Engineering students visit Nicklin Way site

September 21, 2017


University of Sunshine Coast engineering and environmental science students visited Pipeline Drillers' Nicklin Way site yesterday, to learn how science, technology and engineering are being applied to Unitywater’s Caloundra Sewerage Pipeline Project.

Pipeline Drillers HSEQ Manager Torben Lehmann, Engineer Daniel Politylo, and Mud Engineer Luis Bianchi hosted the event, explaining how HDD works as well as the 1.6 kilometre drill under Nicklin Way that will be the first of its kind to be completed in Australia. 


The soil mechanics students were not only involved in discussions about geotechnical investigation, hydraulics, mud engineering and horizontal directional drilling, but were able to see the impressive scale of the new HK SDD250 rig, Kemtron Fluid Recycling System, tooling and 900mm HDPE pipe strings.


Special thanks to course coordinator Dr Adrian McCullum for arranging this site visit. Pipeline Drillers hopes the visit inspired this future generation of engineers to consider working with trenchless technology and utilities.