Jacobs Engineering Group has been appointed as client-side technical advisor by the Western Australia Public Transport Authority (PTA) for the AUD2bn ($1.5bn) Forrestfield Airport Rail Link in Australia.
The project includes the construction of about 8.5km of underground rail. The twin-bored tunnels will connect an existing underground rail line to the Perth airport and the eastern foothill suburbs to the rail network.
It will also involve the construction of new overground and underground stations.
Under the contract, Jacobs will be responsible for the provision of a multi-disciplinary engineering and environmental team to review the project’s design and construction documentation.
The team will review and confirm the technical acceptance of safety critical systems and adherence to PTA operations, maintenance and other policy conditions, as well as compliance with other stakeholder requirements.
Jacobs is also acting as the discipline lead for rail and building services — mechanical and electrical, and is being supported by sub-consultants B,G&E and Golder & Associates.
Jacobs’ senior vice president of buildings and infrastructure Patrick Hill said: “We are proud to be part of this important public transport project for Western Australia, and we look forward to contributing significant value based on our expertise in the rail sector.
“We recognize successful delivery for this project requires a well integrated delivery team that works seamlessly to meet tight review timeframes. As such, we are employing a partnership model with our sub-consultants, rather than a traditional lead and sub-consultant relationship.”
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