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Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre – Surveying and Spatial Solutions


The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) is a $1 Billion project consolidating research and treatment of cancer into one facility, built on the former Parkville Melbourne Dental Hospital’s site.

We were engaged by Grocon to undertake its complete construction control including monitoring of the entire structure.


A major slippage occurred at the site opening up in the adjacent roadways causing a suspension of all works. This meant the site required 24/7 monitoring.




Installing a 24/7 monitoring regime capable of progressively supplying results to engineers was extremely challenging. However our solution response occurred just 2-3 hours following the problem’s detection.

Woolpert established monitoring points on the retention system providing 24-hour surveying with results required hourly to determine the size and rate of movement. This continued for two weeks, was extremely labour intensive and costly for our client.

The long-term solution involved complete results automation regarding undue movements. The system included Leica “GeoMos” software, establishing a stable base station, and telemetry and hardware. External control marks were established on surrounding buildings with 50 monitoring targets placed on the retention system recording approx. 100 readings across each 24-hour period.


This monitoring system showcased the benefits of using surveying and spatial solutions in a challenging environment. The client, government, engineers and other stakeholders were provided with real time safe, reliable and timely results while decision-making abilities were also enhanced.

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