Australian Decommissioning Services (Ausdecom) has won the World Demolition Awards 2014 in the category of Contract of the Year Under $US1.5 million.

Shortlisted alongside finalists Keltbray, UK and Brandenburg, USA, Ausdecom’s submission was selected on the basis of its strength and focus on safety, project complexity, and on-time and on-budget delivery.

Ausdecom’s entry detailed its project for Arrium Mining in Whyalla, South Australia involving the Phase 3 dismantling of a redundant pellet plant at the Whyalla steelworks earlier this year. With many structures requiring dismantling using heavy lifting and specialised demolition equipment, the complex project demanded a high focus on safety and strong communications for successful completion of the job. The largest single lift was a 114t rotary dryer located 18 metres in the air on concrete plinths located in close proximity to the existing operational plant.

Ausdecom completed the project without incident or injury within the 4-month agreed contract timeframe.

Thrilled with Australia’s and Ausdecom’s first international win, Ausdecom General Manager Sam McKellar commented that the recognition vindicated the company’s focus on, and innovative approach in working very closely with clients on safety and communications.

The award was presented in Amsterdam recently at the 2014 World Demolition Summit. The 2014 World Demolition Awards celebrated the best projects achieved by the demolition industry in the construction sector over the period from June 2013 to June 2014.