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    Breaking Ground: Acoustic Shed construction at City Square
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    Breaking Ground: Acoustic Shed construction at City Square

    December 19, 2019

    So we’re here at City Square. This is one of the three sites that make up
    the Town Hall Station. The other two sites are Federation Square
    and Flinders Quarter. So we’ve just finished constructing our acoustic
    shed. It enables us to contain all of our construction
    activities, so all light, the dust, the noise that we generate doesn’t go into the local community,
    and it allows us to work day and night shift. So the shed itself is a steel frame with precast
    concrete panels and they perform really well to attenuate the noise. So it’s 90 metres long, 23 metres wide and 18
    metres high. It’s a temporary structure, it’ll be up for
    approximately three years while we complete all the excavation activities and then it’ll
    be removed after that. Within the shed we have a temporary deck that
    we’ve constructed. That’s really important for us to get our
    vehicles in through Collins Street, into the shed to get loaded, and then out through Swanston
    Street. So the gantry cranes are mostly used to remove
    the material from the shaft and we also use it to get all of our excavators in and out
    and all our materials needed for construction. So on top of the deck we have all the material
    movements coming in and out, but really it’s underneath the deck that we’re doing all the excavation
    and the main works happen. Now that we’ve completed the deck and the shed
    we can focus on the excavation activities. We’re making really good progress with the
    shaft excavation, we’ve excavated approximately eight metres down. We have another six metres to go before we
    can start to tunnel under Swanston Street. The main bit of equipment for tunnelling will
    be a roadheader so quite a large piece of equipment that weighs approximately 70
    tonne when fully mobilised and that will enable us to do the tunnelling works for the Town Hall Station.

    John Holland safety fails on Melbourne Metro
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    John Holland safety fails on Melbourne Metro

    December 17, 2019

    Chinese-owned John Holland at again
    putting profit before workers safety on Melbourne Metro. Non-compliant scaffold Inadequate access and egress Crane lift outside of loading bay. inadequate protection for workers on
    live road No hard barriers No spotter and lack of dust suppression
    in a confined space Smoko I shed being used as a first-aid
    room: no stretcher, no bed No stands for leads Damaged leads Exposed wires John Holland at it again

    Breaking Ground: St Kilda Road tram occupation
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    Breaking Ground: St Kilda Road tram occupation

    December 4, 2019

    We are here today at Anzac Station undergoing
    a major occupation to realign the new tram tracks. This occupation is necessary to join
    the north and the south station box that is under St Kilda Road. The station box is 300 metres in length, 30
    metres in width and 22 metres deep. We are working 24 hours a day to reduce disruption
    to the road and tram network, demolishing the track, overheads, wires and road. This
    will allow the installation and construction of the new track and road. The construction of the acoustic shed behind
    me is aimed at reducing construction impacts such as noise, light and dust and is ongoing
    throughout the occupation. We built as much of the road and the tram
    alignment as we could before the occupation to minimise disruption to the local community.
    We worked closely with Yarra Trams and VicRoads to ensure a successful occupation.

    Rail Projects Victoria Graduate Program – Revathy
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    Rail Projects Victoria Graduate Program – Revathy

    December 3, 2019

    Hi, my name’s Revathy and I’m
    a 2018 Graduate Accountant. I applied to the graduate program as it provides
    structured training and development. It also allows the opportunity for graduates to
    undertake rotations across the business and also it’s a unique opportunity to work
    in a major project that benefits all Victorians. Being a project my day-to-day
    activities vary. The Finance team is actually responsible for overlooking both
    Metro Tunnel and Regional Rail Revival projects. My current rotation, that I’m
    working in, includes budgeting forecasting, financial operations and
    also includes communicating and liaising with internal and external stakeholders. One thing that I really like about the
    program is that we actually have the opportunity to learn and develop, and
    then also be able to provide value to the organisation. I feel like I really
    fit into the team. We all come from diverse backgrounds but we all really
    fit in, we have a common goal as well so it’s great to work in teams that we know
    where we’re going and we work well together, that’s special. I really enjoyed having a mentor
    within the project that comes from a cross-functional area so you get to
    understand what’s happening on the other side, especially coming from a supporting
    function such as finance, and also be able to expand yourself professionally
    and personally and be able to gain, reach a goal or common goal through your
    mentorship program which is something I really enjoy. If you are really passionate about the
    projects and want to work in transport and infrastructure, definitely look into applying.

