Looking to diversify, John Holland has set it's sights on residential development and hotel investments thanks to a $1.1 billion budget funded by its new parent company, Chinese engineering and construction behemoth China Communications Construction Company International Holding.
Congratulations to Brookfield Multiplex for winning the Jewel resort project on the Gold Coast. This architectural icon in the making will be funded by Dalian Wanda group, owned by China's richest man Wang Jianlin, and its joint venture partner Ridong. Brookfield Multiplex compete with two other consortiums - Grocon with China State Construction No.8 and CIMIC with China State Construction No.1.
With the construction of the Newcastle light rail network expected to commence later this year, the Government announced on January 21 that it's calling for expressions of interest for the design and construct of the project.
Now that the first month of 2016 has come and gone, construction professionals are back in the swing of work and focusing attention on the year ahead. With a new year comes new opportunity and new challenges. As a project manager, you must stay on top of the advancement and changes to your position if you wish to continue performing and winning work. We've researched industry trends for 2016 and come up with a list of predictions outlining what a project management role will look like in 2016.
Promised for decades, The Victorian Government has today announced that they're going ahead with the Chandler Highway bridge upgrade. This project will deliver a new six lane bridge next to the old existing bridge which was built in 1891 and sees approximately 44,000 vehicles each day, operating far above it's capacity. The upgrade is set to see significant reductions in travel time and queuing during peak periods and will allow for future growth in traffic volumes.
Project supervisors and managers often have a finger in every pie of a construction site. From hiring personnel and budgeting to dealing with clients. According to an article by Bright Hub Project Management, a construction project manager's duties include, but not limited to, the following:
- Scheduling, budgeting and planning
- Hiring contractors
- Prepare contracts
- Monitoring and directing the project's and their team's progress
- Obtain any required documents for the project
- Deal with any delays in production
With all the responsibilities mentioned above, project managers often have their hands full. An experienced project manager is prepared for hundreds of different situations that affect their job site. However, the nature of construction means that things are changing so rapidly that it can sometimes to be hard to keep up.
Winning a bid can often come down to the strategy and approach you use when putting together and submitting your application. Often, factors are overlooked or areas of a bid are misunderstood. Being clear on your strategy and ensuring it's inline with what's industry approved can help increase your chances of winning work. Reading articles and asking for help could be your greatest advantage. Be aware of what people are looking for and the do's and not's of bidding.
The Australian and NSW governments are unlocking the economic potential of Western Sydney with funding for 11 critical new local roads projects.
SkyCity has been given the green light for its $300 million proposed Adelaide Casino redevelopment on North Terrace, including an 80-room luxury hotel overlooking the Torrens River.
Each year there are hundreds of workplace accidents and dozens of workplace injury-related fatalities. The construction industry is an incredible dangerous one. And within the construction industry, there are five accident types that are particularly deadly. These have often been termed constructions 'fatal five'.
Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Minister Mark Bailey addressed an industry briefing with local contractors this morning to discuss upcoming road projects as part of the Queensland Government’s Accelerated Works Program (AWP). The briefing highlighted 11 road construction projects that have been identified to bring forward and provide job opportunities for locals.
Three companies have been shortlisted to prepare detailed proposals for construction of Stage Two of the $1.12 billion NorthLink WA initiative. The bigger bombshell from this project is that the Government has confirmed a third stage. The development stage for Stage Two had initially planned for a new 37km high standard link from the intersection of the Reid and Tonkin Highways to Muchea. However, we can confirm that Stage Two, previously termed the Central and Northern stage, is now being split. Stage Two now only comprises of the Central section, Reid Highway to Ellenbrook. Stage Three of the $1.12 billion project will tackle the Northern Section from Ellenbrook to Muchea. with construction scheduled to start mid 2017 with completion mid 2019.
With construction work set to commence in the coming weeks, Nacap Australia has been confirmed as the construction contractor for the 187 km Longford Gas Conditioning Plant to Long Island Point Plant Replacement Pipeline.
John Holland Pty Ltd has been awarded the first construction contract for the $1.12 billion NorthLink WA project. In officially announcing the contract today, Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher said the contract was a significant step in realising the vision of NorthLink WA.
It's a major coup for any construction firm to be able to report that they are X many hours or days lost-time injury (LTI) free. The number not only represents a significant accomplishment for the business, but also means that they have created a positive safety culture of absolute compliance which is no small feat. It requires a steadfast commitment starting with senior management and filters down from Project Managers, Superintendents and Engineers through to the entire workforce.
Imagine the vigilance and continual improvement across all aspects of the firm it takes to build this number each day. Now imagine this number being reset to zero on one of your projects because a non-compliant or irresponsible operator made their way onto site. And this is where dishonesty is crippling the construction and mining industry.
