A Win at RMS Quality Awards

Representing the OHL-Abergeldie Joint Venture. Mick Boyle was proud to receive a 2014 RMS Construction Quality Award for the recently completed $39.8 million duplication of a 2.1 km section of Schofields Road and construction of twin, multi-span road bridges. Roads and Maritime Services presented the award in recognition of high standards of project delivery in the ‘Projects Under $50 million’ category.

The road duplication and new 32.5m long twin bridges upgrade a 2.1 km stretch of Schofields Road, between its intersections with Windsor Road at Rouse Hill and Tallawong Road at Schofields in western Sydney.

The Award recognises high quality bridgework, best-for-project innovations in detailed design and construction methodology, tightly-controlled project management and the effectiveness of a highly cooperative approach to contract administration.

In the client letter of endorsement, Roads and Maritime Services commented that, “The quality of the bridgework was very good throughout the contract period”. To reduce on-site construction time and provide additional Quality assurance, OHL-Abergeldie initiated a variation to the design and construction methodology to have the supplier of the SuperT bridge girders install epoxy motor pads for the bearings under controlled factory conditions before the girders were delivered to site for installation. Another OHL-Abergeldie innovation was a design change to raise the height of the bridge pile caps in stage 2 of the works.  This approach substantially reduced the depth, complexity and cost of excavations within the creek bed and minimised potential for contamination of the waterway.

Abergeldie’s Mick Boyle (Managing Director) and Jason Fielding (Project Director) received the award on Tuesday morning, 18 August 2014, at a breakfast presentation. “We are very proud to receive this award”, said Mick. “It’s a tribute to the dedication and skills of our team, all of whom put in a great effort to deliver the project on budget and on time to tie in with Roads and Maritime Services plans for next stage of upgrades to Schofields Road.”

The road work elements of the project were unusually complex, due to the broad scope of related works, which included realigning Tallawong Road and The Ponds Boulevard at their intersections with the new dual carriageway and to accommodate future construction of the North West Rail Link; installing new traffic signals at the intersections of the new road and three cross streets; construction of a cycleway; landscaping; street lighting; signage; and relocation of multiple buried and overhead services, including gas, electricity, telecommunications, NBN cabling, water, sewerage and drainage. Staging, traffic management, community liaison and coordination of works with the owners of buried and overhead service lines were planned in detail and executed very effectively throughout the project. Bulk and detailed earthworks included extensive soil nailing to stabilise the face of a deep cutting which could not be battered because of the proximity of adjacent private properties.

* Pictured above: Geoff Fogarty (Director of Infrastructure Development, RMS) presenting Mick Boyle (Managing Director, Abergeldie) with the Construction Quality Award.

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