Global Rail Australia welcomes Brenton Judge to head up Electrical Division

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Brenton Judge as Electrical Manager to head up Global Rail Australia Pty Limited’s Electrical Division and take responsibility for its development and projects.

Brenton is a dynamic and skilled Electrical professional with a proven track record of high-quality delivery, acquired through a decade of managing construction, electrical, audio and telecommunications projects.

Electrical Services deployed by Global Rail Australia include design, project management and delivery for a wide range of clients in the rail, utilities and energy sectors.

These specialist services are constantly upgraded through training and development by the company at its HQ in Melbourne and are consistently delivered safely and to the highest specification.

Global Rail Australia undertake a full turnkey service on a wide range of projects including:

  • Commercial and industrial installations
  • Private domestic installations
  • Bespoke installations
  • Site enabling field works
  • Fibre splicing and copper jointing
  • Clean earth systems
  • Electrical maintenance
  • OCS Rail Systems
  • Lighting control systems
  • Building management and control

Learn more about our company: https://www.theglobalinfrastructuregroup.com/global-rail-australia/what-we-do/electrical/

Successful Installation of Turnouts in Railton

Global Rail Australia Pty Limited’s Track Construction Division has completed their awarded contract with partner Gradco, for 2No 1 in 10 Turnouts and 200 meters of plain line track installation in Railton, North West Tasmania, on behalf of rail operator Tasrail, in Tasmania.

The team at Global Rail Australia pre-built the 2No turnouts in 4 days prior to a 3-day railway occupation. During the occupation Gradco carried out all formation works in readiness for Global Rail’s installation of the turnouts and track.

Impressively, Global Rail Australia successfully installed all the new points, track and new Racor lever boxes ahead of time in the occupation. Global Rail’s welding teams completed 45 welds during this time, which all passed NDT (non-destructive testing) inspection.

Global Rail Australia Pty Limited has in-house specialist teams that deliver individual track projects for a vast range of clients, providing bespoke solutions to meet their requirements.

Services include:

  • Heavy and light rail construction
  • Turnout construction and installation
  • Track reconditioning
  • Track welding
  • Tie renewal
  • Track formation
  • UTX installation
  • Track maintenance
  • Rail defects
  • Track resource supply

Global Rail Australia also provide a 24/7 emergency response service for all track construction works.

Learn more: https://www.theglobalinfrastructuregroup.com/global-rail-australia/what-we-do/track-construction/

Terang Track Drainage Remediation Works Completed

Global Rail Australia’s Track Construction Division has completed a track occupation on the Warranmbool line for V/Line Corporation, as part of their valued customers rail infrastructure upgrade program. Global Rail Australia has successfully delivered a track drainage remediation – through the installation of a new drainage system adjacent to Terang Station.

In overview, the project involved the construction of 3No new precast concrete culverts, installation of new precast concrete drainage pipe and pits and new slotted drains and construction of open shaped earth drains. Global Rail Australia’s methodology supported the delivery of all the culvert works under the tracks without the need for removal of the track. Upon installation and alignment of the culvert sections, sleepers were then installed and compacted using the excavator tamping head to achieve the line speed.

A more detailed scope of works is as follows:

  • A new RCP drain at Shadforth Street (including pipe, wing, and end walls)
  • A new RCP drain at Simpson Streel Level Crossing (including pit, pipe, wing, and end walls)
  • Installation of new box culverts adjacent to Simpson Street (under track)
  • Installation of new box culverts adjacent to station building (under track)
  • Excavation and removal of existing 225mm HDPE pipe and installation of a new 450mm HDPE slotted pipe
  • Reprofiling of an existing open drain adjacent to the track
  • Installation of new box culverts near the end of the station platform
  • Installation of new head walls to the existing HDPE pipe
  • Formation of a new earth V-Drain adjacent the rail line
  • Removal of spoil

Works were completed during challenging weather conditions and within a narrow occupation period, with heavy wintery conditions and continuous rainy days during the track occupation, hampering Global’s team of track experts at every opportunity.

High levels of management were therefore key, with Global Rail Australia able to call upon its multiple experienced supervisors and track engineer to plan and deliver the works and ensure the project was executed within its 12-day occupation. The project was also resourced heavily, with Global Rail Australia needing to assemble three large crews, each crew having a supervisor, with multiple labourer’s, plant operators, excavators, dumpers, small plant, and tools.

