Driving community development through pioneer engineering
According to Steve, the most rewarding part of the project has been overcoming challenges during the construction of the Karratha Service Centre. Coordinating the various Metso trades with the builder has been a constant challenge, as it requires careful synchronization to prevent work area clashes and delays in the project's timeline.
Despite the challenges that the team has been facing, the Karratha project has witnessed remarkable milestones, from the colossal raft slab, composed of 3000 cubic meters of concrete and 200 tons of steel, to the installation of 48 concrete columns weighing an average of 50 tons each. Additionally, 72 concrete tilt panels have been positioned in the main workshop, and a substantial 430 tons of structural steel now form the roof, walls and awnings.
“Using innovative techniques and technologies has been motivating from a career building perspective. The installation of concrete columns without the need for props is an engineering feat, marking the first use of this bolt system in Western Australia. Beyond the construction aspect, it is great to work with a project that also contributes to the community by generating local employment opportunities and offering valuable training for school leavers,” Steve describes.
As the Building Supervisor, Steve is not just overseeing the construction of a facility; he is shaping a legacy of engineering excellence in the heart of Western Australia and driving community development in the region.