Civil Engineering Services: Pumping Stations and Pipeline Projects in New South Wales and Queensland


Civil Engineering Services: Pumping Stations and Pipeline Projects in New South Wales and Queensland

February 27, 2019

Pumping stations keep the fluid transporting segments of our infrastructure moving. In industry, they transport oil ashore. The black crude oil is delivered to a refinery, where it's processed in fractional distillation towers. For water pumping stations and their pipelines, well, these are the infrastructural assets civil engineering projects deal with on a day-to-day basis. As a rule, a pumping station provides plenty of initial impetus, but that energy can only go so far.

A Key Infrastructural Asset

Water is coming from a lake or reservoir. There's a pumping station built on the edge of a body of water in Queensland. No, the newest civil engineering project is set to begin in New South Wales. The Queensland service commences later in the year. No matter, the services are fairly similar. There's land to cross, and the pumping station will connect to a pipeline, but the land contours are already attenuating the computer-modelled freshwater flow. Next up on the agenda, there are more pumping stations to add to the design plans, which will keep the pressure high so that the flow conquers the land's numerous elevated planes.

Offsetting Elevated Land Issues

For both Queensland and New South Wales, there are mountain ranges and gently rolling hills to complicate matters. They have enough elevation on their sloping peaks to give a technical services engineer a headache, that's true. So a single-stage water pump house won't be enough to get the water all the way to its final destination. There's a second, perhaps even a third satellite installation to design. Using all of their resources, the consultancy service carries out a preliminary study, which routes the pipeline and pinpoints the location for the secondary pump houses. Simulations run, hydrology experiments are conducted, and, eventually, the component project parts, excavators and all, gather on site.

A Deeper Understanding

What's the alkalinity of the pipeline soil like? Will the trenches require a specialized borehole provision service? These and other questions like them are dealt with before a tool is ever lifted. Electrical engineers bring in power connections for the pumps. There's filtration gear to provide, too. No doubt about it, this is a massive project.

Civil engineering projects like this have a beginning, a middle, and an end. That principle works temporally, and it also applies as a geotechnical precept. For instance, there's the project start, where the initial fluid intake and filtration system sits. In the middle, there are pipeline routing issues and excavation permissions to handle. Then, whether the flow is heading for a Queensland farm's irrigation system or into a New South Wales city, there are valving arrangements, extra pumping stations and water receivers to construct, and a whole slew of civil engineering type problems to solve before the gear gets commissioned.

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