This year’s excursion for students and departmental staff from The University of Melbourne (UoM) was to Coventry St. Apartments in South Melbourne, a project that comprises a 2-level basement car park, with 8 levels above ground and a rooftop garden terrace. Geotech was engaged as the specialist subcontractor by Figurehead Construction for the design & construction of the retention works including 78 no. soldier piles, temporary steel propping of adjoining walls, 150 no. temporary ground anchors and approx. 1,000m² of 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-odd 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 Botanica Apartments in Balwyn, 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.