The following are a list of typical projects our director and senior project management advisors are currently engaged on or have worked on in the past.

Newcrest Mining – Lihir HV Upgrade

Integration Planning 2020

The existing 33kV GIS switch gear at the Newcrest Lihir Plant provides for a single point of failure for up to 60% of the site’s power supply and potentially puts the 2020 targets at risk.

On 27 June 2019 an incident occurred involving the failure of the Bus F2 Panel 12 which caused a major plant outage and prioritised an Acceleration Study of the PFS options to enable early execution.

It was decided that a complete replacement of the existing 33kV switchgear 33kV double bus bar single circuit breaker was the best option for the project.

AECOM are engaged to work with Newcrest as an EPCM representative for the completion of detailed engineering design, procurement and contracting as well as direct site supervision.

Newcrest Mining – Lihir HV Upgrade

Calibre Resources – Carmichael Rail Network

Integration Planning 2019

The Carmichael Rail Network will be approximately 200km long, connecting to the existing rail network to provide a seamless freight transport connection between the Carmichael mine to the Port of Abbot Point.

The narrow gauge rail will follow the same route as previously contemplated and the initial design capacity of 40 million tonnes per annum, with potential for expansion, ensuring capability to manage the Carmichael mine’s 27.5 million tonne yearly production rate.

Calibre Resources – Carmichael Rail Network

Pembroke Resources – Olive Downs Coal

Integration Planning 2019 (via Phronis Consulting)

Greenfield metallurgical coal mine with a yield of up to 15 million tonnes of product coal per annum for steel production.

Project Consists of;

open-cut metallurgical coal mine, coal handling and preparation plant, 18 km rail spur and on site rail loop, raw water pipeline connecting to the Eungella pipeline network, private access roads, electricity transmission line, wastewater and sewage treatment plants

Pembroke Resources was established in 2014 by a group of executives with significant experience in the development, expansion, operation and financial management of coal mines and mining companies both in Australia and internationally.

The Company is backed by leading resources and energy focused global private equity firm Denham Capital.

Inland Rail – ARTC

Claims and Commercial Defense  2018-2019

Inland Rail is a 1,727-kilometre (1,073 mi) railway line under construction in Australia. Once complete, it will connect the ports of Melbourne and Brisbane along a new route west of the mountainous Great Dividing Range, bypassing the busy Sydney metropolitan area and allowing for the use of double-stacked freight trains. Construction of the line is divided into 13 projects, with 733 kilometres (455 mi) of new track to be built and 994 kilometres (618 mi) of existing track to be upgraded. Works on the route commenced in December 2018, and are expected to be completed in 2025.

Inland Rail – ARTC

CPB/UGL – Sydney Metro Line Wide

Civil and Rail Planning 2018 (via AGA Solutions)

Delivery of the winning tender schedule for a new 30-kilometre metro line extending metro rail from the end of Sydney Metro Northwest at Chatswood under Sydney Harbour, through new CBD stations and south west to Bankstown. It is due to open in 2024 with the ultimate capacity to run a driverless metro train every two minutes each way through the centre of Sydney.

sydney metro

Line wide scope includes; Tunnel ventilation, Track and tunnel services (Rail, drainage, lighting, fire systems, low voltage supplies), combined services, Stabling Yards, High voltage power supply, Overhead line and traction supply

The $1.376 billion line-wide contract was awarded to Systems Connect (as an unincorporated joint venture between CPB Contractors and UGL) and includes:

  • 31 kilometres of underground railway track to be laid in the twin railway tunnels from Chatswood to Sydenham;
  • 31 kilometres of overhead power equipment and 11 new substations to power the metro from Chatswood to Bankstown;
  • Installation of over 350km of high voltage, low voltage and tunnel service cabling
  • Connecting the railway tracks from the end of Sydney Metro at Chatswood to the new tracks  into the city;
  • The expansion of the Sydney Metro Trains Facility at Rouse Hill to accommodate 37 new trains for Sydney Metro City & Southwest;
  • The construction of the Sydney Metro Trains Facility – South at Marrickville;
  • Installation of tunnel equipment such as ventilation, drainage and emergency evacuation and monitoring equipment as well as the fit out of the tunnel ventilation and high voltage equipment in the seven new underground stations.
sydney metro

