Case study

Marble Bar FOC Install

In 2006, Dunstans Construction Group was contracted by Silcar Communications to lay 180km of Fibre Optic Cable (FOC) for telecommunications to the Marble Bar township.

Due to successfully completing numerous FOC install projects for Silcar previously, Dunstans was awarded further separate FOC installation contracts – which saw the team move through South Australia into Western Australia throughout a period of two years.

  • The installation of the FOC was undertaken through farmland
    and road easements in Western Australia.
  • Our team utilised a specially designed zero tension plough mounted on a D7 Bulldozer. Pre-ripping was undertaken with
    a D9 Bulldozer.
  • A key challenge to this project entailed working in the extreme climatic conditions of ‘Australia’s hottest town’ – with temperatures reaching up to 55°C.

Dunstans completed the project with great success, meeting the client’s expectations and milestones – satisfying all stringent safety and quality standards.

Project quick facts


Silcar Communications Pty Ltd


Fibre Optic Cable Installation to Marble Bar township

Project date

December 2006 – February 2007

Project location

Pilbrara Region,
Western Australia

Fibre type

24 fibre

Fibre length


Project cost