New GPS changes the game for everyone by Peter Silcock, CCNZ CEO

The NZTA is the largest single client for the civil contractors, spending $4 billion per year per from the National Land Transport Fund, influencing another $1.5 billion of local government spending, and investing another $0.5 billion of Crown funds. When Government signals a change to how that much money will be spent it has massive…

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…

Discovery of pre-European artefacts at Huntly Bypass

The teeth of a pre-European ceremonial wooden comb, a heru, have been discovered during earthworks on the Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway.  A machine operator uncovered an old midden site with an excavator. He realised the significance of the find and stopped work immediately to allow time for Kaiarahi Kawe Nikora to contact the…

Transmission Gully- Photo Album

Things at Transmission Gully are going smoothly. There are over 300 machines working on the site during the season. What better way to check progress than through the picture album? Here are some recent images from the construction zone(s).

Volvo’s EC950E crawler excavator

The excavator we saw performing at the Transdiesel product launch event was built in Volvo’s Korean factory and had been in the country a fortnight. This is the largest crawler excavator in the company’s range: at the time of writing it’s the sole EC950E in New Zealand. More EC950Es will inevitably follow, but there’s something…

Ringside footage from Friday

On Friday we were able to shoot some footage of the three new Volvo machines in action. In the clip below you’ll see the Volvo EC950E Excavator operating separately then see the L260 Wheel Loader working in tandem with the A60H Articulated Hauler(the rear view).

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…