    RetroStar Vintage Clothing – The Nicholas Building
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    RetroStar Vintage Clothing – The Nicholas Building

    November 23, 2019

    Hi I’m Rhiannon James, I work for Retrostar
    Vintage Clothing. I came to Retrostar, first of all, as a customer
    and just really loved the place Just found so many things I wanted to buy
    and got talking to the staff. I guess we realised how passionate I was about
    it they seemed to like me and now I work here. At the moment the most popular items we sell
    are 90’s clothes and 80’s clothes. The 80’s is just anything bright, anything
    loud. A lot of people who work here absolutely love
    it. For me it’s so daggy that it’s good.
    Grunge is in in a big way at the moment. I get really excited when we get a piece in
    that says ‘Made in Melbourne’ on the label. I just find that so great.
    Sometimes we get something that’s form the 40’s or 50’s,
    so that’s 60 years and it’s come back to where it was made.
    It’s just so lovely to see that, it’s magic. At Retrostar, you can get a 70’s shirt for
    roughly $29. You can get 90’s dresses from about the same, about $25-$29. So it’s not too expensive.
    Their goal is to keep things affordable so that people can enjoy vintage.
    It doesn’t discriminate, you can fill your wardrobe up with unique pieces. One of the most expensive things that we have
    sold that I can think of And probably the most unusual as well,
    was a Calvin Klein cape with a kind of pixie-hood. We believe it was one of his earlier designs
    because we couldn’t find any information on it.
    But we put it on the mannequin and within about 2 days we’d sold it for $390.
    The cheapest thing we sell is probably lollies for 10 cents.

    Metro Tunnel Creative Program: Pretty Little Things
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    Metro Tunnel Creative Program: Pretty Little Things

    November 23, 2019

    My name is Beck Storer, I’m the creator director
    of The Cutaway. We’re a community of creators who are really interested in the role of public
    art and storytelling in the public space. We’re the designers of Pretty Little Things
    which is an artist installation as part of the Metro Tunnel Project. We did a callout
    to all the researchers to ask them to share those beautiful things under the microscope
    that we’re not used to, those weird things, those strange things, and reinterpret them
    into really interesting abstract forms. My name is Katrina Mitchell and I’m a PhD student
    at The University of Melbourne at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. I submitted this
    scientific image which I titled “Fruit Fly”. So this shows the developing eye of the fruit
    fly and we study this because even though we look very different, flies and humans actually
    have a lot in common genetically. It provides a really great genetic model to understand
    growth, and it also can tell us a lot about human disease genes. My name is Nadia Rajab
    and I’m a PhD researcher at The University Of Melbourne and I use stem cells to study
    the immune system. The work I submitted is called “Differentiated Stem Cell”, what you’re
    looking at here is something I’ve made from stem cells and specifically cells in our immune
    system. I think it’s very easy for people to not see the beauty in science, but to be
    able to see something real down the microscope really brings out everything that’s beautiful
    around us. My name is Sapna Devi and I’m a researcher at the Peter Doherty Institute
    and my project involves looking at the immune system using advanced microscopic systems and
    so I see how these cells move around the body in real time. The name of my work is “The
    Stromal Network” and these are actually cells that are important in maintaining the structure
    of lymph organs such as the spleen and the lymph nodes. When we saw the research, these
    little slides, we would review every single one and as corny as this might sound they
    would speak to us about “Oh we’re going to interpret this one quite bold and abstract”
    or “This one’s going to be a more playful interpretation” or there’s one that is my
    absolute favourite that’s called the “Kangaroo”, and when we saw this one you don’t need to
    touch it because mother nature played an amazing role where you look at this artwork and it’s
    literally cells creating the form and shape of a kangaroo. The creative world and the
    science world you know we don’t tend to hang out a lot do we? But everyone is just loving
    the visuals of these, they find them really interesting, really quite different, and just
    intrigued by “What does this mean?”, “What is this?”. All the researchers that we’ve
    been speaking to think it’s fantastic.

    Breaking Ground: Void excavation at Anzac Station
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    Breaking Ground: Void excavation at Anzac Station

    November 22, 2019

    I am at Anzac Station, where we have now started
    bulk excavation under St Kilda Rd Here in the north box of Anzac Station, we
    have approximately 50,000 cubic metres BCM spoil to excavate Excavation is done through a void in the station
    roof. Excavating through the void allows us to minimise noise and dust for the surrounding
    community We will excavate to a depth of 20 metres from
    the ground’s natural surface level, and then install a strutting system as excavation
    proceeds to allow the stabilisation of the station Underneath the station roof, we will have
    an excavator to dig at the work front. And then drott or track excavator to push the
    spoil up to the void, and on the surface of the void we will have a telescopic excavator
    with a clamshell bucket, or a long reach excavator to actually load the spoil into the trucks Once we will reach the bottom of the station,
    we will pour a 1m thick base slab This will be the launch spot for the tunnel
    boring machine When the base slab is poured and cured, we
    will assemble a massive acoustic shed on top of the station roof to cover all the noise
    and dust from the TBM activities The pieces will be lowered through the void
    of the station roof, and then they will be assembled on our new base slab below ground

