Kokoda Challenge 2021
BIM one ninety-six!
The BIM one team were (initially) excited to be a part of the 2021 Gold Coast 96 km Kokoda Challenge – and then the reality of the enormous task ahead set-in.
Despite a minor hiccup in the lead up to the event – with our new Undergraduate Engineer Ben Lonergan stepping up on 10 days’ notice, to fill in for the injured Dan Ogden, we made it to the finish line – in 27 hours.
We are proud to announce that the team exceeded our fundraising goal and would like to thank all of those who donated to this very worthwhile charity, which raises funds for the series of programs run by the Kokoda Youth Foundation. These programs encourage youth in our local communities to undergo life changing experiences, allowing them to reach their full potential as young adults.
A special “THANK YOU” also needs to be extended to:
- All involved from the Kokoda organisation, for facilitating such a well-planned and memorable event
- Dan Ogden and Matt Simmons for feeding, watering and keeping our spirits up at check points
- Andrew Orr for chauffeuring us to and from the Gold Coast early in the morning
- Stephanus Snyman, Ben Watling and Ben Lonergan for agreeing to torture themselves with me
It’s not too late to donate to the Kokoda Foundation – click the link below:
Greenbank RSL park 'n' ride upgrade - Contract Administration
BIM one has been engaged by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) South Coast Region to provide Contract Administration Services for the $21 million upgrade to the Greenbank RSL park ‘n’ ride facility. Construction of the new 600 car park facility commenced in October 2020 with completion expected in mid-2021. The project will also provide upgrades to the local road network and passenger drop off areas, improving traffic flow and overall customer experience.
The BIM one team is working collaboratively with TMR representatives, TransLink, the roadworks contractor McIlwain Civil Engineering, Logan City Council and key community stakeholders, including the adjacent Greenbank RSL – to minimise impacts and disruption to the road users and passengers during construction.
Recent Project Success
Bruce Highway: Townsville Ring Road – Stage 5
We are pleased to announce our most recent engagement, for the provision of BIM as-constructed services on the Bruce Highway: Townsville Ring Road – Stage 5 project.
BIM one will provide specialist as-constructed modelling and data management services on behalf of Georgiou Group, who have been awarded the D&C contract for the landmark project. Once completed, this major upgrade to the road network will reduce congestion within Townsville’s CBD and provide a safer road environment for freight traffic and the local community.
Construction will commence in mid-2021, and the BIM one team will be working closely with Georgiou Group’s surveyors, the design consultant AECOM, and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to generate a data-enriched object based “digital twin”, which will be representative of the final constructed asset.
The establishment and implementation of BIM one’s bespoke automated workflows will enable the efficient capture and processing of as-constructed survey data, seamlessly integrating construction quality assurance and conformance documentation, and ultimately presenting TMR – as the asset owner – greater flexibility during the rollout of operational and maintenance activities into the future.
M1 Pacific Motorway – Exit 49 Interchange Upgrade
The BIM one team has partnered with BG&E and HDR for the delivery of the M1 Exit 49 Interchange project. The project involves a major upgrade to the interchange ramps and the local road network, collapsing the large roundabouts on both sides into major signalised intersections, and a new bridge spanning over the motorway – improving safety and route efficiency for the local community.
We are taking a lead role in the utility coordination, integration and design activities – while providing management and technical oversight to enable the safe and timely delivery for a full suite of site investigations, including geotechnical, pavement, ITS, ecological surveys, noise monitoring, traffic counts and utility survey.
Here we GROW ..... the BIM one team is expanding !
With a string of recent wins, we are excited to welcome six new members to the rapidly growing BIM one team! These strategic placements further strengthen BIM one’s capability in the Contract Administration, Design Management, and Utilities Coordination / Design space.
Brooke Jarrett: ‘Manager – Digital Delivery’
Brooke will lead the Digital Delivery group, bringing specialists skillset which complements BIM one’s strategy to become the industry’s ‘supplier of choice’ for BIM as-constructed modelling and utility design integration services.
Tracy Woods: ‘Project Administrator and Document Control’
Tracy is a highly-experienced Project Administrator and Document Controller, recently involved in the $150 million M1/M3 Gateway Merge upgrade and $750 million M1 North (Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill) project. Tracy also has extensive experience with TMR’s preferred document control platform – TeamBinder.
