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Type: Audio Visual Recording
Title: Municipal Construction in Highly Urbanised Areas by Mitch Bradow
Authors: Bradow, Mitch
Tags: Risk Management;Infrastructure Planning
Issue Date: Oct-2018
Publisher: Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland
Abstract: City of Gold Coast’s Construction branch internally delivers an annual capital works program of over $100 million, the majority of which is on brownfield sites, which brings with it a number of construction constraints. The City’s Infrastructure Delivery branch involves itself throughout the project planning and development phases in an effort to mitigate risks associated with the construction of works. By providing early constructability input, the delivery team are able to encourage construction driven designs. To formalise this process, the City has adopted a “gateway review” process for all projects delivered by the Traffic and Infrastructure Directorate whereby stakeholders from within the directorate provide comment and feedback in relation to their areas of expertise. These meeting are held at key project milestones including concept planning, project planning, design, construction and closure. This early involvement by the delivery team ensures project risks can be immediately identified and appropriately mitigated through design before the project is issued for construction. The construction of Margaret / Surf Street intersection upgrade (in the heart of Broadbeach) was one such project where the limitations of working in highly urbanised areas impacted our construction operations. Having had the opportunity for early involvement in the project, the delivery team was able to develop a number of detailed construction sequencing diagrams, integrated construction schedules and resource management programs. This, in conjunction with project risk assessments formed the basis for the construction techniques to be implemented on this project. Detailed planning and construction simulation showed a cost benefit analysis of closing the entire intersection for the installation of underground services as well as pavement construction works. By closing the intersection we were able to expedite these works to minimise the impact to the road network. The forward planning also brought with it the opportunity to concurrently construct infrastructure upgrades of Energex and Gold Coast Water assets within the intersection that were due for upgrade in the coming years. This would not have been possible without the early consultation with asset owners. Once these high impact tasks were completed we were able to open the intersection and complete ancillary works under traffic control. The importance of community engagement on this project could not be understated. Without the level of emphasis that was put on the community engagement process, the public backlash would have damaged the reputation of Council. This risk was managed through numerous pre-construction public consultation sessions, letters to affected stakeholders, face to face meetings, website information, radio communications and implementation of traffic control devices. This extensive public relations procedure ensured the community was aware of the works and the potential impacts to their daily routines. This was an integral risk management tool implemented by the delivery team with the number of customer complaints during construction limited to only three. Following completion of the project, the resultant product was fit for purpose, was delivered on time and on budget with no reported safety incidents. The positive feedback received form the community was a good measure of the project success.
Appears in Collections:2018 IPWEAQ Annual Conference Proceedings (Audio Visual Presentations)
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