Kiwis are more tuned into the impact of failing infrastructure and the effects it has on their lives than ever before. This is not just a New Zealand phenomenon, it is a view shared worldwide says Pete Renshaw, director of business development for Pultron Composites. Particularly in countries where there have been ongoing struggles with aging infrastructure, corrosion, and failures caused by the extreme effects of climate change.
Though some will disagree, sustainability and the ‘need to go green’ is not a trend. With climate temperatures rising and the planet’s population increasing at the same time, there is a very real need to consider the impact that projects have if they aren’t thoughtfully planned, designed and constructed.
Following Komatsu’s celebration of its 100th anniversary on May 13, 2021, it is rolling out a series of activities over the following 12 months centred around the company’s commitment to its new brand promise of ‘creating value together’.
Auckland’s City Rail Link (CRL) hit a mighty milestone with its powerful tunnel boring machine (TBM), Dame Whina Cooper, breaking through into the Karangahape Station construction site at the end of its 860-metre-long journey from Mt Eden.
Creating technology to protect buildings from earthquake damage is an ever-present challenge for researchers, engineers and concerned building owners in seismically active regions such as New Zealand. A significant new advancement in resilient connection technology has been developed in a collaborative research project between Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the University of Auckland (UoA).
New Zealand’s national association for civil contractors has called for physical work on New Zealand’s water networks to not be undermined by the creation of four new water entities to manage the country’s freshwater, stormwater and wastewater.
A continued supply chain lag, combined with a skills shortage, is making the case for smarter and sharper building management and digital tools more critical than before.
Prior to the recent L4 national lockdown, SMEs spoke out about the impact of another lockdown…
New Zealand’s civil construction industry was riding a massive rebound in post-pandemic business confidence – but this may be undermined by skills shortages, which continue to be the industry’s number one challenge (NB: The Survey was conducted prior to the recent L4 New Zealand restrictions).
The proposed changes to our resource management systems are too complex, will take far too long to enact to free up land, and won’t make any meaningful change to our complex planning rules. The whole point – being to make the RMA simpler and easier to deal with – has been lost in translation.