News https://dmcivil.com.au/news/rss Mount Street Trunk Water Main Replacement https://dmcivil.com.au/news/mount-street-trunk-water-main-replacement/ <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1">We have now reached a milestone in the Mount Street contract for Water Corporation. </p> <p class="p2">Our scope of works includes the replacement of a segment of the main water feed into the Perth central business district. This element being the DN900 steel water main that was laid in the northern road pavement lane from the lower end centre island up the hill and into Kings Park land. The scope of works also included the replacement of the reticulation mains which ran on both sides of the dual lanes in the verge. </p> <p class="p2">The new configuration feeds all buildings on both sides of the road from a single DN375 PVC main, also laid in the northern road pavement lane parallel to the DN900, but at a shallower level. The new design of the reticulation to the buildings is similar to our recent cast iron replacement schemes where we charged the new main after a short shutdown and proceed to change over services individually with very short shutdowns to the individual properties. </p> <p class="p2">In keeping with our originally proposed methodology, we now have an operating reticulation system that will be kept in service for the duration of the remaining works, except for a shutdown during the DN900 main connection. This sequencing of the works is designed to mitigate the risk of a water outage to the local residents and businesses and was an important innovation in our original tender submission. </p> <p class="p3">The initial challenge for DM Civil was the negotiations with City of Perth to reach agreement on the pruning of the boulevard trees planted on the verge and centre island. These were Queensland Box (Lophostemon confertus) and Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimisifolia) trees, essential to the amenity of the area. After extensive consultation with registered arborists, the City of Perth’s term contractor was used to appropriately prune the overarching trees in accordance with approved procedures and to the satisfaction of City of Perth. There were 70 trees to be considered. The result is an enhanced grove of trees in keeping with the most photographed area of Perth City. </p> <p class="p1">Reinstatement of the road pavement was required for the full width of the Mount Street northern carriageway. Compaction and levelling on the steep grade was a difficult task. However, the standards were achieved and the finished product has proven to match and exceed the original pavement. </p> <p class="p1">An excellent example of value adding for the contract was the decision by DM Civil to construct the DN900 distribution main using trenchless techniques under the traffic roundabout at Cliff Street and existing vegetation located within the Kings Park grounds. This was carried out by the trenchless division and provided at no additional cost to the client. The benefit to Water Corporation, Botanical Parks and Gardens Authority, the local residents and the public including tourists, was a continuous traffic flow and retention of high value trees in our world class park. </p> <p class="p1">One of the tender requirements was to demonstrate a record of stakeholder management in high density and politically sensitive environments. DM Civil has a good reputation in this area and this was certainly relevant to being chosen to bid on the project. To date, the project has not received any adverse press or on-site complaints. In fact, we have received positive feedback throughout the project process. </p> <p class="p1">Due to the original delay in the award of contract and possession of site, the construction programme was pushed into the summer period. The security of critical water supply to the CBD during the summer months required the postponing of the tie-in process for the DN900 main. This is now scheduled for the autumn months where demand will be reduced to the point where contingency supplies can be back-fed from the network. </p> <p class="p1"><span>Discover how our <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/pipelines/">multi-disciplined capabilities</a> enabled us to deliver this complex scope of work.</span></p> Fri, 15 Mar 2019 15:05:31 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/mount-street-trunk-water-main-replacement/ Morooka MST 800E Modification - Pipe and Flat-Bed Tray Carrier https://dmcivil.com.au/news/morooka-mst-800e-modification-pipe-and-flat-bed-tray-carrier/ <p>DM Civil’s DN700 Neerabup Bore Main project poses a number of challenges. One of these challenges was delivery of 12 metre long, 2.0 tonne DN700 MSCL pipes along parts of the pipe route that won’t permit the use of road transport trucks. </p> <p><a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/about/our-company/">Our workshop</a> team developed a solution to modify our existing Morooka MST 800E rubber tracked tip truck to a pipe and also flat-bed tray carrier. Both the workshop and fabrication team collaborated to bring the modification to fruition, and you can see the end result in action as depicted in the header photo. </p> <p>All the new components are bolted for easy removal for re-fitment of the tip body when required. Various engine components required re-configuration to ensure they didn’t clash with the pipe when being carried. </p> <p>The Morooka is rated to 4 tonnes as a tip truck; however, with the addition of pipe cradles at each end of the machine and flat-bed platform, the machine is now rated to 3 tonnes in this new configuration. </p> <p>This modification will allow for the safe transport of the DN700 MSCL pipes and DN1500 scour valve pit components across rough terrain with restricted access and no turn-around for road trucks. The platform also allows safe man access to allow rigging a lifting sling to the middle of the pipe, or chains to precast concrete components.  </p> <p><a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/about/safety-environment-and-quality/">SEQ</a> has worked in conjunction with the workshop team to develop a JSEA for the correct and safe use and operation of the Morooka in this configuration. Drafted working drawings were supplied to an independent structural engineer to obtain rated capacity certification.  </p> <p>This is a brilliant innovation to allow more diverse use of existing plant and equipment and was an outstanding effort by all involved. </p> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:05:31 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/morooka-mst-800e-modification-pipe-and-flat-bed-tray-carrier/ Water Corporation’s Steel Pipeline design and construct contract awarded at Neerabup https://dmcivil.com.au/news/water-corporations-steel-pipeline-design-and-construct-contract-awarded-at-neerabup/ <p class="Pa0">We have now been awarded Separable Portion 2 of the Neerabup Bore Collector Main. Separable Portion 2 is the construction element of the 500m of DN500 and 3,500m DN800 <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/pipelines/steel-pipelines-/">steel pipeline</a> and follows on from Separable Portion 1 being the design contract. DM Civil will be utilising cement lined and polyethylene coated steel pipe (Sintakote MSCL) in welded, weld restraint and rubber ring joint configurations to complete this project.</p> <p class="Pa0">The critical path of the contract programme commences with a section of pipeline to be laid behind the Mitchell Freeway Eastern noise wall, north of Moore Drive and south of Burns Beach Road. The route of the main lies beneath Western Power high voltage distribution lines which will be de-energised during construction of this section of works. The shutdown period is relatively short which will require a solid effort from the crews to complete the works on time and remain on the construction program.</p> <p class="Pa0">The <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/trenchless-technology/">trenchless</a> portion also has its complexities. The diameter and ground conditions for microtunnelling are such that we have purchased additional components for our existing machine to ensure that the rock conditions are not an issue. There is a considerable lead time on these components which means that we are pushed to the back of the programme for these works. Added to the list of complexities is the task of entering the existing DN1800 concrete sleeve that terminates beneath the traffic lane of the freeway. This will require specialist soil stabilisation and careful attention to detail for the bore setup and monitoring process.