Pentecost - Earthworks, Civil Superintendent - Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Ken Pentecost

Brisbane, QLD, Australia


Have worked my way up from operating earth moving equipment to management of projects. Have worked in conflict zones. Am not afraid of hard work or long hours. I enjoy a challenge and enjoy being able to mentor others and pass on my knowledge.
I am a people person and as such get along with everyone.
Have good man management and people skills. Have recently passed mine supervisors course as well as risk management course and 1st Aid.


Earthworks, Civil Superintendent


Have had many years experience both overseas and in Australia. Roads, earthworks, dams, mine development. Have worked for contractor and as client representative.
Have good man management and people skills. Seeking new challenge.

Work History

Earthworks Supervisor FMG Pilbara

Western Plant Hire Perth

From February 2014

Running a fleet of equipment engaged in the rehabilitation of waste dumps on iron ore mine site. Benching, topsoiling, rock lined drains and stilling basins, safety berms.

Earthworks Superintendent

Plant and Infrastructure Engineering Perth Australia

February 2012 - December 2013

Onslow Salt West Australia
Client Representative
Seconded to Onslow Salt to undertake the following;
Management of contractors undertaking levee bank repairs after cyclone damage.
Involvement in tender documentation, tender evaluations for major crushing contract and levee bank construction for expansion of crystalliser ponds, including welding and installation of large diameter poly culvert pipes Supervision of same for client.
Involved with tender documentation and evaluation for construction of new bridge including piling, placement of precast panelling, deck pour and chip sealing. Supervision of same for client.
Supervision of contractor undertaking stacker rail project.
Supervision of concreting contractor constructing concrete pads and plinths for pumps, generator and fuel tank and pipework installation
Supervision of piping contractor welding and placing poly pipes of various diameters, installing pumps, pipework and valves
Supervision of divers replacing underwater pumps.

Construction Manager

Toll Group Danakil Project Ethiopia

August 2011 - January 2012

Management of contractor constructing haul roads and drill pads across a salt pan in the Danakil Depression Ethiopia for BHP Billiton. Contract documentation. Work scheduling. Daily work plans and reports. Attend daily toolbox talks. Scheduling work on pads with drillers. Attend client meetings. All paperwork associated with land use approvals. Airstrip rehabilitation and maintenance. Supervision of construction camp set up including effluent tanks and disposal system, potable water system.
Working in an extremely hot dusty environment with temperatures around 50+C.

Heavy Haul Road Supervisor PNG

MCJV Komo Project

June 2011 - July 2011

Maintenance of haul road from 2xquarries to site.


October 2010 - June 2011

Management and supervision of contractor building 300 man camp in Gobi desert during winter for the client. Organising men, materials and fuel to site. Sourcing, checking and certifying machinery for 47 klm haul road project in South Gobi desert. Development work for crusher site in mine waste dump. Set up crusher units and supervision of crushing contractor
Liaise with Mine management for permits and paperwork for machinery delivery to site. Mentoring and training of local staff hired for the project.

Rig Site Superintendent

Carson Pratt Services

May 2010 - October 2010

Papua New Guinea
Direct control of staff on development of drill site for exploratory drill rig and camp site in high rainfall jungle area. Construct gravel access road, site clearing, levelling and gravelling. Construction and lining of water storage pond and rig sump. Excavation and lining of cellars for the drill rig. Fuel farm bunds, tanks and piping. Supervise helicopter lifts of fuel and supplies to site. Development of 30,000 sq metre supply base yard including piping and tanks, levelling gravelling and drainage.

Construction Site Manager / Superintendent South Sudan

USAID / Louis Berger Group

January 2008 - January 2010

Represent the client, USAID, on management of a team of expats and local staff involved in the supervision of contractors on a USAID funded road project. Tender evaluations. Control and directly manage the contractors involved in the foundation excavations, construction of footings, columns and piers for 7 bridges. All inspections and sign offs prior to pours. Control and direct contractor incrementally launching steel frame composite bridges and undertaking deck pours. Direct supervision of local contractor's road construction team. Supervise all demining operations of the road alignment. Stand in for the Security Manager as required.

