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What To Look For When Choosing An Industrial Factory?

It requires a significant amount of capital investment to set up a new Industrial factory building. One has to make a prompt informed decision that addresses various aspects of production, efficiency, and operational requirements to lead the project to success. Once the general requirements are identified, site selection is one of the first steps to begin with for industrial construction. Location of a business may play a key role to influence its success or failure because things that are not immediately apparent may affect your facility in the future.


A good business plan should back your site selection process up because there is no ideal location for all facilities or even for one at all times. Your objective is to discover the best location for your particular plant that not only addresses your cost but also the prosperity of the business for years to come. We may find it tempting to rush initial phases of a project to get things moving, but it is always wise to examine a few factors in order to determine a project’s long term success before jumping right in:

INCENTIVES, LAND COST AND GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES

Incentive packages are often offered by local communities and the Government to attract businesses in certain areas that need economic growth. Some places even offer loans, grants, expedited permitting, tax abatements, very low land costs, etc. But they may not always be the best option for the long term because most of them come with strict conditions like job creation quotas and investment obligations that, if not fulfilled, may attract penalties. However, it is always good to explore such options as the opportunity may be right for some businesses.

SCALABILITY

How quickly a facility becomes operational can be very important in determining the success of a business in the beginning but its not the only thing to consider. Real success of a business however is a project’s long term performance and its growth. It is very important to know if the site you are looking to build on can physically accommodate future expansion and targeted growth. Always consult in detail with your building company about your plans for not only the short term, but also the vision for the future.

INFRASTRUCTURE

The access to transportation and utilities as well as their costs are very important to determine because they will ultimately affect the production and distribution costs. Factories set up in places with poor transportation access sometimes delay production and affect efficiency of the business. Analysing a proposed industrial factory’s communications, energy and water needs, and supply sources are also equally as important.

LOGISTICS

Logistics is another important factor to consider because it relates to suppliers and end-users. Understanding the access to sources of raw materials, suppliers, distribution centres, and customers is very important for any production business. The location of the factory plays a vital role in addressing the above issues.

LOCAL LABOR AVAILABILITY AND WAGES

Availability of a workforce with the right skill sets is vital for any manufacturing factory to run efficiently in the long run. That is why a labour market analysis is important before setting up a factory to a particular location. It is always a good idea to contact local economic development groups, technical/community colleges, vocational schools to find out if they offer relevant training programs and partner with local employers for the development of the specific workforce in your specific location.

CODES AND REGULATIONS

The regulatory environment can be different according to places. So the codes and regulations of your particular location must be carefully examined. Environmental regulations today are being taken very seriously, not only at a Government level but also from the community level. From building and fire codes to health & safety, all the regulations must be thoroughly examined.

A RELIABLE CONSTRUCTION PARTNER 

Choosing the right construction company as your construction partner will not only benefit you in terms of cost and efficiency but also in so many other ways. A construction company with a proven track record delivers your project on time and assures you that your build is being handled in the most efficient way possible without having to worry about surprise cost & time blowouts to not worry about surprise overheads, giving you the right advice to help you save time and money along the way. It is recommended that you hire a single building contractor that can deliver all your construction needs at once. Hiring multiple teams can lead to miscommunication and lack of cooperation, ultimately affecting your plan.

What To Look For When Choosing A Commercial Warehouse Building?

Since stock is one of the most important aspects of any trading business,warehouse location and its efficiency matters. You would always want to choose a place for your stock that suits your company needs, and finding a balance between a convenient location and a reasonable cost is integral. While talking about warehouse, most of us only consider two things: location and space, which are perhaps the two most important features, but things may not be as simple as considering only these two factors.

LOCATION AND SCALABILITY

As vital is a good location for a warehouse, its scalability equally matters. Where your warehouse is based will determine how easy it is for you to transport your goods, and its scalability determines for how long it will be able to cope with your business growth, accommodating higher flow of products. It is very important to determine these things and plan accordingly because you would certainly want your business to grow with time.

WORKFORCE AVAILABILITY

Although there might not be a demand for a high skilled workforce in commercial warehouses, it is a good idea to identify the local labour market for a supply of long term workforce. Finding the right labor force may not always be easy. So a little homework before setting up the structure will surely benefit in the future.

ACCESS TO FREIGHT SERVICES

Time can be a major factor in affecting the profit of a business while supplying goods to end users. So it is very important to examine the access of a commercial warehouse to freight and logistics services. With better access comes better efficiency.

DIFFERENT FACTORS THAT AFFECT COST

The perfect warehouse premises for your business will be influenced by a variety of factors. So it is very important to thoroughly examine those factors that are responsible for positive or negative contribution to your overall cost while operating your warehouse. Location, access, construction preferences, taxes, codes and regulations etc can affect long term and short term costs.

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AUSPAN has the answer to all your queries about warehouse construction. We not only suggest the best locations and conditions for you but also give you the best of what a construction company as a partner can give you.

What To Look For When Choosing A Heavy Vehicle Workshop?

Whether you are a mining contractor setting up a brand new facility or expanding the reach of your logistics fleet with a maintenance workshop in a new location, you would want to make the best deal that makes sense for your construction project. The team at AUSPAN  are available to assist with your homework from initial design phases right through to site installation and commissioning. We will assist with initial 3D design concept drawings and budget estimate costings so that you have exactly what you need to ensure the correct decisions are made for your business.

FACILITY AND LOCATION

Heavy vehicle workshops need a maximum vehicle throughput with an efficient facility for daily operations. The structure, design and the location of the workshop play a vital role in ensuring fast and efficient service maintenance turnaround times and getting the heavy vehicle assets back in the field where they are making money.

