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Project Spotlight: Pūhoi to Warkworth PPP

Projects

The Pūhoi to Warkworth project will extend the four-lane Northern Motorway (SH1) from the Johnstone’s Hill tunnels to just north of Warkworth. The goal is to build a safer, more reliable SH connection for motorists and encourage economic and population growth through freight and tourism. The question now on everyone's lips is "who is going to secure the $760 million project?"

Stage:
Preferred tenderer expected to be announced by mid 2016 with award of contract Oct 2016. 

$1.5bn East West Link funds to stay in Victoria

News

The Commonwealth Government has agreed to open Tony Abbott's 'locked box' policy and allowed the Victorian Government to keep the $1.5 billion allocated for the dumped East West Link project. 

Western Sydney's road upgrades spark local job boom

Projects

The Australian and NSW governments are funding a 10 year, $3.6 billion road investment program. Seymour White has already testified to how the plan is strengthening businesses, "in NSW we're growing quicker than other state we're in" spokesman Rob Parry-Williams said. 

3 reasons certified operators improve your bottom line

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Have you ever had to weigh price vs quality for your project? Or questioned how important a certification really is? Oxford Economics took a deep look at the human resources challenges in the near future and found that 66% of companies are coming up short in putting together a workforce that will meet their business goals. In the mining and construction industries, certifications/tickets/licenses are an important way to build a specialised team for your next project. 

Residential market accounts for 80% of cranes in capital cities

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Populating the skyline of Australia's cities, the number of cranes observed in Australia have grown from 113 to 539. The continuing strength of the residential sector across Australia has seen an extra 117 cranes commence work on residential sites, representing an overall increase of 38 % more cranes. We shed light on the RLB's newly released Crane Index

3 pitfalls to building productive construction teams

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Start your project the right way, with an efficient and well lead construction team. Producing a high quality project within the specified time frame can become difficult when issues arise and things don't go as planned. Mediate the issues by ensuring your construction team can work together, follow your leadership and produce high quality results. Understand the three most commonly experienced roadblocks when building construction teams and learn how to avoid these. 

3 advantages of setting default rates

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Whether you're a contractor or a supplier, saving time and money are likely to underpin your business efforts. When quoting, suppliers have to consider fleet or package requirements, location, duration, value, the client and more. The same is true for the contractors who are required to manage budgets, order materials, client objectives, resources and supply chains. For both parties to a hire contract, default rates represent an effective way to get the ball rolling. 

Project Spotlight: $985 million Northern Connector

Projects

Expressions of interest in constructing the $985 million Northern Connector road project in South Australia were called for yesterday. Interested bidders can now nominate to be considered to design and construct the new six-lane, 15.5 kilometre link between the Northern Expressway, the South Road Superway and the Port River Expressway.

Item Spotlight: Crane

Equipment

A crane is an essential piece of the plant list for large-scale construction projects. Construction projects use intricate and heavy machinery on a daily basis, yet in many instances, procurement officers do not end up selecting the most suitable machinery for their project, leading to potential delays and increased operation costs. Choosing the right crane will save your project from such drawbacks and will also ensure the working environment is safe and productive. Here, we look at the most popular types of cranes for hire.

Project Spotlight: $1.3 billion CityLink Tulla widening project in Melbourne

Projects

As part of the $1.3 billion CityLink Tulla Widening project, upgrades have begun on the CityLink between Bulla Road and Bell Street. The wideing will involve upgrades to 24 kilometres of CityLink and the Tullamarine Freeway. Once the project is completed, congestion will be reduced and provide a more efficient and smoother journey.

Strong conditions for investing in infrastructure

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The need for new infrastructure is underpinned by economic growth, urbanisation and population growth. Fortunately, Managing Director Transport of Commonwealth Bank Christopher Scougall, argues that "investor demand for infrastructure has never been stronger and conditions for investing in infrastructure have never been better." Below we list everything you need to know about Scougall's report. 

