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Waipa District Council kindly hosted an excellent meeting of the Northern Branch of IPWEA NZ in Te Awamutu on Friday 12 August 2016. Papers were presented on a range of interesting topics, which were: Pipe Bridge across the Waikato River for the Cambridge Water Supply, Changes to the Construction Contracts Act, Coastal Asset Data Management for Auckland Council, Low Level Water Supply Intake on the Waikato River for Hamilton City, and the Frontier Road Water Reservior for Te Awamutu. All presentations were of very good quality, showing that our branch meetings are truly mini-conferences that provide great CPD for engineers and asset managers. It was clear from ...
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Crews working to repair Christchurch’s extensive system of earthquake-damaged underground infrastructure have received a helping – albeit robotic – hand. The city’s vital horizontal infrastructure – including roads, fresh water systems, wastewater systems, stormwater systems – was devastated in the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) is working to repair the damage to publicly-owned infrastructure by the end of 2016. To help get the job done safely, SCIRT contractors McConnell Dowell and subcontractor Concrete Treatments NZ (CTNZ) have brought in an ultra-high pressure hydro-demolition robot, ...
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Retrospect: Raurimu Sprial

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WHAT Raurimu Spiral WHERE Raurimu to National Park, central North Island, New Zealand WHEN Constructed 1905–07 Railway workers in a cutting, during the construction of the Main Trunk Line at Raurimu. Tibbutt, Alfred George :Main Trunk Railway photographs. Ref: PA1-q-244-13. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. Considered an engineering masterpiece, the Raurimu Spiral provided an innovative solution to navigating rail lines across the rugged terrain of New Zealand’s North Island. The landscape between Auckland and Wellington is characterised by the steep slopes of the Volcanic Plateau to the east and the valleys ...
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Former INGENIUM President and Manager of City Enterprises at Palmerston North City Council, Ray McIndoe discusses living in an earthquake-prone country, the IPWEA merger, and more. by Gemma Black What originally drew you to a career in public works? As a young guy in the 1970s, I was working for a consultancy firm in the Waipara region of the lower North Island as a technician. I was having trouble finding time to do my course work, which was by correspondence through a polytechnic, so I took a job with a local authority down in Wellington to be closer to the college. That was my original reason for becoming involved in the public sector, ...
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