</p> <p>We are proud to have been chosen as the contractor for what is a complex and time critical task. Water Corporation considered the award over a long period due to the contract risks, of which there are many. Our diverse capabilities and experience across all <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/">our capabilities</a> will ensure the successful delivery of this project through meticulous engineering, project and operational management. We now have the opportunity to perform to a high standard to vindicate their decision to choose DM Civil over our industry competition</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:19:10 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/water-corporations-steel-pipeline-design-and-construct-contract-awarded-at-neerabup/ DM Civil Transport Fleet Management https://dmcivil.com.au/news/dm-civil-transport-fleet-management/ <p class="p1">In keeping with the DM Civil policy of long term investment, our Kenworth prime mover has undergone a full rebuild. This follows 1,154,000 kilometres of heavy equipment haulage over 12 years.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p2">Kenworth trucks were originally imported from the United States in the 1960’s until a factory was established in Bayswater, Victoria where the iconic brand has been produced ever since. Our truck was purchased new, in 2002 from the Bayswater Victoria factory and driven across the Nullarbor. The cab-over model was chosen to produce the most versatile maximum length combination and to afford our drivers the safest viewing position for our sometimes congested site loading points.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p2">We commissioned a complete engine overhaul to bring the Caterpillar power plant back to original engineering specification. This included welding and reboring of the combustion chambers, new pistons, rings and liners, con rods, bearings, a turbo charger rebuild, new internal and external wiring harnesses, reconditioned fuel injection and an upgraded engine electronic management system. A new fuel pump and new air compressors and hoses have also been fitted. The crankshaft and the cam shaft only required polishing. The engine is a Caterpillar C15 (15 litre capacity) diesel rated at 475 horsepower. The dynamometer testing carried out post-reconditioning has confirmed that this is still the power output following the rebuild.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p3">The Fuller 18 speed gearbox was only recently rebuilt and fitted with a new twin clutch. The radiator has also been re-cored. The drivetrain rear wheel Meritor RT-50 differentials were chosen in the original purchase for heavy long distance work, and are<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>still in excellent condition following their relatively light loading over the lifetime of the truck.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p1">With a paintwork detail, including the engine bay, the truck will be back to original specification and operate and present as a new unit. We expect a minimum of 5 years’ trouble free operation from our reconditioned workhorse. This will vindicate our decision to outlay the original purchase price in order to invest in a truck that is robust and reliable in its operation and that can be refurbished to extend an already considerable life.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p2">The extent of the rebuild also demonstrates the capacity of our <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/about/safety-environment-and-quality/">workshop management</a> and fitters to maintain our earthmoving and transport fleet using our in-house expertise that has been built over the past 40 years of operation. This is credit to Murray Pich as workshop manager and his team of fitters for their dedication.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:30:06 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/dm-civil-transport-fleet-management/ Supporting the Australian Men’s Shed Association https://dmcivil.com.au/news/supporting-the-australian-mens-shed-association/ <p class="p1">The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) is the body representing almost 1000 Men’s Sheds and is recognised as one of Australia’s largest male based community development organisations.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p1">While doing a bit of a spring clean, we came across some PPE that was excess to our requirements or no longer suitable for our industry, rather than dispose of these items, Russell Pember suggested we should contact “Men’s Shed” and offer the PPE to them.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p3">AMSA was established in 2007 and funded by the Federal Department of Health. It provides practical support to Men’s Sheds and delivers a wide range of services that aim to improve the health and wellbeing of members and reduce the number of men who are at risk from preventable health issues that may emanate from isolation.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p3">Men’s Shed is a community-based, non-profit, non-commercial organisation with a primary goal to provide a safe and friendly environment, which is accessible to all men, where they’re able to work on meaningful projects.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p3">Chris from the Men’s Shed in Gosnells, came out and took delivery of the PPE, stating that they’d be put to good use with all of his members.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p4">If you’d like to learn more about Men’s Shed, check out their website for the Western Australian Men’s Shed Community at <a title="www.mensshedswa.org.au" href="https://dmcivil.com.au/[sitetree_link,id=]" target="_blank">www.mensshedswa.org.au</a><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:15:44 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/supporting-the-australian-mens-shed-association/ CCF WA Earth Awards 2018 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/ccf-wa-earth-awards-2018/ <p class="p1">For this year’s CCF WA Earth Awards submission we entered the Port Hedland Hospital Demolition and Remediation project.</p> <p class="p1">This project totalled $5.85M and was completed in 10 months, making it a worthy candidate for a Category 3 (projects valued $5M - $10M) nomination.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p2">Port Hedland is a regional town located in the Pilbara with an approximate population of 17,000 people. The old Port Hedland Hospital was in operation from the 1970’s through to 2010. In 2010 new medical facilities including a new hospital were built in South Hedland making the hospital in Port Hedland obsolete. Since 2010 the old hospital has remained unused in any capacity.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p2">DM Civil were awarded the contract to demolish all structures on this site, alongside <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/land-development/remediation/" target="_blank">remediation</a> and earthwork activities.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p2">In greater detail, and in sequence, the scope of works comprised of;<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <ul><li>Furniture removal and disposal<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></li> <li>Asbestos containing material identification, removal and disposal<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></li> <li>Building demolition, material segregation and disposal<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></li> <li>Service removal, segregation and disposal<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></li> <li>Contaminated soil removal and disposal<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></li> <li>Bulk Earthworks<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></li> <li>Detailed Earthworks<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></li> </ul><p class="p3">Through DM Civil’s innovation we began a discussion with the client to offer a more economical method for the <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/land-development/earthworks/">earthworks</a> portion of this project. We proposed that once the buildings had been demolished and footings removed we would undertake a detailed survey of the existing ground levels. From this information a cut and fill model was generated to ensure maximum utilisation of the material on site whilst ensuring the<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>maximum slope angle requirement was adhered to. This also triggered the discussion for stormwater runoff modelling, where drains were designed with a basin and rock protection as required.