A truck driving through flood waters in Queensland; A truck driving through flood waters in Queensland;

Transport Network Reconstruction Program, Queensland

How did we help to rebuild Queensland after severe flood events?

Following dramatic weather events in Queensland, the State’s road network sustained approximately $6bn in damage. Arup was engaged to deliver a fast track rebuilding and rehabilitation program through our work on the Transport Network Reconstruction Program (TNRP), also known as Operation Queenslander.

The TNRP was undertaken across 12 regions of Queensland. Arup, as part of a consortium with Opus International and Leighton Contractors, was awarded the program delivery for two regions – Mackay/Whitsunday and Wide Bay/ Burnett – with a collective capital value of $800m.

Project Summary

$800m collective capital value across Mackay/Whitsunday and Wide Bay/Burnett

650kmroad rehabilitation works

$6.9bndamage across Queensland

To ensure consistency and best value for money, a dedicated Project Management Office (PMO) was established to provide program and project management services to both regions. The PMO assisted the Regional Project Offices (RPO) to maximise opportunities to support the local construction industry as well as minimising any negative impact on the local communities.

A holistic approach from a multidisciplinary team

The team, comprising of civil engineeringgeotechnical, environmental and culture heritage, hydrology, civil structural and project management specialists, was integral to the successful delivery of the program; from scoping and assessing the damage at the beginning of the program, through detailed design, procurement and construction contract administration. Furthermore, the PMO provided controls, reporting and relationship management throughout the delivery of the program. 

The success of our team delivery was a direct result of providing the skilled personal that were able to respond to the changing needs of the program. The team drew on resources around the globe to ensure the timely delivery of design which facilitated the prompt mobilisation of restoration works on the ground.

A section of the Bruce Highway rehabilitated after flood damage A section of the Bruce Highway rehabilitated after flood damage

A dedicated information management platform was established which allowed for all staff regardless of company or geographical location to access the same data. By establishing plans and procedures for all functions we ensured we obtained the correct information and made proper records, which facilitated the ease of submissions to the Queensland Reconstruction Authority for the necessary funding to complete the restoration works.