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Oceania

News and information from the Oceania region covering Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands

Townsville chooses Yotta Horizons Platform to drive Pavement Asset Optimisation

Townsville chooses Yotta Horizons Platform to drive Pavement Asset Optimisation Townsville City Council (TCC), one of the largest local government authorities in Queensland, is responsible for managing and maintaining one of the largest roads network in Australia. TCC regularly commissions civil engineering consultancy, Pavement Management Services (PMS) to conduct road condition surveys and sophisticated laser …

Paving the way for vital infrastructure in Asia Pacific

Paving the way for vital infrastructure in Asia Pacific The transport infrastructure in emerging regions of the Asia-Pacific is so significant that roads are being built at an unprecedented rate. According to the Asian Development Bank, the Asia-Pacific alone requires an investment of $1.7 trillion a year over the next decade in order to keep …

John Holland to deliver safer Melbourne rail and road network

John Holland to deliver safer Melbourne rail and road network John Holland, part of the North Western Program Alliance, will deliver the Reservoir level crossing removal project. The North Western Program Alliance is a partnership between John Holland, KBR, Metro Trains Melbourne and the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA). The $232 million Reservoir project marks …

All aboard and bound for Antarctica

All aboard and bound for Antarctica A ship loaded with 4,500 tonnes of equipment needed for building a new wharf at Rothera Research Station in Antarctica has begun its month-long journey to the white continent. The new wharf, being built over the next two Antarctic seasons, will provide safe berthing and efficient unloading for the …

Inland Rail tunnelling ahead in Queensland

Inland Rail tunnelling ahead in Queensland The 1700 kilometre Inland Rail project is moving ahead thanks to the Liberal and Nationals’ Government, with ground-breaking geotechnical work underway for one of the most technically complex segments of nation-building project. The Gowrie to Kagaru section of Inland Rail in Queensland of about 130km will require 8.5km of …

Innovative speed signs coming to New Zealand’s Waikato intersections

Innovative speed signs coming to New Zealand’s Waikato intersections Innovative electronic speed signs will be installed at six Waikato intersections over the coming weeks. The signs, known as Intersection Speed Zones, detect when a vehicle is turning into or out of a side road and temporarily reduce the legal speed limit on the state highway …

Two of Western Australia’s biggest infrastructure projects get a priority boost

Two of Western Australia’s biggest infrastructure projects get a priority boost Two of Western Australia’s biggest infrastructure projects—the Thornlie–Cockburn Link and Yanchep Rail Extension projects—have been granted priority status by Infrastructure Australia, paving the way for construction. Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the independent advisory board had added the …

Solomon Islands signs ADB grant to improve transport projects

Solomon Islands signs ADB grant to improve transport projects The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Solomon Islands today signed a grant agreement to fund a new facility which will finance the design and implementation readiness of the government’s priority transport projects. The agreement establishing the Transport Sector Project Development Facility was signed …

Australasian Railway Association to deliver competency management for rail workers

Australasian Railway Association to deliver competency management for rail workers The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) announced that a new five year contract has been awarded for the delivery of the Rail Industry Worker Program (RIW), the ARA’s national competency management system, on the back of an extensive tender process undertaken by key rail industry organisations. …

JCB donates US$250,000 worth of machinery to Indonesian quake

JCB donates US$250,000 worth of machinery to Indonesian quake JCB today announced the donation of $250,000 worth of equipment to the Indonesian Quake and the Island of Sulawesi following the earthquake and tsunami which has killed more than 1,400 people. Two Loadall telescopic handlers complete with powerful grab attachments are on their way to the …

Sunshine Coast pilots Smart Street Lighting with Telensa in Australia

Sunshine Coast pilots Smart Street Lighting with Telensa in Australia Telensa, the market leader in connected street lighting and smart city applications, announced that it has been selected by Sunshine Coast Council to deploy its PLANet intelligent street lighting system, for a 24 month pilot in the Maroochydore City Centre development, and in nearby Evans …

Australian asphalt experts impressed with Ammann factory in China

Australian asphalt experts impressed with Ammann factory in China A group of Australian asphalt experts visited Ammann China during a recent information gathering tour and came away impressed with the manufacturing facility – and optimistic about the role Ammann products can play in their country’s future. Twenty delegates from the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association (AAPA) …

Ringway Engineers Leadership Programme culminates in Antarctica Expedition

Ringway Engineers Leadership Programme culminates in Antarctica Expedition A Ringway engineer will take part in a three-week expedition to Antarctica at the culmination of a prestigious 12-month leadership programme which aims to heighten the influence and impact of women in making decisions that shape our planet. Louise Batts will be the only highways engineer and …

Construction starts on Adelaide Airport terminal expansion

Construction starts on Adelaide Airport terminal expansion Construction has officially started at Adelaide Airport on their A$165 million terminal expansion, which will significantly upgrade international arrivals and departures, and create more retail and dining options for both domestic and international travellers. Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, was this morning joined by Watpac Construction South …

ALE uses innovative Mega Jack to install Perth Bridge

ALE uses innovative Mega Jack to install Perth Bridge ALE has used its innovative Mega Jack system to lift both halves of the main arch of Matagarup Bridge in Perth, Australia. ALE executed the complex lifting and installation works for two 400t steel wishbones that form the large central arch of the bridge, with the …

Melbourne to get further A$530 million improvements on the Hurstbridge Rail Line

Melbourne to get further A$530 million improvements on the Hurstbridge Rail Line Commuters on the Hurstbridge line will have more trains, more seats and fewer delays with a re-elected Andrews Labour Government to continue its massive upgrade of the Hurstbridge line. The Andrews Labour Government said it would deliver locals in Melbourne’s north-east more peak …

