Graduate program visits Ausreo, Advanced Precast and Titan Cranes and Rigging

12 September 2017

On Thursday 7 September, members of the Geocon Graduate Program visited Sydney to explore and further their knowledge with our sub-contractors. The trip included site tours of Ausreo, Advanced Precast and Titan Cranes & Rigging.

AUSREO

Incorporated in 2000, AUSREO was formed with the charter of becoming Australia’s leading independent reinforcing supplier by providing innovative solutions for the building industry together with the flexibility to deliver on any project so clients can ‘Build with Confidence’. AUSREO have been in operation for 17 years and have developed significantly to become the largest Australian owned independent steel reinforcement company in Australia. Over the last 8 years, the company has grown from producing only 70t a day, made in 3 depots, to owning 6 factories & 1 technical centre in NSW and 7 more in Victoria and Queensland.

The company is now capable of producing around 280 tonnes a day of processed steel, delivering a further 380 tonnes of steel & 600 tonnes a month of prefabricated steel reinforcement. AUSREO’s quality staff and mentality that anything can be achieved have benefited them immensely, with their constant innovation making them market leaders. They are now using 3D reinforcement modelling to ensure the correct steel is issued to sites. They are even able to do clash detection for reinforcement with other construction elements.

AUSREO is the first company in Australia to own a fully automated steel processing robot that will become fully operational in the coming months ready for Geocon’s Midnight & Republic projects. Everything in their factory was impressive, including their clear dedication to the safety of their workers. AUSREO is a fully ACRES accredited organisation and is audited monthly to ensure ongoing vigilance and protection of staff. Overall AUSREO is very similar to Geocon in that both organisations are privately owned and have an incredible drive to grow and improve. A massive ‘thank you’ to AUSREO for letting us come to your factory and for putting on an amazing spread for the hungry Geocon staff.

Special thank you to Gino and Anthony for sharing their immense product knowledge with Geocon and for also being extremely gracious hosts.

Advanced Precast

From its beginnings in 1982, Advanced Precast has grown to include factories in NSW, QLD and Victoria. From the tour, it was evident that the company ran a very efficient organisation with a heavy focus on logistics and being able to meet the client’s demands. Their plant floor was a workhorse with no one standing still and everyone understanding their role.

Advanced Precast specialises in more conventional panels but assured us that they tried doing just about everything for a client at some stage or another. The Wetherill Park facility can produce 30 panels a day with their maximum weight of 14 tonnes. There is also significant storage available in their yard. Advanced Precast is currently supplying and installing precast panels to the Infinity Apartments project in Gungahlin. The tour provided the cadets with an appreciation of the process required to build panels, including the design, manufacture, and distribution of each and every panel.

Titan Cranes

Titan Cranes uses JASO electric luffing and Hammerhead cranes as well as Stros and Alimak Hoists and has been the market leader in electric cranes in Australia for over 15 years. Just like Geocon, Titan Cranes is an Australian owned and operated company and has grown significantly over the past decade. The company has been at its new yard in Mulgrave for only three years but they are now able to do almost all operation and maintenance functions in-house. Daniel Phillips and Stephane Becherand from Titan Cranes explained how they take pride in being able to do all functions in-house, including electrical, mechanical, testing, fabrication and even re-spraying equipment. This in-house approach enables Titan Cranes to maintain its high standards. The skill sets for its workforce are difficult to come by but Titan Cranes is always training young keen workers to ensure that a flow of quality staff is available for the future. The company currently has 12 apprentices.

Just like Geocon, Titan Cranes is always looking to develop and keep young talent. In collaboration with JASO, the company has been at the forefront of the development of new cranes to suit the Australian market. Similarly, Titan Cranes has been working with Stros to develop faster and more capable hoists. The staff gave us a sneak peek at some of these innovations and we are excited to see them on upcoming projects.

We would like to thank the Geocon management team for organising this informative trip Sydney as well as Gino Federico and Anthony Yawanis from Ausreo, Daniel Phillips and Stephane Becherand from Titan Cranes and, last but not least, Brett Flanagan from Advanced Precast. It was truly great to get such a first-hand look at the way these companies operate, as well as the new information we were able to take away.

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