Planning with the professionals

The team at Survus Consultants  are surveyors, planners and engineers with all the necessary expertise to advise on the specialist issue of subdivisions. What exactly is a subdivision? “It’s the term for splitting a piece of land into individual lots,” says Craig Hurford, survey manager at Survus Consultants. “Subdivisions can be as basic as a residential two-lot in-fill development where …

How to get the best out of your business travel

We’ve all heard travel horror stories – missed flights, endless queues and frustrating helpdesk calls, all of which cost businesses time and money. Grant Avis, general manager of Gilpin Travel talks about the business benefits of engaging a corporate travel agency. Although booking online has become the norm, it’s not necessarily the best option for all types of business travel. …

Building for whatever may come

As Heraclitus famously said ‘The only thing that is constant is change,” – and it seems the rate of change has never been as rapid as today. Although this has probably always seemed the case to successive generations, social, technological and natural forces seem to be drawing momentum from one another to keep (quite literally in Canterbury’s case), moving the …

12 daily habits of exceptional leaders By Travis Bradbury

Great leadership is indeed a difficult thing to pin down and understand. You know a great leader when you’re working for one, but even they can have a hard time explaining the specifics of what they do that makes their leadership so effective. Great leadership is dynamic; it melds a variety of unique skills into an integrated whole. Great leadership …

What To Do When Things Don’t Go To Plan

By Martz Witty The first typical reaction is knee jerk and panic, but this is seldom the correct course of action. Instead I suggest grabbing a pen and paper and answering these questions that I learned years ago at a Dale Carnegie course. It changed my life forever and is cited in Dale’s book How to Stop Worrying and Start …

Automation And The Future Of Your Industry

For company managers the promise is for more automation, intelligence and control, for the ultimate in efficiency and performance. But how much of that promise is likely to become reality? That’s a fundamental question which only the test of time can answer, says Dona White, CEO of North Port Events. “There’s no question that we are in a period of …

Not All Products Certification Schemes Are Created Equal

What’s more, it’s simply not enough to think that just because steel has been ordered to a New Zealand or Australian standard that the delivered product will automatically conform with that standard and be fit for purpose. Increasingly, this is not the case: The product may meet the standard; it may be supplied with documents for “an equivalent standard” (but …

Updating Roofing Industry Standards Is No Quick Fix

“We’re having products coming into the roofing market that don’t have a standard attached, or there isn’t a standard available for some of these products, and that’s a problem for the consumer, ultimately.” He says the consumer might purchase a product which they believe to be fit for purpose, and while there is some onus on the manufacturer or importer …

The Concrete Research Roadmap

Canvassing opinion from within the concrete industry, along with other stakeholders, the roadmap identifies common research areas and articulates these as a series of goals. Specific research projects to achieve these goals form the final component of the Roadmap. A common problem with a research strategy is to accept that demand exceeds the resources available. As such the exercise quickly …