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Projects

Projects
Data Centre

11kV Power Supply to Data Centre, Sydney

Project Highlights
  • Project was completed on time without needing to utilise the contingency budget
  • Achieved significant cost savings to the client through tender negotiation with contractors 
  • Only one design amendment required during the works without cost or programme impact
Managed By

Lachlan Pigott

Background

AREA3 were contacted by a client to assist in managing the delivery of a power supply project in order to increase the capacity of an existing data centre.

Considered a mission-critical facility, the power supply not only serviced the data centre, but was used to power the clients IT infrastructure and ancillary operational areas, which were in use 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The project had a number of unique challenges and requirements that needed to be taken into consideration to ensure a successful delivery.

Requirements

  • Provide sufficient infrastructure to support 11kV power to the site
  • Prevent unplanned disruptions to the tenant and existing facility
  • Maintain existing operations for the duration of the works
  • Project delivery must stay within the baseline budget and timeframe
  • Ensure energy providers design requirements are achieved in the installation

Challenges

Timings
With just over 8 months from commencement of project until expected date of delivery, the deadline for completion for works of this nature was very tight.

Location
The site being located in a live, high traffic area near major roads presents a host of logistical and safety requirements to overcome, and necessitated the works to be completed at night.

Coordination
Considering the varied needs of a wide range of government and private service providers, whose interests were not necessarily aligned with the project, collaboration needed to be front of mind throughout the works. The following were all highly involved in the project at various steps:

  • Energy supplier
  • Energy retailer
  • Meter providers
  • ASP1 installer
  • ASP3 designer
  • Contractors

Logistics
The long lead times of required materials, in conjunction with COVID-19 and industrial action at various points of the supply chain, meant logistics were an ongoing concern throughout.

Our process

Our experienced project managers took a systematic approach in coordinating multiple stakeholders and delivering complex requirements:

Collaborative tools and processes
All of our work is underpinned by a project management system which enables real-time collaboration across documents, version and access controls to ensure all stakeholders have the same information, at the same time.

This also enables 360 client visibility, enabling them to make informed decisions based on information from multiple touchpoints.

Tender
Tendering for contractors can be a time-consuming and expensive process.

We undergo a rigorous tendering process that’s been developed over many years to ensure all risk items and potential mid-project fluctuations in price and programme are accounted for before work begins.

During this project we provided end-to-end management of tendering activities including:

  • Creating tender documents outlining the requirements, expectations and responsibilities of the project
  • Co-ordinating contractor RFI’s
  • Assessing submissions to ensure they met the guidelines, and presenting these to the client in a like-for-like format
  • Managing commercial negotiations with contractors
  • Preparing final recommendations and helping the client make a final decision

Reporting and monitoring works

In projects with tight deadlines, programme tracking and providing accurate progress reports are a key function of project management.

During this engagement we were called upon to provide reporting for a wide range of stakeholders to prevent disruption to the provision of other services to the site.

We also provided bespoke reporting tailored to the individual needs of each stakeholder.

Deliverables

  • 1,240m of 11kV cable install
  • 2,830m of 33kV cable install
  • 368m of new conduit installation

Our Clients

Testimonials

Regional Project Director

David Guth

Following the highly successful launch of Stage 1 of Global Switch Sydney East, we chose to extend our relationship with AREA3 from Stage 1 into Stages 2 and 3 due to their professionalism, knowledge of mission-critical infrastructure projects, and the high quality of their work

Critical Services Manager

Barry Robertson

Your diligence throughout the project concept, design and construction is what helped the actual install go as smoothly as it did. You have all been a fantastic team to work with and we look forward to continuing our relationship with you all in the future.

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Associate Director Technical Services

Cameron Young

We have found them to be very professional and thorough right from start to finish.They did a great job capturing the project requirements and were very attentive to our requirements... the new TB workshop looks amazing.

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