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Water Network Infrastructure

‘Water for life’ is a long-term initiative of the United Nations. It is the lifeblood of communities around the world and we are proud to be part of the solution providing one of life’s fundamental resources.

FB service the water industry providing turnkey solutions for water network infrastructure projects. We are industry leaders in the installation of all pipelines and have successfully delivered countless pump station and reservoir facilities throughout Queensland and New South Wales.

We pride ourselves on our ability to work in greenfield and brownfield environments, with work crews and specialist equipment tailored to meet customer and project requirements.

Our capabilities include:

  • Trunk water mains
  • Reticulation mains
  • Fire mains
  • Transfer pump stations
  • Booster pump stations
  • Reservoirs – steel and concrete
  • Live connections
  • Valve and flowmeter chambers
  • QBCC Plumbing Licence for property connection and internal plumbing works
  • Trenchless – horizontal directional drilling
  • Trenchless – boring and micro tunnelling
  • Electrical control systems
  • SCADA integration

Wastewater Network Infrastructure

The World Health Organization considers safe sanitation systems as an essential service that is fundamental to protecting public health.

FB provide turnkey solutions for wastewater network and infrastructure projects. We are industry leaders in the installation of all pipelines and have successfully delivered the design and construction of pump station and overflow facilities throughout Queensland and New South Wales.

We pride ourselves in our ability to work in greenfield and brownfield environments, with work crews and specialist equipment tailored to meet customer and project requirements.

Our capabilities include:

  • Trunk gravity mains
  • Reticulation mains
  • Rising/pressure mains
  • Manholes and access chambers
  • Concrete wet wells
  • Precast and FRP package solutions
  • Pump station mechanical fit out
  • Network bypass pumping and tankering
  • Live connections
  • Trenchless – horizontal directional drilling
  • Trenchless – boring and micro tunnelling
  • Electrical control systems
  • SCADA integration
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Treatment Plants

The water and wastewater lifecycle starts and ends at treatment plant facilities. These facilities are the vital organs that enable the provision of clean drinking water and the safe disposal of effluents.

FB specialise in the design, construction and commissioning of water and wastewater treatment plants, typically in complex brownfield environments.

We have a dedicated treatment plant team that specialise in these projects across the east coast of Australia. Our treatment plant team pride themselves on their ability to collaborate with customers to provide value engineering through innovation and fit for purpose solutions.

We have developed strategic partnerships with industry leading consulting firms capable of providing multidisciplinary engineering services and operational experience.

Our capabilities include:

  • Design services
  • Value engineering and optimisation
  • Water retaining concrete structures
  • Chemical batching and dosing systems
  • Inlet screens and grit removal
  • Coagulation
  • Clarification
  • Aeration
  • Dewatering and sludge handling
  • Odour control
  • Piping and structural steel
  • Controls and SCADA integration

Asset Renewals

Key to the sound management of a water and wastewater network is a proactive infrastructure renewal program, which involves monitoring the condition of assets and undertaking upgrade works as needed.

FB have significant experience in the renewal of deteriorating water and wastewater infrastructure. Over the years, we have become the delivery partner of choice for numerous municipal water businesses and alliances managing asset renewal work programs.

The delivery of infrastructure renewal requires a different style of thinking to conventional project works. Sophisticated planning tools, dynamic work crews and specialised equipment all play a key role in these type of projects.

Our renewal services include:

  • Asbestos water main replacement
  • Hydrant and valve replacements
  • Pump station refurbishments
  • Manhole relining
  • Treatment plant equipment refurbishments
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Design and Construct

The modern world is driven by innovation, efficiencies and striving for continual improvement. This drive places the spotlight on optimisation and the need for a value engineered approach to delivering infrastructure projects.

FB are specialist water and wastewater contractors experienced in the delivery of collaborative design and construct (D&C) projects. The specialist nature of the business ensures our D&C solutions are not over-engineered and our flat management structure ensures our decision-making is efficient and responsive.

Critical to the effectiveness of the D&C process is our Project Controls’ team, who manages the project period between contract award and construction, ensuring design milestones are met with collaborative input for all stakeholders. 

We have strategic partnerships with industry leading consulting firms who much like FB, focus solely on the water industry and can provide multidisciplinary engineering, commissioning and operational services.

By combining the expertise of multiple water specialists, we provide customers with efficient, innovative and value for money design and construction services.

Remote Projects

FB recognise the challenges that our clients face when delivering infrastructure in remote areas. Whether it is supply chain constraints, encouraging local employment or the high-profile spotlight that is often placed on large scale projects in small communities, FB are familiar with navigating these challenges.

From Indigenous communities in Far North Queensland to drought-stricken regions in central New South Wales, FB will travel anywhere to support and deliver a community’s needs.

Our planning and engineering team understand the importance of hitting the ground running on remote projects, operating under the mantra ‘plan it once – deliver it right’.

We have a thorough understanding of the supply chain issues faced in remote areas and will often provide clients with alternate material options, to increase the quality of the final product and/or reduce future maintenance costs.

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Delivery Partners

At the core of every great businesses is its people and the relationships they develop.

FB have a reputation for developing and maintaining strong business relationships through collaborative, common goal approaches. This has often been recognised with FB being the delivery partner of choice for Tier 1 utility contractors, delivering programs of work and large-scale infrastructure projects.

With collaborative contracting proving fruitful for clients and contractors alike, FB commonly engage in partnerships and joint ventures. These collaborative approaches draw multiple delivery partners together to form a specialist team, that offers a niche combination of industry expertise, perfectly suited for the project and client needs.

FB have the ability to develop early stage risk adjusted cost estimates that can be used by our delivery partners during ECI and tender phases. We provide them with accurate early stage costings, while identifying key projects risks, likelihoods and any mitigation strategies that could be implemented during early project stages to reduce commercial exposure.

We understand that relationships must be mutually beneficial for both parties. We are committed to providing front of house engineering services free of charge, to like-minded delivery partners.

Trenchless Construction

The nature of traditional open cut pipeline construction can be intrusive and destructive. This presents challenges in protecting existing infrastructure and maintaining a positive community sentiment during the construction phase.

As a solution-focused business, FB always look for the innovative option. The use of trenchless technologies significantly reduces disturbance to the environment and community and can improve efficiency. Given its non-intrusive nature, trenchless construction commonly results in more positive responses from clients, community members, and other stakeholders. 

We have established strategic relationships with a range of specialist trenchless contractors and have an in-depth understanding of the commercial viability of the different systems available to the market.

This understanding is regularly applied by our Pre-Contracts Engineering team during tender processes, to offer clients potential value-adds through the implementation of trenchless technology.

FB have demonstrated experience in utilising trenchless construction methods, including:

  • Horizontal directional drilling
  • Auger boring
  • Micro tunnelling
  • Pipe jacking
  • Pipe bursting
  • Slip lining
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