Innovative Access Engineering shines at National Awards for Construction 2010

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Access Engineering Ltd. true to its stated vision of being “the foremost Sri Lankan business enterprise in value engineering”  won the only award given for innovation techniques in construction at the National Awards for Construction 2010 reinforcing their distinction of being pioneers in innovative technologies and construction methods in Sri Lanka’s construction industry.

This was in addition to winning four other National Awards for Construction, making the company one of the biggest winners of the night.

Access Engineering’s Optical Fibre Network Development Project (Phase 1) won the award for Innovative Techniques in Construction while their work on raising the Unichchai Tank Bund in Batticaloa, the Construction of the Kelaniya Railway Crossing Flyover and the construction and detail design of the Hikkaduwa-Mirissa-Puranawella fish harbours won the company Performance Awards under the Civil Engineering Projects category.

In order to effectively carry out the Optical Fibre Network Development Project AEL procured a Horizontal Directional Drilling Machine’ which has the power to install utilities under obstacles such as roads, buildings, railroad tracks, streets, rivers and creeks with little or no impact to the above ground surface. In order to avoid potential damage to landscape and other underground utilities, Access also used the ‘Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)’ system which can identify underground obstacles and existing utilities prior to surface penetration.

“We have some of the best available human resources in the industry which presently stands at 1400 employees including over 100 engineering professionals. This outstanding achievement would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work put in by our team of engineers which is why today we stand in the forefront of the civil engineering sector in Sri Lanka, rendering our expertise in diversified fields, providing turnkey engineering solutions including design, procurement, construction and commissioning of many multi disciplinary engineering projects for our customers in the public and private sectors,” Access Engineering Ltd., Joint Managing Director and CEO Christopher Joshua said.

Today, Access Engineering is an industry leader in many areas it operates and concentrates on core-areas such as; roads and highways, bridges and flyovers, irrigation and land drainage, harbours and marine work, environment and waste management, water supply and waste water management, dredging and reclamation, piling and buildings as well as telecommunication infrastructure.

Some of the recent noteworthy infrastructure development projects in the marine sector include the US Mega Ports project in the Colombo Port, Floating Jetty in the Galle Port and the re-construction and upgrading of the tsunami affected fish harbours of Mirrissa, Puranawella and Hikkaduwa, projects in the irrigation and water supply sector include the augmentation of the Unnichchai Tank, the Batticaloa Water Supply Project, Hambantota Water Supply Project, Aluthgama Water Supply Project, the Walawe River Salinity Barrier Project and the Weerayadi Anicut in Ampara.  The projects relating to Environment and Waste Management, dredging and reclamation area include the Greater Colombo Flood Control and Environment Improvement Project, dredging the Lunawa lagoon and improvements to sea outfall, sand stock pile at Muthurajawela, dredging works in fishery harbours and the Batticaloa lagoon.  The work carried out in roads and highways sector include Mannar- Thalaimannar Road, Kaduwela-Malabe Road, Kaduwela Town and Kadawatha Town improvement, Navathkuli-Mannar (A32) Road, Dehiwela-Maharagama Road and the Thirukodiyamadu-Trincomalee (A15) Road.  Work carried out in the Bridges and Flyovers sector include the Pannala-Maningamuwa Bridge, Aravi Aru Bridge and Flyovers at Kelaniya, Nugegoda and Dehiwala. Piling projects include piling work of Bridges, Flyovers and buildings for both in-house and outside clients.  Another noteworthy project is the island wide and Colombo metro Fiber Optic Cable Laying project where over 500 km of fiber optic cables have been laid by the company to date.

“We look forward to implementing many challenging projects in the future providing our team the opportunity to display their competence and skills, making our contribution to build the much needed infrastructure of our country while contributing to lift the standards of our industry,”  Access Engineering Chief Operating Officer and Director Rohana Fernando said.

Access Engineering is recognised with many accreditations with 7 ICTAD C1 gradings for various disciplines of construction, a major and specialist contractor by the NCASL, as an Institute for training engineers for the engineering charter for disciplines in design and construction by the IESL.  The company has received many business excellence and construction excellence awards for its performance and is an ISO 9001 and 14001 certified company.