During construction, our team assisted in segregating and screening contaminated soil stockpiles, providing guidance to the contractor on best excavation and soil handling practices. The extensive up-front material classification and effective site supervision reduced landfilling requirements, meaning soils could either remain where they were, or be sustainably reused on site. This approach generated significant cost savings for the client.
Among the many studies undertaken was a detailed review of the benthic environment surrounding Elizabeth Quay (the unique eco-system that exists in the lower levels of lakes, rivers or oceans) and a detailed assessment of the potential impacts from construction on the aquatic environment. Specific consideration was given to managing the impact on bottlenose dolphins and other marine fauna in the Swan River, including underwater noise and vibration effects.
The data collected and comprehensive management framework developed by RPS helped to significantly de-risk the project, with no delays experienced during construction as a result of environmental issues.