The annual South Australian Excellence engineering awards recognizes outstanding achievement in engineering . This is based on the invaluable contribution the field makes to the economy, community and the environment. During the 2018 event, the Hope valley Water storage tank roof upgrade received the accolade for its excellence in building and structural engineering. Since 1955, the tank has been reliably supplying water to over 10,000 properties in the north-eastern part of Adelaide. A 2016-2020 AUD89million program was launched to refurbish 111 water tanks across South Australia. One of which was this 136 megalitre monster tank. A portion of the total sum, AUD21.6million to be exact, was spent on removing and replacing the roof. This came after a problem in the structural integrity of the tank was identified upon a condition assessment. The project was spearheaded by SA water, CE Global and Jones Civil. CE Global undertook preliminary investigations that led to the need for an upgrade. Soon after, a rehabilitation proposal had to be drafted. According to John Edges, CE Global project director, this called for innovative and highly collaborative approaches if the project was to be delivered safely, cost-effectively and on time.

The work was so intensive, 7 cranes were on-site at a time. This is attributed to the staggering size of the tank. It spans across an area equivalent to a FIFA soccer pitch and can contain enough water to fill 55 Olympic sized swimming pools. Management of workers, contractors, designers, and architects was a tasking job. Over a 190-day duration, over 4,800 crane movements were made. This is equivalent to roughly 1 movement per crane every 90 minutes. This level of coordination stands out in the entire construction industry as a huge logistical nightmare. To streamline operations on the highly constrained site, engineers used 3D modelling to place and map every lift from start to finish.

For safety purposes, remotely operated robots went in to inspect the phases as the demolitions were ongoing. After 9 months of challenging work, the storage tank had a significant facelift. The roof now features an innovative, lightweight, cost-effective structural cladding material.

Rarely do projects at this scale get implemented as planned. The collaboration of SA water, CE Global and Jones Civil were in the test here. Not only did the teams get recognized for the ground-breaking approach, but also, for their holistic collaboration to deliver the project on time and within budget.

The tank is certified safe and now promises continued service for local residences for a long time.

Civil Engineer

The role of a civil engineer is very crucial in the construction business as only they can design the buildings with the right quality control. The construction companies have a highly dynamic nature and have several different departments managing different functions of the company. All such functions are overlooked by the civil sie engineer who commands the team to work on the construction site. The roles and responsibilities of civil engineers can vary in different companies and sites, but they should have an overall idea of the execution of the project until it is complete. They should also have the basic knowledge about every procedure that takes place in a construction site and should also know how to plan it. Here are the important responsibilities that every good civil engineer must take.

Construction site responsibilities

Being a site engineer, one needs to be present at the construction site at most of the time. They should keep track of every new construction and designing on the site every day to take future decisions. Their presence at the site holds value and also motivates other workers to do their job. The construction company holding the project gets the information and updates about the construction through the site engineer.

Travelling responsibilities

A site engineer is also supposed to travel to and from construction sites if they are handling multiple projects at once. They also travel to make deals with the traders and checking the quality of the product or material according to the price and specifications of the project. The site engineer’s advice is necessary for choosing the design, material, and execution of the project.

Technical Activities

Site engineers also perform the survey control of the site and work to establish the level set according to the contracts. They need to make sure that the work is being done as per the construction designs mentioned in the contracts. For this, they need to make regular checks at the site. The records maintained by the site engineer need to be accurate and in accordance with the contract. Any problems faced due to lack of workforce or technical difficulties need to be solved by the site engineer as quickly as possible.

Reports and schedules

The site engineer also needs to make sure that the site has all the necessary resources, workforce, and equipment to carry out the work every day. Any issues which occur during the project are recorded and submitted to the higher officials to make new decisions. A report needs to be produced by site engineer for the works which need to be done on the site, at least two weeks before. They are responsible for maintaining the records and respective sheets for the work allotted to them.