The $1.75 billion Regional Rail Revival (RRR) program is upgrading every regional passenger train line in Victoria through a joint initiative of the Australian and Victorian governments. Rail Projects Victoria is the Victorian Government body responsible for the delivery of this project.
The Capital Projects Advisory (now TSA) team provided constructability and technical support for five projects, that are part of the RRR program, that were seeking project funding or support the design, development and tendering process.
The technical support required personnel with specific expertise and knowledge to guide the client in choosing alternatives for delivery, design options, equipment and construction methodology with a holistic point of view that can achieve better solutions for the client. The projects the team provided this support for were:
- Avon River Bridge
- Gippsland Line Upgrade
- Warrnambool Line Upgrade
- Murray Basin Rail Project
- Geelong Duplication
Key challenges encountered by the team in providing its services included environmental / program constraints, interfacing projects, rail occupation availability and labour efficiencies / availability.
Prior to the ownership of project scope, the team completed a comprehensive review of all business case documentation from a constructability perspective. This due diligence provided RPV with a sound understanding of the work being taking on. The project involved a full suite of greenfield / brownfield rail elements and structures
The majority of RPV’s work was in existing brownfield rail environments. Advisian advised RPV on strategies to stage works efficiently to reduce the design and construction effort. This provided RPV with key technical knowledge and the cost / risk implications of their scope of works.
Constructability advise included:
- Equipment requirements
- Laydown areas identification
- Environmental constraints
- Delivery strategy / methodology
- Traffic and rail management
- Rail occupations
- Risk and opportunities
As as a result of the work RPV had the technical support for funding approvals, tender documentation, reference designs and commercial / stakeholder approach. This enabled a consolidated planning and development phase.