• We quantify & qualify risks associated with the remediation of contaminated land and civil construction.

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  • We provide client side project management and advisory services to owners of contaminated land assets.

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  • We are committed to the implementation of the principles of LEAN Construction.

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Welcome to CARAS

CARAS works with clients to build the complete risk profile for a project by identifying the technical, financial, time and administrative risks for that project. CARAS provides cost effective design and construction delivery solutions through the application of Lean Construction principles and innovative engineering.

Services

Client Side Project Management

CARAS is a specialist client-side project management consultancy servicing the civil infrastructure and contaminated land remediation industries. CARAS offers practical and pragmatic advice which ensures our clients receive value for money throughout a project's lifecycle. Importantly, we understand the specific risks; commercial, technical, WHS and collaboration challenges involved in civil infrastructure and remediation projects. Whether acting as Superintendent, Client Representative or Project Manager, CARAS has a proven track record of delivering high quality project outcomes, safely, and within specified cost and time parameters.

If you're looking for skilled professionals with a depth of industry experience, we can help. CARAS' client-side project management services include:

  • Site Superintendent
  • Client's Representative
  • Contract Administration
  • Design Management
  • Project Scheduling
  • Project Cost Control
  • Construction Risk management
  • WHS&E Compliance Audits & Management
  • Project reporting
  • Management of Distressed Projects

Construction Advice

We apply our extensive knowledge and experience of delivering construction projects to provide logical and practical advice to our clients during project planning and construction delivery. CARAS' project planning and controls services include:

  • Project risk profile for construction and commercial.
  • Strategic planning of critical project elements and construction contracts.
  • Constructability advice on construction sequence and methodology.
  • Project budget cost estimation and pre-tender estimation.
  • Project optimisation of proposed alternatives.
  • Workshop facilitation with clients and other stakeholders.

Cost Advice

The inherent risks in earthworks and remediation projects creates a high degree of volatility in the cost estimation and budgets for clients. We use our extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge of industry rates to derive a detailed and traceable cost estimation for your project from first principles. We can also preform risk analysis using Monte Carlo simulation to weight the risk of each component in the estimate and give a probabilistic estimation of how much your project will cost. This allows our clients to plan their risk management strategies and control their project costs. CARAS can assist with the following services:

  • Preliminary Budget Estimates.
  • Detailed Estimates.
  • Cost Analysis.
  • Pre-Tender Estimate.
  • Pricing Schedules Development
  • Cost to Complete Analysis.
  • Probabilistic Estimation (P50/P75/P90).
  • Tender Evaluation Review.

De-risking Contaminated Land Remediation Projects

CARAS have formed a strategic partnership with EP Risk Management Pty Ltd (EP Risk) and the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences of the University of Newcastle (UON -Statistics) to develop accurate risk models for contaminated site remediation projects. We have developed a system that quantifies the risk and uncertainty associated with the remediation of contaminated land assets. This allows our client to prioritise risk management efforts on items of greatest impact to achieve the best available financial outcome. Our goal is to quantify the uncertainty and generate an accurate risk profile of the estimated Total Outturn Costs on a project.

The modelling is a powerful decision making tool and can be used for many functions such as:

  • Comparison of remediation options
  • Quantification of exclusions and qualification in tender submissions
  • Determination of appropriate contingency values
  • Target resource allocation for maximum impact
  • Selection of management controls to reduce risk
  • Challenging input assumptions and associated cost impacts

The CARAS System provides confidence to our clients in the accuracy of our results because we control and interrogate all of the input data:

  • Experienced CARAS personnel assess the inherent risks and baseline cost estimates
  • EP Risk provide the technical expertise and knowledge of regulatory compliance
  • Newcastle University review the mathematical modelling to ensure the statistical accuracy of results

Find out more in the Brochure here:

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Expert Reports

Our team of experienced professionals provide concise and in depth analysis of contractual and commercial disputes on construction projects. Our reports are built up from first principal analysis of construction methodology and cost breakdown which allows for robust peer review or workshop analysis with our clients. CARAS services include:

  • Expert witness reports.
  • Due Diligence Reports.
  • Valuation of Land Assets - Contamination Remediation Cost.
  • Factual Review of Project History.
  • Dispute resolution through negotiation.

