Development of the new Western Sydney Airport is a major infrastructure project that’s been many years in the planning. The Nancy Bird Walton Airport, named in honour of the pioneering Australian aviator who was the founder of the Australian Women’s Pilots’ Association, will initially have facilities to cater for 10 million domestic and international passengers a year, as well as freight services.
Following early construction in 2018, the bulk earthworks project was awarded to a joint venture between CPB Contractors and Acciona (CPBACC JV) in late 2019. Scheduled to be completed in 2022, the project includes topographical and drainage design for the entire airport precinct, as well as detailed design and construction of earthworks and drainage for the area.
It’s a large scale project, costing $644 million and involving significant design and construction. For example, the team expects to move around 25 million cubic metres of earth to support the construction of the runway and terminal alone.
The earthworks cover a large site of several square kilometres, and the CPBACC JV environment and sustainability team is responsible for measuring and managing the environmental impacts of all this activity. The team monitors noise and air quality across the site, using a variety of different devices including Thomson and other gauges for dust, and Svantek and Rion monitors to measure noise levels.
The tender process specified a web-based solution for greater efficiency
Managing all this disparate data in different formats and systems was set to be time-consuming and difficult, so the team wanted a way to streamline this and manage everything in one place. They also wanted the solution to be web-based. After investigating their options, the team chose SiteHive as the platform to manage all the data from the various sources.
Jon May, Environment and Sustainability Lead, explains, “We put the project out to tender and then reviewed three options. SiteHive gave us the best confidence because we knew they had done it before and they understood our requirements.”