Innovation In Material Use Aims to Future Proof Highway

One of the key objectives of The Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade is to improve flood immunity, which has historically seen the highway close on average every 1 to two years for approximately 70 hours at a time.

A key component to improving flood immunity is in the use of materials that can withstand extreme weather and for this project that means the use of Foam Stabilised Bitumen (FSB). FSB is created when hot bitumen is injected with cold water, causing it to bubble, and at the same time mixed with gravel and lime. The bitumen droplets attract to and coat the finer particles of gravel material, binding the mixture together.

The material is then used as a flexible base layer for two levels of asphalt, forming the road pavement on which vehicles will travel; a pavement which is more resilient to flooding.

About the Project

The $513 million project is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($414.4 million) and Queensland Government ($102.9 million). The project covers essential upgrades to the Bruce Highway, designed to improve safety and efficiency for road users, as well as significantly improving flood immunity. The project is being delivered by The Infrastructure Group (TIG), a joint venture between Bielby, BMD Constructions, JF Hull Holdings and Albem Operations, on behalf of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Bielby Graduates Celebrate Success

As the university year comes to an end, for many students it is a time to celebrate and for Bielby’s Bailey Stiller and Hunter Clements, it is certainly the case!

On Tuesday, the QUT students along with an army of family, friends and colleagues, attended their formal graduation ceremony at QPAC. At a packed ceremony, they received their parchments as well as well-deserved plaudits for their efforts, commitment and dedication to their studies.

Bailey graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Construction).

Hunter graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Construction).

Managing Director Adam Edwards paid tribute to Bielby’s latest graduates. “On behalf of everyone at Bielby, I would like to congratulate Bailey and Hunter on the completion of their studies. I look forward to Bailey and Hunter working with us on major projects for many years to come as they build their careers and continue their professional development.”

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Bielby delighted to see great design acknowledged

Bielby Holdings is delighted to see innovative design recognised at the recent Queensland Major Contractors Association Innovation and Excellence awards, with the Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade nominated for the Designers Award and being highly commended by the judging panel.

In their submission, the Arup and HDR Joint Venture outlined the innovative and technology-led approach that they took when designing the Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade Project:

Arup partnered with HDR to develop design innovations for the 13.5-kilometre Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade Project, located 50 kilometres south of Townsville. The foodplain is one of the most complex in Australia, with regular flood events spreading for many kilometres along the Bruce Highway.

The integrated design and construction team developed meaningful solutions using a risk-based approach that met both hydraulic and alignment requirements. These ideas reduced the number of bridges from the reference design from 16 to seven, which saved more than 2100 linear metres of bridge without significantly increasing the waterway area of transverse culverts.

Another key innovation was the use of tubular steel piles that made up the sub-structure on the new Haughton River Bridge. In a first for Queensland, it will be built to withstand a Category 4 earthquake.

Building information modelling formed the centrepiece of the design process. It helped to communicate intent to all parties and provided a common platform for collaboration, clash detection and interface management.

Bielby Managing Director, Adam Edwards paid tribute to the nomination “We along with our joint venture partners are delighted to be delivering a project that is at the cutting edge of design. It is fantastic to see that innovation within the construction and infrastructure industry is being recognised and rewarded by Queensland Major Contractors Association, of who Bielby is a proud member.”

For more information on Bielby’s involvement please visit: https://www.bielby.com.au/haughton-river-floodplain-upgrade-project/

About the Project

The $513 million project is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($414.4 million) and Queensland Government ($102.9 million). The project covers essential upgrades to the Bruce Highway, designed to improve safety and efficiency for road users, as well as significantly improving flood immunity. The project is being delivered by The Infrastructure Group (TIG), a joint venture between Bielby, BMD Constructions, JF Hull Holdings and Albem Operations, on behalf of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Campaign trail visits Bielby Holdings’ project

The team working on Ipswich Motorway Upgrade, Darra to Rocklea Package 1, were at the centre of the Federal Election campaign recently as Anthony Albanese MP, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk MP and Mark Bailey MP, Milton Dick MP, Jim Madden MP and Graham Perrett MP from Federal and Queensland Labor made a whistle stop visit to the site.

The project is a 3km upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway between Granard Road, Rocklea and Oxley Road, Oxley and will improve reliability, safety, connectivity and flood immunity for one of Brisbane and South East Queensland’s busiest arterials.

Project Manager, Andrew Howgate, welcomed the visit “It is always good to be able to showcase the work that we are undertaking and to be able to demonstrate the achievements and hard work that the team at Bielby are putting into this vital piece of infrastructure.”

Rocklea to Darra – Stage 1 includes:

  • upgrading the motorway from 4 to 6 lanes
  • higher bridges over Oxley Creek, including 7 new bridges
  • new 1.5km Boundary Road Connection Road linking Boundary Road, Rocklea across the Oxley floodplain through to the Blunder Road intersection at Oxley
  • new northern service road over the Oxley Creek floodplain
  • new traffic signals at the Suscatand Street intersection.

The project will improve travel time, reliability, safety, local connectivity and flood immunity by:

  • providing safer access to and from the motorway
  • increasing the motorway’s capacity
  • constructing higher bridges over the Oxley Creek area
  • providing improved active transport facilities
  • providing better local road connectivity.

Project fly through video released

A fly through video of the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Rocklea to Darra – Stage 1, has been released, providing a glimpse into the programme of works and end result of this major project Bielby Holdings is delivering for the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).

Watch the fly through video:

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The $400 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments, each committing $200 million. The project covers a 3km section of the Ipswich Motorway between Granard Road, Rocklea to east of Oxley Road, Oxley. This is the most critical section of the remaining 7kms of the motorway still to be upgraded. In April 2017, TMR appointed Bielby Hull Albem Joint Venture (BHA JV), a Queensland-owned joint venture, as the contractor for the upgrade. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2020.