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  1. 1. ISSUE 16 Cardno expands engineering service offering More inside… NEWS FLASH: Cardno merges with two US environmental firms – ENTRIX and ERI.
  2. 2. IN THIS ISSUE EDITORIAL Major engineering software release 1 A message from the Cardno expands engineering service offering 2 Managing Director Creating a vision for tribal homeland 4 Welcome to the 2010 edition of Growing service locating business through Cardno News. strategic acquisition 5 This has been a year of consolidation and Building an education revolution in Indonesia growth for Cardno after what 6 was a challenging 2009 for most companies Cardno beats the heat with new Hervey Bay globally. water park 8 In February, we expanded our service offering to include electrical and New highway to transform township’s growth mechanical engineering when we merged with the ITC Group, an Australian- 9 Partnering with Ugandan companies to based building services firm. The company has around 100 staff spread across five Australian capital city offices and is now known as Cardno ITC. Read more improve healthcare 10 about the company’s extensive capabilities and the merger on page 2. Happy feet for Sydney’s famous fairy penguins 11 In May, we announced the highly strategic merger with Australian John’s Pass Bridge replacement Underground Services Pty Ltd (AUS), which has become Cardno AUS. 12 Comprised of 30 staff based in Victoria, Cardno AUS is a company which Ambitious Brisbane infrastructure projects keep provides underground services locating and mapping capability. Further Cardno Bowler busy details about this strategic partnership can be found on page 5. 13 Cardno’s excellence rewarded with two In June, two US-based environmental consultancy firms, ENTRIX Holding national awards Company (ENTRIX) and Environmental Resolutions, Inc (ERI), joined the 14 Central Parklands the jewel in the Springfield crown Cardno group adding 770 staff to our operations in the Americas. ENTRIX is 15 one of the largest pure-play providers of environmental and natural resource consulting services in the US. ERI is an environmental soil and groundwater remediation firm primarily focused on the petro-chemical market in the US. The ENTRIX and ERI company snapshots mergers provide Cardno with leading capabilities in the key growth markets of resources, oil and gas, energy, environmental remediation, water sustainability ENTRIX Holding Company (ENTRIX) and climate change. ENTRIX specializes in water resources management, environmental risk management, facility permitting and In other news, on February 1 all of Cardno’s development assistance brands compliance and natural resources economies. The company transitioned to the Cardno brand. The move brought together our three is also regarded as a leader in the assessment of the development assistance companies – Cardno Acil in Australia, Cardno environmental and economic impacts of oil spills and is Agrisystems in the UK and Emerging Markets Group in Washington D.C. and substantively engaged on environmental protection work Brussels – all of which will now be known as Cardno’s Emerging Markets on the current oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Region. ENTRIX employs 615 staff across 30 offices throughout the US In addition, in the first half of this year several Australian and New Zealand and in international branches in Canada, Ecuador and Peru. merger partners also transitioned fully to the Cardno brand. Cardno Young, Cardno Alexander Browne, Cardno Lawson Treloar, Cardno Eppell Olsen (in The firm’s major clients include BP, Southern California New South Wales), Cardno Forbes Rigby, Cardno Stanwill, Cardno Low & Edison, TransCanada, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Hooke and Cardno TCB all became Cardno. Chevron, Placer County Water Agency, Pepco Holdings and Dow Chemical Company. In terms of new projects, I’m pleased to advise that many of our businesses working in both the physical and social infrastructure spaces continue to Environmental Resolutions, Inc (ERI) win significant work. Increasingly our divisions are also working on projects ERI is an environmental soil and groundwater remediation firm together and cross selling services to provide a holistic and integrated primarily focused on the petro-chemical market in the US. approach to our clients. The majority of ERI’s work is undertaken for leading oil and gas In February, we announced our half-year results. This relatively good companies on sites contaminated with hydrocarbon residues, performance in difficult times means that Cardno remains in a sound financial such as service stations, refineries and bulk oil storage facilities. position. Our strategy of diversification across geographic regions and sectors helped us weather the downturn of 2009 and will help us maintain positive ERI has more than 150 staff spread across nine offices results as we move forward. throughout the US. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the support of clients The company’s major clients include Exxon Mobil, Chevron, and staff through the challenges of the last 18 months, and thank you all for ConocoPhillips, US Federal Emergency Management that support. Authority (FEMA) and Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Produced by: Cardno Limited © 2010 Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information at the time of printing. Andrew Buckley Please send any comments about Cardno News to Managing Director
  3. 3. Major engineering software release After five years of development effort, approach to sustainable drainage design.” water engineering software firm Micro Drainage® Limited has released version “Moreover, the new version incorporates 12 of their drainage design software, 196 customer requests for additions and 1 WinDes®. improvements to the software.” Cardno NEWS WinDes has been designed by engineers, Productivity and seamless integration for engineers and uses proven and have also been the driving forces behind universally adopted methodologies to the upgrade. design and analyze drainage systems. “Providing a refreshed platform to The original WinDes program has been keep pace with the newest software completely re-written from scratch in technologies was another key objective,” parallel with the ongoing development said Ms. Middleton. and release of updated modules. The “The new suite is compatible with 64-bit program is now a powerful and flexible computing to facilitate greater dataset tool that can satisfy the changing needs handling, faster run time and improved of civil engineering consultants and module integration.” approving authorities. The revised software produces a single file format. WinDes has been designed by This enables the software engineers for engineers and uses to morph around the site or project. Modules can be proven and universally adopted added or removed and run methodologies to design and analyse simultaneously so changes made in one module will drainage systems. automatically be applied to active modules. WinDes is used by every Micro Drainage Managing Director water services company in Jane Middleton said the new version, the UK and 90 percent of the top UK civil WinDes W.12, was developed to meet engineering consultancies the increasing emphasis on sustainability as well as by engineers across the world. and legislative demands being imposed Therefore, Micro Drainage has taken on developers globally. care not to compromise the workflow that current WinDes users are used to. “We work closely with regulatory bodies and approving authorities, as well as with The new capabilities are options that our customers, to build a suite that equips can be switched on or off, according to engineers to confront the challenges of the users preferred way of working. legislation, climate change, sustainability and combined urban and rural drainage,” A complete portfolio of training courses said Ms. Middleton. is available to help users gain the maximum productive value from every “New capabilities take into account the module of WinDes. latest government directives on flooding and water management, including Micro Drainage has also been working Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems, closely with the wider Cardno group Contact Cardno flood flow path modelling and the use of to look at developing local products Peter Coombs, Marketing Manager, green roofs,” she said. suitable for the Australasian and North Micro Drainage American markets. Email: “WinDes W.12 allows engineers to follow Phone: +44 1635 582555 the principles of Quantity, Quality and Website: Amenity, which shape the systematic
  4. 4. Cardno expands engineering service offering In February, Cardno announced a major new merger with Australian-based building services engineering firm, ITC Group. The multi-disciplinary consultancy brings a broad range of new engineering disciplines to Cardno including electrical, mechanical, fire, hydraulic, sustainability, facility solutions, audio/visual, asset auditing, security, vertical transportation, lighting, acoustic, telecommunications and environmental auditing.
