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Like a double-edged sword, the construction industry’s ability to operate throughout Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions has presented its own unique challenges. As 2022 kicks off, the sector must continue to adapt to address fresh, emerging priorities: delivering increasingly complex builds, maintaining a safe and positive workplace culture and climate action.

The four C’s of post-pandemic construction: Complex Challenges, Culture and Climate

Like a double-edged sword, the construction industry’s ability to operate throughout Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions has presented its own unique challenges. As 2022 kicks off, the sector must continue to adapt to address fresh, emerging priorities: delivering increasingly complex builds, maintaining a safe and positive workplace culture and climate action. The remote era Like many industries, …

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Waterfront living, seaside views and access to water are highly sought after in Australia, making seawalls vital infrastructure. They are the first line of defence, protecting low lying waterfront infrastructure against adverse weather events and constant water movement including waves, currents, and tides.

Essential considerations for maintaining and remediating seawalls

Waterfront living, seaside views and access to water are highly sought after in Australia, making seawalls vital infrastructure. They are the first line of defence, protecting low lying waterfront infrastructure against adverse weather events and constant water movement including waves, currents, and tides. Typically made from steel, rock, or concrete, seawalls are constructed to suit …

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Asset management capability, the key to long-term infrastructure success

Imagine if potholes never got filled, bridges weren’t maintained, streetlights weren’t fixed and there was no such thing as a sewage system.  These are all assets, and thankfully there are professionals who manage and maintain these assets to ensure they are safe, protected from damage, changing climate conditions, and ensure they are performing at an …

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Australian constructors are continuing to operate with thin margins fuelled by the constraints of the global pandemic, and despite an ongoing flood of investment to the sector.

How construction firms can automate and increase claims on site

Australian constructors are continuing to operate with thin margins fuelled by the constraints of the global pandemic, and despite an ongoing flood of investment to the sector. Many opportunities to improve these margins are lost in the day-to-day detail of the worksite. This may be incorrect delivery dockets, contractual claims which are missed and time-barred, …

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Are easements now required for ground anchors under a neighbouring property in NSW?

Temporary ground anchors are often used in construction to help prevent excavation walls from collapsing prior to the building’s permanent structures being in place. Developers and contractors have frequently relied on simple contracts with neighbours for rights to use their land for temporary ground (or rock) anchors. That’s now changed with the Particulars for Regulated Design …

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The complexity around tiered retention calculations and manual processes is slowing down not just operations but increasing risks including financial penalties. 

Are digital solutions the answer to managing retention?

In the past year, several high-profile payment disputes in the construction industry have made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Regardless of where fault lies, what is clear is construction companies on both sides of the Tasman are struggling to track payments and progress claims. The complexity around tiered retention calculations and manual processes is slowing down not just …

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Environmental monitoring technology has reached a point where some companies are choosing to do it themselves rather than hire a consultant.

Environmental monitoring technology in demand

Environmental monitoring technology has reached a point where some companies are choosing to do it themselves rather than hire a consultant. In the seven years I’ve worked in the hire industry I’ve never seen so much demand for environmental monitoring equipment. In part, that’s because local councils and state environmental agencies are setting much higher …

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Standards Australia has published new specifications for aluminium composite panels (ACP) to help identify them following fires at Lacrosse and Grenfell.

Construction forecast for 2021-2022

Everyone wants a recovery in 2021. And, according to Alex Carrick, Chief Economist, ConstructConnect, there will be a recovery in 2021, but it will be uneven. For example, travel and tourism will not see a recovery. “The airline sector is tumbling further,” says Carrick. “Tourism and business travel are far below normal. Security clearances at …

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Soaring a staggering 319-metres (100-storeys tall), Australia 108 in Melbourne is one of the largest skyscrapers in the southern hemisphere, made possible through a range of new technologies and approaches to its design and delivery.

What it takes to build the southern hemisphere’s highest residenences

Soaring a staggering 319-metres (100-storeys tall), Australia 108 in Melbourne is one of the largest skyscrapers in the southern hemisphere, made possible through a range of new technologies and approaches to its design and delivery. Taking more than 3,200 workers over 3.7 million hours to complete and using 55,000 cubic metres of concrete, Australia 108 …

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COVID-19 has manifested a different working environment. Adapting to changing circumstances has meant the construction sector has had become nimble. David Erczmann, General Manager at LinkSafe explains more.

Adapting to COVID-safe construction

COVID-19 has manifested a different working environment. Adapting to changing circumstances has meant the construction sector has had become nimble. David Erczmann, General Manager at LinkSafe explains more. Phrases are often thrown around like confetti – platitudes used as a motivating feel good for the masses. Yet the ‘Building a Better a Brighter Future’ phrase …

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