Prime Minister Gillard opens Great Eastern Highway Upgrade Project

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9 April 2013

One of the world’s leading engineering, architecture and environmental consulting companies, GHD, as a partner of the City East Alliance in Western Australia, was pleased to welcome The Honorable Julia Gillard recently to the official opening ceremony of the Great Eastern Highway Upgrade Project.

Ms Gillard was joined by Reece Waldock, Director General Department of Transport and Glenys Godfrey, Member of the Legislative Assembly and members of the City East Alliance Board including GHD’s Manager for Transport Erik Geidans.

The upgrade to Great Eastern Highway represents one of the most significant services relocation and replacement challenges on a West Australian infrastructure project, with more than 80 kilometres of services conduit including water, gas, power, telecommunications and drainage impacted. Adding to this challenge, the project is within a constrained 21 hectare road corridor used by 55,000 vehicles per day.

To mitigate potential risks, GHD played a pivotal role in developing innovative technology designed to identify clash detection and better understand the quantity of known and likely services and their relationship to earthworks. The use of 3D modelling technology, called Services and Utilities Infrastructure Modelling is a first for major infrastructure projects in Western Australia.

Erik offers, “The introduction of this innovation into the standard services work has resulted in a more robust risk management strategy, an improved delivery schedule, higher levels of safety and improved the quality of design integration across various design elements including roadworks, drainage and walls.

”This project reinforces GHD’s position as a market leader in WA’s transport sector. We are proud partners of the City East Alliance and pleased to have contributed to another landmark infrastructure project to build better roads for the state.”

Above: Cr Phil Marks (City of Belmont Mayor), Stephen Troughton (MRWA Managing Director General), Nick Combe, The Honourable Julia Gillard, Prime Minister; Reece Waldock (Director General Transport): Glenys Godfrey (Member of the Legislative Assembly)

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