In early 1995 Leightons Asia, in partnership with Kumagai and China State Engineering Construction Company were listed as one of the preferred tenderers on the Hong Kong MTR Contract 501 for the construction of the new MTR Central Station to be constructed on reclaimed land.  GBA Projects was called in to review the programme for this very complex project. Working around the clock over 7 weeks, we were able to correct some of the anomalies in the programme as well as save time in the overall construction period. We also assisted at Senior Management Meetings in identifying and quantifying risks to the overall project.

Tung Chung Bridges in Construction, Hong KongIn June 1995 Leightons Asia again called us to Hong Kong to assist in the Tung Chung Bridges, between Lantau Island and Chep Lap Kop (an island expanded for the new airport to replace the old and obsolete Kai Tak Airport).

Construction of the new airport was only part of the Airport Core Programme, which also involved construction of new road and rail links to the airport, with associated bridges and tunnels, and major land reclamation projects on both Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon. Construction of the new airport was voted as one of the Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century at the ConExpo conference in 1999 and at the time, was listed as the most expensive airport project ever according to Guinness World Records. 

Pictured left, the last of these bridges was between Lantau Island and Chep Lap Kok and consisted of three bridges which were to be constructed on land and incrementally launched from pylon to pylon.

Two of the bridges were for road traffic and the third was for the MTR Airport Express connecting the airport to the rest of the Hong Kong MTR system.

Initially GBA Projects was engaged to determine what extensions of time the Contractor was entitled to whilst the project was running 6 months behind schedule. Greg, Managing Director, was then engaged to replan the works so that the project could get back on schedule. The limiting factor for the overall completion of the project was the “launch nose” a structural steel nose that rested on each pylon as the bridge was launched across the water.

Greg’s revision to the program required the manufacture of an additional launch nose that resulted in the project progressing to 6 weeks ahead of the original schedule, 2 months later when he returned to Australia. A great personal achievement for which Greg is very proud of.

National Rail LocomotiveUpon his return to Australia Greg was appointed the Senior Project Controller for National Rail specifically to set up the project controls for the construction of 120 NR Class locomotives.

In September 1995 A Goninan & Co were awarded the contract for 120 locomotives from National Rail which were built at their Broadmeadow (NR1-NR60) and Bassendean (NR61-NR120) factories. The frames were built at Hexham and the bogies at Goninan's Landsdowne Engineering subsidiary in Taree.

This project was hugely successful for National Rail and Goninan. The assembly of the locomotives was based on an assembly line style construction with the locomotives being stationary at various “stations” so that the amount of work at each station was repetitive for the workers and hence the rate of production was sped up as each group of workers became familiar with the work to be performed at each station.

The work was balanced such that time spent at each station was equal to all of the other stations and hence no down time was experienced with the production schedule. This type of programming is called “Matrix Scheduling” and we assisted the manufacturers to set this process up correctly so that the monitoring was integrated with the overall programme for National Rail.

Also during the later quarter of 1995 GBA was appointed as the Forensic Planner to assist “Civil Tech” in their claim for an Extension of Time for the construction of the West Beach Marine Research Laboratory Sea Water Intake. We were able to successfully demonstrate Civil Tech's entitlements and thus costs associated with their delays for which they were ultimately paid by their client, the SA Government.

GBA continued its long association with Constress, one of Australia’s leading precast manufacturers having introduced Open Plan in 1989 to the organisation to control the design and manufacture of Moulds, production of the precast panels and polishing of the precast panels if required and their erection.

During 1995 GBA continued to enhance the automation of the planning function by writing a Cashflow suite of programs to firstly imported the cost of each step of the manufacturing and erection process from Constress’ estimating package. From this stemmed a series of reporting functions to show daily costs and sales of precast panels. The final extension to this process was the automated production of an Invoice for any period required.

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