The CARAS Team

NOEL STORAN

DIRECTOR

Qualifications

  • BE (Civil) ME (Env. Management) CP Eng.,
  • Licensed Asbestos Assessor

Noel Storan is a Chartered Civil Engineer with a Masters in Environmental Management and is registered on the National Professional Engineers Register (NPER). Noel has over 30 years experience in civil, building, infrastructure and remediation projects, delivering projects valued from less than $1M to $100M. Noel has extensive experience in the remediation of asbestos impacted sites, former quarry sites, old tip sites and industrial facilities. He provides expert advice in identifying commercial opportunities, construction methodologies, project costs and the implementation of budget/cost controls. Noel works with private developers, utility service providers, industrial companies, quarry operators, Department of Defence, Local, State and Federal Government.

Specialties

  • Project Risk Management
  • Construction Management
  • Commercial Opportunities
  • Cost Tracking
  • Budget Control
  • Risk Mitigation of Contaminated Land Remediation
  • Management of Stakeholders

NIALL BYRNE

GENERAL MANAGER

Qualifications

  • BE (Civil, Structural and Environmental) (Trinity College)
  • Diploma of Project Management (New England University).

Niall Byrne is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 15 years experience delivering civil, building, infrastructure and remediation projects. Niall's experience covers both client side project management and contract delivery. Niall provides leadership and experience to deliver projects from conception through to successful completion, whilst ensuring the highest standards in safety, environment and quality are achieved. Niall's qualifications in Project Management, WHS, and Lean Six Sigma allows him to continually champion a strong safety culture, assess risk, identify improvement opportunities and manage stakeholders ensuring CARAS' client requirements are achieved and exceeded on every project.

Specialties

  • Project Management
  • Client Liaison
  • Contractor Management
  • Project Control
  • Budget Preparation and Analysis
  • Tender Preparation and Evaluation
  • Scheduling
  • Claim Assessment
  • Construction Methodology Review
  • Risk Assessment

MATTIA BIANCHETTI FETTOLINI

Assistant Project Manager

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, University of Padua.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Engineering, University of Padua.
  • CERT IV Project Management, Australian Pacific College, Sydney
  • Asbestos Removal (Class A) and Asbestos Supervisor

Memberships

  • Engineers Australia
  • Australasian Land and Groundwater Association (ALGA)

Bio

Mattia brings his engineering and planning skills, gained from his varied international work experiences and studies at the renowned University of Padua, to the CARAS team. His sharp attention for details helps him during the initiating, planning, execution, controlling and closing out stages of a project.

Mattia is an excellent communicator and this, combined with his interpersonal skills, allows him to positively liaise with different types of stakeholders within the work environment. Mattia has a strong sense of organisation and the ability to methodically analyse problems which allows him to be in full control of every project.

Mattia continues to develop his technical knowledge related to the development, implementation and monitoring of project WHS, quality and environmental management systems. At the same time, he has demonstrated valuable understanding of the values regarding the risk management and analysis.

Mattia is currently working on several projects regarding remediation strategies for contaminated lands and civil infrastructure projects.

Experience

  • Preparation and implementation of CARAS QHSE documentation
  • Estimator Assistant
  • Assistant Contracts Administrator
  • Logistics Supervisor for PVC Doors and Windows Producer
  • Researcher on external strengthening of historical bridge concrete slabs
  • Feasibility Design of Residential Complex
  • Draftsperson Intern for Residential Building Construction Company

Contact

P: (02) 9745 5403
M: 0452 372014
mattia.bianchetti@caras.com.au

PETA POLYDOROPOULOS

Assistant Project Manager

Qualifications

  • Honours Degree Bachelor of Civil (Environmental) Engineering, University of Sydney

Memberships

  • Engineers Australia
  • Australasian Land and Groundwater Association (ALGA)

Bio

Peta brings her strong management skills and keen eye for detail to her role as Assistant Project Manager. Peta is an excellent communicator which has enabled her to oversee projects from inception to completion. Her strong organisational skills and methodical approach to work means she is in complete control of the planning, budgetary and financial aspects of a project.

Peta is an enthusiastic and dedicated professional who has gained valuable experience working a wide variety of projects ranging from industrial, commercial & residential building, demolition and remediation to large scale civil infrastructure projects.

