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Replacement of 10 Collapsed Culverts

ClientQueensland Rail
Value$1.1M
StateQueensland
CompletedFebruary 2015

The replacement of 10 Collapsed Culverts is another example of how the VEC team are able to complete construction works within the limited closure time of just 48 hours.

This project entailed the replacement of 10 collapsed timber or concrete culverts with precast concrete culverts. There was a limited closure period of just 48 hours in which the construction works had to be completed. These culverts were all single or dual cell culverts. The 10 construction sites were spread across locations between Emerald and Longreach in outback Central West Queensland. This Design & Construct contract was developed to ensure at least 100 years of design life.

VEC self-performed all the works, including the replacement of the rail and all associated works. All of the precast concrete was fabricated by HUMES in Rockhampton and transported to site. Having all the sections constructed off-site meant measurements needed to be highly accurate, as small errors would have a significant effect on the program. The number one driver for the client was to not disrupt the train traffic. Any potential delays would have been detrimental to the local outback communities, as they heavily rely on the railway to transport their livestock to destinations where they are sold.

Challenges

With the wet season nearing quickly, the pressure was on the VEC crew to ensure all the construction works were completed on time. Some early seasonal flooding did occur throughout the construction, however this did not delay the works, nor did it have any negative impact on the VEC program. All of the culverts were replaced within the scheduled programed time-frames. Weather was a major challenge for the construction crew - from hail storms to extreme heat all day long. It was their careful time management that enabled them to complete the project on time and with zero incidents. The key to the safe delivery of this project was having a knowledgeable crew onsite who had vast experience with lifting the precast elements into place.

Head Office

10b Industrial Dr, Ulverstone,
TAS 7315

PO Box 812
Ulverstone, TAS 7315
info@vec.com.au

Phone +61 3 6425 6530
Fax +61 3 6425 6112

Hobart Office

Level 3, 116 Bathurst Street
Hobart, TAS 7000

PO Box 812
Ulverstone, TAS 7315
info@vec.com.au

Phone +61 3 6425 6530
Fax +61 3 6425 6112

Melbourne Office

Level 10, 567 Collins Street, 
Melbourne, VIC 3000

PO Box 812 
Ulverstone, TAS 7315
info@vec.com.au

Phone +61 (03) 9278 5100
Fax +61 3 6425 6112

Queensland Office

135 Coronation Drive
Milton, QLD 4064

PO Box 812 
Ulverstone, TAS 7315
info@vec.com.au

Phone +61 3 6425 6530
Fax +61 3 6425 6112