Snowy Hydro

Project Services Expeditor 2018 (via Vidotto Group)

Working with Project Group focus team for backlog of over 100 safety and business critical projects. Assisting with the integration and expediting of D&C contracts within existing company systems and processes. Involves the forensic investigation and capture of missing and difficult to find project documents, approvals, contracts and the implementation of integrated planning strategies to improve efficient transfers of time and cost data.

Snowy Hydro Limited is an electricity generation and retailing company in Australia that owns, manages, and maintains the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme which consists of nine hydro-electric power stations and sixteen large dams connected by 145 kilometres (90 mi) of tunnels and 80 kilometres (50 mi) of aqueducts located mainly in the Kosciuszko National Park. Snowy Hydro also owns and operates two gas-fired power stations in Victoria and one in New South Wales, three diesel power stations in South Australia, and owns two electricity retailing businesses.

The company is owned by the Australian Federal government and whilst not a statutory corporation, is established by the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Power Act 1949 (Cth). Prior to its incorporation under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), the company was previously known as Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority.

BHP – Olympic Dam SCM17 Shut Down

Project Controls and Reporting Consultant 2017 (via Inforrm)

The Smelter Maintenance Campaign SCM17 was the largest planned shutdown by BHP in South Australia.  Project Scope included upgrade and refit of the existing electric furnace, direct blister flash furnace, anode and casting area, acid plant, gas and dust scope, electro static precipitator, multiple utilities, substations and commissioning works.

BHP’s Olympic Dam smelter operations will be enhanced through a total of A$350 million investment in the operations, which produce copper products for global markets.

Olympic Dam Asset President, Jacqui McGill, said the smelter maintenance campaign was the largest planned shutdown by BHP in the South Australia.

BHP – Olympic Dam SCM17 Shut Down

New Hope Group – NAC3

Primavera P6 Planning Support 2016 – 2017 (via Vidotto Group)

Infrastructure planning for stage 3 upgrade including primary and secondary approvals processes. Design and Procurement,  Major contracts tendering and forecasting.

On 15 February 2019, New Hope was advised by the Department of Environment and Science that, after provision of the Coordinator General’s change report on 12 February 2019 approving amendments to noise limit conditions recommended by the Land Court, the preconditions to the Land Court’s recommendation to approve the application to amend the Environmental Authority for the New Acland Stage 3 project have now been satisfied.

CPB Leightons – Westconnex 1b

Primavera P6 Planning Support 2015 – 2016 (Direct)

Tunnel planning for Major NSW Infrastructure Project utilising up to 18 Road Header Tunnelling Machines

The New M4 Tunnels opened to traffic in July 2019. WestConnex M4 (the New M4 Tunnels and the Widened M4), includes 5.5km tunnels and around 7.5km of surface roads. The WestConnex M4 links the M4 at Parramatta to the west, and Wattle Street and Parramatta Road at Haberfield to the east. The WestConnex M4 will also connect to the M4-M5 Link Tunnels and Rozelle Interchange in 2023.

tunnelling project

Motorists using the New M4 Tunnels are saving around 35 minutes westbound and 15 minutes eastbound during morning and afternoon peaks. Due to reduced traffic on the surface roads, motorists who take the free alternative route along Parramatta Road are also experiencing travel time savings, less congestion and cleaner air. 

The New M4 Tunnels were recently recognised by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia with a “Leading” rating, in recognition of the environmental performance and stakeholder engagement during the project’s construction and into operations.

tunnelling project

Nationwide Civil – Weipa Andoom Earthworks

Claims Preparation 2014 – 2014 (Direct)

Bulk Earthworks, Civil Construction, Mobilisation and Provision of Site Facilities, Management and Supervisory Personnel, Survey and setting out.