Peta is capable of completing preliminary project cost estimates, project budgets, inspection test plans, environmental management plans and the construction schedules for clients along with developing the overall construction strategy for a project. Her strong understanding of relevant regulations and OH&S laws have ensured all projects have run smoothly under her guidance

Experience

  • Moorebank Intermodal Terminal - SIMTA
  • The Bays Precinct – Urban Transformation Program
  • Kendall Bay Sediment Remediation Project
  • Site Engineer for Mezzo, Glebe NSW
  • Site Engineer for CPWE Remediation Project, Banksmeadow NSW
  • Estimator Assistant for Polaris, North Sydney and Chifley Plaza, Sydney
  • Assistant Contracts Administrator for Polaris, North Sydney
  • Researcher on PFAS Remediation Strategies
  • Researcher on Waste and Recycling in NSW
  • Researcher on Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change

Contact

P: (02) 9929 2362
M: 0400 143 206
Peta.Polydoropoulos@caras.com.au

WAYNE WILSON

Procurement Advisor/Risk Analyst

Qualifications

  • Industry Trained throughout a 40 year career.
  • GC21 General Conditions of Contract: NSW Public Works.
  • Deacons Lawyers; Monthly Seminars 2007- 2010.
  • CRC Contaminated Land Conference.
  • CCF Annual Conference.

Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors (retired).

Bio

Wayne Wilson has been working in the Civil Engineering and Contaminated Land Remediation Industries for 40 years. Wayne’s expertise is in assessing the risk profile on a civil or remediation project to ensure that all construction risks are identified. Wayne develops a dollar estimate of the risks on a project from first principles based on his extensive experience.

Wayne’s career in the construction industry began in the Hunter Region with Hawkins Construction in 1974. Wayne served his time from the ground up and worked his way through the bid team at Hawkins to become an Estimator on major civil infrastructure projects.

He joined the P. Ward Civil Engineering in 1986 as a Senior Estimator and his talent was rewards by various promotions throughout a 25 year career culminating in his role as a Director of Ward Civil and Environmental Engineering Pty Ltd with specific responsibility for Construction Risk across over $80 Million of turnover per annum.

His experience includes business development, management of the estimating department, risk reviews, contract negotiations, development of a proprietary estimating software, management of external consultants and subcontractors.

In 2012, Wayne moved on in his career to become a mentor and specialist advisor in Civil Construction and Remediation Projects.

Mr. Wilson is recognized and respected by his peers in the industry.

Project Experience

  • Wind Farms Civil Works - South Australia
  • Pasminco Smelter Remediation – Hunter Region, NSW
  • Reconstruction of Fuel Storage Facility for BP - NSW
  • Cabarita Gas Works Remediation - NSW
  • Boral Prospect Remediation and Commercial Development
  • Boral Greystanes Remediation and Urban Development
  • Boral Moorebank Remediation and Urban Development
  • Kurnell Desalination Plant Remediation
  • ELF Stage 2 Singleton Army Camp – Hunter Region, NSW
  • Lady Robinsons Beach Restoration
  • Dawes Point Seawall Restoration

Contact

P: (02) 9745 5403
M: 0418 468 241
wayne.wilson@caras.com.au

Our Vision

Our vision is to apply Lean Construction techniques to the remediation of contaminated land and groundwater. This will reduce waste, quantify risk and improve project outcomes.

We seek to minimise the time, energy and resources expended by our Clients in dealing with problems and disputes that arise from:

  • Failure to plan and budget projects adequately
  • Overselling of capability by suppliers
  • Under estimation of costs and time for projects
  • Under performance of works during construction
  • Contractual claims that seek to recover costs created by the issues above.

Our Values

A well planned project is a safe project.

We promote the efficient use of resources to achieve sustainable results.

Make the RIGHT decisions, not the easiest or most popular.

Focus and apply all of your energy into the task at hand.

Accept the accumulated wisdom from all the problems you've faced and use it as a benefit.

Take responsibility for the required outcome. Don't wait for someone else to act.

We mentor and develop candidates who are willing to learn.

We will not compromise our professional standards and ethics.

Embrace risk that you understand.

Always deliver what you promised and keep people informed of progress status.

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Location

Sydney Office

02 9929 2362
Noel Storan: 0419 252 680
admin@caras.com.au

G11 283 Alfred Street
North Sydney NSW 2060

Melbourne Office

03 8542 7500
Pat Arundell: 0401 717 219
admin@caras.com.au

Unit 21/1 Ricketts Road
Mount Waverly VIC 3149