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Integrated Marine Operations Centre

Completion year 2018

Disciplines
Civil, Structural


Markets
Transport


Offices
Perth


Key People

Gary Sollitt

Structural Project Engineer, Principal

Travis Demeza

Senior Civil Project Engineer, Australian Discipline Leader, Associate

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Port Hedland’s Integrated Marine Operations Centre (IMOC) will replace the existing and outdated Shipping Control Tower. The new facility will:

  • Control the marine operations of the port, including vessel movements in the inner harbour through the channel and off-shore anchorage
  • House best practice Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Systems and state-of-the-art equipment for the harbour master function, dredging management, port security, marine pilot briefing facilities and improved incident control capability
  • Support 6,000 vessel movements through Port Hedland port in 2018

Project features:

  • The building is over 50m high, located on the peninsula forming the main entrance of the port, with coastal sightline of 270 degrees
  • It is future-proofed for further development as an operational hub for the north west coastline
  • The building’s structural form was designed to be repetitive and simplified to aid construction
  • It is the most significant control tower on the WA coast in the last 25 years

Project challenges:

  • Working in cyclone area (Wind Region D) and staging construction in line with cyclone season
  • The building classification as post-disaster building, level 4 means it must be operational immediately following a disaster event. The design responded to a more critical/onerous criteria
  • The remote location required a focus on prefabrication and transportation logistics
  • The building is situated on reclaimed land with a high water table, requiring a pile solution and a plan to deal with contamination

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