Intermodal freight transport involves the transportation of freight in an intermodal container or vehicle, using multiple modes of transportation (e.g., rail, ship, and truck), without any handling of the freight itself when changing modes. The method reduces cargo handling, and so improves security, reduces damage and loss, and allows freight to be transported faster.
A 240 hectare Logistics Park is being constructed at Moorebank, a suburb south west of Sydney, which includes an intermodal terminal to help Sydney manage the expected growth in freight moving through the city, and take trucks off the road network and onto a freight line providing access to Port Botany.
Golder has been involved in the overall Project, which is being developed by QUBE Holdings Ltd, a diversified logistics and infrastructure company since 2013 . In 2017 construction of the first stage of the project commenced, comprising the Moorebank Precinct East (MPE) Stage 1 IMEX Terminal Facility project. This involves construction of civil engineering works for container storage and handling, within part of the overall site, which is approximately one kilometre long and 200 m wide.
The major contributions towards sustainable development that Golder has made to the broader terminal development include offering combined and consolidated advice on contamination and geotechnical issues and to develop practical, pragmatic and cost effective solutions to address contamination and geotechnical risks, taking into account the development of the overall precinct area.
This combined approach allowed for use of in-situ ground improvement in place of the previously proposed excavation and replacement of 0.5 m of fill, which avoided some 10,000 truck movements, reduced the need to handle contaminated existing fill materials and maintains space in landfill sites for other waste. Initial advice was provided on the use of fill from Sydney tunnelling projects, which were identified as a good potential source of high quality fill in sufficient quantities for the size of the site. Sandstone has been imported from WestConnex to form a new fill platform as part of the Stage 1 IMEX Construction works.
Our scope on the project has developed to include production of earthwork specifications, completion of ground improvement trials and acting as the geotechnical representative for Tactical (our direct client) during construction. We have supervised construction works on site and provided advice to our client on how best to manage earthwork materials on site in an on-going role that currently will extend until mid-2019. This highlights the sustainability benefits that we can provide our clients with when we work as a combined multidisciplinary team.