On a busy Monday morning, it was all about execution at Constructionarium Australia as the team prepared for build week at the Bielby Holding’s Story Bridge.

But before all that, we need to make like the Doc and Marty and hop into our DeLorean, hit 88mph and travel back in time to Friday and find out who won the contract to build the bridge. After late nights calculating schedules, construction costs and the small matter of writing compelling tender presentations, our two teams faced off against the tender panel of Harry Hartman, Sam Bates of Bielby, Kath Lister of Struber, Jason Edge and Alex Ibarra.

Team 2 (The Bridge Alliance) were up first and delivered a well-rounded presentation with an extremely competitive price. 

Team 1 ( A1 Bridges) followed and delivered a presentation that contained an exceptional methodology that gave the panel confidence that the team could deliver the bridge safely. 

And then the decision was made, with the contract to build the Bielby Story Bridge being awarded to A1 Bridges due to their clear and well designed construction methodology, despite being more expensive than their competitors.

Congratulations to both teams, but there can be only one winner, and we now see both teams unifying to deliver the bridge.

Following the tender session, the cohort headed to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to attend the 2020 Queensland Major Contractors Association Innovation and Excellence Awards, where they spent an enjoyable afternoon networking with industry leaders and celebrating the achievements of the sector’s people and projects.

Fast forward back to the future and our first session with Jon Davies of Lean Construction and Advisory. Jon took the team through the fundamentals of lean methodology and worked with them to create their construction plan for build week. As the team head into the construction phase of the program, their last plan will act as the guide and safety net for their schedule of works.

Our Lunch and Learn featured the fundamentals of Commercial Management. Delivered by Kevin Pascoe, it reinforced the essentials of ensuring that projects are delivered with the goal of success, in terms of design, delivery and critically positive numbers.

The afternoon sessions spent in preparation for the first day of construction on Tuesday, with Alex Ibarra and Jason edge working with the team on the finalisation of the fundamental elements of their build, including their SWMS, Methodology, Inspection and Testing Plan, Quality Plan, Environmental Control Plan, and Traffic Management Plan.

Supported by Neil McKenzie of Bielby this session was essential ahead of the team working in a live site environment involving crane lifts, power tools, road closures and more and a fundamental part of Constructionarium is ensuring a safe working environment for our participants. 

It was then on to power tool training with Jason Edge. It is often the case that a number of participants have not used power tools before and certainly not the specialised power tools that they have access to on-site.  Jason’s experience is vital to ensure the safe operation of equipment in a live environment.

E7’s experts, the Titmarsh brothers,  joined the team in the late afternoon to ensure that every aspect of project controls are ready to go, so that the team can accurately manage their budget and schedule so that they can deliver their bridge cost-effectively and efficiently ahead of Friday’s grand opening.