Ferrycarrig is currently delivering six separate water infrastructure projects on three separate Sydney Water treatment plant sites as part of the development of Sydney’s North West Growth Centre. The scope of work includes the installation of services to new and existing tanks in the treatment plants, multiple connections, as well as civil and structural works. The works are being carried out close to live treatment plant assets.
The $400 million Lower South Creek Treatment Program will improve the quality, capacity, and reliability of Sydney’s wastewater system, to support an additional half a million people in Sydney’s North West by 2040. The scope of the project includes the amplification and renewal of three wastewater treatment plants located at Riverstone, St Marys and Quakers Hill in Sydney’s North West Growth Area.
Ferrycarrig was engaged for in the installation of various pipelines ranging from DN50 to DN1400. We also constructed roads, drainage, and pavements around the treatment plants and piling works to facilitate lighting and odour ducting supports.
Throughout delivery, we managed up to 12 crews across the three sites. Through careful planning and execution of our works we successfully delivered the pipelines, piling, roads, and drainage.
One of the key challenges associated with the works was the identification of the many unknown services. We managed this process well by engaging a competent service locator to find the known and unknown services throughout the plant. These were surveyed, documented, and communicated to our workforce and made as part of their job packs. We encountered and have recorded 103 unknown services and successfully potholed them and managed to not damage them throughout our works. This was a great achievement from our team to find these without the use of any drawing or surveyed information.
Through regular meetings with the client, we overcame many challenges and provided value-engineered alternative solutions resulting in cost savings as a result of the innovation. Ferrycarrig provided the client with cost savings for changing pipe material from stainless steel to HDPE. As a result of this innovation, it brought our program in 2 weeks. The saving was due to the significant cost difference between the stainless steel and HDPE as well as the time for installation.
Our project delivery on the LSCTP projects was one of our key focuses. We would host weekly internal meetings with our teams and crews. We provided them with look-ahead programs as well as targets to enable them to understand the client’s requirements and expectations.
Every morning we would conduct a group pre-start meeting that would involve all the crews and get them participating communicating their planned works for the day ahead. This is where we would nominate the key risks that they could face and the controls that they will have in place prior to conducting works. As a team, we conducted daily inspections on our work fronts and made sure that any actions required were addressed immediately.