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Taxpayers coping the bill for construction sector lawlessness

Taxpayers coping the bill for construction sector lawlessness

The Australian Resource Industry Employer Group have released a statement this week saying the proposed toughening of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) legislation is not only a massive win for Australia’s construction sector, but critical to ensuring a more responsible use of taxpayer dollars. AMMA chief executive Steve Knott told Inside Construction that …

Building sector cash flow and capital worries mar business confidence

Building sector cash flow and capital worries mar business confidence

American Express Financial Foundations recently conducted a research article that found one-in-three businesses struggled to access capital and worried about cash flow. Amongst the findings it was found that more than a third of Australian building and construction businesses are worried about being able to access new capital ahead of an uncertain financial year for …

On the road to reform

On the road to reform

Improvements to road access for crane operators and controversial reforms to Chain of Responsibility laws and National Heavy Vehicle Regulator enforcement and investigative powers are squarely on the agenda for CICA and the National Transport Commission. Road access has been a considerable source of consternation for crane operators since time immemorial with costly permits and …

Under the big top

Under the big top

A constrained worksite, Australia’s rigorous safety standards, and tight turnaround made pitching Cirque du Soleil’s iconic big top in Sydney a testing process. Cranes and Lifting spoke to site director Erik Larssen ahead of the Sydney show last year to find out more about the process. Raising g Cirque du Soleil’s famous blue and yellow …

Mandating BIM in the UK

Mandating BIM in the UK

There is no doubt that BIM technology is becoming an intricate part of architectural design and the construction process. Recently the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) and Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) hosted the first meeting of the Australasian Building Information Modeling Advisory Board, which has been established with key bodies including NATSPEC and …

High Court decision: reference dates necessary for valid payment claims

High Court decision: reference dates necessary for valid payment claims

In its first decision concerning the construction industry’s security of payments laws, the High Court’s judgment this week in Southern Han Breakfast Point Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) v Lewence Construction Pty Ltd [2016] HCA 52 has delivered a clear message to claimants and those responding to claims that there must be a “reference date” for …

Tick of approval from the state of Georgia

Tick of approval from the state of Georgia

Eden Innovations has recently had their carbon nanotube enriched, liquid concrete admixture approved for use by the state of Georgia’s Department of Transportation (GDOT), for use in their 24 hour accelerated strength concrete (Section 504) and Class B concrete (Section 500) applications. EdenCrete is a proprietary carbon-strengthened concrete additive, which is used for improving the …

     

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