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Ports of Auckland Video Clip: Moving two 1,100 tonne cranes

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Pressures on infrastructure – time to innovate

By Alan Peacock, Fulton Hogan’s executive general manager, Engineering and Technical Services and Chloe Smith, national innovation manager. WITH ALL THE CURRENT scrutiny on the cost and performance of our national infrastructure, greater investment into innovation and better systems for capturing and driving the innovations to completion is imperative. Whether it’s a way to reduce […]

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Excavating without a bucket

Peter Owens talks with Blair Skevington about his success building a large hydro excavator for use in civil contracting. SKEVINGTON CONTRACTING formed in 2004, is based in Palmerston, between Dunedin and Oamaru. It is a now a well-established excavation and heavy machinery operator owned by Blair Skevington who found a niche with a large hydro […]

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Classic Machines: The Cat DW15 scraper slideshow with captions

Developed from its DW10, Caterpillar’s first motor scraper, the DW15 featured several improvements over the former model..

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Working against the elements: Mingha Bluff realignment on SH73

Rain, wind and snow have conspired to delay a major realignment on SH73 between Canterbury and the West Coast. Hugh de Lacy gets his wet gear on. CONTRACTOR AND CLIENT ALIKE knew that the 5.2 kilometre realignment on SH73 taking in the Mingha Bluff, a little to the east of Arthur’s Pass, was going to […]

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Swinging from the job

The past quarter-century has seen abseiling rise from a pastime for the not-so-faint-at-heart to a vital service in the civil construction industry. Hugh de Lacy traces its development. ROCK-CLIMBING AND MOUNTAINEERING were the passion of a Scotsman and an Englishman who migrated to New Zealand in the early 1990s, and they’ve turned that passion into […]

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Bigger than big – the new Cat 637K wheeled tractor scraper

Goodman Contractors’ purchase of two new Cat 637K wheeled tractor scrapers from Gough Cat is a once in a generation addition to its fleet. Cameron Officer explains. THIS KAPITI COAST construction company needed to be 100 percent sure it was investing in both the right machine technology for the ultimate performance, and the right distributor for expert […]

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Connectus JV keeps city moving

The Connectus JV is constructing a bridge to maintain traffic and people flows while protecting Auckland’s utility services. Auckland’s City Rail Link (CRL) is the biggest infrastructure project in New Zealand and is taking place in a busy inner city environment full of traffic and people. It’s essential to keep the city moving throughout the […]

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Classic Machines: The Caterpillar 651 scraper slideshow with captions

Designed for fleet use in really serious bulk earthmoving situations, the first Caterpillar 651 appeared in 1962 along with a host of other Caterpillar scrapers in its new “600” series. Here is a slideshow of images and captions initially published in March 2015’s Contractor.

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Stuffed up? How to win your next contract

By Caroline Boot, Plan A and Clever Buying THE ROAD FROM purgatory to redemption is tough. Let’s face it, we’ve all made mistakes on contracts. So how do you recover when your client most likely knows – darn well – what your shortcomings are? Based on direct feedback from tender evaluators, this article gives practical […]

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