Cyclone Pam Road Reconstruction Project (Loan 49319-001-VAN): Design and Supervision Consultant

Name of Client:
Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities


Length of Consultancy Assignment:
Start Date:  12 September 2016
Completion Date:  27 November 2016

Detailed Narrative Description of Project:

The project aimed to support the efforts of the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu to reconstruct and climate- and disaster-proof the transport sector infrastructure on Efate ring road damaged by the Tropical Cyclone Pam floods and storm surges during 12-14 March 2015. The impact would be accelerated economic and social recovery in Vanuatu’s cyclone-affected provinces. The outcome will be socioeconomic activities restored to at least pre-cyclone levels. The project output was reconstructed and improved climate- and disaster resilience transport infrastructure in damaged locations on Efate ring road.

The civil works would include (i) 10 km of road rehabilitated; (ii) eight major stream crossings and their approach roads rehabilitated and protected; (iii) minor damage to nine bridges or box culverts and causeways repaired, and debris cleared; (iv) 200 m of river channel realigned (upstream and downstream), and river training structures constructed; (v) 1,000 m of sealed pavement protected against erosion from storm surge; (vi) 8 km of roadside and cross-road drainage improved; (vii) six culvert headwalls reconstructed; (viii) 250 m of guard rail reconstructed; (ix) 180 m of riverbanks protected; (x) a 100 m by 50 m landslide at Klem’s hill restored, and the road pavement protected; and (xi) a 600 m-long concrete longitudinal roadside drain at Klem’s hill improved.

PRIMEX fielded an international Quantity Surveyor/Estimator who was primarily responsible for undertaking peer review of bill of quantities and the estimates prepared by bridge and road design engineers and performed the following tasks: (i) review of the content of the cost estimate to check that it generally included the appropriate items of work for the identified scope; (ii) review of the level of detail of the bill of quantities to check that the breakdown was appropriate for the relative value of the individual items; (iii) review of estimated rates to confirm their appropriateness in relation to the current market value prices and required work inputs; (iv) review of the professional fees, preliminary and general costs, project contingency and project funding risk allowances where applicable; (v) identification of risks and recommendations on mitigation measures in the estimates; and (vi) preparation of a report summarizing peer review methodology, findings, and recommendations.