July 5 2020 marked another milestone for Fulton Hogan Egis O&M Pty Ltd (FHEO&M) on Australia’s largest road infrastructure project – Sydney’s WestConnex.
With the opening of WestConnex Stage 2, the M8, the operations and maintenance contract and incident response services on Sydney’s brand-new motorway tunnel officially began.
The 9km twin tunnels connecting the M5 at Kingsgrove to a new interchange at St Peters add to the growing list of the WestConnex network now maintained and serviced by FHEO&M.
FHEO&M is already overseeing the following sections of WestConnex opened over the past 3 years:
The latest section provides motorists with a 9km traffic-light free link between the Sydney suburbs of Kingsgrove and St Peters. It forms part of the New South Wales Government’s integrated transport solution designed to ease congestion and keep Sydney moving. The tunnel is equipped with cameras that are monitored 24/7 with 100% coverage with an Incident Response team on standby to assist motorists.
Since the start of construction in 2016, FHEO&M has worked closely with WestConnex | Transurban, who are responsible for delivery and operations of this $4.3 billion legacy project. Involvement of the operations and maintenance provider during the design and construct phases of the project have ensured long-term maintenance requirements were taken into consideration.
Since its incorporation in December 2015, FHEO&M has expanded into an organisation with over 100 employees and developed strong in-house capabilities in maintenance, asset management, incident response and traffic management. It was awarded the operations and maintenance contract in early 2020.
The successful integration of the WestConnex M8 operational and maintenance responsibilities into the WestConnex network maintained under the contract further cement Fulton Hogan’s standing as one of Australia’s premier infrastructure maintenance and asset management providers. Working in partnership with a world leading tunnel operator, we are safely and effectively maintaining a crucial motorway network.
For more information about WestConnex, please visit our client’s project homepage.
Image courtesy of WestConnex | Transurban
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While there are no known records of this, it is entirely possible that arguments about grilling have been ongoing since the time of cavemen and women. Everyone, it seems, had an opinion on how to grill the perfect brontosaurus burger! These spirited discussions continue today.
One fact is indisputable: there is nothing better than a well-cooked, delicious cut of meat and vegetables prepared on a top-quality grill. Some of the best grilling equipment comes from the Renaissance Cooking Systems (RCS) grills. The RCS grills are some of the best made grills in the world and they are not sold at big-box retailers. They are only available from highly respected distributors such as Acme Brick Tile & Stone.
The trend toward staying home for dining and entertaining has introduced the grilling lifestyle to millions of novice and accomplished cookers. With all of these new “grill masters,” there are bound to be some misconceptions about the best way to guarantee a mouth-watering outdoor meal experience.
Gas or Charcoal?
Meat and vegetables cooked on a gas-powered or charcoal grill taste a little different; however, both are excellent in their own way. According to this grilling guide, charcoal gives a smokier taste, while gas leads to a more bacon-like taste. With charcoal, when the meat drippings meet the flame, they become vaporized, and a portion penetrates the food. But a propane gas grill has ceramic or metal slabs covering the flame. Any food drippings or spices hit this surface and do not touch the meat. An advantage of a gas grill is that it produces more steam than its charcoal counterpart, giving the meat more moisture.
There are other important differences in the two grill types.
The RCS grills are all gas-powered and have a wide-range of state-of-the-grilling-art features.
Tips for Choosing a Grill That Will Last
Jeff Cunningham is the third generation of his family to lead RCS and his passion for grilling burns as hot as his products. He offered a few suggestions on choosing an outdoor grill.
“First, think about how you want to use your outdoor kitchen,” he said. “Is it just for family use or will it be used for LOTS of entertainment? The primary use requirements will help decide what appliances you will need to incorporate.
“There are so many brands and sizes of gas grills, side burners, door/drawers, refrigeration products and so forth to choose from. Remember, an outdoor kitchen is a project you only want to do once at this house, so do it right the first time so you do not have to do it over.”
The company website notes that not all stainless steel is high quality. In some high humidity climates some grades of stainless steel will rust out in a short period of time, leaving the owner with a gaping hole in his or her new kitchen, and one that will usually only accommodate the same grill again. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the grill chosen will last and has a lifetime warranty from a reputable company that has been around a while to back it up!
