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Russley Road SH1 Upgrade – Part of the Western Corridor | McConnell Dowell Downer JV

Delivering cost effective value engineering initiatives ahead of schedule. Client: New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) Duration: Apr 2015 – May 2018 Location: Christchurch, New Zealand Project value: NZD $112 million, value to JV $93 million Mar132019 An aerial view of the arches as part of the Russley Road SH1 Upgrade. Working together, the project team…

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The metals take on the circular economy

The biggest single industry in New Zealand for waste is building and construction. So with commercial construction at record levels, residential building consents peaking at 1970’s levels, massive housing shortages combined with anticipated additional demand from Kiwibuild – we must find a better way. The solution is adopting circular economy thinking. Not only does this…

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Your current employees are the key to helping our industry promote itself!

What do you ACTUALLY do?  Your answer can help our industry better promote itself. There is no doubt that heavy engineering has an image problem. We’re consistently hearing how hard it is to attract and retain quality staff. Students are not choosing it as a study focus. Apprentices are hard to find. Women are not…

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Diversity dissonance – broaching a taboo topic

It’s not often you’d expect a heavy engineering research association to talk homelessness to their membership. But, having recently discovered that three homeless people were sleeping in the undercover area at the back of HERA House – here we are. The discovery led to some really challenging discussions amongst HERA House tenants on how to…

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Stand up and move: is sitting the new smoking or bacon?

Sitting for long periods is thought to slow the metabolism, which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat. This makes it a serious health and safety consideration with emerging awareness of its impacts. A range of studies show growing evidence for the serious consequences of pro-longed sitting.…

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The ‘Sky’ is not the limit – R&D into the feasibility of a Skycycle project in Auckland

The world is full of congested cities and Auckland is one of them. Public transport is a main issue and cycling on dedicated cycle paths is suggested as a solution by many including interest groups, city councils and governments. Moving into the age of electric bikes and scooters you’d think large cycle path acceptance by…

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Flashback project: the beauty of steel at Te Rewa Rewa – Novare Design | Fitzroy Engineering

Te Rewa Rewa iconic bridge design and development Client: New Plymouth District Council Duration: 2007 – 2010 Location: Taranaki, New Zealand Project value: NZD $2.85 million   Novare designed an iconic pedestrian and cycle way bridge that achieved economy and beauty simultaneously. Not only has this footbridge become a strong community symbol and tourist attraction…