  5. 5. The multi-disciplinary consultancy brings a broad range of new The 100-person business, which is now known as Cardno ITC, has engineering disciplines to Cardno including electrical, mechanical, offices in five Australian States and Territories. fire, hydraulic, sustainability, facility solutions, audio/visual, asset auditing, security, vertical transportation, lighting, acoustic, In its 12 year history, Cardno ITC has developed a solid client telecommunications and environmental auditing. base, working with the Commonwealth Bank, Bovis Lend Lease, AMP and Telstra. The firm also works extensively with government Cardno’s Managing Director Andrew Buckley said electrical and organizations such as the Australian Tax Office, Department of mechanical engineering for the building sector is an area that Treasury & Finance and Australian Customs. Cardno has been targeting for expansion for some time. The firm has worked on client assignments throughout Australia “The complementary nature of ITC’s electrical, mechanical and including in capital cities, regional centers and remote mining areas, specialist engineering services with Cardno’s existing capability as well projects overseas in countries that include provides an excellent opportunity for further growth through Hong Kong, China, Cambodia, South Korea, Laos, France and cross selling,” he said. New Zealand. 3 Cardno ITC also offers significant experience in environmental / Cardno energy auditing and has green building rating credentials. NEWS Jason Varker-Miles, Managing Director and founder of ITC, said the group provides sustainability consulting, strategy and policy well beyond engineering. “Cardno ITC is currently providing building sustainability services for several major banks and developments in Australia. We’ve also worked on international sustainability projects, including providing assistance to the Australian Embassy in Cambodia and Laos,” he said. “In addition, we provided engineering services to the University of New South Wales (UNSW) for one of their major new buildings, the NSG Building. The UNSW campus has well over a billion Australian dollars of real estate, with the NSG Building now the most energy efficient building on campus,” said Mr. Varker-Miles. The partnership fits well with Cardno’s existing physical infrastructure services. Mr. Varker-Miles said the merger would benefit the wider Cardno group as well as clients and staff. “There are significant opportunities for Cardno ITC to partner with other members of the Cardno group. We’re already seeing results with Cardno ITC referring work to teams on the Gold Coast, in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney,” he said. “We can now provide our clients with a broader range of services in Australia and overseas,” he added. “Finally, due to the vast array of markets Cardno operates in, our staff will have increased opportunities to work on major projects and also work in areas we have not previously been exposed to.” Cardno ITC is currently working on several major building projects including the Work Cover tenancy in Victoria, which will have a floor area of over 200,000 square feet, two major projects for CBA in New South Wales, both in the order of over 530,000 square feet, and a number of significant public sector projects in Brisbane. Contact Cardno Jason Varker-Miles, Division Manager, Cardno ITC Email: Phone: +61 2 9495 8100 Website:
  6. 6. Creating a vision for tribal homeland After decades of displacement and being future growth and investment,” she said. nearby schools and dispersed across the state of Oregon, water suppliers,” he said. the Native American community of Grand Cardno WRG’s planners worked with the Ronde now has a vision for the future. Tribal leaders in establishing a common Given the Tribal Council’s desire to draw vision and future framework for the Grand people back to Grand Ronde, population While the US Government returned the Ronde Community. While Cardno WRG’s projections were also a major component ownership of the land to the people of civil engineers provided transportation of the Master Plan. Grand Ronde in 1983, until recently the and infrastructure analysis as part of the community did not have a plan for the use master planning process. Ordinarily planners would use past of the land or a strategy to encourage tribal population figures to project future growth, members to return to Grand Ronde. The Grand Ronde Community Master but due to the nature of the community Plan builds upon the community’s this data was not available. Instead, Cardno WRG’s Portland office has been existing attributes, amenities and public Cardno WRG worked with the Tribal working with the Confederated Tribes of investments including a Tribal Council, Council to determine growth goals and the Grand Ronde to develop a Community administration staff, school, library, dentist, what infrastructure was necessary to Master Plan, which is a visioning document hospital and tribal housing. support the community. for the Tribes. Cardno WRG Senior Community Planner, “Through the Master Plan we’ve been Mimi Doukas, Cardno WRG’s Director of Ryan Givens said the plan needed to able to translate where the Grand Ronde Planning, said the plan was conceptualized incorporate facilities that attracted tribal community wants to be into a physical from the Tribal Council’s desire to create members back to the area. plan,” said Mr. Givens. a self sufficient, tribal homeland rooted in the Tribes’ cultural past. “For the Confederated Tribes of the Grand “Now that the plan for the future has been Ronde, it was important for people to have articulated, Cardno WRG hopes it can “Grand Ronde is a rural area located in an emotional connection to Grand Ronde work with the Tribe to make the vision Oregon. The community is home to a few to encourage them to return and stay in a reality,” he said. thousand people who are mostly tribal the community, which is why we developed people,” Ms. Doukas explained. a master plan,” said Mr. Givens. “The Master Plan was created to provide “To achieve this, as well as to support a physical design that outlines how the the future growth of the community, we WRG community will develop and grow over the created a series of nodes including a town next 25 years. It also serves as a guide for square, government center and open space network.” Contact Cardno Cardno WRG’s planners guided “Having core infrastructure Ryan Givens, Senior Urban Designer, Cardno WRG the Tribal leaders in establishing a means Grand Ronde will Email: be a complete community. common vision and future framework Currently the tribes have Phone: +1 503 419 2513 Website: for the Grand Ronde Community. shared agreements with
