Whilst providing ongoing support to the Greek Orthodox Community in 2003 for their aged care facility, Greg was invited to give his first lecture on Project Controls at the University of South Australia. 

This marked a significant turning point for GBA Projects as it unknowingly began its journey as a training provider in the Project Management industry. For many years to come GBA Projects staff would give lectures, seminars and training courses to hundreds of Adelaide based students.

Just recently, our Director Matt gave a lecture on the topic of Project Controls, Governance, Ethics and Safety at UniSA. Over the past 10 years, we have primarily focused on MS Project and Primavera P6 training however.

In 2003, GBA Projects was engaged by IPMG to act as a sub-consultant for project services at SA Water. Greg had met IPMG's Managing Director Steve Beaty through the AIPM and throughout 2003, Greg, through IPMG, provided planning services to the "Water Engineering Technologies" (WET) group, planning and controlling all of their projects and developing a standard set of project management and control procedures.

The GBA/IPMG relationship continues even today.

And as usual, whilst balancing numerous projects and work loads, GBA Projects also provided services to some of these key clients/projects:

  • Port Lincoln Hotel, Leightons - the project had descended into a dispute and we were engaged to re-program the works to completion.
  • Transport SA - provision of project management advisory services
  • UniSA Health Services Building, UniSA/Broad Constructions
  • City Cross Plaza, Broad Constructions
  • Mawson Lakes University Building, Broad

The City Cross Plaza tender was successful and througout the project, GBA Projects provided ongoing support to the construction of Adelaide's iconic plaza.

But more importantly in 2003, Greg (as Project Manager) commenced the Concept Phase of the Shute Harbour Marina project. Located 10km South-east of Airlie beach in Queensland, the $252M project consists of:

  • 395-berth marina
  • 109-room hotel (up to five storeys)
  • commercial, retail and dining precinct
  • 49-allotment managed resort accommodation precinct
  • retirement resort comprising 70 apartments and a communal leisure centre

As part of the concept phase, GBA Project's role was to prepare the project brief, then an "Initial Advice Statment" which was submitted to the Commonwealth, State and Local Council. This was in preparation for gaining approval from the State Government for the project to be declared a “Significant Project”, thus enabling the development and submission of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Shute Harbour Marina Concept

Shute Harbour Concept

After trips to Proserpine (Whitsunday Shire Council) Brisbane (Department of State Development) and Canberra (Department of the Environment) Greg was able to get them to agree, for the first time in history, one process to produce an Environment Impact Statement (EIS) and have the Qld Department of State Development (DoSD) to be the lead and gain approval from all of the relevant government bodies.

Once this approval was obtain, we prepared the “Terms of Reference” document for the EIS in consultation with the various government bodies. A very exhaustive list of requirements were setout for the project that needed to be met before the project could be approved to proceed. 

With “Terms of Reference” finalised and approved by the DoSD, we then prepared a Scope of Work for an Engineering Company to undertake the EIS as well as a set of criteria for evaluating the tenders to perform the work. GBA along with Vin Keneally (Vin Keneally Architects) and Mark Daniels evaluated the tenders from the selected Engineering organisations and rated them as per the criteria set out. The contract was awarded to Connell Wagner Pty. Ltd. In Brisbane.

Thus began the arduous journey for the production of the EIS.

Olympic Dam

Aerial Photo of Olympic Dam

But 2003 also saw our engagement with varying loss adjustors to provide advice on the CW WMC SX Plant Rebuild project. After two fires at the Olympic Dam Copper (CuSX) extraction processing Plant and the Uranium (USX) extraction processing plant Western Mining decided to build a new CuSX /USX processing plant at the Olympic Dam Site.

Western Mining claimed on their insurance for lost production and “re-building” an “As Was” plant. The insurance companies engaged a Loss Adjustor “Charles Taylor Adjusting” who in turn engaged Connell Wagner as the Engineers and GBA as the Project Planners to assess the claims being made by Western Mining.

Our job was assess the difference in time between what it would have taken to re-construct the plant at its old location to the “As Was” operation and the construction of the new plant in a new location with enhanced capabilities.

After some very detailed planning including numbers of resources required combined with their productivity we were able to determine a reasonable timeframe for the lost production time that was payable by the insurance companies and thus the amount due. Needless to say this was disputed by Western Mining and their own planning consultant. After several meetings with all parties concerned we provided a best and worst case scenario for the Loss Adjustors. This approach ensured a successful outcome as the program 'calculations' provided a win-win scenario for all involved.

Finally, in 2003, GBA projects was engaged by KBR to assist their client Oil Search in the development of a project management framework. This project was significant for GBA Projects for two reasons:

  • the project involved the development of a web-based delivery media for content. This was the first such 'development' that we had undertaken as a business
  • It meant that in 2004, GBA would finally coerce Matt Betros to commence working on a live project

We will cover the OSDES framework next week !

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