Civilex Supports National Road Safety Week

We’re supporting road safety and you can too!

This week (30 April – 6 May) is Road Safety Week and Civilex is supporting two campaigns and I hope you too can personally support and participate in them.

Civilex staff are showing their support for the specialist services offered by Road Trauma Support Services Victoria RTSSV by turning on their headlights on Friday 4 May. This simple and highly visible gesture demonstrates our commitment to safe driving and commemorates those who have been impacted by road trauma.

RTSSV is a not-for-profit organisation working towards reducing the incidence and impact of road trauma, and Civilex is a proud sponsor of their Shine A Light on Road Safety campaign this year.

Since 1994, RTSSV has been committed to educating the community and raising public awareness about road trauma and how it affects people’s lives. The sole purpose of the Shine A Light on Road Safety campaign is to stop deaths and injuries on our roads.

RTSSV offers free and unlimited counselling, information and education to improve the attitudes and behaviours of road users and to support anyone impacted by road trauma.

Civilex Victoria is supporting RTSSV’s Shine A Light on Road Safety campaign through sponsorship. But there are many ways you too can become involved and support the work of the RTSSV and their partners TAC, Victorian Government, Victoria Police, and Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

Key ways for you to get involved:

• Turn on your headlights on Friday 4 May
• Join the Community Walk at Albert Park Lake, Melbourne 11am Sunday 6 May (see map below)
• Appreciate the key icons illuminated in yellow from Monday 30 April to Sunday 6 May and take a photo and share it on social media!
• Join RTSSV at the Time for Remembering ceremony at Parliament House Melbourne on Sunday 18 November. This day coincides with the UN’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
• Make a donation to RTSSV today (1300 367 797 | www.rtssv.org.au)
• Follow RTSSV on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
• Become a member and help shape the future of RTSSV
• Volunteer with RTSSV; the foundation of the RTSSV organisation.

Please feel free to share this information with your family and friends and help shine a light on road trauma in our community.
RTSSV phone number – 1300 367 797

Civilex Victoria is also proudly supporting the 2018 campaign Drive So Others Survive. This year’s particular focus is on protecting vulnerable road workers, first responders and emergency services personnel.

The SARAH Group commenced five years ago and is supported by the Governor General and Prime Minister, as well as all State and Territory Governments, Local Governments, and road safety and community organisations. SARAH campaigns for changes to policy and legislation to ensure that lives are not lost in preventable and clearly foreseeable situations. SARAH lobbies for a stronger commitment to renewing poor infrastructure and appeals to drivers to take responsibility for their actions on our roads and highways.

SARAH was formed following the tragic and avoidable death of 23-year old Sarah Frazer. Sarah Frazer was killed instantly when a truck side-swiped her broken down car and the tow-truck loading her car in the emergency lane of a highway. Sarah was on her way to commence university.

Civilex held a special toolbox session on site at the Melbourne-Lancefield Road Project site to discuss road safety and the dangers of working in a live traffic environment. The Melbourne-Lancefield Road Project involves the construction of overtaking lanes and road widening works. It forms part of VicRoads’ Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy and Plan 2016-2020 plan – a plan focussed on the prevention of run-off-road and head-on collisions along 20 of Victoria’s most high-risk regional roads.

We encourage all our employees to take the SARAH PLEDGE to Drive So Others Survive. You too can demonstrate your support by taking the SARAH pledge and by displaying yellow ribbons or yellow ribbon stickers on your car.

Follow the SARAH campaign on social media – Facebook , Instagram , or Twitter

We encourage our staff and members of the public to support these community organisations by sharing this information with family and friends and following these organisations across social media. Together we can contribute to raising the profile and awareness of the valuable services RTSSV and the SARAH Group do within our communities that help reduce road deaths and trauma.

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Civilex Turns 10 – A Decade of Growth

The office was a-buzz as party elves prepared to celebrate Civilex Victoria’s 10th birthday. Giant helium balloons and hanging party lights and pinatas, a Civilex-themed photo booth and retro popcorn stand, and enormous letters spelling out CIVILEX lit up the entire outdoor area and transformed our new head office in Spotswood into a carnival-like atmosphere! Caterers soon followed – busily working away in the boardroom preparing a smorgasbord of oysters, dips, cheeses and meats, and putting champagne and beer on ice. Not forgetting the incredible concrete-looking Besser Block birthday cake!

