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QLD Branch Dinner Meeting
Virginia Golf Club, Elliott Road, Banyo, QLD 4014 28/02/2017

Non-Member Price: $75.00; Member Price: $65.00

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Date: Tuesday 28th February 2017

Venue: Virginia Golf Club, Elliott Road, Banyo, QLD 4014


6.00pm:   Drinks & Canapes
6.20pm:   Welcome by Branch Chair, Rob Sloman
7.00pm    Dinner & Dessert
7.45pm    Guest Speaker - Mike Cooper, MD Cooper Consulting

“KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA NORTH-SOUTH RAIL PROJECT – A perspective on quarrying for a major infrastructure project in the Middle East”

In 2005 work commenced on a major rail infrastructure project in Saudi Arabia – the NSR (North-South Rail). At the time, it was reported to be the world’s largest rail project, comprising over 2,400km of passenger and freight rail line originating in the capital city, Riyadh.

The Australian construction contractor, Lain O’Rourke (trading as Barclay Mowlem in KSA) won one of three major contract packages (CTW-300), to build 820km of track in the northern part of KSA – commencing in 2007, with completion due in 2011.

The project scope included earthworks, bridges and related works (including crossing major highways), and track laying. Around 2.25mt of rail ballast was required, and Laing O’Rourke identified a material source for a project quarry to provide the ballast to its in-house tracking laying team (sourced out of the UK).

This presentation provides an insight into the challenges experienced in the production of the ballast, and an overview of the delivery of a major civil engineering project in a remote area, and in a cultural setting that is very different to what we are used to in Australia.

9.00pm:    Dinner concludes


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