Boodarie Locomotive Prep Facility Extension

Client: Kerman Contracting Limited
Location: Pilbara, Western Australia
Completion Date: 2012

The original locomotive preparation facility was constructed and commissioned in 2006 with servicing capacity for two locomotives at a time on two lines containing single bay per line. The extension from the 32m long structure to 56m long structure increased servicing capacity to four locomotives at a time and increased the upper level walkways and sand bins to cater for gravity fed system and addressing existing deficiencies.
Scope of Work: DBM Vircon carried out the design and shop detailing for the civil, structural, mechanical and piping disciplines of the facility.

Deliverables included:
  • Refurbish existing temporary loco prep facility
  • Extend & upgrade existing loco prep facility
  • Additional fuel storage and waste water handling
  • New structure over fuel storage & services area.
Highlights & Challenges:
  • Re-used existing structure and foundations whilst adding a high-level platform to service elevated sand silos.
  • The client supplied layout was not functionally correct as it did not take into account there was a variation between locomotives of sand fill points, diesel refuelling points and loco driver access. Additional information was sought and a fully functional layout developed.
  • Minimal site modifications were made due to the integrated project delivery approach with solutions to pipe routing and constructability challenges executed within the design.
  • Zero recorded errors on erection due to the modularisation of the roof steelwork and upper platform steelwork