Road Engineering Assn NZ Chapter Newsletter Vol 41
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Welcome to the Road Engineering Assn NZ Chapter newsletter.

In this edition.........

2016 Roadshow
REAAA NZ Chapter Strategic Plan & AGM
Farewell To Alice
Dates of interest



Presentation & REAAA NZ Chapter AGM

Ellerslie Event Centre
12.30 - 2.00pm

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"Our Industrial Legacy - What are we leaving our children?"

Auckland - 17 August
Taupo - 18 August
Wellington - 19 August
Christchurch - 22 August
Dunedin - 23 August

Call for Abstracts and Young Presenters out now
Date extended to 15th April 2016



2016 Roadshow




  • Sustainability – Will today’s infrastructure projects be defunct in 20 years?
  • Safety – Is Zero Harm achievable for workers and roads users?
  • Globalisation – What will be the impact of globalisation on the industry?
  • Technology – Has technology helped or hindered us?
  • Resources – Are we “mining” resources to exhaustion?
  • Environmental – Are we doing our bit about global warming?
  • Quality – Do clients get what they pay for?
  • Resilience – Do we know what to design for?

Call for Abstracts Call For Abstracts 2016


Call for Young Presenters Call For Young Presenters 2016

Great opportunity to showcase your experiences, opinions, projects……….. 

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REAAA NZ Chapter Strategic Plan & 2016 AGM

The current committee of the NZ Chapter of the Road Engineering Assn are in the process of putting together an updated strategic plan.  To assist in the planning the committee are seeking feedback from the wider industry through an online survey.  If you haven't already please complete the survey and have a say in the future direction of the association.  You can also email your thoughts and suggestions to

The Road Engineering Assn NZ Chapter Annual General Meeting is being held on Tuesday 19th April at 12.30pm at the Ellerlsie Event Centre, Ascot Avenue, Auckland.  The AGM is being held in conjunction with a presentation on the Auckland CBD Rail Link.  The AGM and presentation is free to attend and open to members and non-members.  Please register your interest in attending for catering purposes to

Farewell to Alice - Waterview TBM Decommissioned

With the Waterview project 80% completed the target of the Well-Connected Alliance to complete its construction programme by December 2016, and the planned opening of the tunnels and Great North Road Interchange in early 2017 is on track.   

Now that Alice, the Tunnel Boring Machine, has successfully emerged through the final section of tunnel she has been deconstructed and moved to the Ports of Auckland for shipping offshore. The Transport Agency’s Auckland Highway Manager, Brett Gliddon says “Alice was designed specifically for the size and conditions at Waterview and she isn’t suitable for any other projects in New Zealand. Her parts are being sold back to the German manufacturer.”

“Demobilising and removing the TBM and its supporting machinery safely and efficiently have been an important part of the tunnels’ construction that has continued well past the headlines of the tunnel breakthrough.”

A piece of machinery which was another example of world first innovation at Auckland’s Waterview Connection project has now also finished its job.

The final section of the culvert gantry has been removed from the tunnel it was helping to build, which marks the end of the process to demobilise the Tunnel Boring Machine.

The culvert gantry was responsible for installing a tunnel within the larger Waterview tunnels. It’s a concrete culvert which runs under the road surface of the main tunnel and will house all the services necessary to operate the tunnels safely.

Traditionally a culvert installation gantry is fixed to a TBM - but in a piece of innovation which has become a hallmark of the Waterview Connection, the tunnel construction team commissioned a self-propelled gantry separate to the TBM. It operated about 250 metres behind Alice the TBM.

“Separating the two allowed a lot more flexibility during the tunnelling operation. The independence meant that any delays to the work were minimal if there was any need to stop either the TBM or the gantry,” says Tunnel Construction Manager Chris Ashton.

“The Waterview Connection has consistently pushed the boundaries for finding ways of working more safely and efficiently,” says Brett Gliddon the Transport Agency’s Auckland Highway Manager.

“The culvert gantry has been a great success of the project and due to detailed planning and hard work the demobilisation has gone extremely well too, that’s a real credit to the tunnel team.”

Work is now well underway to fit the variety of services inside the culvert, including lighting, pump discharge pipelines, power cables, communication and control cables.
With the end of tunnelling, the focus in the tunnels is now the mechanical and electrical fit out.  By the end of March, 160 people will be working in the tunnels.  The fit out includes installation of lighting, CCTV cameras, signage, the deluge system and drainage. 

Earlier this month another one of the key milestones for the year was completed when traffic was successfully diverted traffic on Great North Road – New Zealand’s busiest arterial -  at the Waterview/North end of the project.  This allows an 80m-long trench to be dug through the closed section of road for a vent to take exhaust fumes from the tunnels to the Northern Vent Stack that is being built alongside Great North Road. 

The Waterview Connection completes Auckland’s Western Ring Route. The alternative to the SH1 Southern and Northern Motorways will be 47 kilometres long between Albany and Manukau. The Western Ring Route will improve city and regional transport connections, and is identified by the Government as a Road of National Significance because of its importance to New Zealand’s economy.

Great North Road Interchange bridges connecting SH20 and SH16

Article kindly supplied by The Well-Connected Alliance
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Dates of Interest 2016
14 SOLGM Gala Dinner Wellington
19 REAAA NZ Chapter AGM & Auckland CBD Rail Link Presentation Auckland
18-29 School Holidays  
25 ANZAC Day  
8 – 11 FIDIC-ASPAC2016 Conference (hosted by ACENZ) Queenstown
13 RCA Forum Wellington
6 Queen’s Birthday  
22 - 25 IPWEA NZ Conference Auckland
11 – 22 School Holidays  
24 2015 Local Government NZ AGM Dunedin
25 Local Government NZ Conference Dunedin
26 - 29 AITPM 2016 National Traffic and Transport Conference Sydney
4-6 CCNZ Conference Auckland
10 - 12 CETANZ Conference Tauranga
12 RCA Forum Wellington
17 REAAA Roadshow seminar Auckland
18 REAAA Roadshow seminar Taupo
19 REAAA Roadshow seminar Wellington
22 REAAA Roadshow seminar Christchurch
23 REAAA Roadshow seminar Dunedin
26 South Canterbury Anniversary Day  
26 – 7 Oct School Holidays  
10 – 14 23rd ITS World Congress Melbourne
21 Hawkes Bay Anniversary Day  
23 - 25 ASEC 2016 – Australasian Structural Engineering Conference Brisbane
24 Labour Day  
31 Marlborough Anniversary Day  
30 – 1 Nov NZTA/NZIHT 17th Annual Conference Dunedin
31 – 2 Nov 104th REAAA Council Meeting Japan
11 Canterbury Anniversary Day  
11 RCA Forum Wellington
16 – 18 27th ARRB Conference Melbourne
28 Chatham Islands Anniversary Day  
28 Westland Anniversary Day  

7 - 9
Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference Newcastle, Australia
25 Christmas Day (observed 27th)  
26 Boxing Day  
2017 Low Volume Roads Workshop Tauranga
2017 15th ITS Asia/Pacific Hong Kong
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