Egis was involved in the M5 East project from the tender period. It was the first design-construct-operate-maintain (DCOM) contract for a motorway contract in Australia. Egis was a 50% partner in the BHEgis JV, in charge of the operation and maintenance of the M5 East from 2001 until 2011.
Connecting the M5 and the Sydney Airport, the M5 East is an 11km 2 by 2 tunnel/roadway system. It has two 2-tube 2-lane tunnels, which are 4.2km and 0.6km in length respectively. The highway carries over 100k vehicles per day, and is a key part of the Sydney Orbital Road Network.
Our service approach to O&M was based on public safety, maximum availability of the motorway, ensuring assets achieve their durability and design life and maintaining the functional performance of the M5 East. Features of this approach include:
Our key measures of success in this project were:
The BHEgis JV was in charge of the integrated operation and maintenance of the M5 East, including traffic control operations, incident response, traffic management and planned and reactive maintenance of all tunnel assets, including civil, electrical, mechanical, fire safety and systems.
During the construction phase Egis championed the O&M aspects to ensure that they were given due consideration during the design and construction phase by providing review and comments. This included extensive design review during the D&C period to ensure whole of life and durability issues were accommodated.