  7. 7. Growing service locating business through strategic acquisition 5 Cardno is set to increase its service locating “We see AUS as a highly strategic partner Cardno NEWS business following the strategic acquisition of to help drive the growth of SUE services in Australian Underground Services Pty Ltd (AUS), Australia,” said Mr. Buckley. an Australian utility detection and mapping services firm. Cardno AUS has developed a solid client base since commencing operations The 30-person business, which is now known as in January 2005, which includes state Cardno AUS, is based in Victoria. road authorities, national contractors and major engineering consulting firms. Cardno believes that the Australian Mr. Buckley noted that infrastructure market is ready for Cardno is currently working the introduction of subsurface utility with Standards Australia to introduce a standard for SUE engineering as a means of improving the services for Australia and accuracy of the utility information used New Zealand along the lines of the standards used in the for design and construction of physical US and Canada. infrastructure projects. Scott Guy, Managing Director and founder of AUS, said the Cardno AUS undertakes services location acquisition by Cardno through surface geophysical technologies, state will enable the business to increase its of the art non-destructive vacuum excavation service offering and be positioned to and data management services. be the premier provider of SUE services for Australia. Cardno Managing Director Andrew Buckley said further developing our services locating “Through our partnership with Cardno, business is a strategy that Cardno has been we can now offer our clients a wider targeting since the acquisition of US-based range of services throughout Australia,” Cardno TBE in said Mr. Guy. late 2008. “We can also leverage Cardno’s expansive “The acquisition of AUS will allow us to transfer network of offices in Australia and New our professional Subsurface Utility Engineering Zealand to grow our presence and provide (SUE) global expertise from Cardno TBE to Cardno’s existing clients with our specialist Australia and leverage off AUS’s existing client services. For example, we recently base. Cardno TBE has already successfully commenced work with Cardno’s Canberra achieved this in Canada and the UK.” office on the redesign of the Anzac Avenue intersection in Canberra.” Cardno believes that the Australian infrastructure market is ready for the “Moreover, we already have a strong introduction of SUE as a means of improving working relationship with the company, having worked with Melbourne-based the accuracy of the utility information used Cardno Grogan Richards for more than Contact Cardno for design and construction of physical Scott Guy, Business Unit Manager, infrastructure projects. It is documented three years.” Cardno AUS that SUE will reduce costs and provide Email: Cardno AUS is currently expanding into accountability through the certification of Phone: + 61 3 9553 7236 New South Wales and setting up a base the location, identification and mapping of Website: in Sydney. The office will provide Cardno underground utilities prior to construction. AUS’s full suite of services.
  8. 8. Building an education revolution in Indonesia In December, Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division will complete one of the largest education development programs ever undertaken by the Australian Government, delivering more than 2,000 new schools and a raft of reforms to help the Indonesian Government revolutionize its education system. The AU$385 million AusAID project The program has trained thousands As part of the program, 60 new schools was developed as part of Australia’s of school principals, teachers, will be constructed to help replace those AU$1 billion aid package to Indonesia parents and members of school destroyed in two earthquakes which following the devastating Boxing Day management committees as well hit the region in September 2009, killing tsunami of 2005. as helped develop policies across more than 1,000 people and damaging key areas like gender equity, inclusive thousands of educational facilities. The Australian and Indonesian education and quality assurance. Governments have worked in partnership, SRP Team Leader Gerome Rich said with the help of Cardno as Managing With Cardno’s help, a new National Cardno would facilitate a community Contractor, to roll out this remarkable Strategic Plan was developed, giving driven approach to the project. package of education assistance. momentum to Indonesia’s goal of achieving universal education. “A key feature of the program is that The four-year Australia Indonesia Basic the schools will be built using community- Education Program (AIBEP) has delivered Dr. Spicer is particularly proud of Cardno’s based construction,” said Mr. Rich, 2,014 junior secondary schools, providing support of the Indonesian Government’s a former project manager on the places for more than 330,000 new students Education Quality Assurance System, AIBEP program. from some of the poorest and most remote securing continuous improvement in the regions of the archipelago. system for years to come. “This approach will see school committees plan and manage construction Cardno’s Lead Technical Adviser Brian “This is a major change for an education of their local school, with the help of more Spicer said the enormous scope of this system that has been stuck in an out- than 100 Cardno staff,” he said. initiative made it one of the biggest dated and hierarchical approach to education programs ever undertaken. education and education management,” “This will ensure school communities he said. can manage and take responsibility “Most aid projects tend to focus narrowly for their local infrastructure well into on one aspect but this program builds “It is this that makes it one of the most the future.” both social and physical infrastructure ambitious and ultimately one of the most in a systematic approach to reforming successful education programs globally.” The program has been in the planning and improving education for Indonesian phase since late 2009 and entered children,” Dr Spicer said. The success of AIBEP is a huge implementation phase during May. achievement for the Australian Aid The entire program is expected to “The program is already producing Program and has been widely recognized be completed within 12 months. impressive results: Indonesia’s post- as such by other donors, the Indonesian primary enrollment rate is up by one Government and other stakeholders in percent; almost half of the new enrolees Indonesia’s development. are girls and nearly half of the students come from families with an income of Cementing its reputation in this sector, Contact Cardno less than US$2 per day.” Cardno was recently appointed as the Marian Boreland, Acting Area Manager, managing contractor for the School Social Infrastructure Reconstruction Program (SRP) in West Email: Java and West Sumatra, which is jointly Phone: +61 3 9937 0743 funded by AusAID (AU$10 million) and Website: USAID (US$5 million).