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p1">By utilising our ‘Topcon Machine Control Systems’ we provided a massive saving in survey crew, field times and eliminated the need for more than 1000 survey pegs to be installed on site. Using the Machine Control on the Grader, enabled us to accurately trim large areas in a very short time.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p1">We were recently notified that this project was selected as a finalist for this category, with the awards night to be held on the 10<span class="s1">th </span>of August, where we’ll find out if we’ve won.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p2">Win or lose, a big thank you and congratulations to everyone involved on this project for another job well done.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> Tue, 07 Aug 2018 12:52:28 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/ccf-wa-earth-awards-2018/ New Contracts Awarded - Millars Landing https://dmcivil.com.au/news/new-contracts-awarded/ <p class="p1">Millars Landing Stage 1A reached practical completion on 15<span class="s2">th </span>May 2018. Based on our performance and the proactive attitude of our project team, DM Civil was asked to submit a quote for the next stage, Millars Landing Stage 1B. We also tendered for a new Type 40 waste <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/water-infrastructure/">water pump station</a> (WWPS) and pressure main (PM) which will service the subdivision and future development. We also priced the installation of the gravity sewer main extension and water main between Stage 1A and the new WWPS.<span class="Apple-converted-space"><br></span></p> <p class="p2">We are delighted to announce that we have been successful on all three bids, with works scheduled to start in early July. The WWPS has a contract duration of 16 weeks and Stage 1B, including the sewer extension, will be constructed over a contract period of 21 weeks.<span class="Apple-converted-space"><br></span></p> <p class="p2">The pump station is approximately 10m deep with excavation in wet clayey material which will require extensive dewatering and ASS management. The pump station wet well will be constructed using precast concrete segments and the project includes all the associated inlet/outlet pipework, pumps, instrumentation, SCADA control and overflow storage. To ensure the pump station can be brought on line we will also be installing a pressure main and electrical connection between the pump station and Baldivis Road.<span class="Apple-converted-space"><br></span></p> <p class="p2">Stage 1A is a regular subdivision which includes minor <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/land-development/earthworks/">earthworks</a>, sewer reticulation, stormwater and subsoil drainage, water reticulation, roadworks, laterite block retaining walls, underground power and a communication network. It also includes the 900m gravity sewer linking the subdivision to the new pump station.<span class="Apple-converted-space"><br></span></p> <p class="p3">The project team involved with Millars Landing Stage 1A will continue to provide quality outcomes for our client throughout these additional projects.<span class="Apple-converted-space"><br></span></p> <p class="p3"><a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/get-in-touch/">Contact</a> DM Civil today to learn more.</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2018 18:11:33 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/new-contracts-awarded/ DM Civil kicking goals https://dmcivil.com.au/news/dm-civil-kicking-goals/ <p class="p1">DM Civil undertakes a wide range of project works throughout Western Australia from Albany through to Karratha and beyond. The diversity of the communities amongst which we conduct our activities presents DM Civil with a range of unique challenges and opportunities. DM Civil is committed to undertaking <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/">our projects</a> in a responsible manner, such that the potential for disruption to the local community is minimised as much as possible.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p2">However, some degree of disruption is unavoidable and therefore, ensuring that we focus on community engagement in various forms is paramount. Keeping the community informed on the progress and location of upcoming works using various media ensures that they are fully informed and can relay any concerns back to us to rectify in a timely manner.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p2">In addition to informing the locals of our work activities, our crews often become a significant part of these communities for the duration of the works. We are currently working in Nilgen on the outskirts of Lancelin installing 14 kilometres of new <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/water-infrastructure/">water reticulation</a> for the Water Corporation. The duration of this project is five months with several crews calling Lancelin home for this period. Three crew members have decided to join in with training sessions at ‘Lancelin Ledge Point Pirates Football Club.’ This was initially done to maintain their general health and fitness. However, after a few sessions they were asked to play for the league team.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p2">Kyle Dougan, Kade Pescod and Cody Spanjers have been picked to play for the league team each week since their arrival and are making a great impact. So far, they have received several accolades between them including; ‘best forward on ground’ and ‘best on ground’. DM Civil is proud of their efforts and will continue to encourage their contribution back to the community.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p3">DM Civil remains focused on achieving positive outcomes for our key stakeholders, one of which is the local community. This approach affords DM Civil the opportunity to leave Lancelin with the lasting impression that we care about the communities in which we work in addition to delivering a quality project that benefits that <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/about/social-responsibility/">community</a>.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:30:06 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/dm-civil-kicking-goals/ DM Civil Achieves an Improved Rating for Our Platinum WorkSafe Plan https://dmcivil.com.au/news/dm-civil-achieves-an-improved-rating-for-our-platinum-worksafe-plan/ <p class="p1">On 29<span class="s2">th </span>March 2018, we were independently audited for renewal at <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/about/safety-environment-and-quality/platinum-accreditation/">Platinum level for WorkSafe Plan Certificates of Achievement</a>. Platinum certificates are only achieved by organisations that can demonstrate the highest standards of occupational safety and health (OSH) against Worksafe’s comprehensive criteria.<span class="Apple-converted-space"><br></span></p> <p class="p2">We first received Platinum in 2016, with renewal required every two years.<span class="Apple-converted-space"><br></span></p> <p class="p2">The WorkSafe Plan has five elements and each one has a standard that describes the performance expected for that element. Within each element are several indicators that a company is measured on. The five elements are:<span class="Apple-converted-space"><br></span></p> <ul><li>Management Commitment<span class="Apple-converted-space"><br></span></li> <li>Planning<span class="Apple-converted-space"><br></span></li> <li>Consultation and Reporting<span class="Apple-converted-space"><br></span></li> <li>Hazard Management<span class="Apple-converted-space"><br></span></li> <li><a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/about/training/">Training and Supervision</a><span class="Apple-converted-space"><br></span></li> </ul><p class="p2">DM Civil always strives for continual improvement of our management systems and we were thrilled to be advised that our overall percentage rating had increased from 2016. This outstanding achievement has resulted from a continued and unified commitment to safety across the whole company.<span class="Apple-converted-space"><br></span></p> <p class="p3">We thank all of our employees for embracing our systems and contributing to improvements.<span class="Apple-converted-space"><br></span></p> <p class="p3"><a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/get-in-touch/">Get in contact</a> with DM Civil today on <a href="http://tel:0894921800">(08) 9492 1800</a> to learn more about our commitment to safety.