Environment and monitoring vibration
Irwin Mathias (above left) is the Environmental Manager for the Papakura to Drury Project and his job is to monitor and observe noise and vibration on site. Here at Park Estate Road he has worked with the experts to discover that the best method for piling is a mixture of drilling the hole first and then vibrating the pile down into the ground. This is best because it helps minimise as much as possible the vibration that neighbours may feel.
Irwin says, "I work closely with the stakeholder engagement team who have been on site since March, talking to the neighbours about the huge amount of work required to build a new bridge. We restrict night activities as much as possible to lessen the disturbance for our neighbours - who I have found to be patient and wonderful to work with."
"Management of the environment requires co-ordination and having a deeper understanding of risk, and also identifying where opportunities exist. I enjoy working with the site teams to promote and support leadership of us being good neighbours, which forms part of our 'licence to operate' in the community. Ensuring that environmental risks are managed in a timely manner and with good forward planning helps to ensure that we can complete the project on time and return the environment back to its natural state as far as possible.
"My job also involves ensuring that our discharges to waterways are controlled, and that the waste material taken off site is well separated and doesn’t end up in a landfill if it can be recycled or reused."