Ertech and Georgiou Group win Sydney Northern Road Upgrade contract

Ertech and Georgiou Group win Sydney Northern Road Upgrade contract The $1.6 billion upgrade of The Northern Road in Western Sydney has reached a major milestone with a contract being awarded to a joint venture between Ertech Pty Limited and Georgiou Group Pty Ltd for construction of Stage 4, between Mersey Road at Bringelly and …

Construction of A$8-13 billion Melbourne Airport Rail Link promised

Construction of A$8-13 billion Melbourne Airport Rail Link promised Australian Premier Daniel Andrews today announced that a re-elected Labour Government would provide up to $5 billion towards the Melbourne Airport Rail Link construction project, matching the commitment from the Federal Government. A route options assessment undertaken by Transport for Victoria has shown that of the …

Tenders called for more Bruce Highway safety works in Australia

Tenders called for more Bruce Highway safety works in Australia A major safety upgrade of a 4.7-kilometre stretch of the Bruce Highway at Chatsworth, north of Gympie, is one step closer after tenders were recently called to deliver the upgrade. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the $12 million …

Parramatta Light Rail approved in Sydney

Parramatta Light Rail approved in Sydney Parramatta Light Rail is now full steam ahead with stage 1 of the project now receiving planning approval meaning construction will start within months. Premier Gladys Berejiklian joined Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance, Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts and Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee in Parramatta today …

Airports Association releases airfield pavements guide for Australia’s regional and remote airports

Airport Association releases airfield pavements guide for Australia’s regional and remote airports The Australian Airports Association has launched a new guide on airfield pavements for regional and remote airports across Australia. Airport Practice Note (APN) 12 Supplement – Pavements for Rural and Remote Airports was developed to meet the unique needs of regional and remote …

Green light for Adelaide Airport terminal expansion

Green light for Adelaide Airport terminal expansion Adelaide Airport has today announced a $165 million expansion of its main terminal to significantly upgrade international arrivals and departures, and create more retail and dining options for both domestic and international travellers. Work will begin immediately, with the key focus of the expansion being on improving the …

Australia’s Infrastructure budget for 2018 to 2019 connects regions and creates jobs

Australia’s Infrastructure budget for 2018 to 2019 connects regions and creates jobs The Australian Government will invest more than $75 billion in nationally significant transport infrastructure budget projects over the next 10 years, including new funding of $24.5 billion for projects and initiatives which will improve Australians’ lives across every State and Territory. This investment …

Bold new designs unveiled for Melbourne Metro Tunnel Stations

Bold new designs unveiled for Melbourne Metro Tunnel Stations Melbourne will boast five new stunning landmarks when the underground stations for the Metro Tunnel open in 2025. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today unveiled the final designs for the stations which will combine functionality, space and natural light with the latest in public transport …

The top five mines in the world

The top five mines in the world Many necessities of modern life rely on mined materials – but where are these minerals coming from and what exactly makes them so impressive? 1. AS GOOD AS GOLD – KALGOORLIE SUPER PIT, Australia Located in Western Australia the Kalgoorlie Super Pit is one of the largest open …

Mordialloc Freeway to be upgraded in Australia

Mordialloc Freeway to be upgraded in Australia People in Melbourne’s south-east will get home faster and spend less time stuck in traffic when the new Mordialloc Freeway bypass is upgraded. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will include Aus $75 million to upgrade the Mordialloc Bypass to a four-lane freeway, removing a further three sets of traffic …

Ancient Maori comb fragments found during New Zealand road construction

Ancient Maori comb fragments found during New Zealand road construction The teeth of a pre-European ceremonial wooden comb, a Maori heru, have been discovered during earthworks on the Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway. This find was made by the Fulton Hogan-HEB Joint Venture team while topsoil was being moved to construct the new Evans, Kimihia and McVie …

Ammann Australia expands

Ammann Australia expands Solid growth has led Ammann Australia to relocate its headquarters, warehouse and training centre to better serve its customers in the region. The facility was moved from Narangba to a new location about 10 km north in Caboolture. The move took place in January 2018. “This move is a reflection of Ammann’s …

Actibump goes live in Australia

Actibump goes live in Australia Curtin University in Perth, Australia, has now activated two Actibump systems to welcome their students returning from summer break. “We’re looking forward to the results,” said Graham Arndt, Director of Operations and Maintenance at Curtin University. “Curtin University will be performing research on the system. We will be looking at …

Samsung C-T awarded 1,760 Megawatt Combined Cycle Gas Plant Project in Indonesia

Samsung C&T awarded 1,760 Megawatt Combined Cycle Gas Plant Project in Indonesia Samsung C&T Corporation has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build a 1,760MW combined cycle power plant by PT Jawa Satu Power in Indonesia. The $1 billion project, located in Cilamaya, will be developed by PT Jawa Satu Power, …

Aurecon appoints new Roads leader ahead of times of significant change

Aurecon appoints new Roads leader ahead of times of significant change Recognising the increasing pressure on road infrastructure from growing populations and transformative technologies, global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has appointed Nial O’Brien as Global Service Leader – Roads. Having been with Aurecon for nearly 13 years and based in Sydney, Nial previously …

New Zealand researches bat behaviour on Southern Links road project

New Zealand researches bat behaviour on Southern Links road project Thermal imagery, acoustic monitoring, expeditions in the dead of night and a bat named Kathy might sound like a sci-fi storyline, but it’s all happening south of Hamilton. The NZ Transport Agency and Hamilton City Council have been conducting environmental research into bat behaviour as …

VINCI Construction JV wins $700m motorway contract in Auckland, New Zealand

VINCI Construction JV wins $700m motorway contract in Auckland, New Zealand VINCI Construction subsidiary HEB Construction, has been chosen as part of an alliance contract to build the Northern Corridor Improvements Project (NCI Project). With a total value of $700 million New-Zealand dollars (around €415 million), the contract aims at creating a new connection north …