</p> Wed, 16 May 2018 13:24:42 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/dm-civil-achieves-an-improved-rating-for-our-platinum-worksafe-plan/ Successful outcomes for a unique project https://dmcivil.com.au/news/successful-outcomes-for-a-unique-project/ <p class="p1">The replacement of a 70-year-old timber bridge over the Oaklands Main Drain on Gossage Road, Cardup was a small yet unique project compared to other conventional <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/pipelines/wellington-street-150ci-water-main-replacement/">Water Corporation infrastructure projects</a> we have completed. This showcased DM Civil’s wide spectrum of civil construction capabilities including demolition, <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/land-development/remediation/">remediation</a>, <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/land-development/earthworks/">earthworks</a>, concrete works, culvert installation, traffic management, environment management and community liaison.</p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1">The scope of works encompassed demolishing the old timber bridge structure, installation of a new box-culvert drainage crossing, restoring the road pavement, installation of road safety barriers and associated minor earthworks. The demolition of the old timber bridge was considered a high-risk construction activity and was vigorously scrutinised by the Principal. A comprehensive Demolition Safe Work Method Statement was developed which ensured that the demolition works were carried out safely, and in an environmentally-friendly manner.</p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p2">The construction works required a 6-week full road closure of Gossage Road between Kargotich Road and Hopkinson Road. This road closure involved considerable planning and consultation with the Shire of Serpentine - Jarrahdale and local residents, notifying road users and emergency services.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p>One of the biggest challenges working in open drainage channel is the diversion of stream flow around the construction site. Although it had been anticipated that the drain would be dry during the construction period in the months of February-March, there was still a possibility of a summer storm which could have generated significant flow through the bridge location. Coffer dams and bypass pumping facilities were put in place as preparation for such potential storm events. The construction program also incorporated some flexibility to adjust the timing of critical construction activities such as casting of base/apron slabs to avoid such wet weather conditions. This was achieved through closely monitoring the weather forecast outlook leading to these critical construction activities.</p> <p> </p> <p>The Lifting Procedure which was developed in-house had been put to the test on this project whereby DM Civil-owned excavators were used to lift precast concrete units up to 4 tonnes. Skilful operation of the excavators enabled the precast box-culverts, link slabs, wing/head walls to be safely lifted and placed into position with precision.</p> <p> </p> <p>Working in a relatively pristine rural environment like Gossage Road, <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/about/safety-environment-and-quality/">environment and safety</a> had been important aspects of the project. The construction site was fenced up and isolated from the public and extensive traffic management measures were implemented to enforce the full road closure to the project site. Disturbance to the environment was kept to a minimum and disturbed areas were reinstated or improved from the original condition. We provided a safer route for a busy road used by commuters, heavy trucks and the local community.</p> <p> </p> <p>The new bridge was completed successfully with satisfied stakeholders, namely, Water Corporation and Shire of Serpentine/Jarrahdale. This project demonstrates the diversity of <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/">DM Civil’s capabilities</a> and reiterates our ability to provide comprehensive civil solutions. Our focus is to work closely with clients to achieve their strategic goals in the most cost-effective way.</p> <p> </p> Fri, 27 Apr 2018 09:21:56 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/successful-outcomes-for-a-unique-project/ DM Civil goes solar https://dmcivil.com.au/news/dm-civil-goes-solar/ <div> <p>With the ever increasing cost and consumption of power, the <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/about/board-of-management/">Board of Management</a> looked into what might be done at its Maddington premises to reduce our environmental footprint. </p> </div> <div> <p>The combined workshop, fabrication shop and office consumed around 123,000 kW hours of power last year at much higher tariffs than domestic rates. That usage is the equivalent of about 20 average households. </p> </div> <div> <p>We’ve also seen in the last 7 years the combined power use and power cost increase by 37% over that period. </p> </div> <div> <p>The Board of Management decided to tackle this as a two stage strategy: </p> </div> <div><ol><li>Install a total of 181 solar panels (270 Watts each), 147 panels on the office roof connected to two 15 kW inverters and 34 panels on the fabrication shop roof connected to a 7 kW inverter;</li> <li><span>Replace the existing, power hungry, hi-bay and florescent overhead lights, with high efficiency and long lasting LED lights in both the workshop and the fabrication shop. </span></li> </ol></div> <div> <p>It’s anticipated that the solar panels will generate an approximate average of 200 kW hours per working day, or 48,000 kW hours per year. That’s roughly the equivalent to 40% of DM Civil’s power consumption in a year. </p> </div> <div> <p>At today’s power cost it’ll mean that the solar systems will pay for itself in less than 5 years, however, if we allow for similar increases in the cost of power that we’ve witnessed over the last 5 years, this repayment period is more likely to be about 4 years. </p> </div> <div> <p>The light conversion provides a 10% reduction of power use, approximately 12,000 kW hours per year. This means that the cost of replacing the lights will be recouped within 3 years, at today’s power costs. </p> </div> <div> <p>We expect that these two strategies combined will see DM Civil’s power usage from the grid halved immediately. </p> </div> <div> <p>It’s extremely early to gauge the overall success, but so far, we can report that for the month of March, since the system was installed, we’ve had 25 consecutive days of data that show the panels have been delivering on its estimated average of 200 kW hours per day, so all systems are functioning as expected. </p> </div> <div> <p>DM Civil is glad to have taken this positive step towards offsetting our carbon footprint and hopes it’ll give Mother Nature a small helping hand.</p> <p> </p> <p>Head over to our <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/about/safety-environment-and-quality/">Safety, Environment and Quality</a> page to download out Environmental Sustainability PDF or <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/get-in-touch/">contact us</a> today to learn how DM Civil are striving to decrease their environmental impact.</p> </div> Thu, 12 Apr 2018 19:54:05 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/dm-civil-goes-solar/ CCF’s Industry and Training Awards https://dmcivil.com.au/news/ccfs-industry-and-training-awards/ <p>The WA branch of the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) held its President’s Gala on Friday 23rd February to present the annual Industry and Training Awards for 2017.