaki River on State Highway 82 at Kurow was opened this morning by Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean. The traditional ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Jacqui Dean and more than 400 guests, including Waimate District Council Mayor Craig Rowley, Waitaki District Council Mayor Gary Kircher, McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd Managing Director Roger McRae and NZ Transport Agency Southern Regional Director Jim Harland. Mr Harland told the gathering that the opening of the first of the two replacement bridges only a year after the ground-breaking…
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McConnell Dowell to speak and sponsor at APPEA 2014 Conference next week

As an active Associate Member of Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), McConnell Dowell is proud to announce its involvement in the APPEA 2014 Conference & Exhibition. As the voice of Australia’s oil and gas industry, APPEA will hold the annual conference in Perth from April 6 to 9. Event organisers anticipate 3,500 attendees from 30 countries at what is the largest annual upstream oil and gas event in the southern hemisphere. This premier event will host an unparalleled program of presentations, panel discussions, and key networking events, with the intention to strengthen communication within the industry through exchanging…
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Bakan Gold Mine Development Project - One million man-hours without a lost time injury (LTI)

McConnell Dowell has once again demonstrated their absolute commitment to safety, achieving one million man-hours without a lost time injury (LTI) for the Bakan Gold Mine Development project in Indonesia. Comprising civil, SMP, and electrical works within the gold processing plant development, this accomplishment presents a crucial and positive safety milestone for both the project and the company. The Bakan site is set amongst tropical jungle, rising 700 to 900 metres above sea level, and is situated approximately 250 km south west of Manado and North Sulawesi. The location alone of the site’s buildings, positioned on several different levels of…
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Guest speaker and UK Architect, Martin Knight speaks of his 'fish hook inspired' involvement with McConnell Dowell's Lower Hatea River Crossing

Martin Knight (Knight Architects, London), UK Architect and designer of McConnell Dowell's Lower Hatea River Crossing project in Whangerei, New Zealand was the guest speaker this morning at the Centre for Engineering, Leadership and Management breakfast, hosted by Engineers Australia WA in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Architects at the Duxton Hotel. The event being attended by fellows and members of the Institutes, as well as local engineering and architecture professionals, focused on the design and challenges that the Lower Hatea River Crossing project embraced as the first movable highway bridge to be built in NZ in more than…
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Alice passes the point of first cross passage at Waterview Australasia’s largest ever tunnel

Since her launch in mid-November, Alice, the largest tunnel boring machine ever to be utilised in the Southern Hemisphere, travelled past the point of the first cross passage (XP) in February having covering about 500m into the first tunnel. Alice’s progress has been around 10 lining rings – or 16-20 metres of tunnel per day. A three week planned break in late February saw the installation of a specialised gantry inside the tunnel. The gantry will construct the services culvert that running under the motorway through the tunnel. The initial programme called for a six week TBM stop, reduced to…
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Kyra Bonney wins “Outstanding Woman in Resources" Award

  Kyra Bonney, an Indigenous Community Liaison Officer working with McConnell Dowell in their Western Region, has been named the winner of the “Outstanding Woman in Resources” category at the Western Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy Awards held on Friday 7th March. Kyra gave a touching presentation in Perth the week before the awards, demonstrating her positivity and dedication to her work indicative of this well-deserved achievement. Spanning 13 years, her career in the resources sector has seen her actively working with McConnell Dowell since the beginning of 2013. Her work as a mentor and Indigenous Community Liaison Officer…
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First tram arrives in Broadbeach

McConnell Dowell's innovative approach to design and construction on the $1.2 billion Gold Coast Light Rail (GCLR) project came to fruition this week as the first tram rolled into Broadbeach. http://www.mygc.com.au/news/tram-arrives-in-broadbeach-for-the-first-time/
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