Robert Bird Group (RBG), a member of the Surbana Jurong Group, has been engaged as engineering designer for the design component of the Design and Construct contract of the Regional Bridge and Lobethal Freight Route Upgrade in Adelaide, South Australia.
This is the first project RBG will undertake for the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure in the transport space, and represents the first major transport design project undertaken by the practice as Lead Designer.
The contract involves the replacement of six regional bridges, crash barrier upgrades on seven bridges on the Sturt Highway, and upgrading the Lobethal Freight Route. RBG’s tender design was comprehensive and found that the reference designs included in the tender documents did not achieve the government’s objectives. As part of the tender process, RBG provided advice to the contractor that allowed the development of a roadmap to reduce the contractual sum to fit the government’s budget.
RBG’s scope of work includes structural engineering, highway and road design, geotechnical engineering and road safety auditing and certification with the latter specialist services being subcontracted.
The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2019, with the possibility of additional works being added.