Waikato Expressway wildlife and native plant haven almost open for business

Waikato Expressway wildlife and native plant haven almost open for business A 4 hectare wetland in New Zealand, which will be a haven for wildlife and native plants is taking shape as part of work on the Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway. The wetland off Evans Road adjoins the southern end of Lake Kimihia …

Sacyr wins €85 million Adelaide water treatment plant construction

Sacyr wins €85 million Adelaide water treatment plant construction SA Water Corporation, a public company of the Government of South Australia, has awarded Sacyr the design, construction and management of a high technology tertiary water treatment plant for agricultural use north of Adelaide, Australia. The project, which will be developed in phases, has a total …

Automated vehicles get the green light in Victoria, Australia

Automated vehicles get the green light in Victoria, Australia The Andrews Labor Government is leading the way on automated vehicle technology with historic legislation passing Victorian Parliament this week that allows driverless vehicles to be trialled across the state. Under the changes to the Road Safety Act, VicRoads will be able to grant permits to …

Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel Construction to finish a year ahead of schedule

Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel Construction to finish a year ahead of schedule Victoria’s biggest ever public transport project the Metro Tunnel is on track to open a year earlier than expected. The Andrews Labor Government today released the $6 billion ‘Tunnel and Stations’ PPP contract, which reveals the project is on track to be complete by …

Contractor sought for Mordialloc Bypass in Victoria, Australia

Contractor sought for Mordialloc Bypass in Victoria, Australia The congestion-busting Mordialloc Bypass is a step closer, with expressions of interest now open to build the $300 million project. The nine-kilometre bypass will link the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Springvale Road, Aspendale Gardens to the Dingley Bypass in Dingley Village. When complete the new arterial road …

Contract awarded to upgrade Australia’s Plenty Road

Contract awarded to upgrade Australia’s Plenty Road The Victorian Government in Australia has fast-tracked works on the Plenty Road Upgrade, with major works to start within weeks. Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan announced that DECMIL has won the contract for the first stage of the $139.4 million upgrade. The first stage, between McKimmies Road and Bush …

Hydrogen fuel cell plant to be constructed in South Australia

Hydrogen fuel cell plant to be constructed in South Australia A 15MW hydrogen electrolyser power plant will be constructed near Port Lincoln, in what will be a globally-­significant demonstrator project for the emerging hydrogen energy sector. Hydrogen infrastructure company Hydrogen Utility™ (H2U), working with German-­based electrolysis and ammonia specialist thyssenkrupp will deliver the $117.5 million …

18 rail bridges in Queensland to get $28m upgrade

18 rail bridges in Queensland to get $28m upgrade The Queensland Government in Australia will invest almost $28 million to upgrade 18 ageing rail bridges on the West Moreton rail network between Ipswich and Chinchilla. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the works would support nearly 200 jobs, with local company Moggill Construction …

Mabey bridges support safe and sustainable transport network in Samoa

Mabey bridges support safe and sustainable transport network in Samoa Leading bridge and engineering services specialist Mabey has today announced that it is supplying five new bridges to Samoa. The bridges will be installed at priority crossings for reconstruction, with some also being kept on stand-by for use in an emergency, for example when a …

Construction begins on Queensland largest Wind Farm

Construction begins on Queensland largest Wind Farm Construction is officially underway on Australia’s largest wind farm on Queensland’s Darling Downs, generating 200 construction jobs in 2018, and clean energy in 2019. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham joined AGL to turn the first sod on the almost $850 million Coopers Gap Wind, Farm midway between Kingaroy …

McConnelI Dowell wins A$40m contract for Australian bridge, culverts and intersections

McConnelI Dowell wins A$40m contract for Australian bridge, culverts and intersections Detailed design, planning and site inspections will commence immediately on Aus $40 million worth of bridge, culvert, road widening and intersection upgrades across regional South Australia following the awarding of a contract to McConnelI Dowell Construction Pty Ltd. These projects will improve productivity and …

Skyjack’ gaining traction in the Australian Outback

Skyjack’ gaining traction in the Australian Outback Skyjack has just delivered its first Australian order of SJ85 AJs to Botany Access. The New South Wales company had their eyes on Skyjack’’s newest articulating boom since it was unveiled at the 2017 Vertikal Days event in England. This order initiated the first SJ85 AJs heading to …

Northern Victoria Logging Road in Australia gets major upgrade

Northern Victoria Logging Road in Australia gets major upgrade Drivers are set to benefit from a safer and smoother journey along the Shelley-Walwa Road in Victoria’s north as works start on a major upgrade of the road. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Barnaby Joyce said the $7.63 million project would upgrade …

Kangaroo Island hopping for joy at road upgrade

Kangaroo Island hopping for joy at road upgrade South Australia’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has awarded BMD a road re-sheeting contract on Kangaroo Island, just off South Australia. The 4,405 km² Kangaroo Island is southwest of Adelaide and renowned for its protected nature reserves which cover a third of the island. Home to native …

Western Sydney Airport ready to put earthworks and pavements out to tender

Western Sydney Airport ready to put earthworks and pavements out to tender Western Sydney Airport is a step closer to becoming reality with WSA Co set to go to market for main earthworks and airside pavements on the airport site. WSA Co, the Government-owned company established to deliver the Western Sydney Airport, has released two …

MIT Intelligence Quest looks to drive positive influences on virtually every aspect of society

MIT Intelligence Quest looks to drive positive influences on virtually every aspect of society MIT has announced the launch of the MIT Intelligence Quest, an initiative to discover the foundations of human intelligence and drive the development of technological tools that can positively influence virtually every aspect of society. The announcement was first made in …

John Holland tackles gender pay equity

John Holland tackles gender pay equity Operating across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, John Holland has been transforming city skylines, connecting regional centres and providing vital infrastructure for more than six decades. Today, John Holland has announced a win for gender pay parity by adjusting the salary of women found to be paid …

