per­fect MATCH

Earthmovers & Excavators - - Porter Group - Words and im­ages by Ron Horner

The re­la­tion­ship be­tween de­mo­li­tion con­trac­tor DECC and Porter Equip­ment is like that be­tween Hyundai ex­ca­va­tors and Fu­rukawa rock-break­ers – they both work ex­tremely well

There are some ba­sic rules and prin­ci­ples one needs to fol­low in or­der to cre­ate a long term, sus­tain­able, re­li­able and suc­cess­ful busi­ness model, ir­re­spec­tive of which type of busi­ness you are con­tem­plat­ing.

The Porter Group, which was formed in New Zealand, is the Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor of the Hyundai and Fu­rukawa/FRD equip­ment ranges – among oth­ers – and has proven to be very suc­cess­ful in set­ting its busi­ness model in place.

We re­cently headed out to speak to de­mo­li­tion and civil con­tac­tor DECC about how they’re work­ing closely with Porter.

DECC is based out of Bris­bane but has rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the Syd­ney, Can­berra, New­cas­tle and Wol­lon­gong metropoli­tan ar­eas and in re­gional ar­eas of New South Wales and Queensland.

Formed back in 2007, DECC is a pri­vately owned and op­er­ated com­pany with man­age­ment hav­ing over 75 years of com­bined ex­pe­ri­ence in de­mo­li­tion, civil re­me­di­a­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­tract­ing.

Among its no­table projects have been: re­mov­ing haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als and com­pletely de­mol­ish­ing the Bris­bane Law Courts; de­mol­ish­ing the Sebel Ten­ancy steel-framed and as­bestos-clad ware­house brick an­nexe build­ing within a live and oper­a­tional en­vi­ron­ment; and de­mol­ish­ing two 24m x 30m re­in­forced-con­crete LPG tanks in Port Botany.

We were for­tu­nate to catch up with the boys from DECC on a hos­pi­tal de­mo­li­tion site in Bris­bane to view first-hand the suc­cess­ful run the crew have had with Hyundai ex­ca­va­tors and Fu­rukawa rock break­ers sold and dis­trib­uted by Porter Equip­ment in Bris­bane.

DECC part­ner Ge­orge Petropou­los says that the Porter/DECC work­ing re­la­tion­ship is as about the best any con­trac­tor could wish for, and com­pany is more than happy with its Hyundai-Fu­rukawa pair­ings and some other Porter-sup­plied at­tach­ments.

Earth­movers & Ex­ca­va­tors mag­a­zine has pre­vi­ously re­viewed a 52-tonne Hyundai R520LC-9 ex­ca­va­tor work­ing with a 4.3-tonne Fu­rukawa F70 ham­mer in a QLD gran­ite quarry, and we can at­test that the pair­ing was hugely suc­cess­ful.

In fact, it’s a part­ner­ship that’s well recog­nised and proven in con­struc­tion and de­mo­li­tion con­trac­tor cir­cles.

DECC part­ner Ge­orge Petropou­los says that the Porter/ DECC work­ing re­la­tion­ship is as about the best any con­trac­tor could wish for

In the F70 re­view we wrote: “Any­one in the in­dus­try knows ex­actly how un­for­giv­ing gran­ite can be on ma­chin­ery.

“Some days you may as well just burn a ute-load of $100 bills as the main­te­nance bills keep pil­ing up.

“There are cer­tain av­enues one can take to min­imise re­pair bills, and one of them is to have the cor­rect equip­ment from the start.

“Hyundai and Fu­rukawa are a per­fect match for this test­ing and try­ing rocky, bar­ren hill­top.”

But back to Bris­bane, and on the day of our site visit DECC was op­er­at­ing two Hyundai ex­ca­va­tors – a 42.6-tonne R430LC-9 and a 51-tonne R520LC-9 – swin­gling big Fu­rukawa ham­mers to bring the hos­pi­tal tower down to ground level by the cut-off-time of 4.30pm.

