Innovation

Generating and designing innovative engineering solutions requires creative thinking and an enthusiasm for problem solving. Within Porter Consulting Engineers, we have the broad ranging experience and creative mind-set which results in successful innovation. Here are some examples of innovative engineering solutions designed and implemented by our engineering consultants in WA:

Fitzgerald Street Roundabout, Town of Northam

The Town of Northam needed a method to control the everyday traffic using the Fitzgerald Street intersection but provide a clear intersection annually for the Northam Flying 50 car race. Porter Consulting Engineers designed a segmented, removable roundabout complete with inner planters while maintaining the appearance of a permanent structure.

The entire roundabout can be easily removed and is done so using the Council’s existing equipment – it was not necessary to purchase or hire extra equipment to manage the removal.

Retaining Walls, Leda, Town of Kwinana

This involved the use of pre-cast retaining walls to convert an existing WA subdivision, formed on natural land contours, into level, saleable blocks. The retrofitting of pre-cast components minimised disruption to existing services and roads.One of the main advantages of this innovative method was the ability to install the retaining walls and backfill in the same process. The pre-cast system was provided by Geocrete.

Danti’s Garden Estate Stage 1, Darch, City of Wanneroo

This project was a residential subdivision on a former market garden site that required innovative planning, co-ordination and contract administration. The client’s requirements involved splitting the process of creating a sub-division and obtaining approvals. Porter Consulting Engineers was instrumental in convincing the Council to allow the processes to be split. The innovation was in finishing the land works and below ground services then building the homes before surfacing the roads, constructing kerbs and pathways and landscaping verges.

By splitting the process major damage to roads, kerbs, verges, paths and landscaping, which is often caused during the building stage, was eliminated.