Water Journal : Water Journal November 2013
21 Industry News The $11 million project will also incorporate a six- kilometre 560mm diameter pipeline and a new transfer pumping station to connect the existing sewerage network north of the river to the Maroochydore STP via the sub-river pipeline. Unitywater Executive Manager, Infrastructure Planning and Capital Delivery, Simon Taylor, said the Suncoast STP is operating at capacity and Sunshine Coast Council's original plan to expand the facility to cater for anticipated population growth in the area was estimated to cost $34 million. The project maximises existing assets and defers the need for expensive infrastructure upgrades, saving around $20 million. "Building the pipeline to a plant which already has capacity available is a much less expensive and more environmentally-friendly solution, saving millions of dollars in capital works and ongoing operational expenses to keep costs as low as possible for our customers," Mr Taylor said. Because traditional excavation and trenching was not possible under the Maroochy River, Unitywater used horizontal directional drilling (HDD) to install the pipeline, avoiding any unnecessary environmental impact and minimising surface disruption. Unitywater appointed Coe Drilling Pty Ltd to conduct the horizontal directional drilling of the transfer pipeline. Construction commenced in July and the pipe was pulled under the Maroochy River in early September. This project is part of the $680 million capital works program Unitywater is rolling out over the next ve years to increase the network capacity and cater for future population growth in the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions. NEW SOFTWARE RE-VALUES ASSETS BASED ON CLIMATE SCIENCE Australian company Climate Risk Pty Ltd has registered international patents for climate change adaptation software for property and infrastructure assets. Designed by scientists, engineers and nancial risk specialists, the 'Resilience Engine' claims to have broken through the long-standing barriers to pricing the inevitable impacts of climate change to speci c assets and evaluating the bene ts of adaptation. The 'Resilience Engine' technology has taken three years and US$2m to develop and analyses hundreds of infrastructure and building assets simultaneously, cross-referencing them with extreme weather maps BINTECH SYSTEMS WATER SOLUTIONS TOLL FREE 1300 363 163 email@example.com www.bintech.com.au • ULTRASONIC TRANSMITTERS AND CONTROLLERS • POINT LEVEL SWITCHES • MAGNETIC LEVEL GAUGES • SLUDGE LEVEL SYSTEMS • WIRELESS SYSTEMS LEVEL SYSTEMS • MAGNETIC FLOW METERS • ULTRASONIC METERS -TRANSIT TIME / DOPPLER • OPEN CHANNEL • CUSTOM SPOOL SYSTEMS FLOW METERS • RESIDUAL CHLORINE • DISSOLVED OZONE • DISSOLVED OXYGEN • TURBIDITY • SUSPENDED SOLIDS NEW CRONOS ECONOMY ANALYTICAL CONTROLLERS • PH/ORP • CONDUCTIVITY • FLUORIDE • CHLORINE GAS DETECTORS • PORTABLE METERS SLUDGE LEVEL DETECTOR NEW!
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