2019 Excellence in Civil Construction Awards Winners Announced
For the second consecutive year CCF QLD held its Excellence in Civil Construction Awards on 23 August 2019 at The Star Gold Coast on the beautiful Gold Coast.
What an amazing night it was! Over 320 people were in attendance to celebrate the coveted CCF QLD Earth Awards combined with the state’s preeminent Industry Training Awards and the CCF QLD People’s Awards.
CCF QLD would like to sincerely thank everyone involved in the night including our dedicated sponsors and those who submitted nominations for the CCF QLD Earth Awards, People’s Awards and/or the Industry Training Awards. The valuable time invested in nominating for the awards was evident and much appreciated. The exceptionally high calibre of applications received meant the judges had a difficult time selecting winners.
We had the pleasure of presenting His Worship, Mayor of Gold Coast, Cr Tom Tate as the keynote speaker. Cr Tate discussed his past personal involvement within the civil industry as an engineer and delivered an entertaining presentation enjoyed by all.
An overview of all award winners has been outlined below under each Award type. Congratulations once again to our winners and nominees.
2019 CCF QLD EARTH AWARDS
Seventeen projects were announced as finalists for the 2019 CCF QLD Earth Awards. The Earth Awards acknowledges excellence in civil construction. Entrants are judged on set criteria including:
- Project and construction
- People and training
Congratulations to the Queensland winners:
PROJECTS VALUED UP TO $2 MILLION:
Alex Foreshore Parkland DN450 Sewer Main Rehabilitation
The project involved relining six lengths of DN450 using SPR™ EX- Expanda liner, raising one access chamber, and cleaning and coating eight access chambers.
The lines were initially cleaned using a Recycler. To reduce cartage and use of water, several cleaning dingos were strategically positioned along the line. In conjunction with the Kubota, the dingos were arranged using a 100-tonne crane along to carry out the works.
Given the sewers and access chambers were located parallel to the shoreline and on steep rocky ground, the team arranged on foot crew access and crane delivered equipment transported to the chambers. The coating and sewer relining were undertaken in tandem to take advantage of the arranged closures and permits.
In consultation with multiple stakeholders, Interflow identified optimal relining methodology, prevented community disruption, controlled site hazards, and reduced environmental impacts.
PROJECTS VALUED BETWEEN $2 MILLION TO $5 MILLION:
New Parallel Runway Brisbane Airport – Dryandra Rd Dewatering
Pumps United were engaged by McConnell Dowell to undertake all dewatering and environmental services to facilitate construction of the Dryandra Road Underpass, a major component of the new parallel runway project for Brisbane Airport Corporation. The contract was a design and construct contract that Pumps United worked closely with our principal McConnell Dowell on in order to finalize a system and methodology for dewatering and water treatment on site.
The challenge was to design a system that would meet all of the strict overarching environmental compliance requirements, to allow for rapid construction methodology with a foot print as small as possible. This would assist in constructability of the project and meet the required time frames, and also fit within a specific lift management plan for crane accessibility either side of the underpass corridor.
PROJECTS VALUED BETWEEN $5 MILLION TO $10 MILLION:
CN6166 – Nerang Murwillumbah Batter Slips Restoration Works
The Nerang Murwillumbah Batter Slips Restoration Works Project was completed by Doval Constructions in early 2019 and provided much needed remediation works to the devastation left by Ex Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017.
The work site was located between Lamington National Park and Springbrook National Park, both of which are UNESCO listed and part of the World Heritage Site Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and the Australian National Heritage List. As such, all aspects of the project were put under careful scrutiny. One of the notable challenges of this project was the construction of a large bored pile retaining wall which was then anchored permanently into the underlying rock strata. Another notable challenge was the construction of a 140m long debris flow barrier – which is the largest of its type in the world.
PROJECTS VALUED BETWEEN $10 MILLION TO $30 MILLION:
Restoration of the Lamington National Park Road
In March 2017 ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie pounded Lamington National Park Road. In December 2018, TMR awarded McIlwain the NDDRA contract to restore over 100 sites.
Work included shotcreting, installing concrete footings and Gabion retaining wall. Gabions were farmed’ offsite then trucked and craned into place. Revegetation used native seed, bored pier and capping beams, micro-piling and capping beams, sleeper retaining wall with bored pier Steel UC posts and rock scaling.
