Harriet Christopherson

General Manager Pre Contracts for Australia at McConnell Dowell
Harriet Christopherson

Harriet Christopherson is the General Manager Pre Contracts for Australia at McConnell Dowell responsible for business strategy, leadership, governance and support across all tenders and work winning deliverables. She is a Fellow of Roads Australia and a member of Women in Rail Advisory Committee, ACA Culture Committee, Roads Australia Capacity Expert Panel and the NAWIC Victorian Chapter. Her engineering experience includes over 15 years delivering a wide range of infrastructure projects across Australia including rail construction and maintenance with significant experience in alliancing and collaborative contracting models.  She is passionate about McConnell Dowell’s vision of Providing a Better life and how this applies to the communities in which she works, her colleagues, clients, stakeholders and the vision for a Better Life for the future.

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Executive Director, Technical, ONRSR 

AusRAIL Custom Stand Venue guidelines

All temporary structures will be professionally designed, structurally sound and will contain reasonable provision for:

  • Safety of persons to be accommodated in the event of fire including means of egress
  • Prevention of fire
  • Suppression of fire
  • Patrons must give consideration for wheelchair access to the Stand (NCC – Section D3.3) The reduction of the existing level of fire protection is not permissible.

Designers and builders have an obligation to design and construct to these principles and any relevant standards or legislation while meeting the special needs of their client. Parts of these principles include:

  • Stands over 18m2 where roofing is fitted must have a “Smoke Detection Device” and have a fire extinguisher installed. The recommended material for the roofing is “shark tooth” type material that allows water penetration from sprinklers and fire cannon.
  • Audience chairs within a temporary structure must be secured in groups of not less than 4 and not more than 16. Maximum seats in each row must not exceed 8 where there is an aisle at one end only or 16 where there are aisles on both sides of the row. (NCC NSW H101.11.1).