Whether we realise it or not, we’re reliant on the work of civil contractors everyday. From the roads we use to get to work, to the water running through our taps at home, much of what we take for granted would simply not be possible without their expertise. Despite this, many remain in the dark about what exactly it is that they do. Here’s everything you need to know about civil contractors, and how to select the best one for your needs.
What is a civil contractor?
Simply put, a civil contractor is a company that constructs infrastructure, subdivisions, roads, earthworks, utilities, or construction projects. They design and deliver man-made and natural environments to achieve the specific goals of the client.
Who do civil contractors work for?
They’re engaged by private developers, investors, city councils, state governments, schools, shopping centres, and anyone else in need of the plethora of services they provide.
What does a civil engineer do?
Civil engineers oversee all projects under the care of OM Civil. They ensure specifications are being met, safety requirements are fulfilled, the budget is being adhered to, and the job is completed in a suitable time frame. In addition, they focus on preventing potential issues and resolving current issues providing time, quality, environmental and cost saving solutions to varying clients.
What specific jobs are civil contractors capable of handling?
The work carried out by civil contractors is extensive, but some specific jobs they specialise in include:
- Bridge Design and Construction
- Geotechnical Investigation and Rectification
- Pavement Works
- Stormwater Upgrades
- Sewer and water upgrades
- Utilities Diversion
- Bulk Earthworks
- Retaining Walls
- Constructability Reviews
- Estimating, Optioneering and Scheduling
- Demolition Works
- Analysis and Reporting
- Lighting Design and Construction
- Road Widening
- Traffic Guidance
- Carpark Construction
- Culvert Extension
- Tree Clearing
What should you look for when booking a civil contractor?
One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a civil contractor is track record.
Ideally, they should already have an established presence in the area where your new project is planned, along with the resources, staff, and expertise to deliver the project.
A good measure of the performance of a civil contractor is their past projects, and whether they’ve been able to secure repeat clients – a particularly telling indicator of the quality of their workmanship and service.
What sets OM Civil apart from other contractors?
OM Civil’s focus in on achieving win-win outcomes for the client and stakeholders. OM Civil has a company-wide focus on accountability within our teams which means every member of our team takes responsibility for the success of the projects we’re awarded.
From upper management to the workers on site, we never take shortcuts or tackle tasks half-heartedly. We communicate effectively and openly. We get the job done right the first time, and ensure project outcomes are achieved on time and on budget. We are always available to discuss and resolve issues.
What are some of the challenges facing the civil industry?
OM Civil understands that the work we do can impact the environment, which is why we commit extensive resources to investigating and preserving the ecological balance of the environments we touch. This includes re-establishing local flora, providing appropriate environmental offsets, protecting koala habitats, and consulting with outside organisations. Per client requests, we can provide support on achieving a five star green rating for projects.
If you’re after accountable, reliable, and driven civil experts, look no further than OM Civil. The leading civil contractors, Brisbane, Gold Coast, greater Queensland, and Northern New South Wales can take advantage of our vast variety of services by getting in touch here: https://omcivil.com.au/contact/.