Innovative Civil Construction Solutions

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In the growing field of civil construction, it is crucial for companies to offer a diverse range of services and products to fit the needs of their clients. Few companies realize this more than CECK Pty Ltd, a one-stop shop for civil contracting needs since 1987.

Like their many clients, CECK has grown and evolved since the late 1980s. “Back then, the company was actually Civil and Earthmoving Contractors of Kwinana,” says the company’s General Manager for Construction, Will Grobler. “Over the years, the abbreviation CECK became well-known, and as a result of that, the company CECK Pty Ltd was then registered in 2000.”

When the company’s four founders – all involved in the civil construction industry at the time – banded together to form CECK, it was to create an opportunity to deliver specific services to the maintenance sector at the time. One of the original founding members, Vince Princi, is still with the company and serving as Managing Director. As time went on, CECK grew, offering more and more services, and growing the company itself especially from the mid-2000s.

In 2005, CECK built upon their successful “one stop shop” philosophy when they acquired Plastech Engineering which enabled them to offer extensive HDPE pipe welding and installation, enabling them to weld large pipes up to 800 mm in diameter.

Just a year after acquiring Plastech Engineering, CECK expanded even further when they embarked on a strategic alliance with Probuild , and WBHO Construction. “They offer great support to CECK both financially in the form of performance guarantees, and also as far as access to critical resources, when the need arises,” says Grobler. “It also allows us to extend our services to a larger market sector.”

Ongoing Growth in Maintenance and Construction

Furthering the company’s growth, CECK divided its operations into the maintenance and construction divisions in 2007 and, in the same year, implemented their five-year-growth plan. At present, CECK is on track with their plan, and despite the worldwide economic downturn, has seen solid growth in both the company’s maintenance and construction divisions. The company, says Grobler, has developed core competencies that enable CECK to better suit the needs of their clients, which fulfills their “one stop shop” philosophy.

In addition to their existing services, CECK has adopted “a more aggressive approach toward the construction side,” according to Grobler. With a staff of about 200, the privately-owned company counts local government, utilities, and a substantial number of private companies among their clients. Able to handle jobs large and small, CECK enjoys a considerable amount of repeat business, and continues to expand.

“We’re a mid-size company at the moment,” says Grobler. “We are growing, and we’ve actually grown quite substantially over the last few years.”

Three Main Divisions: Commercial, Maintenance, and Construction

Presently, the company is structured into three divisions. The first is the Commercial Division, headed by Tim Creighton, who has been actively involved in construction projects across Western Australia since 1991. The second is the Maintenance Division, led by Mike Juffermans, who has worked in the industry in both projects and maintenance since 1983. The third sector, the Construction Division, is headed by Will Grobler, who has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and considerable experience in the civil construction industry since 1991.

Along with highly-trained staff and state of the art equipment, CECK is able to provide a wide range of services in building works, civil works, industrial concrete works, mass and detailed earthworks, dam/dyke construction, dust suppression, environmental management, HDPE polypropelene and plastics, horticulture/landscape management, road works, and underground services. These many services enable CECK to perform building construction, create industrial footings, safely remove contaminated soil and dangerous goods, build roads, install underground water and drainage pipes, and more. While many projects are completed in less than a year, CECK has a number of long-term maintenance contracts with their clients extending over several years, which are re-negotiated.

One of the company’s recent Dams/Earthworks projects was the Redhill Farm Stage 1 Landfill and Leachate Pond Construction, completed in March of this year. Built for the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council of Perth(EMRC), the project – valued just over $3 million – required the construction of a new Farm Stage 1 landfill cell, Class III Leachate Ponds and a Stormwater Retention Pond at the facility. The scope of the project was large, involving clearing of vegetation, approximately 170,000 m3 of earthworks, including excavation, construction of embankments, building a clay liner, building two Leachate ponds with collection pipework, constructing a stormwater drainage diversion system, and installing a massive (45,000 m2) HDPE liner and a sophisticated leak detection system.

“Over the last two years, CECK has developed a specialist competency with regard to the construction of landfill cells, tailings dams, and other containment areas that are under environmentally-sensitive conditions,” says Grobler. “Redhill Farm Stage 1 was completed ahead of schedule, where CECK was rewarded with an early completion bonus from our client.”

A unique part of the Redhill Farm project was the installation of an electronic leak detection system, a new and innovative technology which CECK was part of introducing to WA through the services of a specialist subcontractor from Slovakia. Installed with wiring below the landfill cell liner, the electronic leak detection system will not only notify workers of leaks, but pinpoint their precise location, no small feat for such a large area.

A number of CECK’s projects are being constructed in areas which are environmentally-sensitive, like Redhill Farm and Tamala Park, a job the company completed in May. Created for the Mindarie Regional Council, the $3,000,000 job required the construction of Stage 2 – Phase 3 Liner Works, requiring bulk excavation, crushing, and removal of materials, the construction of embankment benches, installation of liners, and a complicated drainage system. It is imperative that these liners do not leak, and that waste materials are removed in a manner that is safe for workers and the environment.

“We are familiar with working in environmentally-sensitive areas,” says Grobler. “We do a lot of process, transport, and disposal of contaminated materials within the context of our continuous maintenance structures or services. We’ve done a few secondary-containment installations around pipes, with leak detection and pressure relief systems. We also use remote control equipment sometimes in confined space areas, as a safety aspect, taking the person or persons away from hazardous areas.”

A great believer in workplace safety, CECK has fostered a culture of safety over the years, which is seen in all aspects of the project planning and implementation. They operate with a health and safety management system accredited to AS/NZS 4801:2001, and focus on the goal of creating an incident-free workplace; in fact, CECK has not sustained a lost time injury since 2004.

Complimenting the safety accreditation, CECK Pty Ltd also has certified systems in quality management accredited to AS/NZ ISO 9001:2000 and environmental management accredited to AS/NZ ISO 14001:2004.

“We constantly promote innovative improvements to the work practice through our recognition and rewards program,” says Grobler. The company gives out a safety award once a month to an employee who is recognized by other employees for his or her safety initiatives. Another CECK employee recently devised a practical, inexpensive casing to protect expensive chemical containers used by workers in the field. It is just one way that CECK Pty Ltd acknowledges the people who work for them, and satisfies the needs of the clients who retain their services.

“We always try to provide the lowest-cost solutions to our clients,” says Grobler. “Our relationship with our clients is valuable to us. We have an innovative and best practice approach with project delivery, where very often superior solutions are provided at the equivalent or reduced costs. We have offered in the past cost savings of up to, and in some instances, in excess of 25 per cent. With every project that we do, we see the opportunity to create a long-term relationship with that specific client. We’re not there just for that specific project; we would like to build that relationship, and get repeat business from the same client, and in many cases, we have achieved exactly that.”

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May 26, 2020, 6:47 AM AEST