Network Geotechnics awarded M2 Upgrade Primary Testing Contract PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 12:29
Sydney-based Network Geotechnics has been awarded the Primary Testing contract for the M2 Upgrade project by Leighton Contractors.

The M2 Upgrade will widen the existing motorway generally between Windsor Road, Baulkham Hills and Lane Cove Road, North Ryde and will deliver four new ramps to improve access to the motorway. These works are anticipated to take approximately two years to complete.

The works include 20,000m3 of general fill, 30,000m3 of SMZ, 100,000m3 of REW material, 15,000m3 of drainage material, 50,000m3 of structural concrete, 6,000m3 of heavily bound base, 15,000m3 of concrete sub-base and 15,000m3 of concrete base.

The scope of the contract awarded to Network Geotechnics involves:
  • Establishment an on site NATA accredited laboratory.
  • Earthworks control testing.
  • Concrete testing including coring.
  • Stormwater and subsoil material testing.
  • REW material testing.
  • Pavement material testing.
To meet the demanding schedule and take advantage of its base office facilities, Network Geotechnics will conduct the material testing from its Tuggerah Laboratory, soon to be relocated to Mount Kuring-gai in Sydney’s northern suburbs.

For Richard King, Principal Engineer at Network Geotechnics, the project ticks all the right boxes.

“We’re coming off successful projects at Port Botany Container Terminal and the Southern Hume Alliance, so the timing is terrific. It’s also centrally located between our 3 offices, which allows us to respond to changing demands quickly and ensure the project is adequately staffed at all times,” he said.

Mr King also said the M2 Upgrade contract demonstrated Leighton’s confidence in Network Geotechnics ability to undertake large-scale projects with commitment to performance, quality and safety KRAs.

“This will be a unique project due to proximity of live traffic flow. Leighton require many OH&S risks that the industry previously controlled to now be eliminated so we've had to tailor our service offering to meet this challenge. We have some of the most experienced technical & laboratory staff in NSW working on this project and our facilities and equipment are state of the art. We’re confident and excited about the project.”

Testing is due to commence in March 2011.

Contact: Matthew King, Business Development Manager, Network Geotechnics

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