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Most contractors hire construction equipment. Unfortunately many make simple mistakes which result in the equipment costing more than expected. I’m sure some contractors have even found an item of hired equipment forgotten at the back of a store at the end of the project – the hire costs which they’ve paid for the item may […]

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A construction project’s success is frequently judged on whether it’s finished on time and came in under budget. But are these the only criteria for judging a project’s success?  Many construction projects are finished late and they’re over budget. But even when projects are finished within budget and on time are they a success? Well […]

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Right now the engineering and construction market is pretty hot and most firms I’m in contact with report that their in-boxes are full of inquiries and Requests for Tender (and please let me know if this is not your current reality as we really should have a conversation about that…..). The pressing issues that are […]

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Winning a Tender – It’s Like Passing an Exam!  If you thought, in order to win tenders, all you need is to quote the lowest bid in an impressive letter, think again. It takes much more than that! It’s quite similar to clearing an exam; you’ve to prepare well, understand and follow the instructions and […]

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Do your subcontractors really understand what is expected of them? Many readers will say, ‘of course yes, it’s spelled out in our contract document.’ But, are you sure? Several months ago the neighbours across the street engaged a contractor to do renovations on their house. One Saturday at 6.45am the neighbourhood was awoken by loud […]

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We all wish and hope for a successful and prosperous project but are often disappointed when things don’t turn out as we hoped for. How can you influence events so your construction project is more successful? Here are some simple actions which will add immeasurably to your project’s success without requiring much extra effort. Poor […]

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Is your project losing money? Do you know why? Unfortunately some contractors lose money on construction projects. Sometimes these losses are huge (In 2016 Samsung announced they had lost a billion dollars on a project in Australia – yes that’s right one billion Australian dollars or over seven hundred million US dollars). The question to […]

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Are you paid on time? Do you pay timeously? Late payments are the bane of the construction industry hurting many companies. Some major multi-national mining companies pay their suppliers and contractors 90 days after invoice. Even large contractors habitually pay their subcontractors and suppliers at 60 and even 90 days. Wow, they must be nuts! […]

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Contractors and subcontractors play an important part in the success or failure of construction projects. It’s therefore vital to ensure that not only is care taken to select the right contractor, but also to ensure that the contractor is managed correctly. Unfortunately often contractors are selected only on the basis of price – the contractor […]

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