Infrastructure

Townsville Ring Road Stage 4

This project was the final stage of construction required to complete the Townsville Ring Road link, a 22 km freight bypass of Townsville.

A total of 11 km of highway was constructed during this stage, including:

  • 8 bridges
  • 80 culverts
  • 1.6 million tonnes of imported embankment
  • 300,000 tonnes of pavement material

Earthworks, drainage, pavement, retaining walls, concrete barriers, signs and finishing works were also part of the project.

RUD Australia was engaged by Humes Holcim to engineer a lifting design to position the deck units and piles.

RUD completed the lifting design for all the deck units and piles for Humes Holcim.

This involved the design of a 35t x 25m modular spreader beam – manufactured, proof loaded and certified by RUD Australia in Brisbane, including the use of innovative cast in lifting hoops – a safer and efficient solution for lifting heavy pre-stressed units.

The spreader beam improved safety and efficiency for lifting heavily prestressed units.

There were a number of benefits for Humes Holcim:

  • Modular and lightweight design, at half the weight of other beams
  • Cost-efficiency and fast production turnaround
  • Long-term asset gain to the crane fleet, increasing versatility and capability
  • Design, manufacture, proof loading and certification completed by RUD Australia.

The lifting hoops also had some resulting benefits:

  • Safer to manufacture and use
  • Easy to inspect and install
  • Tagged with the Working Load Limit (WLL) rating.
RUD Australia’s safe, lightweight and cost-effective lifting solution ensured that ring road construction could progress under tight timeframes.

Speak to a RUD Australia expert to find out how our engineering expertise can help you manage project risks and schedules.

  • The most important aspect of any lifting device is its safety performance

    The most important aspect of any lifting device is its safety performance – on the TRR4 project we required a lightweight multipurpose modular spreader beam. RUD and Bullivants were able to meet our specific requirements for WLL, multiple spans and most importantly the tight delivery time frame. The spreader beam has been simple and easy to use and a real asset to this project. We were very pleased with the performance of the RUD Cast-in Lifting Hoops and the RUD Vario spreader beam, and look forward to using them in the future on further projects.

    Reon Knowler Project Engineer, Seymour Whyte
  • The RUD team were able to design, manufacture and supply a cost effective solution

    The RUD team were able to design, manufacture and supply a cost effective solution for the TRR4 where others could not. RUD worked within the performance requirements and time constraints to deliver a practical solution to these critical lifts. We see our long term relationship with RUD more as a partnership than supplier and customer. RUD’s service and product support are excellent and their team of industry specialists is always on hand to answer any of our questions.

    Paul Denison Branch Supervisor, Bullivants Townsville
  • Humes Townsville have used the RUD Cast-in Lifting Hoop on numerous projects in the Townsville Area

    Humes Townsville have used the RUD Cast-in Lifting Hoop on numerous projects in the Townsville Area. In TRR4 a combination of 12.5t, 16t and 20t hoops were used in both prestressed piles and decks. The engineers at RUD compiled the lift plans in accordance with TMR requirements and worked with Hume to ensure a timely delivery schedule was adhered to. The Cast-in Lifting Hoops are cost effective to use, quick and easy to install and handle. The wide range of sizes/capacities available gives the site team confidence in designing the most suitable lifting arrangement for each pre-cast element. The pre-cast team at Humes Townsville recommends the use of the RUD Cast-in Lifting Hoop and we look forward to being able to use them on future projects and across all products.

    Ken Weir Production Manager, Holcim Australia
  • This beam is simply the best in town and is a real asset to our Crane Fleet

    This beam is simply the best in town and is a real asset to our Crane Fleet! It gives Townsville Cranes a competitive advantage as other beams of similar size are twice the weight. We look forward to working with RUD again to increase the capability of our rigging gear throughout the fleet.

    Mick Pearson General Manager, Townsville Cranes

What Our Clients Say About RUD Australia

  • Laurie Patterson

    “Half the amount of gear for the same result”

    Patterson Crane Hire loves a challenge and RUD lifting gear helps us solve these challenges. The weight saving gains when we use their Grade 120 ICE range really makes a difference and minimises our risk when we are managing difficult, heavy lifts. Simply put, this is why we choose to work with quality suppliers like RUD.

