15 Oct 2014

Brisbane-based company, IDM Partners (IDM) has the eminent Project of the Year Award for its successful management of Australia’s largest reconstruction program following the flooding and wild weather events that devastated many parts of Queensland between 2010 and 2013.

The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) awarded IDM the Project of the Year Award ahead of 113 other national entrants from a wide range of industries at the annual Project Management Achievement Awards held in Brisbane on 14 October 2014.

IDM was engaged by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to manage the reconstruction of more than 8,700 kilometres of Queensland roads in addition to rail and maritime assets following the cyclone and flooding events between 2010 and 2013.

IDM Director, David Flannagan said the weather events caused enormous social and economic devastation across Queensland including the destruction of the road network of a magnitude that had never been witnessed in Australia before. 

“It was an honour to work with TMR to rebuild the transport network and reconnect communities from Cooktown to Currumbin.

“To deliver the project funded by the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements we needed over 5,000 people to spend on average in excess of $30 million a week or $6.4 million a day over nearly four years.

“A project of this scale was not without its challenges, and we are very proud that the vast majority of the works were delivered on time and on budget,” Mr Flannagan said.

The rebuilding effort started in 2010 with a damage bill of $1.26 billion state wide.  Following the 2011 events this figure escalated to $4.9 billion and after the 2012/2013 events ballooned to $6.9 billion.

Mr Flannagan said IDM’s approach to managing the program allowed the team to integrate each subsequent weather event into the reconstruction schedule. 

“IDM has a unique approach to framing and executing programs that we call ‘de-risking’.  The success of TNRP showed that our methodology is scalable and effective across any type of program,” Mr Flannagan said.

“We brought best practice to a very unusual situation but it’s proven you can deal with anything thrown at you by the sound application of good program and project management principles combined with experienced practitioners.

“Our success in delivering the ever-expanding TNRP program relied on seamless integration with the TMR team, effective identification and management of the program risks, strong program controls, and a clear focus on safety and value for money in the delivery phase.

“To do this we needed to engage with and manage a range of project areas - including design consultants, procurement teams, construction contractors, communications specialists, and a wide range of program stakeholders.

“We worked closely with TMR to leave a positive legacy through this program, and it is pleasing to see elements of the program management structures being adopted throughout TMR’s business.

“These awards are well deserved by all the TNRP team members, including the TMR staff who demonstrated their commitment to seeing this program successfully delivered,” Mr Flannagan said.

The company received two awards for its work with TMR in the state awards in September. They won ‘Project of the Year’ and the ‘Construction/Engineering Project in excess of $100 million’ for its management of the $6.9 billion Transport Network Reconstruction Program (TNRP).

IDM is now a contender for the Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management Awards to be announced in Beijing in late November along with the International Project Management Association Awards being held in Panama in 2015.

IDM is a leading provider of infrastructure development and program and project management services, with a proven track record in the successful delivery of major infrastructure projects. The IDM philosophy is to deliver exceptional outcomes for clients, through the engagement of talented professionals and the application of robust program management techniques.