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  • Gongues Construction | Business In Focus Magazine
    complexity of the work projects can take months to complete sometimes longer One very large job for the company the New Argenton Sub Transmission Substation commenced in November of 2006 and was completed in February of 2008 It was the second of two contracts for the project Built for Energy Australia at a cost of approximately 14 million the New Argenton Sub Transmission Substation remains Gongues Constructions s largest project to date The project was a large and complex one and to facilitate construction Gongues s project management team managed the site with a large number of subcontractors It was this large scale project that demonstrated the company s abilities to coordinate the job and show its client that it could successfully bring a high level of service and quality to such a demanding project The first contract required Gongues to construct an access bridge for what would soon become the new Sub Transmission Substation at Argenton The company was able to overcome a number of challenges for the 17 metre span two lane concrete bridge providing access to the substation as it crossed a creek Following its comprehensive environmental management plan the company was able to maintain a very high standard of environmental protection The second contract for the substation required approximately 8 000m3 of reinforced concrete a three level control building six outdoor transformer buds an indoor switchroom sprinkler systems heating ventilation and air conditioning the export of 30 000 tonnes of contaminated material and more The three storey control building itself measured approximately 60 metres by 75 metres housing control and switching systems for both electrical levels 132 33kV and 132 11kV with the exterior surrounded by five active transformer bays plus one spare all separated by blast walls 10 metres high to protect the transformers in case of failure in an adjacent transformer Due to the nature of the building waterproofing was a major concern and Gongues sealed all buried external walls and the concrete roof slab with epoxy This is the largest substation north from Sydney says Goncalves of the large scale project which was soon followed by others valued at millions of dollars After a dozen years in business the company has never lost sight of its time honoured goals a commitment to managing and constructing all projects on time and on budget and liaising with clients to produce superior products without compromise for safety or the environment These considerations along with others such as assigning a dedicated project manager to every job has enabled Gongues Constructions to become the preferred contractor for specific types of construction works Complex Water Treatment Along with creating energy substations Gongues Constructions has been involved in a wide range of other projects Based on its past performance for Hunter Water and a competitive tender for the project the company was awarded the contract for the Upgrade to the Raymond Terrace Waste Water Treatment Works in early 2009 A complex job the upgrade considered many factors requiring a biological

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  • Australian Sheet Piling | Business In Focus Magazine
    ASP has introduced a variety of services beginning with deep well dewatering in the early 90s followed by spearpoint dewatering and patented watering filtration systems Today it offers a range of in ground services including CFA piles ground anchors soil mixing and secant walls Along with allied company Australian Dewatering Systems Pty Ltd ASP has created its own patented technology and sourced technologies from around the world to offer its customers the most advanced reliable systems and services available We provide solutions to people s water quality issues on construction sites and products have been developed by our company over the past three or four years says Mr Buckley We ve received Australian government federal funding for research and development on these products As Queensland s leading dewatering specialist Australian Dewatering Systems remains an industry leader creating and incorporating innovative products and services that increase safety quality speed and profitability for Australia s construction companies and developers The services and solutions Australian Dewatering Systems provides are not only efficient but environmentally friendly and meet or exceed the EPA guidelines relevant to the Local State and Federal governments Clean Green Settlement Tank At ASP the company has pioneered yet another first in its dewatering program with unique portable aerated settlement tanks Our Clean Green Settlement Tank is exactly as the name suggests it is a settlement tank that catches settlements off sites and helps clean the water off construction sites describes Mr Buckley It provides a more environmentally friendly package when discharging construction waters off site Much more than just settlement tanks ASP s green tanks benefit Mother Nature and construction crews alike In demand on job sites along the Sunshine Coast and Tweed ASP s aerated settlement tanks can process 270 litres per minute At 12 metres in length they are about the size of a semi trailer and can hold an impressive 16 000 litres of groundwater Despite their size the units are completely portable Through the use of an aerator and baffle system solids are progressively dropped out of solution which means cleaner water reaching ASP s patented dewatering filtration system Ultimately cleaner water entering the filtration system means that fewer chemicals need to be used resulting in lower costs for construction companies and reduced amounts of chemicals in the environment Groundwater Treatment Across Australia the effective treatment of groundwater on construction sites is not only good for the environment it is a statutory requirement and with good reason Groundwater removed from the water table prior to discharge must at the very least meet minimum water quality criteria in accordance with the Environment Protection Authority EPA Australia s leading environmental regulator behind the protection of air water quality pollution control waste noise and radiation Australian Dewatering Systems offers solutions for filtering and monitoring water discharge for all construction sites both onsite and remotely By exceeding the minimum standards ASP s clients are assured the job is done right the first time Secant Walls At ASP the company is

