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Designing the Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removals

01 Feb 2017



Designing the Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removals

[Title: Level Crossing Removal Project]

[Vision: Design Process for the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project - Jamie Green discussing design]

Jamie Green - Design Manager

So undertaking the design on a major infrastructure project such as this is an extremely complex task.

[Vision: Designer working at computer - artist's impression of open space area]
There's an enormous amount of detail that we need to resolve, ranging from major bridge beams, retaining walls, down to the details such as drinking fountains and litter bins.
[Jamie Green speaking]

As engineers we need to ensure that every piece of the puzzle will fit together.

[Vision: Designers working - train - stop sign - Jamie Green speaking]

And we need to know that all the environmental factors, such as ground conditions, some of the services such as underground gas pipeline or overhead power lines, can be accommodated within a design.

[Vision: Designers working and discussing designs - level crossing with train and traffic]

And also some of the site constraints, such as the interface with local roads and other things are taken into account in the design.

[Jamie Green speaking - and discussing designs with staff]

A project such as this differs quite considerably compared to a residential building project.

[Jamie Green speaking]

On a residential building project the design is finished in its entirety and then construction commences.

[Vision: Designer looking at artist's impression of open space]

On a project like this we need to split the design up into a number of packages.

[Jamie Green speaking]

So the design is split up into a 160 design packages.

[Vision: Design is split into 160 individual design packages - designers - Jamie Green speaking]

The design packages are prioritised to suit construction, so we work on the design packages that construction need to build first such as the foundations.

[Vision: Design office and staff - Jamie Green speaking]

The design team comprises 300 people, and they include architects, designers, scientists, and other engineers.

[Vision: Designers discussing ideas and plans]

And ultimately they'll be producing 20,000 detailed design drawings and hundreds of technical reports.

[Jamie Green speaking]

So the design has to go through a number of stages before it's constructed.

[Vision: Design model and staff]

And, there's a three stage process that we have to go through. The designs are submitted to stakeholders for review.

[Jamie Green speaking - people discussing designs]

When we've got over 28 stakeholders reviewing the designs along the way, and they include local councils, Vic Road, MTM, Melbourne Water, PTV, and the Office of Victorian Government Architects, and Bicycle Network Victoria.

[Jamie Green speaking - artist's impression of open space areas]

We're also currently working with the Community Open Space Expert Panel to gain their feedback on what kind of things should be put in the open spaces beneath the elevated rail viaduct.

[Jamie Green speaking]

The design constantly evolves as we go, the intention being that we get the best possible outcome.

[Level Crossing Removal Authority - Victoria State Government]

[Speaker: Authorised by Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]

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