RCS has one of the industry’s most comprehensive warranty. All RCS Cutlass Pro Series grills, side burners, sinks, as well as all doors and drawers are warranted to be free from manufacturer defects for the lifetime of the original owner. All RCS Premier Series grills are warranted to be free from manufacturer defects for 15 years of the original owner. All RCS refrigeration products are warrantied to be free from manufacturer defects for five years to the original owner.
Simple is Good
“At RCS we believe in simple, easy to use outdoor cooking appliances,” Cunningham said. “We’ve designed our grills with common-sense BTU levels. BTU’s refer to the amount of heat a grill produces. Some manufacturers sell BTU’s like they are horsepower when in effect, they are just a larger hole in the orifice. The problem with grills that have too high of BTUs is that it is more difficult to operate the grill – the opposite of simple. Anyone can use an RCS grill and create beautiful meals without being a professional chef.”
The company has also included features that can enhance the grilling experience. For example, some RCS grills have optional smoking boxes for more outdoor smoked taste. Plus, several models offer rear burners that when used in conjunction with a rotisserie can create beautiful “slow-rotiss” meats and veggies. Finally, if the grill master wants to sear meat quickly, there is an optional infra-red burner available that replaces one of the original burners and is easy to switch back and forth.
Some of the Best Grills in the World
Acme Brick offers the perfect complements to any outdoor cooking space with a wide range of all types of grills. Whether you love to cook steaks, ribs, fish, vegetables or even brontosaurus burgers, click here for more information about the RCS grills.
The diversion outlet of the Waimea Community Dam is due to be completed in August, allowing work to begin on the dam’s embankment in September.
The first major dam project in New Zealand in more than 25 years, it is being built by Fulton Hogan and Taylors Contracting for Tasman District Council and Waimea Irrigators Ltd to irrigate the fruit, vegetables, hops and grapes of the Waimea Plains.
A major focus over recent weeks has been ensuring a stable base, ensuring water tightness on rock that is naturally highly foliated (fissured). To this end, a stable grout mix is being injected up to 35 metres into the ground, and the base rock painstakingly cleaned and any loose material removed. Such was the intensity of this process that the rock on which the dam will be built was hand cleaned by a 20-person team at an average of one square metre per person per hour.
“With so many people working on their hands and knees it had all the appearances of an archaeological dig,” Fulton Hogan’s structures manager Matt Loach says.
Due to be completed in March 2022, the dam itself will be 180 metres wide at the base, six metres wide at the crest with an overall height of 55 metres. It will 220 metres long at the top and 80 metres at the base, and the reservoir will hold 13 million cubic metres of water.
Pictured, from left, is construction manager Dean Quickenden, structures manager Matt Loach and Fulton Hogan’s general manager, construction Justin Mcdowell. They are standing in front of the first 120 tonne telescopic crawler GTC-1200 crane in New Zealand, purchased for the project. The JV also has one of the largest excavators available, a 90 tonne Hitachi 890.
from Fulton Hogan https://www.fultonhogan.com/key-milestone-for-waimea-community-dam/
For many homeowners, solar panels offer opportunities to save money and make your own power. Roof Mounted Solar Panels Roof-mounted solar panels are an excellent way to generate free power by taking advantage of space you aren’t using- the top of your home. Your roof is perfect for solar power generation: wide, smooth, and… read more
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Will your home “heat up” when you have a metal roof? A residential metal roof in Toronto and a roof in Florida may have two very different answers. Why? A number of factors go into why a metal roof reflects or absorbs heat. And believe it or not, choice of color and finish determines how much a metal roof absorbs heat. So let’s find out more.
Sun Absorption and Color
While the metal roof might absorb heat during the summers especially, all roofing materials absorb heat. A dark-colored asphalt or slate roof will also absorb more heat than a lighter-colored roof of the same material. This is why choosing the right color and finish for your metal roof is so important.
In general, pale colors absorb less heat than lighter ones. Depending on your region, you may choose a lighter color and finish for your roof. However, if you live in colder regions, a darker roof may welcome much-needed heat to your home during harsh winters. The amount of insulation will also affect how much heat absorption takes place. Contact our experts at London Eco-Metal with your questions about metal roofing. Our seasoned team will be happy to help you find the right color, finish, and insulation option for your home or business.
