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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 project inception through to decommissioning and disposal at project/asset end of life.

"Being an Authorised Engineering Organisation reflects McConnell Dowell's ability to deliver complex engineered projects and manage assets in a competent, innovative, safe and efficient manner."

McConnell Dowell provides rail maintenance and renewal services for discerning asset owners, as well as the design and construction of every element of the rail system. The company holds Rail Safety Accreditation as a Rolling Stock Operator across Australia and has its own extensive fleet of rail construction equipment.

For more information about McConnell Dowell's engineering capability and AEO please contact:

Neville Kidd
Engineering Manager McConnell Dowell
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Mobile: 0418 360 811

For more information about McConnell Dowell's rail services please contact:

Malcolm Tinkler
General Manager Rail McConnell Dowell
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Mobile: 0459 821 628

 

 

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 project inception through to decommissioning and disposal at project/asset end of life.

"Being an Authorised Engineering Organisation reflects McConnell Dowell's ability to deliver complex engineered projects and manage assets in a competent, innovative, safe and efficient manner."

McConnell Dowell provides rail maintenance and renewal services for discerning asset owners, as well as the design and construction of every element of the rail system. The company holds Rail Safety Accreditation as a Rolling Stock Operator across Australia and has its own extensive fleet of rail construction equipment.

For more information about McConnell Dowell's engineering capability and AEO please contact:

Neville Kidd
Engineering Manager McConnell Dowell
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mobile: 0418 360 811

For more information about McConnell Dowell's rail services please contact:

Malcolm Tinkler
General Manager Rail McConnell Dowell
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mobile: 0459 821 628

 

 

Last modified on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 22:26

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 supporters of the company.

Being chosen as a finalist is a milestone win in itself for the project as NZTA received more than 45 entries this year across all categories, the most entries ever received. The Project also won the top award for excellence in civil Construction at the CCNZ conference last week.

The winner will be announced at the GEM Awards on September 24, 2015.

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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 supporters of the company.

Being chosen as a finalist is a milestone win in itself for the project as NZTA received more than 45 entries this year across all categories, the most entries ever received. The Project also won the top award for excellence in civil Construction at the CCNZ conference last week.

The winner will be announced at the GEM Awards on September 24, 2015.

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Last modified on Thursday, 27 August 2015 22:59

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 Awards to be held on 16 October 2015, as part of the CCF National Conference.

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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 Awards to be held on 16 October 2015, as part of the CCF National Conference.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 05:02

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 intense activity, and as a fatigue management tool. The crew is doing a lot of physically demanding work in very high temperatures in the Territory, and it is useful to monitor heart rates for signs of stress.

"Fatigue is also an issue as we drive long distances, so monitoring the amount of sleep everyone gets is helpful in this regard."

Every morning the crew share their data from the previous 24 hours. Grant continued...

"The boys are very supportive of each other but you can also see some of their competitive streaks coming out, which is good. It is making everyone focus much more on their health and overall fitness."

And the broader McConnell Dowell organisation is watching the initiative with interest. Mark Collins, Group Safety Manager explains...

"Safety is a core value of McConnell Dowell and we are continuously looking at ways of improving how we protect our people using the latest systems, tools and technologies. This initiative by our pipelines team is one we are watching closely to see the results."

It looks like the days of the over-nourished, overweight pipeliner is a thing of the past. What next, 'soy burger and carrot juice' night in the camp mess?

The attached picture shows the crew members with Fitbits at the ready. From left: Shaun Edyvean (Supervisor); Grant Kruger (Project Manager); Graeme Davies (Operator/Labourer); Michael Wherrett (Operator/Labourer); Phil Turco (Operator/Labourer); Aaron Jennings (Blaster/Painter).

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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 intense activity, and as a fatigue management tool. The crew is doing a lot of physically demanding work in very high temperatures in the Territory, and it is useful to monitor heart rates for signs of stress.

"Fatigue is also an issue as we drive long distances, so monitoring the amount of sleep everyone gets is helpful in this regard."

Every morning the crew share their data from the previous 24 hours. Grant continued...

"The boys are very supportive of each other but you can also see some of their competitive streaks coming out, which is good. It is making everyone focus much more on their health and overall fitness."

And the broader McConnell Dowell organisation is watching the initiative with interest. Mark Collins, Group Safety Manager explains...

"Safety is a core value of McConnell Dowell and we are continuously looking at ways of improving how we protect our people using the latest systems, tools and technologies. This initiative by our pipelines team is one we are watching closely to see the results."

It looks like the days of the over-nourished, overweight pipeliner is a thing of the past. What next, 'soy burger and carrot juice' night in the camp mess?

The attached picture shows the crew members with Fitbits at the ready. From left: Shaun Edyvean (Supervisor); Grant Kruger (Project Manager); Graeme Davies (Operator/Labourer); Michael Wherrett (Operator/Labourer); Phil Turco (Operator/Labourer); Aaron Jennings (Blaster/Painter).

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Last modified on Thursday, 20 August 2015 00:18

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 quality of the work managed by the Built Environs team, and the consultants and many subcontractors and trades who contributed to the success of this project.
Delivering this high-profile project to an incredibly tight timeframe on budget and to award-winning standards has helped the SA government meet community needs in Adelaide's north western suburbs.

