Elvis famously sang “Love Me Tender”, but on day 2 of the Story Bridge Build we are not so sure our teams are having loving thoughts towards tenders, especially with tomorrow’s 1pm submission deadline looming. Those of us who have worked on tenders will no doubt have some sympathy for out two teams as we have all lived through that last-minute panic, flurry of activity and chaos, that always turns out OK in the end.

The focus of today was all around getting on with pulling together the tender. Splitting into their two teams;

  • One Team; Led by tender manager – Sam Opperman
  • We Haven’t Built a Bridge; Led by tender manager –  Matt Bellina

The teams were ready to crack on with the day’s work. Or so they thought. Again, as anyone who has worked on a tender knows, it is often done in conjunction with your day job, so it was time to continue the training, don’t worry there will be plenty of time to get on with the tender – they had 27 hours left after all.   

The first session of the day was provided by Dial Before You Dig who took the team through their Pre-Excavation Management Around Subsurface Utilities. This course covered the requirements and regulatory obligations of locating and identifying subsurface utilities for Site Managers, HSE Managers Supervisors and Leading Hands on construction sites where excavation work is proposed to be carried out. At the end of the session, each participant received a certificate of completion of the PEMC. Thanks to Paul Newman and Adrian Wellington for arranging the session and training the cohort.

The teams were split into two groups for Envision training, provided by Luke Read and John Gouruguz. The session was aimed at the practicalities of Envision and took participants through the detail within the software and how best to capture, record and track their progress over the build. Following the tender presentation on Friday, the winning team’s schedule and project data will be uploaded into Envision to form the basis of the project control, and cost and schedule tracking for the bridge construction phase.

Our Lunch and Learn session was delivered by Banaam and gave fascinating insights into the application of cultural intelligence through the application of Indigenous cultural frameworks. Centred around the concepts of Banaam and Gogaun, Kyle and Joshua Slabb introduced numerous concepts to the cohort, including the circular way in which knowledge and care are shared, plus oversight of the family and community frameworks central to Indigenous culture and communication.

By 2:30 training had wrapped up and it was time for a pep talk from Cameron, Harry and Jason and an all-out focus on the tender. In terms of what the panel is looking for, here are the criteria against which the tenders will be measured.



Scoring assessment

Procurement list


Project Controls (cost, progress, field changes, site records)




Organisation Chart


Construction methodology


Traffic Management Plan


QA plan


Safety: SWMS (Manual handling, working at height) and Lift Plan.


Client Presentation





With all panel members coming from the contracting side of the industry, will they have a sense of camaraderie with the bidding teams or will they get to have some fun as the client and ask the really tough questions? Watch this space as in our day 3 wrap we will announce the winning team. Will it be One Team or We Haven’t Built a Bridge?

Anyway, by the end of tomorrow, we reckon the post-tender relief, will have them singing along with The King.