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DPTI Matters - 11 October 2019

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

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Final bridge beam

The Northern Connector team has celebrated another significant milestone by landing the final bridge beam on the project.

Across the project, 626 bridge beams have been installed on 10 bridges. These beams were cast locally by Bianco Precast, and reinforced with steel sourced from OneSteel in Whyalla, as part of the project’s commitment to local spending.

A total of 90% of the $885m project has been spent on South Australian businesses. The final beam was landed as part of the Southern Interchange, which will connect the new Northern Connector with the South Road Superway, completing more than 43km of non-stop corridor from Gawler to Regency Park.

q long, wide, concrete bridge running over the tops of mangrove trees. There is a large crane in the bottom right lifting a beam into place

3D display

DPTI’s own 3D Adelaide: Adelaide’s Living Digital Model is currently on display at the Office for Design and Architecture, 28 Leigh Street, and all staff are invited to attend a special lunchtime viewing at 12.30pm on 17 October.

The interactive digital tool was developed to support our new planning system and assist with design reviews, development assessments, strategic planning and decision making.

This interactive exhibition showcases data types captured within the 3D Adelaide Model, fly through videos and displays the program capabilities for its current and future purposes.

For more information on the exhibition or the special lunchtime viewing please email or call 8402 1884. This exhibition will be showing until Friday 25 October.

A graphic design with interconnected circles and line in the background and the words "3dAdelaide Adelaide's living digital model" in the foreground, with the two D letters in 3dAdelaide jouined by a line over the top shaped like a city skyline.

Classic service

Working with customers to achieve great results is part of the DPTI mantra and the owner of a 1961 Buick car recently saw that in action in the most positive way.

The car owner needed to have the vehicle inspected for registration approval and was left with nothing but praise for those involved.

“I would like to acknowledge the two inspectors that looked over my car,” the owner wrote. “Both were very courteous, knowledgeable and diligent in their inspections, and took the time get things right and to advise me of their decisions. A credit to DPTI.”

Those who handled the paperwork also received a nod, with the grateful car enthusiast pleased to be driving home with the registration approved.

Congratulations to those involved on being diligent while providing outstanding and respectful service.

Building skills

DPTI has again been involved in helping to foster the future of skilled students who may one day join our ranks.

As a long-time supporter of the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition, the department sponsored the Efficiency Award for the bridge that had the best strength-to-weight ratio, in this year’s competition.

Phil Molloy, the Principal Structural Engineer from our Technical Services Section assisted in judging the competition as young minds put their considerable talent to the test.

The competition is run every year by Aurecon and aims to encourage school students in Years 8 and 9 to study STEM subjects in their senior high school years. Each school is provided a bridge building kit consisting of balsa wood sticks, string and glue, and they are encouraged to use computer aids to model their bridges.

It’s great to see the students show such enthusiasm for the task, and very impressive to note the innovative construction techniques and digital bridge designs. The winning team managed to support a weight of 135 kg, which was the highest among all of Australia and New Zealand.

We’d love to see some of the students who were involved working on our road infrastructure in the future.

Three people are at a stand on a stage, constructing a small bridge. Three others in scholl unifroms are looking on and there is an audience in tiered seating in the background.
A tense moment as one of the bridges is displayed.

Flinders Link

Work on the Flinders Link Project site is quickly taking shape, as recent drone photos show.

The photo below shows the level of work being undertaken at the location of the new Flinders station and completion of the first pier on Main South Road.

A work site with piles of dirt and and an excavator sitting on top of one of them. There is a structure mid-picture with a crane lifting something up to it.

Vote of thanks

DPTI has been recognised with an appreciation award from The Australian Red Cross for a partnership we have enjoyed over a number of years.

During National Blood Donor Week, the team from DPTI organised to have the lights on the Adelaide Oval Foot Bridge coloured red to help promote the important cause, which helps keep blood flowing to the vulnerable and those in unexpected need.

The bridge has become a focal point of the evolving Riverbank Precinct and is a means by which we can join with community groups to shine a light on events throughout the year. Well done to the team who make this happen and congratulations on a truly special award.

A young man holding a six-sided, stylised glass trophy

Friday Flashback

This week’s Friday Flashback shows waitresses in the Adelaide Railway Station Dining Room in 1928.

Women in dark dresses with white collars, sleeves and aprons stand around tables and chairs. Each of the waitresses is wearing a white bonnet-style hat. The tables are formally set and have flowers on them. The walls of the dining area are partially wood panelled.
History Trust of South Australia