Contractor

Equipment selection with the use of basic maths

OREST PROTCH lives in British Columbia, Canada and works at a remote oil camp on a week in week out rotation. In his free time he writes articles on better business. This one explains how you should use basic maths ideas to select between two types of heavy equipment. His example 
figures out the payback between a tandem axle or tri-axle...

Heavy Haulage Conference 2017

Napier was the venue for this year’s NZHHA annual conference with art deco-themed entertainment 
serving as a backdrop for much lively debate. 
RUTH LE PLA was there. This was the first annual get-together since the long-debated new version of the VDAM (Vehicle Dimensions and Mass) Rule came into effect in February this...

Classic machines: Caterpillar’s No.12 motor grader

What makes a classic motor grader? Looks, ability, ease of operation and longevity are all pertinent factors as are resale value if you’re looking to buy another. Whatever the criteria, Caterpillar’s No.12 Motor Grader had them all. By RICHARD CAMPBELL Of the thousands of motor graders manufactured by Caterpillar since their takeover...

Solving pavement water damage

New research is looking for affordable methods of waterproofing our road surfaces. 
RICHARD SILCOCK explains a four-year research project in progress. WITH ROAD FREIGHT volumes increasing by 2.5 percent annually and extreme rainfall events perhaps becoming more prevalent, the New Zealand Transport Agency and local authorities are looking for...

Quarry contract awarded

RedBull is providing blasting services for all GBC Winstone’s quarries across the North Island. THIS FOLLOWS THE contract award in July, where RedBull Powder Company’s service was extended from four quarries to providing an integrated drilling and blasting service for all nine sites. Moving to a single supplier is a significant change...

Meeting today’s skills gap

THE OUTLOOK FOR the New Zealand Civil Infrastructure sector is rosy. Infometrics data shows our sector contributes around $4.7 billion to the economy every year and in 2016 it made up 2.1 percent of GDP. The sector employs 49,000 people throughout the country whose average annual earnings of $70,500 are $12,700 higher than the national average and...

Growth from adversity

Canterbury firm Bond Earthworks is an ‘earthquake company’ – established in response to the huge workload in the region following the quakes, the company continues to grow. 
BY MARY SEARLE BELL BOND EARTHWORKS is a company born of the Canterbury earthquakes. Mark Bond had been working in the civil construction industry for...

Local Government

Dates for your Diary

    October 17 Introduction to Asset Management. Novotel Royal Lakeside, Rotorua October 17 – 18 Contract...

Diversity powers innovation

This presentation, Diversity powers innovation – welcome to your much brighter future and some serious competitive advantage, won the E J (Ted)...

Q&M

Colin Welsh: An industry legend

Long-time quarry man Colin Welsh has spent over 50 years in the industry and knows a thing or two about what make a quarry profitable. He was...

EnergyNZ

Energy NZ Perspectives 2017

The eighth edition of Energy NZ Perspectives, an annual publication written by industry peers, from government agencies to industry associations and...