Works ramp up in Queensland on the M1 between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes

Works ramp up in Queensland on the M1 between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes Heavy construction on the congestion-busting M1 widening between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes on the Australian Gold Coast is now a step closer with the Seymour Whyte Group being awarded the project contract. Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said …

KINSHOFER acquires Doherty Group in New Zealand

KINSHOFER acquires Doherty Group in New Zealand KINSHOFER, one of the world’s leading sources of high-quality excavator and loader crane attachments, announces the acquisition of Doherty Group, a New Zealand-based excavator attachment manufacturer. Under the terms of the agreement, KINSHOFER acquired 100 percent of the Doherty Group. The entire Doherty management team will stay with …

Run off the road crashes are the biggest killer on Australia’s country roads

Run off the road crashes are the biggest killer on Australia’s country roads Run-off-road crashes remain the single biggest cause of deaths I Australia’s country roads in Victoria State, new road trauma data has revealed. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan today joined TAC CEO Joe Calafiore and VicRoads Acting CEO Peter Todd …

Metropolitan Adelaide gets A$22 million road safety upgrades

Metropolitan Adelaide gets A$22 million road safety upgrades Nine metropolitan blackspots, including the intersection of Main North Road, Dalkeith Road and Smith Road will be upgraded as part of the State Government’s latest $22 million investment in road safety infrastructure improvements across metropolitan Adelaide. The program will fund works such as the installation of new …

Expressions of Interest open to complete Australia’s M80 Ring Road

Expressions of Interest open to complete Australia’s M80 Ring Road The M80 Ring Road upgrade has reached another important project milestone, with Expressions of Interest now open to complete the remaining sections of the project. Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the final upgrades include a four-kilometre section between Sydney Road …

Contract awarded for $391.6 million M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrade in Australia

Contract awarded for $391.6 million M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrade in Australia Motorists will soon see major benefits as work commences on three major upgrades along the M1 Pacific Motorway following the award of the construction contract today. Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the $391.6 million M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrades, jointly …

Tunnel Boring Machines on the way to build Australia’s West Gate Tunnel

Tunnel Boring Machines on the way to build Australia’s West Gate Tunnel The biggest tunnel boring machine (TBMs) in the southern hemisphere are on their way to Melbourne, with an order now placed for the two massive machines that will build the West Gate Tunnel. They will be used to build Melbourne’s vital alternative to …

Caterpillar haulers retrofitted for Autonomous Operation at Marandoo Mine in Australia

Caterpillar haulers retrofitted for Autonomous Operation at Marandoo Mine in Australia Caterpillar and Rio Tinto have signed an agreement for retrofitting 19 Cat® 793F mining trucks for autonomous operation at the iron ore Marandoo Mine in Western Australia. Caterpillar will also install Cat Command for hauling software for operation of the autonomous fleet. The result …

The Australia Western Highway Project set to restart

The Australia Western Highway Project set to restart Construction to duplicate the Western Highway between Buangor and Ararat will restart in 2018, following the approval of a new planning amendment allowing works to proceed. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan today announced that a contractor will soon be appointed to get this vital …

Groupe ADP wins 15 International Airport contracts

Groupe ADP wins 15 International Airport contracts Groupe ADP, through its subsidiary ADP Ingénierie, recently won a series of contracts with major international airports for design, study, or technical assistance projects. According to Gratien Maire, CEO of ADP Ingénierie, this series of contract testifies a two-fold observation: “the recognition of our company’s 360° expertise all …

Australia’s West Gate Tunnel contracts signed, construction starts in weeks

Australia’s West Gate Tunnel contracts signed, construction starts in weeks Construction of the West Gate Tunnel will begin next month, with the Government signing contracts to build the vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge. Builders CPB and John Holland began moving into a construction compound in Footscray, where they’ll begin work on the northern …

New Zealand’s Waikato Expressway gets 110km/h speed limit sections

  New Zealand’s Waikato Expressway gets 110km/h speed limit sections From today the speed limit on the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road (SH2) and the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway (SH1) is 110km/h. NZ Transport Agency Director of Safety and Environment Harry Wilson says this is a significant milestone for people driving New Zealand’s …

Major Metro Tunnel construction works on display in Australia

Major Metro Tunnel construction works on display in Australia Locals and visitors will be able to watch construction of the biggest public transport project in Victoria, Australia’s history from new viewing areas at City Square, as work ramps up on the Metro Tunnel. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle today …

Digital dashboard to keep Australian’s in Victoria up-to-date on road conditions

Digital dashboard to keep Australian’s in Victoria up-to-date on road conditions From today, Victorians will be able to log on to a digital dashboard on the VicRoads website to track progress on road upgrades, pot-hole repairs and other maintenance efforts, giving Victorians unprecedented access to information about the condition of country roads, road works and …

Successful implementation of innovative technology into an existing Mining Operation

Successful implementation of innovative technology into an existing Mining Operation The implementation of new technology into an existing mining operation can deliver a positive change in operation and commercial benefits. Integrating new technologies is connected to a number of challenges that might also result in the rejection of the innovative technology. Detailed planning, robust project …

Melbourne gets first dedicated, high-speed Busway Lane

Melbourne gets first dedicated, high-speed Busway Lane Melbourne, Australia, gets first dedicated Melbourne busway, built as part of North East Link – slashing travel times and delivering more services, more often to the north eastern suburbs. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today announced the Doncaster Busway – a Victorian-first, fully separated, high speed bus …

Australia’s Melbourne NE Link biggest ever transport project in Victoria

Australia’s Melbourne NE Link biggest ever transport project in Victoria The North East Link will be the biggest transport project in Victoria’s history, finally building the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network. The link will begin on the Eastern Freeway at Springvale Road where the capacity of the Eastern will be doubled with six extra …

