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Wednesday 26th February 2014

How to build a city

I went to the Industry Capability Network (ICN) event looking at the project to Rebuild Christchurch after the devastating earthquakes 3 years ago. This was also supported by the Dandenong Council and the South East Melbourne Manufacturing Alliance (SEMMA). I hadn’t realised what an event it was. 70% of the CBD is gone and they have to demolish and clear that before they can start rebuilding.

 

So the demolition is 1,000 major buildings and 10,000 homes. There are some areas where the water in the ground means it can’t be built on for at least another 20 years. And the psychological problem of rebuilding where the disaster occurred. Then they will put in 400km of new roads, 300km of underground pipework, new electrical and communications infrastructure, new – just about everything!

 

So it will take 10 years a over NZ$40B to achieve this. It is beyond the capacity of the city and the country to do this so they need external businesses to provide goods and services in a range of areas. Here is a list of the projects identified already:

 

  • Asbestos Removal
  • Access Platforms
  • Aluminium frames
  • Aluminium Windows and Doors Open
  • Architectural Building Products
  • Architectural Services – Large projects
  • Architectural Services – Small To Medium sized Projects
  • Architectural Steel
  • Asphalting, Car Parks and Roadways
  • Audio Visual Systems
  • Automatic Doors
  • Basement Drainage Layer
  • Blockwork
  • Brick and Block Cleaning
  • Building and Industrial Hardware
  • Building Automation Systems
  • Building Management Systems
  • Building Monitoring Systems
  • Building Surveyors
  • Cable Support Systems
  • Carpentry
  • Carpet incl.Carpet Tiles
  • Catering Equipment
  • CCTV Systems
  • Ceilings
  • Ceramic Tiling
  • Civil Engineer
  • Commercial Concrete Placement
  • Comms
  • Communications Room A/C
  • Construction – Commercial Buildings – value between NZ$1
  • Construction – Commericial Buildings valued above NZ$100
  • Construction – Commericial Buildings valued NZ$11 – 20 M
  • Construction – Commericial Buildings valued NZ$21 – 50 M
  • Construction – Commericial Buildings valued NZ$51 – 100
  • Controls Electrical
  • Cupboards
  • Data and Communication
  • Door hardware & furniture
  • Doors
  • Drainlayer
  • Electrical Control Systems
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Services
  • Enclosures incl. fences & gates
  • Excavation and Earthworks
  • External Cladding
  • Fencing, including temporary
  • Fire Services
  • Floorcovering
  • Formworker
  • Foundations, Piling
  • Generators
  • Glazier
  • Glazing (inc. External Doors)
  • Heritage Restoration Services
  • High Voltage Cabling & Communications
  • Housing – Portable / Temporary
  • Housing – Portable / Temporary
  • Inground Stormwater, Sewer & Water Pipework
  • Insulation incl. acoustic insl
  • Joinery
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscaping
  • Large Project Structural Steel, Fabricated Products
  • Lead glazing / Specialist glazing
  • Lead lining/EMR shielding
  • Lift Services
  • Lifts
  • Lighting
  • Lighting controls
  • Line marking
  • Masonry
  • Mechanical & Electrical
  • Mechanical Services / HVAC
  • Metalwork (Shop Drawings)
  • Miscellaneous door hardware
  • Modular Building
  • Modular Building – Internal Room Modules
  • Operable Walls
  • Painting
  • Panel glazing including security, lead lining, shielding
  • Partitions
  • Plasterer – Fibrous
  • Plasterer – Solid
  • Plastering and Suspended Ceilings
  • Plumbing, Drainage Services
  • PMDF and Timber Doors
  • Portable buildings – Construction site
  • Portable Buildings – Retail
  • Precast Concrete Products
  • Project Management – Construction
  • Project Management – Roads and Infrastructure
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Rental / Hire Services
  • Roller shutters/grilles
  • Roof Cladding
  • Roof Safety Systems
  • Roof Tiler
  • Roof walkways including handrails
  • Roofing
  • Safety / OH&S
  • Sanitary fixtures & fittings
  • Scaffolders
  • Security Systems
  • Security, Access, Surveillance
  • Sewer plumbing
  • Specialist Consultants
  • Sports Surfaces
  • Stonemason
  • Stormwater Boring & Associated Pits
  • Street Furniture
  • Structural Steel
  • Structural Support Requirements (inc. Secondary Framing)
  • Sub-Soil Drainage & Pumping to Stormwater Drainage
  • Substation
  • Supply and Install Water Equipment
  • Surveying Services
  • Vinyl Flooring
  • Wall and floor tiling
  • Wall framing & linings
  • Waterproof Membrane
  • Waterproofing
  • Wireless comms
  • Workstations

 

I came away thinking about just what an amazing thing a modern city is. And what we might be able to do to help. This is a huge undertaking and it will help from everyone who can provide it.

 

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development. Ray Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2014 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

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