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Key steps to branding a unified joint venture

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Developing a joint venture is more than just stringing company names together. A strong joint venture (JV) indicates the combined resources, knowledge and skills that make the consortium a comprehensive choice to complete the project. 

5 quick tips to increase your website traffic

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Increasing the number of people who visit your website will play a hand in the growth of your customer base. With a few small adjustments and additions to your current website strategy, it's possible to start increasing your website traffic. You don't need a large budget or have to learn to use a new system for these changes. We've put together a list of 5 tips which we think can help improve the number of visits to your website.

10 hints to better negotiate your next construction contract

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Have you ever wondered what successful construction company owners do differently? Most take similar approaches when negotiating contracts for construction of new buildings, remodels, expansions and more. We've researched and listed 10 tips to help identify and negotiate appropriate resolution to some of these approaches.

5 leadership techniques to build a high performance construction company

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Improving your business' productivity, performance and profitability will ensure you continue to grow and win more work. In order for this to happen,  you must follow a few steps and address some key aspects of your business strategy. Understand what it takes to be a high performing business.  

Bidders Shortlisted for $10.9-bil Melbourne Metro Rail Early Works

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Three of the world-leading bidders have now been shortlisted to deliver the works for the first stage on Australia’s largest transport infrastructure project.

Tenders open for $18.3-mil Chan Building Repurposing in Darwin

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A tender has been released for the design development and construct (with novated design) of the repurposing of Darwin's Chan Building. The $18.3 million repurposing project is being developed in partnership with the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT).

Want to rank better in search? SEO Series Part 1

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In June of 2015, there were roughly 12.8 million internet users in Australia. And as mobile technology spreads to the construction industry, it's become a pretty smart idea to take your business online.

Scoping requirements for $5.5 billion Western Distributor released

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The scoping requirements for the $5.5 billion Western Distributor Project has just been released by the Andrews Labor Government. The latest release of information will help shape the Environmental Effects Statement (EES). 

CCF QLD Conference 2016: 11 speakers you won't want to miss

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This coming March, construction professionals of all types, backgrounds and levels will descend upon Brisbane for CCF QLD's annual conference with the hopes of returning home with some new expertise and construction insights that'll help them grow their businesses and capitalise on project opportunities. 

Top 10 most impressive civil engineering projects

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Construction and engineering methods and practices have developed significantly over the years to make projects more efficient and deliver a sustainable end product. Even with the advancements that have been introduced in recent years, some of the most impressive projects were completed long before the use of advanced technology.  

QLD Government brings forward $70 million infrastructure funding

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The $70 million critical regional infrastructure fund from the Palaszczuk Government is being fast-tracked by six months. This will boost economic growth and increase the number of jobs in regional Queensland.

Need to know: How to submit an EOI for the $300m Northern Gas Pipeline Construction project

Projects

Construction contractor for the Northern Gas Pipeline, McConnell Dowell, is seeking expressions of interest for supplier and subcontractor opportunities that may arise for the pipeline.

Australia's first long-term national infrastructure plan released

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The Australian Government has welcomed the release of Infrastructure Australia's 15-year Australian Infrastructure Plan, which sets out an ‘Infrastructure Priority List’ of more than 90 potential projects around the country and an extensive set of recommendations relevant to all levels of government about reforms to improve the delivery of infrastructure nation-wide. The Australian Infrastructure Plan is the first long-term national infrastructure plan, based on a top down audit of the nation's assets, developed in the nation's history.

$400m Longford pipeline to create 500 construction jobs

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Lily D'Ambrosio's recent press release regarding Esso Australia's $400 million Longford pipeline replacement project has revealed exciting news for locals in the Rosedale area. Announcing that the project is set to create around 500 jobs and benefit local suppliers in Gippsland with material and services being sourced locally where possible.

State Councils collect $251.2 million Financial Assistance Grant payments this quarter

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Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government Paul Fletcher said councils can direct the funds to any activities, programmes or services according to the needs of their local community.