Site 18, known as ‘The Beast’, involved rock-scaling, Fibrecrete with hollow bars and horizontal drains, and the finished surface was covered in Geobrugg Tecco Mesh.
Site 82 was one of the larger Gabion retaining walls. It had a deep excavation on a steep slope with a mass concrete footing and Gabions above.
At Site 24 large boulders originally slated for removal were safety secured using Geobrugg Tecco Mesh.
PROJECTS VALED BETWEEN $30 MILLION TO $75 MILLION:
Bruce Highway Bridge Upgrade – Cattle Creek and Frances Creek
BMD Constructions delivered the reconstruction of 5.8 kilometres of the Bruce Highway south of Ingham, including construction of a 28 span, 644-metre-long bridge at Cattle Creek, and a new 2 span, 41-metre-long bridge at Frances Creek.
An already technically complex project, involving managing works within an active floodplain and two key sensitive environments, was further complicated with the impact of three major flood events that closed access to the site for nine days. Poor ground conditions required a significant portion of subgrade treatments.
BMD delivered a high-quality finish and an exemplary safety performance while managing unique risks within tropical North Queensland, enhancing habitat for the endangered Mahogany Glider and providing a more comprehensive afflux modelling of the existing section of the Bruce Highway.
This was all accomplished in combination with its impressive contribution to the local community by employing 109 local businesses and achieving more than twice the regulated training hours.
The winners of these categories will now advance to the National Awards to contest the winners of other states and territories’ Earth Awards. The 2019 CCF Earth Awards final is to be held in Canberra on 22 November 2019.
2019 INDUSTRY TRAINING AWARDS
The Industry Training Awards honour the outstanding achievements, exceptional contribution and hard work of apprentices and trainees who have used Civil Train, the Registered Training Organisation of CCF QLD. The awards also recognise the commitment by industry to pursue excellence in training and skill development.
Due to the overwhelming response and large number of nominations received we had to expand our Award categories this year.
The winners are:
CERTIFICATE III ROADCONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE STUDENT OF THE YEAR WINNER
Jarrod Jayasuria, Hinchinbrook Shire Council
Jarrod presented a stand-out nomination detailing specific units and meticulously outlined how the knowledge he gained improved his skills and work output. He exhibited a clear and concise understanding of the multiple facets of the Road Construction and Maintenance qualification. It is clear from the various letters of support that Jarrod is someone who is highly respected. He is a committed, highly passionate and organised individual who is rapidly progressing within his career.
CERTIFICATE III PIPE LAYING STUDENT OF THE YEAR WINNER
Shaun Norman, BMD Constructions
The judges found that the training Shaun undertook led to a positive change of his career path. He graduated with more knowledgeable, determination and a pro-active attitude. Shaun’s emphasis on self-management and risk management was exemplary.
CERTIFICATE III PLANT OPERATIONS STUDENT OF THE YEAR WINNER
Gary Harley, Hazell Bros Plant Hire (QLD) Pty Ltd
Gary is diligent, hardworking and interested in learning. He always goes above and beyond job expectations and takes care of the site, the environment and the native animals. He maintains high safety standards and demonstrates a keen interest in the quality of his work. He maintains concern about the health and well-being of his colleagues and other contractors. He is supported and admired by most of his colleagues.
CERTIFICATE III STUDENT OF THE YEAR (BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE, SURFACE EXTRACTION AND BITUMINOUS
Christopher Young, Boral Asphalt QLD
Christopher is well focused, determined to achieve and career driven. After his Cert III training Christopher skills were raised to such a level that he was elevated to a position that involves assisting and training new staff.
CERTIFICATE IV STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Tim Every, Christopher Contracting Pipe and Civil Pty Ltd
Tim’s managers state that he is a standout employee, leader and student and a high achieving individual. He undertook the full scope of his training while balancing family and full time work.
Tim is reportedly a humble, trustworthy young man and a natural leader with the confidence and ability to delegate, ensure efficiencies are maximized and an inspiring work ethic. He acknowledged his primary role is ‘keeping his team and the public safe’.