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  • m projects | Business In Focus Magazine
    being sold what s not and any variations with purchases By managing the purchase process we ensure there s a smooth transition from when a purchaser comes in and provides a deposit to the purchaser settling on the property at the end of completion Over the past six years m projects has fostered relationships with new clients and appreciated the business from repeat clients such as Stockland and Payce Properties As always m projects believes in respecting relationships and the needs and expectations of its customers Certain clients are comfortable with certain consultants that they ve worked with over the years while other clients come to us and they don t have any consultants and ask for our recommendations To better serve its clients m projects works with a wide range of consultants nominating a selection and submitting a recommendation to the client Hands on Approach We are a small boutique firm we re not and do not intend to become a large consortium says Akle Our business is really about the hands on approach from the directors who are involved in all the projects And it s really all about relationships people management and delivering meeting our clients requirements and expectations A compact well run operation m projects has successfully managed a number of well known projects for repeat clients like Stockland We deliver on time we deliver on budget and we satisfy our clients requirements time and time again says Akle In some instances our clients just come to us and give us the project so we often don t tender for our services That s a result of repeat business because we believe we ve been successful in that aspect and obviously we have the same clientele because they re happy with us and that s why they come back Along with a number of other projects for Stockland such as the Tri Generation plant Stockland s new 9 700 m2 head office in Sydney s Stockland Piccadilly and the 85 million Waterloo Road development in Macquarie Park m projects have acted as Project Managers for jobs that are considerably smaller but no less important The 2 million Tree House Childcare Centre a 1 000 m2 childcare centre located at Stockland s Head Office in Sydney required planning stakeholder approval design management tender and contract administration and obtaining an operator s licence from the Department of Community Services DOCS The centre has received accolades from the client DOCS parents and staff alike It is the care commitment and skills working with others that has earned m projects a great deal of repeat and new business over the years For The Waterfront Canberra s first residential development on Lake Burley Griffin Mr Akle took an active role in acquiring a waterfront site for the client at Kingston Foreshore in Canberra He was also tasked with managing the analysis of the local residential market and competitor climate liaising with local authorities and coordinating design consultants to achieve a maximum

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  • Sykes Group | Business In Focus Magazine
    Director of National Hire as a company transforming acquisition for National Hire s equipment sales and support business Sykes Group says Mr Aitken provides scale volume and distribution opportunities for National Hire that will help underpin future growth and enable the brand to expand its reach into global mining and construction markets Sykes Chairman Jon Collins said of the acquisition Combining Sykes with National Hire is very exciting because the businesses operate in common markets and appear to have similar core values Like Sykes the Allight brand is very well respected and being in the same family as Westrac and Coates Hire will enable Sykes to raise its profile and access resources to create even more growth opportunities for all stakeholders Originally established in 1967 by UK pump group Henry Sykes Plc the company traded as Henry Sykes Pumps Pty Ltd importing pumps and equipment from the UK until 1974 when local manufacture commenced in Gateshead Newcastle NSW In 1977 the firm became part of another UK group Hanson Plc trading as Hanson Sykes Pumps Pty Ltd in Australia In 1987 Mr Collins joined the board in Australia after more than 18 years with Hanson Plc in the UK and in 1988 was appointed Managing Director The company s structure changed once again in 1992 when the firm ended its associations with the UK companies to focus on its Australian operations In 1998 Jon Collins became the sole owner of Sykes Pumps Australia Pty Ltd which in 2003 changed its name to Sykes Group Pty Ltd reflecting the Group s move to more diverse offerings with a more global reach As AllightSykes the company is now able to offer one of the broadest selections of equipment technologies and product designs in Australia Innovation and Quality Those products come about as the result of a true team effort With in house CAD and Engineering services Sykes Group is able to offer custom solutions and options for its clients many needs Located onsite at the NSW facility the engineering team can not only design the best new product for the job but also assist customers with product selection and provide a comprehensive and certified test result Fully accredited to ISO 9001 2008 Sykes Group is able to ensure that its products perform to the high standards clients have come to expect from the brand Viewing every new sale not as a goal in itself but as a starting point for an ongoing relationship Sykes Group stands behind its products offering the kind of superior after sales support championed by the entire AllightSykes family Sensitive also to the need for continuous research and development Sykes Group welcomes the opportunity to liaise directly with clients and links its ongoing R D efforts with industry and customer needs Innovative pump products such as the Contractor range the Himax self priming pump the lightweight Yakka the submersible Grindex and the Dragflow agitator slurry pump have been the result Whether supplying Allight mobile lighting solutions to illuminate

