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G-MW's FutureFlow wins another Victorian award for Engineering Innovation

Monday 7 December, 2009

The efforts of more than 650 employees, contractors and suppliers involved in the delivery of $290 million worth of irrigation modernisation works delivered across the Goulburn-Murray region by G-MW's FutureFlow Alliance have collected another state-wide Award. G-MW's FutureFlow was awarded the Australian Water Associations Victorian Divisions' Infrastructure Innovation Award on Thursday night (3 December).

G-MW Managing Director David Stewart accepted FutureFlow's award in Melbourne on behalf of the alliance partners Comdain, Sinclair Knight Merz, Transfield Services and G-MW.  Mr Stewart said the award was a terrific achievement that emphasises not just the scope of the project but also the innovation required to convert an aging irrigation network built to service the needs of a relatively homogeneous customer groups to a network that can deliver the diverse needs of future customers.

"At every level FutureFlow's success has relied on the efforts of our staff, contractors and suppliers and the ongoing cooperation of our customers and local communities across the region. Their cooperation and support has been crucial to the success of the project," said Mr Stewart.

FutureFlow also delivered a wide range of innovations in the delivery of modernisation works.

"FutureFlow worked at more than 4,500 individual sites along a channel network that if laid out end to end would run from Sydney to Perth and half way back again. It was a massive undertaking spread across a large geographic region - with a works period of only 18 months.  It is impossible to overstate the logistical and planning effort that underpinned the delivery of these works on time and under budget," said Mr Stewart.

G-MW's FutureFlow was established in early 2008 to deliver the final works on the Central Goulburn 1-4 and Shepparton Modernisation projects, and was subsequently called on to deliver the Early Works program for the Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Project.  The works programs for the three projects totalled around $290 million with FutureFlow drawing on mainly local staff, contractors and suppliers.

"On top of that, the FutureFlow consultation teams have worked with thousands of irrigators to ensure customers' future needs were reflected in the successful upgrade or rationalisation of more than 3,700 farm outlets," said Mr Stewart.

FutureFlow's program of works also included rationalising 50 kilometres of redundant channel, installing 27km of gravity pipeline at Katandra, lining 28 km of channel and installing 20 radio communication towers.

FutureFlow will now participate in the National Australian Water Association Awards that will be announced in March 2010.

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