The winners of the Queensland 2016 CCF Earth Awards were announced on 19 August, showcasing the best technologies and practices by Queensland civil contractors. The Civil Contractors Federation Queensland (CCF QLD) Earth Awards recognise excellence in civil construction including roads, bridges, railways, marine structures and utilities.

The Awards were presented in five categories, according to project value:

  • Category 1 – project value up to $1 million
  • Category 2 – $1 million to $5 million
  • Category 3 – $5 million to $10 million
  • Category 4 – $10 million to $30 million
  • Category 6 – more than $75 million

CCF QLD CEO Robert Row said: ”Our Earth Awards are designed to honour quality in construction management, environmental and social management and project management; and recognise the innovations being employed by contractors as they deliver both public and private infrastructure in Queensland.

“The CCF Earth Awards are a celebration of the industry’s achievements and are held in the highest regard by industry across the state”, he said.

The winners will advance to contest the national awards against other states and territories at the 2016 CCF Earth Awards final to be held in Canberra on 4 November 2016.

Congratulations to the category winners:

  • CATEGORY 1 – PROJECT VALUE UP TO $1 MILLION:

Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure

Barry Parade Basement –Drill and Blast Project
Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure’s blasting program used over 14t of bulk explosives to remove approximately 28,000 bank cubic metres of material without causing unnecessary disturbance to nearby residents or adjacent heritage listed buildings.

Conventional deep excavation techniques for the construction of building foundations use large rock breakers. The process is inefficient, slow, noisy and generates vibration that can impact on adjacent residential and commercial property.  Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure used a safe, innovative and economical blasting solution to excavate in difficult geotechnical conditions for construction of a luxury apartment and retail project in the centre of Fortitude Valley.

  • CATEGORY 2 – $1 MILLION TO $5 MILLION:

Diona Pty Ltd
Chambers Flat Road Pump Station to Marsden Wastewater Conveyance – Pump Station Works

Diona Pty Ltd were engaged by Logan Water Alliance to construction one of the deepest pump stations ever construction by their Queensland team.

Working on a tight site affected by close neighbours, safety risks, potential flooding and some complex engineering, the project posed an interesting challenge. Two 5t excavators were lowered into the 7m deep pit to excavate and break rocks.  Once the 13m deep sewerage pump station works were completed a 100t crane was brought onto site to lift the lid into place.

  • CATEGORY 3 – $5 MILLION TO $10 MILLION:

McIlwain Civil Engineering Pty Ltd
Moggill Road Cycle Bridge METD-2868

McIlwain Civil Engineering Pty Ltd constructed a 218m, 9 span dedicated cyclist bridge to create a safe crossing over busy Moggill Road, while traversing a sensitive flora and fauna location.

The technically challenging bridge consisted of single slender columns for each pier with the highest over 17m.  108t girders were transported to site and lifted into place using a 500 and a 350 tonne crane, during overnight road closures.  The combined weight of the girder and truce was over 200t, which would have exceed bridge load restrictions on the most direct route, requiring a full night-time closure of the Western Freeway to safely transport the components to site.

  • CATEGORY 4 – $10 MILLION TO $30 MILLION:

JF Hull Holdings & GHD
South Pine River & Tributary Creek Bridge Upgrades

JF Hull carried out essential upgrades to rail bridges during a brief closure made available by Moreton Bay Rail Link project work.

The high volume of passenger and freight traffic on the North Coast line meant Queensland Rail had been unable to undertake project work for over 20 years.  The rail bridges over the South Pine River and Tributary Creek were able to be upgraded during a rare 7 day track closure, allowing for 14,000 man hours of round the clock work to take place.  This included more than 60 items of heavy plant used to demolish and remove existing structures and replace them with up to date bridges, ballast and track.

  • CATEGORY 6 – MORE THAN $75 MILLION:

Transcity Joint Venture Comprising BMD Constructions, Ghella and Acciona
Legacy Way

Transcity’s World Record Breaking Tunnel Boring Machine Joyce helped complete this landmark project.

Transcity’s 4.6km Legacy Way tunnel links Kelvin Grove to Toowong.  At a cost of $1.5 billion this project used two Tunnel Boring Machines – Joyce and Annabelle.  Joyce holds a world record of excavating a staggering 49.7 metres in one day, with a maximum of 253.8 metres in one week and a 30 day maximum of 858.1 metres.  Legacy Way development also included a 4 hectare expansion of the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, the largest expansion in the garden’s history.

The winners will now advance to contest the national awards against other states and territories at the 2016 CCF Earth Awards final to be held in Canberra on 4 November 2016.