Clearing, Grubbing and Topsoil Stripping, Foundation preparation, Embankment Construction, Decant Inlet Structure, Stormwater Structures and spillways, supply and installation of instrumentation and demobilisation.

McConnell Dowell – Roy Hill

Project Controls Setup and Claims Preparation 2013 – 2014 (Direct)

Assisting current project team with set up and maintenance of Project Controls and Reporting systems on the project as well as ongoing preparation of disruption and delay claims on a major iron ore shiploader and conveyor project in Port Hedland Western Australia. McConnell Dowell was awarded an EPC Contract for the design and construction of the Port Marine Works, valued at approximately $455 million.

McConnell Dowell – Roy Hill

The marine portion of the project is located in Port Hedland, where the company has already constructed a number of similar facilities.  The Roy Hill marine project consists of a two berth iron ore load out wharf in SW Creek, connected with an approximately 3600m long elevated overland conveyor to the ore stockyard.  Besides the wharf and the overland conveyor the scope of work includes an abutment, a drive station, three transfer stations and all SMPE&I (structural, mechanical, piping, electrical & instrumentation).

Site work is due to commence later this year with an overall completion date of mid 2015.

Once this project is successfully completed, McConnell Dowell will have built 10 out of the 14 iron ore load out wharves in Port Hedland.

“Our Company continue to utilise the services of Bernie Elsey and his company Sebenico Group on several key projects. Their ability to integrate and challenge project cost and planning teams as well as optimise commercial claim opportunities ensure that their specialist services will always be welcome at our company well into the future.” – Mike N.

McConnell Dowell – Roy Hill

BGC – Eaton Fair Shopping Centre

Project Planning Consultants & Claims Preparation 2014 – 2014 (Direct)

Managing current project team with integration of systems and procedures to optimise commercial opportunities and  assist with the timely and successful completion of a prominent Shopping centre development in the Southwest of Western Australia.

This project included a new Coles supermarket, new Kmart, up to 65 new tenancies, 12 new apartments, more than 1000 new car parking bays with majority of these on the roof top open-air car park and infrastructure for future cinema complex and fast food outlet.

Added to the project was the expansion of the current Woolworths supermarket that remained trading continuously without interruption.


BGC – Eaton Fair Shopping Centre

McConnell Dowell – QGC pipelines

Project Planning Consultants 2013 – 2014 (Direct)

Providing expert assistance to Project Planning for a prominent Gas collection Header, Export Pipeline and associated Facilities in regional Queensland.

QGC Pty Limited (previously Queensland Gas Company) was part of the international BG Group before BG was acquired by Royal Dutch Shell in 2016. QGC is one of the largest of several Australian coalbed methane companies developing methane reserves within the Bowen and Surat Basins of Queensland. The company has an estimated value of around A$13 billion.

Anthony Nunan is the current Vice President for Australian operations and a member of the Shell Australia Leadership team.

BG Group acquired Queensland Gas Company in November 2008.

Royal Dutch Shell acquired BG Group, QGCs previous parent company, in February 2016

McConnell Dowell – Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 1

Project Claims and Delay Consultants 2013 – 2015 (Direct)

Providing expert assistance to Commercial Director for major disruption claims preparation and consolidation of various work front claims for a prominent light rail project in South East Queensland.

In 2009 the Queensland Government committed $464 million to the Gold Coast Rapid Transit (GCRT) project, supplementing $365 million committed by the Federal Government and $120 million provided by Gold Coast City Council.

Gold Coast Light Rail

In June 2011 the GoldLinq consortium comprising Bombardier Transportation, Downer EDI, Keolis, McConnell Dowell and Plenary Group was awarded the contract to build and operate the Gold Coast light rail line for 18 years under a Public Private Partnership.

In August 2012 the cost of the initial 13-kilometre (8.1 mi) section was estimated at $1.6 billion. Construction began on the Gold Coast University Hospital station shell in July 2010. In late 2010, early roadworks began in Broadbeach and Southport.