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  • Winmax Drilling | Business In Focus Magazine
    a market for them to go and explore The cost of excavating tracks and land to get to remote places can be upwards of two to three hundred thousand dollars and Nathan reckons the cost of putting a chopper on can be basically about the same There are however some distinct advantages to approaching by air First off you don t have to go through the EPA to get clearance to dig all these tracks to get to these places Winmax can fly in from the nearest access point often just a 10 15 minute flight and just start drilling He stresses the potential time savings especially if you factor in a drive of maybe an hour or more each way by ute for the crew and increased productivity And with almost all of Winmax s clients being ASX listed there s a small matter of ensuring the stock market hears about results just as soon as possible Heliportable drilling involves transporting a disassembled drill rig by helicopter to a precise often difficult to access location The ground crew then assembles the rig piece by piece until it is operational Normal drilling can then be carried out in places few other drilling companies can reach Winmax works in conjunction with Remote Helicopters Australia The two companies have developed a mutually beneficially relationship and are in a position to present a full package to clients The company works closely with its clients to ensure minimal environmental impact The relationship between chopper company and drilling company is of paramount importance and by working in conjunction with RHA the trust and efficiencies gained benefit both the client and Winmax Winmax currently has Alton HD900 Boart Longyear LF70 and MD600 rigs heliportable and customised to also complete everyday surface exploration drilling work The compact design of the HD900 has minimal environmental impact and it can operate in difficult terrain These rigs are track mounted and are ideal for all surface exploration work Lightweight modular and manoeuvrable they reduce the need for developing expensive site access Faster set ups hole re entry and demobilising means these rigs can be over the hole and drilling sooner Winmax says its focus is on providing clients with clean and concise mineral core samples while at the same time reducing drilling costs through increased productivity The savings in drilling costs are passed on to clients Drilling crews work closely with both geotechs and clients in the field On the environmental side helidrilling can be said to minimise the disturbance to any location and make it easier to clean up after exploration because the impact is limited to the site itself without the need for local access roads or a camp It is often something of a privilege says Nathan for his crews to work in some spectacularly beautiful natural locations that tourists would find it hard to get to prodiving staff with an extra bonus After all not everyone gets to commute to some of Australia s most inaccessible

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  • GBC Scientific Equipment | Business In Focus Magazine
    product and it has all sorts of advantages over all the other methods of elemental analysis The key one is it s instantaneous it takes 30 000 measurements per second on every mass and every isotope so basically in less than 45 seconds we can give you every element every isotope and that includes the sample introduction the floss time stabilisation time it s a massively capable analysis tool and we make it in Australia Oh and we designed it in Australia too Of course at this level of technology the market is a very narrow one It s a very highly specialised field ICPMS in our case the same as an ICP in that you have an inductively coupled plasma which is an electronic flame burning in argon This burns at about the same temperature as the surface of the sun that s the sample introduction system which takes a liquid sample and converts it into ions We then inject that into a time of flight mass spec that gives all the ions an equal kick in one direction The heavy ones go slower the light ones go faster The fastest ones to get to the detector are the lightest ones i e hydrogen the heaviest ones are slowest to the detector i e uranium and all the other ones come in between So the time of arrival of those ions defines what they are and the height of the peak at the time of arrival defines how much there is It is says Ron a very simple technology in concept But it s very complicated in execution Apart from mining and resources there is a very wide variety of uses for such technology There s the water industry for example It s a big industry for all these technologies Nearly every municipality with a water board has to have regulatory control of water you re not allowed to poison people says Ron drily Not in Australia at any rate Well lots of other countries are coming to the same conclusions There s also pollution control All sorts of industrial plants need to monitor their effluents On top of that you have medical applications and even the nuclear industry because our time of flight measures all the isotopes you can determine if something has had any nuclear work done at all instantly If you pick up any non naturally occurring elements you know it s come out of the reactor Some time ago GBC teamed up with another company that specialises in laser ablation a form of analysis of considerable use in mining This is another simple concept according to Ron Strike a spot with a laser evaporate a small amount of the material and analyse it because we can do that at 30 000 times a second we can achieve a true simultaneous analysis of the plume of gas that comes off when the laser strikes the object We have one application where we are analysing ancient tapestries

