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PNGFP Timber Bridges Design Review & Certification

#Project no. 6887

BEC was engaged by PNG Forest Products Limited (PNGFP) to urgently provide Structural Design review, certification, and documentation for three timber bridges in Papua New Guinea.

The bridges were constructed from plywood decks with LVL girders. Our review was specific to the structure strength, durability, serviceability & connections with reference to current versions of the nominated standards.

This project is one of many that helps the team at BEC hone in on their multinational design & documentation expertise, and we are proud to have worked with PNGFP on this. 

University of PNG: New Student Services Building & ICT Infrastructure Upgrade

Project No. 6498

The BE Collective team offered Structural and Civil design services in support of a new student services building for the University of Papua New Guinea, at the Waigani Campus in Port Moresby. As international consultants, BEC produced a professional briefing document, forming part of a larger Health and Education Procurement Facility design brief and scoping report.

BE Collective are no strangers to overseas commissions, having delivered projects from their Brisbane Head Office all the way to Ethiopia (see Australian Embassy and Africa Hall). The BE Collective team were selected for the University of PNG project due to their extensive track record of international success, including their work on Airvos Views Apartments and the Paga Hill Multi-Res. (more…)

Bangkok Sustainable Masterplan

5Project No. 6589

The BE Collective team was  commissioned to provide ESD services in support of a huge 17-hectare high-density, mixed-use development concept in Suan Lum in the heart of Bangkok; master-planned by The Buchan Group.

Tasked with facilitating sustainability and environmentally conscious initiatives for a development of this size, the BE Collective team looked to push ourselves and the project beyond the typical ‘carbon neutral’ or ‘carbon neutral’ standards that are the core of most current energy efficiency rating schemes.

We identified the specific environmental needs of the Suan Lum district to be pollution mitigation relating to air quality, water quality, stormwater management and energy generation.

We envisaged a group of buildings that drew-in air pollution and breathed out fresh air for the neighbourhood. We pictured structures that harvested clean energy from the head of the sun and of the earth to mitigate its own energy needs. A development that took in the polluted water of Bangkok’s struggling waterways and returned it clean and fresh.

To facilitate cleaner air, we suggested high-volume, low-pressure scrubbing and UV treatment systems. While the majority of current external air pollution control systems are designed only to disperse polluted air in a space deemed less harmful (those used in underground traffic tunnels for example)  we nominated a system that would actively contribute to improving air quality.

To achieve higher stormwater management capabilities in the area and increase flood proofing, we suggested a network of storm traps, porous concrete pavements and bio retention including green roofs.

In order to mitigate our developments vast energy needs, we worked to incorporate a multi-pronged and multi-discipline strategy including photovoltaic glass, wind turbines, a tri-generation plant and an underground thermal labyrinth.

Through these initiatives we were proud to target a Platinum “World Excellence” rating through the LEED Neighbourhood Developments rating tool. This equates to the highest possible 6-Star “World Leadership” ranking in the GBCA’s Green Star Communities tool, which is the Australian equivalent rating system. (more…)

Airvos Views Apartments, PNG

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Project No. 6293

Built Environment Collective (BE Collective) was commissioned by Coffey International (on behalf of AusAID) in June 2013 to undertake a structural verification review of Airvos Views apartments. The scope of commissioned services included a review of structural documentation, site meeting/inspection, and design checking of key structural elements including retaining walls.

Given PNG is recognised as a seismic area the walls retaining the site were of particular concern to the client. The walls are up to 10m high and looked particularly slender (and tall) during construction. The design engineer had performed his commission very well, and BE Collective were able to verify that the walls, acting as propped cantilevers were considered adequate with respect to PNG Standards. (more…)

Paga Hill Multi-Res

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Project no. 6218

Paga Hill is a suburb of Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. BE Collective were appointed in January 2012 to provide full structural and civil consultancy for this residential project, including construction phase services out of our PNG office. The project consists of 8 boutique style apartments with commanding views out to the Coral Sea.

  • Challenges in realising a development on this site include:
  • steep slopes and high retaining walls
  • accommodating tributary loads from a significant up hill development just meters away from basement excavations
  • earthquake forces
  • the distance of sewerage and stormwater legal point of discharge away from the site
  • logistics and construction materials supply chain
  • labour efficiencies.

Our structural design consists of a full reinforced concrete frame. Whilst block work will be used for external and part walls, the structural frame enables the block work to be constructed under the shade of the base-build, and at a leisurely pace.

The flooring system as designed incorporates a prefabricated sacrificial formwork called Ezideck to promote programme efficiencies.

Two rows of contiguous piled walls are required to achieve the basement excavation level, with additional piles and ground beams providing a stable edge to the steep driveway.

Tender returns are in as of August 2012, with construction due to start later in the year. (more…)