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Industry seeing potential in BIM

Industry seeing potential in BIM

Masterspec, the producers of New Zealand’s national specification system — in conjunction with BRANZ and NBS (UK) — has released a report on its National BIM survey for 2012. BIM (Building Information Modelling) has been on the construction industry radar for some years, but is finally showing signs of becoming an important resource for all involved in design and construction. The government-sponsored Productivity Partnership has also recognised that BIM is a critical factor ...
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Property Council appoints new president

Tony Sewell, chief executive of Ngai Tahu Property Ltd has been elected Property Council national president in Auckland recently. As new national president, Mr Sewell will bring a wealth of knowledge spanning more than 40 years in the construction and property industries, along with an understanding of current seismic challenges in Canterbury and throughout New Zealand. He has been in charge of the Iwi-owned business since its establishment in 1994, and a member of the Property Council since 1...
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Construction one of five sectors with poor workplace fatalities record

A review of the Department of Labour’s Workplace Health and Safety Strategy to 2015 revealed a gap between the high level strategy framework and action at the workplace, and at sector and hazard level. The Preventing Falls from Height project is part of the Construction Sector Action Plan — one of five Sector Action Plans and a national Occupational Health Plan that support a three-year National Action Agenda to address this gap. The Sector Action Plans focus on the five sectors wi...
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New guidelines to prevent falls on site

New guidelines to prevent falls on site

Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson has recently launched new guidance to reduce the workplace death and injury toll from falls in the construction sector. Best Practice Guidelines for Working at Height in New Zealand was launched at the new Wigram Skies housing subdivision in Christchurch as part of the Department of Labour’s Preventing Falls from Height project. Minister Wilkinson told the construction industry there’s no longer any excuse for failure to work safely at height. &ld...
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Lockwood Homes survives the test of time

Developed and patented in 1951 by Dutch immigrants Joe La Grouw Snr and John van Loghem, the Lockwood Building System is an engineering innovation that has survived the tests of time, where so many others have failed. It enjoys worldwide recognition and success in the most extreme situations internationally. With more than 60 years of experience and continuous development, Lockwood has evolved with design, technological innovation, enhanced flexibility and cost-efficiency to expand the system&r...
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Canterbury builders confident with most entries in House of the Year

Canterbury builders have embraced the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2012 House of the Year by submitting the most entries for a single region in the competition. Residential entry numbers in Canterbury are up by 60%, and RMBF chief executive Warwick Quinn says the numbers have exceeded expectations given the current climate in the industry. “Builders in Canterbury have had a tough couple of years, but this increase in entries signifies a positive step forward for the city’...
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