FAQs about the newly approved Gold Coast Airport expansion

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The Australian Government has approved a major terminal upgrade for the Gold Coast Airport, allowing construction to commence shortly. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Gold Coast Airport expansion will cater for future growth and the increased passenger numbers expected during the upcoming 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Australian Government approves design modification to Warrego Highway (West) interchange

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The Australian Government has agreed to an enhanced design option to 'future-proof' the Warrego Highway West interchange as part of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) project.

Tender awarded for $3mil Bruce Highway overtaking lane project

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Mackay based Vassallo Constructions has been awarded the contract to construct an overtaking lane on the Bruce Highway near Thomsetts Road, south of Proserpine, with work due to begin in March.

Building the first WestConnex tunnel is set to begin within months

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Building the first WestConnex tunnel is set to begin within months, with planning approval received for the new underground M4 East, an important step in the crucial project. Federal Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher said the tick of approval from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment meant initial works could begin straight away on the 5.5km tunnel, with major construction expected to start in the middle of the year.

5 factors that will define the office of the future

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Times are rapidly changing in the construction market, and it's never been more important to adapt in order to see your company grow. A shift is occurring within offices as a result of technology and the rise of employees with a nontraditional approach to office life. The concept of 'the office of the future' is more than just the space in which employees work - it includes the culture and vibe of the office as well as the awareness of the health and well being of all workers. 

Exclusive interview: Federal Government's outlook for 2016 infrastructure

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PlantMiner exclusively caught up with a spokesperson for the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss to discuss the infrastructure outlook for 2016. As one of the last Q&A's submitted before the announcement of Deputy Prime Minister Truss' retirement date today, we gain his thoughts on the Federal Government's optimism for future infrastructure delivery. 

Security of payment reform for Queensland to help subbies get paid

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The Queensland Government has released a Security of Payment discussion paper to seek comments and suggestions from industry and the community on how best to tackle this issue for subcontractors. During the next month or so, the Government is meeting with Queenslanders at consultation sessions all around the State to hear what they think. Learn more about the wide-ranging legislation that could impose significant changes to the administration of construction contracts.

11 factors that have changed the yellow goods market

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In a recent post, we covered Ernst & Young's latest Australian Yellow Goods report which valued excavators, haul trucks, dozers and loaders in today's mining and construction current climate. So while there are recovery signs in construction, the mining sector tells a much bleaker story. Here are 11 reasons why. 

6 emerging technologies that will change your construction site

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We’ve seen a tonne of construction technologies enter the market in the past year. It’s hard to keep track of the latest being heralded as the next ‘must have’ tool to further your construction company. So, to help you out, we’ve created this list of ​​6 of the most promising technologies in construction in 2015 that are here to stay in 2016. 

Preferred consortium announced for $1.6bn Level Crossing Removals

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CIMIC Group Company, CPB Contractors, has been chosen as the preferred consortium to design and construct the Level Crossing Removal Project:Caulfield to Dandenong in Melbourne. CPB Contractors will deliver the Caulfield to Dandenong package as part of an Alliance with Lendlease, WSP, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aurecon, LXRA and MTM.

6 steps to avoiding the cashflow gap

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Construction can be a hard game when it comes to cash flow and being paid on time and in full. Cash flow is important for the survival of your business and to ensure you win new projects, have the ability to buy materials and pay your employees. Consider a few tips and ticks to help ensure you are cash flow positive and keeping track of your incoming payments. 

BGC Contracting win $58m Burrill Lake Bridge replacement

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BGC Contracting has launched its expansion into NSW after being awarded the contract to replace the Burrill Lake Bridge on the Princes Highway, just south of Ulladulla. NSW Roads and Maritime Services report that construction of this $58 million project is expected to start in early 2016. 

Tenders called for $10m Arnot Creek Bridge Replacement

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A start to work on replacing the old Arnot Creek bridge near Ingham on the Bruce Highway is being fast-tracked, with the call for tenders for the $10 million project released late last week. 

WestConnex Stage 3 (M4-M5 Link) planning underway

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The $16.8 billion WestConnex motorway development project has reached another milestone with the planning application lodged for the much-anticipated final stage of the project. The third and final stage involves the crucial link between the M4 and M5 corridors.