Australia announces additional Aus$8.4 billion for Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail

Australia announces additional Aus$8.4 billion for Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail The Australian Government has announced its commitment to Inland Rail with an additional $8.4 billion investment. Inland Rail is forecast to boost Australia’s GDP by $16 billion over 50 years, reduce emissions by 750,000 tonnes and will reduce the number of trucks on our …

Skyjack increases its Australian presence with brand new space

Skyjack increases its Australian presence with brand new space Linamar Corporation’s Skyjack division just expanded their Australian office in New South Wales. Increased market share in both Australia and New Zealand has been a driving force behind the expansion since the company’s market entry over six years ago. The new build encompasses 3,500 square meters …

Victoria announces first driverless bus now running in Australia

Victoria announces first driverless bus now running in Australia Victoria’s first driverless Autonobus, will transport students around La Trobe University in Bundoora. The Autonobus has brought together world-leading experts in automated vehicle technology in a trial which will help shape Victoria’s transport future. The trial will run until July 2018, examining all aspects of safety, …

South Australia Regional Roads Package ready to be rolled out

South Australia Regional Roads Package ready to be rolled out The Australian Government has approved Federal funding to help carry out vital regional road upgrades across South Australia. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said projects to be funded under the package included overtaking lanes on the Augusta, Lincoln and Eyre Highways, widening …

Ferrovial consortium to deliver the €1,150m Western Roads Upgrade in Melbourne

Ferrovial consortium to deliver the €1,150m Western Roads Upgrade in Melbourne   Cintra, subsidiary of Ferrovial, through the Netflow joint venture recently formed with Plenary, has been selected by the State of Victoria as Preferred Respondent for the design, construction and financing of works to upgrade and rehabilitate the suburban road network in the western …

Search underway for mammoth Tunnel Boring Machines

Search underway for mammoth Tunnel Boring Machines An international search is underway for a supplier to build the four massive Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) that will build Australia’s biggest ever public transport project – the Metro Tunnel in Victoria. The four TBMs needed for the $11 billion project will be more than 100 metres long, …

Local businesses gear up for Australia’s West Gate Tunnel Project

Local businesses gear up for Australia’s West Gate Tunnel Project Victorian businesses, big and small, are being called on to join the team to build the West Gate Tunnel Project. Construction will start in early 2018 with the project expected to create more than 6,000 jobs. Information sessions for businesses who will supply materials and …

Starting Out Safely program leading the way in children’s road safety in Australia

Starting Out Safely program leading the way in children’s road safety in Australia Victoria, Australia, is leading the way in road safety with more than 75,000 children benefiting from an Australian-first “Starting Out Safely”, road safety education program delivered through early learning centres. The Andrews Labour Government has invested $1.51 million over three years to …

Sydney Harbour set for an iconic new development

Sydney Harbour set for an iconic new development Global property developer the Wanda Group has unveiled its vision for One Circular Quay, a large-scale, mixed-use development located on Australia’s famed Sydney Harbour that will transform the city’s skyline and usher in a new era of luxury residences and accommodations. Developed by Wanda One Sydney, the …

Protector of the oceans receives the Volvo Environment Prize 2017

Protector of the oceans receives the Volvo Environment Prize 2017 One of the world´s most innovative researchers into the future of the oceans and marine life, Professor Rashid Sumaila, receives the Volvo Environment Prize for 2017. He is an economist who has challenged traditional ways of marine governance and has introduced new ways of thinking, …

Higgins awarded East Waikato highways maintenance contract in New Zealand

Higgins awarded East Waikato highways maintenance contract in New Zealand The NZ Transport Agency has awarded the contract for the management and maintenance of state highways in East Waikato to the national contractor Higgins. The East Waikato Network Outcomes Contract covers highways through Matamata Piako, Hauraki and Coromandel. Higgins will start the contract on November …

Indonesian PT Pyramida Raya Persada relies on quality Ammann Asphalt Plant

Indonesian PT Pyramida Raya Persada relies on quality Ammann Asphalt Plant The commitment PT Pyramida Raya Persada showed to their customers of all sizes, big and small, helped its business boom, but as business grew, so did their asphalt production needs. That led the company to turn to the Ammann ABC 160 SolidBatch Asphalt-Mixing Plant in …

HZI Consortium wins tender for 20 year waste services contract in Perth, Australia

HZI Consortium wins tender for 20 year waste services contract in Perth, Australia A Perth Regional Council awarded a 20-year municipal waste service contract to a consortium led by Swiss company Hitachi Zosen Inova. The plant will process 300,000 tonnes of waste per annum generating around 28 MW of electricity from Australia’s first energy-from-waste. Council …

New Zealand opens consultation on 110 km/h speed limit proposal

New Zealand opens consultation on 110 km/h speed limit proposal The NZ Transport Agency is inviting people to have their say on a proposal to introduce 110 km/h speed limits on the tolled section of the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road (SH2) and on the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway (SH1). Over the coming …

Safety work begins on busy Waikato Highway in New Zealand

Safety work begins on busy Waikato Highway in New Zealand Work is about to begin to make State Highway 3, from SH37 to Te Kuiti, safer for everyone who uses it. Almost $6m will be spent adding side barriers to high risk locations, and improving some intersections. Rumble strips will also be added to the …

Waikato Expressway bridges opening soon in New Zealand

Waikato Expressway bridges opening soon in New Zealand Two bridges that will cross the Hamilton Section of the Waikato Expressway are expected to open to traffic before Christmas 2017. The first – the Morrinsville Road Bridge – is expected to open in late October, followed by the Gordonton Road Bridge in December. The Matangi Road …

Making New Zealand’s Coromandel Loop safer for riders

Making New Zealand’s Coromandel Loop safer for riders Construction has begun on a $2.5 million project to install a range of bike safety treatments aimed at keeping motorcyclists safer on the Northern Coromandel Loop. Safer Rides, the multi-agency project, builds on a pilot undertaken in 2014 on the Southern section of the loop. NZ Transport …

