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Recycled materials from aquaculture can be used in place of concrete and asphalt

Recycled materials from aquaculture can be used in place of concrete and asphalt

A Tasmanian-based recycling firm has set its sights on end-of-life fishing lines and nets – difficult to recycle materials given the number of polymers they’re made of – and will soon install “very expensive” technology to divert these problem wastes from landfill. Environex specialise in the collection of waste from the aquaculture industry and the …

How the revised Commonwealth Procurement Rules may help you win Commonwealth Government work

How the revised Commonwealth Procurement Rules may help you win Commonwealth Government work

Revised Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) come into effect on 1 March 2017. The changes were negotiated by Senator Nick Xenophon, who labeled the amendments a “sea change” and “unambiguously good for Australian industry”. This is an exciting time for Australian suppliers to the Commonwealth Government who are well placed to take advantage of the opportunities …

A brief look at the crane industry

A brief look at the crane industry

Anyone who’s been following the Performance of Construction Index, or PCI, will have observed what can best be described as turbulence. Good months and bad months seem to randomly take turns across construction and its sub-sectors. But as growth and contraction take turns, cranes and lifting machines keep doing what they’ve always done. The last …

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 …

     

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