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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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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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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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Rising costs and sustainability pressures make project selection even more critical in 2021

The cost of lockdowns has caused national debts to soar, meaning that many countries have had to borrow to invest in infrastructure and energy transition. Thankfully, cheap international credit and a better-than-expected economic performance has enabled the Australian government to continue to invest in construction and infrastructure. Driven largely by public sector spending, Australia’s construction …

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With all the ups and downs of COVID-19, what is it that continues to create a strong and lasting teamwork attitude from employees within the construction industry?

Building a sustainable workforce through teamwork

With all the ups and downs of COVID-19, what is it that continues to create a strong and lasting teamwork attitude from employees within the construction industry? Premier Building and Construction (PBC) specialises in commercial construction projects, ranging from towers for he Bureau of Meteorology through to architecturally-designed centres for children with special needs. The …

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Ben Breen, Managing Director, Asia Pacific at Project Management Institute explains why project management skills are vital for the future of the sector.

Why adopting project management skills is essential for the future of Australian construction

Ben Breen, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Global Head of Construction at Project Management Institute explains why project management skills are vital for the future of the sector. The construction sector is Australia’s third-largest industry with annual revenue of $360 billion, approximately 9 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. As a sector that impacts …

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Rebecca McKeown, associate in Currie & Brown’s Melbourne office, writes about how to manage client expectations in the construction industry.

Managing client expectations

Rebecca McKeown, associate in Currie & Brown’s Melbourne office, writes about how to manage client expectations in the construction industry. Client management is an essential discipline in the construction sector. The supply chain holds organisations accountable to each other. Dealing with the expectations of those who have engaged you on a contract is something of …

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