Introduction

Experts in the field of plant construction are professionals in assessment and provision of Plant, in terms of engineering and construction, refers to any machinery, equipment, and apparatus used in industry. It usually includes any heavy machinery and equipment used during construction. Plant construction has become an important issue in Australia as the country engages in considerable engineering projects such as Westconnex, Sydney Metro Northwest, high profile stadiums and hospitals, Elizabeth Quay, Melbourne Docklands, Brisbane Airport, Barangaroo NSW, Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek, and South Australia’s Solar River Project.

At the smaller scale, there may be some blurred lines between what is considered plant and tools, such as power tools and diesel generators, etc. At the larger scale, plant can refer to equipment the size of buildings such as giant earth movers used in mining and borers used for tunnelling railway lines and freeways.

Plants are generally re-useable for more than one project, and can be purchased new, used, hired, leased or custom built to specifications. In all cases, it will be need to be serviced by engineers, and often adapted to specific projects by specialist plant construction engineers.

When planning the use of plant, there are a wide range of issues that need to be considered:

  • Public and worker health & safety, accident prevention
  • Lead times and continuity of use
  • Power and fuel & oil
  • Storage and theft, especially in remote areas
  • Insurance
  • Possible breakdowns, repairs, serving by engineers, and maintenance contracts
  • Standards and regulations
  • Nuisance (noise, vibration, dust, emissions, operating hours, etc)
  • Logistics, access, segregation and traffic diversions.

Health and safety is important in the deployment and operation of plant on site, particularly in relation to cranes, mobile plant and vehicles. There are a number of regulations that must be adhered to and there is a wide range of guidance available from Worksafe Australia. Typical types of plant:

  • Bitumen mixing and laying plant for road construction
  • Earth-moving equipment such as bulldozers, graders, and excavators
  • Cherry pickers

Professionals in the field of plant construction have the provided capacity to comment on the efficacy of certain plants. This may prove extremely useful in assessing the efficacy of plant operation, particularly as it relates to property damage, injury of persons, or faulty provision of services. This technical knowledge may prove itself to be integral evidence in a matter.

At the bottom of this profile are brief details of a number of the experts that Expert Experts represents. Call our office to discuss your requirements and to obtain an expert submission that suits your needs and budget.

Expertise in Action

Experts working in the field of plant construction are essential in cases of engineering accidents and failures. They are able to provide expert opinion on a variety of issues including:

  • Was the plant fit-for-purpose i.e. designed and constructed appropriately?
  • Was the plant defective?
  • Was it operated within guidelines and regulations?
  • Was there negligence in the operation of the plant?
  • Was there a failure in the management of the plant?

By answering these questions, experts may provide a more substantiated claim to matters relating to negligence, injury, malpractice, or property damage.

Sample Reports

For some fields of expertise we have some sample sections of de-identified reports. Please contact our office if you are interested in a sample.

Cost

The overall cost of expert opinion depends on the services required. Some of the key factors that affect the cost of advice include:

  • The need for a view or inspection of a location
  • The quantity of documentary material to be reviewed
  • Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
  • Whether there is a need for conferences with the expert either in person or by telephone/Skype
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A sample of our experts in Engineering - Plant construction

Below are short profiles of a sample of some of the experts with expertise in this field. Not all of the experts we work with appear on our website and finding new experts for unusual or hard to find fields is our specialty.

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