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Winning project alliances reflect culture of value

Four of Australasia’s most cost-efficient, high quality, timely and innovative project alliances won awards at the 2012 Alliancing Association of Australasia’s Excellence Awards last week, reflecting the current culture of value, said AAA acting chief executive Ron Quill.

“This year’s winners show that collaboration is thriving and continues to create immense value through productivity improvements, quality community assets and enhanced industry capability,” he said of the winning alliances, which included road and water sector projects and maintenance programs.

New South Wales’ $640 million, 12-kilometre Ballina Bypass Alliance won the Alliance Team of Excellence Award – Project Alliance by generating value for the New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and community. The project managed significant technical complexity and left a positive technical, safety, community and value for money legacy for future projects.

“The team constantly innovated—with more than 500 registered innovations—to manage the uncertainties of complex soft soils, construction around environmentally sensitive waterways and the need for road safety on an extremely busy and high-risk highway environment,” Quill mentioned.

New Zealand’s four-year, $166 million Auckland Motorway Alliance won the Alliance Team of Excellence Award – Long Term Alliance for managing and maintaining 240 centreline kilometres of motorways and state highways in the Auckland region. As New Zealand Transport Agency’s (NZTA’s) first long-term maintenance alliance, it has continually challenged itself to improve performance and deliver more for less.

“The alliance has successfully nurtured and maintained a collaborative culture since 2008 to achieve year-on-year improvements yielding $23.3 million in savings and maintaining the motorways for close to 20% less than previously,” said Quill.

Two projects won Highly Commended awards in these two categories based on their outstanding accomplishments on difficult projects with diverse complexities: Queensland’s $1.95 billion, 8-kilometre Origin Alliance was Highly Commended for the Alliance Team of Excellence Award – Project Alliance, while Victoria’s five-year, $380 million Barwon Water Alliance was Highly Commended for the Alliance Team of Excellence Award – Long Term Alliance.

Now in its sixth year, the AAA Excellence Awards program celebrates outstanding teams who have exemplified the spirit of collaboration in critical infrastructure projects and programs in Australia and New Zealand.

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