M80 Ring Road Upgrade VIC

Client: Leighton Contractors
Project Value: 2.25 billion
Scope of Services: Strategic Advice, Time and Cost Management.
Project Completion: 2014

Project Overview

The M80 freeway project comprised the Western Ring Road and Metropolitan Ring Road, spanning 38km from the Princes Freeway in Laverton North to the Greensborough Highway in Greensborough. Over a seven to ten year period, VicRoads upgraded the M80 including the construction of extra lanes to ensure that there are at least three operational lanes in both directions for the entire length.

The works have improved freight movement, eased congestion, reduced travel times and improved safety. The M80 upgrade will be delivered through a number of contracts with different contract types, including an alliance for the Tulla-Sydney contract.

TBH's Role

TBH was engaged to develop a programme management framework outlining the reporting structure for the life of the project. A master programme and overall project cost estimate which enabled control and reporting at multiple levels was also put in place. This allowed VicRoads to make strategic decisions, manage its delivery strategy and identify time-based risks.

TBH played a multi-faceted role including managing all programming for the project team (including the development of all tender programmes and tender assessments) and providing independent programme monitoring for all contracts.

TBH was engaged as a planner working for Thiess in the alliance for the Tulla-Sydney contract and worked with VicRoads to introduce earned value management into its contracts and improve EOT/delay management processes. TBH was also asked to provide an independent cost estimate for the project and undertook a review of the four options, confirmed quantities and applied rates to obtain final figures.