The Backflow Prevention Device Projects consisted of the installation of backflow prevention devices on existing stormwater lines in various locations throughout Brisbane.
The projects were part of the Lord Mayors commitment to deliver backflow prevention devices to twelve high priority sites across Brisbane. Due to the high profile nature of the projects they were subject to the scrutiny of several media outlets.
The scope varied at each location but generally involved the process of excavating down to existing storm water lines, installing sheet piles or shoring boxes, breaking and trimming an existing stormwater pipe, installing pre-cast concrete manholes, installing a backflow prevention device, and backfilling and re-instating the road.
The most challenging aspect of the project was the management of water inside the excavation. Excavations were exposed to stormwater, ground water and tidal river water. Specially designed plugs were developed for the project and installed in the existing stormwater lines to manage both stormwater and tidal river water.
De-watering operations were conducted constantly during the works and activities were planned around the tidal cycle which meant that work operations and specific activities had to be scheduled down to the hour.
Works were often conducted at night, in high traffic areas, which required specially engineered manhole lids to accommodate vehicular traffic during the day.
The projects were completed without traffic or environmental incident and prior to the dates for practical completion.
Backflow Prevention Devices - Multiple
Brisbane City, Chelmer, New Farm, West End, Milton, Bulimba, Chelmer, St Lucia, Auchenflower
Brisbane City Council
2013 - 2014
34 Weeks (Combined)
$6.6 million (Combined)