Arriving now for the long haul
Partnering with governments to build Australia’s transport future
GS Engineering and Construction (E&C) is helping to accelerate the Australian construction industry’s capacity to meet the challenge of our largest-ever transport infrastructure pipeline. Leveraging experience gained delivering Public-Private Partnerships and megaprojects worth US$65 billion globally, we are on the ground in Australia and ready to roll.
Since entering the Australian market in 2016, global contractor GS E&C has set up headquarters in Sydney and have secured their first mega project as part of the Spark consortium, which was awarded Australia’s largest Public-Private Partnership and Victorian’s largest ever road transport project, North East Link, in June 2021.
GS E&C brings expertise in rail, road, tunnelling, and bridges gained from decades of accelerated infrastructure programs of Asia and the Middle East that have transformed customer journeys and productivity ratings, as well as experience in similar markets with strict safety regulations and local content requirements.
GS E&C is digital by default. With a deep understanding of how important solutions such as digital tools, innovation and safety training is to address critical challenges in delivery, GS E&C runs two safety schools that use experience facilities and virtual and augmented reality technology; and a research and development centre focusing on soil and rock mechanics and excavation techniques.
When South Korea’s eighth-largest conglomerate, GS E&C, decided to enter the Australian market in 2016, it followed a rigorous review of cultural alignment, the opportunity pipeline and a reflection of what would set the company apart.
The company recognised that its role in modernising Korea’s rail and road infrastructure over the past 20 years – helping to cut commute time by 25% despite travel distance growing by 30% – could provide invaluable lessons learnt. Insights from this experience could be key to accelerating Australian industry’s capability in creating connected, integrated and future-ready passenger and freight transport networks.
GS E&C is currently delivering more than 200 projects worldwide, and have been selected, as part of the Spark consortium, as the preferred bidder Australia’s largest Public-Private Partnership and Victoria’s largest ever road transport project, North East Link in June 2021.
It is also a shortlisted proponent for a section of the Inland Rail project spanning from Gowrie outside Toowoomba to Kagaru near Beaudesert in Queensland.
GS E&C’s commitment to the Australian market is illustrated by their membership of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).
GS E&C has since been part of more than 27 Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), completed more than US$65 billion of international projects in 42 countries and constructed 315km of metro and rail lines, 186km of tunnels, and 84 stations across the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
When talking about why this added capacity in the Australian market is important, Dongjin Kim, Managing Director of GS Engineering & Construction Australia Pty Ltd, said: “A resilient and viable supply base for megaproject delivery is critical for obtaining value-for-money outcomes for government during the procurement and delivery phases. We’re pleased to be able to bring our experience in collaborative and cooperative partnership models with governments across the globe to Australia and provide robust megaproject leadership capability to the rail industry as we head into this exciting time of transforming passenger and freight transport networks across the continent,” said Kim.
GS E&C were part of the construction of Doha Metro, one of the most advanced rapid transit systems in the world, where it delivered 32.9km of metro tunnels and five stations on time and on budget. Its TBM achieved the global record in its class for best daily advance for a single machine (39m). To achieve this result, GS E&C used a TBM guidance system based on the tunnel control network, which automatically determined the exact position and diving direction of a TBM and alerted the operator of any deviation from the designed tunnel axis.
“We are always looking to bring proven solutions to projects to enhance local industry capacity and capability,” said Kim. “For example, for Korea’s Donghae Line project (Sections 2, 5, 9 and 13) we were able to reduce the construction period from 60 months to six months by using deep cement mixing for soft ground sections. This was an exceptional outcome for a challenging project, which comprised designing and constructing 36.2km of single track, 12 tunnels, 18 bridges and viaducts, four stations, earthworks and associated structures – all interfacing with mountainous terrain, rivers, existing roads and agricultural lands.”
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