  9. 9. 7 Cardno NEWS With Cardno’s help, a new National Strategic Plan was developed, giving momentum to Indonesia’s goal of achieving universal education for all.
  10. 10. Cardno beats the heat with new Hervey Bay water park From designing the skeletal structures of giant whales to zero-depth water lawns and static waves, Cardno’s engineering “This is a significant project within the Wide ingenuity, in partnership with Wide Bay Bay region which Cardno is proud to be part of.” Water Corporation, was recently put to the test on the new WetSide Water play equipment, a toddlers’ pool and an “The 115-foot diameter concrete slab Education Park at Hervey Bay in south- educational walk along interlinked timber for the main area of the park had been east Queensland. boardwalks. requested to be poured all at once,” Mr. Shaw said. Located on the Hervey Bay foreshore Various sculptures are also found mostly known for its spectacular throughout the park, including giant “The slab contained and covered a large whale watching, the AU$12 million whale and dolphin structures. number of conduits for electricity and water park was officially opened by water for the cascading foundations Premier Anna Bligh last December as Cardno Senior Structural Engineer Evan and was suitably reinforced to minimize part of Queensland’s 150th anniversary Shaw said the project had been an exciting cracking of the concrete.” celebrations. one to work on. Another challenge was to design the The eco-friendly park was developed with “It’s been great to be involved in such an skeleton of two giant whale sculptures the support of the Fraser Coast Regional innovative project as this as it has had to ensure their structural integrity while Council, Wide Bay Water Corporation such a big impact on the local community,” making sure they were built to withstand and the Queensland Government and is Mr Shaw said. the forces of nature and children. believed to the be the first in the world to harvest and use stormwater as part of its “Cardno has been involved in the Cardno also produced the structural goal to provide guilt-free entertainment project since inception and contributed design for the static wave machine, while educating visitors on the precious to concept development and layout, which utilizes technology from Scotland resource of water. provided engineering support through and allows visitors to ride the wave on the approval process, produced their boogie boards. Design for the play The 2.5-acre park is built on 384 piers construction documentation and equipment was also developed by Cardno sunk deep into the sand to raise the traffic supervised the project through to and incorporated tipping bucket technology areas on boardwalks, preserve the dune final delivery.” from Canada. structure beneath and allow native plants to flourish. The park was constructed over an eight- With the park located adjacent to the month period by PBS Building, with the beach, the Cardno team also had to Attractions include a massive zero-depth main challenges being to construct a develop solutions to ensure against the water lawn interspersed with dozens of 132,000 gallon storage storm water tank mighty forces of nature, with soil erosion cascading fountains, a static wave pool, underneath the car parking area as well of particular concern considering the water slides, tipping bucket facilities, as to pour a 115-foot diameter concrete park’s proximity to the sand. slab in one pour. Since opening, the park has been warmly received by visitors who alongside tourists are encouraged to read the informative messages provided by Wide Bay Water Corporation on the educational boardwalks which detail facts on water conservation and its associated responsibilities. “This is a significant project within the Wide Bay region which Cardno is proud to be part of,” Mr. Shaw said. Contact Cardno Evan Shaw, Senior Structural Engineer Email: Phone: +61 7 4124 5455 Website:
  11. 11. New highway to transform township’s growth The East Taupo Arterial Highway on “By diverting through traffic around the “Cardno TCB’s ability to source New Zealand’s North Island is set to help township, it will allow easier access to additional resources from our other change the growth of the picturesque other parts of Taupo and open up growth offices throughout New Zealand was town of Taupo. areas in and around Taupo. It also means a real advantage for the client. It also that activities and tourism can focus on allowed us to undertake urgent works 9 Currently the majority of road users and take advantage of the natural frontage immediately,” said Mr. Crawford. Cardno travelling from the upper areas of the NEWS of the lake,” he said. North Island to the southern parts of Cardno TCB’s Taupo office provides the Island must use the State Highway 1. Cardno TCB was responsible for surveying, urban development engineering The State Highway 1 runs through establishing accurate survey control and planning services to a range of private Taupo and along the foreshore of over the route, detailed topographical developers as well as government clients pristine Lake Taupo, the town’s main survey of the entire area, some of throughout New Zealand. tourist destination. the construction setout and volume calculations as well as construction The 10 mile long, NZ$110 million monitoring Quality Assurance surveys. East Taupo Arterial Highway will take heavy traffic away from the lakefront “The accurate survey control and and town center. topographical surveying had to over- come complications such as the Hamish Crawford, a Licensed Cadastral extremely active geothermal ground, Surveyor from Cardno TCB’s Taupo office, rugged terrain and densely vegetated said currently on average one B-Train areas,” said Mr. Crawford. truck travels through the town every minute due to the position of the State “As we worked our way through the Highway 1. vegetation we had to be very careful not to damage native plant species, “Cardno TCB is thrilled to be a part of the including Prostrate Kanuka which development of the East Taupo Arterial is only found in the Taupo area,” Highway as we believe it will transform he added. Taupo and aid its future growth,” said Mr. Crawford. The route incorporates a 1,500-foot long bridge over Contact Energy land “Taupo sits on the northern edge of Lake and the Waikato River. Contact Energy Taupo and a lot of recreation activities are is a New Zealand energy company that focused around the Lake, which is a major uses the geothermal land east of Taupo attractor to our town,” he said. to generate electricity. “Taupo has a population of 30,000 that The Contact Energy land is covered swells to 60,000 during the holiday with turbines, bores and a network of period. The increase in population, geothermal pipes, so a bridge had to along with the heavy traffic from State be built over the facilities. Highway 1, makes it nearly impossible to cross the highway to access the Surveying teams from Cardno lakefront during this time.” TCB’s Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay and Wellington offices also assisted with the topographic surveying. Contact Cardno “The accurate survey control and topographical surveying Hamish Crawford, Licensed Cadastral Surveyor, Cardno TCB had to overcome complications such as the extremely Email: active geothermal ground, rugged terrain and densely Phone: + 64 7 376 9240 Website: vegetated areas.”
