Major Projects - Victoria's Big Build (Inc. West Gate Tunnel & Bridge Projects)

Wednesday 24 August 2022
5:30pm - 8:30pm (UTC+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Hawthorn Arts Centre (Zelman Room)
360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, VIC 3122
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Event Summary

Dubbed ‘The Big Build’, Victoria has several mega-projects for transport infrastructure happening at present which will impact the future of the state.  These projects include new motorways and railways, removal of level rail crossings, new road and rail tunnels and railway stations. 

The Westgate Tunnel Project is one of these mega-projects. With nearly 20 km of bridges and 7 km of tunnels, is a structural engineer’s dream/nightmare.  Our expert speakers talk about the exciting innovations as well as the mind-bending challenges of this complex project.

Come and hear from Scott Taylor, Director of Engineering from the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority and Adam McManus, Principal Bridges and Civil Structures from Aurecon.  Scott will speak about innovations in project delivery at the Major Project’s office. Adam will present the structural engineering challenges for the design and construction of the complex, segmental concrete bridges on the Westgate project.  These bridge segments were manufactured at the Project’s purpose-built Benalla Precast yard, the largest precast plant in the southern hemisphere”

This seminar will be of interest to structural engineers, contractors, suppliers, urban designers and other consultants.


Dr Scott Taylor, Director Engineering & Innovation (Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV)
Scott currently leads the Engineering Team at Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV), as the Director Engineering & Innovation.  His role oversees all engineering and technical aspects of the projects within the MRPV portfolio, with the aim of managing and mitigating technical risks, as well as driving an innovative culture across MRPV and the projects being delivered.  Scott has worked in both the government and private sectors with a focus on bridge design and design management.  Scott also has a strong research background, having obtained a PhD in 2004 in the areas of structural dynamics and computational methodologies.

Building Innovation into Major Road Projects in Victoria

Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV) is a dedicated government body charged with planning and delivering major road projects around metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, with projects including new roads, road widenings, new bridges and major freeway upgrades.  MRPV seeks to adopt innovative best practice approaches in all aspects of our work.  The innovative culture is supported by the implementation of a program delivery approach (PDA) which gets projects from approvals to shovel-ready more quickly and to bolsters collaboration and capability within the construction industry.  Scott will be presenting on examples of innovative practices that have been implemented by MRPV through the PDA model.  These include increased use of sustainable practices and recycled materials, modernising standards and specifications, and development of standardised practices.

Adam McManus - Technical Director, Infrastructure, Aurecon
Adam has more than twenty years of experience working as a civil/structural engineer on major transport infrastructure projects in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. He has been at the forefront of project delivery as a design manager and technical discipline lead working with multidisciplinary design teams to deliver complex and innovative design solutions. Adam has a wealth of major project bridge design experience having worked closely with construction contractor partners from projects such as Peninsula Link, Caulfield to Dandenong and the West Gate Tunnel Project.

Adam was the AJJV Design Manager for the Western Distributor Viaduct over Footscray Road and City Link Interchange. With the project currently under construction Adam is now the AJJV Construction Phase Services lead for precast and segmental bridges.

WGTP East Zone Precast Segmental Viaducts Design and Construction

This presentation focuses on the substantial bridge undertaking in the East Zone of Melbourne. With more than 15 kilometres of bridge structure, it could rightly be called ‘The West Gate Bridges Project’ and stand as a Major Project in its own right.

After exiting the tunnel and crossing the Maribyrnong River, the main line viaduct changes from a curved steel trough girder to span-by-span segmental precast. The span-by-span methodology is ideally suited through this section as a repetitive economic solution for linear geometry because the twin viaducts travel along Footscray Road with limited horizontal curvature.

The presentation will provide an overview of the East Zone structures with a focus on the design and construction of the Precast Segmental Viaducts.

5:30 – 6:00 PM                  Registration, refreshments, networking
6:00 – 6:15 PM                  Welcome and introductions
6:15 – 8:30 PM                  Presentations and question time
8:30 PM                  Close

$  88.00      CIA Professional, Company & Academic Members
$  44.00      CIA Retired Members
$  22.00      CIA Student Members
$110.00      Non Member

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