By November 2013 much of the work was complete with the southern section at Broadbeach being the only section of trackwork to be completed. Testing commenced on the northern section of the line in October 2013. The line opened on 20 July 2014, with a free travel day, before normal operations began on 21 July.

Gold Coast Light Rail

First Solar – Broken Hill and Nyngan

Project Planning Consultant (Start-up Phase) 2013 – 2013 (Direct)

Detailed Project Planning using Primavera p6 for two Major Solar Power projects in NSW to commence construction in early 2014. On an annual basis, the Broken Hill Solar Plant will produce enough electricity to meet the needs of approximately 22,000 average Australian homes. Broken Hill Solar Plant was one of two large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants delivered by AGL in 2015, jointly funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the NSW Government.The 53 MW solar plant is expected to generate approximately 126,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean, renewable electricity each year. It will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by over 103,710 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per annum, assuming a rate of 0.84 tonnes per MWh of electricity. Particulate and heavy metal emissions will also be reduced.

KLM Group – Princess Alexandra TRI Facillity

Forensic Delay Planning/ Consulting 2013- 2013 (Direct)

Detailed analysis of contract clauses and support documentation, Implementation of delay causation and effect to Contract Schedule. Resource analysis, acceleration and disruption cost modelling for a Major Queensland Hospital facilities upgrade.

KLM Group – Princess Alexandra TRI Facillity

The Translational Research Institute (TRI) is Australia’s first translational medical research institute dedicated to translating scientific discoveries into applications for medical practice.

Located in Woolloongabba, in inner-city Brisbane, Queensland, TRI is supported by a grant from the Australian Government ($140 million); and funding from the Queensland Government ($107 million); Queensland University of Technology ($25 million); and The University of Queensland ($10 million), to combine clinical and translational research to advance progress from laboratory discovery to application in patient care. TRI is a Pty Ltd. company with four shareholders: Queensland Health, the Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland and Mater Medical Research.

“The best forensic planners I have had the pleasure to deal with.” – Kevin V.

KLM Group – Princess Alexandra TRI Facillity

McConnell Dowell – HPX3 Hay Point

Forensic Delay Planning/ Consulting 2012- 2013 (via Gray Robinson and Cottrell)

Detailed analysis of contract clauses and support documentation, Implementation of delay causation and effect to Contract Schedule. Resource analysis, acceleration and disruption cost modelling.

The US$3 billion* infrastructure asset, near Mackay in Central Queensland, was commenced in 2010-11. BMA is a joint venture between BHP Billiton and Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd, which owns and operates seven metallurgical coal mines in Central Queensland, Hay Point Coal Terminal and other infrastructure.

The Hay Point Coal Terminal third expansion project (HPX3) involved construction of a new berth and ship-loader alongside the existing two berths. It also included the replacement of the existing jetty, trestle conveyors and surge bins and linking conveyors.

McConnell Dowell – HPX3 Hay Point

Arrow Energy – Midstream Surat and Bowen

Midstream Major Pipelines 2011-2012 (via IDM partners)

Project Services Management

Management and setup of cost estimating, budgeting, project planning P6, cost control, progress measurement and reporting, resource planning, risk management, contract engineering, document control and administration for Major Pipelines Group.

Detailed Estimation of Construction costs for the cross harbor TBM tunnel.

Arrow Bowen Pipeline Pty Ltd (Arrow) is the proponent for the project. The project consists of a 580 km pipeline (including a mainline and three laterals), above ground facilities, temporary workers’ accommodation camps and temporary support facilities. The purpose of the project is to deliver Coal Seam Gas (CSG) from Arrow Energy’s gas fields in the Bowen Basin (Central Queensland) to a proposed Arrow Energy Gladstone Gas Hub (GGH) in the Aldoga precinct of the Gladstone State Development Area (GSDA) for further transmission to Arrow Energy’s proposed Arrow Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Plant on Curtis Island.

