Success for FHDB & South East Water at CCF Victorian Earth Awards

The Fulton Hogan/Delplant/Beca (FHDB) Joint Venture was delighted to pick up an award at the recent Civil Contractors Federation's (CCF) 2016 Victorian Earth Awards for excellence in civil construction alongside our client, South East Water (SEW).

Our Sixth Avenue Pump Station Rising Main Renewal project won the $5m-$10M design and construction category and is now eligible for the National CCF Earth Awards in November.

Commencing in July 2015, the project involved the replacement of an existing AC Main for a 1.8km section of the rising main in Rosebud, Victoria; this caters for all sewers from Safety Beach to Portsea and is operated and maintained by SEW. It had been assessed as approaching the end of its serviceable life.

The project was considered to be extremely critical given the importance of this section of pipe in the sewer network and the expected population growth during the approaching summer months. A heavy focus on logistics and coordination was required to avoid disrupting the sewer line or blocking of roads.

FHDB developed a new method for mechanical closure solution for field connections and this significantly reduced the risk of future sewer system failures where sewage leaks can go undetected for years, potentially causing significant environmental damage underground.

The strong partnership between SEW and FHDB meant that multiple tie-ins to existing SEW live infrastructure were completed within the very tight timeframe with minimal disturbance and no downtime experienced by the community.

"Through this project, FHDB has enabled South East Water to deliver a complex, high risk infrastructure upgrade while minimising disruption to the community," said Charlie Littlefair, General Manager for Asset Creation at South East Water.

"The project highlights what can be achieved through good contracting, close collaboration and a strong relationship, and I congratulate everyone involved for their hard work."