  12. 12. Partnering with Ugandan companies to improve healthcare Under the Uganda Health Initiatives for • Implement innovative approaches to the Private Sector (HIPS) Project, Cardno’s support orphans and vulnerable children Emerging Markets Division is partnering with through the private sector. private sector companies in Uganda to help them improve and expand the healthcare Cardno is the prime contractor and the main services offered to their employees, implementer and manager of the project. dependents and members of the community “We have a team of 15 professional staff in which the companies operate. working in the field in Uganda who are HIPS is a USAID-funded, five year project supported by staff in our Washington DC that commenced in 2007. office,” said Ms. Ellis. “Our role is to serve as an One innovative part of the program advisor to the private sector, has been the Text to Change helping them develop, implement and manage health partnership. The initiative involves programs,” she said. using text messages to support “We’re undertaking activities companies in providing key in the areas of prevention, treatment, training, capacity prevention and heath education building and alliance building messages to their employees and to ensure access to health programs via the private sector community networks. are improved and expanded.” One innovative part of the It has built on the success of the USAID program Uganda Business Preventing AIDS and has been the Text to Change partnership. “Also, text responses have generated Accelerating Access to Anti-Retroviral The initiative involves using text messages data on knowledge, attitudes and Treatment (PART) project, which was also to support companies in providing key practices concerning a range of implemented by Cardno. prevention and heath education messages sexual and reproductive issues from to their employees and community participants, which can be used for Cardno Project Manager for HIPS, Jeanne networks. future programming,” she added. Ellis, explained that the project’s goal is to provide technical assistance to design Participants opt-in to the program by HIPS also seeks to expand the number and implement comprehensive workplace sending an SMS to a number. They then of qualified and accredited private sector health programs. receive a daily text, which is primarily health providers in the area of HIV/ an interactive question and designed to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. This will “We aim to maximize the accessibility spark conversation and thought on both help ensure the Ugandan private sector of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria conventional and controversial topics has the skills to continue to improve the prevention and treatment services and around HIV/AIDS, reproductive health health services offered to their staff and to provide reproductive health and family and family planning. surrounding communities after the HIPS planning knowledge to people working for initiative has been completed. So far, HIPS these private companies and in surrounding Text messages are available in local has helped 88 clinics gain government communities,” said Ms Ellis. languages and English, and incentives accreditation in HIV/AIDS treatment and such as mobile phones and t-shirts 27 clinics gain government accreditation The specific objectives of HIPS are to: encourage responses. in tuberculosis treatment. • Expand access to, and utilization of, health services in the private sector Text to Change started in August 2009 • Increase the number of Global and the results have been positive. Development Alliance partnerships to leverage company-sponsored Ms. Ellis said the launch of the program Contact Cardno resulted in a 40 percent increase in Jeanne Ellis, Project Manager health services the demand for sexual and reproductive Email: • Strengthen private sector employer health services from participating Phone: + 703 373 7600 organizations to support health initiatives company clinics. Website:
  13. 13. Happy feet for Sydney’s famous fairy penguins Sydney’s famous colony of little penguins is sure will continue to live compatibly with their nominating a member of staff each week to be blessed with the pitter-patter of happy surroundings in Manly.” to become a penguin warden to make it young feet well into the future, thanks to the their duty to ensure the penguins are well careful watch of ecologists from Cardno Ecology Cardno Ecology Lab was contracted by looked after,” he said. Lab. the Pavilion’s owners to advise on how 11 best to minimize disturbance of the colony “We’ve also implemented measures to Cardno Cardno Ecology Lab was commissioned during the construction phase of the ensure we are good neighbors of the NEWS by the owners of the Manly Pavilion redevelopment. penguins by having dim lighting, no loud on Sydney’s north shore to monitor music and a no smoking policy throughout the penguins’ behavior and breeding patterns “We recommended the introduction of the venue, to name but a few measures.” to ensure their safety during the recent AU$8 noise and activity buffers, not only for million refurbishment of the historic building. when the chicks are in residence but also Cardno Ecology Lab and Manly Pavilion over the critical movement period of dusk are discussing further ways of managing Manly foreshore is home to a colony of when the parent birds return to the nest to general operations of the facility over the approximately 100 breeding little penguins feed their young,” Dr Blount said. next five years, keeping in mind the best – also known as fairy penguins – with each interests of the penguins. pair fledging on average about two chicks per season. Cardno Ecology Lab was contracted by the Manly Pavilion’s While most of the colony’s burrows are located some distance from the Pavilion, up to eight owners to advise on how best to minimise disturbance to burrows were located within a few yards of the the fairy penguin colony during the construction phase of building, sparking concern from developers and the local community. the redevelopment. Cardno Ecology Lab Senior Environmental “We also recommended changes to the Dr Blount also worked closely with the Scientist Dr. Craig Blount said close monitoring building design to shield the penguins from Department of Environment, Climate of the birds found penguins breeding in three any additional noise and light pollution.” Change and Water’s volunteer penguin burrows during construction. wardens, providing bi-weekly updates Manly Pavilion owner John Coddling, to the community and receiving helpful “Out of the three active burrows located whose renovated venue opened to rave advice in return. in the vicinity of the Pavilion, we had reviews in March, said he would take five chicks fledge during construction,” every step possible to ensure the penguins He said apart from human impact, dogs, Dr. Blount said. continued to thrive. cats and foxes posed the greatest threat to the Manly penguins. “This is a great result – it’s equivalent if not “We will do whatever we can at better to what’s known from this area in the a management level to mitigate any With a team of 14 experienced scientists, past,” he said. potential effects on the Manly colony,” Cardno Ecology Lab specializes in Mr Coddling said. environment and threatened species “We’re confident that with careful and ongoing assessments, habitat mapping, management of the area, the little penguins “Already, our management plan includes development of management plans, water quality and sediment assessment plans and monitoring thereof. Contact Cardno Dr Craig Blount, Senior Environmental Scientist, Cardno Ecology Lab Email: Phone: +61 2 9907 4440 Website:
