Christchurch Southern Motorway – Stage 2, August 2019 drone footage

Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 2 (CSM2) project shows traffic using the new Weedons Road bridge and southbound traffic now travelling across the Shands Road bridge- great milestones achieved for the project during July 2019. The Robinsons Road Overpass continues to progress well and vast amounts of landscaping is currently being undertaken along the alignment. Construction…

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…

Managing construction waste in 2019

The current climate in construction is shifting, to change.  A guest blog by Regan Burke New Zealand’s infrastructure is experiencing a predicted long and busy boom. Auckland has more cranes up on the skyline than any other city in the south east Asia area.  But at what cost? Perception of convenience and disregard for long term…

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…

Introducing myKomatsu: buy parts online, quickly and easily

Komatsu New Zealand has launched myKomatsu, a new online parts customer portal that makes ordering parts a quick and easy process. Available 24/7 throughout New Zealand, myKomatsu has been designed to ensure that customers order the right parts for their machines and are through to checkout as quickly as possible. It is completely cross-platform, allowing…