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Improving transport connectivity, and finding innovative ways to pay for transport infrastructure, is essential to the future development of Australia’s cities and regions.
This report prescribes the solution to many of Australia’s current planning, financing and population problems. I look forward to its recommendations being accepted, and Australia returning to the fast track.
A CHANGE in the way drivers are taxed for new road projects and road maintenance will be part of a wide ranging review of the nation’s infrastructure set to be announced on Thursday.
Lessons learned from CrossRail UK: Utilising new technologies to help plan, design and develop a railway throughout the entire asset lifecycle
In this case study, Ross Dentten, Asset Information & Configuration Lead - AIAM Crossrail UK shares how his team is using data and visualisation to design a flexible railway, the impact this will have on prolonging the asset lifecycle in the long term and the lessons learned from the Crossrail journey to date.
The $16.8 billion WestConnex project will provide 33 kilometres of motorway connections from western Sydney to Sydney Airport and Port Botany, transforming urban travel and providing better connectivity between key employment hubs and local communities.
In this presentation from Road and Rail 2016, Adrian Bull, Director Technical Services, Sydney Motorway Corporation, explores:
- The challenges of constructing the new twin tunnels which are higher and wider than most current Sydney road tunnels
- Types of geotechnical investigations utilised to understand ground conditions for tunnelling option studies
- New precast bridge design and options considered
- Asset management and maintenance considerations
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Embedding sustainability in bridge design is crucial for project teams, especially for meeting regulatory requirements and lifespan targets set by the client. In this article, Peter Boesch, Principal Manager – Bridges, at Cardno Limited, shares insight into how his team implemented sustainability techniques for three major refurbishment and re-build projects.
In this case study, Jared Cooke, Strategic Projects Manager at SMEC, discusses how the GO Alliance collaborated strategically across procurement, mobilisation, target outturn cost (TOC) development and design, to create an innovative structure that would meet the safety needs of the community.
Firms like AECOM are investing in new ways to unlock the potential of BIM. Devon Middleditch, Associate Director, Digital Engineering Manager – Civil Infrastructure, played a significant part in how BIM technology was used to plan and design such concepts.
Most recent are three major projects – two of which are major Australian developments – and the first project, a rail assignment known as Riyadh Metro in Saudi Arabia, involved track and tunnelling designs created through traditional BIM tools – RailTrack, Revit and Navisworks, respectively.
An inside look at the Inland Rail Programme : Solving Australia’s Freight Network Challenges through innovative design and developm
For the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), innovation in design and construction is essential to the $10 billion Inland Rail Project, which is projected to transform the way freight is moved around the eastern Australia.
Set to be completed by the end of 2024, the 1,700km railway line will connect Melbourne and Brisbane, via Regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, helping to remove freight out of the congested Sydney network.
Once completed, Inland Rail will solve challenges currently facing Australian’s freight network such as long transit times, congestion and high supply chain costs.
In this case study, Simon Thomas, Program Director Inland Rail at ARTC explores how the company is using new technology to design and develop the new freight rail line, the strategies they are using to extend the asset lifecycle and the lessons learned from their journey so far.
In creating a framework to communicate professional opinion to decision makers, asset managers are faced with managing and analysing vast amounts of technical data, and consequently the challenge of communicating the analysis. In this presentation from Road and Rail 2017, Angela Hili, Project Manager, Transurban, explores:
- The effectiveness of a model framework to process and refine large amounts of data into manageable, communicable information in order to make sustainable business decisions
- Identification of optimal existing capacity through study of functional and structural elements of the Motorway, within a networking setting
- The process adopted in streamlining initiatives and the multi-criteria analysis involved to develop a programme of works
In this presentation from Road and Rail 2016, John Hilton, Technical Director, Expertise Leader Bridges, Aurecon Group, explores the design of tall piers with reference to recent international bridge projects and current codes and specifications. Projects discussed include pier heights of up to 86m.
The 2011 West Gate Bridge Strengthening Project warranted preparations of a complete overhaul of the operation and maintenance manual that incorporated new structural elements that were added as a result of the strengthening project, and allowed the manual to be updated for actions observed from the operation of the bridge over the past 35 years. Now the bridge has been operating for some 5 years since the strengthening works.
In this session from Road and Rail 2016, Scott Taylor, Team Leader – Structures, SMEC, explores:
- The composition of the manual, and categorisation the structure into its basic structural components
- Summary of the strengthening works and current works being undertaken on the bridge
- Revisiting assumptions made to determine critical elements, frequency of inspections and maintenance activities
- Review of the use of the manual by the maintenance team