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The Australian Rail Track Corporation's (ARTC) Parkes to Cootamundra
rail line running through central west NSW is relatively small (only
201 kilometres) but it is an essential asset for the companies and
towns that rely on it.
In early 2009, the ARTC was given the funding as part of the
Federal Government's Stimulus Plan to replace wooden sleepers with
301,000 concrete sleepers.
The project would deliver a more reliable line with a faster track
speed as concrete sleepers hold rail in place during extremely hot
days, unlike wooden sleepers which tend to buckle.
The project was fast-tracked and scheduled for completion in just
nine months after the contract was awarded to Transfield Services. The
team was given three months to mobilise before starting a six-month
period of laying 3,000 sleepers a day.
In December 2009, the last sleeper was laid ahead of time and
The 'Transfield' name dates back to 1956 and is synonymous with
projects such as the Sydney Harbour Tunnel and Sydney and Brisbane
airport rail links. Transfield Services was originally Transfield Holdings'
operations and maintenance division before it was listed on the
Australian Securities Exchange in 2001.
Transfield Services Chairman and Transfield alumni, Tony
Shepherd, received the Australian Constructors Association's Services
to Construction Award late last year.
Transfield Services CEO Australia and New Zealand, Mr Bruce
James, said: "We are an operations and maintenance company at our
core but we have a strong reputation for being involved in
infrastructure projects from start-up to long-term asset management."
"As managing contractor or alliance contractor for major public
sector funded infrastructure, we focus on the long-term operations and
maintenance from the very beginning of the project."
In Australia, Transfield Services operates and maintains more than
4,500 kilometres of rail infrastructure, provides services to more than
6,000 kilometres of irrigation infrastructure and operates and
maintains major tollways, tunnels and road networks in NSW,
Tasmania, Western Australia and Victoria.
"Our water business is involved in projects such as the world's
largest and fastest constructed channel automation project the
Northern Victorian Irrigation Renewal Project (NVIRP).
"As part of the FutureFlow alliance with Comdain, Sinclair Knight
Merz and Goulburn-Murray Water, we installed 1,516 FlumeGates
within one winter works period when the previous largest number in
Australia was 271."
The entire project was delivered in 18 months, with the team
working along a channel network, that if laid out end-to-end, would
run from Sydney to Perth and half way back again.
The alliance recently won the Engineers Australia Award in
Victoria 2009 for Infrastructure Projects over $20 million and the
Australian Water Association Victorian Division's Infrastructure
Innovation Award for their work on NVIRP.
For more information go to www.transfieldservices.com
TRANSFIELD SERVICES -- MANAGING
INFRASTRUCTURE IN AUSTRALIA
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