Additional entertainment – a stand-up comedian – kept us all on our toes and chuckling, preceded by a league of Japanese drummers dressed in Civilex-branded hard hats and hi-vis vests. As the drummers beat away their impressive hum we welcomed in a new, energetic era and celebrated Civilex’s 10th birthday with a big bang and many, many laughs.

Civilex’s first decade has been a busy one: the company’s growth trajectory has been dynamic and upward; projects won have been diverse, and welcoming and onboarding new talent have been unstoppable. The future of the civil construction company is rosy with a focus on expansion through acquisitions, diversification and sustainable long-term growth.

The Civilex story is one of family-oriented beginnings starting in 2008 with a handful of employees, two excavators and a ute. Two years after Civilex commenced, Directors – Ray Dando and Andrew Fairbairn came on board with Joe Bartolo. They weren’t just the founding Directors, they were Civilex! Over the following year, Civilex took on seven employees increasing the company to a total of 10 and delivered projects that doubled its turnover. By 2013 Civilex had 50 staff members. Employee figures doubled again over the next year.

Fast forward to our 10th birthday today and the Civilex continues its upward employee and turnover growth trajectory but continues to stay close to its core: people. We hold firm to the belief that success is underpinned by our culture. It’s a culture that treats employees fairly and as family while investing in people, innovation, and technology so that skills are developed now and for future generations.

We are all extremely proud to have celebrated such a significant milestone: a decade of Civilex. From humble beginnings to all the people who have journeyed with Civilex and helped shape its family-oriented culture, to the future beat of Civilex – we wouldn’t change a thing!

Hip hip hooray for Civilex!

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Grand Opening Party event

“Oh What a Night!”

Civilex Victoria hosted its head office Grand Opening Party on Thursday 12 April with special guest Mayor Altair in attendance, along with numerous industry guests, staff and company representatives – all of whom have played a part in the exponential growth of Civilex. The event was an opportunity for guests to tour the new office space, network with diverse industry representatives, and of course enjoy the delicious grazing platters and refreshments.

We were honoured to have Hobsons Bay City Council Mayor Cr Angela Altair officially open our new head office in Spotswood, cutting the ribbon with Managing Director Joe Bartolo and Directors Ray Dando and Andrew Fairbairn.

Mayor Altair delivered an exceptionally engaging and entertaining speech, mentioning that after a personal tour with Managing Director Joe Bartolo she was so impressed with our new office space, she asked if there was a job vacancy!

Key features of Civilex’s new head office in Hall Street Spotswood include natural light-filled offices; collaborative areas to work both inside and out; a large welcoming kitchen and communal dining area designed to bring employees together; and a spacious foyer with a mesmerising floor to ceiling garden wall. Yes, they are real plants! The new space also accommodates social areas for staff to change up their day with a game of table tennis or pool. And our company values wall is a visual reminder that everything we do here at Civilex Victoria aligns with our core values: Safety, Respect, Wellbeing, Relationships, Culture, and Innovation.

It is likely the new office and its purpose designed spaces will continue to make a positive impression on visitors and guests due to its unique and carefully considered work environment. And our staff are in unison, delighted to be part of a company who put into practice and live by its company values.

A special thank you to all our guests for attending our Grand Opening Party and making the night a successful and memorable one for Civilex Victoria.

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Team Effort at Surf Coast Trek 2018

With a map, mobile, drink bottle, lunch and snacks packed, our five intrepid Civilex employees delved into one of Victoria’s most beautiful and remote parts to raise funds for worthy causes. We caught up with Civilex Office Administrator Victoria Eresjo post-40km 8-hour walk and asked what her highlights were participating in the Surf Coast Trek this year.

It’s really hard to pinpoint the best part because there were many highlights. Firstly, giving back. Helping raise funds for two worthy foundations – Kids Plus and Give Where You Live was absolutely satisfying. Hopefully, our participation will encourage other companies and their employees to do the same next year for an amazing cause that assists kids in having the same opportunities and ability to live a normal life. We are fortunate at Civilex to have a social calendar with a diverse range of social activities to get involved in.