Construction Superintendent South Sudan


April 2007 - January 2008

Supervision of USAID funded road projects working for United Nations Office for Project Services on reconstruction project in south west Sudan. Manage and organise security for UNOPS survey and local construction teams setting out road alignment. Manage and train local contractors undertaking the road and culvert works. Provide direct control of the contractors as needed. Supervision of contractor constructing camp, office and accommodation for client in Juba.

Construction Superintendent

USAID / Louis Berger Group

March 2005 - January 2007

Road construction Afghanistan

Clients site representative, United States Agency for International Development. Management and supervision of contractors engaged in roadwork in difficult terrain under dangerous conditions in conflict areas. Direct control, supervision and training of the contractors staff involved in all aspects of construction from surveying to embankment fills, aggregate crushing to base course placement and DBST. Ensure work is completed to contract standards. Problem solving. Daily organising of armed security for the project.

Senior Earthworks Supervisor

Ausenco International

February 2004 - October 2004

Tulawaka Gold Project Tanzania.

Barrick Mining. Part of project management team supervising contractors constructing a tailings dam and 2 water storage dams. Construct weir in creek bed, lay pipeline from pump out to storage dams. Control contractors machinery involved in construction of gold plant site including detailed earthworks, and footings. Detailed civil works and concrete pours. Stand in for SMP supervisor as required on pipework installation for gold plant.
Construction of airstrip.
Attendance at weekly progress meetings, problem solving. Ensure efficient usage of plant and machinery.

Project Supervisor

Neumann Contractors Gold Coast

May 2003 - January 2004

Supervision of subcontractors engaged in roadwork, storm water, sewage and pavement works on housing subdivision work. Associated paperwork.

Construction Superintendent

Global Construction Papua New Guinea

April 2001 - April 2003

Road reconstruction and upgrading in Port Moresby. From initial site works through to hot mix placement including chip sealing. Organize staff work schedules; liaise with authorities on relocation of services. Work programming. Site meetings with client, PNG Government roads department. Troubleshooting and problem solving. Organize material supplies to site; check all contractors work before sign off.

Site Supervisor

Bige Dredging Project PNG

October 1999 - April 2001

Ok Tedi Mining Limited, OTML.Oversee Dredging contractor dredging river and pumping sand onto cleared riverbank areas. Pumping 20,000 cubic meters on a 22 hour cycle. Clearing 500 hectares of swamp, mulching of trees, and construction of starter dykes. Spillway construction in sandfill using reno mattresses and gabion baskets. Rehabilitation of sandfill. Construct airstrip.

Earthworks Supervisor

Callendar Earthmoving Qld Coalfields

March 1999 - September 1999

Supervision of a team of Caterpillar dump trucks and Liebherr shovels removing overburden and partings from coal seam. Drilling and blasting, excavation of creek diversion through basalt. Rehabilitation and top soiling work.

Earthworks Supervisor Batu Hijau Project

John Holland Indonesia

September 1998 - December 1998

Supervision of fill area for mine workshop using Caterpillar 793 dump trucks, excavators, D11 dozers and compactors Dewatering of fill area using high capacity barge mounted pumps. Construction of mine access road including culvert works.

Civil Superintendent


January 1997 - August 1998

ADB7 Project Laos.

Clients site representative Asian Development Bank. Part of project management team supervising reconstruction of 200 klm of national route 13. 4 contracts with Lao, Thai, Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese contractors. Works included 35 bridges and 200 culverts. Supervision of survey, clear and grub, earthworks, crushing of roadbase and chip, and sealing. Inspection of bridge works, foundations, piling, beam construction, placement and tensioning. Construction of 4 main camps. Take direct control of works as deemed necessary. Weekly meetings, monthly progress meetings.

Civil Works Inspector

DKFD Lihir Project PNG

October 1995 - October 1996

Supervision, control and inspection of contractor constructing site access road and plant site roads. Including culvert works. Inspection and supervision of sheet piling and concrete works on wharf .Supervise construction of earthworks and bunding for fuel farm beside wharf. Loading of barges with rock fill for breakwater. Air strip construction.

Area Operations Manager

PT Conbloc Indonesia

March 1994 - August 1995

Maximize efficient usage of plant and machinery used for earthworks/roadworks operations on golf course and residential development projects. Oversee and control of the Project Management teams on each of the 8 projects. Set up and supervision of crusher, pugmill and hotmix plant. Client liaison.

