Embrace an opportunity or risk being left behind

The construction industry is at the cusp of a new era, with technology creating new applications and tools that are changing how companies design, plan, and execute projects.

By providing advanced software, construction-focused hardware, and analytics capabilities, these advancements are eliminating the difficulties of compiling and sharing project information. Such improvements could not come at a better time, since construction projects are becoming increasingly complex and expensive, putting businesses under greater pressure to improve cost, timeline, and efficiency.

At the recent Annual Autodesk Conference in Sydney, Hansen Yuncken CEO Peter Salveson, shared his insights on construction advancements and what Hansen Yuncken is doing to push the boundaries of innovation. 

What is the single biggest barrier you are seeing in the construction market currently?

Lots of smart new tools and applications, providing great potential and efficiency in pockets, however the real efficiency comes with true integration into repeatable business processes. I strongly believe that companies who invest here will improve certainty of outcome and improve the bottom line.  I think the current biggest challenge is upskilling clients so that design consultants have the correct scope to enable contractors to use models productively.

Do you think Australia should mandate BIM/Digital Engineering for public sector projects?  

In my opinion, Public Administration must take an asset lifecycle approach. Particularly with government departments who are funded to manage their entire portfolio of built assets. In practice, government should manage the provision of new assets (CAPEX) separately to Operational and maintenance costs (OPEX).  The real opportunity in mandating a BIM or VDC workflow would be to force a more efficient process in the asset lifecycle including design, construction, asset management and eventual disposal of built assets. 

How is your business addressing the issue of digitisation of the industry?

Each aspect of our business is connected by data. Our staff are now mobile in the field, utilising Autodesk BIM 360 Field and solving all the issues arising with safety and quality performance in the field. Staff are using iPads to interact with models in 360 Glue to resolve issues on the spot. Most importantly, the knowledge gathered as part of these digital site processes is being rolled out across all other business functions.  Our project monthly reviews and state reports are all automated using intelligence dashboards, and as CEO, I now report to the board using a largely automated and interactive reporting dashboard which allows me to focus on solutions, rather than reporting the problem.

Prefabrication is something that can address issues of productivity on the construction site, what needs to be done to address supply chain management and the skills of the supply chain in relation to digitisation?

With the industry undoubtedly heading in that direction, we need to embrace the journey and seek the opportunities to innovate or risk being left behind. This involves different procurement models and improved tolerances in surveying and construction process on site.  I don’t think we can expect the supply chain to upskill in isolation.  I think the answer lies in companies partnering to align processes and achieve streamlined and repeatable process. This is the approach we have taken at HY.


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Strong collaboration delivers project success

In South East Melbourne, a brand-new healthcare facility is setting the foundation of future healthcare for the Berwick community.

Design and construction of the $125 million project commenced in January 2016. Developed by St John of God in Joint Venture with Generation Healthcare, the new hospital provides 164 new beds, six operating theatres, two endoscopy theatres, a cardiac/vascular catheter laboratory, six birthing suites and approximately 350 basement carparks. The project also includes the first Intensive Care Unit for the region and a dedicated cardiac unit.

Strong and enduring relationships have driven each aspect of the project delivery including community investment, user consultation, client engagement and construction innovations.

Working to a tight build schedule, this project presented many unique challenges. Aided by BIM processes and VDC applications, the project team utilised prefabrication to streamline the installation process.  Approximately half the bedroom ensuite pods for the project were prefabricated and assembled off site in a quality controlled factory environment. Each pod was progressively craned into position complete with fixtures, fittings and services. The prefabrication process accelerated the final design along with the samples approval process, to ensure the pods were available on site as required.

The delighted client has now taken possession of the building for operational testing and training. The new St John of God Hospital will open to the public in early 2018.

To read more about our Healthcare portfolio CLICK HERE

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The perfect blend of old and new

Uniting the city’s unique past with its celebrated contemporary culture, the Salamanca Building is the first project completed at Parliament Square in Hobart. Located directly behind the historic Parliament House and connecting both the city and the waterfront, Parliament Square is a natural continuation of Salamanca’s vibrant offering.

Celebrating the official opening late November, the $100 million-dollar project is a contemporary commercial development forming part of the broader Parliament Square Redevelopment. The 15,000m2 NLA, Green Star rated project includes 11 office levels and a single level basement. It delivers premium grade commercial office services, features extraordinary Y-shaped columns in the main entry foyer, as well as Hobart's first contemporary curtain wall façade.

During construction, the Project Team overcame many unforeseen challenges with a professional and forward-thinking approach. A drive for collaboration across multiple project stakeholders quickly resolved design solutions to accommodate a roof level plantroom relocation, introduction of two additional office levels and a three-level glass atrium link to Parliament House.

Despite the far-reaching design and construction implications of these changes, the highly detailed and intensive nature of the integrated fit out along with resource constraints in the buoyant local construction industry, the changes were successfully incorporated and have resulted in greatly improved development outcomes. 

Completion of the Salamanca Building is just the beginning for Hobart’s revitalization. Over the next few years the Parliament Square Redevelopment will become a prime destination for locals and visitors to relax and enjoy. 

View our portfolio of Commercial projects CLICK HERE

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State Manager Nick Luzar - Capitalising off NSW boom

The NSW business has capitalised on many opportunities in the state marketplace, significantly lifting the level of operations. Thriving in a competitive and versatile market, NSW has achieved its growth target with collaboration and innovation central to each business decision.

Increasing resources by 24% in 12 months, NSW has been awarded approximately $400m of projects in 2017 with a predicted turnover of $450m in the next financial year. Justice, Aged Care, Health, Education and Community form part of the existing portfolio of projects which span from $7m to $185m in value. 

