Smooth sailing for the seawall construction!

It has been smooth sailing for the team working on the McCarrs Creek Road Upgrade project at Church Point. After running a tight ship, the team was able to complete the sheet piling installation for the sea wall, well before their set deadline. We’re happy to report that the early completion of this milestone has minimised the noise pollution for the surrounding neighbourhoods.


Seawall construction

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Early Christmas on the tarmac

Christmas came early for the hard-working team that was responsible for the flex-mat installation at Sydney Airport. Project Manager Tristen Soineva put on a BBQ for the team, a well-deserved treat for the 20 workers who have been putting a big effort into their night shifts over the last three months. We’re proud of the team’s excellent safety record and look forward to the successful completion of the project which is due at the end of the first quarter of 2017. Well done!

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Farewell to a colleague and friend

Ward wishes Senior Project Engineer, Ben Phillips, all the best for his upcoming departure to the UK.

Ben joined Ward in late 2012 and has been a major contributor to the successful completion of a number of our Airport projects, and having more recently filled the role of Senior Project Engineer on the upgrade of the Great Western Highway at Mt Victoria in the Blue Mountains, where he has used the winter as good preparation for the life that awaits him on the other side of the globe.

We will miss Ben for his hard work, dedication, solid engineering skills, and his inimitable dancing style.

We look forward to Ben’s return to the fold once he works out that the weather here is simply better and we wish him and Lenita all the best for their travels.

Bon voyage!

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Brie University Exhibition

Graduation and Terminal Ballistics

Congratulations to one of our very talented Ward team members, Brianna Dorrough, who recently graduated from the University of Newcastle (UON) with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil). Brianna completed the first two years of her studies full-time, then switched to part-time three years ago after joining Ward.

Brianna’s hard work and perseverance has paid off – in addition to receiving an honours degree, the final year research project, which she has been working on for the last 12 months, was chosen to feature in UON’s first ever public engineering exhibition; a close-up look at the most innovative and exciting projects created by UON engineering students. Brianna’s project titled “Probabilistic Modelling of Terminal Ballistics” (feel free to Google some/all of those words) was all about the variability of the depth of penetration of a bullet when it impacts a steel target. As part of the project Brianna spent time at a military rifle range where the skills of a sharp shooting professional marksman were used to fire the bullets.

While it’s not your everyday civil engineering project, the study of ballistics is important to the design of structures such as government buildings, embassies, banks and military structures.

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Adrian Wong at Mount Victoria

Adrian, ready for a change

Adrian Wong began his career at Ward’s head office in May 2014 as an Estimating Assistant, and has excelled in this position. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and now 2.5 years’ estimating experience, so his next career move is gaining site experience. As of yesterday Adrian has been deployed as site engineer for the $20 million Great Western Highway Safety Upgrade. We’ll miss him in the office but know he will contribute significantly to the project team at Mount Victoria. Good luck Adrian!

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Sam Kassir - Graduation

There’s a new bachelor in town

Congratulations to one of our newest engineers, Sam Kassir, who recently graduated from UTS with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil). Sam is the site engineer on our multifaceted project at Church Point, in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Along with gaining site experience in a complex marine, civil, road and concrete structure project, he’s also learnt a thing or two about skippering a tender. The project team have enjoyed working with Sam since he started in August this year, with the project manager Tom Wright commenting, “Sam has fit in really well and is learning quickly on this diverse project. He’s got the right attitude and I’m confident he’ll continue to be a pivotal member of his current and future projects.”

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Church Point Upgrade - Embankment Works

Church Point Upgrade running with the tide

The foreshore at Church Point, in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, is looking quite different these days, with works progressing on the first stage of the project. These include reclaiming some land to construct an embankment which will double as a piling platform for a new seawall and enable the re-alignment of McCarrs Creek Road. Much of the initial construction of the platform is carried out around the tides. This makes for an interesting lunch break commute for the plant drivers, who sometimes have to be ferried from their machine to dry land by the Ward tender, skippered here by our Site Engineer, Sam Kassir. For more information on this project visit the Church Point Upgrade.

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2nd Peter Ward Golf Day - October 2016

Golf in memory of our founder

The weather was kind to us on the second annual Peter Ward Golf Day last Friday. After a beer and BBQ lunch, we had 18 teams of 4 teeing off at 1pm for a shotgun start. Moore Park Golf’s course provided well, as did the drinks cart, circling the course to keep players refreshed. The Peter Ward Trophy was at stake, plus the usual titles of longest drive, closest to the pin, best putter of the day etc. The most challenging of them all we think was the “yellow ball challenge”, where teams attempted to play their yellow ball on each hole and still have it in their possession after the 18th. It was a perfect day to celebrate the life of Ward’s founder, Peter Ward, whose favourite pastimes were golf and socialising with his friends and staff. Although the golf skills left a lot to be aspired to we think Peter would be proud that we continue to uphold his values after eight years of his passing.

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Boundary Street works Sept 2016

Hill Street re-opening

Ward’s superintendent, Erian and Senior Project Engineer, Arjun ensuring final works on Hill Street, Roseville are on track for the re-opening last weekend. This is part of a larger RMS project to reduce delays and manage congestion on Boundary Street and Pacific Highway, Roseville. Visit the project to read more.

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Sydney Airport Runway Flank Stabilisation

Airport flanks undergo makeover

At 3am this morning the project team installed the pre-cast blast matting along the edge of the runway at Sydney Airport. Ward were contracted to remove the existing eroded flanks, which were damaged by aircraft jet blast, and replace with the pre-cast matting to ensure long term measures against blast erosion. The construction works can only take place during curfew hours of 11pm and 6am each night to avoid interruptions to normal aircraft traffic.

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