Lighter Metal Gets Cooler Quicker
When the sun strikes a roof directly, lighter materials like metal lose heat quickly. Heavier materials like asphalt and concrete retain heat longer. They also transfer heat to the building below. Metal roofing has a wide variety of insulation options. Combine energy efficiency with insulation to create a comfortable temperature for your home.
What type of construction lies below the roof? Is it an empty drafty attic or an insulated space? When installing your metal roof, consider how you can best insulate your home. Our roof design team will work with you to find the right solution for your home.
Are you ready to install a metal roof? Call London Eco-Metal today. With decades of experience, we promise superior installation and craftsmanship. Contact us now. Schedule your initial consultation today. Let us help you find the perfect roofing solution.
from London ECO-METAL Manufacturing Inc. https://www.londonecometal.com/metal-roofing-ontario-blog/2020/07/does-a-metal-roof-make-a-house-hotter/
When you install your metal roof, you deserve the best. A metal roof will last you for fifty years or more with proper installation. Find metal roofing suppliers and contractors you can trust with London Eco-Metal. Family owned and operated, London Eco-Metal remains Ontario’s’ Premier Fabricator and Installer of Metal Roofing.
Why You Need London Eco-Metal
Since 2009 London Eco-Metal has installed and produced thousands of commercial and residential roofs. You will not find other Ontario metal roofing suppliers with as much experience and understanding of metal roof construction. We take pride in providing superior service and products. Our excellent customer service builds loyalty in our clients. London Eco-Metal guarantees the highest level of craftsmanship in the market.
Our Top Metal Roofing Services
At London Eco-Metal we provide Ontario’s widest selection of high quality metal roofing products and services. Whether you own a business or are a first-time homeowner, our talented team is dedicated to finding the roofing solution for you. Our services and products include:
Why a Metal Roof?
A metal roof offers your home superior security. Metal roofing last for decades with minimal maintenance. Your new metal roof will withstand cold temperatures, moisture, termites, and even fire. As the climate becomes harsher and harsher, a sustainable roof guarantees that your property and family will be safe for years to come.
Call the Top Metal Roofing Company Today
When you need a metal roofing contractor you can trust, call London Eco-Metal. Our friendly staff will be happy to find the right metal roof solution for you. We work with every client, big budget or small. Our superior workmanship means that you will never have to worry about your roof again. Whether a large industrial plant or a small residence, our team works for you. Call us today. We look forward to hearing from you.
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If you or someone you live with uses a wheelchair, you want your home to be as accommodating as possible. When you are choosing flooring for your home, you want to consider the needs of yourself or your loved one. You want flooring that is safe and durable. Read on to discover what is the best flooring for wheelchairs.
Soft flooring, such as carpet, is not suitable for wheelchairs. Even though carpet is warm and inviting, it is also difficult to clean. It can also reduce traction, making it difficult for an individual to maneuver their wheelchair. Hard flooring is best for wheelchairs, but some flooring is better than others. For example, softwood and cork hardwood flooring is too soft for frequent wheelchair use.
Ceramic and porcelain are excellent flooring options for wheelchair use if you like the look of tile. Keep in mind that smaller tiles are better suited for wheelchair use because large tiles are more likely to crack under pressure. When shopping for tile flooring, pick tiles that are 2 inches in size or smaller. You also want the grout lines between the tiles to be made from a material that improves traction. Additionally, unpolished tiles are a better pick than polished tiles because they provided a more firm grip.
If you would rather pick hardwood flooring over tiles, consider luxury vinyl or engineered hardwood. If you pick a waterproof vinyl or engineered hardwood, the flooring will hold up well against frequent wheelchair use. These types of flooring are also easy to clean and hold up well against spills and moisture.
Once you’ve determined what type of wheelchair-safe flooring you want, you’re ready to shop with flooring.org. You can browse our inventory online and call us at 1-800-689-9006 with any questions.
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Among the scrub being cleared along State Highway 20B for the State Highway 20B Early Improvements project stood three ‘New Zealand’s Christmas trees’.
