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Rio Tinto approves US$1.9b project


Following the approval of the US$1.9 billion Amrun project, Rio Tinto will expand the output of one of the worlds premier bauxite deposits. The yearly output is estimated at 22.8 million tonnes, replacing the East Weipa mine which is nearing depletion and further increasing Cape York's exports by an approximated 10 million tonnes. 

H2flow proves value for money outweighs competing on pricing alone

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Value can mean different things to different people in construction. To most contractors, procurement is driven by value for money. However, it's important to remember that the lowest price is not the only indicator of value, and an offer can represent serious non-cost benefits like fitness for purpose, quality, delivery, service, support and sustainability impacts. I caught up with Ben Brown, Business Development Manager of H2flow, South East Queensland's leading water services carrier, to ask some questions about the hire industry and the direction it's heading in.

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing: Everything you need to know to supply for the project


Earlier this year Nexus Infrastructure was awarded the contract to design, construct, operate and maintain the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) - a $1.6billion, 41km road bypass route connecting the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa in the east to Gore Highway at Athol in the west via Charlton. 

On Nov 26, Nexus Infrastructure held a TSRC information session, which covered everything from recruitment and resourcing of the project, to procurement and processes. Big projects have specific needs, and it's critically important to start preparing now if you wish to be apart of this major project. 

Here's what you need to know to increase your chances of working on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project: 

4 tips to avoid contractual pitfalls between contractors and suppliers


Construction companies have two main priorities when it comes to business growth strategies - securing the work, and satisfying the client. However, when you concentrate on any one issue above all else, you can miss small yet important details. This is often the case between contractor and supplier relationship breakdowns. 

Project Update: Queen's Wharf development

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Over 50 of South East Queensland's contractors, a few members of PlantMiner's team and other interested parties gathered this morning for a private audience with Alison Smith, General Manager of Corporate Affairs at Star Entertainment Group and David Edwards, Projects Chief Executive at the Department of State Development. With Star Entertainment (previously Echo Entertainment) signing the final Queen's Wharf Brisbane contract just last week, the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) QLD meeting offered members the perfect opportunity to meet key contacts of the the Queen's Wharf project and discuss developments. 

Tender for $119.6 mil Tasmanian Freight Rail upgrade awarded to VEC Civil Engineering


It's recently been announced that VEC Civil Engineering Pty Ltd have been awarded the single largest tender of the $119.6 million Tasmanian Freight Rail revitalisation project, carrying out the track works for the Melba and Western line. 

Overcoming wet weather on your job site


Effective project management is essential for the success of any development. With the Summer storms on the horizon, it's important that wet weather is at the forefront of your memory when putting together your project plan. Understanding a few of the key areas to focus on when planning for wet weather can contribute to the success of your project, helping to avoid delays and onsite liabilities. 

Distracted operators and the toll on fleet managers


Civil construction relies on a range of heavy excavation and earthmoving equipment. operator distraction is a significant danger to the safe operation of this equipment, leading to serious crash-related injuries, delays in work progress and damage to other plant and equipment on-site. As our dependency on technology increases, so does the temptation to participate in distracting activities. Unfortunately,  modern construction sites present equipment operators with continuous opportunities for distraction. 

5 advantages of having equipment with GPS tracking


Construction tech is here to stay. If you haven't already, it's time to incorporate technology into your company's future plans. GPS tracking, a new equipment management software, is just one innovation that has changed the construction landscape. GPS allows the owner to keep track of their employees or fleet wherever they may be. But a fleet tracking solution offers so much more - reduced costs, increased driver safety, lower risk of accidents, improved company culture and policies when it comes to driver education. 

Melbourne's central city planning encourages builders to move to hotel development


Until very recently, years of lax controls allowed Melbourne – fuelled by local and overseas capital – to build apartments with four times the maximum density allowed in high-rise capitals like Hong Kong, New York and Tokyo. However, in early September, the state government imposed limits on the desnity of buildings developers can put on sites. It also made Melbourne's discretionary height limits mandatory. So how have Melbourne's developers adjusted? Many have made the switch to develop hotels, rather than residential towers. 

