New York-listed Jacobs Engineering Group announced yesterday its appointment as client-side technical advisor to the Western Australia Public Transport Authority (PTA) for the Forrestfield Airport Rail Link in Perth.
The project involves the construction of approximately 5.3 miles (8.5 kilometers) of rail running underground in twin bored tunnels, which connect an existing above ground passenger rail line to the Perth airport and also connect the eastern foothill suburbs to the rail network for the first time.
It includes new below and above ground stations, and is currently the largest infrastructure project in Western Australia.
Jacobs’ is providing the PTA with a multi-disciplinary engineering and environmental team to review the project’s design and construction documentation. This includes reviewing and confirming the technical acceptance of safety critical systems and adherence to PTA operations, maintenance and other policy conditions, as well as compliance with other stakeholder requirements.
Jacobs is the discipline lead for rail and building services (mechanical and electrical) for the project, and is being supported by sub-consultants B,G&E and Golder & Associates.
Commenting on the announcement, Jacobs Senior Vice President Buildings and Infrastructure Patrick Hill stated, "We are proud to be part of this important public transport project for Western Australia, and we look forward to contributing significant value based on our expertise in the rail sector.
"We recognize successful delivery for this project requires a well integrated delivery team that works seamlessly to meet tight review timeframes. As such, we are employing a partnership model with our sub-consultants, rather than a traditional lead and sub-consultant relationship."
Photograph: Artist’s render of a station on the new Forrestfield Airport Rail Link to Perth Airport, Australia (PTA)