Fulton Hogan’s Zone Manager on the project, Tim Toomey, says he was reconciling himself to the 30-year-old pohutakawas meeting their fate at the teeth of a chainsaw when it was discovered a neighbouring business, Trees of Distinction, specialised in saving large trees.
“We gave them a safety plan, dug around to check there were no utilities and left them to it. After a week of careful excavation, they were out,” Tim says.
“It was great that they were saved – it really was a win for everyone. Most of all, the trees.”
Jon Steele of Trees of Distinction at Black Bridge Nurseries says the Pohutukawa – weighing around 10 tonnes each and with a span of around eight metres – will be re-homed and “left to sit quietly for 18 months to recover and root ball up nicely”.
And what will they eventually cost their new owners?
“Let’s just say if you wanted the trees and a Porsche to go with your new house, then you probably couldn’t afford both,” Jon says.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Auckland International Airport Limited are working together to improve State Highway 20B with a new shared path for more travel choice and additional priority lanes between Pukaki Creek Bridge and State Highway 20.
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With nearly a quarter of a million cubic metres of bulk fill compaction along the shores of the Otago Harbour, the Portobello Road team is welcoming New Zealand’s first construction roller with a factory built twin plate compactor attached to the back.
The German-made Hamm H13i t increases operator safety along the shoulder, while boosting productivity by construction rolling and shoulder compacting at the same time.
The plate compactors are capable of sliding 800mm outside the roller’s wheelbase both to the left and the right side of the machine, allowing the operator to keep a safe distance from the shoulder. The plates can be detached on a quick hitch system in a couple of minutes if they’re not required. The same goes for the pads foot (sheep’s foot) shells on the drum, which can also be removed to utilise the roller for the pavement construction
“In the past we‘ve been using modified equipment as well as rolling near the shoulder using traditional rollers – not a practice we endorse,” South Island Contracting Operations Manager Tony Thompson says.
“These unsafe practices have put our people at risk of serious harm in the past, especially if a driver is distracted and/or if there is a soft or uneven shoulder. The Moving Plant CRG has been working on solutions to this risk for some time so this roller has been a great solution.”
Project Manager Jamie Ward-Allen says early feedback from operators has been encouraging.
“It’s packing the material right to the edge of the plates, and the operators are liking being a comfortable distance from the shoulder,” Jamie says. A ‘guide bar’ at the front of the roller helps ensure they don’t travel closer than a metre from the shoulder.
Recently Fulton Hogan purchased a Stehr SHV 160B compactor for shoulder compaction. Tony says these do a good job, but it’s an advantage to roll the main carriageway and compact the shoulders at the same time with one machine. However one benefit of the Stehr compactor is the ability to compact over the hinge point of the shoulder and still keep the loader in a safe position on the road.
Portobello Road is being widened to create space for pedestrians and cyclists, and is a key tourist route to the head of the peninsula and the famed Gannet colony.
Key elements are bulk fill, hand-stacked rock sea walling, raising the road level to future proof against sea level rise, road widening from 6.5m to 11m, drainage improvements, surfacing works, line marking, pump station upgrades, installation of kerb blocks for a separate shared path, and landscaping and pavements.
from Fulton Hogan https://www.fultonhogan.com/safety-efficiency-behind-new-hamm-h13i/
Fulton Hogan is set to maintain 5800km of sealed road network in South Australia after being awarded one of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) maintenance contracts.
Covering a large portion of the state, spanning from Port Wakefield across to Renmark in the Riverland, down to Mt Gambier and back across to Victor Harbor, the approximately $13M per annum contract is for seven years, with two extension options of three plus three years. The contract also has provisions for additional minor capital works. The contract commences on 2 November 2020.
Since 2011 the company has delivered road maintenance services in metropolitan Adelaide and delivers more than $500 million of road maintenance works annually across Australia.
“Fulton Hogan builds and maintains the roads, ports, airports and infrastructure which connects communities and brings people together,” said Matthew MacMahon, CEO Fulton Hogan Infrastructure Services.
“We currently employ 500 South Australians across our civil maintenance, manufacturing, utilities and construction activities and look forward to continuing to work with DPTI to provide a safe and reliable road network for the South Australian community.”
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