Projects

With over 20 years of experience, VEC has designed, constructed and rehabilitated many structures across Australia. By using the search function, you can search for projects under each category and/or location. Alternatively, chose the specific capability or location that you are searching to see a list of associated projects.
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While VEC strive for perfection, it is inevitable that challenges will occur on some projects. Our reputation for superior capability comes from our success in overcoming any challenges through innovative design, clever engineering and practical thinking.

The 22 Timber Bridge replacements are a prime example of how the VEC team are able to complete the replacement of a timber bridge with a precast bridge in the limited closure time of just 48 hours. By awarding all 22 bridges in 1 contract allowed for a design that was similar for the majority of the project - creating efficiencies for the client.

Bridges & Structures Piling & Foundations Plant & Equipment Precast Concrete Rail Infrastructure

Booral Road Bridge and Monkerai Road Bridges (x2), Bombah Point Road Bridge and Manning Hill Road Bridges (x2). This project is a total of 6 bridges: 2x single lane T-beam bridges; 1x dual lane T-beam bridge; 2x single lane plank bridges; and 1 dual lane plank bridge.

Bridges & Structures

The Alice River Rail Bridge was replaced within just 6 days. Utilising precast headstocks and the innovative Direct Fix for the rail-lines, VEC and the crew of just 8 were able to complete the project within the limited closure. This project is part of the 22 Timber Bridge Replacement, Designed and Constructed by VEC for Queensland Rail.

Bridges & Structures Piling & Foundations Plant & Equipment Precast Concrete Rail Infrastructure

Rio Tinto Wharf is used to unload alumina powder, with a single point unloading powder, with a single point unloading system (grab and hopper), that requires frequent shop warping movements alongside with the wharf during unloading. A wharf upgrade and new breasting dolphin where required to increase the capacity of the wharf for larger vessels.

Marine Infrastructure Piling & Foundations

The Devonport 3 East wharf was subject to accidental collision by a ship, causing significant damage to the berth. the work under this contract involved removal of damaged sections and the reconstruction of the wharf to its original condition, as well as works required to repair of the wharf structure. VEC utilised our in-house structural remediation capabilities and plant to deliver an aesthetically pleasing and functional result for the client.

Marine Infrastructure Piling & Foundations

The Blythe River Rail Bridge Replacement is being undertaken on the Western Line as part of the $20M ‘Four North West Bridges’ rehabilitation and replacement projects contracted out by Tasmanian Railway (TasRail). The project is located 500 m south of the mouth of the Blythe River where it discharges into Bass Strait in north west Tasmania. The bridge is in an exposed location and is subject to salt laden sea breezes.

Bridges & Structures Piling & Foundations Plant & Equipment Precast Concrete Rail Infrastructure

This project entails the re-routing of the existing fuel transfer line from BP’s North yard to their South yard in River Road, Burnie from above ground to underground.

Road Infrastructure

The $191 million Brighton Bypass is the largest road project in Tasmania’s history. It was divided into two sections, to be delivered by two separate joint ventures for the Tasmanian Government. Having built many bridges and with significant civil construction experience, VEC was awarded the Northern Section in joint venture with Thiess.

Bridges & Structures Piling & Foundations Road Infrastructure Precast Concrete

As part of Queensland Rail's quest to replace numerous timber rail bridges on the North Coast Line between Brisbane and Townsville, Cabbage Tree Creek near Lowmead and Redbank Road Bridge near Tiaro were to be replaced with concrete rail bridges.

Bridges & Structures Piling & Foundations Precast Concrete

The long low lying Capella Creek Rail Bridge was replaced by a pre-cast concrete structure. It was part of the 22 Timber Bridge Replacement Program, Designed and Constructed by VEC for Queensland Rail.

Bridges & Structures Piling & Foundations Precast Concrete Rail Infrastructure

After having completed numerous projects for Local Tasmanian Governments and having branched our business into Queenlsand, we are proud to have completed our first structures for the Banana Shire Council in the Capricorn region of Queensland.

Bridges & Structures Piling & Foundations Plant & Equipment Road Infrastructure Precast Concrete

The Cockle Creek Bridge is located about 3km south of Catamaran on the Cockle Creek. It has the distinction of being the most southerly road bridge in Australia.

