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…

A Microcredentials Pilot Scheme

Guest Post by Hugh Wilson from Unitec Auckland A microcredential is a recognition that a person has demonstrated a certain competency.  For example, a civil engineering microcredential could recognise the holder’s ability to design a road pavement or knowledge of earthworks construction.  Microcredentials have the potential to allow learners choices; you can learn what you…

Win a copy of Diesel, Dust, Men & Machine!

Kevin Freeman’s comprehensive book ‘Diesel, Dust, Men and Machines’ covers most of the contractors involved with work on the hydro scheme in the South Island, from Benmore to Clyde, with a brief history on each and plenty of photos. In the back of this book is also a comprehensive list of all machines involved, including…

Longswamp section slideshow-May 2019

This slideshow is made up of aerial pics taken above Longswamp – which comprises a 5.9km section of existing SH1 route between the completed Rangiriri and Mercer sections. The principal contractor is Downer NZ, and the project, which cost $96 million, is due for completion in November 2019. At the moment the main focus is…