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Cardno helps councils unlock the value of infrastructure

Infrastructure investment throughout New South Wales is currently booming, with key funding being allocated to the state's regional communities.

The rise in funding presents challenges such as cost escalation and skills shortages for the design and delivery of these projects across New South Wales.

Representatives from our Nowra and Sydney offices, James Olsen, Civil Engineer and Ivo Pais, Transport Advisory Manager, shared their insights at the Institute of Public Works Australia (IPWEA) New South Wales State Conference in Sydney on how we as a consultant can deliver success for the State’s councils.

IPWEA is the peak association for professionals who deliver public works and engineering services to communities throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Their annual New South Wales State Conference is a leading forum within this space and is attended by all levels of public works professionals from the public and private sectors.

Nowra-based James Olsen was the project manager of the Minnamurra River Boardwalk Project for Kiama Municipal Council.

His team assessed various routes for a proposed boardwalk along the Minnamurra River to create a safer and more accessible passage for pedestrians and cyclists while considering the sensitive environmental constraints of the site.

On the project, we provided consultancy services included extensive environmental studies, stakeholder and community consultation, concept design, survey, geotechnical investigation, landscape and detailed design.

Innovation also played a key part in the project, through our investigation methods throughout the project, minimising the environmental impact.

“The IPWEA State conference highlighted the fact that proactive engagement and consultation with the community are hugely important for local government engineers,” said James.

“I was keen to share our experience on an interesting project with peers in the industry that also showcases our multidisciplinary capability and capacity in delivering quality outcomes in constrained sites.

“At the end of the presentation, a number of people commented that they would love to use the boardwalk once it is built!”

The presentation from Ivo Pais, Transport Advisor Manager, on Keiraville and Gwynneville Access and Movement Study was well received by the conference attendees.

His team was engaged by Wollongong City Council to provide an Access and Movement Study for the suburbs of Keiraville and Gwynneville in Wollongong.

The implementation of traffic and transport strategies developed by the team aimed to encourage sustainable travel behaviour and ease pressure on the transport network.

Supported by a site survey, on-site real-time data, stakeholder engagement presentations and microsimulation modelling of the study area, the study helped the Council identify existing transport issues in the study area and initiatives to mitigate the impacts of this future growth on the transport network.

“Several council engineers were curious yet impressed by our ability to develop detailed models representing transport issues and the options to visualise large amounts of data,” Ivo said.

“By presenting the innovative approaches that our Transport Advisory team delivered for local councils in recent projects, we connect with various councils across NSW straightaway.

“It also allows me to understand and discuss the challenges that local government engineers regularly face.”

Not only in New South Wales but across Australia and New Zealand, our team of dedicated professionals can deliver projects which are building the communities in which we live and work.

For more information contact:

James Olsen
Civil Engineer
Phone: +61 2 4231 9613

Ivo Pais
Transport Advisory Manager
Phone: +61 2 9496 7700