The Nino Effect: construction projects on time and on budget

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 29 Sep 2015   Posted by admin


CIVIL contractor Nino Constructions has earned an enviable reputation for delivering projects on time and on budget in the WA mining industry.

The business has been in operation for 30 years with an unblemished safety record, executing projects from $500,000 to upwards of $50 million.

Nino Constructions owns and operates its own plant, including cranes (55t to 180t), 20t Franna cranes, and a fleet of utilities and transport trucks for project logistics.

One of the many varied and complex projects delivered with resounding success was the $56 million T155 iron ore car dumper for Fortescue Metals Group (EPCM – Worley Parsons) in Port Hedland.

Beginning 52 weeks prior, the project’s scope of works comprised the construction of the vault level, apron feeder level, trunion level, rail drive level, in-go and out-go foundations, and double conveyor tunnels.

The contract objective was to construct within budget and ahead of the approved baseline program of works.

As with all its projects, the company’s senior management had direct involvement on the ground with the execution of the contract and subsequent works.

Significant challenges associated with this contract were the short mobilisation deadline to site (three weeks), the craneage and logistics, and operational synergy with other contractors due to the tight construction program.

In addition, the construction period took place throughout the wet season, which affected the progress of works on four separate occasions.

Despite these challenges, Nino Constructions completed the contracted works four weeks ahead of schedule, and within the allocated budget for the client.

A similar earlier project for the same client was the construction of the $24.9 million T45 car dumper, including vault level, apron feeder level, trunion level, rail drive level, in-go and out-go foundations, and double conveyor tunnels.

The project production elements included the installation of 110 cubic metres of blinding and setout of 7504 square metres of structural formwork, including false work and supports, the installation of 904t of reinforced steel and a 5905cum structural concrete pour.

Ten audits were conducted throughout the duration of the project and the company achieved 100 per cent compliance, with no safety, health or environmental incidents. Once again, Nino Constructions completed the project ahead of schedule and within budget.

The business scales its service provision up or down to suit the size and scope of the project utilising a network of personnel developed across its 30 year history.

The company performed to its anticipated high standards on a smaller contract at the Edna May gold project in Westonia, for client GR Engineering.

The $4.47 million project required the construction of oil ring beams, ball and sag mill foundations, a crusher station, fine ore bin, reagents area, conveyor slabs, pedestals and associated concrete structures for gold plant facility.

The scope encompassed the installation of 2674sqm of structural formwork including falsework and supports, 340t of reinforced steel, and a structural concrete pour of 2939cum.

Nino Constructions met the scope with 32,700 man hours simultaneously achieving a lost time injury frequency rate of zero. Once again, the contracted works were completed two weeks ahead of schedule and within budget.

Nino Constructions’ management team believes that early involvement with their clients in the project design and planning stages is a key factor in significant time and cost savings.

The company proudly maintains its long remarkable history of quality, safety, and environmental performance, combined with excellence in contract delivery outcomes.