  14. 14. John’s Pass Bridge replacement Cardno TBE served as providing management engineering “To manage closures we coordinated with services,” said Mr. Lairscey. the US Coast Guard, Florida Department the prime consultant on of Transportation, marine patrol and local As part of the replacement, the John’s municipalities to obtain approval and make the project. Pass Bridge was raised to over 33 feet sure the surrounding public was kept at the center and the channel beneath abreast of the situation,” he said. After 35 years of connecting the Florida the Bridge was widened from 60 feet to beach communities of Madeira Beach and 100 feet. This increased clearance will The John’s Pass Bridge is scheduled to be Treasure Island, the John’s Pass Bridge is mean more vessels will be able to pass completed in August 2010. being replaced. under the Bridge and reduce the lifting of the drawbridge. Cardno TBE’s core competency is in The 850-foot long bridge consists of two the coordination of major infrastructure low level bascule bridges, each carrying Construction of the adjacent roadway, projects. The team provides a range two lanes of traffic. The existing bridge is a new drainage system, Mechanically of engineering solutions with a particular being replaced with new low level bascule Stabilized Earth (MSE) walls, lighting and focus on construction services, civil bridges, associated fender system and signals were also carried out. and environmental engineering, right- bridge tender house. of-way, transportation and subsurface The John’s Pass Bridge is the main route utility engineering. Lance Lairscey, the Business Unit connecting Madeira Beach and Treasure Manager of Cardno TBE’s Construction Island so access to the Bridge at all times Services team, explained the replacement was crucial. effort was prompted by years of heavy traffic and saltwater damage to the “With 20,800 vehicles using the Bridge Bridge’s pilings. every day, one of the two bridges Contact Cardno had to remain open at all times,” said Lance Lairscey, Business Unit Manager, “Cardno TBE served as the prime Mr. Lairscey. Cardno TBE consultant on the project, including Email: construction contract administration, “In addition, marine traffic had to be Phone: +1 727 531 3505 monitoring and inspecting the contractor’s maintained during construction with only Website: on-site construction operations and night time channel closures permitted.”
  15. 15. Ambitious Brisbane infrastructure projects keep Cardno Bowler busy 13 Construction materials testing and Appointed to the CLEM7 project at CLEM7 is the first section Cardno NEWS geotechnical specialist Cardno Bowler inception in 2007, perhaps the biggest has completed one of the largest public challenge of the job lay in the complex of Brisbane’s new M7 infrastructure projects ever undertaken geometry of the rearrangement of the motorway, which is due in Brisbane, following the opening of the road network, with retaining walls and Clem Jones Tunnel (CLEM7) in March. new road surfaces being built alongside to be completed in 2012 the heavy traffic conditions of the M1 following construction of The AU$3 billion, four-mile tunnel directs Pacific Highway. vehicles underneath the Brisbane River, the Airport Link project, bypassing up to 24 sets of traffic lights Cardno Bowler Hillcrest Manager Mike on which Cardno Bowler along the way. Sandilands and his team were primarily concerned with testing reinforced soil is also working. The tolled tunnel, operated by RiverCity structure backfill and road construction Motorway Group, provides a much- materials at the tunnel’s various entry and needed link for cross-city travel for tens exit points. of thousands of vehicles per day. “The job was quite challenging from Construction Material Testing (CMT) a logistical point of view in terms of for the tunnel, which consists of two operating beside the congested motorway, parallel roadways with each dedicated particularly when switching traffic from to either north or southbound traffic, was one position to another while working in conducted by Cardno Bowler under the that area,” Mr. Sandilands said. watch of Division Manager David Bowler. CLEM7 is the first section of Brisbane’s “Apart from the emblematic nature of new M7 motorway, which is due to be the project and the novelty of working in completed in 2012 following construction a tunnel, the most noteworthy aspect of of the Airport Link project, on which this job for us was the crushed recycled Cardno Bowler is also working. concrete used underground as a support for the road surface,” Mr. Bowler said. The company has also provided CMT services to other major projects in “The recycled concrete was stabilised and around Brisbane, including the with fly ash before being placed and Gateway Upgrade, the Ipswich compacted into the shape it had to be. Motorway Upgrade and the Ipswich- Our job was to test it, both in terms of Logan Interchange Upgrade. Photo supplied by RiverCity Motorway compaction levels and in the strength achieved in situ.” Cardno Bowler is now turning its focus to begin work on the US$15 billion Liquefied Extensive testing of the material was Natural Gas (LNG) project in Papua conducted by Cardno Bowler’s Geebung New Guinea (PNG), which will see LNG Laboratory, under the guidance of processed in the country and exported Geebung Manager Chris Pearce. from the capital Port Moresby. “It is very important that the material Contact Cardno The project is expected to transform below the road surface is mechanically David Bowler, Division Manager, the PNG economy – adding substantial Cardno Bowler stable and able to carry traffic loads,” revenue to its Gross Domestic Product. Email: Mr. Pearce said. Phone: +61 7 3800 6446 Website:
