Project Review

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


TAFE Restaurant
Level 2 - Block C 66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101


Our CIA calendar opens in 2020 with our Project Review seminar highlighting the Kevin Cavanagh Trophy winner the Anzac Memorial Centenary Project, the Waltzing Matilda Centre a Queensland State award winner and the Toowoomba Second Crossing Viaduct.


CIA Members $75.00 CIA Retired Members $20.00 CIA Student Members $20.00 Non-members $98.00


Colin Ginger
Precast Concrete Pty Ltd

Hung Nguyen
Technical Director - Taylor Thomson Whitting, Consulting Engineers

Brendan Gaffney
Cox Architects

Simon Kochanek
Bligh Tanner

Carlos Ramos
Area Manager - Ferrovial Agroman


Anzac Memorial Centenary Project
Colin Ginger - Precast Concrete
Taylor Thomson Whitting, Engineering Consultant

The Anzac War Memorial is a landmark building located at the southern end of Hyde Park, Sydney. The original building completed in 1934, is a concrete structure, clad in stone.
As part of the NSW Centenary of Anzac, the redevelopment intent was to construct new education and interpretation facilities, including a water cascade that completes the original 1930’s vision for the Memorial. The redevelopment enhances the Memorial serving as a focal point for future generations to learn about our Anzac legacy and Australia’s war history.
The new underground facilities include education and exhibition areas organized around a new central chamber, the “Hall of Service”, visually connected to the Memorial through an open oculus. The structure is a column free space, due to the dramatic precast cantilevers positioned towards the central oculus in the new Central Chamber Hall of Service, with a visual connection to the Memorial through the Oculus.

Waltzing Matilda Centre
Brendan Gaffney, Cox Architects
Simon Kochanek, Bligh Tanner
The original Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton which is the spiritual home of Banjo Paterson was devastated by an electrical fire in June 2015. The reconstruction of the centre was seen by the Winton Shire and local community as an opportunity to create an iconic building that placed Winton and Rural Australia on the international map. The $23 million Cox Architecture building is sculptural in form and appears to rise out of the land. Its curves and crevices reflect the rugged landscape of the region carved by sporadic flooding’s rains over millions of years.  The building epitomises the hardship and toils of living in such a drought-stricken land while celebrating the words and meaning of the Waltzing Matilda Song.
The building expresses the structural materials in their natural form through the interior and exterior of the building. Local aggregates and opals have been used within the polished concrete floor of the building.  The walls have been constructed using a combination of applied shotcrete and profiled and bush hammered cast-insitu concrete.
The structural design of building involved many engineering challenges including the design and construction of the 15m high concrete entry feature walls, and the fluid irregularly shaped foyer walls which involved the construction of 8m high cast insitu walls with openings up to 10m wide that were cast in single lifts. Other challenges associated with the design and construction of the building included the need to develop a serviceable structural solution to suit the extremely reactive soils present on the site.

The remote and harsh environment of Winton which regularly exceeds 40 degrees celsius also required careful consideration throughout all phases of the project to ensure the required quality control and finish was achieved for the project.

Toowoomba Second Crossing Viaduct - An Overview of Construction and Challenges
Carlos Ramos, Ferrovial Agroman
The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is the largest Australian Government funding commitment to a single road project in Queensland's history.  The $1.6 billion project is a 41km road bypass route to the north of Toowoomba and connects the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa in the east to the Gore Highway at Athol in the west via Charlton.
During construction Carlos managed 5 million cubic meters of earthwork moving, construction of 8 concrete bridges (with 1, 2 and 3 spans) and 800 m viaduct with 22 spans and 55 meters pier height, reallocation and protection of underground services (power, gas, water and communication), execution of earth walls (3,400 m2) and slope protection (100,000 m2), RCP cross/ longitudinal (3,800m) and open longitudinal (40,000m) drainage, including the concrete drainage end structures and construction of the alignment extruded barriers and guard rails in 17km of Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Highway.


4.30 pm Registration Commences - Tea and coffee will be served
5.00 pm Welcome & Introduction
5.05 pm Commencement of Speaker Presentations
7.00 pm Question time to panel of Speakers
 Light refreshments served after conclusion of event
8.00 pm Seminar closes

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