As our Civil Construction Cadet, you’ll be working on Inland Rail’s Toowoomba tunnelling project. This tunnel will be 6.5km long and travel through one of the most difficult geological formations of the entire Inland Rail project: the mountainous terrain and floodplains of the Toowoomba ranges.
A lot goes into executing such a large scale project, and it requires you to be able to look at what’s coming next. Being able to look at a task, and plan all the steps you need to take to tackle it is an important skill that can be learnt through understanding project management techniques.
Coined as the science and art of organisation, project management can be characterised as a series of connected efforts designed to achieve a desired outcome.
A project involves 5 stages. Watch this video about the stages of a project to get a better understanding of what's involved.
This program will be concentrating on Stage 4 of the project management process: monitoring and adjusting your progress, based on challenges thrown your way. Over the next few weeks, you’ll be asked to incorporate information delivered to you by geotechnical investigators and site surveyors.
To begin with, though, we’ll need a basic plan to work with. And so we come to our first task!
Here’s an accompanying 3D model of the proposed tunnel that was created by the Inland Rail team. Spend a couple of minutes navigating the model to visualise what it will look like and what additional safety features it has.
Before we get stuck into refining our plan, though, let’s consider the most important step of all …