Technology Merit: Site Investigation


CH2M HILL (Denver, CO) for its successful investigation and assessment of explosives contamination at the WWII Defence Site Maribyrnon (DSM) in Victoria, Australia. For more than a decade, the Australian Department of Defence (DOD) had considered this project “too technically hard and complex,” and multiple assessments by other international consultants had continually been deemed inconclusive. Working in collaboration with the DOD, CH2M HILL assembled a cross-discipline, advanced-technology team of multinational civil engineers and safety, environmental, and explosives experts, who delivered a complex, custom-designed project in a very aggressive timeframe. Using historical explosive manufacturing methods as the basis for the work, the team began with a focused investigation of only those areas of the site that had the highest likelihood of containing explosives, and it completed the site assessment in record time and under budget. The work resulted in a significant time and cost savings to the client, enabling the DOD to move forward with critical planning needed to remediate the site and divest the 127 hectare property to the state of Victoria for redevelopment into a mix of commercial and residential property.