Win more jobs by improving client communication


The most common reason for construction disputes is a breach in communication and expectations. We cannot overstress the role of communication in a construction project. A construction project has an enormous number of “moving parts”: A successful project demands that the professionals involved are experienced, appropriate, have the same mind-set, are team players with complimentary skill sets–and that they are managed to bring out their best work to meet the vision and goals of the project. 

Tackling a fast track construction project


Projects are time sensitive and various factors can influence their deadlines. Working within a time restriction can cause a project manager to rethink their approach and determine their ability to deliver when under pressure. A fast track project is not achievable for all businesses and when accepting a contract for a fast track project it's important to be prepared in order to ensure you have the capabilities and resources to get the job done. 

Five key areas that will help perfect your onsite safety


Health and safety is a crucial factor to consider within all industries. However, the construction industry has significantly higher levels of risk and so regulations must be strictly enforced and followed. Any leeway could cost workers their health and ability to work, as well as slowing the project and creating additional costs. Understanding what areas to focus on could lead to a seamless safety program, minimising on site risks and liabilities. 

Six steps to more efficient fleet maintenance


Keeping a well-maintained fleet of equipment requires attention to detail and a systemaic approach to maintenance - all of which can benefit from a GPS fleet management system.

$17.1 million Caboolture River Bridge upgrade calls for tenders


The 90-year-old Caboolture River Bridge on Morayfield Road in Queensland will soon be seeing a much-needed upgrade. A media statement released recently states that tenders have been called for the project and the contract for this project will be awarded early 2016.

Construction Professional's Guide: 13 tips to build a great LinkedIn profile

Social selling is part activity, part reputation. If you're writing great comments on your colleagues' construction blogs, responding to their project tweets, and liking their shared content, you've got the activity bit down pat. But if your LinkedIn profile doesn't include your past experience and features a cropped picture of you from your footy team, you can't really call yourself a social guru. 

Tenders called for Tasmania's Kempton to Melton Mowbray Stage 1 project


Tenders are now open for safety improvements on the Kempton to Melton Mowbray Stage 1 project—the next milestone in the Australian and Tasmanian governments' $500 million Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan.

Beat the heat while working on-site


Summer is fast approaching and most people are excited for the warmer beach-going climate, but for those who work on construction or mining sites, surviving the hottest days of the year sounds a lot harder than it actually is. Operators may spend hours under the sun, which can be a huge health hazard if certain safety procedures aren’t taken. 

$24.7b Australian Pacific LNG project to start this month


The Australia Pacific LNG project is a coal seam gas (CSG) to liquefied natural gas (LNG) project delivering a cleaner, greener sustainable energy source. It will be a source of major investment through to 2020, creating around 10,000 jobs throughout the life of the project, increasing local skills and boosting regional economies. Origin Energy recently confirmed November as the date for the long-awaited start-up of its $24.7 billion project in Queensland, making it the third of the state's huge gas export projects to begin production this year. 

How to research the client you're next contracting for


Finding work can be a lengthy process and actually winning the project can be arduous. An important factor to distinguish which projects to pursue is to evaluate the company you'd be working for. The contracting company you supply to can largely effect the experience you have throughout the duration of the project. 

12 steps to work social selling into your day


Construction professionals who'd rather be ahead of the curve than chasing it would be smart to start including social media as part of their daily or weekly tasks. Social selling is the process of researching, connecting, and interacting with prospects and customers on social media networks -- notably LinkedIn for our industry, but others certainly fit the bill. Through commenting on, liking, and sharing prospects’ and customers’ posts, salespeople create relationships with buyers and boost their credibility by taking an interest in what they’re interested in.

Project Spotlight: SunCentral Maroochydore


The SunCentral Maroochydore project is an exciting opportunity to establish a new and expanding Central Business District in Maroochydore. Located approximately 100 kilometres north of Brisbance CBD, It is recognised as the Principal Regional Activity Centre for the Sunshine Coast region. With the Marychoodore City Centre 10 minutes from the Sunshine Coast airport and five minutes from world-class beaches, this development is sure to boost tourism and bring thousands of jobs to the area. 

Biggest mistakes made by equipment hire companies


There are thousands of hire companies across Australia and each will tell you why their management style is best. Becoming a successful supplier takes time and effort, and more often than not, learning from mistakes.