Program Management

Program Management MWHBringing Global Best Practice Program Management Solutions and Local Integrated Teams to Clients Worldwide

MWH leverages our 200 years of thought leadership in water, transport and natural resources to bring global best practice solutions and local integrated program teams to clients worldwide.

In recent years, utilities and organisations are facing a large increase in workload due to various regulatory drivers, aging infrastructure, natural disaster recovery, and customer-focused capital and operational challenges. In response to the large influx of work, many organisations are turning to program management experts to help deliver and improve these new plans. Our experienced staff in Australia provide expertise and proven results in the three major aspects of program management – people, processes and tools.

Infrastructure programs are not only about engineering and construction. The MWH approach to program management provides governance outcomes that result in consistency and efficiency while also allowing innovative ideas to be tested and incorporated into the overall delivery process. Our experience has been developed on over 60 global programs totalling approximately $80 billion in value, producing cost savings in excess of $10 billion and reducing combined program schedules by more than 10 years through innovative solutions that address the multi-disciplinary nature of your challenges.


From upgrading and expanding ageing water and wastewater infrastructure to rebuilding transport networks to recovering after a natural disaster, our program management approach helps clients:

  • Develop and implement strategies that align to organisational goals and desired outcomes
  • Create, shape and prioritise the program to meet business needs
  • Exploit innovation to deliver best value
  • Establish program management processes, tools and expertise during start-up activities
  • Engage with the local community and key stakeholders
  • Identify and mitigate program risks
  • Optimise procurement and delivery mechanisms across a portfolio of projects
  • Perform design and construction management oversight
  • Implement project controls systems for managing schedule and budget

After years of flooding, Queensland authorities asked MWH to help reconnect the region’s damaged road system.

In 2010, the significant rain events in the area resulted in flooding that caused major infrastructure damage. The program that MWH participated in was called TNRP, or Transport Network Reconstruction Program. In addition to the road repair for citizens, an immediate challenge was to make sure that the coal industry in the area could be restarted again.

Check out our video below on how we helped get Rockhampton reconnected again:

Our recent experience

RDMSData Management System RDMS
Client: Department of Defence, AU

The RDMS has been developed to collect and analyse Defence resource data (energy consumption and generation, water and waste) in a cloud-based software and user interface.

The information is used for ongoing analysis from which resource and cost saving initiatives are identified and implemented.Through the application of multi-disciplinary technical innovations, MWH has designed and implemented a consolidated nationwide resource management system, producing an integrated and interactive software platform for Defence.

While concurrently managing Defence’s National Sub-metering Program (NSP) and Smart Infrastructure Policy, the MWH team have been instrumental in the development of DoD’s sustainability policies. The ultimate objective of the system is to reduce operational costs for Defence across their entire asset base, involving 72 significant bases, and a total asset replacement value of approximately $64B.

The RDMS also underpins the Smart Infrastructure Manual (design and construct guidelines) to ensure Defence’s new infrastructure (a $1.5B per annum capital works program) achieves best practice in sustainable design.

TNRPTransport Network Reconstruction QLD
Client: Queensland Government

MWH was appointed in 2010 to assist the Department for Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to fast-track the repair and rehabilitation of the state controlled road network, as a result of unprecedented flood damage sustained in Central Queensland.

MWH provided contract administration and reconstruction services for $900 million of Central Queensland’s main road infrastructure.

Over the three-year life of the project, the Fitzroy RPO managed the reconstruction of more than 780 kilometres of road, across 15 separate packages of works, delivered by 12 separate contractors.

The RPO managed all aspects of the program, including survey, procurement, design, implementation, communication and stakeholder management, environmental management, safety, and traffic management.

St IvesGold Fields St Ives Mine Closure Project
Client: Gold Fields Australia

In 2015, MWH was commissioned by Gold Fields Australia Pty Ltd to conduct technical investigations relating to Mine Closure Planning for the St Ives Gold Mine in Western Australia.

The overarching project comprised separate investigations into contaminated sites, ground water and surface water hydrology,
soil and mine waste characterisation, waste landform design, mine rehabilitation assessment, aquatic ecology, tailings dam
decommissioning, fixed plant and infrastructure demolition and associated costing.

GraincorpGrainCorp Project Regeneration
Client: GrainCorp

MWH were engaged by GrainCorp for the delivery of selected rail infrastructure projects delivering stakeholder interface and management sites across the east coast, reviewing project information and previous studies, site visits and inspection, managing site investigation works, producing feasibility and optioneering design, concept design and detailed design, preparing tender documents, undertaking environmental impact assessments, preparing budget estimates, tender support, rail specific risk assessments, track infrastructure investigation and general rail project delivery support.


Our Services
  • Project Feasibility and Planning
    • Engineering Planning and Design
    • Design Review and Value Management
    • Safety in Design Facilitation
  • Construction Support and Management
  • Cost and Schedule Management
  • Contracts Procurement and Administration
    • Contractural Review and Advice
  • Tender Management and Assessment
  • Management Consulting
    • Policy Development
    • Business Case Development
    • Data Analytics and Management
  • Environmental Planning
    • Impact Assessment
    • Energy Efficiency Audit
    • Environmental Management

Program Management Information