All works were satisfactorily completed in a live operational environment with no reports or incidents raised.

Global Rail Australia is delighted to have V/Line as one of its valued rail clients, is pleased to have completed this important project and look forward to more collaborative success in the future.

MTM Broadmeadows Station Refurbishment

Global Rail Australia has completed a railway civils project to refurbish the waiting area at Broadmeadows Train Station – on the Craigieburn line in Victoria – which is managed by rail operator Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM). Global Rail Australia were contracted by valued client – MTM – to remove the existing tiles, remove existing seating, prepare, and paint the walls, install new tiling, install new seating, and install new wire mesh fencing. Most of the work was completed at night with no trains running on an ALBF (after last before first) basis, in order to minimise the disruption and impact to rail passengers and MTM staff. The full scope of works included:

    • Removal and disposal of the existing tiles
    • Removal and disposal of the existing station seating
    • Preparation works to the walls
    • Repainting the walls
    • New tiling to the Waiting Area
    • Installation of new seating
    • Installation of new wire mesh fencing adjacent to the Waiting Area

The team at Global Rail Australia provided a detailed staging program and procurement plan for MTM, which were the keys to the success of the project. This resulted in no reports being raised by the public or client and furthermore, no industrial relations being encountered. By providing the necessary pre-planning and project management expertise to succeed on this project, Global Rail Australia delivered it in a timely manner, with no incidents or safety concerns.

MTM – High Bushfire Risk Area (HBRA) Asset Inspections Completed

Global Rail Australia’s Asset Inspection team has been supporting its customer MTM with a project for High Risk Bush Fire (HBRA) Asset Inspections of various Metro lines, which could have been potentially affected from the devasting bushfires in 2020.

This project involved the visual inspections of the MTM Owned Assets along the rail corridor covering 1800 Electrical Structures, 400 Poles (Lights & CCTV) and 32 Substations. Global Rail Australia’s detailed scope was as follows:

  1. Overhead Electrical Asset Inspections on the Rail Corridor located along the Track
  2. Light Poles in the Rail Corridor, among the Platforms and Stations Car Parks
  3. Signal Assets
  4. CCTV Assets
  5. Substations located in the Rail Corridor
  6. Bush Fire Walk Examination along the following designated lines:
    • Belgrave Line (Ringwood – Belgrave)
    • Cranbourne Line (Dandenong – Cranbourne)
    • Hurstbridge Line (Clifton Hill – Hurstbridge)
    • Pakenham Line (Dandenong – Pakenham)
    • Sunbury Line (Footscray – Sunbury)
    • Craigieburn Line (Kensington – Craigieburn)
    • Mernda Line (Clifton Hill – Mernda)
  7. Reporting of the inspected asset details in accordance with the client’s requirements:
    • Locating the asset on the Rail Corridor
    • Recording the visual inspection of the asset, (Photos and Condition of the Asset)
    • Reporting the details of the information into the required format
    • Assisting MTM in identifying the defects on the Rail Corridor

Global Rail Australia Awarded Significant Construction Project for Development Victoria

Global Rail Australia has commenced a significant civils and structures contract with Development Victoria to upgrade pedestrian access between Spencer and Flinders Street in Docklands, Melbourne. The Rail Undercroft site had been closed off to the public during construction of Lend Lease’s Melbourne Quarter, and includes approximately 1000sq.m of land underneath the rail viaduct between Spencer and Flinders Street, Docklands. It will reopen as part of the upgrade works in early 2021, creating a pedestrian thoroughfare connecting the corner of Spencer Street and Flinders Street to Lendlease’s Melbourne Quarter Plaza.

Global Rail Australia’s pedestrian upgrade works include:

  • Removal of the existing hoarding and surface finishes
  • Bulk excavation of existing ramp
  • New drainage and lighting
  • New bluestone pavers and access ramp
  • New landscaping and handrail
  • Associated electrical works

All works are executed during live rail operations above the work location under supervision. Demarcation of the site has been undertaken and will be maintained throughout the works between the Melbourne Quarter apartments and Spencer Street. A Traffic Management Plan was completed which includes a 3-month lane closure and hard barriers along Flinders Street to maintain safe pedestrian access.

Global Rail Australia’s staging program, procedures and procurement plan will play an important part in the success of this project.