As the site slowly but surely be­came a de­mo­li­tion site a 38.2-tonne Hyundai R380LC-9 and an­other R430LC-9 ex­ca­va­tor fit­ted with var­i­ous hy­draulic and fixed-arm at­tach­ments scur­ried about con­vert­ing the newly de­mol­ished ma­te­ri­als into re­cy­clable prod­ucts.

This way of think­ing en­ables both the de­mo­li­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal in­dus­tries to ben­e­fit as most of the ma­te­rial cre­ated from the de­mo­li­tion goes to re­cy­cling and min­imises land­fill op­tions … quickly be­com­ing a thing of the past.

As the de­mo­li­tion pro­gressed to its fi­nal con­clu­sion of hav­ing the last tower to

ground level, Ge­orge Petropou­los di­rected the move­ments of all the ma­chin­ery with the pre­ci­sion of a drill sergeant.

Ev­ery as­pect of the de­mo­li­tion was like a finely tuned Swiss watch.

The DECC team was pay­ing care­ful at­ten­tion to safety, min­imis­ing any en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fect on the area and the public, and show­ing how ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive an op­er­a­tion like this can be.

This de­mo­li­tion site is in the cen­tre of Bris­bane, with count­less views and public walk­ways over­look­ing the site.

This meant that DECC’s work was be­ing car­ried out un­der the watch­ful eye of thou­sands of peo­ple a day.

Rep­u­ta­tion was al­ways on show here, and Ge­orge was very par­tic­u­lar in how his de­mo­li­tion was car­ried out as he di­rected all the men and ma­chines to ex­act po­si­tions and en­sured safety and tim­ing were per­fect.

One ex­ca­va­tor mounted on a very high mound of pre­vi­ously stock­piled de­mo­li­tion ma­te­rial sup­ported the back of the tower while oth­ers got busy gnaw­ing away at the last of the con­crete and steel re­in­forced beams and foot­ings.

The an­tic­i­pa­tion of the tower drop­ping to the ground was un­be­liev­able as we wit­nessed it grad­u­ally tilt­ing to one side, but it even­tu­ally col­lapsed safely to the ground in what seemed mere sec­onds.

The enor­mous crash­ing sound of the build­ing hit­ting the ground, the dust, the si­lence and then the cheers from all on the site and the public view­ing ar­eas was a joy to hear and see.

It was an­other safe and ef­fi­cient de­mo­li­tion per­formed, and Ge­orge was a happy man.

As men­tioned above, Ge­orge has noth­ing but praise for DECC’s re­la­tion­ship with Porter Equip­ment.

“It is no use just look­ing for the cheap­est item of plant or ma­chin­ery in our game,” he says. “It’s a tough in­dus­try, with dead­lines to be met in ev­ery as­pect of the projects we un­der­take and rep­u­ta­tions to be kept in­tact, so we can’t af­ford to have ma­jor break­downs or de­lays in procur­ing spare parts and ser­vice back-up from distrib­u­tors.

“Porters tick all our boxes and we have had, and con­tinue to have, a great run with the Hyundai and Fu­rukawa prod­ucts,” Ge­orge adds.

“The re­la­tion­ship goes a tad fur­ther – de­vel­op­ing trust and mate­ship, be­ing able to con­fide in each other and work­ing to­wards a bet­ter out­come for both con­trac­tor and dis­trib­u­tor play a huge part in the suc­cess of our busi­ness.”

We can’t af­ford to have ma­jor break­downs or de­lays in procur­ing spare parts and ser­vice back-up from the distrib­u­tors

Ge­orge Petropou­los keeps a firm hand and keen eye on pro­ceed­ings

Far left: One of DECC’s Hyundai R430LC-9 ex­ca­va­tors stands ready at the hos­pi­tal tower Left: A Porter-sup­plied Hyundai R380LC-9 ex­ca­va­tor with de­mo­li­tion grap­ple

Far Left: Go­ing, go­ing... Left: Gone! An­other suc­cess­ful de­mo­li­tion

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