Project Scope

As control system delivery lead agent for all yard infrastructure over three years, COVA played a significant role in all client-side management activities, electrical design from HV to ELV, and also demonstrated safety compliance throughout the assessment, design, implementation and testing phases of the project.


Phase 1: Jun 2011 - Oct 2012
Phase 2: Nov 2012 - Oct 2014
Phase 3: Oct 2014 - Jun 2016
Completion: Aug 2016



Port Botany shipping terminal, NSW is now one of Australia’s largest uninterrupted and fully automated container terminals facilitating the automated transfer of containers to trucks through the utilisation of Autostradsâ„¢.

The main challenge within the project included the size and scale of technology required, including fibre optic networks which needed to communicate with approximately 100 I/O racks on site. Implementation of the system was also undertaken on an operational brown-field site, which significantly reduced accessibility during installation and commissioning.

The system was delivered to Patrick as fully validated package and included an ongoing, 24/7 service contract which allowed Patrick to leverage COVA’s knowledge of risk assessments and safety in the early requirement setting phase, as well as COVA’s capability to design, develop and successfully implement the required solution. This model could only have been achieved through the involvement of COVA in the project as consultant, designer, developer and test engineer.