Throughout the works, Global Rail Australia’s project team will work in close co-operation with Development Victoria and other key stakeholders to ensure a cohesive and timely delivered project.

The site team are also pro-actively contributing to the discussions on management of COVID-19 and works are proceeding with all necessary measures in place

Please see following link to Development Victoria’s media release for additional background: https://www.development.vic.gov.au/news/work-on-a-new-pedestrian-route-between-docklands-and-the-cbd-begins

 

Global Rail Australia Complete Track Upgrade for Yarra Trams

Global Rail Australia has undertaken a project to remove and replace worn rail on curves on ballasted track at Queensway St Kilda and we are pleased to confirm that all works have been successfully accomplished within the rail occupation, provided by Yarra Trams, with no technical issues. The project was complicated by remote working; however, this was managed through a meticulously safe approach and a management presence throughout the works.

Works included rerailing both the Up Track and Down track curves, which covered the following managed scope:

  • Unclipping rail
  • Replacing worn rail with new 41Kg rail
  • Welding and restressing
  • Weld testing

All works were completed utilising in-house resources, supervision and plant over a single weekend and supported by a staging program and procurement plan, which were key to the success of the project. We are pleased to say that no reports or incidents were raised by the public or client.

ARTC Culvert Lining Completion, New Port, Serviceton

Global Rail Australia has successfully completed a project for Australian Rail Track Corporation for the removal of mud from steel culverts and providing a new bottom concrete layer using the shotcrete process.

The scope covered culvert lining for 24 culverts at 7 different locations in the Geelong and Ararat regions of Victoria. The following activities were undertaken by Global Rail Australia in a live operational railway environment:

  • Culvert cleaning
  • Sand blasting
  • Painting
  • Installation of steel mesh
  • Concreting works

All activities were fully coordinated with the client and delivered on time and to budget, aided by a fully sequenced, detailed program and Global Rail’s supervisory team. We are delighted to say that the works were completed to meet the client’s satisfaction.

Geelong Culvert Replacement Completed by Global Rail Australia

Global Rail Australia Pty Ltd has completed the complex removal of an existing brick culvert and replaced it with precast box culverts sections, including new precast head walls and handrailing in Geelong, Victoria. Works were undertaken on behalf of client V/Line during a rail occupation.

Global Rail Australia’s multi-disciplinary teams provided an integrated method of construction to minimize the disruption to current operations. This involved its civils and track teams working in harmony in order to remove the track infrastructure, to create the necessary access and space, to crane into position the new precast base slabs, culvert and head wall units. Specifically, works included:

  • Removal of the track and sleepers
  • Demolition of the existing brick culvert
  • Excavate to formation level
  • Installation of base slabs
  • Installation of box culverts
  • Construction of head walls and handrails
  • Backfilling as per design
  • Reinstatement of the track infrastructure

The project was under the control of Global Rail Australia’s civil and track engineering and supervisory teams, with works commencing in March 2020 and successfully concluding two weeks later, to meet V/Line’s required occupation.

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Global Rail Australia’s Track Division Completes 2000m Track Renovation Project for V/Line

Global Rail Australia has successfully completed a significant track project for customer V/Line by removing mud spots on the Craigieburn – Kilmore East regional line. The works were in a remote area and were completed in a live operational environment, under the full supervision of the Global Rail Australia Track Engineering team.

The comprehensive scope of works to the Up Line included the following track deliverables:

  • unclipping existing sleepers
  • timber sleeper replacements
  • mud spots removals
  • laying of new ballast
  • installation of new LPC sleepers
  • formation of the access track

In support of the scope, Global Rail Australia’s team created a detailed staging program and procurement plan, which were instrumental in supporting project delivery, which were also fully coordinated with activities from V/Line.

Alternative methodologies were also created by Global Rail Australia to minimize the disruption to live operations, allowing potential for delays to be eradicated by mobilizing additional crews to finish the tasks.

Works were undertaken without any incidents, accidents or technical issues and having commenced in March 2020 were successfully completed in 12 days – meeting the occupation requirements of V/Line.

Richard Needham, Global Rail Australia’s Track Division Manager added:

“This successful, fast-track project included a very well-planned program of track construction activities, which were expertly delivered, and is testament to the resilience and capabilities of the Track Construction team.”