“Bernard is a thoughtful and well organised manager, who is quick to identify and resolve issues and applies his wealth of experience in adding value to his work.” – Merv S.

AECOM – Ernest Henry Underground

Project Controls Management – 2010-2011 (via Contract Personnel)

Specifically in charge of monitoring and forecasting for design and procurement costs and assisting with delivery phase planning and construction management

Copper Mine Infrastructure development to expand open-cut pit to allow for underground works in Central Queensland.

Ernest Henry Mining (EHM) is a copper and gold mining and processing operation located 38 kilometres north east of Cloncurry in north west Queensland, Australia. EHM is owned by Glencore, one the world’s largest diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 90 commodities. Our operation forms a critical part of the company’s integrated north Queensland supply chain, from resource development, mining and processing, to transport, storage and export to worldwide customers. We began commercial production in March 1998 as an open pit mining operation and transitioned to underground mining in December 2011 to extend the life of our operations to at least 2026.

“I have found Bernie Elsey to be a highly skilled project controls manager.  His technical knowledge and experience are an invaluable asset to any company operating in the heavy industries.” – Steve C.

John Holland – Brisbane Airport Link

Cost Management 2008-2010 (Direct)

Specifically in charge of Re-Estimating, Monitoring and Forecasting Procurement and Construction costs.

6km TBM Drives 2 x 12.85m Single Shield Herrenknecht EPB’s on a Landmark Brisbane Infrastructure Project.

The Airport Link is a tunnelled, motorway grade, toll road in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It connects the Brisbane central business district and the Clem Jones Tunnel to the East-West Arterial Road which leads to the Brisbane Airport. It was built in conjunction with the Windsor to Kedron section of the Northern Busway in approximately the same corridor.

The Airport Link and busway project involves 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) of tunnelling including the road (6.7 km of twin tunnels), busway tunnels and connecting ramps, as well as 25 bridges and result in over 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) of new road. The Airport Link was Australia’s longest road tunnel until the opening of the M8 in Sydney.

The estimated construction cost of the Airport Link was $4.8 billion

John Holland – Gold Coast Desalination Alliance

Desalination Alliance 2006-2008 – (Direct)

Cost Management

Specifically in charge of Re-Estimating, Monitoring and Forecasting Procurement and Construction costs

2 x 1.5km Tunnels and Marine Department works using 2 x 3.2m Herrenknecht Slurry TBM’s and 1 x 50m Ensung 1200 Jack-up barge in South East Queensland.

Water supplies in south east Queensland reached very low levels during Australia’s ‘Millennium drought‘, primarily from 2003 to 2009. The region’s major water storages reached around 50% of capacity in mid-2005 and 20% in mid-2007. In response to this worsening situation a range of water infrastructure projects were proposed to bolster supplies in south east Queensland.

The Gold Coast City Council initially developed a plan for a 55 ML/day desalination plant during 2005, which was anticipated to cost around $260 million. Due to worsening drought conditions, in 2006 the Queensland Government joined with the Gold Coast to expand the plan to a 133 ML/day plant that could share output with the entire region. The Queensland Government contributed $869 million to the expanded project, which was to be developed through a 50:50 joint venture.

Colenco – HCMC Sanitation Upgrade for World Bank

Sewerage Upgrade – Vietnam 2004-2005 (Direct)

Cost Planning, Project Planning Primavera P3 / Estimating Budget Analysis and Value Engineering

Tender analysis of submitted engineering proposals for interceptor pits and pumping stations, (TBM) pipe jacking, excavation and shoring methods.

Through the Vietnam Urban Upgrading Project, which ran from 2004 to 2014, nearly 100 poor areas in the city were improved, benefiting about 250,000 households.  Houses now have access to the water supply, drainage, electricity, and sanitation services. What used to be narrow, dirty and flooded alleys are now paved, wider,  cleaner and safer. Ambulances and fire trucks can now access houses, children can play around the neighborhood, and residents can expand their businesses. This  project led to the development of national urban upgrading program which is one of the best practice program in the World Bank.

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