Bridges & Structures Piling & Foundations Plant & Equipment Precast Concrete

This project for Queensland Rail entailed the Design and Construction for the replacement of 6 existing concrete culverts on the rail line between Colton and Benaraby, in limited closure timeframes and under electrified line.

Bridges & Structures Piling & Foundations Plant & Equipment Precast Concrete Rail Infrastructure

Since 1994, VEC has been building bridge structures throughout Tasmania. There are 29 Councils in Tasmania; VEC have completed projects for almost everyone of these councils over the years. With our head office continuing to thrive in Ulverstone, the majority of works performed over the years has been in Tasmania. There are very few bridges you cross that haven’t had some form of work done to them in the past by a VEC employee! Below is just a brief overview of a few.

Bridges & Structures

VEC have completed many bridges throughout the state of Victoria and Tasmania over the last few years. Below is a short summary of a selection of these bridges, including construction time and labour needed to complete the project.

Bridges & Structures

CSIRO Princes Wharf # 4 was constructed in 1963. The wharf comprises of prestressed concrete piles, cast in-situ pile caps, prestressed concrete beams and deck planks with a cast in-situ concrete deck on the top. Investigations detected some concrete corrosion and spalling and a corroded fender system on the berthing face of the wharf.

Marine Infrastructure Structural Remediation

To commemorate 150 years of rail in Queensland, Queensland Rail’s heritage steam train – fondly known as “Bety” – travelled from Brisbane to Longreach from the 10th - 17th of April 2015. Bety carried almost 2000 excited passengers, with hundreds of people welcoming them into the local town stations along the way. Bety crossed over the Darr River Rail Bridge; a milestone that drove the completion of the repairs to the bridge that VEC was undergoing.

Bridges & Structures Piling & Foundations Plant & Equipment Precast Concrete Rail Infrastructure

VEC have completed several projects for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DWELP - formally Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE)) over the past several years. These diverse projects range from culvert design and construction projects, to the replacement of multiple bridges.

Bridges & Structures Road Infrastructure

The Don River Rail Bridge Superstructure Replacement was undert aken on the Western Line as part of the ‘Four North West Bridges’ rehabilitation and replacement projects contracted out by Tasmanian Railway (TasRail). This project was the winner in Category 2 at the 2013 Tasmanian CCF Eart h Awards.

Bridges & Structures Piling & Foundations Plant & Equipment Precast Concrete Rail Infrastructure

VEC has completed 40+ projects for the Dorset Council over the past few years. Below is a short summary of a selection of these bridges.

Bridges & Structures Piling & Foundations Precast Concrete

A truck carrying an excavator struck the East Arm Rail Bridge badly damaging it. The incident caused the closure of the East Tamar Highway and significant disruption to road and rail freight in and out of Bell Bay.

Bridges & Structures Precast Concrete Rail Infrastructure

Since 1997, VEC have been performing works for Forestry Tasmania across the State. The projects sites are often remotely located, making aspects such as access and environmental concerns top priority. The VEC crew have always managed to complete the projects to meet the clients’ expectations and within budget. These projects are VEC’s specialty, as our previous experience has taught us how to concur these challenges.

Bridges & Structures Plant & Equipment Precast Concrete

The Forth River Rail Bridge Replacement is being undertaken on the Western Line as part of the $20M ‘Four North West Bridges’ rehabilitation and replacement projects contracted out by Tasmanian Railway (TasRail). The bridge is located on the Forth River and is approximately 1 km south of the river’s entrance to Bass Strait.

Bridges & Structures Piling & Foundations Plant & Equipment Precast Concrete

The Four North West Bridges rehabilitation and replacement projects was contracted out by Tasmanian Railway (TasRail). VEC Civil Engineering (VEC) designed and constructed the four structures in 2011 - 2014. These four structures have been a key milestone in VEC’s rail structure history. The Don River Rail Bridge was the winner in Category 2 at the 2013 Tasmanian CCF Earth Awards.

Bridges & Structures Piling & Foundations Plant & Equipment Precast Concrete Rail Infrastructure

As the Grafton Wharf was severely dilapidated, it required demolition to make place for the construction of a new wharf and docking ramp. This project is a wharf refurbishment consisting of earthworks, concrete demolition/reinstatement and sheet piling for a boat ramp.

