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Ensuring Business Continues to Flow

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Located between Brisbane and Ipswich, Goodman Commercial Property Group’s Redbank Motorway Estate is an industrial development experiencing significant growth due to the region’s connectivity and the need for fast and efficient logistics, transport and warehousing solutions for major brands.

Boasting tenents such as Australia Post, TNT, DB Schenker, Zenexus, Northline and Tyres4U, it is vital that such a site remains operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Working with APNL Project Managers, the team at Madsen Giersing has been responsible for the detailed design and certification of the site’s stormwater drop shafts and stormwater headwall outlets.

CEO Lasse Madsen gave an overview of the project, “As anyone who has spent any time in South East Queensland will tell you that ‘when it rains, it really rains.’ For industrial sites, significant rain events can pose major challenges. By their nature, they contain large buildings, significant concrete footprints and multiple access roads. Therefore we are faced with a dual challenge during a rain event; a large volume of surface runoff and a pressing need to ensure access at all times. In SEQ, where flash flooding is a common occurrence, the solution is to ensure stormwater is managed effectively, channelling it away from the surface and moving it to the river and creek networks.”

“Our solution for this project was to design a system of drop shafts and outlets that can take the water from the site and efficiently and effectively move it to the Brisbane River. Designed to withstand significant flows, our solution means that even in the worst storm event or prolonged period of rain, the tenants who rely on Redbank Motorway Estate should not be inconvenienced,” said Lasse.

Workbox Design Improves Project Constructability

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A key aspect of every project we undertake is ensuring that what we design can be constructed efficiently and safely; in other words, ensuring the constructability of the project by identifying and overcoming any potential obstacles that prevent the solution from being completed.

On a recent project in Western Australia, Madsen Giersing was engaged by Maritime Constructions to support the refurbishment of piled navigation aids for the Dampier Navigational Aids Upgrade project for Rio Tinto. As with many offshore projects, it was essential to provide a solution that would allow team members to access free-standing piles, work above the open water safely and as freely as possible. Our team created a bespoke workbox that allowed them to do just that. The design of the workbox has been approved and formally registered by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), as required by Western Australia’s OHS&W Regulations.  Madsen Giersing worked with the client and DMIRS to ensure this bespoke workbox met the local regulations and was fit for the purpose required by Maritime Constructions.

The workbox is able to be lifted in position against a free-standing pile. A clamp is then installed around the pile to support the weight of the workbox, personnel and their equipment and materials. When positioned, the slings are removed, and the personal have safe access to the pile to work as required.

Lasse Madsen outlined the thinking behind the solution, “For this project, we needed to construct a solution that achieved multiple outcomes. Firstly we had to create a reusable solution that could be implemented on any of the project’s piles. It also had to be safe and provide a suitable working environment allowing work crews to complete their tasks efficiently and easily. Although a simple concept, it was not without its own peculiar challenges.  The workbox solution aided the constructability of the project considerably and provided a cost-effective outcome as it can be reused during this phase of works and on any future remediation or maintenance that may be required.”

Wharf Upgrade Increases Facility’s Lifespan

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For almost 23 years, Madsen Giersing has been working in partnership with Curtain Bros on their Motukea Project in Papua New Guinea.

In our latest update, we are delighted to share the works undertaken to upgrade Berth 4 to improve the wharf’s performance and increase its lifespan.

CEO Lasse Madsen outlined the works “This project is a great example of how engineering can help increase the lifespan of a facility, remediate a structure and ensure operational efficiency and performance going forward.”

“Our team were tasked with rejuvenating the structure and did this through the use of pre-cast concrete sandwich panels, which we incorporated into the existing wall. This approach provided a simple, cost-effective solution that was installed quickly, ensuring Berth 4 could return to operation as soon as practical,” said Lasse.

Madsen Giersing Welcomes Burt Wilken to Team

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Madsen Giersing is delighted to welcome Burt Wilken to the team in the role of Graduate Engineer. Originally from South Africa, Burt migrated to Brisbane with his family when he was ten and has called the city home ever since. With a natural aptitude for maths and science, Burt is one of life’s problem-solvers, which led to his studies at the University of Queensland where he graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in 2020.

Lasse Madsen welcomed Burt to the team “We are delighted to have Burt join the Madsen Giersing team. He is an excellent young engineer, and we look forward to him bringing his passion to his new role and getting involved in our projects across Australia and Asia.”

