Phillip Oval Lighting on Behalf of AFL NSW/ACT

Phillip Oval Lighting on Behalf of AFL NSW/ACT

AET was asked to provide pricing to ABA construction mangers on the above-mentioned project in 2016 for a 300 Lux lighting system on the oval..

AET undertook alongside the AFL NSW ACT an opportunity to provide electrical works to a fixed budget.  AET engaged local design company AEC and set about changing the scope, putting into the scope only what was necessary and removing all additional “nice to have” in the project.

We scoured the suppliers for the type of lighting that will meet the requirements both structurally and also ecstatically. The project needed to look as good as it could for the budget that we had.

The AFL NSW ACT also had requirements on top of the lighting like fibre optic connections to a score, the scoreboard itself and power to it. The overall Owner of the Oval the ACT Government then added their requirements around DA & BA approvals, engaging certified engineers and having this part of the overall project ready for asset acceptance by the owner. Through these requirements not only did AET delivery team of field staff but also AET admin staff work hard to make all of these additional requirements work for all the stake holders.

Onsite AET showed their knack for completing tricky tasks that occur with undulating ground levels sloping areas around footings and working in places with latent conditions that could have and probably should have affected pricing.

Using 35 meter poles and head frames is always a challenge however utilizing the services of good local contractors makes huge difference. AET chose to engage RAR cranes for the rigging and the lifting and this means that the poles are constructed on the round, with light fittings attached and lifted onto the footings and secured.

On the day of the 1st lift we had strong winds of approximately 40 – 50kms and it was decided half way through the lift to abort. This was at AET expense however its proof that we have safety first and foremost in our business and even down to the task that we are performing.

While the project went longer than it should this was through no fault of AET. The electrical supply for the lighting was coming from and controlled from the AFL Head Quarters which was under construction at the time. Again events like this could have added additional costs but AET were able to utilise our staffing elsewhere and only be on site when required.

What we are hoping to put in place in this project review is that this project contained many moving parts including safety as well as time and budget. We believe that these moving parts were manageable but the quality of the job wasn’t and we delivered on that.

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