Typical Services Of A Civil Constructions Company

The civil constructions sector makes up a big chunk of Australia’s national economy. This multi-billion dollar industry is enjoying a boom recently, thanks to a resurging construction market and a robust mining industry. These developments encourage the growth of smaller construction firms, which provides services in the area of civil works and building construction, as well as maintenance and management solutions to the industrial and commercial sectors, the domestic and housing sectors, and to both government and private projects.

Typically, a civil constructions company will provide its clients with construction services; repair or remedial service; protective solutions; and maintenance services. A construction company also strives to make its own management systems aligned with industry and government or international standards for quality, safety, and environmental compliance. Still on the management side, a company must be able to comply with health, safety and environmental regulations in the workplace.

Construction services

Civil constructions and structural services offered by a construction company usually include earthworks, concrete construction, fabricating form work, and using prefabricated concrete for various constructions. Under its construction services, a civil works company generally provides pipe laying and sewerage construction, concrete footing and foundation works, excavations, back fill, erection of walls and columns, slabs and roofing, grouting, underwater/marine construction, among others. The company may also choose to hire out its construction equipment to its clients.

Repair/remedial services

These services aim to protect and prolong the useful lifespan of existing infrastructure and buildings. This kind of service includes repairs, refurbishment, protection from and control of corrosion, as well as maintenance. With a reliable construction company, repair work can be done on bridges, factories, wharves, apartments and subdivisions, factories and plants, industrial facilities, and other sites without altogether closing down the function of these sites. Repair works offered by a construction firm may include reinforcements, repair and protection of steel structures, tank repairs, waterproofing, cathode protection, etc.

Protective coating services

Another major service of civil constructions companies involves the protection of structures with various types of coating. This service uses linings and coatings to protect against impact, heat, chemical corrosion, and abrasion from various physical or chemical agents. Coating services include fire proofing, coatings and linings for chemical storage tanks, and other types of retardants.

Maintenance services

This covers a wide array of services, and these can usually be tailored to the individual needs of clients. Maintenance service from a civil constructions company include general carpentry, painting, plumbing, refurbishment, cleaning and restoration, electrical works, among others.

Women In Civil Constructions

Perhaps no other profession in the world, other than the military, is as largely dominated by men than the civil constructions sector. In this industry, where brawn used to be the only thing required of its employees, women do not seem to have any fighting chance, no role to fill. Now I am writing this article as a woman working in the construction industry (admittedly, an office job, but please bear with me) who is in constant contact with other women doing various operator-type roles in construction.

It’s a man’s man’s man’s world

The construction industry is widely seen to be a ‘man’s job’; women simply do not have the muscles needed for the heavy work common in the industry. Civil works mostly involve heavy lifting, pulling, shoveling, hammering, on to more lifting and shoveling — the type of work that nature simply did not make the female physique adapted with. Brawn used to be everything in this line of work.

This was the case until the invention of the steam engine, then internal combustion, and then robotics, began to change things — when controllable machines began to do the heavy work and took over industry, and humans merely became operators. Muscle power mattered less and less, while skill at manipulating controls and at performing supervisory tasks became the more critical factor in construction work. This is truer now than before, as the equipment and techniques used in the civil constructions industry become more and more sophisticated and high-tech and more independent of human intervention.

Women preferred over men in some civil constructions jobs

In Queensland, Australia, there were more than 13,000 trainees in all sectors of the construction industry, but there were only 188 women from this number — less than one percent. It is obvious to any employer, as well as better for the industry in general, to harness this vastly untapped source of female labor in order to offset labor shortages in the construction industry.

Some employers even prefer women over men in certain types of job. Men, they say, are more likely to have a traditional view of work, in the vein of a ‘that’s the way it’s always been done’ attitude. Women, on the other hand, are more likely to have a different view, maybe even owing to the fact of the natural ‘incompatibility’ of manual labor to the female physique. Some managers even say that since women tend to look after their machines, this could translate to savings in maintenance.

As the civil constructions industry become more and more high-tech, the number of women in the sector is only bound to increase. In this case, the muscles needed for civil constructions are between the fingers, and the one between the head.