Industry Case Studies

We have brought together examples of how project outcomes and performance
have been improved through a collaborative approach to contract procurement
and delivery which has yielded exceptional outcomes for clients, contractors and
end users. Drawn from across Australia and overseas, the case studies showcase
the benefits of a partnership approach.

NSW Bushfire Clean-up & Make Safe Program

The NSW Government PublicWorks Advisory (PWA) appointed Laing O’Rourke Australia to lead the clean-up of damaged and destroyed eligible properties impacted by bushfires since 1 July 2019.

This included:

  • A review and analysis of more than 8,000 pieces of data to determine the project scale.
  • The clean-up of more than 3,500 properties across NSW.
  • The management of more than 90 local subcontractors to deliver works across approx.
  • 450 localities

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Newcastle Light Rail

The Newcastle Light Rail (NLR) project is one of the most innovative and complex transport projects within Australia, and the first full catenary-free (wire-free) system in the southern hemisphere. The NLR has quickly gained world-wide attention for its revolutionary onboard energy storage system and rapid charge systems located at each of its six stations.

Downer EDIWorks (Downer) completed the track, maintenance depot, tram stops and electrical infrastructure, recording one million-man hours from commencement in August 2016, to completion in February 2019 meeting the tight 30month timeframe.

Another impressive achievement, considering the scope of the project, was completing the works, testing and commissioning and operational handover within the $252 million budget and with no recorded lost-time injuries or fatalities.

The project has received an “Excellent” ISCA rating for both design and construction.

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The New Genoa Bridge

Built in the ‘60s, the Polcevera Bridge (also called the Morandi Bridge by its designer) was considered both a modern monument to the city of Genoa and a symbol of Italian engineering. It was one of the most crucial hubs of the country’s highway network.

The abrupt collapse of the bridge in the summer of 2018 caused widespread community dismay and resulted in a rift between the western and the eastern parts of Genoa with enormous disruption to traffic. Rebuilding the bridge in the shortest time possible became a national challenge and imperative.

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Northern Connector Project South Australia

A key part of the 78 kilometre North-South Corridor, the Northern Connector is a six-lane (three lanes in each direction), 15.5 km concrete motorway, providing a vital freight and commuter link between the Northern Expressway, South Road Superway and Port River Expressway. The Northern Connector was designed to support the significant increase in population growth, road and rail freight tasks and economic expansion in the northern Adelaide region, while balancing social and environmental impacts on the broader community.

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Pacific Highway Upgrade Woolgoolga to Ballina

W2B is Australia’s largest regional infrastructure project and involves the duplication of approximately 155km of road to a four-lane divided road on the Pacific Highway.

The upgrade began 6km north ofWoolgoolga (north of Coffs Harbour) and ends approximately 6km south of Ballina.

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Bridge over the Clarence River Bulk Earthworks

Harwood Bridge will be the largest bridge to be delivered as part of the 155km Pacific Highway Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade. The new 1.5km four lane bridge will have a significant 33m clearance above the Clarence River. RMS adopted a delivery partner approach for the delivery of theWoolgoolga to Ballina upgrade and engaged Pacific Complete (JV between Laing O’Rourke and Parsons Brinckerhoff) for that role for providing project management and driving innovation.

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Level Crossing Removal Project

LXRP was established by the Victorian Government to oversee one of the largest rail infrastructure projects in the state’s history. Central to the project is the elimination of 75 level crossings across metropolitan Melbourne. LXRP is also delivering other rail network upgrades such as new train stations, track duplication and train stabling yards.

A workforce of over 5000 people is engaged in the delivery of the LXRP.

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South Eastern Program Alliance (Level Crossing Removal Program)

SEPA develops, designs and constructs level crossing removal projects in a truly collaborative contracting environment that continues to demonstrate value for money for the Victoria Government.

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Mordialloc Freeway Upgrade

New connection link between Mornington Peninsula
freeway at Springvale Road and Dingley
This includes:
9km of new two lane, dual carriageway road

At least three elevated structures over existing roads and waterways

  • Piled roadway over tip section
  • Diamond interchange at Springvale RD/Frankston Freeway
  • Significant ground improvement works
  • Flood relief structures
  • Several major signalised intersections

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Pacific Highway Upgrade Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads NSW

The project consists of the detailed design and construction of 19.6km new four lane divided road on the Pacific Highway, including two grade-separated interchanges, multiple longitudinal bridges and overbridges, an underpass of the rail line, local roads, drainage, fauna crossing structures and associated infrastructure.

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Crossrail C300/C410 Western Running Tunnels

The C300 and C410Western Running Tunnels are part of Crossrail, the largest rail engineering project in Europe. C300 comprises two 7.1m diameter, 6.2km tunnel drives between portals at Royal Oak and Farringdon Underground Stations. The tunnels were driven using two purpose-built Earth Pressure Balance (EPB) tunnelling machines and lined with precast concrete fibre reinforced segments, manufactured in a purpose-built factory at Westbourne Park. C410 included the construction of the station platform tunnels and associated passages and escalator tunnels at Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road, as well as the Fisher Street Shaft and the crossover tunnels.

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