Blogs

  • Enhancing Project Success Through Pre-Commencement Meetings
    February 02, 2024

    When embarking on another project journey, a crucial aspect that sets the stage for seamless construction is often overlooked – the Project Pre-Commencement Meeting. This preliminary gathering lays the foundation for success, ensuring that every stakeholder is aligned with the project's unique demands.

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  • Reviving the Role of Clerk of Works in Australian Construction: A TCA Initiative
    February 02, 2024

    The history of the Clerk of Works in the Australian construction sector is deeply rooted in their indispensable role as overseers of construction projects. Traditionally, Clerks of Works were entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring that design plans were executed with precision and that materials and workmanship met the specified standards.

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  • Retrofitting EV Chargers in Older Buildings
    December 14, 2023

    With the ever-increasing encouragement for electric vehicles, retrofitting electric vehicle charging stations to older buildings has many considerations.

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  • What Does It Take To Build a Successful Construction Company?
    November 08, 2023

    The construction industry is known for its challenges and opportunities and is the backbone of the Australian economy. As someone who is a senior university lecturer in construction at UTS and with over 25 years of experience, my journey has encompassed a deep dive into this world, from monumental projects like the Sydney CBD railway infrastructure in 2000 and growing my own construction company to starting TCA in 2018 and growing it today into the leading waterproofing and general building consultancy in Australia.

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  • TCA's DBPA & NCC Training Empowers Fugen Construction.
    November 06, 2023

    TCA recently conducted an intensive and customised training session for Fugen Constructions, a respected tier two construction firm renowned for its expertise in delivering exceptional projects within the hospitality and health infrastructure sectors.

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  • TCA's Stan Giaouris Talks Innovation in Construction at Dincel's Grand Launch
    October 31, 2023

    In the ever-evolving world of construction, innovation is the cornerstone of progress and growth. This sentiment was vividly on display during Dincel's grand launch event for the Dincel Structural Walling Waterproof System.

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  • TCA Prepurchase Inspector Training for Rapid Insurance
    October 31, 2023

    Purchasing a home is not merely a transaction; it's an emotional journey that often concludes with the joy of homeownership. However, this emotional connection can sometimes lead to unforeseen complications, even involving the building inspector who conducted the pre-purchase examination.

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  • Empowering Change in Construction - Melbourne Waterproofing Conference October 2023
    October 30, 2023

    On Monday 9 October 2023 at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, 200 purpose driven professionals attended Australia's largest waterproofing conference. The conference attracted prominent construction experts and manufactures discussing a range of topics related to the waterproofing sector.

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  • Mass Timber Revolutionising Sustainable Construction Practices
    October 26, 2023

    Currently the construction industry stands at the forefront of adopting and experimenting with sustainable materials. This quest has led to the spotlight being placed on Mass Timber, an engineered wood product that combines robustness with eco-friendliness.

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  • Decennial Liability Insurance & How it Will Transform the Future of Apartment Building Defects in Australia
    October 26, 2023

    Australia is witnessing a game-changing addition to its insurance landscape with the introduction of ten-year (decennial) liability insurance. This innovative insurance product empowers owners’ corporations to rectify serious defects up to a decade after an apartment building is initially occupied.

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  • Skills Shortage Strategies for Employers in the Property & Construction Industry
    October 25, 2023

    The property industry in Australia is facing a crisis. Despite a booming economy, companies are grappling with a significant skills shortage that threatens growth and stability.

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  • Ensuring Structural Integrity & the Role of AS1684.2 in Timber Framing Inspections
    October 19, 2023

    In the space of construction, timber stands as a cornerstone material, utilised in diverse projects ranging from residential homes to commercial structures. However, a critical question emerges:

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  • Australia's Infrastructure Challenge & Navigating a Growing Nation
    October 18, 2023

    Australia is a successful country with a population that is once again on the rise, a sign of the country's growing need for extensive infrastructure improvement. Recently, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported in one year a rise of 563,200 people, a figure that highlights the necessity of rapid infrastructure development to handle this substantial growth.

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  • Transforming Housing Through Prefabricated Building Systems
    October 17, 2023

    The future of housing is undergoing significant transformations, and one interesting trend is the rise of industrialised building systems. Imagine buildings where components are preconstructed in factories and then seamlessly assembled on-site.

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  • How to Detect Red Flags That Your Builder Might Be Going Astray
    October 11, 2023

    Building a home, duplex, units or townhouses is a significant undertaking, marked by both excitement and stress. Budgets have a tendency to expand, timelines can stretch, and unexpected challenges arise. Amidst these complexities, one of the most concerning issues can be identifying when your builder is veering off course.

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  • Robots Pave the Way for Sustainable Construction  
    October 03, 2023

    Technological innovation continues to drive progress and sustainability in the construction industry. Among the recent advancements that have garnered attention is the integration of robots to install screw fixings during construction processes.

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  • Challenges and Opportunities in the Australian Construction Industry
    September 13, 2023

    Though the Australian Construction industry has witnessed growth due to high demand for infrastructure and buildings, it faces significant challenges such as skills shortages, rising costs, and regulatory uncertainty.

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  • The Growing Significance of Building Defect Experts in Australia's Construction Industry.
    July 13, 2023

    Building defects can lead to financial losses and compromise safety, emphasising the importance of building defect experts, who possess the specialised knowledge and experience to safeguard a projects multi-stakeholder’ interests. As construction practices become more complex and regulations evolve, the role of building defect experts is set to become even more critical in the future.

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  • Construction in 2023 and Beyond
    July 07, 2023

    On the 16th of June 2023, we as a part of Construction Connect successfully conducted a one-day seminar titled Construction in 2023 and Beyond. It was a massive hit with 250+ attendee. Different industry experts shared their knowledge in their respective area of expertise.

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  • THE CONSTRUCTION ADVISER
    February 20, 2023

    Those who know me, understand my passion for quality and detailed construction. This combined with having spent the last few months contracting to BDW Solutions who are a forensic and remedial building consultant has furthered this passion, and I have now established ‘The Construction Advocate’.

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  • MOISTURE IN BUILDINGS
    February 20, 2023

    Moisture in buildings is a major concern for two reasons: · Health of Occupants · Deterioration of Building Elements The health of the occupants is obviously first and foremost as damp living environments have been associated with adverse health effects including[1]: · Upper respiratory symptoms · Coughing · Wheezing · Asthma · Dyspnea (shortness of breath) · Lower respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children Deterioration of building elements is of major concern as failure of these elements leads to concern about the building’s safety. Early failure of building elements can lead to these elements collapsing and/or requiring immediate repair which can be very costly. Examples of failure are but not limited to: · Rotting timber floors · Rotting timber handrails · Concrete spalling (commonly referred to as concrete cancer) · Corrosion (rusting of handrails and other steel elements) Controlling the flow of moisture in buildings will assist in resolving both of the identified concerns.

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