"We will definitely be in contact with VEC for any bridge work we have in the future." - HQ Plantations, Project Manager
The Byfield Region was subjected to devastating winds during Cyclone Marcia in February 2015. This partly decimated a large percentage of the forestry plantations. The roads which service the forestry have several small bridge crossings over creeks which were constructed out of timber and concrete in the early 1960s. The bridges had recently undergone structural inspection and had been assessed as impassable by vehicles.
As part of HQ Plantations’ salvage operations, the bridges required to be reconstructed and suitable for use by logging plant and trucks. The project included the design and construction of three single span bridges, one 12 metres long, the other two eight meters long.
The works were conducted in one of the hottest months in the region, therefore the team had to work quickly and efficiently to ensure they were not exposed to the extreme heat.
The construction sites were also in a remote location in the Byfield State Forest and National Park, approximately 40 kilometers north of Yeppoon, Queensland.
As it took up to 1.5 hours to relocate from one side of the Water Park Creek to the other side, the team had to think ahead and program their works to ensure they did not lose any time efficiencies.
This was the first project that VEC completed for SMEC. The collaboration with the client was positive, resulting in the successful completion of the project.