Recycling tyres- three new suggestions

Carl Vaughan contacted us with these new suggestions. Tyre disposal is obviously a major issue in New Zealand and throughout the world. Around 6 million tyres come into New Zealand each year. They can’t be buried, as they rise back out of the ground, and they can’t be burned. A lot of tyres are shipped…

2019 Hirepool Construction Excellence Awards

The Winners have been named in the 2019 civil construction awards A record-breaking pipeline in Auckland, a Napier roading upgrade to make a busy intersection safe, an Auckland wastewater station and a stormwater restoration in Wellington won respective category awards at the 41st CCNZ Hirepool Construction Excellence awards in Rotorua on 2 August. McConnell Dowell…

Survey on Early Contractor Involvement

The Engineering School at the University of Canterbury is currently undergoing research to determine the ‘optimal stage’ to involve the contractor in pre-construction services. Previous research has shown that engaging in pre-construction services can provide benefits to all stakeholders (I.e. contractors, clients, and consultants) when performed correctly. The Engineering School has created a short survey…

Whisper Quiet

Ground-breaking local ingenuity is giving Smart Dig the advantage when it comes to quieter hydro excavation. Rob Southey set up in business back in 1997 with a single truck cleaning effluent ponds for farmers. From there, his company has grown quickly to the point where Southeys Group has now cornered the market in not only…

On the trail of heritage machines

Clark-Michigan rolled out it’s twin-engined scraper- the 110HT, in 1970. The machine was a reasonable success for C-M and over 1000 were produced. A small number trickled into NZ, although no-one is sure exactly how many arrived, or where they ended up working. In 2009 Richard Campbell wrote about the NZ imports in a Classic…

Vault Solo introduces SoloDrive

NZ company Vault Intel has recently added a new tool to complement its wearable software technology product Vault Solo. SoloDrive is a fleet management software product that uses a matrix system to assess user performance under categories and scores each journey undertaken with a performance total. Any manager responsible for a fleet of vehicles will…

Bridging the Waimak

The Christchurch Northern Corridor (CNC) Alliance is the head contractor on a $240 million project which sees the Main North Road and the Western Belfast By-Pass converge with the new Northern Corridor just south of the Waimakariri River. Currently the Alliance is engaged in a 16 month long project adding additional traffic and cycle lanes…