</p> <p>This prestigious event was the biggest yet, fielding the largest number of entries across all categories and attracting over 300 guests from across the civil industry. </p> <p class="p2">DM Civil were finalists in 3 categories - Workplace Health and Safety, Women in Civil (Tessa McGrath) and Plant Operator of the Year (David Parker). </p> <p class="p2">We were thrilled when Dave Parker was announced as the <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/about/awards/">winner of Plant Operator of the Year</a>. There were 4 other very strong finalists in this category. Commencing with DM Civil in July 2000, Dave has worked on the majority of our key and unique projects. His operating aptitude exemplifies quality, safe and efficient completion of extremely difficult tasks, in potentially dangerous circumstances, with minimal instruction or need for supervision. He is fastidious with his workmanship and produces <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/about/safety-environment-and-quality/">consistent standards of safe excavation</a>. </p> <p class="p2">Dave is committed to ensuring that project milestones are met. This is demonstrated through his willingness to extend daily, shift or roster times over and above his sustained remote work schedule. </p> <p class="p2">Dave’s machine maintenance and servicing ensures that his machine exceeds expected production life. His technical knowledge of machine attachments such as hydraulic rock breakers and vacuum pipe lifters is first-rate. His extensive knowledge and experience allows us to utilise him in a supervisory/leading hand position when necessary. He’s trusted to communicate honestly and professionally with his Project and Construction Managers, as well as key project stakeholders. </p> <p class="p3">Dave has been a loyal employee for over 17 years. He embraces all the best qualities an employer seeks in not only a plant operator, but an employee. He believes in our core principles and sets out to achieve positive outcomes. His consistency of quality, safe production capabilities coupled with his self-imposed high maintenance standards sets him apart. Congratulations Dave on this outstanding and well deserved achievement.<br><br>Congratulations also to Tessa on being a finalist for <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/news/women-embrace-the-civil-industry/">Women in Civil</a>. There were 5 other finalists in this category. Tessa commenced in April 2015 as a graduate Civil Engineer. She continues to demonstrate strong commitment and dedication to civil engineering. Her ability to grasp unique project challenges and source appropriate solutions is equivalent to someone with far greater experience. </p> <p class="p1">Tessa is beginning her journey toward chartered engineer status and her recognition elsewhere, including <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/news/tessa-mcgrath-gets-published/">being a published engineer</a>, certainly indicates a promising and successful career ahead. Only two years in to her profession, Tessa has a proven interest in civil infrastructure projects. She’s been involved with notable clients including Water Corporation, Austral Bricks and Clough. She holds her own with client and key stakeholder negotiations and is efficient with resource allocation and coordination of personnel and subcontractors. Tessa is also astute with contractual requirements and reporting. </p> <p class="p2">We have full confidence that Tessa’s continued contribution to the <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/">civil construction</a> industry will be beneficial and successful. Congratulations Tessa. </p> Sun, 11 Mar 2018 15:13:38 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/ccfs-industry-and-training-awards/ Your partner in construction https://dmcivil.com.au/news/your-partner-in-construction/ <div> <p>As primary contractor, DM Civil provide comprehensive earthworks solutions, rehabilitation of contaminated sites as well as environmental and heritage management. We work closely with clients to achieve their environmental and strategic goals to deliver timeframes in various conditions. </p> </div> <p>Water Corporation, through its alliance partner for water infrastructure, Programmed Facility Management (PRA) has engaged Perth civil contractor DM Civil to demolish, remediate and replace the 70-year old timber bridge crossing at the Oaklands Main Drain on Gossage Road Cardup.</p> <p>DM Civil’s ability to provide a diverse range of civil construction <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/">capabilities</a> including demolition, <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/land-development/remediation/">remediation</a>, earthworks, concrete works, culvert installation, pipeline bypass, traffic management and community liaison provides the Water Corporation with the confidence of contracting with them for this technical project.</p> <p>Demolition of the existing timber bridge mid-February marked the start of a 6-week full road closure of Gossage Road between Kargotich Road and Hopkinson Road. This road closure involved considerable planning and consultation, working in conjunction with local residents, road users and emergency services delivering a tailored satisfactory solution fully supported by the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale.</p> <p>Beneath the bridge the possibility of a different type of challenge presents with the diverting of surface flow in the drainage channel around the work site. Although it has been anticipated the drain would be dry during the construction period in the months of February-March, a summer storm sweeping through Perth in mid-January gave DM Civil a feel for a potential flow diversion scenario that it might have to deal with. While the tender schedule called for a bypass pumping of only 150 litre/sec, this January storm generated 850 litre/sec (estimated by the Consultant) of flood flow through the bridge location.</p> <p>Work is well underway with completion expected mid-March 2018.</p> <p>To learn more about how DM Civil can help your reach your environmental and strategic goals, <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/get-in-touch/">get in contact with us today</a>.</p> Wed, 28 Feb 2018 15:40:50 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/your-partner-in-construction/ In-House Land Surveyor Capabilities https://dmcivil.com.au/news/in-house-land-surveyor-capabilities/ <p>To ensure streamlined processes on site, DM Civil has in-house survey capabilities to facilitate the needs of our construction crews and safeguards the timing, quality and integrity of data for each project.</p> <p>Survey control is quite often a hold point in progression of the work. Our internal survey department works in partnership with our project management teams to ensure construction fronts are not delayed or compromised. Therefore, when unexpected changes in design occur, we’re able to rapidly deploy survey control to enable the job fronts to progress.</p> <p>This proves invaluable when multiple work fronts all need survey input to continue operating in order to meet tight construction programs.</p> <h2>Modern surveying equipment and techniques</h2> <p>Machine control systems installed in construction equipment allow for more complex, detailed and <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/land-development/earthworks/">efficient earthworks</a> and roadworks to be completed by plant operators.</p> <p>Our survey department is prepared with a full range of survey equipment including up to date GPS and Total Station instrumentation.</p> <p>Adopted use of the “survey network” for projects within the metropolitan area results in quicker and more efficient operations with no base station setup required. This provides for a much safer environment with reduced traffic control required and minimal disturbance to the community.</p> <h2>Drone Surveying</h2> <p>DM Civil is constantly reviewing and introducing new technologies and processes. The most recent being the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for surveying existing ground levels at the Millars Landing subdivision. We have also used a vehicle mounted scanner to survey verge and road surface levels for a 14km pipeline in Nilgen.</p> <p>We believe our in-house capabilities such as surveying adds value by complementing our construction processes, resulting in cost-effective delivery of a high-quality project within tight programs.</p> <p>If you’re looking for land surveying services in Perth or Western Australia, please <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/get-in-touch/">get in touch with DM Civil today</a>.</p> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:40:27 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/in-house-land-surveyor-capabilities/ Announcing DM Civil’s newest Chartered Professional Engineer https://dmcivil.com.au/news/announcing-dm-civils-newest-chartered-professional-engineer/ <p class="p1">It is our pleasure to recognise the graduation of Daniel Buckley to Professional Civil Engineer, Chartered status. Daniel graduated from the University of Nottingham in England in July 2011 with a Master’s Degree in Engineering with Honours. He worked in roles including investment banking analyst and as a structural designer before joining our team at DM Civil as a Civil Engineer. Daniel commenced with DM Civil on 2<span class="s2">nd </span>December 2013 and was recognised as a diligent worker with a genuine desire to fulfil his role.