Queensland team growing and delivering quality work
Rhomberg was fortunate to have Rod Sweeney join us as our Manager Queensland towards the beginning of 2014. Rod has been in the Queensland railways for over 30 years rising to the level of General Manager based out of Rockhampton. Rod has a reputation for getting things done and a passion and knowledge of the Blackwater and Goonwalla lines that is unrivalled. Having Rod on board opened the door to these networks which strategically complement our works elsewhere in Australia particularly the Hunter Valley intense possession regime. Rod has been undertaking major business development efforts, with the support of Tim Horan, resulting in us winning a number of projects, ranging in size.
In September 2014, we took on an existing specialised track team complete with gang trucks and welding equipment based from Rockhampton. The team is still growing rapidly and has been bolstered by Bren Vamadevan as Project Engineer on his return to Australia following a stint with our Canadian operations. As would be expected, Aurizon has specific safety and operational requirements and the team have performed remarkably to meet the client requirements whilst delivering a full order book of work.
Earlier this year, Aurizon ran a very exhaustive tender process to establish a panel of specialised support contractors and we were appointed as one of two panel members for track work. The first major project undertaken under this panel arrangement involved the rail renewal on the Blackwater System from Duaringa to Wallaroo.
The Blackwater System is used predominately to carry coal freight from mines to the ports. Four curves were identified as having substantial rail wear and required replacing during the three-day shutdown of the line. The total length of rail changed was 3.385km and included total pad replacement and de-stressing works using Vortok E-Clip Rollers. Aurizon is currently in the experimentation phase with the Vortok roller system and this project was one of the first to implement rollers into de-stressing of rail. This methodology of rail de-stressing provides minimal resistance between rail and pad/insulator and thus creates a more accurate method of de-stressing. Over 40 Rhomberg Rail staff were brought up to support our Queensland team for the possession and the extensive experience in distressing that the NSW crews have were put to good use by Aurizon.
All works were completed by us as per the scope, within the allotted timeframe and with no defects. Aurizon was extremely impressed by the experience and efficiency portrayed by all levels of Rhomberg which is a great testament to our people and business culture. We expect to see many more large projects being won and successfully delivered in Central Queensland. Watch this space...