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Lining Up: Issue 1 December 2014

DDT Liners’ newsletter is published every quarter. This issue ‘A Year in Review’ includes stories on our recent project history and details company changes moving forward. 

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THE YEAR IN REVIEW

In many ways, 2014 has been a tumultuous year for DDT Liners. We’ve seen a good number of the highs and lows that can happen in our industry, all underpinned by the greater causes for concern in the wider Australian economy.

As we move into 2015, however, I think we can be confident that we’ll get our share of the still-considerable amount of work thats out there.

To those members of our team who have really put in this year, I offer my heartfelt thanks. 2015 will bring with it many challenges, but with good people, in a good team, we’ll get there! Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you all.

Max Brady

 

Crunching the numbers: The total outputs of 2014

PROJECT TOTALS FOR DDT LINERS IN 2014

Materials

Destructive Tests

No. of Welds

LTI

Manhours

Total Project Values

2,530,000m2 HDPE 2
1,285,000m Geonet

2388

28,000 Patches
342,071Lm

NIL

Over 200,000 hours

$402 Million

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Reedy Creek: 2 Years On

A massive project spanning almost two years, the 8 ponds at Reedy Creek were finally completed in November of this year.

Vast amounts of QA, stints of night shift work and the growth of employment numbers to over 70 made it one of the biggest projects ever undertaken by DDT Liners.

Sometimes held back by torrential rain or hellishly high temperatures, it has been a mammoth effort that reflects the calibre of supervisors, leading hands and all other staff.

The nature of its size meant better quality systems were developed and implemented and the organisation as a whole had to adapt and improve to manage. Coloured paper systems and new shorthand for recording location data was stressful and time consuming to implement, but the accuracy and efficiency rewardsultimately made it worthwhile.

The relationships that DDT Liners managed to establish with both Origin and Leighton Contractors over the course of the project also means a stronger reputation in the mining sector and consequently, a formidable standing in the bid for future tenders.

 

REEDY CREEK WATER
TREATMENT FACILITY

Materials 1,350,000m2 of HDPE 675,000m2 of Geonet
Destructive
Tests
1265
No. of Welds 14,000 Patches
189,750Lm
Manhours 100,000 hours
Total Project Value  $350 Million

Lining Up- Issue 1 December 2014

A Condabri Report

Origin’s Condabri Central project started at the end of 2012, ran across 2013 and finally finished up in late 2014. The massive job formed a part of the same total project as Reedy Creek and entailed the completion of 4 ponds.

Taking a solid 3 hours to get there and a total fluctuating workforce of around 30 staff, Condabri grew to be larger and more involved than originally anticipated.

In the end, it’s three layers comprised a massive total of 360,000m2 worth of HDPE.

For a period it ran simulateneously with Reedy Creek and Spring Gully Projects, so its main challenges were a product of time, workforce and weather.

Seemingly neverending, we had a small taskforce of 3 men working for an extra two months at the end of this year just to tidy up the loose ends.

Another project that saw us collaborating with Leightons that will be beneficial for future projects.

 

ALPNG UPSTREAM WATER TREATMENT FACILITY: CONDABRI CENTRAL

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Materials

Destructive Tests

No. of Welds

Manhours

Total Project Value

270,000m2 HDPE
90,000m2 Geonet
257 3600 Patches
38,571Lm
56,000 hours 56,000 Million

About Spring Gully

ORIGIN’S SPRING GULLY POND C PROJECT

Materials

Destructive Tests

No. of Welds

Manhours

Total Project Value

910,000m2 HDPE
520,000m2 Geonet
866 11,200 Patches
113.750Lm
45,560 hours $52 Million

about spring gullyOfficially finished up in July, Spring Gully was one of three large projects under- taken by DDT Liners in 2014.

4 400ML cells, and a fluctuating 40 man strong workforce saw the project’s length progressively stretch from original estimates, requiring staff right through until November of this year.

Commissioned by Georgiou, we installed a double-lined HDPE membrane with leak detection and recirculation system for a DERM-compliant brine storage holding pond.

This was for water that would be treated through a reverse osmosis process and used for irrigation or discharged into the local creek systems.

We constantly battled the ele- ments and it seemed time was never on our side, but the proj- ect was ultimately a success and one that forced us to grow and improve as an organisation.

woleebeeWoleebee Wrap Up

The Woleebee Creek job As the first venture of DDT is due to be wrapped up early in the New Year.

Scheduled to finish before Christmas, the battle with inclement weather meant flexibility was required.

The project involved the construction of a new Brine Concentrate Pond that was lined using a 7-layer design that exceeds international best practice standards.

With work concurrent in all liner layers, a key driver to our productivity came down to the close coordination of our civil works, QA and lining teams. Everyone should be congratulated on this.

Liners Australia Pty Ltd, it can be considered our first of many successful projects.

On the whole, adjustments are being made to communication, supply and scheduling to ensure that we continue to improve our processes and remain a competitive force in the tendering process.

As always, we need to support a strong work ethic and the continued improvement of our procdure sand effficiency.

This outcome is a reflection on all involved and speaks highly to our future as an organisation.

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Looking Ahead: 2015

Upcoming Projects

There are multiple tenders currently in the pipeline for 2015.

Our skilled crew of estimators, engineers and sales professionals are collaborating on a number of presentations for prospective con- tracts. We will be pleased to announce new projects for 2015 at today’s conclusion event.

Staff Profile

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JUST A NICK – DDT LINERS’ NEW FACE OF SAFETY

The Facts:

Star Sign: LEO
Beer of Choice: Hahn, Super Dry/150 Lashes, James Squire Pale Ale
Hobbies: Scuba diving, fishing, golf & camping

Nick Morris is the new HSE Manager of DDT Liners Australia. Born and bred in Townsville, Queensland, Nick worked with WATPAK Constructions and has been in the building and civil construction industry since the age of 17.

Set to implement new safety systems to take DDT ‘s processes to the next level, Nick was a lucky find. New to the lining sector, but not to the responsibilities, after 8 years working in Safety he is set to bring a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the role.


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