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Hectic? Try running a concrete plant

A few days ago, I was catching up with some friends and ran into a product manager for a concrete supply company. We shared a few stories, and I got an insight into what it is to run a concrete batching plant. We all know what it takes to prep and pour concrete, I know …

The Economist efficiency article

Don’t stand on the outside of construction

I am sitting here about to meet some friends, and I had a flick through my Twitter news feed. I came across this article from The Economist “Efficiency eludes the construction industry.” The article brings some interesting statistics into the spotlight about our industry. It is sobering and slightly confronting having what we already know …

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Raimondi Cranes newest crane, MRT234 flattop

Raimondi Cranes back in October introduced a new tower crane to the market, the MRT234 flattop. The MRT234 was pre-released to their exclusive agent network before October and was received well. InterKran of Switzerland will take delivery of the first MRT234, with the second and third units going to Strictly Cranes based in Sydney, Australia. …

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Fond memories of carpentry, would I go back?

When we reflect back on our careers, there are a scattering of times that we all remember for the right reasons. I look back over the last 15 or so years, and some of my fondest memories came from when I was working as a carpenter building decks. That pocket of time started not too …

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Drones and aerial footage in construction

 As we scroll through our various social media feeds, it is hard to miss the aerial footage that is starting to show up; whether the videos are from different travel bloggers or a local contractor. Once upon a time, the aerial shots were only available to the professional drone (UAV – unmanned aerial vehicle) …

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Raimondi Cranes, thanks for joining me on my walk

I have been in Melbourne, Australia for a few weeks, travelling around filming the next few episodes of The Travelling Builder Show. As we all experience from time to time, my plans had changed a little, resulting in a free day to do whatever tickled my fancy. Personal challenge, photographing Raimondi Cranes Just in case …

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Bazzana Tiling, reaching that elusive work life balance

For the last few weeks, I have been working with a mate on the extension of their home at Byron Bay, Australia. While working there, I had the opportunity to meet Dean from Bazzana Tiling. Dean is a boutique tiler from Ballina. Over the week Dean was tiling the bathroom, and we got chatting as …

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Pro Build’s Greenland Centre could be Sydney’s most recognised construction site

Walking through the heart of Sydney city, there are construction sites everywhere. You have what feels like every second city street having the new 12km light rail being built by Acciona. Then there is all the high-rise construction happening throughout the city and surrounding areas. For perspective, the RBL crane index has listed Sydney as having …

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Clem Carpentry unique approach to challenges

When I spoke with Marc and Holly from Clem Carpentry, I figured that I would be writing about one of their projects. However, it was their business and how they have tackled some of the challenges that grabbed my attention. Clem Carpentry’s niche market Marc and Holly have found themselves in the niche market of …

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Adam Pykett exceptionally well delivered Electric Avenue Jr

If you are familiar with Woolloongabba in Brisbane, particularly the café precinct at the end of Logan Road; you may have come across ‘Electric Avenue Jr.’ Adam Pykett from Adam Pykett Carpentry teamed up with the owners of Canvas from across the road to deliver Electric Avenue Jr. Adam Pykett and his team specialise in old …

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Is Fix It Up shop fitting the future of construction?

  When I first got in touch with Fix It Up shop fitting, I checked out their website, and my attention was immediately grabbed; they do ‘upholstery!’ That is not the only thing that’s listed, everything from joinery, to stainless fabrication and sign writing. I assumed they were talking about using subcontractors, the same as …

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Hutchinson Builders dominating Brisbane’s skyline

Hutchinson Builders or more affectionately known as Hutchies, have capitalised on the building boom that is taking place in Brisbane, Australia.  For the last few years, the skyline of Brisbane has been littered with tower cranes completing in this current round of high-rise construction. On any given day, no matter which direction that you look, …

3D printing is not the death of construction, we are!

See the problem is not that the construction industry is archaic or 3D printing technology. The fundamentals, which are grounded in science, will never change. Let’s look at the advances over time. We started with wood, then moved to stone. Now we use concrete and steel. What’s the difference? Not much really. The fundamentals are …

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Bonn Germany, buildings and construction

I spent about a month in Bonn Germany and got to see a fair amount of the city. The city center is relatively small so walking around is a viable option. Being able to walk around was good as my German language speaking skills didn’t exist. If you would like to find out about the …

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Heath Nicholson Builders ‘Round House’

I have been following Heath Nicholson Builders on Instagram for a while now, watching their various projects progress. So I got in touch, asked if I could write an article about one of their projects. Heath was more than happy to help out with an article and said that the “Round House” they are currently …

How to structure your building contractors website

What is the purpose of a website for building contractors? Well, the best way to relate to your website like it is a 24-hour shop front. A place people can come and take a look around at your services. What work you have done in the past, check out what other customers have to say …

What is online content / marketing? Is this relevant?

First I am going to make a statement that may or may not upset a few people. ‘Online marketing’ is the same thing as ‘online content.’ That is anything that can be found by a Google or any internet search. What is online content? So what do I mean by online content? Online content is …

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Kathmandu & Pokhara commercial construction

Commercial construction in Nepal, in particular in Kathmandu & Pokhara is not that much different to that of Australia, well not at a fundamental level. All buildings start at the foundations, then the structure (framing) is built, and finally coming back down finishing the outside. The building structures in Kathmandu & Pokhara are predominately concrete. …

Construction site management, why I love it.

Hi, I am Matt The Travelling Builder. In this episode, I am going to talk about why I love construction site management and site supervising. Over the years I have had many roles, a carpenter, manager, leading hand and a laborer. I get the biggest kick out of construction site management. I thoroughly enjoy working …

Berlin, Germany – construction is a little different

Hi, I am Matt, The Travelling Builder. This week I have been to Berlin, Germany. I got off the train at Berlin Central. What I noticed most while walking to my hotel, was how much construction work there was taking place. Getting off the train, you are meet by four construction sites in a row. …

Australia failing apprentices – its a problem

Hi, I am Matt, The Travelling Builder. I had a few comments about the last video where I talked about the breakdown of trades in Australia. The reason for my view that such a breakdown is a bad thing for the industry is as follows. Nowadays tradespeople, more to the point apprentices are now working …

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Everest Base Camp – The buildings along the way

The  Mt Everest Base Camp Trek has a great glimpse into the buildings of the Himalayas.  The biggest thing to keep in mind when looking through the photos, all the building materials have been carried by hand.  I mean, someone carried the building materials on their back for days to get them to construction site.

What has happened to trades now days?

What has happened to tradesmen now days? Why have we let trades be broken down into sub trades? What happens when you need a tradesmen and you now no longer know who to call?