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RAAF Base Project Complete

Civilex was engaged by Laing O’Rourke in September 2016 to deliver the major contract for the construction of the Air5428 Pilot Training System Facilities Project. Working within a fully secured Federal Defence site had significant implications on the project’s complexity, but last week it was all smiles and selfies celebrating the final handover. To mark the formal completion and handover of the newly constructed East Sale RAAF Base Pilot Training Facility, Civilex Directors Andrew Fairbairn and Ray Dando, Business Development Manager Ben Virtue, and Project Engineer Ibrahim Demiri joined Flight Lieutenant, Air Combat Officer and Base Aviation Safety Officer David Strauss on a tour of the completed site.

It’s a project wrap at East Sale RAAF Base. L-R: Andrew Fairbairn, Flight Lieutenant David Strauss, Ibrahim Demiri, Ray Dando, and Ben Virtue.

In January this year, we posted an update of the RAAF Base project which provided an overview of the nearly completed works and overall scope of the project.

One of the key components of the project was the construction of the airfield concrete pavement which included a complex testing regime involving stringent concrete testing levels, placement methods, and finishing details. As part of the pouring procedure, planning and close monitoring of wind speed, humidity and temperature were regularly undertaken. Weather forecast conditions were assessed daily to allow the team to call production on and off as required.

The complex internal site traffic management was another special feature of the project. In a recent Civilex web article, Ibrahim Demiri described his engineering journey from Site Engineer to Project Engineer. In the article, Ibrahim told of the exposure and unparalleled experience the RAAF Base project provided him – including the immense planning and coordination of securing local subcontractors with experience working within the base and procuring more than 30 pieces of heavy machinery.

Civilex’s completed project works – delivered on time and on budget despite the complex nature of the project.

We are delighted to announce the official completion of the East Sale RAAF PTF project. Civilex is proud to have successfully delivered this project on time and on budget, despite very complex community and stakeholder interfaces, very complex project management, service relocation and environmental risk management, as well as complex consultant team coordination and management, and subcontractor involvement.

Managing Contractor Laing O’Rourke was extremely satisfied with Civilex’s management and delivery of the project, joining senior management and project personnel on a tour of the new training facility earlier this week. The completed facility will provide aviation training to the next generation of RAAF pilots and beyond. Civilex Project Engineer Ibrahim Demiri enjoyed the tour of the new pilot training facilities including maintenance hangars, lecture theatres, and innovative simulator technology. Ibrahim said, “seeing the simulators incorporating 14 projectors with curved glass was a definite highlight.”

The greatest highlight for Civilex has been in developing a close and trusted relationship with the Defence Force. We look forward to our paths crossing again.

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