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  • Equipment Placement | Business In Focus Magazine
    a Company Director use their experience in the business to serve the needs of their customers at Equipment Placement My brother and I have been in the same industry now since the late Seventies so we have a fairly wide network who we also consider friends in the business says Brian We rely a lot on our reputation and we have contacts within the industry and our network grows through word of mouth Over the past year the company s sales and rental fleet has increased significantly Though the firm has operations in Queensland it was fortunately not affected by the recent flooding and cyclones that have ravaged the area Only one machine was briefly out of commission says Mr Bondi We were more fortunate than some Mindful of the plight of their fellow Australians Mr Bondi says the team at Equipment Placement is donating a portion of the rent it receives from its Queensland machines back to the Premier s relief fund From Ball Bearings to Trucks Serving as a one stop shop for the nation s many mining and construction operations Equipment Placement offers not only quality products and service but the supply and hire of equipment Many products are made by the company or manufactured specifically for the firm by trusted local contractors Service trucks steel fabrication is contracted to a local company and when bracketing pumps motors and other systems are installed the result is a high quality finished product We basically manufacture the whole service module says Mr Bondi From the smallest ball bearing to large trucks Equipment Placement offers a vast selection of replacement parts and components to its customers The company designs and manufactures fuel and lube trucks to the highest standards meeting all Australia wide mine site regulations and requirements It offers a range of service trucks water trucks and water truck modules for most highway truck cab chassis and articulated off highway trucks Along with new machinery Equipment Placement has a selection of quality used products like dozers excavators loaders graders and scrapers from well known manufacturers like Caterpillar Komatsu Hitachi Terex O K Liebherr Bell and Volvo Many of its clients in mining and construction rent equipment and machinery from Equipment Placement who offer top notch quality and service across the country We will rent anywhere in Australia says Mr Bondi of the company which maintains equipment in the Pilbara the Bauxite region down south Mount Isa and other areas The company offers maintenance in both New South Wales and Queensland to ensure that all equipment is in proper working order A Range of Products Along with providing top quality parts and a number of rental and purchasing options Equipment Placement is proud to represent products from a number of related companies including Hydrau Flo a valve system that removes the risk of overfilling and spillage during fuel transfer and Easilube a made in Australia system designed specifically for auto lubrication in rugged conditions Other fine products carried and installed

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  • Grindley Construction | Business In Focus Magazine
    be laid off the company understands these people have mortgages and car payments to make and we treat that with perhaps a higher priority than the absolute bottom line He notes there are a lot of people coming onto the market which suggests not all Grindley s rivals take such an approach Approximately 60 percent of Grindley s 150 million turnover is represented by the aged care sector and according to Rod we are the largest constructor in NSW The company pioneered a model of independent living unit development starting with a 50 50 joint venture with Australian Unity with a deferred management scheme Constitution Hill see sidebar is a 430 unit independent living development with a community centre 120 age care bed places and all services on one site The project was constructed in 10 phases between 2002 and 2007 Grindley is currently looking at a number of similar though smaller such models on a joint venture basis We do a significant amount of straight residential and aged care facility construction and we do that on several procurement methods Another significant client of the firm s is the Salvation Army with whom Grindley adopts ECI early contractor involvement acting as design and construct partner in advance of the submission of development applications We have a pre agreed negotiated contract strategy so we are not only building the project for them but on the design team from the master planning stage This says Rod allows buildability and cost and programming input from a competent builder who is on the team from day one instead of waiting till you go out to tender to see if you have made errors or omissions A new venture within the company is Grindley Interiors Focusing on fitouts refurbishments building refits and Green Building upgrades this division covers the Commercial Industrial Educational and Retail markets with delivery services fully integrated from project inception to occupation Rod is confident that the industry is a lot more stable than it was at the time of the last recession because of the regulations and the security payments legislation and the ratios we have to keep in order to trade and maintain our licence particularly in Queensland That has meant the balance sheets of master builders have been more solid enabling them to endure and weather the proverbial and literal storms of recent times Queensland suffered the floods and other catastrophes but even before that the receivers were quite busy in southeast Queensland Rod reckons They are even busier now He knows of receivers who are moving staff up from NSW to QLD to cope with the extra flow of business there not only residential around the Gold Coast but all round southeast Queensland The floods might have been expected to be good for Grindley s business but Rod says he forecast immediately that it won t be good for Grindley or for anyone else because the government and the insurance companies will sit and fight for six months

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