Rimic Civil is a civil construction company that does not back away from a challenge. They specialise in working in difficult environments, and pride themselves on developing solutions to demanding requirements. They have extensive experience in all areas of sewerage works, and have a plethora of skills in specialised construction practices.
Rimic Civil was founded in the late 1970s by Director Trevor John Wright, a licensed plumber by trade. When the company first started out, their workload consisted of mostly small backlog reticulation sewers for local government and local water authorities. As they amassed experience, that market grew more crowded – so the company naturally progressed into tackling more challenging projects.
“We decided to focus our main aim on more difficult works because there were a lot of guys just doing the run-of-the-mill estate work,” Wright recalls. “We started to specialise in built-up areas in people’s backyards and existing roads, and we took it from there.”
In the past, Rimic Civil spent 10 years working in Perth, and was the first interstate company to be awarded a major backlog contract from the Water Corporation in Western Australia. “We basically shipped five semi-travel loads of gear over to WA, and proceeded with that. We ended up staying there for 10 years doing all the country towns.”
After concluding their works in Western Australia, Rimic Civil returned to Melbourne, where they became involved with South East Water in the Mornington Peninsula. “We handled some really difficult ground conditions with water and sand,” Wright says. “We’re pretty specialised in that stuff, so we got back involved and we’ve been here ever since.”
Today, Rimic Civil is based on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, and undertakes projects throughout the metro Melbourne and surrounding areas. They also take on select projects in country Victoria and interstate.
Experienced and capable
Rimic Civil carries out a wide-variety of civil construction work. This includes open trench pipe laying and sewage works – including gravity mains, pressure mains, rising mains and pump stations, manholes and live sewer works.
They also have extensive experience in construction practises such as micro-tunnelling, deep trenching and caisson sinking. They are capable of undertaking earthworks, roadworks, concreting, landscaping and more.
Rimic Civil’s wide-range of civil construction capabilities are what set them apart from other companies in the market. “In the early days, there weren’t many guys doing backlog sewers or working in difficult conditions,” Wright explains. “We’ve pushed the fact that we’ll have a go at anything. That’s what has made us successful.”
When it comes to their clientele, who are primarily government agencies, Rimic Civil goes above and beyond to create satisfying outcomes. Most importantly, they deliver top-quality projects, which are guaranteed by the quality assurance systems and processes they have in place. Secondly, they make sure they deliver those projects in a net-positive way, with minimal impact on both the environment and the communities in which they work.
Rimic Civil employs an in-house public relations officer, and has a policy that ensures that staff members are dressed in the proper attire, and show the maximum amount of courtesy and respect when dealing with the public. “We have a job to do, but we do it with the least amount of harm to the environment, and the least amount of disruption to everybody’s personal lives,” Wright says.
When it comes to minimising environmental impact, Rimic Civil is particularly well-trained. A few years ago, they delved into micro-tunnelling and bought various specialised equipment. They purchased a clam shell excavator, for example, which can dig 25-metres in depth to avoid disruption to surrounding areas.
“We’re finding now that it is in massive demand from councils and government bodies because they don’t want roads dug up anymore or trees destroyed,” Wright explains. “They just want as little disruption as possible.”
“We can build things in difficult spaces and then we can micro-tunnel, so we’re not actually opening up any ground,” he adds. “We also use recycled products and all of our guys are versed in handling contaminated materials. We flag off all vegetation-sensitive areas, and all of our waters are tested before they are discharged in any sewage or drainage works.”
Leading the field
Over the years, Rimic Civil has produced a significant number of projects they look back on with pride. A few years ago, for example, they worked on many difficult sewers in the Yarra Valley region of Melbourne. “We actually put all the sewage systems in all the Upper Yarra Valley towns,” Wright recalls. “Warburton, Millgrove, and Yarra Junction – we put all the sewage systems in there.”
Some of the deep sewers they have done in the Mornington Peninsula have also been “very difficult and demanding,” Wright says. “But we finished all of those on-time and on-budget.”
A collapsed sewer in Kensington, Melbourne, is another project that comes to Wright’s mind. That job was for Melbourne Water. To complete it, Rimic Civil had to drop a micro-tunnelling shaft 35 metres deep. Since it was emergency work, they also had to work continuously in shifts.
“That was a project that took a lot of foresight and ability,” Wright says. “There have been numerous ones like that.”
At any given time, Rimic Civil is working on approximately three projects, which generate an estimated $6-8 million annually – a number that’s growing every year.
Wright credits that growth to the energy and dedication of the company’s staff. In-house, Rimic Civil has a commitment to innovation, which attracts a lot of younger people. Wright says he is always eager to bring on engineers at the beginning of their careers. That way the company can help them develop the necessary skillsets – and become accustomed to the corporate culture – right from the word go.
“And we’re certainly being as innovative as we can be for the future,” Wright adds. “We’re training our staff – we have guys doing advanced pipe-laying courses – and we’re right up to speed with the latest technology.”
“You get left behind if you’re not up to speed, so we’re learning all the time,” he says.
For a current job on the Regional Rail Link in Melbourne, Rimic Civil bought a rock splitting machine, which they imported from Japan. At the moment, that machine is the only one of its kind in all of Australia. They also have an Iseki Microtunnelling slurry system, which is rare to see in the Melbourne area. Wright personally makes numerous overseas trips to investigate the latest technologies and equipment, so Rimic Civil can be among the first to adopt them.
In the long term, Wright sees Rimic Civil continuing to progress in terms of innovation, and also in terms of growth. His vision for the company includes acquiring more staff and possibility expanding into property development.
In general, however, Wright mainly wants to see the company continue to excel on challenging projects – that is what has made them successful for more than 30 years, and he sees it making them successful for another 30 years to come.