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p2">Daniel has been working on his 16 module course for approximately 18 months. His competencies were verified at each stage by our General Manager of Engineering, Bruce Shaw. Daniel was also required to demonstrate 150 hours of continuous professional development to show commitment to learning and advancement in his field of civil engineering. His assessment at the state headquarters of Engineers Australia was held on Friday 3<span class="s2">rd </span>November where the culmination of the course was a 2 hour interview with 2 panel engineers as well as the state assessor, James Brown.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p2">Daniel commenced in the estimating department which gave a good grounding in the principles on which we base our pricing, productivities and general methodologies for our projects. Following this, Daniel was introduced to the field and has worked on a variety of projects. However, his most challenging role to date was the recently completed Port Hedland Hospital demolition. This has been an 11 month journey for Daniel and an introduction to demolition works including an education in the classification, handling and disposal of asbestos. Daniel was responsible for a site workforce of over 20 people including an asbestos removal subcontractor, a demolition subcontractor, environmental consultants and DM Civil personnel as well as the client, the project manager, the quantity surveyor, the local government and random visits from the public and union officials. The project was high profile in Port Hedland, LandCorp and the government of WA.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p3">We congratulate Daniel on his achievements to date and particularly on his recent appointment and we are proud as a company to have helped to foster an environment where this achievement is encouraged and celebrated.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:36:32 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/announcing-dm-civils-newest-chartered-professional-engineer/ Diversity https://dmcivil.com.au/news/diversity/ <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Why is diversity so important in this current market? </strong>In recent years the civil construction industry has faced numerous challenges and continues to evolve with economic, political and social changes, heightened focus on environmental sustainability, disruptive technologies and project complexities, to name a few. Being able to provide diverse capabilities, in-house support and flexibility are key to answering our clients’ needs.</p> <p>Since 1976, DM Civil has consistently delivered quality, innovative and diverse <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/">civil construction solutions</a> across Perth and throughout regional Western Australia.Our latest project map for 2017 highlights our continued ability to deliver all of our diverse capabilities irrespective of the location.</p> <p>We understand that every client is different. DM Civil offers rapid response and flexibility to unique construction challenges, tailored for each project. We own and maintain our plant and equipment, ensuring streamlined logistics and material supply to remote locations. We have successfully completed necessary infrastructure projects in remote aboriginal communities.</p> <p>To be diverse, you need experience. DM Civil directly employs our multi-skilled workforce.  Our entire team from management and engineers to supervisors and labourers have specialised experience across all of our capabilities.</p> <p>Our success stems from a core principle of building strong relationships with our diverse clients and key project stakeholders. We embed ourselves in, liaise with and support local communities. We engage with and commercially support local business.  Minimising our construction footprint and impact on communities is at the forefront of our project delivery.</p> <p><strong>DM Civil’s diversity is reflected in our people, our proven capacity to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes, the businesses we collaborate with and the communities in which we operate. Being diverse is at the core of our continued success.  </strong></p> <p> <img class="leftAlone" title="" src="https://dmcivil.com.au/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage720529-DMC-diversity-map-range.jpg" alt="DMC diversity map range" width="720" height="529"></p> <p> </p> Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:00:48 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/diversity/ Sustainable strategies successful for Mundaring Weir Upgrade Stage 2 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/sustainable-strategies-successful-for-mundaring-weir-upgrade-stage-2/ <p class="Pa0">The Mundaring Weir Stage 2 Upgrade is intended to enhance the intake tower to meet increasing demand for water up to the year 2050 and follows on from the Stage 1 upgrade of the existing high-level outlet. There are numerous heritage listed buildings on this project and we have implemented several strategies to mitigate any structural impact.</p> <p class="Pa0">This upgrade will be achieved through the following objectives:</p> <ul><li>lowering the minimum operating level in the reservoir by 5.6m, which in turn reduces the surface area and thereby evaporation,</li> <li>reducing the dead storage capacity and giving a one-off provision of 10.5 GL to the Goldfields and Agricultural Water Supply (GAWS),</li> <li>extending the asset life of the dam pipework and structures, and</li> <li>making improvements to operational safety.</li> </ul><p class="Pa0">The project has been broken into multiple subcontracts of which DM Civil was initially awarded the civil package and, due to our performance, were then awarded the concrete demolition package and various associated projects. The civil package involved construction of an access ramp and pads for a 400-tonne crawler crane, construction of a temporary PE lined stilling pool, and excavation and backfill for the construction of the new valve pit. The concrete demolition package involves a variety of cutting, coring, wire sawing, jackhammering and rock breaking works for the modifications being made to the existing dam structure and pipework. Over the course of the project we will complete more than 300m of coring in various diameters, 200m<sup>2</sup> of wire sawing and 500m<sup>3</sup> of concrete removal. This is being done under challenging conditions including working at heights, confined space, rope access, close proximity to heritage listed buildings and a busy worksite with many separate contractors.</p> <p class="Pa0">Two major components of the concrete demolition package that we have completed include concrete removal from the base of the intake tower and the creation of the adit, a pedestrian access-way between the toe of the dam and the lower gallery which runs inside the dam along its length.</p> <p class="Default">The adit was formed by cutting and removing a 2.4m high by 1.4m wide by 8.5m long block out of the dam wall itself. This involved coring into the dam wall, installing a rescue system to go inside the wall to feed wire through, wire sawing and then pulling concrete sections out of the wall. With the dam wall being sloped and the proposed adit alignment not being perpendicular to the face we had to find a way to compensate for the angles in two directions. We did this by designing and fabricating a frame in our yard which bolted to the dam wall creating a flat, perpendicular face for the drill rig to bolt onto. Following the core holes, we completed over 100m of wire sawing to isolate the block from the wall and, as the isolated block weighed nearly 80 tonnes, cut it into four smaller sections. Each of these sections still weighed between 16 and 24 tonnes so to facilitate their removal we designed and fabricated our own frames and developed a winch system and pulling plate specifically engineered and set up to suit the exact parameters of the job.</p> <p class="Default"> As there were many heights to navigate on this project we custom designed and fabricated another frame onsite and in our Maddington yard.  This was capable of holding 32 tonnes for the blocks to be pulled onto. This frame was crucial for two main reasons. Firstly, if the block started to tip while being pulled it had the potential to wedge and get stuck in the wall, and secondly, if caught by gravity the block could have slid in an uncontrolled manner and fallen up to 5.5m. Once out of the wall, our excavator and rock breaker were used to move and downsize the concrete for removal from site. With the heavy weights and pulling pressure involved, multiple meetings were held between DM Civil and Clough to ensure the correct procedures were in place to prioritise the safety of all personnel on site.