  16. 16. Cardno’s excellence rewarded with two national awards Cardno has received national recognition “Port Phillip Heads is one of those Group in designing drainage for Byford for excellence in two completely different interesting areas where there are very Central, a 700-lot subdivision located 25 projects, including its role in deepening strong currents and reasonably rough miles south-east of Perth. the channels to the Port of Melbourne wave conditions which combine to make and for its design of cutting-edge new it very turbulent.” Led by Project Manager Paul Nichols, drainage solutions at Byford Central Cardno designed the bulk fill for the 160- near Perth. Cardno produced robust modeling of the mile subdivision to also act as a shallow project and its impact on current and tidal aquifer. This involved shaping the low In March 2010, the Port of Melbourne conditions in the bay, including calculating permeability natural soils and then placing Corporation’s Channel Deepening Project currents inside the 325-foot deep canyon at a 4-foot layer of sandfill over them. took top honors as the Project of the Year the bay’s entrance. at the prestigious National Infrastructure Roadside swales and soakwells on Awards, with Cardno Lawson Treloar one The team also modeled the movement individual lots were designed to capture of the leading consultants on the job. of turbid plumes caused by dredging water run-off close to source before and conducted comprehensive ship discharging it into the underlying sand The AU$1 billion project involved dredging simulation tests. fill, where over time it seeps through the in Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River, sand into subsurface drains which lead deepening the channel to provide access “We’re currently in the process of finishing into a piped drainage network. for vessels with drafts of up to 45 feet, post-dredging assessment as part of allowing ships to carry full capacity loads the environmental approval process,” The innovative method, known as in and out of the port. Dr. Provis said. Water Sensitive Urban Design, brought major benefits to Byford Central, including Delivered ahead of schedule, at least “I think the outcome has been very good enhanced water run-off management, AU$200 million under budget and within for the environment and for the port.” less piped drainage required and reduced strict environmental guidelines, the project alienation of open space by limiting beat tough opposition in Sydney’s AU$1.8 the need for tree removal and hard billion desalination plant and Brisbane’s engineering works. AU$3 billion Clem Jones Tunnel. Cardno’s Perth-based Civil Infrastructure team was also recognised for a job “We were delighted to receive the national “This was a fascinating project to work well done, with its receipt of a National recognition as a lot of hard work had gone on,” said Cardno’s Project Manager Excellence Award from the Stormwater into the project,” Mr. Nichols said. David Provis, whose team provided Industry Association in late 2009. support on meteorological and “We were also very pleased with the oceanographic matters including The award acknowledged excellence in positive feedback from local and state wave climate, tide levels and monitoring aquifer storage and recharge undertaken authorities, particularly since it had taken systems dating back to 2001. by Cardno and its client Formica Property several years to gain local government acceptance of the design.” Since receiving the award, several Cardno has received national recognition for excellence other developers have approached Cardno to assist in drainage related for its role in deepening the channels to the Port of matters, leading to a full audit of all Melbourne and designing cutting-edge new drainage drainage and flood management planning and design on more than 3,000 future solutions at Byford Central near Perth. lots in the Byford area. Contact Cardno Dr David Provis, Senior Principal, Cardno Lawson Treloar Email: Phone: +61 3 8415 7519 Paul Nichols, Senior Principal Email: Phone: +61 8 9273 3849 Website:
  17. 17. Central Parklands the jewel in the Springfield crown Cardno is currently involved in putting the Working collaboratively with JMAC stimulus package), the Queensland finishing touches to the spectacular new Constructions, the success of the project Government, Ipswich City Council Springfield Central Parklands, officially has been underscored by Cardno’s and Springfield Land Corporation. known as Robelle Domain, located in intelligent stormwater diversion drainage the heart of the master planned city of design, required to reclaim approximately In May 2010, Greater Springfield was 15 Springfield, south-west of Brisbane. 10 acres of urban parkland space. awarded the FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Cardno award for Best Masterplanned Community. NEWS Linking Springfield’s CBD, shopping This collaborative approach has The awards are the annual accolades precincts and University of Southern ensured engineering solutions satisfied bestowed on the works of the world’s Queensland campus at Education City, the safety, constructability and budgetary best properties. Greater Springfield was parklands provide an aesthetically pleasing requirements, while considering the overall selected from a total of 54 international town center while adding great value to the project aesthetics and deliverables. projects in the running for recognition. development which is expected to support a population of up to 105,000 residents “The site sits on the delta of two major within the next 20 years. creeks in the area,” Mr. Marshall said. “In order to effectively use the available land, Cardno The success of the project has has designed an extensive been underscored by Cardno’s underground piped stormwater system, where one arm of the intelligent stormwater diversion creek gets picked up by inlets drainage design. at one end, bypasses some of the park through a system of underground culverts before Once completed, the AU$54 million being piped into a central lake to join the project will offer residents 60 acres of other creek,” he said. beautifully landscaped gardens and “That is really the engineering highlight cascading waterways, with public facilities of the project for us.” including an amphitheatre for local events, water play precincts, up to five miles of The lake then feeds into a system of walkways, kiosks and several hectares of cascading waterways which flow through BBQ and passive recreational areas. the remainder of the park, providing a beautiful setting while delivering The park is connected to the city’s smaller practical drainage solutions built to recreational reserves via a system of cope with a 1:500 year flooding situation. bikeways and paths, providing Springfield with a range of public amenities. To achieve this, 325,000 cubic feet of earthworks was moved and approximately “When Robelle Domain is complete it 1,800 feet of six foot diameter pipeline will be a spectacular amenity,” said positioned underground to redirect one Robbie Marshall, Business Unit Manager of the creeks. of Cardno’s Springfield office, whose team has provided civil engineering Cardno also provided construction services to Springfield Land Corporation supervision for the earthworks and since 2000. geotechnical engineering of the park as well as soil testing, sewerage and water “Sized at 20 percent larger than Brisbane’s reticulation design and advice for event Roma Street Parklands, this is one of the planning to ensure semi-trailer access largest inner-city parklands in south- to the site. east Queensland and features innovative engineering designs which have allowed Contact Cardno Work on Stage 1 of the Parklands is Robbie Marshall, Business Unit Manager the ambitious architectural design to expected to be completed later this Email: be realized. year, with AU$30 million in funding Phone: +61 7 3381 0111 jointly provided by the Federal Website: “This will be one of the signature projects Government (as part of its recent of our Springfield office.”
