Arup to design and advise on upgrade of Australia's Bruce Highway

10 October 2016

The Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture has appointed Arup as designer for the upgrade of the Australian Bruce Highway between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway. The upgrade aims at improving safety, as well as reducing congestion – in addition resilience against one in a hundred year flood events are being designed and planned for.

The Bruce Highway is a 1,650 kilometre major highway that connected Cairns in the North with Brisbane in the South, winding its way along the Sunshine coast. The highway provides a key artery for people and freight in Australia, with efforts in a host of recent upgrades focused on improving the highway’s throughput and disconnecting local traffic where possible.

In a bid to improve the around 20 kilometres of the Bruce Highway between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway, the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads launched a planning study in 2010, with a tender for design and construction players launched in 2015.

Arup to design upgrade to Australia's Bruce Highway

The aim of the upgrade is to improve the climate resilience of the highway, such that it meets the local flooding resilience target of 1% AEP (annual exceedance probability; once in 100 years) for flooding events; as well as extricating local traffic from intercity traffic passing by Caloundra. The highway will also be expanded to 6-lanes to increase highway capacity and includes significant upgrades to interchanges to improve road safety. 

The planning announcement sees the Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture (FHSW) act as the main design and construction vendor for the project. Arup has been appointed by the FHSW to provide design and consultancy work for the further development of the project. Construction will begin late 2016 with completion scheduled for 2020.

Lee Hudson, Design Project Manager, says, “The Arup Jacobs Design Joint Venture is proud to be selected to deliver the detailed design associated with this planned major upgrade for a strategically important link of the Bruce Highway. By adopting a highly innovative design layout and incorporating a Diverging Diamond Interchange, we specifically targeted a project footprint which significantly reduced associated impacts on the Beerwah State Forest which is a critical objective of the project.”


Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

24 April 2019

BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines has confirmed a five-year contract with Capgemini to take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services in the UK. The deal will help BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines reduce the cost of IT from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria.

Since the firm’s UK profits were found to have halved in 2018, Capgemini has been working to improve its offering and attract new clients. In the summer, the global IT services consultancy combined a number of its creative wings to form Capgemini Invent, while a deal with Amazon Web Services enabled the firm to improve its cost-saving digital offering to clients looking for IT outsourcing work.

In the last year, Capgemini has subsequently won a series of contracts leveraging its IT delivery services on behalf of a variety of entities. The firm partnered with Statoil to deliver digital innovation across the company, as well as taking a role to innovate the fan experience of the Rugby World Cup 7s tournament, and replacing Atos as the IT services provider of McDonald’s

Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

Now, the firm has continued this surge of new business with the confirmation of a partnership with BAE Systems, which will see Capgemini collaborate on a key defence contract. Capgemini’s five-year contract with BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines will see Capgemini take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services for the BAE wing in the UK, including service orchestration, networking, hosting, end-user computing, DevOps, reporting and analytics, automation, and a digital service desk.

BAE Systems has been looking to improve its bottom line in the UK in recent years, and the move is aimed at transforming its Maritime-Submarines business IT delivery, allowing the company to take advantage of innovative digital technologies, create better user experiences, ensure high service availability, and reduce the cost of IT, from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. Capgemini’s IT solution was selected because of its ability to support the company’s evolving requirements, including the need to further enhance the responsiveness of the IT service, and effectiveness and agility of the delivery model.

Stephen Cole, CIO, BAE Systems Submarines, said, “As we embarked on this critical programme for our Submarines business that will deliver improved agile digital services, world-class service transformation and orchestration capabilities underpinned by very strong references were essential in our selection process. We are confident that Capgemini met these requirements and is the right partner for us. The team really understands where we are trying to get to as a business and its collaborative approach alongside its commitment to developing skills in the local area were paramount to our decision.”

Paul Margetts, Managing Director, UK Business Unit at Capgemini, added, “We are delighted to expand upon our business relationship with BAE Systems. Having worked with the company over the past four years, we have seen the tremendous opportunities for change that this programme presents and are hugely excited to be part of the journey at BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines, to help the company make a step change and satisfy new business requirements. We also look forward to increasing our involvement with the local North West community and Barrow in particular.”