Woolworths tackled various challenges while setting up Australia's first automated grocery distribution center. These included:
Construction: Building around a complex automation system and constructing a record-breaking 44m high rack-clad building.
Cost Management: Managing cost-effective design.
Stakeholder Management: Working with international contractors unfamiliar with local conditions.
Program Management: Integrating diverse local and international construction and automation codes.
In addressing the client’s needs, TMX implemented a strategic approach encompassing various key initiatives, including:
- Development of a comprehensive technical design brief.
- Design management and seamless integration of automation fit out.
- Coordination of infrastructure and site servicing.
- Oversight and management of the tender process for the design and construction contractor, along with other direct suppliers.
- Superintendency of the design and construction contract.
- Onsite management and integration of automation elements, with a significant focus on the integrated high bay works.
- Ongoing defect management and closeout processes.
The project was delivered in line with the original budget through cost-effective construction and programming solutions. Moreover, there was successful integration of automation and construction of the high-bay distribution center, marking it as the largest high-bay in Australia.