Before joining, Burt undertook work experience at FAS Consulting Engineers and a placement with Madsen Giersing in the final year of his studies, specifying remedial work on waste pipeline piles and support structures. Burt is also a graduate of Constructionarium Australia’s Story Bridge build program, an initiative that Madsen Giersing proudly support, completing the October 2019 program.

On joining Madsen Giersing, Burt outlined the excitement he has for the opportunity. “It has been fantastic to become part of the team. I can’t wait to be thrown in at the deep end, to work on a range of unique and diverse projects and to be challenged to excel in a field where we are known for our innovation and delivering great results for our clients.”

“I can’t wait to get involved in any project the team needs me to support. I’m currently working on the temporary works to help the demolition of a major road bridge in New South Wales, designing a steel frame with a rotating saddle that will enable 150-tonne bridge piers to be rotated horizontally before being laid flat on the barge deck. It is a fantastic project that is equally challenging and rewarding.”

“And Daisy, the corporate dog is great too. I love dogs, so having her in the office is awesome,” said Burt.

Outside of work, you’ll find Burt hitting the trails on his mountain bike, burning up the tarmac on his road bike or escaping to Fraser Island on a camping trip. He is also keenly exploring the world of 3D printing and usually has a project or two on the go at home, to divert him from his other passions of gaming and a bit of entertainment streaming.

Madsen Giersing Supporting Development of Queensland’s Largest Indigenous Community

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Madsen Giersing is delighted to have been engaged by Brady Marine and Civil, to provide engineering expertise on their development of a new jetty for Queensland’s largest Indigenous Community in Yarrabah, east of Cairns. The $11.5 million Yarrabah Jetty project is funded by the Queensland Government.

Located 50km from Cairns by road, the community is only 12km away by sea and the new jetty will provide the community with access to commuter and tourism services that will boost the region’s economy and provide faster connections to the regional centre.

Madsen Giersing is providing detailed design services for the 165m-long structure, associated fenders and piles, as well as ensuring that the facility will be compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, enabling easy access for people with disability.

Lasse Madsen outlined key areas of consideration the team will take when developing the design. “This is a fantastic project to be involved in, one that will help support a community’s growth and development. A key part of our design will be ensuring access for the whole community; therefore, we will be looking at how we can efficiently and easily provide access for people with disability.”

The project is being developed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, and when completed, the jetty will become an asset of the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council.

Learn more about the project at: https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/projects/Yarrabah-Jetty-project

 

Join Us – Senior Draftsperson

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About Madsen Giersing

Outside the box thinking – an all too common catch phrase for some. Not for us however. At Madsen Giersing (MG) we take the box, and turn it into something extraordinary. Through a collaborative approach and tapping into our many years’ experience, the MG team delivers innovation unlike others in the field.

This approach has led to MG having a proven track record in the delivery of projects across Australia, PNG and South-East Asia, specialising in the innovative design and engineering of marine structures, bridges and temporary works.

About the Role

This is a permanent full-time position available for immediate start based in our Brisbane office.

  • This position offers technical design drafting work on civil and marine infrastructure projects
  • This position is responsible for the development and preparation of structural design models, drawings and quantity take-offs
  • Adherence to internal procedures, processes, and quality measures, which are carried out in accordance with our quality control system, which is third party certified to AS/NZS ISO 9001:2015

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A minimum of 5-10 years’ experience
  • Proficiency with Autodesk, Revit and AutoCAD
  • Some experience with BIM (Building Information Modelling) Civil 3D would be an advantage
  • Experience or a willingness to learn other applications (e.g. Navisworks)
  • The ability to produce structural design models, drawings and quantity take-offs
  • The ability to work as part of a team on the CAD component of projects under the supervision of the CAD Manager
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
  • Solid verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • You must be eligible to live and work in Australia to be successful in applying for this role

Why Choose Madsen Giersing

Don’t be deceived by our size. We may be a smaller firm in size, but the projects we work on are industry leading.

  • We are the leading innovators in Structural Design Engineering specialising in marine structures, bridges, and temporary works
  • Provide engineering consultancy services to both private and public sector
  • Projects are based in Australia, PNG, and South-East Asia
  • Long term respected client partnerships
  • Large challenging projects

What we offer

  • Remuneration and benefits in line with experience and qualifications
  • A fantastic working environment in a modern top floor office in Newstead with close proximity to public transport and The Gasworks and Emporium complexes with their fantastic cafes
  • End of ride facilities including bike storage and showers
  • Close-knit culture and open-door policy

To apply, email sam@madsengiersing.com.au with a cover letter detailing your experience and what you will bring to our organisation, referee details and a copy of your current C.V.