Stephanus Snyman: ‘Senior Site Engineer’
Stephanus has over 15 years of experience in the building and construction industry. He is a Civil Engineer with wide ranging and in-depth knowledge in the construction of steel and concrete structures, complex earthworks and geotechnical solutions, and road construction – including utilities, drainage, roadside safety barriers, pavements, lighting and traffic signals.
Andrew Duncan: ‘Senior Roadworks Inspector’
Andrew has worked in Queensland’s civil construction industry for almost 20 years, with extensive practical experience in road construction, bulk earthworks, pavement rehabilitation, traffic management, utility relocation, ITS, traffic signals, stormwater upgrades, concreting, steel structures, formwork and piling.
Matt Simmons: ‘Senior Utilities Engineer’
Matt is a Civil and Environmental Engineer with over 5 years’ experience, specialising in underground utility coordination, water and sewer network modelling, and utility relocation design.
M1 Pacific Motorway - Utility Investigations
The BIM one team were engaged by AECOM to undertake site investigations on the M1 Pacific Motorway and adjacent service roads – as part of TMR South Coast Region’s $1 billion upgrade program.
The output of these investigations were critical to informing the design process for a major cross drainage structure installed under the motorway.
The investigation scope required careful planning and coordination of multiple specialist subcontractors to complete a series of potholes, ground penetrating radar and trace services, as well as CCTV inspections of existing stormwater assets crossing the M1, to determine structural integrity.
BIM one partnered with Utility Mapping, Patriot Group, Schramm Group and Instrada, to efficiently and cost effectively deliver the scope for AECOM and ultimately TMR.
The project wasn’t without its challenges – dealing with the constantly changing COVID-19 restrictions, buried manhole covers and 4 m+ deep sewers.
BIM one and Utility Mapping were able to find services that were not located on multiple previous attempts by our competitors, through our diligent planning and in-depth understanding of the existing network.
The investigations were successfully completed within three night shifts – and we received encouraging and positive feedback from the client due to the extra attention to detail shown by the team.
The most positive outcome of the engagement was that the design and construction of the major cross drainage structure can proceed with confidence by significantly reducing the risk of unexpected clashes, and any associated contractor delays or costly variations.
TMR South Coast Golf Day
The BIM one team participated in the annual TMR South Coast Golf Day.
TMR South Coast Region hosted over 50 industry participants in this year’s event, on the 6th December at the Palm Meadows Golf resort.
Our team finished in a respectable 3rd position overall – a fantastic result in the inaugural tilt at the title.
BRING ON 2020, when we will no doubt take top spot.
GIS Data Analysis
BIM one has partnered with specialist data management consultant “Automonation”, to develop a user-friendly interface for our clients, which has the ability to present vast amounts of technical data in a geographically accurate, easy-to-use interface through the PowerBI ESRI GIS platform.
This platform allows BIM one to host the data on our specially design Portal, providing access for clients to the data so it can be viewed and manipulated to graphically represent outputs and analysis from site investigations.
Mount Lindesay Highway - Site Investigation Management
The BIM one team coordinated multiple subcontractors – combining our design and construction experience and applying engineering judgement to optimise each of the investigation processes.
Our approach to providing temporary traffic management for the investigations involved BIM one directly engaging a Traffic Control provider for all work activities, streamlining the process for TGS preparation and application for traffic permits from TMR and Logan City Council – rather than each individual subcontractor making multiple applications.
This approach ensured TMR received the greatest value for money, whilst delivering the scope of the investigations within extremely tight timeframes.
The primary advantage of the BIM one pre-design investigation philosophy is that the design consultant can proceed with confidence in the data provided by the client.
This allows the design consultant’s focus to remain on the timely delivery of design activities and reduces the inefficiencies inherent with coordinating multiple subcontractors undertaking site investigations in parallel.
BIM one initially undertook a detailed technical Gap Analysis on behalf of TMR, which identified an existing suite of utility and geotechnical investigations that were completed during 2009 – this enabled a more tailored approach to supplementing this existing data, rather than starting from scratch.