In the past 12 months, we have attracted some of the industries most experienced professionals with a new Commercial Manager, Construction Director and Sector Specialists making up just a fraction of the team’s expertise. In addition, an investment in training and development has seen 65% of staff engaged in training and development programs.

Continually thinking outside the box, our project teams have driven some impressive projects through largely prefabricated and modularised techniques. Delivered within complex and high security environments, this approach has opened opportunities for our entire supply chain and presented a new and positive project experience for each client. In addition, we are working to maximise the use technology on our projects and to achieve that, have a dedicated inhouse team of BIM and VDC specialists supporting the delivery of each project.

Adding to Hansen Yuncken’s national capabilities, 2018 looks to be prosperous with a portfolio of projects exceeding $550 in combined value.  

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Super smart partnership drives 3-year strategy

We have invested heavily in the adoption of construction technologies, for over 10 years, with success stories dominating the business nationally. We may be recognised as one of the leading construction practitioners… but we seek to be the best.

With industry rapidly changing, we continue to make significant investments in both Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design Construction Technologies (VDC) entering into a 3-year strategic partnership with the leading global technology provider, Autodesk. This partnership is focused on maximising the access and use of Autodesk’s cloud collaboration and desktop platforms, which plays an important part in executing our National Innovation Strategy to provide an exceptional project experience for our staff and our clients.

“With a focus on the future, we are taking innovation to the next level. Over the next 3 years, BIM and VDC will become entrenched throughout our day to day operations” says Hansen Yuncken Chairman, David Beslich.

“By scaling up our people, technology, process and data capability, we will establish ourselves as the industry go-to leader for Digital Asset Management.”

The increased adoption of BIM processes, supported by VDC technologies will drive teams to develop the digital asset through all phases of the project, resulting in smarter project delivery and greater value for clients.  

“Technology is changing the way assets are designed, built and managed. Building connectivity between high end planning and day to day planning, our teams are equipped to manage the priorities of all projects in real time, building each asset in the most efficient and effective way.” said David.

As ambassadors of construction innovation, we are 100% invested in making the next step in the adoption of technology and are pleased to strengthen the partnership with Autodesk and the industry supply chain.

If you want to talk to us more about BIM and VDC, contact National BIM Manager Paul Nunn CLICK HERE

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From all of us at Hansen Yuncken

As another year wraps up, we would like to acknowledge everyone who works with us to make our projects a success.

We have enjoyed working and socialising with clients, consultants and subcontractors over the last 12 months and greatly value each opportunity to build long-term relationships and better understand your future business requirements.

Thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to working with you in 2018.

From all of us at Hansen Yuncken, best wishes and enjoy a safe and rewarding Christmas break.


Cementing a cultural legacy in South East Queensland

Expanding our cultural and community portfolio, Hansen Yuncken has been awarded the highly anticipated City Art Gallery Project forming part of the City of Gold Coast’s transformational Cultural Precinct Development.

This striking new cultural destination will become host to internationally recognised exhibitions and collections, showcasing the best in contemporary Australian and international art and design. As the city’s home for arts, culture and civic celebration, the precinct will become a must-see destination for residents and tourists.

Commencing construction late 2018, this is an exciting opportunity to build upon the Gold Coast’s community infrastructure and create new job opportunities following the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

From iconic art galleries, to Botanic Gardens and sport community hubs, we are establishing a rich canvas of cultural foundations across South East Queensland.

View our portfolio of Community projects CLICK HERE

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It’s brave, it’s bold, it’s beautiful

Western Sydney will soon be home to a world-class performing arts centre and multi-use entertainment space- the Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre (WSPAC). Deemed the biggest cultural development to hit Western Sydney, this iconic edition will provide greater opportunity for Western Sydney locals to experience theatre as well as inspire the next generation of performing artists.

The 2,000 seat proscenium arch theatre will have the capacity to host world-famous stage shows, musicals and concerts, as well as accommodate full ballet companies and symphony orchestras. This $100 million-dollar development has innovation at its core. Robust and innovative methodologies will offer a greater project experience from the offset. Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) tools and processes such as 4D programming, model driven design coordination, and reality capture, will be used to optimise construction planning and staging, resolve clashes and constructability issues, and monitor project progress.

WSPAC is destined to become an iconic tourist destination and is expected to draw more than a million visitors over the next decade.

For a sneak peek inside, CLICK HERE

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Planting the seed for dementia

Our time as contractors on “The Village” by Scalabrini, located in Mary Street Drummoyne, has been rewarding in many ways. Committing to more than just the building itself, Hansen Yuncken has planted the seed to help Australia’s growing Dementia crisis. 

Affecting more than 413,000 Australians, dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and is rapidly on the rise, with an estimated 244 people joining the dementia population each day.

As part of National Dementia Awareness Month and in celebration of our latest state of the art facility, the project team designed and constructed a dementia care garden for the residents of Scalabrini Village at Lyons Road, Drummoyne.

In cementing the relationship developed over 33 months that included a 12-month project definition period, early works and main works, the project team wanted to positively contribute to the resident community at the existing Lyons Rd, Drummoyne facility with a contribution of a therapeutic sensory experience for staff, residents and their family. The dementia care garden is a strong symbol of our relationship with Scalabrini Villages and the empathy the team has for those living with dementia. The garden aims to raise awareness of dementia and help promote an active and engaging village community.

Following the building of the garden, Scalabrini Village representatives and members of the local community and residents, joined the project team to plant the first seedlings.

Scheduled for opening in February 2018, The Village by Scalabrini Village at Mary Street, Drummoyne will be a leading facility in dementia care in Australia consisting of modern, comfortable and technology enabled facilities.

View our Residential and Senior Living Portfolio - CLICK HERE


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