Latest News - Last Updated 29/07/2011

Meales wins Safety award with Pacific National Infrastructure Alliance (PNIA) 29/07/2011

PNIA is the  construction of $150million state of the art train provisioning facility in Nebo, Central Queensland to support Pacific National’s coal haulage operation. Abi Group is the principal construction partner in the alliance.

We are pleased to announce Meales Concrete Pumping Mackay team has been recognised in the field of Workplace Health and Safety by being awarded the first safety awards presented on site since the commencement of the project.

This ‘Certificate of Recognition” issued to Mark Ledbury and Tim Lane of the Mackay branch acknowledges the boys effort to demonstrate the Alliances values of quality and culture to achieve program objectives by delivering 110% effort and leading by example with great work ethic.

Mark and Tim, operating a 42m boom have been based on site in the early stages of this project completing approximately 10 000m3 of flow able fill.   

5200m3 Non Stop TJH Brisbane Airport Link Project 20/7/2011

As the only concrete pumping contractor able to supply two Telescopic Boom pumps Thiess John Holland recently assigned  Meales the task of mass infilling over the cutting heads of the tunnel boring machines (TBM’S).

Once the TBM’s had completed their task of boring through 15km of tunnels under the Northern suburbs of Brisbane the cutting heads of these machines were needed to be removed from the remaining body of the TBM.  As the size of these heads did not allow them to be removed from the tunnel the only option was to bury them in a large hole below the surface of the tunnel.

The scope for this project required 5000m3 of concrete to be placed non stop as quick as possible. After some careful planning between our operational managers and TJH engineers a game plan was soon set in concrete.

With limited space restricting the set up of multiple machines this meant the pour could only be completed with two pumps. However once again due to limited space room did not allow for 4 concrete agitators to service the 2 pumps which would be required to achieve a reasonable pour rate. Therefore a high pressure trailer pump was placed 100m further back in the tunnel  with static line running into the second boom pump.

Starting at 5am Thursday morning and finishing  in the early hours of Saturday morning some 5200m3 of concrete was pump with an average pour rate of approximately 120m3 per hour. With continuous pumping required operators were rotated through on 12 hour shifts.

Equipment used on this pour was 2 x Schwing 31mHT Telescopic Boom Pumps and I x Putzmeister High Pressure Trailer Pump.

A great effort by all involved in the Meales team and a special thanks to Chris Bagley for his organisation and planning in a very well run pour.

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ABi Group Queensland Childrens Hospital 17/1/2011

ABI Group awarded Meales Concrete Pumping the New Queensland Childrens Hospital at South Brisbane.

It will be the Largest dedicated Childrens hospital in Australia. Limited site access due to the busy surrounding streets required that MCP supply two Skid pumps situated on Vulture street whilst the site is located in stanley street. A 400m push through 5" pipeline under the 4 lanes of Stanley street makes this a specialist task that requires the expertise and skills of Australias most dedicated and experienced major project conctractor. 4 sets of pipeline were laid under the road to ensure uptime in the event of old concrete that may cause a lost line under Stanley street.

Assisted by the Meales Water washout means waste concrete and safety factors associated with long line clean outs are managed in an unprecidented fashion

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