News Mon, 05 Oct 2015 03:50:30 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb 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 189 road crossings. In addition, 157 km of right of way had to be rehabilitated, and damaged or unusable fibre-optic cable conduit repaired or replaced. At peak construction, personnel exceeded 2,800 located at over 50 discrete work locations.

We also used our own local fabrication facility in Thailand to expedite the fabrication of all structural, mechanical, and piping needed for the extensive above ground facilities which included 18 block valves, mid-line pig launcher/ receiver station, and end-of-line facilities. 

Thanks to our client PTT for their collaborative approach to the project and their community consultation leadership that resulted in minimal disruption to communities along the route. Thanks also to our construction partner Consolidated Contracting Company.
The new pipeline brings important new gas supplies to the residents and businesses of Thailand.
The linked video showcases the challenges and triumphs of our team on this important project.
]]> (Peter Worcester) News Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000
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 on to me a strong company and a skilled and committed team ready to address current industry challenges and progess into the future.

"I will spend the next couple of months visiting Company offices, facilities, construction sites and our clients and partners to gain a full appreciation of our current operations, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

"I look forward to working with McConnell Dowell's loyal clients and business partners and, in collaboration with them, continuing to build great projects that enhance our cities and rural communities."

Scott Cummins Biography

Scott brings extensive experience in the construction and engineering industry across various disciplines and geographies. He has worked in project and functional management, and leadership roles in the Marine, Production, Construction Engineering, Fabrication, Business Development and Regional operations for McDermott International over the last 25 years. Throughout his career he has held leadership roles in major locations across the world, including Singapore, Indonesia, Dubai and London.

He is an Australian national with a Bachelor of Engineering from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and an MBA from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK.

Scott Cummins web


]]> (Peter Worcester) News Fri, 18 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000
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.

Tawhiti School

 Ao Tawhiti Discovery school with Rob Wotherspoon, McConnell Dowell Christchurch Regional Manager and Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck at the ARBORIA grand opening event.

Linwood North School

Students from Linwood North School joined in on the festivities with their own luminarium designs.

Rob Wotherspoon

Rob Wotherspoon, Christchurch Regional Manager welcoming guests.


McConnell Dowell's guests enjoying the ARBORIA experience.

Cathedral Square

ARBORIA in Cathedral Square.

Photos courtesy of Chenturi Chan Photography.




]]> (Peter Worcester) News Thu, 17 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000
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 professionals:

  • Project Manager
  • Site Manager
  • Site Foremen
  • Site Engineer/Project Coordinator
  • Commercial Manager
  • WHS Manager

To be considered for the above roles you will have demonstrated Defence sector project experience and will possess appropriate tertiary qualifications or equivalent industry experience.

This is an excellent opportunity to progress your career working for a growing national business while enjoying competitive remuneration in an innovative, supportive and rewarding work environment.

If you are passionate about delivering design and building excellence, this is your opportunity to join a dynamic national building company.

Our culture is one of openness and inclusion. We empower our people to contribute to the success of the business and suggest ways in which we can improve our performance.

To apply, please click the following link here or visit


Leap web

Picture: RAAF Base Edinburgh LEAP Phase 2 Project, South Australia

]]> (Peter Worcester) News Fri, 11 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000
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, weather protection, real-time service information and electronic ticketing using the Opal card.

Reflecting on the award, General Manager Central Region, Mr. David Lougher said...

"McConnell Dowell is proud to have the opportunity to contribute to the construction of Barangaroo, one of Sydney's most iconic projects. We look forward to working with TfNSW to deliver a quality product for the people of NSW"

The Ferry Hub is expected to open to customers in late 2016.

Picture: Artist's impression with Ferry Hub in foreground.

Artists impression Barangaroo development including ferry hub

]]> (Peter Worcester) News Fri, 11 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000
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 Quality Assessment System in Construction (QLASSIC) on its projects in Malaysia, and possibly beyond in other parts of South East Asia.

Mr Dundas also had a one-on-one meeting with the Prime Minister of Malaysia and held a press conference with the waiting media.

The McConnell Dowell team also had a stand at the event which was kept busy with a constant stream of visitors.

 CIDB MalaysiaCIDB Malaysia 2

CIDB Stand

]]> (Peter Worcester) News Thu, 10 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000
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 daily challenges. I thank MCD for nominating and supporting me."

Winnie was jointly awarded the Young Achiever Award for her work as Site Engineer on the Roy Hill Iron Ore and FMG Rail projects. This award recognises the achievements of an outstanding woman aged 35 or younger working in the construction industry or studying in a construction related field. The award includes a place in the NAWIC mentoring programme.

Winnie added, "I feel honoured for the nomination by MCD. Both projects were excellent opportunities for me, where I expanded my knowledge and developed my skills, with help from my colleagues along the way."

NAWIC is a not-for-profit organisation formed in Australia in 1995 and affiliated to the international body. The Association is the peak body representing women in the built environment. NAWIC encourages and supports women in the construction and related affiliate industries.

An enthusiastic group from our Perth Office attended the breakfast to support Storm and Winnie.

Picture: Storm Nuttall

Storm with Award web

Picture: Winnie Zhu

Winnie with Award web

]]> (Peter Worcester) News Thu, 10 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000
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 AgencyThey 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 one-lane bridge and improve the State Highway link from Queenstown to Southland and Milford Sound

Detailed design will commence immediately, along with site establishment and some preparatory works.  Construction of the bridge structure will start at the end of 2015 and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2017.

The target is to open the new bridge before the busy winter 2017 season then focus on making the adjacent existing one-lane historic bridge fit for purpose as a walking and cycling route as part of the Queenstown Trails network.

Picture: Concept design of the new bridge.

Proposed Kawarau Bridge v3

]]> (Peter Worcester) News Sun, 06 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000
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 Channel Seven journalist Edwina Bartholomew and held Thursday 15 October, Shangri-La hotel in Sydney.

McConnell Dowell are delighted to be nominated and to find out more about this prestigious event please click here.

]]> (Joanne Crothers) News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000
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, renewal and construction services for discerning asset owners. 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

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

Malcolm Tinkler
General Manager Rail McConnell Dowell



]]> (Peter Worcester) News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000