DIPLOMA IN CIVIL CONSTRUCTION: STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Rod McCluskey, BMD Constructions
Rod has shown a keen understanding and commitment to integrating his training and course work in to the day-to-day operations of his team, acknowledging their contribution to the successful delivery of his projects. Rod’s training has helped him to improve collaboration with the team and site environment, as well as provided him with the skills to drive his passion for health and safety, environment and quality.
ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD WINNER
Brendan Stewart, Hazell Bros Plant Hire (QLD) Pty Ltd
Brendan has demonstrated that he is a versatile and enthusiastic employee who embraced the opportunity to upskill and further develop his knowledge. He approached his training the way he approaches his work: “no task is too hard”, which has resulted in a winning formula for him.
OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT TO TRAINING AND SKILL DEVELOPMENT (INDIVIDUAL) WINNER
Linda Donnelley, Sunshine Coast Council
As Team Leader, Employment & Learning, at Sunshine Coast Council, Linda is a passionate and hands on training professional
With a commitment to upskilling staff, Linda is responsive and engaged. She proactively communicates with trainers and administration staff to ensure programs are structured to meet learner needs whilst balancing the council’s operational requirements. Linda has also provided valuable feedback on training programs to enable delivery improvements that benefit the civil construction industry.
OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT TO TRAINING AND SKILL DEVELOPMENT (EMPLOYER) WINNER
This is the second consecutive year BMD have received this award, due to their established strong training culture.
BMD’s commitment goes beyond mandatory training to include education that addresses workers’ currency, ensuring the workforce is at the front of industry knowledge. BMD’s training coordinators work closely with training organisations to ensure trainees are available to complete training on or off the job when required.
2019 PEOPLE’S AWARDS
2019 was the second year the People’s Awards have been presented at the Excellence In Civil Construction Awards. The People’s Awards have been designed to celebrate the exceptional people that work within our industry.
The winners for 2019 are:-
SITE SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR
Adam Batterbee, BMD Urban
Adam has grown and developed his skills over 20 years to become a highly regarded site supervisor making a significant contribution to BMD’s service delivery. He continues to encourage and mentor those he supervises, developing the talent of future generations of skilled workers.
PROJECT MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Lucas Beissel, SEE Civil
Lucas demonstrates continual growth as a project manager and is very well regarded by SEE Civil, its clients and the subcontractors of the projects he manages. He continues to deliver a high standard of professionalism and exceptional project outcomes.
Brendan Lenihan, Hall Contracting
Brendan’s story of success is a great example of how effective safety processes can deliver good project outcomes as well as improving people’s well-being. His approach to personalising safety messaging for his most recent project successfully crossed cultural and language barriers to achieve great community legacies and outcomes.
INDIGENOUS EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Peter Romano, Bama Services
Peter’s story is a great example of how determination can deliver terrific outcomes when matched with a supportive work environment. Peter’s story demonstrates his continual professional growth within his role at Bama.
CONSTRUCTION PERSON OF THE YEAR
Darrin Dodunski, Shadforth and Rob Pickard, BMD Constructions
This year, the judges were compelled by two submissions they found impossible to choose between. These two nominees have experienced similar professional journeys within their respective companies and are a credit to the industry. Therefore, Construction Person of The Year had two joint winners:-.
Darrin’s metamorphous from Labourer to Project Manager over his lengthy career displayed exemplary personal development and made a vital contribution to Shadforth’s corporate reputation.
Rob Pickard from BMD Constructions journey to Regional Operations Manager for Queensland and Northern Territory is truly a remarkable story and demonstrates his amazing drive and determination.
CCF QLD’s CEO Damian Long closed the awards stating:
”It was very exciting that we were able to celebrate the 26th CCF Earth Awards in Queensland tonight. The Awards have been designed to recognise the excellent work completed by the civil construction industry in Queensland over the past 12 months and are held in the highest regard by industry.
“It is a great achievement for CCF QLD to get nominations from across the whole of Queensland, the majority of entrants being members of ours. It demonstrates the volume and quality of infrastructure being delivered in Queensland by our members. The projects highlighted are a great example of how the civil construction industry provides jobs and skilling opportunities for all Queenslanders”.
CCF QLD would like to recognise and thank our naming sponsor CivInsure and our other supporting sponsors from Construction Skills Queensland, BUSSQ Building Super, DD Group International, Pickles Industrial, Civil Train QLD and Holding Redlich.