Bringing You Safely Over the River

Delaney Civil

How hard could it be after all? In school, we did it with Paddle Pop sticks without issue! In real life, though, building a bridge requires a great deal of mathematical modelling, a keen understanding of physics, and frankly, a fair helping of guts, because after that bridge is built millions of commuters will travel over it with nary a thought as to what exactly makes it work or what could possibly go wrong. Rain or shine, that bridge must be able to stand up to the test of time.

Next to the world’s tallest skyscrapers, bridges are essentially the toughest structures in the world. Built with unforgiving steel and concrete, they are also among the most interesting structures, yet many of us take them for granted. Delaney Civil does not. This civil engineering company not only constructs bridges, but inspects them, builds roads, and constructs wharfs to a very high standard of quality and longevity.

Delaney Civil was founded by Gerry Delaney in 1999, and was originally a specialised earth moving contractor that predominantly worked with the larger Tier 1 companies. Eleven years ago when Aram Vesmadian, the current Operations Manager, joined the company, Delaney Civil began transitioning into the role of principal contractor.

This shift in roles enabled the company to diversify its offerings, and it began to provide road works as well as earth moving packages and detailed excavation work. From there the company expanded its services further to include bridge works. With Delaney Civil’s breadth of experience, it was a very natural progression.

The business then became a major contractor for local councils and other public sector clients. With its recent acquisition of a demolition license, the company is now a true one stop shop for anyone needing a contractor who can demolish an existing bridge and build a new one without having to look further afield.

According to Mr Vesmadian, the company’s complete range of services “allows us to carry our bridge replacement projects through from site-setup, to traffic bypass, to demolishing the existing bridge, to constructing the new bridge and also to do any road work or re-alignments that might tie into the project. We are a nationally prequalified road and bridge contractor under the national prequalification scheme, which sometimes is a mandatory prerequisite for some of the government projects that we do undertake.”

Over the past few years, Delaney Civil has also entered into the design and construct side of bridge work, and offers bridge inspection services provided by its professionally qualified team members. The company can truly take a project all the way from start to finish.

“We can have a look a look at the maintenance side of things and give possible solutions to asset management, and if need be we can design and construct a new bridge if any remediation needs to be done,” explains Mr Vesmadian. “Not having to outsource any of those activities gives us a lot of flexibility and control, allowing us to bring projects to completion on time and within the budget.”

When designing a project, Delaney Civil works in tandem with a design team, ensuring that the appropriate construction methods are built into the design from inception. Based on that method the design consultants can produce a draft that is an exact fit for the project at hand, and certify it as ready for construction.

Delaney Civil’s head office is located in Rouse Hill, but its work can be found throughout regional New South Wales. Presently, the company employs approximately 20 individuals, with some variability depending on project load.

“We have about 15 to 20 employees depending on the jobs that we are undertaking,” Mr Vesmadian explains. “We typically undertake three to five projects at a time and if need be we bring on subcontractors to help with anything larger or to do specialised work like cranage, asphalt works or concrete finishing works.”

For purposes of safety and quality, Delaney Civil is very particular about both its workforce and its fleet of equipment. Most of the employees who work for the company have at least 5 to 10 years of experience within the industry, and the business maintains very strict guidelines in its recruitment process, ensuring that the right person is hired for the job and no mistakes are made. “We need people who are experienced, willing to travel and that generally fit into our work culture,” says Mr Vesmadian.

To this end, the company’s senior staff as well as its site supervisors are all qualified engineers, giving Delaney Civil a true selling point in the market. Such an environment encourages the free exchange of ideas, leading to the optimal solution for every project. As Mr Vesmadian explains, “A lot of planning goes into our jobs, and given the engineering backgrounds that we have the whole planning process almost comes as second nature. We feel that our efficiency is the key to our success.”

Typically, Delaney Civil constructs its bridges in-house utilising concrete precast girders, and steel substructures or superstructures can also be incorporated into the design where appropriate. Delaney builds its bridges girder by girder to ensure maximum performance, employing pre-tension and post-tension concrete construction techniques.

Delaney Civil operates under a comprehensive integrated management system, and the management team ensures that it is available to staff members and to customers at all times. As Mr Vesmadian says, “Carrying out our jobs in a safe manner is of the utmost importance to us, signifying our ‘Home Safely Policy’; finding a way to get a task done that will allow us all to go home safely is the number one priority of upper management… this responsibility goes right down to our site supervisors and to our personnel.” Essentially, it is not the bridge which comes first; Delaney Civil makes the people who give life to the bridge the priority, an approach which has proven to be a key factor in the company’s ongoing success.

Looking to the future, the company is aiming to expand. Delaney Civil’s technical capabilities have only grown, while the philosophies and values which guide its operations have remained unchanged since its launch. Perhaps the next time you’re driving over a bridge, look over the side and take a look at what’s down there and marvel at the sheer power that’s underneath you as you travel up and over, to the other side, and safely home to your loved ones.

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September 25, 2020, 8:25 PM AEST