Faced with an aging facility requiring expensive ongoing maintenance costs, the 2010 the State Government announced its plans to close the centre, demolish the facilities used by 80 community groups and sell the land. Following an overwhelming public response to retain the centre, the State Government reformulated its plans for the Parks Community Centre.

In 2012 it announced its plan to redevelop the site and transform the centre from a welfare centre to a community hub. In 2013 Built Environs was awarded the contract to design, construct and deliver the $20 million project. By early December 2013, Built Environs had already delivered the centre's swimming pools in time for the 2013/2014 summer season.
The new Parks Community Centre now has superbly constructed modern facilities that enable the facility to serve the needs of the local community.

"We're particularly pleased that our ability to manage high-profile, multi-staged projects with complex stakeholder management requirements to high quality standards is being recognised," said Built Environs's Managing Director, Daryl Young.

"With the Parks Community Centre Redevelopment project winning an MBA award, we're clearly able to demonstrate high quality results for our government clients across Australia," added Young.
This project is now nominated for the national MBA awards later this year.

Media enquiries: Will Chapman National New Business Manager M | 0448 869 164

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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 quality of the work managed by the Built Environs team, and the consultants and many subcontractors and trades who contributed to the success of this project.
Delivering this high-profile project to an incredibly tight timeframe on budget and to award-winning standards has helped the SA government meet community needs in Adelaide's north western suburbs.

Faced with an aging facility requiring expensive ongoing maintenance costs, the 2010 the State Government announced its plans to close the centre, demolish the facilities used by 80 community groups and sell the land. Following an overwhelming public response to retain the centre, the State Government reformulated its plans for the Parks Community Centre.

In 2012 it announced its plan to redevelop the site and transform the centre from a welfare centre to a community hub. In 2013 Built Environs was awarded the contract to design, construct and deliver the $20 million project. By early December 2013, Built Environs had already delivered the centre's swimming pools in time for the 2013/2014 summer season.
The new Parks Community Centre now has superbly constructed modern facilities that enable the facility to serve the needs of the local community.

"We're particularly pleased that our ability to manage high-profile, multi-staged projects with complex stakeholder management requirements to high quality standards is being recognised," said Built Environs's Managing Director, Daryl Young.

"With the Parks Community Centre Redevelopment project winning an MBA award, we're clearly able to demonstrate high quality results for our government clients across Australia," added Young.
This project is now nominated for the national MBA awards later this year.

Media enquiries: Will Chapman National New Business Manager M | 0448 869 164

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Last modified on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 21:12

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 Nicky Wagner, and Councillor Glenn Livingstone.

Speaking at the opening, SCIRT Executive General Manager Ian Campbell said, “This is a real milestone for the community and for Christchurch. Like this bridge, SCIRT’s legacy will be a stronger, more resilient infrastructure for Christchurch. SCIRT’s aim is to rebuild stronger for future generations.

“Above ground, repairing bridges emphasises the importance of SCIRT’s work to the recovery of the city, reconnecting communities. The completion of the Dallington bridge marks a new chapter for a community that has been hit hard by the earthquakes.”

Among the first people to cross the new bridge were children from the local Educational Childcare Centre preschool, dressed in mini versions of SCIRT’s standard protective clothing, and hundreds of local residents.

"The people living in this area have struggled since the earthquakes, and the opening of this bridge will really help lift everyone’s spirits," said Mark Beanland, Dallington Residents Association Chairperson.

There has been a bridge on the site since the early 1880s. The previous bridge, built in 1954, suffered significant damage during the 2011 earthquakes and was weight restricted until its closure last year when the quake-damaged structure was demolished.  

While the new bridge was being built, a temporary pedestrian and cycle bridge helped school children and others cross the river from the Dallington loop area to the city-side of the Avon/Otakaro.

The photo shows Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery the Hon. Nicky Wagner with local children.

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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 Nicky Wagner, and Councillor Glenn Livingstone.

Speaking at the opening, SCIRT Executive General Manager Ian Campbell said, “This is a real milestone for the community and for Christchurch. Like this bridge, SCIRT’s legacy will be a stronger, more resilient infrastructure for Christchurch. SCIRT’s aim is to rebuild stronger for future generations.

“Above ground, repairing bridges emphasises the importance of SCIRT’s work to the recovery of the city, reconnecting communities. The completion of the Dallington bridge marks a new chapter for a community that has been hit hard by the earthquakes.”

Among the first people to cross the new bridge were children from the local Educational Childcare Centre preschool, dressed in mini versions of SCIRT’s standard protective clothing, and hundreds of local residents.

"The people living in this area have struggled since the earthquakes, and the opening of this bridge will really help lift everyone’s spirits," said Mark Beanland, Dallington Residents Association Chairperson.

There has been a bridge on the site since the early 1880s. The previous bridge, built in 1954, suffered significant damage during the 2011 earthquakes and was weight restricted until its closure last year when the quake-damaged structure was demolished.  

While the new bridge was being built, a temporary pedestrian and cycle bridge helped school children and others cross the river from the Dallington loop area to the city-side of the Avon/Otakaro.

The photo shows Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery the Hon. Nicky Wagner with local children.

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