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Should you hire overseas contractors in 2018?

May 11, 2017 Posted by Dane Latham

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Should you hire overseas contractors in 2018?

At Latham we’ve had the good fortune of having all of our stair and flooring product manufacturing needs met by Australian workers. However, some organisations in the construction and manufacturing industries don't have the same luxury, with many facing constant skill shortages and budget constraint...
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Building hype: 2018’s biggest construction trends

With rapid advancement of technology across all sectors, an increased focus on sustainability and changes to the contractor hiring landscape, 2018 is set to be a year filled with opportunities and innovations. We’ve rounded up 6 exciting building and construction trends to keep an eye on this year –...
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Study up! 5 steps for tactile indicator stud installation

Tactile indicator studs are an essential tool for ensuring pedestrian safety in busy or slip-prone areas. They also help anyone who is blind or visually impaired to navigate the world; by warning people when they are approaching a hazardous situation, such as stairs or a train platform, as well as p...
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5 innovative features of the best construction project management software

With widespread adoption of BIM in project management and new legislation around hiring international contractors, construction project management has changed a great deal in 2017.
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Stay grounded: A guide to Australian floor coverings standards

Floor coverings can pose many OH&S risks. Highly polished or slippery floors cause falls in wet weather conditions, reflective surfaces trigger migraines or confusion for those with visual impairments, and poorly secured floor surfaces or obstructions can cause access issues for people with mobility...
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3 factors to determine whether project managers should use BIM software

BIM (Building Information Modelling), is shaking up the architecture, engineering and construction industries in fundamental ways, leading to new ways of working through projects. Before project managers take the leap into this new paradigm, however, there are various BIM pros and cons to consider.
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Attention architects! Try these 5 ways to nail a new client meeting

To create great buildings, architects need great clients. That's why your first meeting with a potential client as an architect is crucial.
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Time management tips for architects on a tight deadline

Imagine you’re preparing for a major client presentation tomorrow and you know you’ve got a late, caffeine-fuelled night ahead. Burning the midnight oil can be inevitable to meet tight deadlines but effective time management can minimise the long hours and stress. If you’re juggling multiple project...
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Tender loving: how to write a great tender submission

Writing a tender is like writing a job application ― your goal is to convince someone why you are the right person or team to hire. The big difference is that with tender writing, you’re setting your own price for the job. And the amount you quote is going to have a big impact on whether or not you ...
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Designing sustainable architecture for natural disasters

The figures are staggering enough: from the 1980s to the last decade, weather-related damage has risen from losses of about $50 billion annually to nearly $200 billion every year. And there’s more to come, with the CSIRO warning that the cost of replacing buildings exposed to extreme weather events ...
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The 3 most important takeaways from DesignBUILD 2017

Last week we set up our iconic, neon light clad Latham exhibit for Sydney’s DesignBUILD expo at the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour. All hands were on deck as thousands flooded to the annual celebration of Australia’s thriving architecture, building and design scene. 
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6 safe design principles to consider for your next project

During the planning, design, and construction phase of any project, safeguarding the property from potential risks is critical to the project’s success.
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