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May/June 2008 The only one worth reading.Turn me over for IRON & DIRT top valueofferings of used machinery!Rail work: both new track laying and renewal projectshave benefitted strongly from the application of GPS.SSIIXXWWHHEEEELLDDRRIIVVEEAARRTTIICCUULLAATTEEDDDDUUMMPPTTRRUUCCKKSSAAnndd ssoo mmuucchh mmoorree......G Soil Compactors GWheel Loaders G Long Reach ExcavatorsG Overhead Water Storage Tanks G Rigid-frame Dump TrucksG 6 X 6 Water Trucks GTrucks & Dogs G Low Loaders07 5491 4222Corner Eva & Lyon StreetsCaloundra, Queensland 4551www.tenkategroup.comUnbreakable tool Expert adviceTime proven designs Segregates materialSandvik Rammer Attachments Productivity in ActionTransmin Pty Ltd35 Denninup WayMalaga WA 6090Phone: 08 9270 8555Fax: 08 9249 Pty Ltd1/69 Crockford StreetNorthgate QLD 4013Mobile: 0439 899 Equipment161 Francis RoadWingeld SA 5013Phone: 08 8347 1110Fax: 08 8345 Hammers (Vic)Factory 3, 4-6 Somerleigh RoadLaverton North Vic 3026Phone: 03 9315 3788Fax: 03 9315 Equipment2 Madeline StreetStratheld South NSW 2136Phone: 02 9642 2030Fax: 02 9642 MovingDirt Magazine, Page 3.May/June 2008contentsIstanbuls hugeMamaray project.Page 10.Brian Rowland bringsGNSS productivity to twomajor rail projects.Page 4.The Hangzhou Bay Bridgehas opened Page 25.features4 GNSS technology brings substantial productivity benefits to rail construction jobs, as it has to roadworks.10 At present, Istanbuls Marmaray Project is oneof the worlds most challenging civil construction initiatives.12 Market Watch, our regular snippets about goings-on here and abroad.22 Sues Getaway this month, Gallipoli.25 Chinas Hangzhou Bridge opens.products6 Topcons LPS-900 affordable machine control system for small jobs.people8 Steve Cartwright has had wide international experience, prior to taking the helm at Dynapac Australia.Steve Cartwright is the newgeneral manager ofDynapac Australia.Page 8.Published bi-monthly by Kervilles MovingDirt Pty. Ltd.,PO Box 925, Paradise Point, Qld. 4216 movingdirt@kerville.comTel: 0407 672 238 Annual subscription: $49 p.a.Articles terminating with the following symbol are written byPeter Kerville, who asserts copyright:Kervilles MovingDirt Magazine, Page 4.The name of the game, asalways, is speed. Speed andaccuracy.In Western Australias remotePilbara region, the darling of the stockexchange, Fortescue Metals Group(FMG), set out to prove that it coulddo what it said it would do. That is, toconstruct a new iron ore mine 280 kminland and a new loading facility atPort Hedland, with a high-efficiencyrailway link to connect them. The long-touted objective was to make the firstiron ore shipment to China by May2008. As we go to press in May, thatfirst shipment has sailed on time.In all of its facets, this $2.3 billionproject is breathtaking. The logisticsinvolve, from a standing start, producingore at an annual rate of 46 milliontonnes by 2010. The financials involvetranslating a huge start-up loss into aprofit of $2 billion, within the sameperiod. And the initial mine at CloudBreak is only scratching the surface ofthe mining tenements controlled byFMG within a 300 km radius.As share market counsellors such asCitigroup observed back in January,everything hinged on the timelycompletion of the rail link. Mininghad already commenced, and the portwas almost complete. Theimplications for Andrew Forrest, mainshareholder of FMG and alreadyAustralias richest man on paper, wereenormous. Ship the ore, and the flockof Chinese investors that have beenhovering, will hover ever more keenly.Disappoint everyones expectations,and suddenly youre no longerAustralias richest man on paper.There are important strategicissues. In due course, analysts predictthat todays high iron ore prices willcome off the boil. When they do, thecost of getting the ore to ships sidewill become critical in defining thecompetitiveness of FMG versus theestablished Pilbara exporters,principally BHP Billiton and RioTinto. FMG has an advantage of 260km of track versus about 400. Therailway design features a higherminimum radius of bends allowinglonger trains to travel at 100 km/hversus eighty, with larger rail trucks of45 tonne axle loading versus 35t. Itsan open secret that BHP has beenoutstandingly unhelpful in whateverway it could, as FMGs plans haveprogressed. Its easy to see why theydbe concerned at the emergence of astrongly competitive supplier.As weve reported earlier, WAcontractor BGC played a pivotal rolein the railway earthworks, and CRKennedy with Leica