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Northern Connector

The Northern Connector unites three major transit arteries – the Northern Expressway, South Road Superway and Port River Expressway.  It provides a seamless connection between Adelaide, it’s Northern Suburbs and beyond, as well as improving freight reliability for the State’s economic growth.

The government funded 15.5 km six-lane motorway, marks the first time a concrete road has been constructed on a project of this size in South Australia.

Geotechnical Testing

Due to the site’s considerable size and challenging conditions of swamp-land and salt pans, a large volume of geotechnical testing was undertaken to ensure each build zone received the correct fill types. Our team’s specialist soils knowledge led to a significant saving on materials costs.

FMG Research provided around-the-clock support delivering quick technical advice and testing within a 48-hour turnaround, ensuring optimum moisture content and suitable compaction levels were attained across the site whilst reducing delay costs.

Project Management

FMG Research’s flexibility to scale production during construction, through hiring and training new technicians, ensured the prompt delivery of the immense scope-of-works – not only keeping to our client’s tight time frames but also contributing to achieving their employment goals.

Our proactive project planning provided an efficient worry-free process that our client could rely on.

Port Wakefield, South Australia
$867 million
Northern Connector
Northern Connector


  • Around the clock Environmental and Materials testing services allowed for fast turnarounds on investigation and testing to determine specifications and compaction needs, whilst saving the clients money and keeping the project on track.
  • Specialist knowledge of local soil conditions enabled FMG Research to provide reliable advice on suitable quarry materials for wall construction, saving significant costs on material.
  • Our worry-free process included a clear communication plan, proactive inductions and streamlined processes to facilitate quoting, ordering, site attendance and reporting which allowed our client to focus on other aspects of the project.
“FMG was on call throughout the entire provide high quality services at any time of the day or night.”
Sam Lamb, Lendlease, Quality Manager
FMG Research testing on site the the Northern Connector project
FMG Research testing on site the the Northern Connector project
Key Personnel
Gary Turnball
Laboratory Development Manager
Luke Schleidgen
Senior Soils Technician & FMG Research Business Development Coordinator
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