Twenty-two (22) eligible expressions of interest (EOIs) received by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) for its $100 million large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) competitive round have been short-listed and invited to submit full applications for consideration.
It's a no-brainer for construction companies to work to improve their uptime. So what does this mean exactly? Simply put, uptime is the time that your machine or team is in operation. Downtime, on the other hand, is the time that your equipment or team are not working.
The Australian Government is investing $100 million to fund 164 bridges to deliver much-needed economic and safety benefits to communities around Australia under Round Two of the Bridges Renewal Programme.
Contractors are always on the hunt for things like efficiency, competence, and trustworthiness when choosing suppliers for their projects, but there's one other trait they should be looking out for... agility. Kelley Fry, Marketing and New Business Manager of the Victorian security storage company SITE SAFE, says that remaining agile helps keep your business competitive, demonstrates innovative thinking, and shows that you can respond quickly with solutions to challenges in the market.
Are you starting your own plant and equipment hire business? Or are you looking to growing your fleet? If a resounding YES! was your asnwer, there's a few factors for you to consider. Think of buying equipment in the same way you'd buy your family car - you want the very best features (safety first, capabilities, technology, fuel efficiency etc) for the most reasonable price. So before you buy a piece of equipment (new or used), check out the 5 tips below to help you find the right equipment, dealer and price.
Operating mobile plant comes with high levels of risk and as the supplier or operator, it's your responsibility to be aware of these risks and how to eliminate or minimise them. So while you may think you're on top of all requirements for the onsite operation of your plant, it's a beneficial habit to regularly check in with regulations and implement any changes. To help you cover your bases, we've listed a few common questions that often come up between owners and operators.
The joint venture between AJ Lucas and Spiecapag Australia, Spiecapag Lucas, has been awarded the construction contract for loopings 6–9 on APA Group’s Victorian Northern Interconnect Expansion (VNIE) Project. The project, which is part of APA Group's planned upgrade and expansion of its east coast gas grid in response to the transitioning gas market in eastern Australia, will increase the flow of gas from Victoria and New South Wales.
Networking remains a critical component of business is an important factor in all types of businesses. In fact, 70% of jobs are found through personal relationships! Whether you;re attending events, expos or seminars, you're given the chance to develop your personal career or forge new business relationships. This is networking.
"Tick and flick" training is when a training officer does not adequately teach nor assess the skills required for the qualification. It often occurs when the trainer marks as legitimate whatever skill the student claims to possess, or the provider offers such fast-tracked training it's not conceivable the student could be adequately qualified at the end. It's been a major topic of contention in the skills sector across Australia including childcare, education authorities, and unfortunately, civil construction too.
UK-based Laing O’Rourke is putting its Australian construction business, Laing O'Rourke Australia, up for sale following a strategic review of the group. The potential Australian sale comes at a time when head office is considering how to finance a global secured project pipeline worth about $18 billion. The UK government's National Infrastructure Pipeline has identified a plethora of energy, transport, waste, communications and other infrastructure projects which should keep construction companies busy over the next decade.
On site safety is a priority of any project and to ensure the safety of your entire on site team, risk must be reduced in all aspects of the project. As a plant and equipment supplier, it's your responsibility to ensure your gear complies with safety standards to be approved for on site work. The site manager or plant manger of the project is responsible and liable for all on site risks and incidents, therefore they will not work with you if your gear does not guarantee safe and problem free operating.
Without a doubt, working in construction has increased hazards compared to other industries, making safety regulations an ever-topical discussion point among construction companies. This has never been more true than with employees working at heights. When working feet above ground, workers should comply with the fall protection regulations set by site managers as these rules will keep everyone safe from accidents and from falling off a high structure.
Now that 2015 has come and gone, construction professionals are focusing attention on the year ahead. If you're interested in doing business with a government agency, there are many steps you can take to understand their needs and market your business as providing attractive, value for money solutions. You'll need to invest time and resources to enter the government market with success. And you're in luck, because we've talked with procurement officers from Queensland's Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning and asked more about tendering for the State and Federal Government.
Exciting news for Fulton Hogan and Laing O'Rourke over the Christmas period, having been awarded the Darlington upgrade project. They will work as a joint venture, Gateway South, to deliver the $620 million project. This job, under its new and extended scope, is set to bring large benefits to traffic flow, improving commuting, business and the South Australian economy.
January is a great time for businesses to take stock of their operations and evaluate how to work more efficiently, and more profitability, in the coming year. For those in the construction industry, it's important to consider what steps can be taken to extend the life of your fleet and positively impact your bottom line.