One of the main challenges when delivering projects for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is that the project construction sites are often located in remote areas. VEC have often provided the client with a bridge design that comprises only of pre-cast elements. These pre-cast elements then often have to be transported over uneven road surfaces where accessing heavy machinery can be challenging.
The VEC crew have become accustomed to living away from home projects. VEC has a generous living away from home arrangement with the crew to ensure job satisfaction, mitigating any potential for industrial action. Where possible we always look at employing local resources to complement our project teams.
The following provide a summary of the projects that VEC have completed over the years for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Victoria:
- Crossings in the Baw Baw, Bairnsdale and Swifts Creek Districts, Value: $1.8M, Completion: February 2016. Design and construction of 11 box culvert crossings in the Baw Baw, Bairnsdale and Swifts Creek Districts.
- Circuit Road Culverts, Value: $450k, Completion: February 2014. This project was the Design and Construction of 6 culvert crossings in the Goulburn District.
- Swifts Creek Bridge, Value: $550k, Completion: December 2013. This project entailed the construction of 4 landslip crossings in the Swifts Creek District.
- Wilson Promontory, Package 40, Value: $1.1m, Completion: June 2013. This project was the design and construction of 4 crossings within the Wilson Promontory National Park.
- Culvert works, Package 35, Value: $800k, Completion: October 2012. This project was the construction of 18 culvert and ford crossings in East Gippsland.
- Coopers Creek Bridge, Value: $300k, Completion: September 2011.
- Baw Baw District Bridges, Package 9, Value: $3.6m, Completion: August 2011. The original contract involved the construction of 9 bridges in the Baw Baw Region (Victorian Highlands) for better fire and emergency access. All structures comprised of precast concrete materials which were constructed in Tasmania and shipped to Victoria. Weather was a major issue in this region with crews battling with rain and snow conditions. Additional to these 9 bridges constructed, VEC was awarded a further four bridges in the area.
- Baw Baw District Bridges, Value: $650k, Completion: June 2011. This project entailed the construction of 3 bridges in Baw Baw District. These bridges included two 12.0m plank bridges and one steel beam with concrete deck bridge.