  18. 18. Cardno NEWS in Brief Cardno WRG supports Cardno WRG’s team will be donating in- kind resources to complete the sustainable design of landscape, irrigation and hardscape of the new facility. innovative green school High performance schools like these are built to replace portable, annex buildings. They also help to improve the health of children and faculty members, progress Cardno WRG’s Landscape Architecture Certified/Collaborative for High Performance student education and reduce energy team was recently selected to be part of an Schools-Certified classroom hybrid. usage. The new facility will become esteemed team of professionals who will The school will be built by professionals a hybrid of school and house, offering design and build one of the US’s premier and community volunteers and is due multi-purpose uses such as after-school green schools. to be completed by 2011. It will be built programs and a community meeting space. Orangewood Elementary School in in just 30 days, similar to a “barn-like- Orangewood School is one of four Phoenix, Arizona, will receive the gift of a raising” approach. schools selected for the launch of this high performance, 5,000 square foot LEED US-wide platform and is spearheaded by Brighten A Life, CAUSE AND EFFECT Evolutions and City of Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon’s Office. The chronicle of this compelling outreach volunteer initiative can be viewed on local Phoenix DMA TV reality show The Road to the Green Schoolhouse Series. A video from NBC news can also be seen at: schoolsolutions/articles/2009/12/16/2009121 6green-CR.html Beneficiaries of the program include Accelerating the value of some 180,000 households of smallholder farmers in the three target provinces, traders and agribusiness operators Cambodia’s agriculture who will develop production and market linkages as well as women in production, marketing and business trading environments. Through the Cambodia Agricultural Value Chain “The program will provide assistance in four Cardno is serving as the Operational (CAVAC) program, Cardno’s Emerging Markets key areas – agribusiness development, water Contractor and will provide procurement, Division is helping farmers in Cambodia to management and irrigation, research and logistical, financial management and accelerate growth in the value of agricultural extension as well as the business enabling administrative support to the AusAID- production in rice-based farming systems. environment,” he said. appointed Team Leader and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural The aim of the program is to develop mutually “Addressing these key constraints will Research. beneficial partnerships, market connections help stimulate the development of rice- and competitive advantages between key based farming system value chains so that Staff from Cardno’s Melbourne office will lead parties along the value chain. Ultimately this smallholder incomes are improved on a the implementation and will be supported by will increase investment and generate value for sustainable basis,” said Mr Coyne. staff in the company’s Washington D.C. office. stakeholders, particularly smallholder farms. CAVAC is a 28 month project which started Bruce Coyne, Cardno’s Executive Director of in March 2010. It will initially focus on rice Contact Cardno Private Sector Operations, explained CAVAC is and fruit and vegetable value chains in the Bruce Coyne, Executive Director, AusAID’s flagship program for agriculture and provinces of Kampong Thom, Kampot and Private Sector Operations Email: rural development in Cambodia and will help Takeo. Phone: +61 3 9819 2877 ensure the country’s food security. Website:
  19. 19. Stimulus helps transform school infrastructure Cardno teams across Australia are helping schools. BER is a key element of the Wales, Queensland, Victoria and transform Australian schools as part of Australian Government’s AU$42 billion Western Australia. The company is the Federal Government’s Building the Nation Building – Economic Stimulus providing a range of services including Education Revolution (BER) program. Plan, which aims to provide economic structural engineering, building 17 stimulus by supporting employment services, civil engineering and Cardno BER is a AU$16.2 billion investment through local infrastructure projects. surveying for design and construction. NEWS that provides world-class educational facilities through new infrastructure and Cardno is contributing to the development refurbishments to all eligible Australian of more than 250 schools in New South Supporting Australia’s Health Infrastructure Program. The purpose of the Program was to improve the water and sanitation infrastructure Indigenous communities of 17 mainland Indigenous communities in Queensland. The Program was a joint arrangement between Queensland’s Department As celebrations are held across by providing employment and training of Infrastructure and Planning and Australia for the annual National opportunities wherever possible,” the Federal Department of Families, Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance he said. Housing, Community Services and Committee (NAIDOC) Week, Cardno Indigenous Affairs. Cardno was continues to show its support for Cardno has a history of working with appointed as Mainland Program Indigenous communities. Indigenous communities on social and Manager for the duration of the three physical infrastructure projects. The year project. During last year’s NAIDOC Week, Cardno company provides a range of services that commissioned a painting by Indigenous can help Indigenous communities achieve artist Troy Douglas Lenihan, which is their social, economic, environmental and Contact Cardno now on display in Cardno’s head office customary outcomes and understands David Merrett, Business Unit Manager in Brisbane. the factors that contribute to successful Management Services Team Indigenous programs. Email: More recently the Cardno Board has Phone: +61 7 3310 2433 implemented a strategy to demonstrate In March, the Management Services team Website: the company’s commitment to Indigenous completed the Indigenous Environmental Australians. The strategy is entitled Working with Indigenous Communities, the Cardno Commitment. David Merrett, Business Unit Manager of Cardno’s Management Services team, explained the key elements of the strategy are around recognising and respecting traditional values, acknowledging the disadvantaged position Indigenous people have inherited and promoting tolerance, respect and mutual understanding. “The strategy is also about recognizing the importance of developing the skill base within Indigenous communities Above: Cardno Managing Director Andrew Buckley receives painting from Indigenous artist, Troy Douglas Lenihan
  20. 20. ROW 7 2010 Printed on recycled paper using vegetable oil based ink.