This year’s excursion for students and departmental staff from The University of Melbourne (UoM) was to Botanica Apartments at 188 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn, a project that comprises a 2-level basement car park on a 5,700m² site. Geotech was engaged as the specialist subcontractor by Hamilton Marino Builders for the design & construction of the retention works including soldier & foundation piling, temporary ground anchors and shotcrete infill panels.
General Manager Nic Morgan’s presentation to the students described the design complexities and geotechnical conditions of the site, and construction techniques required to undertake the works.
UoM was extremely pleased with the excursion and received a lot of positive feedback from both students and colleagues.
Geotech’s close association with UoM goes back some 30 years, the last decade of which has taken the form of annual excursions to various Geotech construction sites for students completing their “Geotechnical Engineering” subject. Recent excursions include field trips to The Icon Apartments in St Kilda, the new Royal Children’s Hospital in Parkville and the Moonee Ponds Central shopping centre (examples of basement works), and to the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Flemington Racecourse (tunnelling works).
We look forward to next year’s excursion, where students can make the connection between the 'theory' they learn in class and 'real world' practice.