Another highlight was the walk itself. Being out in the remote Victorian landscape was liberating. We are fortunate to have access to such a beautiful coastal region like this and it’s something all Victorians should be proud of protecting. The more we look after it and nurture our backyard the better it will be for future generations. Our kids will be able to walk through the same track as we did without having to stumble on litter and plastic bottles.

But really what I treasured the most was completing the trek with my work colleagues. Although we work in different departments and on diverse projects plus commencing work at Civilex at different times, the team camaraderie was felt and formed and I really enjoyed getting to know my Surf Coast Trek team better. There’s a lot to talk about over 40km!

Together we motivated, encouraged and stuck it out together for the entire eight hours. Aaron “The Secret Assassin” kept the pace together with “Guru” Scott, who did not let go of his walking stick for one moment. Matt Attard did such an amazing effort considering he was recovering from shin surgery and Ibrahim, a hiking rookie, also smashed the walk using his secret method: eating three bags of potato chips!

Now I can’t wait for the next Civilex trek scheduled at the end of November across Mount Feathertop.

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Civilex wins HMAS Cerberus Naval Training Base Upgrade – Early Works

Civilex is pleased to announce they have been successful in their tender to deliver the Early Works package for the HMAS Cerberus Upgrade at Cribb Point. Civilex will be engaged under subcontract to LendLease in the next few days. Having just completed the East Sale RAAF Base Pilot Training Facility, this win further builds on Civilex’s growing Defence Force experience and capability.

A major component of Civilex’s scope includes the temporary construction of roads and car parks which will accommodate the Main Works Package requirements. In addition to the temporary works, permanent works include the Intake Switching Station associated with the EMOS Workshop. Additional associated permanent works include drainage, earthworks, building pads, flexible and rigid pavement construction and landscaping.

Innovation played a major part in Civilex’s detailed submission and was demonstrated through alternative pavement design involving the use of high-strength geotextile. Civilex has extensive experience with this product following the completion of the Mt Gellibrand Windfarm Project. In addition to the value for money associated with the use of this product, the client was impressed with Civilex’s expertise in constructing high-strength geotextile pavements.

HMAS Cerberus is located approximately 75km south of Melbourne and is the principal training establishment for the Royal Australian Navy, supporting and providing training to nearly 1,000 cadets. The redevelopment will upgrade and refurbish the existing infrastructure and facilities on the Base, meeting current training needs and supporting future requirements. The Base will remain operational throughout the redevelopment works.

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We’re Across Social Media

It’s now easier than ever to keep up-to-date with Civilex news, developments and projects across our social media platforms. We have now included the platforms of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest to our communications stable of LinkedIn, Instagram and Vimeo.

Jump on and follow/like us! And remember to help us spread our messages by sharing our updates and posts on social media because as we all know sharing is caring!

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Civilex Graduate Development Program, applications close 15 April

The Civilex Graduate Development Program is a unique and flexible 2-year industry program. Designed for Graduates to be exposed to a diverse range of unique opportunities while working with one of Victoria’s leading civil construction companies.

Graduates can fast track their 2-year program to suit their learning and pace. Gaining project experience with some of the most talented players in the civil construction industry, their mentors support and encourage graduates to challenge themselves and the way they think.

Graduates hone in on their social intelligence, polish their presentation, negotiation and problem-solving skills and extend their interpersonal attributes. They’re skills integral to the nature of the work graduates will soon be involved in on a daily basis.

At its core, the Civilex Graduate Development Program is real. It’s training leant on site, with hands-on experience that can’t be learnt from textbook alone.

Our graduates are exposed to:
• Stakeholder Management
• Programming
• Survey
• Procurement
• Financial Management
• Contract Management
• Estimating
• Leadership Skills
• Communication Skills
• Negotiation Skills.

Most importantly our Graduate Development Program allows Graduates to take control of their future. They have the ability to steer their career where they want it to go. And at their own pace.

Listen to what former graduate Matt Willis shares about his experience working with Civilex.

Opportunity is awaiting. Apply here

Applications close for our Graduate Development Program on 15 April.

