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Waterview Connection Tunnel, Auckland

Important civil engineering project


Waterview Connection Tunnel, Auckland

 

The Waterview Connection project is one of the largest and most important civil engineering projects New Zealand has ever seen. North Shore Scaffolding has been involved with two elements essential for completion of the tunnel.

The Waterview Connection project is one of the largest and most important civil engineering projects New Zealand has ever seen. When complete, it will complete a motorway circuit around the city, which will help to overcome traffic congestion and provide a direct link between the airport and CBD.

North Shore Scaffolding (NSS) has been involved with two elements essential for completion of the tunnel.

First up was design and implementation of an innovative mobile roof that allowed the cutter head of ‘Alice’ (the tunnel boring machine) to be assembled under shelter, but that also allowed critical parts to be craned into position when required. Shrink wrap wouldn’t have worked, so NSS developed something that did.

NSS was then asked to supply 24/7 labour for scaffold requirements during the four months it took to get Alice operational. Managing Director Clifton Webb explains:

“We had upwards of 45 men on site on any given working day. Our health and safety systems, labour and gear stock management expertise ensured the project always had the men and materials required.”

At present Alice is 750m through the 2.4km tunnel. She is expected to emerge sometime near the end of the year. Then NSS will be called in once more to help with turning her around for the return journey.

Additional information sourced from http://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/waterviewconnection/

 

 

 

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