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Project Overview

Ensuring clients are always kept in the loop, Foreman-Sheean has an inherent ability to scale their workforce and deliver exceptional workmanship within tight timeframes.

The Bureau of Meteorology had identified the need for improved weather tracking and prediction in both range and accuracy throughout the Lake Cullulleraine region. They engaged Premier Building and Construction (PBC) to build a new weather radar, who in turn contracted Foreman-Sheean to deliver the electrical package.

The Challenges

Located on a greenfields site, the project was required to be completed within a tight three-month turnaround.

Adding another element of difficulty to completing the project in time, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed out lead times for getting critical equipment such as switchboards to site (which took over two months).

Scope of Work

The project required an extremely high level of quality workmanship, meticulous finishes and needed to ensure long-term sustainability.

Below is a snapshot of the full project scope:

  • Supply and install a new main switchboard
  • Install an underground pit and conduit reticulation
  • Equipotential earth bonding and grid
  • Cabling to supply equipment shelter and Radome tower
  • Wiring and commissioning of Genset and automatic changeover switch
The Outcome

Keeping the lines of communication clear and open, Foreman-Sheean ensured that PBC and the Bureau of Meteorology were updated at all times.

Navigating COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Foreman-Sheean worked around the clock to not only deliver the original project but to also complete additional works – all within the original timeframe.

“We engaged Foreman-Sheean based on their competitive quote and their proven capacity and experience to work to tight deadlines, without compromising quality. We found the communication from Brodie and the team exceptional. They always advised us on lead-times and kept us in the loop when there were equipment delays which were out of their control. This enabled us to keep the Bureau of Meteorology informed throughout the project.” Ash Cooper, Project Manager, Premier Building and Construction