The 2019 Construction Industry Survey


New Zealand

2019 Construction Industry Survey

The 2019 Construction Industry Survey is an annual survey commissioned by Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) and Teletrac Navman.

It measures the big issues for New Zealand’s civil construction companies and provides necessary information to decision-makers.

The survey results have revealed that uncertainty in the pipeline of new projects is severely impacting the civil construction workforce.

“The industry is eagerly awaiting ‘record spending’ on three waters, public transport and road safety improvements to bring financial certainty and stability so it can work towards overcoming New Zealand’s infrastructure deficit.”

A report on the findings of the 2019 Construction Industry Survey is available on request, or for CCNZ members to download from the members’ section of the CCNZ website at


2019 CCNZ Hirepool Construction Excellence Awards

An Otago site supervisor, a Christchurch foreman and a Wellington Environmental Advisor received awards for industry leadership on 2 August at the CCNZ People Awards, held at Rotorua’s Blue Baths during the Civil Contractors New Zealand ‘Navigating the Future’ Conference.

Keith Matheson, a site supervisor from Otago’s SouthRoads won the Emerging Leader Award, which recognises outstanding leadership under the age of 30.

Isaac Construction Foreman Dan Elliott won the Personal Improvement Award, which recognises outstanding commitment to professional development both personally and for others, for his dedication to building his team’s skills through company study groups and on the job development, and for building his personal skills to the level where he can take on Site Supervisor responsibilities.

Jemma Dutton of CPB Contractors was highly commended in the Personal Improvement Award category for her approach to environmental management on the Transmission Gully site. 

McConnell Dowell won the ‘Projects with a value of between $20 million and $100 million’ category with its Army Bay Ocean Outfall project at Shakespear Regional Park – a project which resulted in the world’s longest pipeline built with trenchless tunnelling technology at 1,929 metres.

Higgins Contractors won the ‘Projects between $5 million and $20 million’ category for its Watchman Road Roundabout and airport intersection project in Napier which turned a traffic blackspot into a safer intersection with special regard for an adjoining wetland. 

Fulton Hogan won the award for ‘Projects up to $5 million – larger companies’ for the Wynyard Quarter Pump Station – a 14-metre deep wet well pumping station situated in the heart of Auckland which required innovation to work at a depth of 12 metres below the water table. Read more here

Sydney Metro – Australia, NSW

Another mega boring machine Mabel broke through into the Crows Nest Station.

This means that the tunnelling for Australia’s biggest public transport, Sydney Metro, is about 50 per cent complete.

After undergoing maintenance, TBM Mabel (named after Mabel Newill), will be re-launched at Crows Nest and tunnelling towards the next Sydney Metro station at North Sydney.

Consult Australia’s 2019 skills survey results released

Consult Australia’s skills survey is an annual account of human resources and workforce demands affecting consulting firms in the built and natural environment.

The 2019 survey was conducted between June and July 2019 and reflects the experiences of firms over the preceding 12 months.

According to Consult,

  • 63 per cent of firms are recruiting and currently experiencing a skill shortage.
  • Civil engineers and drafters, structural engineers and engineering managers are the disciplines most affected by skill shortages in 2019.
  • Sydney and Melbourne remain the hardest areas to find and place employees, with Brisbane quickly catching up
  • 10 per cent of firms expect 5 to 10 per cent of their staff will be recruited from overseas next year.
  • 54 per cent of firms use temporary skill shortage visas to help meet demands.

To view the full document click here

Engineers Australia names Queensland’s top engineers

Jothi Ramanujam took the award for 2019 Professional Engineer of the Year – Queensland. Ramanujam is the director (pavements rehabilitation) for the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) and has worked not only in Queensland but Sri Lanka, Nigeria, the UK, Abu Dhabi (UAE) and Brunei.

The award for 2019 Young Professional Engineer of the Year – Queensland, went to Matthew Uidam, principal geotechnical engineer at Golder. who was involved with such projects as Inland Rail, Brisbane Airport Link, Hunt8r Alliance, Glenugie Alliance, Hunter Expressway, and Dampier to Cape Lambert Transmission.

The two Queensland engineers were awarded the state’s top engineering honour last Friday night.


Sunshine Coast’s New $430m CBD

A 53-hectare greenfield site in the heart of Maroochydore is being transformed into a Central Business District.

The development will be embedded with smart technology throughout and includes $10 million in underground digital waste and lighting facilities and includes space for 25,900sq m of retail and up to 1,390 apartments along waterways.

The CBD will also feature a 250-room hotel, 100 residential apartments, 40,500sq m of retail as well as commercial and entertainment space.

News published August 7th 2019

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