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Technology - a tradie's best friend as more go mobile

Technology – a tradie’s best friend as more go mobile

New data shows small businesses are using smartphones more than desktop computers to run their business. Recently released data from global online accounting company Xero, has revealed that construction workers, wholesale trade workers and real estate agents, all often depicted as technological laggards, are more tech savvy than they’re given credit for. An independent survey …

Combining global capability with local knowledge

Combining global capability with local knowledge

Acciona recently reached an agreement to acquire Geotech, an Australian engineering construction group. The deal seeks to build upon Acciona Construction and Geotech’s complementary businesses, and to create a platform for growth that can respond to the sizeable demand for infrastructure in the Australian market, estimated at $125 billion over the next decade. In this …

Is there a safe harbour for a sinking ship?

Is there a safe harbour for a sinking ship?

Data released by SVP Partners recently suggested that more than 80 Gold Coast construction companies are on the verge of collapse, highlighting that contractor insolvency in Queensland’s building and construction industry remains a very significant issue. Subcontractors seeking payment for the work they have completed are far too regularly affected by builders succumbing to some …

Cost-effective solution for regional roads

Cost-effective solution for regional roads

NSW-based business Grade Control may have started out focusing on simple blade indicator systems for graders but founder Phil Polmear has continued to reinvent the business and now supplies a more diverse range of products to councils and contractors. While the Sandvik System 2000 Carbide Tip blade systems remain a core product, along with the …

Geotech drilling almost completed

Geotech drilling almost completed

Hagstrom Drilling is on the cusp of completing three months’ worth of geotechnical drilling investigations as part of Sydney’s major Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link project. As one of NSW’s priority infrastructure projects, this proposed large-scale motorway is expected to deliver time savings of up to 45 minutes for motorists travelling from the Northern Beaches …

Setting new infrastructure development standards

Setting new infrastructure development standards

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) specialises in the facilitation and development of industry-led performance based integrated triple-bottom-line governance and reporting frameworks, decision tools and rating tools; generating communities of practise throughout the lifecycle from funding, planning, procurement, design and delivery to operations and maintenance. ISCA is advancing sustainability outcomes in infrastructure is through the …

Case study: tackling a huge bridge lift on the Pacific Rim of Fire

Case study: tackling a huge bridge lift on the Pacific Rim of Fire

A heavy jacking system – the same deployed across Australasia – has demonstrated its power, precision, and safety by removing more than a kilometre of high bridge spans in the US in record time. Burkhalter Rigging Inc used the world’s tallest Enerpac JS-10 multi-point incremental Jack-Up system to remove 14 bridge sections, each of 87.78m, …

Rebuilding one of Europe's busiest airports

Rebuilding one of Europe’s busiest airports

Handling up to 450 take-offs a day, Runway West is Frankfurt Airport’s busiest runway. Over 50% of the aircraft taking off from the airport uses Runway West. In 2016, Frankfurt Airport handled nearly 61 million passengers, surpassed by Schiphol in Amsterdam and Charles de Gaulle in Paris, Europe’s third and second busiest airports respectively. Meanwhile …

     

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