Dynamic speed bumps crossing the ocean from Sweden to Australia

Dynamic speed bumps crossing the ocean from Sweden to Australia The tech company Edeva from Sweden has developed a dynamic speed bump, called the Actibump, that has proven its efficiency through years of use in Sweden. The Actibump product has turned some heads in the international traffic safety business and will now be exported to …

Australian construction signs to include Chinese

Australian construction signs to include Chinese New multilingual signs are being rolled out along the Great Ocean Road to help international tourists safely navigate one of Victoria’s most popular tourist routes. In an Australian-first, trucks undertaking road works on the Great Ocean Road are now displaying messages in Mandarin and English, to alert international drivers …

CPB Contractors wins Pacific Highway upgrade works in Australia

CPB Contractors wins Pacific Highway upgrade works in Australia CPB Contractors has been selected by Roads and Maritime Services to deliver main civil work for the Devils Pulpit to Richmond River section of the Woolgoolga and Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade in northern New South Wales. The construct-only contract will generate revenue to CPB Contractors of …

Fastbrick Robotics wins national Innovation Awards in Australia

Fastbrick Robotics wins national Innovation Awards in Australia Australian robotic technology company Fastbrick Robotics Limited has received two National Innovation Awards at Australia’s premier innovation awards event. The iAwards were held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 30 August 2017 where Fastbrick was announced as the winner of the “Industrial and Primary …

McConnell Dowell awarded runway paving contract in American Samoa

McConnell Dowell awarded runway paving contract in American Samoa The Department of Port Administration in American Samoa has awarded McConnell Dowell a contract to resurface the runway at Pago Pago International Airport. The runway overlay is the latest project to be delivered by McConnell Dowell’s locally-based team, which has operated on the island since 1989. …

Black mudfish get special attention on New Zealand Expressway works

Black mudfish get special attention on New Zealand Expressway works Staff working on the Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway have dug in more than 1300 natives to protect an isolated pocket of at-risk black mudfish found in a farm drain. The mudfish were found by the Fulton Hogan-HEB joint venture staff who are building …

CPB Contractors wins A$215 million Queensland ring road project

CPB Contractors wins A$215 million Queensland ring road project CPB Contractors has been selected by the Department of Transport and Main Roads to deliver Stage 1 of the $497.3 million Mackay Ring Road project in Queensland. The construct only contract will generate revenue to CPB Contractors of approximately $215 million. CIMIC Group Chief Executive Officer …

Australia building Koala exclusion fences on the Pacific Highway

Australia building Koala exclusion fences on the Pacific Highway The Australian and NSW governments are jointly funding the Aus $4.36 billion Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. Roads and Maritime Services Pacific Highway Office and Pacific Complete are working together to deliver the project. As part of the project, they are building permanent koala exclusion …

Australia is going Electric with The Queensland Electric Super Highway

Australia is going Electric with The Queensland Electric Super Highway The future of motoring in Queensland has been launched at Parliament House in Brisbane – and it is electric. Environment Minister and Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles officially kick-started the EV revolution in the State with the launch of the Queensland Electric Super Highway …

Australia upgrades the Warrego Highway in Queensland

Australia upgrades the Warrego Highway in Queensland Queensland motorists are a step closer to being safer after a joint venture between FKG Group and McIlwain Civil was awarded the contract to upgrade the Warrego Highway through Dalby. The upgrade will focus on improving conditions for motorists and pedestrians by creating better connectivity and providing extra …

The Manitou Group completes its acquisition in LiftRite Hire and Sales in Australia

The Manitou Group completes its acquisition in LiftRite Hire and Sales in Australia The Manitou group, world leader in all-terrain material handling, finalized its acquisition of a majority stake (55%) in the Australian company LiftRite. Thanks to a supplementary call option, the group will hold a 96% share by 2020. A family-owned company founded in …

BGC Contracting Pty Ltd wins major A$4.3 billion contract for the Australia NSW Pacific Highway

BGC Contracting Pty Ltd wins major A$4.3 billion contract for the Australia NSW Pacific Highway Leading Australian mining and construction firm BGC Contracting Pty Ltd has continued its expansion into NSW by winning a contract to deliver the main civil construction work for a section of the $4.36 billion Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade …

7,000 new jobs will be created in Australia on the Victoria Metro Tunnel Project

7,000 new jobs will be created in Australia on the Victoria Metro Tunnel Project The Andrews Labor Government is creating thousands of local jobs and using Victorian businesses to build the biggest public transport project in Victorian history – the Metro Tunnel. Premier Daniel Andrews visited Spotswood’s Rail Centre to meet with apprentices and workers …

Contractors selected for Victoria’s Metro Tunnel project delivering more Jobs, more Stations and more Trains

Contractors selected for Victoria’s Metro Tunnel project delivering more Jobs, more Stations and more Trains The design and builders for the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history have been selected, paving the way for more trains and the creation of thousands of new jobs across Victoria. Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport …

Aus $518 million Ballarat Line upgrade in Australia set to kick start the regions rail revival

Aus $518 million Ballarat Line upgrade in Australia set to kick start the regions rail revival The Andrews Labor Government in Australia has announced Lendlease, Coleman Rail and SMEC are now the preferred bidder to transform the Ballarat line. Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the experienced consortium has been chosen to build the $518 million …

McConnell Dowell and Martinus Rail to deliver Murray Basin Rail Project in Australia

McConnell Dowell and Martinus Rail to deliver Murray Basin Rail Project in Australia McConnell Dowell, in partnership with Martinus Rail, is pleased to announce the award of the Murray Basin Rail Project. The project involves standardising and upgrading 1,055 kilometres of rail freight lines to improve rail access between the Murray Basin and Victoria’s major ports. …

