Ben Vardanega


Benjamin has considerable experience on a range of projects both in and out of the rail sector with client-side project management history for Transport for New South Wales managing the challenges faced in delivering multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects, particularly in a brownfield rail environment.

Strengths & Skills

  • Thorough understanding of possession delivery techniques and construction staging/sequencing to deliver rail infrastructure projects in a brownfield environment.
  • Delivering projects at various stages through design and construction with a focus on risk identification and implementation of corresponding mitigation measures.
  • Design management and co-ordination skills.
  • Primavera program development and analysis.
  • Stakeholder identification and management focused through various projects.
  • Experienced in client side project management.
  • Specialty knowledge of safe working methods and job safety analysis having worked in accordance with rail safety and network standards on all projects.
  • Intrinsic understanding of CAD software packages.


TfNSW – Sydney Metro – PBAJV

Design Lead & Contract Interface Manager – Sydney Metro City and Southwest                                                                                                              2015 – Present

Constructability lead on the Northern Corridor Works managing design and construction issues with a risk-based approach focusing on complex stakeholder interfaces through the reference design and early procurement processes.

Interdisciplinary co-ordination of design leads in producing a robust and feasible design, program, Environmental Impact Statement and cost estimates. Responsible for producing a detailed breakdown of the scope of works through staging diagrams to communicate knowledge and enforce client confidence in project delivery and interface management.


Project Staging and Interface Manager – NIF Maintenance Facility – Kangy Angy                                                                                                              2016

Co-ordination and management of Disciplinary Specialists within RPS to deliver Constructability/Scoping reports to the client. Development of Primavera P6 program that incorporates early High Voltage relocation works dependent on Ausgrid and Sydney Trains isolations outside of standard Configuration 9 possession. This process involved interfacing with designers to effectively communicate a design that is both acceptable to ASA standards and feasible for construction within the live rail network.


Portfolio Services Search Co-ordinator – Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Stage 1                                                                                                              2015

Management and Co-ordination of Handover of Detailed Site Survey (DSS) from Principal Contractor/Primary Controller to Sydney Trains interfacing with TPD Project Team, Project Surveyors and Sydney Trains’ representatives.

John Holland Rail

Project Engineer – Arncliffe Station Precinct Accessibility Upgrade                                                                                                              2014 – 2015

Responsible for the construction staging; optioneering, production of staging diagrams and development of reports detailing design issues and risks to be considered.


Project Staging and Interface Manager – Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Stage 2A                                                                                                               2014

Co-ordination and management of Disciplinary Specialists within RPS to deliver Constructability/Scoping reports to the client. This process involved interfacing with designers to effectively communicate a design that is both acceptable to ASA standards and feasible for construction within the live rail network. Detailed Programme development and refinement was then produced in addition to Staging Diagrams through the use of CAD.

Project Engineer – Flemington Station Upgrade – Electrical Enabling Works                                                                                                              2014

Investigating the Electrical Enabling Works required to assist in delivering the Major Project of replacing the Aerial Concourse at Flemington Station. Scope included identifying existing assets to be relocated, partial street closures and procurement of long lead items (padmount substation, HV Cable etc.). This project was then staged utilising RPS’ discipline specialists and producing a report and staging diagrams to the client.

Sydney Trains

Design Engineer – Annual Modernisation Programme and Turnout Renewals                                                                                                              2013 – 2014

Assigned to specific projects, co-ordination and management of interfaces through the design process involving survey, design and construction of new Overhead Wiring Structures as well as modification works to existing structures. OHW adjustments and design for turnout and complex areas included multiple tracks, diamond crossovers, tunnels, overbridges and junction areas all designed to conform to current ASA and RailCorp standards.


Project Engineer – South West Rail Link – Glenfield Transport Interchange                                                                                                              2011 – 2013

Managed project defect and close-out of Glenfield Multi-Storey Car Park (6 months) and associated Roy Watts Road works.

Planned, executed and monitored the construction of 161 OHW structures and 23 wire runs of regulated system while interfacing with third party consultants and constructors. Involved in the commissioning of 1500V DC OHW through QA checks and gained insight into all aspects of OHW through monitoring of design, survey, construction and reliability.

Management and co-ordination with several interfaces and facilitated program and deliverable achievement. Created and controlled documentation such as inspection test plans, quality checklists, request for information, earned value spreadsheets and possession works evidences, work activity advices and project safety agreements.

Laing O’Rourke

Design Engineer – Yandi Iron Ore – Overland Conveyor                                                                                                              2008 – 2011

Mirvac Construction

Site Engineer – Rhodes Waterside Adina Apartments                                                                                                              2007

Qualifications & Affiliations

BEng, Civil Engineering – University of New South Wales, 2010

Rail Industry Safety Induction

Occupational Health & Safety

DSS Training Accreditation (IT24, IT 25 and IT26)

Project Planning & Control Using Oracle Primavera P6

TP3 Advanced Excel Accredited