If Crossrail provided plenty of learning of opportunities, so too has Fletcher says Emma. “Coming from a rail project in central London to greenfields motorway projects was a steep learning curve… I didn’t know anything about earthworks when I arrived, and all of these projects (Hamilton, Pūhoi to Warkworth and Peka Peka to Otaki) are all about balancing earthworks. I’ve learnt so much about how things are done in New Zealand”. Each motorway project has also presented the opportunity to work with a range of discipline specialists (earthworks, structures, pavements) and further enhance her programming skill.
And with a range of major tunnelling projects ahead in Auckland – including the second Harbour Crossing, Central Interceptor for Watercare and the much-anticipated City Rail Link, Emma’s Crossrail experience will be invaluable. Over four years, Emma planned works across the £15b project, spending the first two years at one end of the tunnel programming the tunnel boring machine (TBM) works for two twin 6.2km tunnel drives and the following two in central London programming the works associated with a major interchange station including two platform tunnels, two ticket halls and the associated sprayed concrete lined (SCL) tunnels.
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