Ghella awarded Aus $2.81 billion Sydney Harbour Metro tunnel works

Ghella awarded Aus $2.81 billion Sydney Harbour Metro tunnel works Ghella, with its joint venture partners John Holland and CPB Contractors, will deliver twin new metro rail tunnels deep under the world-famous Sydney Harbour as part of the landmark Sydney Metro – Australia’s biggest public transport project. The joint venture has been selected by the …

Timor-Leste: A safer highway means a better cup of coffee

Timor-Leste: A safer highway means a better cup of coffee Coffee is a central part of Timor-Leste’s economy and culture. Yet Timor-Leste’s coffee industry has been hampered by poor transport infrastructure. The 110 kilometre Dili to Ainaro road rehabilitation will improve the lives of coffee farmers and others living in rural areas of central Timor-Leste, …

Chicago Pneumatic expands into Australia with Genelite partnership 

Chicago Pneumatic expands into Australia with Genelite partnership Chicago Pneumatic has partnered with Genelite, one of Australia’s largest independent manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of generators and associated products, in an exciting new distribution arrangement for its range of compressors, generators and lighting towers. The manufacturer is confident that the Genelite network of 65 dealers across …

Works begin on transforming the Bruce Highway from Caloundra to Sunshine Motorway in Australia

Works begin on transforming the Bruce Highway from Caloundra to Sunshine Motorway in Australia Major construction has officially commenced on the $929.3 million Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway project, which will increase safety and ease congestion for around 40,000 motorists who use the route daily. Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren …

CPB Contractors wins upgrade for State Highway 2 from Baypark to Bayfair in New Zealand

CPB Contractors wins upgrade for State Highway 2 from Baypark to Bayfair in New Zealand CPB Contractors has won the contract for the second and final phase of a design and construct contract for the upgrade to State Highway 2 from Baypark to Bayfair with a value of approximately US$ 57m (NZ$82m). Works include the …

Australia’s new A$75 Billion budget outlines their huge investment in road and rail infrastructure

Australia’s new A$75 Billion budget outlines their huge investment in road and rail infrastructure Please note: The currency reflected in this article is the Australian Dollar, which is trading at today’s date at Aus $1 = US$0.74. The 2017 to 2018 Budget announced in Australia delivers a transformational next step in the Coalition Government’s record investment …

Melbourne fast-tracking removal of dangerous and congested level crossings

Melbourne fast-tracking removal of dangerous and congested level crossings The Andrews Labor Government in Victoria, Australia is getting on with the job of removing more dangerous and congested level crossings for good. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announced today that contracts for the removal of a dozen level crossings in Melbourne’s north, west and south …

Victoria, Australia announces Aus $42.5 million rail upgrade of the Shepparton line

Victoria, Australia announces Aus $42.5 million rail upgrade of the Shepparton line The Andrews Labor Government has announced a massive upgrade of the Shepparton line and new coach services as part of an ongoing revival of public transport in regional Victoria. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes and …

New Zealand favoured Cambridge to Piarere route announced

New Zealand favoured Cambridge to Piarere route announced Analysis and public consultation has led to a favoured route emerging for State Highway 1 between Cambridge and Piarere, but more investigation and final approval is still needed. The NZ Transport Agency says the project team and stakeholders favour a four-lane expressway for the stretch of highway …

Australia to partner with the private sector on Melbourne Airport Rail plan

Australia to partner with the private sector on Melbourne Airport Rail plan The Labor Government will use $10 million of the money it is owed through the Asset Recycling Initiative to develop a new airport rail plan in partnership with the private sector. Both Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station are privately operated and there …

Australia to spend Aus $1.45 Billion on massive rail upgrade package in Victoria

Australia to spend Aus $1.45 Billion on massive rail upgrade package in Victoria The Andrews Labour Government has unveiled a massive package of regional rail upgrades that will improve services and create more than 1,000 jobs across Victoria. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today announced that the Victorian Budget 2017/18 …

Australia’s Ipswich Motorway gets a US$300 million upgrade

Australia’s Ipswich Motorway gets a US$300 million upgrade Brisbane-based Bielby Hull Albem Joint Venture was awarded a US$ 300m (A$400m) contract for the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade from Rocklea to Darra. This major infrastructure project will upgrade the Ipswich Motorway and include: From four to six lanes along a 3-kilometre stretch between Rocklea and Oxley. Construct …

Queenstown Airport gets a groovy new runway

Queenstown Airport gets a groovy new runway A $750,000 project to apply grooves to Queenstown Airport’s runway has been completed three weeks ahead of schedule. The project was the final stage of an airfield upgrade completed by the airport last year in conjunction with Airways NZ.  The $19.5 million upgrade, which involved widening the runway, resurfacing …

New Zealand’s Queenstown Airport clears environmental hurdles to its expansion

New Zealand’s Queenstown Airport clears environmental hurdles to its expansion Queenstown Airport Corporation has welcomed the Environment Court’s final decision on the designation of land next to the airport in Frankton.  The designation is to enable expansion of the airport alongside and to the south of the main runway. Chief Executive Colin Keel said the …

Custom-built Volvo excavators are helping drive a vital part of the New Zealand economy

Custom-built Volvo excavators are helping drive a vital part of the New Zealand economy Canterbury, a large central-eastern region of New Zealand’s South Island offers the best of both worlds – the silver beaches and the Southern Alps. But the picturesque peaks are not for the fainthearted – particularly during the winter months when mercury …

Australia receives bids for the biggest public transport project in Victoria State’s history

Australia receives bids for the biggest public transport project in Victoria State’s history The bids for the Metro Tunnel and five new stations are in, as work ramps up on the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history. Acting Premier Jacinta Allan today announced that the final bids for the $6 billion Tunnel and Stations Public Private Partnership (PPP) …

