Brisbane, Australia – Golder has been awarded a $23M project for Inland Rail geotechnical investigation by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).
Inland Rail will allow for fast transport of freight between Brisbane and Melbourne, connecting farming regions to eastern seaboard, and domestic and global markets.
The new project involves comprehensive geotechnical studies in a 130km stretch between Gowrie and Kagaru near Brisbane. The investigation of the most technically-challenging section of the 1700km Inland Rail project will provide the technical data to inform the build, including a 6.4km long tunnel through the Great Dividing Range.
“We are excited to be working with ARTC,” says Golder Associates Queensland Geotechnical Group Manager Matthew Uidam. “We see it as a ground-breaking project with far-reaching benefits to our community. The geology poses many challenges, but at Golder we thrive on challenges. We’ll focus on applying innovative techniques that will give a better understanding of the conditions and determine how to reduce and manage risks for this project.”
A deep understanding of the geological conditions is needed to gather information which will be used to guide strategic planning, assessments and engineering solutions. Investigations will provide vital information to help address a range of complex engineering and construction challenges.