Geosystemsequipment supported them stronglyon the GNSS front. The earthworkswere severely damaged with loss of lifewhen a cyclone came inland duringthe 2007 cyclone season and wreckedthe schedule.Laying the track by the deadlinetherefore assumed critical importance. Asweve observed, this is a separate speciality.The job was awarded to the LOR-TPIAlliance, in which Laing ORourke of theUK played a prominent role.Brian Rowland at that time thedistributor for SBG of Swedenhadintroduced Laing ORourke to GPSguidance of their track refurbishingmachine on a NSW project. It wasplain that SBGs GeoRail system hadspeeded up operations significantly.Laing ORourke purchased asecond system for the Pilbara, wherethey were real ly under the pump.It was a critical ingredient to finishingthe Fortescue line on schedule.In recent weeks Brian has sold backto Hexagon the distribution rights forSBG systems, and his company 3DXAustralia has exited the machinecontrol business, for the time being, atany rate. CR Kennedy is now handlingthe SBG products Australia-wide.As the swansong of this small butvigorous company, Briansachievements in WA and NSW areimpressive. Hes recognised in theindustry for being innovative, and atireless workerwere sure hell beback again in some role or other.For more details of the Pilbara job,turn to page 6.Kervilles MovingDirt Magazine, Page 5.The East Coast ProjectThe timing constraints for therefurbishment of the North Coast linein NSW have been of a differentnature. This is live track, as therailway blokes put it, and thecontractor has access to the site foronly a limited number of hours perday. At other times, trains are running.So its been an issue of how muchprogress can be achieved within thedaily time slot allowed.The objectives of the project,however, are equally dramaticindeed,stretching credibility, one might say.Intercapital freight betweenMelbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane runsin favour of road over rail, at present,by a factor of 80 to 20. Reversing thosepercentages to 20/80 is the long termtarget, and this requires more trainsand faster trainsachievable only if thetrack is substantially modernised. Talkabout aiming high! Not that itd be atthe expense of the trucking industry,because their own projections raiseserious doubts about whether thatindustry and the road infrastructurecould cope with future demand,anyway.Work on the Sydney-Brisbane railline by the Transport Express JointVenture (TEJV) is an integral part of a$400 million concrete railway sleeperproject undertaken by Australian RailTrack Corporation (ARTC), aimed atgiving rail transport a competitiveedge. ARTC is a CommonwealthGovernment quango that a few yearsago took over the trunk rail routes onthe east coast, from the three Stategovernments.Nearly 200 kilometres of newconcrete sleepers have so far been laid,from north of Newcastle to the NSW-Queensland border. TEJV allies LaingORourke with another multinationalgiant of the rail industry, UK-basedBalfour Beatty.The three-year contract involvesthe upgrade of the existing rail linkbetween Sydney and Brisbane toimprove capacity, transit times andreliability of the line, plus capacityenhancements in the Hunter Valley.Its not just a matter of replacingsleepers. In the process, the track itselfis being realigned, and that will allowfaster speeds.The project forms part of ARTCsMajor Works ProgramPackage 1,which aims to improve the interstaterail network, concentrating on theAustralian eastern seaboard betweenMaitland and Brisbane. The works covers 800km of therailway network and include newcrossing loops, extensions, andupgrades, together with trackimprovements. The project alsoincludes associated works such asbridge strengthening and levelcrossing upgrades along the route.This project means nearly 2.2million new concrete railway sleeperswill have been laid on the Melbourne-Sydney-Brisbane main railway line aswell as the Hunter Valley coal line,says David Marchant, CEO of ARTC.He explains that settling on concretesleepers, as distinct from the previousmixture of timber, steel, and concrete,is a vital investment to rationalisemaintenance expenses. Takenaltogether, this is probably the biggestupgrade since the original track waslaid, he says. On the way through wedeveloped what we call the PonyExpress delivery system, which seesthe Pony Express machine lay elevensleepers every minute, and thats theworlds best installation record,something were proud of, he adds.In the past, on single tracksections, one train had to stand idle,waiting fo