How CurryPM used SurePact to Improve Flood Warning Infrastructure


About CurryPM

The North West Queensland Flood Warning Infrastructure Network (FWIN) Project, managed by CurryPM, aims to analyse existing flood warning infrastructure and collaborate with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and local communities to identify high-priority locations needing additional flood warning infrastructure capability.

CurryPM was appointed by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) to manage the North West Queensland FWIN project, ensuring its success. QRA is working with 28 councils to deliver this $8 million project to support recovery following the 2019 North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough disaster event. This initiative is part of the $242 million Category C and D Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) package, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments. 

The North West Queensland FWIN Project area includes 12 local government areas: Boulia, Burke, Carpentaria, Cloncurry, Croydon, Diamantina, Etheridge, Flinders, Longreach, McKinlay, Richmond and Winton. A dedicated Project Manager from CurryPM is overseeing the delivery of assets across these 12 council areas.

The problem

As the funding body, QRA has taken a hands-on role in supporting quick decision-making regarding project variations and promoted learning across the wider program. One initiative includes chairing fortnightly Project Manager catch-ups to ensure the best outcomes for the project.

The rural and remote nature of the sites, tight timeframes for deliverables, and the need for quick decision-making when connectivity is not always available add to the complexity of this undertaking.

CurryPM Director Michael Eddie highlighted the need for structured information collection, noting that within complex construction and infrastructure projects like FWIN, “key information can easily become buried and exacerbated by staff changes.” 

The project came with many challenges, particularly around managing digital location data (coordinates). Dealing with different file types, whether it’s reports, maps or graphs, it was important to have all this information easily accessible and presented in one place.

When contractors are at rural job sites, they need to rely on accurate data to ensure FWIN structures are being placed correctly, and one error when typing coordinates can massively impact the project.

“With no cell reception and hundreds of kilometres in play, contractors have to make on-the-spot decisions, relying on the information they have and logical decision-making skills. When out in the field, it is too late for a re-do.,” remarks Michael.

The solution

CurryPM turned to SurePact’s enterprise-grade grant management software to help them keep track of the project down to the highest degree of detail, while ensuring project-critical information remained up-to-date and accessible, and all changes were logged. 

CurryPM’s Project Engineers have used SurePact to manage the full range of data needed for the FWIN project, establishing workflows and delegations within SurePact to ensure the right checks are performed at the right time by the right people, creating assurances before work begins. 

“SurePact challenges the old system of spreadsheets and lengthy email chains that lack process checks and inherent security, reducing the risk of things falling through the cracks,” Michael adds.

One of CurryPM’s former Project Managers used SurePact during the initial site inspections, and under Michael Eddie’s leadership, the consultancy continues to rely on the SurePact solution for ongoing fieldwork.

The results

With 12 councils and over 70 sites involved in delivering the FWIN project, a single source of truth is essential.

“With all parties using SurePact, it gives us an immediate picture of where things are up to, rather than relying on email and phone call check-ins,” says Michael. “The workflow information is reliable and provides a level of assurance, which will create efficiencies and speed up the process for all those involved moving forward with the project.”

The implementation of SurePact has been well-received, providing CurryPM and the QRA with the tools needed to manage and deliver the FWIN project successfully.


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