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How to Speak Safety in a Diverse Industry

Some of the most vulnerable workers on any construction site are those from culturally diverse backgrounds, according to SafeWork NSW.

Both new migrant workers and those whose first language is not English are reportedly concentrated in high-risk work environments including construction.

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Drones to Deliver Safer Worksites

When it comes to safety, using technology is worth the investment. And with drones, they can save lives on the construction site.

The increased use of drones, along with advances in technology, can provide a contractor with diverse capabilities that can improve safety on the job site.

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Can Age be a Factor in Job Site Safety?

We all know that Australia’s construction industry is a victim of the ageing population. With people remaining in the workforce longer, we ponder what this may mean for the construction worker and workplace safety.

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Top Tips for Successful Tendering

With hundreds of new tenders released each week, more and more businesses are considering whether to jump onboard with the bidding process.

A quick look at TenderLink, one of Australia’s leading procurement websites, and you can see there is close to 1,000 tender opportunities currently open in the construction industry alone, with hundreds more in other categories such as engineering, landscaping, government, water and sewage plus pipe supply, just to name a few.…

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Victoria Cuts Red Tape to Save Small Builders Millions

The latest reforms announced in Victoria aim to facilitate understanding and meeting regulatory obligations for small businesses. The reforms are expected to save the sector millions of dollars each year.

Improving Effectiveness Through Regulation

Improving engagement is a big part of the new reforms.

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Landfills as the Last Resort

The Australian building industry produces a staggering 20.4 million tons of waste each year through construction and demolition works. Close to a third of this waste goes into landfills across the country while the remaining two-thirds end up being recycled, illegally dumped, reused, reprocessed or stockpiled.

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Safe Work Australia’s Guide to Preventing Jobsite Accidents

There are a number of direct and indirect costs borne to both the employer and the employee as a result of accidents in the construction industry. Compensation payouts, loss of productivity, long-term pain on the part of the worker, and legal conundrums are just a few examples of the detrimental effects of accidents on Australian jobsites.…

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BIM? BAM! But Always Start with the Model

There’s an old joke. “What gives us the ability to look through walls?” (audience rustles uncomfortably, throats clear). “Windows.”

Yes, it’s one of those old-school comic throwaways more likely to produce a nod of assent than genuine laughter.

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Ancient Profession Moves into the Future

When Jobsite covered the story back in March of a breakthrough construction technology – a bricklaying robot called Hadrian X – it was still in the development stage. Fast forward eight months: the world’s only fully-automated, bricklaying solution is now on the cusp of becoming commercially available, according to its developer Fastbrick Robotics Limited,(ASX:FBR).…

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Could BIM Be the Key To Better Project Outcomes?

Building Information Modelling and digitised documentation could hold the key to delivering better outcomes not only for project teams but also the end customers—the asset owners, facilities managers and occupants, according to digital engineering experts.…

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Six Steps to Having Positive Outcomes with Angry Customers

Construction has many opportunities to make customers angry. Changes, budget issues, and on-time issues rank as the top three, but there are plenty of other reasons clients get upset. The best way to deal with angry or unhappy customers is not to have situations that cause them in the first place.…

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Preparing Homes for Bushfire Risk

There is more to constructing buildings able to withstand the impacts of bushfire than just adding extra features at the finishing stage. Thinking about fire risk needs to happen at the earliest planning stages, according to Chris Wyborn, the general manager of Education and Bushfire Services at Fire Protection Association of Australia.…

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Making the Built Environment Come Alive

Beyond the augmented reality of the Pokemon Go craze, where animated creatures were superimposed on the real world using a camera, and beyond virtual reality roller coasters and shark swims, where users wear a headset, these two technologies are finding practical and cost-effective applications in the business world.…

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How AI Will Supercharge the Construction Industry

The global market for Artificial Intelligence in Construction is expected to grow at an average of more than 38 per cent annually between now and 2024, according to recent research. US-based firm Zion Market Research pinpointed technologies including natural language processing, machine learning and deep learning to be among the AI’s leading applications.

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How to Locate Skill Gaps and then Solve Them

Alarm bells are ringing about the future availability of various construction professionals ranging from trades and skilled labour to civil engineers, project managers and site managers. The latest Hays Salary Guide report found that 47 per cent of construction businesses intend to increase their staffing levels in 2019-2020, with infrastructure projects and construction for health and education projects driving particularly high demands for talent.

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How to Protect your Smart Buildings from Cyber Threats

With the emergence of smart buildings leveraging the Internet of Things and other digital technologies has come a whole new set of risks, according to cyber security experts.

The same system that allows for remote monitoring of HVAC, for example, can also provide a gateway for cyber criminals to hack into sensitive systems or information and hold the occupants or the entire company “hostage” until a ransom is paid.…

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Building the Foundation for Education through Smart Classroom Design

Australia is redesigning classrooms to emphasize openness, flexibility and collaboration. However, the built environment of our schools is currently up for debate. While some believe the old design is no longer conducive, others have found that the popular, open learning environments are not working as well as previously imagined. 

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Queens Wharf Construction Ramps Up

Dynamic times ahead as work ramps up on the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf development in Brisbane, with 2,000 construction workers expected to be involved by 2021.

Destination Brisbane Consortium is delivering the landmark development, which spans 26 hectares of land and water and unites repurposed heritage buildings with elegant architecture.

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The Dangers of Silica Dust, What you Should Know

One of the major health hazards on many construction sites is the one you often cannot see—crystalline silica dust. The extremely fine particles are released when granites, sand, bricks, cement, and other materials release dust due to activities such as cutting, grinding and blasting.…

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What’s Being Done About the Building Sector’s ‘Crisis of Confidence’

Recent high-profile defect issues in apartment buildings and the ongoing issue of non-compliant cladding have made the Building Minister’s Forum fast-track the implementation of reforms.

The State and Federal Building Ministers’ meeting on July 18 saw the ministers agree to address issues including growing difficulties around professional indemnity insurance.

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Making Aged-Care Facilities New Again With Construction Technology

Creating a built environment that meets the needs of our elderly residents, particularly those with dementia, is one of the most significant challenges the building and design industries face today.

While the internal fitout and interior design play an important part in creating the right environment, we are now seeing some really cool technology implemented early in the construction phase.

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