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Global Day Of The Engineer

Today, 4 April 2018, we’re celebrating Global Day of the Engineer.

A day to acknowledge and celebrate our 50 Civil Engineers!

We spoke with one of our up and coming Project Engineers Ibrahim Demiri who shares how his boyhood dreams are being realised within the civil construction industry at Civilex Victoria and what strengths are needed to succeed.

At Civilex Victoria we value our engineering staff and the service they deliver to our business and in improving infrastructure for society. At an engineer’s core is their expertise at problem solving and thinking. Their task: to design the built environment and manage the natural environment. Whether we realise it or not, theirs is a complex task requiring a number of key strengths and attributes.

Here are five key strengths and attributes we seek in our civil engineers:

Leadership. Our civil engineers are leaders who don’t balk at undertaking difficult assignments and will dig deep to find solutions.

Diversity. In our people and projects. Our diverse staff are our strength. Diverse project works including planning, designing, and constructing civil works in the field of highways, water and wastewater systems, tunnels, dams, buildings or bridges.

Innovative approaches. Our engineers are immersed in large-scale and complex projects: some to improve and maintain; others to create from scratch.

Thoroughness. Our civil engineers are detail-oriented people who deliver results due to their acute attention to detail and ability to see long term ideas and plans through to the end.

Positive outlook. Our company and its culture are built on a foundation of initiative where the only tether holding our civil engineers back is their own ambition.

And one of our up and coming Graduate-turned-Project Engineer is Ibrahim Demiri.

Ibrahim has worked at Civilex since March 2016. He arrived with qualifications and some experience: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and junior estimating, quoting and programming experience within a work placement at another construction company. Growing up, Ibrahim was immersed in a world of maths all around him. His mother, an automotive engineer, shared her passion for engineering with her young son. Ibrahim says, “Mum made maths fun by creating games with numbers.” Ibrahim and his mum spent hours solving maths problems together…just for fun.

Fast track to today, grown up Ibrahim is visiting the Civilex head office located in Spotswood. But over the course of last 65 weeks he’s been living and working in Sale (4-hours from Melbourne) working on one of the most sophisticated new defence training facilities in the southern hemisphere. No more maths games; welcome to the amazing real world of civil engineering. Ibrahim realises his value and contribution to the project and shares with me what his mum used to tell him that has carried Ibrahim throughout his civil engineering journey: If you’re honest with maths, maths will always be honest with you. He adds that the same goes for people.

The RAAF Base project in Sale was a unique project requiring a high level of commitment from staff both personally and professionally. The management of such a project is complex from community and stakeholder interfaces to traffic management, project management, environmental risk management to sub-contractor involvement. But Ibrahim isn’t the kind of personality to shy away from a challenge or opportunity for growth. As a result of being open to the opportunities that have come his way, the exposure within the defence sector has enhanced his civil engineering skills, level of responsibility and personal development. “I’ve become much more independent since relocating and sharing a rental house with a few other engineers up in Sale.” He cites self-reliance, prioritising his time, and being more aware of looking after himself while setting out to work on this project as a 22-year old.

At the start of the project he was fourth in line – a junior engineer. One year later, now as Project Engineer, Ibrahim has taken advantage of the fast-tracked learning and mentoring opportunities that Civilex provides its junior engineers. “Being exposed to the requirements of a Pilot Training Facility project over this period of time has been an amazing experience for me, and one that is not readily available within the usual civil engineering jobs going around at graduate level. I feel pretty lucky.”

Asked what else he has enjoyed about working on the Sale project, Ibrahim says, “Perfection. A Federal Defence environment demands a high level of security, stringency and perfection.” Specific processes must be followed otherwise the infrastructure constructed will not be suitable for an airfield environment.

The thought of planning the movement of as many as 30 pieces of heavy machinery with project stakeholders is testament to this unique landmark project’s level of logistical complexity.

Ibrahim is an up and coming young civil engineer with a bright future with Civilex Victoria. Today we acknowledge his passion and commitment to his work, as well as acknowledging his mum who always attempted to impart her passion for engineering and make maths fun for her son on the Day of the Global Engineer.

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