</p> <p class="Default">The next challenge for this project will be to begin the demolition works inside the dam wall itself. Using the adit we created we will access the lower gallery and commence work to widen the gallery for installation of new staircases, resulting in safer access for maintenance in the future.</p> <p>This project showcases DM Civil’s ability to work in technical, high safety risk and heritage sensitive environments. Here, we have combined multiple civil construction disciplines including <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/land-development/earthworks/">earthworks</a>, concrete cutting, coring, demolition, recycling and waste removal. We are able to offer flexible, customised, in-house design and <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/about/our-company/">fabrication capabilities</a> to compliment any unfolding project demands.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Tue, 24 Oct 2017 12:22:12 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/sustainable-strategies-successful-for-mundaring-weir-upgrade-stage-2/ Our alternative options provide the best solution for Roleystone DN760 Water Main Replacement. https://dmcivil.com.au/news/our-alternative-options-provide-the-best-solution-for-roleystone-dn760-water-main-replacement/ <p class="Pa0">Perth Region Alliance (PRA) released a design and construct package to replace a section of the existing DN760 locking bar pipe over 150 metres. The section is located on a hillside leading off Butcher Road, Roleystone and down to the Canning River.</p> <p class="Pa0">The submissions required two options to be offered for construction. The first option was to slip-line the existing steel pipe with a polyethylene sleeve and join back into the existing main with a butt welded PE flange and backing ring fixed to a steel flange with tapers to match the existing.</p> <p class="Pa0">The second option was to remove the existing section of locking bar pipe and replace the length with DN630 PE and, as with the first option, join back into the existing main with a butt welded PE flange and backing ring fixed to a steel flange with tapers to match the existing. <br><br>DM Civil offered an additional third option to replace the length of failed pipe with new MSCL ‘Sintakote’ pipe. This would normally be a cost prohibitive option. However, our pipe supplier, <a href="http://www.steelmains.com/" target="_blank">Steel Mains</a>, assisted us with competitive pricing to provide the best solution for replacement on a slope of 1 in 3 in a bushfire prone environment. <br><br>The client immediately chose the slightly more expensive, best engineering option and, following post-tender clarifications, awarded the contract to DM Civil.</p> <p class="Pa0">There are tight timeframes and compliance requirements for all stakeholders involved. The terrain requires particular attention for safe construction. With a 1 in 3 slope, only tracked machines can be used.  Even walking up and down the pipe route is a physical effort. <br><br>Our experienced and skilled machinery operators will need to maintain vigilance on such steep slopes. Further operating restrictions include the neighbouring property to the East, which must be left undisturbed, and the existing live DN1370 pipe to the West, which must be protected from damage at all costs, as it is a vital water supply. <br><br>Our team is working closely with PRA to ensure that the project can be delivered safely and in a timely manner to meet the shutdown schedule for the adjacent DN1370 main. We await the final design document by our design partner, <a href="http://wge.com.au/" target="_blank">Wood &amp; Grieve Engineers</a>. These must then be approved by <a href="https://www.watercorporation.com.au/" target="_blank">Water Corporation</a> before being issued for construction.</p> <p>The locking bar pipe, circa 1920’s, was the original feed line from Canning Dam. It has done a good job over the past ninety-plus years, taking into consideration the technology available at the time for both manufacturing and construction techniques. <br><br>The existing above ground pipe will be replaced with buried pipe covered by rock scour protection to prevent unearthing the pipe and to avoid cover material being introduced into the Canning River. <br><br>An existing scour point used for riparian flow to the Canning River in summer will be repositioned to a safer operating point. 200 metres to the North, a further task is to replace the existing DN600 gate valve with an equivalent butterfly valve with bypass arrangement. <br><br>This will be a fully spooled assembly dropped in as one piece and welded in place with flat and convex weld bands. The joints at either end of both locations will require special attention during welding.</p> <p>We continue to demonstrate our diversity, motivation and commitment to ‘getting the job done’ under any conditions and provide tailored sustainable <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/pipelines/">pipeline solutions</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Pa0"> </p> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:59:10 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/our-alternative-options-provide-the-best-solution-for-roleystone-dn760-water-main-replacement/ Stakeholder management key to Karratha City Centre project https://dmcivil.com.au/news/stakeholder-management-key-to-karratha-city-centre-project/ <p style="text-align: left;" align="center">DM Civil’s service for land development projects is all encompassing, from remediation, earthworks and infrastructure installation to roadworks and landscaping. Stakeholder management is a critical component for the successful delivery of the project. For us, stakeholders include any client, consultant, local authority or service provider, businesses or the general public, who may potentially be impacted or disrupted by the works.  </p> <p style="text-align: left;">Our stakeholder management is tailored and regularly reviewed for each project to ensure successful outcomes for all involved.  DM Civil recently completed a project in the City of Karratha, which demonstrates the importance of building strong relationships with stakeholders, honest and timely communication, and delivering a professional service to everyone affected during construction.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Key stakeholders for this project included LandCorp, Water Corporation, City of Karratha, the Ibis Styles Karratha Hotel, St Paul’s Primary School and many small businesses within the vicinity.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">DM Civil completed the contract works for LandCorp on Karratha Terrace East and the Searipple Road Roundabout. This contract commenced in April 2016 and was under continuous construction until the end of July 2017. As shown in the photo below the project has a large footprint with over 10,000 square metres of new road constructed. The construction activities ranged from demolition, clearing, building, roadworks, walls, stormwater drainage, sewers, water reticulation, power, communications and landscaping. </p> <p style="text-align: left;">The additional and most demanding and time-consuming task on the project was stakeholder management. Our key stakeholder for the initial contract was the Ibis Hotel-Motel. Ibis Styles operates a hotel, accommodation, function centre and a sub-leased TAB agency for which access had to remain continuous. Exclusion zones, which included continuous access to all areas, were difficult to design and maintain with four separable portions. Unmapped services was a high risk item throughout with power and fire control water lines previously constructed in an ad hoc manner being discovered weekly. A new experience for DMC was the relocation of a gas bullet, which brought with it, a raft of safety compliance issues. The Ibis management and staff proved to be one of the most accommodating organisations we have ever dealt with and we are in their debt for their understanding of our tasks which sometimes led to unavoidable shutdowns which they were forced to work around and reschedule events.  </p> <p style="text-align: left;">The project management and construction efficiencies offered by DM Civil resulted in the underrun of the project budget and allowed our client, LandCorp, to offer an extension to the contract by constructing a new roundabout.