  • Graeme Jones
    Operations Manager, Holcim Werribee

    “Safety and expertise a key factor for Holcim”

    At Holcim (Werribee) we rely on RUD Tyre Protection Chains. Their strong expertise and professionalism is on display when they fit and maintain our chains on site. The team works hard to keep us safe, enable our machines to stay in operation and minimise our costs.

  • Marcus Ghikas
    Managing Director, Air and Allied

    “Quality suppliers and supportive business partners, recommended without hesitation”

    Air & Allied Sales (Pacific) has partnered with RUD Chains for the past 25 years to deliver outstanding engineered solutions. The professional and continued relationship with Ian and his team allows us to continue to support our customers above and beyond their needs.

    Our recent requirements have pushed the limits of a standard supplier’s capabilities, but RUD Chains have never waivered in their scaled supply. As a result, we have been able to meet surges in demand without issue, passing on the excellent support offered by RUD Chains to our own customers.

    RUD Chains are both quality suppliers and supportive business partners, and we would recommend them without hesitation.

  • Richard Devereux, Managing Director
    ACRAN

    “RUD Chain Drives provide a controlled drive solution for engineering challenge.”

    As Managing Director of ACRAN, we are always excited to provide innovative and quality technical solutions to the market for industrial ventilation, filtration and noise control solutions.

    Recently we completed a project where RUD chain drives provided a controlled drive solution for an Engineered lift and fulfilled the requirements. ACRAN is grateful for the technical and on-site support provided by RUD Chains and look forward to completing future projects together as a trusted partner.

  • Sarah Forbes
    Gemilang

    “Australian Made Endurequip Hoists provide a safe and reliable maintenance system to deliver new bus fleets.”

    At Gemilang, we’re confident that our high-quality Endurequip-made Portalifts and vehicle stands will continue to serve us well as we build more buses for the Australian market. These provide us unparalleled underbody access, thereby giving our clients the reassurance that every single bus component, from top to bottom, is designed, manufactured, secured and inspected thoroughly by our engineers and technicians.

  • Gavin Witton
    Project Leader, CQCN North Wagon Operations, Aurizon

    “Service Levels from design through to commissioning unmatched by others”

    The team at Jilalan appreciate the quality service you provided in the design, fabrication and commissioning of our platforms for our Wagon remediation project.

    RUD’s attention to detail and great communications skills ensured that our project was completed to the highest standard and exceeded our expectations.  From the start of the procurement process you committed to ensuring time frames could be met and delivered quality products as per agreement. We are grateful for this as no other company we contacted could make these commitments.

  • Jim Grima
    Grima Recycling

    “RUD service compliments RUD system quality”

    Grima Recycling have been working the team at RUD in realising our plant expansion project. The modular RUD chain conveyor has proved to be reliable and effective for the transfer of of our recycled products from the loader hopper and up the inclined slop as part of our new process line. The regular contact and support provided by RUD compliments the RUD system quality. 

  • Forbes Day, Operations Manager
    Enco Precast Pty Ltd

    “RUD Engineering support and expertise a real asset”

    ENCO Precast have been involved with RUD for over 10 years now, predominantly for the supply of the Philipp Group Lifting Hoops for Prestressed Precast Concrete elements for bridges. The engineering support led by RUD’s Engineering Manager Matt Pauli is always outstanding and has kept us loyal to RUD.

  • The Jundee Nickel Mine
    Western Australia

    “RUD Toro X19 chains have surpassed all of our expectations”

    RUD’s service and product support have been excellent. We are happy to recommend RUD to anyone who has problems with their tyre life.

  • Paul Denison
    Bullivants Townsville

    “The RUD team were able to design, manufacture and supply a cost effective solution”

    We see our long term relationship with RUD more as a partnership than supplier and customer. RUD’s service and product support are excellent and their team of industry specialists is always on hand to answer any of our questions.

We work with clients of all sizes, and across all sectors to help solve your business challenges.