05 December 2011 - Aurecon, in joint venture with Hatch, was honoured for its work on the AUD800 million Abbot Point Coal Terminal X50 Expansion, named Project of the Year at the Consult Australia Awards for Excellence ceremony, held in Sydney on Friday 2 December.
The judges said, “Aurecon Hatch’s successful completion of this project reflects their ability to deliver Queensland and Australia with major infrastructure that will improve the value and efficiency of coal delivery and shipping nationwide.”
The Abbot Point X50 Expansion also won the Resources and Mining Gold Award at the event.
Further accolades for Aurecon at these national Consult Australia awards included the Project Management Gold Award for the Newcastle Coal Export Terminal; the Buildings (non-residential) Silver Award for Adelaide Oval Western Grandstand Redevelopment; and a Buildings (non-residential) Certificate of Recognition for the University of Adelaide’s Innova 21 building.
According to Consult Australia, the record field of entries for the excellence awards reflects world-class standards of quality, skills and client service delivery.
Bill Cox said, “Aurecon is proud to have been a key member of the teams on these complex major projects and congratulates our project partners. It is exciting to be recognised for our work by an esteemed, independent industry body. The collaboration and team work we have been able to achieve with our clients was a major contributor to the success of these projects both for our clients and for Aurecon.”
The expansion of the coal terminal to 50 Mtpa, which transforms the port precinct into one of global importance, is the largest port development project ever undertaken by a Port Authority in Queensland.
North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP), the port owner, commissioned Aurecon in joint venture with Hatch to complete all engineering design and tender procurement for the project.
The expansion was a complex undertaking, comprising both onshore and offshore facilities essentially duplicating the entire terminal and upgrading of much of the existing terminal, which had to be completed whilst maintaining the existing plant operation.
Mr Brad Fish, NQBP’s Chief Executive Officer, said “Despite the fast track delivery schedule we requested, and the volatility of the construction industry at the time, the exceptional commitment of the Aurecon Hatch design team, together with the contracting strategy adopted, ensured that the X50 expansion was completed to a high quality, within budget and on schedule."
Aurecon and Hatch, in joint venture were engaged to provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) services, and act as Principal Contractor to Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) for the development of a new greenfield 30Mtpa capacity coal export terminal at Newcastle.
The facility was designed to be expanded in stages to a 66Mtpa ultimate capacity facility in response to growing demand for additional coal export capacity.
A number of innovative techniques and features were incorporated, including wide bed stockpile designs using combined stacker reclaimers to provide 60% increase in coal storage capacity, reducing capital costs by about million. Fully automated stacking and reclaiming systems will reduce future operating costs and exceed environmental requirements.
Only one lost time injury was recorded during construction of the facility in over 4.5 million expended man hours. The project was delivered in 26 months, five weeks ahead of schedule, and under budget.
Adelaide Oval dates back over a century and is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque sporting grounds in the world. The redevelopment comprised the partial demolition and reconstruction of the existing Western members’ grandstand into a new AUD115 million 14 000 seat grandstand, which retains its heritage.
The new grandstand meets the client brief by providing individual bucket seats with 80% shade by lunch and brings patrons up to 15 m closer to the action. Within the central pavilion, a 600 seat dining room provides a first class function space coupled with panoramic views.
Aurecon provided total engineering services for the project including structural, civil, electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, fire protection, egress, wind, sports lighting, security, acoustic and audiovisual design.
Some of Aurecon’s design solutions include, advanced analyses and design for the feature diagrid roof, long span dynamically sensitive floor design, sustainable stormwater design and facilitation of the Safety in Design process.
Michael McDonough, Manager, Capital Works, South Australian Cricket Association, said, “Aurecon’s contribution was integral to the project’s success.”
The University of Adelaide's new AUD million Engineering, Mathematical and Computer Sciences building, Innova21, was designed to inspire students and can be used as a teaching tool due to its innovative features.
Aurecon performed advanced analysis and design of the ETFE roof trusses above the exhibition area. Our specialist structural glazing team’s facade design included curtain wall framing to the perimeter of the building, glass floors to the winter gardens, operable glass louvre walls and feature point fixed glazing to the ground floor areas.
The building has achieved Australia's first six star Green Star rating for an education building from the Green Building Council of Australia and has received rave reviews from the students and teaching staff alike.