Following the magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Kaikoura on the 14th November, as we all know, Kaikoura and its supporting infrastructure were left in a severely damaged state. The entire South Island has moved approximately 5m closer to the North Island and national roads have been closed for an unknown amount of time. To remedy this as fast as possible, the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) was required to mobilise available heavy machinery to deliver infrastructure services as soon as possible. NCTIR is an alliance created to restore access to the coastal road and rail corridor north and south of Kaikoura. It is made up of the NZ Transport Agency, KiwiRail, Downer, Fulton Hogan, Heb Construction and Higgins.
Heavy machinery was mobilised from around the country, and with the help of BVT, existing components for a number of machines were modified where necessary to suit the task at hand. To ensure that the steel work would not break and the design would meet today’s stringent certification standards, BVT were engaged to provide Finite Element Analysis (FEA) services. This allowed rapid iterations of the design concept and fabrication over a two week period. NCTIR contractors worked closely with BVT to meet the timelines, the result being that NCTIR was able to provide all of the machinery required to get the job done with minimal disruptions.
BVT are proud to work alongside contractors delivering critical services to the country and look forward to future projects.