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Meet Rachel Kelpie


TBM Shift Engineer

Job description: 

As Shift Engineer, I ensure the effective coordination and control of engineering works for the TBM tunneling on the Project. I play a role in checking the quality of segmental lining, recording shift activities and managing the production lines.

Work background: 

I have been working with McConnell Dowell for about 4.5 years. Before coming to the Waterview Project I was a part of the tunnel division, based in the Australian head office in Melbourne. During my time there I had the opportunity to work on a number of tenders both in Australia and around the world.

Favourite part of job: 

My favourite part of the job is seeing all the planning and preparation develop into something tangible.

Least favourite part of job: 

Unfortunately, some very long and unusual hours are required.

What I am working on now: 

The Waterview Connection tunnels.

A quick story about a job well done: 

We recently managed to mine and build eight rings in one shift (12 hours); this means we advanced 16m of the southbound drive.


Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons)

Interests outside work: 

Playing tennis, swimming and travelling.

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Rachel Kelpie is the TBM Shift Engineer for the Waterview Connection Project.