Civil Works Supervisor

Brisbane Casino

January 1994 - March 1994

Supervise mucking out operations and detailed foundation excavation for underground car park at Brisbane Casino site. Drill, blast and muck out of Roma street rail tunnel portal. All work done at night to minimise traffic disruption in City centre.

Earthworks Supervisor

Mt Piper Project NSW

June 1993 - November 1993

Supervision and control of earthworks, culverts, base course, chip seal, erosion and sedimentation controls on haul road from colliery to power station. Supervise bored piling for bridge works. Concrete pours on bridge works. Daily reports and QA/QC


Big Palm Nursery Qld

August 1992 - April 1993

Organize plant labor and materials for upgrade of nursery, site roads irrigation system and planting out of rainforest walk.

Civil Works Inspector/ Supervisor

Kelian Gold Project

March 1991 - October 1991

Overall supervision and control of contractors, men and equipment, constructing a tailings dam 1 klm in length and 60 metres in height. Foundation inspection before materials placement .Construction and inspection of initial coffer dam and diversion conduit including concrete inlet cut off gate and outlet structures. Placement of the different fill zone materials and clay core, riprap protection on outside of dam walls. Supervision of 2 quarries, including drill and blast operations, and borrow pit. Supervision of team of Indonesian engineers and timekeepers. Sealing off of the diversion culvert with hand placed rock fill and concrete in fill after dam construction.

Project Superintendent

Savaii Coast Road

July 1990 - March 1991

Assist Australian Army Engineers in construction of cyclone proof communications building in Apia after cyclone devastated the country. Set up camp, workshop and office facilities on Savaii Island .Crusher set up. Survey set out with engineer. Organization of men, materials and equipment. Project control. Client liaison.


Ravenhall &Pentecost Motorway Lighting NZ

April 1990 - June 1990

Supervision of trenching, concrete works, cable laying and pole erection. Traffic control. Liaise with traffic authorities.


Aotea Centre NZ

October 1989 - March 1990

Supervision of tradesmen and labor working on stage and soundshell erection for commonwealth games. Supervise stage rigging contractor assembling and setting up rigging winches And lighting.

Earthworks Supervisor

MWA Construction Qld

January 1986 - December 1986

Project control and supervision. Extend and raise tailings dam German Creek mine. Construction of concrete spillway. Laying and compaction of filter zone material. Seepage drain construction along toe of dam. Employer, union and mine management liaison.

Earthworks Supervisor

Unigroup PNG

November 1984 - February 1985

Road construction Rouna 4 power station. Benching and stabilization of major slip area beside major power station using gabion baskets. Supervision of drilling, blasting and removal of rocks in riverbed alongside operating power station.

Earthworks/ Roading foreman

Highlands Highway PNG

February 1984 - October 1984

Supervision of dayworks items including major slip excavation and stabilization. Liaise with client's site representative for sign off of dayworks items. Road reconstruction to pavement level, chip sealing. Pit and crusher operations.

Earthworks foreman

Bechtel MKI Ok Tedi Project PNG

October 1982 - January 1984

Supervision of both pioneer and permanent road construction to pavement level in high rainfall mountain area. Armco culvert construction. Supervision of sheet piling Kiunga wharf. Last 4 months as logging foreman supervising logging operations.

Earthworks Foreman

Leighton Contractors Theresa Creek Dam

January 1981 - September 1982

Supervision of drilling, blasting and mucking out operation for dam foundation. Embankment construction including filter zones and riprap placement. Supervision of all plant and back up facilities including cranes used on large volume concrete pours. Subdivision work on Gold Coast prior to above.

Plant Operator/ Foreman

Ministry of Works NZ Motorway Project

January 1975 - December 1980

Operating scrapers, dozers, compaction equipment on cut/ fill operations. Supervision of same including basecourse placement and compaction.

Owner operator D6 on road formation, scrub crushing

Plant Operator

NZ. Dozers

Various small contractors on coastal subdivision work in NZ. Dozers, scrapers, traxcavators, trucks and excavators.


Omega Construction Qld

on drill and piling rig. Bored piling works.Plant operator Lynd highway Charters Towers.

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