NBH Forest Way Breakthrough

The Ward team achieved a major project milestone last week with the breakthrough of the underpass beneath the bridge deck upon which existing traffic is travelling.

This has been achieved ahead of the program and releases the following works whilst also providing additional safe access for these critical works.  

A huge well done to the Project team led by Jeff Richards in hammering, headering, ripping their way through the tough ironstone rock.

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Ward Dry Vac Up & Running

Last week saw Ward’s brand new Dry Vac Truck at our Parramatta Light Rail Project for its inaugural run.

The Dry Vac was used to excavate around existing subsurface services to allow for the installation of mature trees. It also assisted our Project Team with service location on site confirming the alignment of existing utilities.

This latest addition to Ward’s plant is not only incredibly efficient but also environmentally friendly. Not requiring water as part of the excavation process means that the Dry Vac does not generate any muddy waste. The excavated fill remains clean, allowing it to be repurposed without needing to be treated or dried out beforehand.

With little downtime, Ward’s new Dry Vac and Operator Nikos will no doubt be very busy in the coming months and are proving to be an excellent addition to the fleet.

In the coming weeks we will be receiving our second truck allowing Ward to take on even more projects heading into 2020.

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AEO Certificate

Ward is pleased to announce that we have been recently certified as an Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) by Transport Asset Standards Authority.

The AEO Framework is a hierarchical set of documented system components that provide TfNSW with a justified confidence in the capability of the supply chain to deliver safe and fit-for-purpose assets by capable and competent organisations.

It supports the participation of the private sector to add more value and innovation to the Transport network.

With being granted this authorisation it gives Ward the opportunity to continue to support the development of NSW’s transport infrastructure into the future.

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UTS Women in STEM Site Visit PLR

Six female first-year civil engineering students from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) visited the Parramatta Light Rail enabling works project site recently as part of Ward’s program for improving female participation in civil engineering.

Site Engineer Brady Noack provided an overview of the project and an insight into his experience as a member of Ward’s industry-leading undergraduate program. The program, now in its third year, includes Cert IV training in Work Health and Safety and a rotation through the various company disciplines including estimating, project work, environment and survey under the guidance of a senior management mentor. 

It was great to meet such enthusiastic young female civil students and to see how they kept Brady and the team on their toes with some interesting questions. Well done to Lydia Dowling at University of Technology Sydney WiEIT CoOP Scholarship for taking the lead in promoting gender diversity in civil engineering.

Ward is a proud supporter of the UTS Women in Engineering and IT scholarship. Our commitment to the improvement of female participation in civil engineering is championed by CEO Julia Ward, one of the few female voices leading our industry. The team thoroughly enjoyed presenting what Ward has to offer and we hope to welcome more female undergraduates into the team in the future!  

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Roosters NRLW Launch Night

The Sydney Roosters held their 2019 NRLW Season Launch at the Easts Leagues Bondi Junction on Tuesday evening. Guests included Roosters Chairman Mr Nick Politis AM and Ward CEO Julia Ward, along with the playing Squad’s families and friends. Hosted by Roosters legend Anthony Minichiello, guests enjoyed speeches and presentations that gave insight into the upcoming season. Julia spoke of what it means to Ward to be a foundation partner of the Roosters NRLW side, and also a key Community partner. Preparations are well underway for the new season’s opening round on 14/15th September. In an exciting development the NRL has announced the Roosters will this season host a standalone fixture, separate to the men’s NRL Telstra Premiership Finals, for the very first time, when the Roosters host the Dragons for the local derby at a ground steeped in Rugby League history in Leichhardt Oval in Round Three of the competition. NRLW is an elite four-team competition which will be contested during the 2019 NRL Finals Series featuring the Sydney Roosters, St George Illawarra Dragons, Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors

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PB Roads Super Weekend 23-26 August 2019

The Ward project team on our Port Botany Roads project successfully completed an around the clock super weekend shift from Friday 23 August through to this morning to minimise disruption to businesses.

The team completed approximately 1,500m2 of pavement demolition and reconstruction over the weekend including wearing course asphalt. The adjacent businesses in Simblist and Friendship Rd can now use their driveways without any further interruption.

This is a fantastic achievement and we acknowledge the team’s monumental efforts to make it happen.

Special thanks to the Subcontractors, SPA stabilising the basecourse, Colas in spray sealing and J&E placing the asphalt.

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Ward Plant purchase 4No. Hybrid Lighting Towers

We have recently purchased and deployed to site 4No. Hybrid Lighting Towers.

Ward undertakes a significant % of our works during night hours.

Our project teams have identified these Lighting Towers as being a positive for the environment.

These towers utilise rechargeable batteries for power avoiding the need to run a generator/fuel throughout the night.

This is a positive for the environment( less fuel burn/emissions) and the general community with no noise generated.

We are proud to have these Lighting Towers as part of our plant fleet.

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Our new 953 Traxcavator

Our CEO, Julia Ward, visited our Silverwater site recently and is seen here with our new 953 Traxcavator operated by Terry McCardle (in cabin).

Left to right in the photo are, Site Supervisor Brendan Williams, Labourer Harry Vavlas, Julia and Adrian Genio our Construction Manager. The project is progressing well and the team is taking advantage of the fantastic dry weather over the past couple of months.

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MATES in Construction

Thanks to Natalie Hunt and CEO Brad Parker of MATES in Construction for today’s thought provoking presentation on suicide prevention at our Transport for NSW PLR Enabling Works Project site. The Ward Civil & Environmental Engineering BBQ team was on hand afterwards to provide a BBQ breakfast for all. MATES in Construction is the leading construction industry suicide prevention organisation that focuses on raising awareness and providing help and support to all in the Industry.

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Pre-season post-training BBQ lunch for the Sydney Roosters NRLW team.

The Ward BBQ team was out in force on Saturday morning with a post-training BBQ lunch for the Sydney Roosters NRLW squad at Roosters HQ, in the Moore Park Entertainment Quarter. A healthy and nutritious combination of lamb and chicken kebabs (protein), Greek salad (greens!), the best of Irish potatoes (carbs) and plenty of fruit and yoghurt for dessert was on the menu. The girls are busy preparing for the new NRLW season, which kicks off in September. Ward is a proud supporter of the Sydney Roosters women’s rugby league teams and their excellent community and Indigenous support programs.

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