Relieving Auckland’s traffic woes

Auckland’s next decade of transport is looking fantastic with latest version of the Auckland Transport Alignment Project just released by Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff. We’ll have some more complete analysis but here are some of the highlights: It’s a fully funded, $28 billion package over the coming decade. $4.4b of new…

Meeting the new Volvo machines- in a quarry

Last Friday the stars aligned for brand Volvo. Customers of Transdiesel, Volvo Construction Equipment’s NZ agency, converged in Auckland from as far afield as Perth and Singapore to attend an demonstration of new machines in the construction range. There was also the small matter of a stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race, and its associated…

LeTourneau’s Tournacranes

The original YouTube clip was released late last year but needed some editing. Here is the remix, with static captions and slightly longer. Early in the clip there’s a great shot of Jim Dryden(not Hugh!) of Dryden & Co, standing in front of a Tournacrane at the site of Wellington’s future airport. Please like the…

The Robur ‘Vibro’ attachment is breaking ground

Robur Attachments is a relatively new player in the attachments marketplace, and one its products is literally breaking some ground. The Robur ‘Vibe’ ripper has been proving it’s mettle in drought-like conditions nationwide. The feature picture shows the ripper at work on Puhoi to Warkworth extension. Here’s video footage of the attachment at work: For…

Building bridges by printer

Dutch officials have toasted the opening of what is being called the world’s first 3D-printed concrete bridge designed for cyclists built in the Dutch southeastern town of Gemert. Work on printing the bridge, which has some 800 layers, took about three months after starting in June and it is made of reinforced, pre-stressed concrete, according…

Software simplifies consent process

Software provider CS-VUE supplied an environmental compliance management system for the first stage of the $709.5 million motorway from Puhoi to Warkworth being built by the Northern Express Group (NX2). The project has outcome based RMA conditions that provide greater flexibility to the contractor in both design and construction than most other Transport Agency projects.…