April 2009

April_100.jpgNew leader for federation

The New Zealand Contractors' Federation has employed a new CEO, Jeremy Sole, who's relishing the challenges his new role offers.


Supacrete_s.jpgSupacrete's supaplant

Tauranga’s Don Mahoney and his team ride above the recession with an exciting gesture of faith in the future.


Kawerau_s.jpg Heavy negotiation

It took three days to transport the separator for Kawerau's new geothermal steam power plant from New Plymouth to its new home.


Grafton_s.jpgHard graft on Grafton Bridge

Brian Perry Civil uses abseiling in striving to make a 100-year-old structure equal to the weighty demands of the 21st Century.


Dairy_s.jpgDamming for dairying

South Island farmers’ love affair with irrigation is proving a boon to a South Canterbury company.


CO2_concrete_s.jpgConcrete: A carbon sink

Recent tests prove that significant carbonating of concrete structures occurs rapidly with its demolition and crushing, making this material a valuable carbon sink in world gone mad over reducing CO2 emissions.


Boot_Caroline.jpgHow to write a winning tender: A 10 step plan

Let’s face it, developing business proposals or tenders is probably not your core business. But the difference between a great tender - and an average one - can have a significant impact on your business success.


Abernethy_square.jpgAvoiding disputes and mitigating their effects

Dispute resolution is a major issue within the construction industry and is one that has many facets.  Why do disputes occur and how can their occurrence be minimised?


Robertson_Stuart.jpgMount CCA erupts again

A recent decision delivered in the Court of Appeal, Laywood & Rees v Holmes Construction Wellington Limited, is arguably the most important decision under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA) to date.


td24_s.jpgThe International Harvester TD-24

As soon as material constraints were removed prior to the end of World War II the major earthmoving machinery companies set about designing new equipment to cater for the expected post war machinery boom, and International Harvester was no exception.