Marine Infrastructure

The Heritage Council of Victoria and Engineers Australia have commended the Hepburn Shire Council, and in turn VEC, for what they have achieved by being able to retain the existing bridge for the local community. The Council expressed their gratitude to the way VEC went about their work and delivered the project on time, and by making it possible to retain the heritage bridge.

Bridges & Structures Precast Concrete

A joint venture project in Tasmania has undertaken what is believed to be Australia’s longest ever simply supported single span bridge launch. VEC Civil Engineering, with joint venture partner Thiess (VTJV), launched the 70 metre long single span over the Jordan River Levee on the federally funded Brighton Bypass project in southern Tasmania.

Bridges & Structures Piling & Foundations Plant & Equipment Road Infrastructure Precast Concrete

This project involved the replacement of three timber rail bridges on Queensland Rail’s North Coast Line. With crocodile infested waters near Sheep Station Creek and a simultaneous lift using nine cranes at Killymoon Creek, the projects were unique in their own rights.

Bridges & Structures Piling & Foundations Precast Concrete Rail Infrastructure

On the 6th of June 2016, Tasmania’s North West Coast was hit with devastating floods that destroyed several structures along the coast. The rail line affected between Burnie and Brighton, is the busiest in the state, carrying 65% of freight along the corridor. The Tasmanian Government estimated damages of up to $100m across the state. The floods took the lives of two people and destroyed properties, roads and structures across the entire coast. 173 buildings were affected and 52 homes damaged.

Bridges & Structures Piling & Foundations Plant & Equipment Precast Concrete Rail Infrastructure

The Kindred North Motton Irrigation Scheme (KNMIS) comprised of two components, the KNMIS system of pump stations and pipelines and the Sprent holding dam. VEC was awarded the pumps stations and pipelines component of the scheme.

Water Infrastructure

To reduce crashes and decrease peak period congestion at the junction of the Midland Highway southbound ramps and Kings Meadows Main Road the Department of State Growth sought to convert this junction to a roundabout.

Road Infrastructure

The $41M Kingston Bypass was the largest road infrastructure project ever to be awarded to a Tasmanian company in its own right. VEC completed the bypass six months ahead of schedule.

Bridges & Structures Road Infrastructure

 

For most of the Midland Highway, the predominant crash type is loss of control, most of which are single vehicle crashes with some resulting in head-on crashes and fatalities. Nearly 60% of the fatalities on the highway have been due to head-on crashes. Stage 1 (Bagdad) was designed to improve safety in the existing speed limit environment. This will improve safety for all road users while maintaining efficiency on Tasmania’s National Highway.

Road Infrastructure Structural Remediation

In order to obtain the earliest realisation of infrastructure improvements, the Melba and Main Line project was the first package to be released by TasRail and was also awarded to VEC. Following on from this, VEC were successful in obtaining the $18m Melba and Western Lines project.

Plant & Equipment Rail Infrastructure

The Murchison Highway is part of the Tasmanian road network, and forms a link between the west coast townships and the northwest coast. The link is critical for mining freight, tourist vehicles and general commuters.

Road Infrastructure

The Nogoa River Bridge is on the Central Line of the Queensland Rail network, close to the town of Emerald. The bridge opened in 1914 making it over 100 years old. It was constructed to replace the original low timber bridge. The bridge straddles the Nogoa River, which is the water source for the Emerald township.

Bridges & Structures Structural Remediation Rail Infrastructure

The North of Spring Hill project involves the widening and separation of 2.5km of undivided carriageway along a section on the Midlands Highway, located approximately 15km south of Oatlands. It includes approximately 20,000m3 of earthworks and embankment construction, 40,000m2 of pavement seal and 5km of wire rope, spanning over a total length of 2.5km

Road Infrastructure

The Hobart City Council released the project for the Track Twin Bridge Replacements to boost tourism and fitness alike. At the foot of Mount Wellington in Hobart (Tasmania), the bridges are located on a track that is often utilised by bush walkers and bike riders. The small narrow bridges required an upgrade, improving accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists to share the paths. With over 40,000 visitations per year, it was a much awaited upgrade.

Bridges & Structures

The Princes Wharf #1 Project entailed the remediation to the deteriorated reinforced concrete elements of the wharf, located in one of Hobart’s’ premier waterfront events space.

Marine Infrastructure Structural Remediation
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