4 tips to keep your team safe on-site

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Whether you’re a project manager, site supervisor, or machine operator, it’s your primary responsibility to make sure that your team is safe from any kind of injury or accident while working on site. Unfortunately, in some cases, our quest for project efficiency means that safety measures are cut to make room for further productivity. The link is simple -  if you minimise the importance of safety guidelines, you’re increasing the risk of an on-site accident.

Project Spotlight: Adani Carmichael mine is given green light by Federal Government

Projects

The federal government has reapproved Adani Group’s plans for a major coal mine and rail line in Queensland, injecting momentum into a multibillion-dollar project that had snagged on environmental concerns and the global commodity price slump.

8 best practices successful hire companies follow

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With 10+ years under your belt, a comprehensive understanding of your team or machinery, and strong ideas about how to talk to contractors, it may seem like best practices don't apply to you. However, with new technology coming out every day, weekly changes in market prices, and shifting demands in contractor behaviour,  one thing is abundantly clear: best practices are still an important part of business. 

Project Spotlight: NZ's $267mil Southern Corridor Improvements Project

Projects

Leighton Contractors, a registered PlantMiner searching company, has recently secured the $267 million Southern Corridor Improvements Project, connecting Auckland to the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and the rest of New Zealand. Read more about the project's critical link to NZ's transport network, and how PlantMiner suppliers provided rates for Leighton's latest project. 

3 clever ways to nurture leads into customers

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Think about your significant other for a moment. Think about the relationship you've built on trust, patience and understanding. Now remember how annoyed that person gets if they're forced to wait for your call, text or email. Now imagine the alternative, if that person called you five times a day, just to arbritrarily check in. That's just not how relationships work. And it's probably what's ruining your lead follow up, too. 

Project Spotlight: Gold Coast light rail one step closer to appointing successful contractor

Projects

The Federal Government has agreed to financially support the proposed expansion of the Gold Coast Light Rail project, allocating $95 million towards the long-awaited second stage of the rail line. With all three levels of Government committed to fund the extension, construction is expected to start in April 2016 and completed in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

The green construction foot print

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Green construction, also known as green building and sustainable building refers to the structure being built, as well as ensuring the processes are environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout the building life cycle. 

What kind of excavator do you need for different jobs?

Equipment

Excavators are one of the most popular bits of gear on both mining and construction projects. Whether driving by a job site, or even operating the machine, most have seen excavators ranging from 0.5 tonnes all the way to over 500 tonnes.

Employee of the Month: September

Team

We're building a company people love, and so we invest in our team members. As of September 2015, we've grown to 112 specialists in business development, procurement, tenders, tech, customer service, HR and marketing. As we build and specialise, winning employee of the month is no easy task! 

Grow your business using the Internet

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Are you searching for the best pizza place in town or maybe a place to go to for the next long weekend? Nowadays, online search engines are the first and only place you check for answers. In every way, the internet has simplified everyday processes for us - pay your bills, book your appointments, shop for new products … the list is endless. What you probably don’t realise, is that every step of the way, you’re considering a business based on their listing online. You don’t book accommodation that you can’t view pictures of, you don’t even browse the menu if it’s got terrible feedback and you don’t consider a business that doesn’t have an online presence.

$1b plan to grow NT infrastructure

News

The Territory Government will use today’s NT Major Projects Conference to announce how it will invest $200 million in money from the November sale of Territory Insurance Office (TIO). 

Project Spotlight: Tenders called for $55 million stage 2 of Gold Coast light rail project

Projects

After being stalled for the past two years due to a ban on urban infrastructure funding, the second stage of the Gold Coast light rail project has opened for tender. 

Working with industry and others

Insider

When wokring with, for, and alongisde others, there are numerous factors to considers as well as capabilities to demonstrate. Presenting your business in the right way and highlighting key information may be the deciding factor between you or your competitor winning the next project. 

Project Spotlight: $624 million Bruce Highway upgrade fast-tracked

Projects

We love a good news story, and a fast-tracked project even more. Yesterday it was announced that the delivery of Section C of the Bruce Highway upgrade between Traveston and Woodum has been fast-tracked, with detailed design now complete and construction expected to start early next year.