Helicopter installation of new staircase at Jan Juc surf access point

Helicopter lowering beach access steps at Jan Juc beach surf access point

Jan Juc,  on the Victorian Surf Coast, recently set the scene for a dramatic construction feat involving the use of a helicopter to airlift a new staircase into place at a popular surf access point. 

Storm damage in 2017 necessitated the complete replacement of the beach access stairs, upper tier lookouts and boardwalk sections.  AW Maritime was engaged by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) to provide an assessment on the structural integrity of the original structure, and also consulted on options for its eventual replacement. Working alongside GORCC and CMW geotechnical engineers, AW Maritime provided  detailed design and construction phase support for the project which is now nearing completion. 

Posted by Great Ocean Road Coast Committee on Monday, 24 June 2019

The use of a helicopter to transport the new stairs for installation was a technique decided on to significantly reduce construction time.  In a display of tremendous skill, the helicopter pilot and the team on the ground worked with incredible precision to manoeuvre the old staircase out and lower the new staircase into place. 

The lower tier replacement stairs have been constructed using Wagners FRP materials and non-slip FRP treads, designed to be safer and withstand the predicted impacts of climate change.  Upgrades to drainage will also be completed to help prevent erosion.

The project was funded by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s capital works program and a $60,000 grant from Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Coastal Environments Grant Program.

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Helicopter hovering over engineer at Jan Juc Beach access steps installation
Jan Juc beach access steps installation
Helicopter lowering steps at Jan Juc beach

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