Adelaide Airport rolls out Australasia’s first fully automated airport management system

Adelaide Airport rolls out Australasia’s first fully automated airport management system An agreement with Amadeus marks the continued expansion of Adelaide Airport’s. Adelaide’s vision is to achieve operational excellence and achieve high passenger satisfaction with this step-change in airport technology. With more than 8 million passengers annually, a forecast of more than 18 million passengers by 2034, …

CIMIC selected as the preferred contractor for Australia’s multi-billion West Gate Tunnel Project

CIMIC selected as the preferred contractor for Australia’s multi-billion West Gate Tunnel Project CIMIC Group company, CPB Contractors, has been selected by Transurban as the preferred contractor to deliver Victoria’s multi-billion dollar West Gate Tunnel Project in a 50:50 joint venture with John Holland. As part of the agreement, the joint venture partners will now work …

Australia funds US$380 Million for Queensland Road Projects

Australia funds US$380 Million for Queensland Road Projects The Australian and Queensland governments have reached agreement for funding major road infrastructure projects in South East Queensland and Central Queensland with a value of over US$ 380 million (AU$ 500 million). The road projects involve upgrading the M1 Motorway and construction of the Walkerston, to include: Pacific Motorway …

Australia’s CPB awarded contract to widen M1 Pacific Motorway

Australia’s CPB awarded contract to widen M1 Pacific Motorway Cimic Group subsidiary – CPB Contractors has agreed a contract for widening of a 12km section of the M1 Pacific Motorway in New South Wales, Australia. The construction contract with the state’s Roads & Maritime Services with a value of some US$112 million (AU$145 million). The …

European Investment Bank supports vulnerable islands around the world

Salaheddine Mezouar, president of the UN climate treaties conference COP22, said the event, which took place in Morocco in November, would allow “the voices of the most vulnerable countries to climate change [to be] heard, in particular African countries and island states.” Allar Tankler took the opportunity to add to those voices – by discussing what …

Laing O’Rourke and BGC win US$320m Western Australia Highway Project

Laing O’Rourke and BGC win US$320m (AU$417m) Western Australia Highway Project Main Roads Western Australia has awarded a contract for the NorthLink central section to the Great Northern Connect (GNC) Joint Venture of Laing O’Rourke and BGC Contracting. The GNC team will design and construct more than 20km of highway and four interchanges, including 14 road …

Australia awards contract for underpass under Brisbane Airport Runway

Australia awards contract to build 4-lane underpass under Brisbane Airport Runway Construction of a 4-lane underpass beneath the new runway project at Brisbane Airport in Australia, valued at AU$120 million, has been awarded to Australian contractor McConnell Dowell. The project to build the reinforced concrete underpass forms a significant structural element of the new runway …

New Zealand give residents 5 safety improvement options for State Highway 1

New Zealand give residents 5 safety improvement options for key State Highway 1 The long-term options for improvements to State Highway 1 between Cambridge and Piarere have been narrowed down to five, and the public is being invited to let us know their preferred choice. The NZ Transport Agency is investigating long-term safety and efficiency improvements …

New Zealand safety improvements planned for State Highway 34

New Zealand safety improvements planned for State Highway 34 A project to improve safety for road users on a stretch of rural State Highway 34 west of Te Teko to Kawerau in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, will get underway at the end of this month. The project will involve installing rumble strips on parts …

Antarctic research station Halley VI creates its own highway in the snow

Roads just don’t work in Antarctica, not only is it far too cold, the shifting ice and heavy snow cover make them impossible. For the scientists and their teams, snow mobiles, snowcats and other tracked vehicles are the only option, as even aircraft struggle. In 2012 a modular scientific research station was completed in one …

Australian Concrete Curb Experts – this is how it’s done!

Acrobatics aren’t usually part of a tradesman’s job, but these Australian Concrete Curb Experts have found a unique way to make a perfectly smooth curb in no time at all. This video was posted to Facebook and shows two tradesmen using the human wheelbarrow technique, carrying one leg each of their co-worker who is holding a …

New Zealand road construction staff give helping hand to native wildlife

Protecting native wildlife populations – and helping them thrive – is core business for the construction team building part of the new Waikato Expressway east of Hamilton. Lizards released into protected area This morning two more native copper skinks were released into a pest-protected home in the Mangaonua Gully east of Hamilton. A total of …

Kiribati upgrades its entire road network

Kiribati is a small island republic in the Central Pacific Ocean comprising 33 coral atolls and isles stretching across the equator with a total land area of 800 square kilometres dispersed over an area of 3.5 million square kilometres; and famed for white sandy beaches, beautiful lagoons, and the remnants of WWII battles fought on its …

Contract awarded for Kāpiti Expressway in New Zealand

The New Zealand Transport Agency has awarded a contract to Fletcher Construction for the next section of the Kāpiti Expressway in New Zealand. The contract for involves the construction of the 13km stretch from Peka Peka to Ōtaki. The project is expected to cost approximately US$ 236m (NZ$330m), including site investigations, design, property costs and …

Contractor chosen for RAAF Amberley expansion in Australia

RAAF Amberley, Australia’s biggest airbase is expanding The Australian Department of Defence have chosen CPB Contractors, a CIMIC Group company to deliver the C‐17A Maintenance Facility, Aircraft Apron and Associated Infrastructure Project at the RAAF Base Amberley, which is located 40km south‐west of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. CIMIC Group is a subsidiary of Hochtief the …

Funding Approved for the Dili to Baucau Highway Project, East Timor

Timor-Leste (East Timor) 16th November 2016 Funding Approved for the Dili to Baucau Highway Project The project is consistent with the Timor-Leste Strategic Development Plan (SDP) 2011-2030, which sets a vision to promote economic growth, fast-track economic development, modernise, and diversify the economy by providing the country with a high-quality infrastructure. This Highway investment is …