Tullamarine Freeway Upgrade awarded to Lend Lease

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Earlier today it was announced by the Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government Paul Fletcher, that Lend Lease had been awarded the Tullamarine Freeway upgrade contract. 

Real progress made on $4.3bn Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade

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If you've traveled the northern coast of New South Wales in the past few months, you'll know that the Pacific Highway is a beast of a project, with construction marking a significant section heading south. Deputy Prime Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss confirmed earlier in the week that progress on the Pacific Highway upgrade is well underway with new access roads, realignments and rockblasting along the first 26 of the 115 kilometres between Woolgoolga to Ballina.

CPB Contractors win $384m Section C of Bruce Highway Upgrade

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Works to upgrade around 10.5 kilometres of the Bruce Highway between Traveston and Woondum came a step closer today with the successful tenderer for Cooroy to Curra Section C finally announced.

Pre-construction works begin in Queen's Wharf Brisbane Precinct

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Preliminary site investigation works for the multi-billion dollar Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development have begun, Destination Brisbane Consortium announced today.

2 hidden hacks and features every tenderer should know about appendices

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In the past few years, tendering for government contracts has become an ultra-monitored environment - and not just for tendering parties. The contracts awarded also have significant impacts on the State's economy, on the provision of jobs, and on the development of vital infrastructure and commercial, civic and residential assets for all citizens. With economic factors at play, awarding contracts has never been more contentious and every line of a tender is considered - even the appendices. 

Semi-trailer white-paint regulation removed to save industry millions

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The Australian Government today announced a change to the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) which will cut red tape and save heavy vehicle operators millions of dollars, with no risk to safety.

Carmichael coal mine gains final approval from QLD Government

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The Queensland State Government has granted environmental approval to build Australia's largest coal mine, the Galilee Basin Carmichael coal mine. However, developer Adani still needs to find $16 billion in funding for the project, as well as secure a mining licence in Queensland. 

Tenders called for Stage Two of $500m Midland Highway Upgrades

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Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government Paul Fletcher has called for tenders to construct Stage Two of the Kempton to Melton Mowbray section of Tasmania's Midland Highway upgrade. 

Value for yellow goods in mining sector continues to freefall

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Industry consultants Ernst and Young, in its 2016 Australian Yellow Goods Report, have confirmed that "values for yellow goods [large excavators, large haul trucks, small haul trucks, dozers and loaders] in the mining sector have continued to freefall over the last 12 months on the back of minimal demand and significant supply". However, there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel for the construction and general purpose sector. 

QLD Government to fast-track delivery of $28m Vine Creek Bridge project

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The Palaszczuk Government is moving to fast-track the delivery of the Mackay region's $28 million Vines Creek Bridges project and the 42 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs needed to deliver it. 

4 green buildings that are leading the charge in Australia

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Green building refers to both the structure and the implementation of environmentally responsible practices through out the buildings life. We've been tracking the momentous trend of green building both domestically and internationally, and below listed the four projects that put Australia on the green building map. 

QLD Government approves Queen’s Wharf Brisbane PDA development scheme

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Queensland’s Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Jackie Trad, confirmed yesterday that the QLD Government has formally adopted the development scheme for the renewal of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Priority Development area. This redevelopment project will set Brisbane to see a massive increase in jobs.

Canberra Metro named as successful consortium for $698m Capital Metro light rail project

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The first stage of Canberra’s light rail network will be delivered by a world-class consortium, Canberra Metro, sooner and with a capital cost lower than earlier estimated, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell have announced.

Brisbane Lord Mayor's $1.54b "Brisbane Metro" plan

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Brisbane's lord mayor Graham Quirk yesterday announced plans to construct a $1.54 billion high frequency subway system, known as "Brisbane Metro", in the inner city if re-elected.  A first of its kind in Australia, the "Brisbane Metro" would see sections of the south-east and inner northern busways altered and an underground subway system built to cater for a rubber-tyred metro service that would link Woolloongabba to Herston.