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The roundabout provided the last measure of traffic planning for the precinct to be implemented. This additional works package introduced another group of stakeholders. The most sensitive of these was St Pauls Primary School on the South-East corner of the roundabout. With the roundabout construction being split into two phases, traffic control was the key issue. To this end, DMC, LandCorp, Wood &amp; Grieve Engineers and City of Karratha provided designs and funding to the school to arrange temporary bus pickup’s, new links between carparks, additional parking, signage, traffic control personnel and various amenity improvements over a 16 week period. Once again, our key stakeholder proved to be very understanding of the difficulties and appreciative of our efforts to accommodate the activities and timetable of the school.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The business houses along adjoining Hedland Place, in particular North West Realty, were also affected by our works in terms of customer traffic access, noise, vibration and service disruptions. A good rapport was established by the construction group prior to works commencing and this proved to be invaluable to our scheduling of activities. This group of businesses had previously experienced difficulties with the city centre upgrade and were understandably apprehensive about another activity commencing on their doorsteps.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">One of the key achievements of the project and construction team for Karratha Terrace East was the timely completion of the works despite the pressure to also complete 3 other fast-track short term projects in Karratha and Port Hedland. These projects presented as opportunities to help existing clients and to secure new clients and activities. The pressure to perform was taken up by the group and helped along by reinforcements from the trenchless and transport divisions of DMC. We commenced and completed the Styles Road Valve Replacement in Port Hedland for Water Corporation. This was an essential service for the town and presented the full spectrum of difficulties possible for remote projects including design changes, unexpected finds and lack of shutdown support due to faulty existing assets. We also commenced and completed a site remediation project through GHD Pty Ltd for Department of Lands in Wedgefield, Port Hedland. This was another fast track project which was only made possible by the diligence of the Hedland contingent and the experience of the same, gained through our current demolition contract at Port Hedland Hospital. The third and final project which tested the resource of the Karratha Terrace East work, was an earthworks contract for a future mercury processing plant in Gap Ridge, Karratha. A seemingly simple task was made difficult due to the hardness of the existing fill material. This which is a conglomerate of pindan soils mixed with gravel to form a substance with a hardness of rock and reliant on a very narrow optimum moisture content variation to achieve the specified compaction.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">As with all projects that are successfully delivered, there is a team behind that success. The production crew has worked tirelessly to reach milestones which many times seemed unachievable, but for the long shifts worked at the expense of family time. We were also very fortunate to have the support of our long-time client LandCorp. The LandCorp project managers showed a good deal of understanding of our tasks and we trust that their decision to engage DMC in a sensitive project has been vindicated. Equally, the Superintendent and Superintendent’s Representative from Wood &amp; Grieve Engineers showed trust in our decisions, often taken without consultation due to urgency of action, but in the interests of the project. Our time in Karratha was also made easy by the local suppliers and contractors, in particular, Karratha Earthmoving. They supplied our roadmaking materials and were at our disposal to provide machinery and services at a moment’s notice, an essential advantage on remote projects. Lastly, our key stakeholders have been very supportive and compliant to our requests and this was a direct result of early, clear communication by our Construction Manager and Project Engineer.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/land-development/">Land development</a> is a core capability for DM Civil.  Please feel free to contact us to ensure you’re dealing with an experienced civil contractor in WA, motivated to deliver successful project outcomes and effective stakeholder management.</p> <p>Highlight photo: Searipple Road Roundabout and Karratha Terrace East</p> Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:38:00 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/stakeholder-management-key-to-karratha-city-centre-project/ Trencher triumph for the Space Surveillance Telescope in Exmouth https://dmcivil.com.au/news/trencher-triumph-for-the-space-surveillance-telescope-in-exmouth/ <p>A new space surveillance telescope is to be relocated from New Mexico to an elevated position north of the township of Exmouth. The purpose of the installation is to track satellites and any space junk which may pose the threat of collision with those satellites.</p> <p>Sitzler is the lead contractor that will be managing the design and construct package to provide an access road and foundation for the telescope.</p> <p>DM Civil has been contracted to provide trenching services for the water, power and communications connections from the Harold E. Holt Naval Communication Station up to the telescope complex. Several stakeholders in mid-2016 approached us, during the bidding period, when the route selection revealed that hard rock excavation would be required. DM Civil’s trenching rock saws were recognised as the tool of choice for such a task.</p> <p>The route track approximately 6 kilometres from the existing Harold E. Holt facility back to the West to a hilltop and includes 3 creek crossings. The creek crossings were cut 3 metres deep and required a double cut to ensure working room for the numerous ducts and pipes to be installed. Our <a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/trencher-hire-and-services/tesmec-trs-1475/">TRS1475 trenching machine</a> was engaged and prepared for the job.</p> <p>The machine was adapted for the conditions, with the boom strengthened with additional welding to high stress areas and the pads having a further layer of hard facing to the contact ends to assist in the preservation of the outermost cutting teeth. To ensure for any onsite maintenance, a 40 foot sea container was loaded with spare parts including pads, cutting teeth and spare drive motors.</p> <p>Our trenching machine has been able to tackle the rugged conditions. The site’s geology ranges from tight silty sands similar to Pindan on the lower section and becomes rocky with increased elevation. The 3 creek crossings contain coarse alluvial sands and pebbles overlying hard rock at depths of around 3 metres. The final elevated section of the trench route near the telescope housing location, exhibited hard sandstone mixed with a darker extremely abrasive material. This material was hard enough to strip out 100 teeth from the cutting pads in a 12 hour day. This certainly worked the machine as it consumed up to 90 litres of diesel per hour. The hard rock sections are complete and the TRS1475 is now powering through the remainder of the route and expected to be complete around the end of July.</p> <p>Our client is pleased with our progress and the work ethic of our operators and boilermakers. Shifts have been adapted to ensure that we meet production targets. It has been a great effort by the crew members who have been dedicated to achieving this schedule. This demonstrates our capacity to provide reliable high production in rugged conditions. Our efforts have vindicated the client’s decision to seek out our services and engage us based on our reputation and class of machinery.</p> <p>DM Civil has specialised<a href="https://dmcivil.com.au/capabilities/trencher-hire-and-services/">trencher hire</a> plant and equipment to partner with contractors in the delivery of their projects. We have extensive experience with trenching machines for a variety of ground conditions, which offers flexible, reliable and cost effective alternatives over traditional excavation methods. </p> Thu, 06 Jul 2017 10:04:40 +0800 https://dmcivil.com.au/news/trencher-triumph-for-the-space-surveillance-telescope-in-exmouth/