    GOATi – Nicholas Building
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    GOATi – Nicholas Building

    November 21, 2019

    So 22 Racing Series was kind of born out of
    two things. Firstly we make racing games and other games
    for publishers, and just in my own personal spare time I like
    vehicles, I like taking cars on the track or motorbikes
    on the track. That feeling, that experience of driving or
    racing fast. I really felt that there was no game out
    there on the market that really gave that visceral
    feeling of driving fast. They’re either too arcadey or too physics
    based. So 22 Racing is trying to solve that problem. Our idea with 22 Racing Series was to make
    not just a racing experience but to create something that’s really well
    targeted for E-Sports. So it’s gotta be fast and physical and have
    a strategy element. E-Sports itself is this massively growing
    industry. It started probably 20 years ago, just a few
    guys and girls in a small room and then it grew to hundreds and thousands
    and now it fills up whole stadiums. So because we’re focused on vehicle physics
    for our game. We actually got the contract to do some virtual
    reality driver training. As a part of that we have to create traffic
    would interact with the drivers so you could intersect and merge and go through
    intersections and roundabouts and all that sort of stuff. From that we’ve got this emergent AI traffic
    technology that can actually navigate road networks and intersections.
    The really cool thing about our emergent AI technology is that
    you don’t need real physical intersections to be built before you can study them to see how drivers respond and see what the efficiency of that intersection is.
    In ours you can throw these world-aware AI in there and let
    them work it out for themselves and behave like real drivers would
    so in that you could model a new design for an intersection
    before you actually have to spend the millions of dollars to build it. The Nicholas Building has got this really
    crazy and cool, eclectic vibe. There’s so many disciplines and so many
    different people doing different things. From fine artists to architects to people
    like us doing technology. It’s really cool quite and it’s a really interesting
    place to come to meet different people.
    You’re not just coming to an office where you’re meeting
    the same like-minded people everyday you’re meeting people with really different
    outlooks and really different interests.

    CareerSeekers Program – Meet Fares
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    CareerSeekers Program – Meet Fares

    November 21, 2019

    I am originally from Syria.
    I am a mechanical engineer. I opened my own small business, but the war
    started, and I moved with my family to Australia supported by an Australian Government humanitarian visa. When I arrived it was good weather, but the
    next day, cloudy and it’s raining! But something in Australia that is very important,
    you can develop your professional skills. For me, the Metro Tunnel Project, means a lot. My position is Fuel and rental plant clerk.
    Every day I have to inspect all the plant on site to ensure there are no problems, no
    damage and can deliver all jobs on time.
    I improved my communications skills. I gained a lot of experience from my colleagues,
    from professionals. Every day you can learn, you find every day something new. I will never forget about Aussie slang
    I heard on site, ‘lizard’. When I heard that for the first time, I am
    thirsty like a lizard I didn’t understand what it means
    I looked around, what is ‘lizard’? After that, I heard it means thirsty, you
    need to drink water. Now my wife and my children, they are more settled and they have made another step forward to also develop in school or the community. This is very
    important also because Australia is multi-cultural, you’re
    involved in that community more and more and more and you feel like you belong in this land.

    CareerSeekers Program – Meet Hassan
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    CareerSeekers Program – Meet Hassan

    November 21, 2019

    I’m originally from Syria in the Middle
    East. I’m a civil engineer, since 1998. Awfully in 2011, the civil war in my country
    started and that caused my work to stop completely within one year. In that time, I lost my house, lost my car,
    lost my work. I got a chance for a humanitarian visa with
    my wife and two kids. I arrived in Melbourne in May 2017. It was hard times, until we made a settlement. Then I did some professional courses to facilitate
    evolving in my industry which is construction and management and projects. I was so confident in my abilities, in my
    experience, but I just searched for an opportunity that would help me reach a good project. That came by CareerSeekers. They prepared
    for me a three-month paid internship. After finishing 12 weeks, CYP management informed
    me that I got a permanent role in the project. It’s something that’s made be proud probably
    for a lifetime. I’ve got a position, as a Site Engineer. It’s a new task for me in my career history. I’m working now on this iconic project. My younger boy, he is thirteen years old.
    He became so proud of me. So proud of his family, and the same with my younger girl. The second day she declared to all of her
    teachers and school colleagues that “my father, he is working on one of the biggest
    projects in Melbourne.”