No agencies please

Woodlark Island Gold Project

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70km long and 20km wide, Woodlark Island is located in the Solomon Sea in the Milne Bay Province of PNG. Home to the Woodlark Island Gold Mine, it is the site of the Woodlark Island Gold Project secured by Madsen Giersing.

The team at Madsen Giersing will be bringing our technical skill and proven marine capability to the project as we undertake design work for the development of wharf facilities to support the mining operation. Expected to be located to the west of the processing plant and connected by new road infrastructure, the wharf will be critical to the success of the project providing easy and safe access to the facility.

Operated by Geopacific Resources, the mine is expected to produce 980,182oz of gold over its mine life of 13 years.

CEO, Lasse Madsen, welcomed a new opportunity to support the resources sector in PNG “We are delighted to be working on another resources project in Papua New Guinea and helping to support the economic development of the region. Across our 30 years of operation, we have been involved in several critical marine projects, which have aided the sector’s growth and look forward to bringing our capabilities to this project.”

The team is currently involved in the development stages of the project and we will provide project updates as works progress.

 

Connecting Beach Communities in Far North Queensland

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Madsen Giersing is delighted to have been engaged by Davbridge Constructions on their development of the Barr Creek Bridge in Cairns. The $6m Barr Creek Bridge will connect Machans Beach and Holloways Beach as part of the Cairns Regional Council’s Northern Beaches Leisure Trail; a staged approach to connecting Palm Cove with Cairns City via a continuous walking and cycling link.

Madsen Giersing will be providing temporary works to support the construction of the 150 metres long and 3.5 metres wide bridge accessed via and have a 20m ramp on the Holloways Beach side and a 10m ramp on the Machans Beach side.

Lasse Madsen welcomed the opportunity to work on the project, “We are delighted to be working with Davbridge to create a vital piece of active transport infrastructure in Far North Queensland. Our team look forward to bringing our marine, and temporary works experience to the project to ensure a great result for our client, stakeholders and the local community,” said Lasse.

PNG Wharf Project Upgrade Secured

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Madsen Giersing is delighted to have been appointed to undertake a feasibility study for an upgrade to the wharf facilities for St Barbara’s Simberi Gold Company’s operations at Pigiput in Papua New Guinea.

Located on Simberi Island in the Taba Island’s Group the project represents an important milestone for Madsen Giersing who have won another project in PNG, but their first in collaboration with Simberi Gold Company.

CEO, Lasse Madsen, was pleased to secure the project “We are delighted to have secured our first project with Simberi Mining Company, a project which will see a feasibility study undertaken to improve and enhance the facility’s wharf. The end result will see significant improvements to access and safety, boosting the facility’s operations.”

“At present, a 110t crawler crane is used to unload the containers on the 20m wharf, which can accommodate ships of up to 6.5m draft, our scope is to look at across the board improvements to the facility.”

“We are also pleased to be working again in PNG; it is a country in which we have a proud history of collaboration, and we can’t wait to get started on our latest project.”

Madsen Giersing Appoints Jay McIntyre as Senior Engineer

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On the back of continued project success, Madsen Giersing is delighted to appoint Jay McIntyre to the role of Senior Engineer. Jay joins the organisation with over 30 years’ experience in maritime infrastructure engineering where he has supported the delivery of major projects across Australia and the Middle East including Townsville Port Inner Harbour Expansion, Port of Brisbane Wharves 11 and 12 and  Kingsford Smith Drive Upgrade Project.

Jay re-joins Madsen Giersing where he previously worked from 2004-2010 as a Senior Engineer supporting the delivery of major projects through the design of temporary works, marine and resources infrastructure.

“I am delighted to be back at Madsen Giersing; it is a fantastic opportunity to once again work with a talented team who design and deliver outstanding engineering solutions for their clients’ projects. With a number of exciting projects in the pipeline, I cannot wait to get started and support the organisation’s growth,” said Mr McIntyre.

CEO, Lasse Madsen, welcomed Jay to the team “We are delighted to have Jay re-join us at Madsen Giersing. Jay’s extensive experience and expertise will support our continued growth and the delivery of upcoming projects across Australia and Asia,” said Mr Madsen.

Jay holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from the University of Queensland and is a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland.

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