LOCALLY AVAILABLE TEAM

There are several heavy vehicle workshop owners who are not technicians themselves but they are still pulling it off because they are good leaders. They create a team of skilled people and get things done, relying on the expertise of someone else. If you are a technician, you have a good advantage but you need a good team to get things done efficiently. It is always wise to scan for the availability of the local workforce. Local workforce means a reliable team that is more likely to stay with your business for a longer period of time.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Assessment of environmental impact has become very important these days. If we individually learn to minimise the adverse effect of our actions on the environment, then it will be regarded as a great contribution to the earth and our future generations. Societies these days are very sensitive to environmental issues. Therefore one should understand the adverse effect of the future operation of heavy vehicle workshops on the environment and plan for ways to minimise them.

CODES AND REGULATIONS

There may be different regulations and codes for different locations for building heavy vehicle workshops. If not followed properly, your whole operation can temporarily shut down. So make sure you have a sound knowledge of different regulations (including health and safety) before proceeding ahead.

Need a construction partner with a proven track record? AUSPAN has an answer for all your queries. We are here to give you the best advice to build your heavy vehicle workshop. As the leading building company in Perth and across WA, we have a high level of experience in building heavy vehicle workshops and proudly delivering them efficiently and on time.

What To Look For When Choosing An Aircraft Hangar?

It may seem like a straightforward construction, but building an aircraft hangar is as complicated as other aviation projects that need extreme precision and can be very hard to pull off. An aircraft hangar must be functional while offering security and protection for the aircraft and machinery it houses. On the other hand, you should make sure that your hangar is durable, strong and weather resistant. You can acknowledge your basic requirements, assemble documentation from different building contractors, and compare costs as a good first step, but you should consider a few more factors before choosing a location and a construction partner to move ahead with your plan.

HANGAR SIZE

Using space efficiently is critical in aviation construction. while considering hangar size, considering not only planes & helicopters that will be housed but also the space needed to move them and the storing of supporting equipment is essential. Hangar size requirements may also be different if your future plans involve expansion of your operation. You should also plan for efficient workflow and adequate workspace for the maintenance crew for servicing purposes.

DESIGN AND ACCESS

The efficient movement of aircraft in and out of the facility can be challenging for a hangar that will house multiple aircraft, but you can opt for different options from the beginning that can ease access efficiently. A fly-through hangar can be considered the best option if you have multiple planes. Door designs also help for better accessibility. You can either opt for bi-folding doors or vertical lift doors to maximise accessibility. Sliding doors, on the other hand, are often highly cost-effective. It is very important to analyse what design is best for your overall aircraft hangar plan and its operation.

STRENGTH AND ENGINEERING EDGE

An aircraft hangar should be able to withstand heavy loads and high traffic as well as harsh weather conditions in some areas such as cyclone regions. Aviation hangars require solid foundations, and floor finishing needs to be durable coatings that resist harsh chemicals. Use of quality materials with perfect engineering should be considered with high priority. Use of high-quality steel for building structure and concrete for strong foundations are highly recommended.

BUDGET AND LOCATION

The proposed location and the requirement of your aircraft hangar can be one of the major factors affecting your budget. Leasing space at an existing airstrip or building a hangar in private property are two totally different things and would require different budget planning. Variations in the design will also attract different costs, for eg, installation of different types of roof and different types of aircraft doors will have different cost requirements. So good homework is suggested for examining your budget limitations and factors that can drive your costs. It will help you understand the type of hangar that will best fit your requirements and budget. Work with AUSPAN, your engineering consultant, to choose the best site location while considering plans.

What To Look For When Choosing A Boat Building Workshop?

Unlike most other businesses, boat building is a business also driven by passion. The satisfaction of crafting a piece from your hand and the pride in accomplishing a project is worth spending time. However, building such workshops require a significant amount of capital and a good plan from the beginning to stay in it for the long term. If you want to plan your boat building business for the future, you need to consider your options carefully. So begin planning with your workshop structure and consider the following things carefully.

BUDGET

Your budget limitations can keep you from achieving your highest requirements for your workshop, but you should not stop planning according to your budget. Your budget should address your minimum requirement that can be upgraded with time. Your location and your daily operational plan can directly affect your budget. So you must be sure what type of boat building workshop you want to build and its operational targets and objectives when you are up and running.

WORKSHOP SIZE

Passionate boat builders often tell you that ‘a little space will do’. While it can be true for beginners who want to dive right in for a seasonal gig, it can be problematic in the long run for the ones who want to build a long term career on it. Your workshop size should be able to accommodate your daily operation. You would want your workshop to be significantly larger than the area that the number of boats you would want to work with regularly cover because you will have other operational requirements there too. If you have any growth plans, you might want to build your workshop in a scalable way.

STRENGTH AND DURABILITY

Since heavy duty works are supposed to run on a regular basis on the workshop, the foundation of a boat building workshop is required to be solid and strong. The structure as a whole also needs to be strong and durable. It is obvious to say that the best material according to your building requirement should be used. But by saying that, overkill is not necessary. For eg, you would need heavier steel frames for larger structures, but using the same kind of frames for a significantly smaller structure is foolish and costly.

LOCATION AND ACCESS

The location of your boat building workshop is surely meant to affect your daily operations. Make sure you know where you are building it. Thoroughly analyse transportation and logistics access to where you are planning your project. Design of your workshop can also affect accessibility and daily operations. Also, examine special construction requirements according to your planned location. Some coastal areas are in cyclonic wind regions C and D if so your structure should be constructed in such a way that it withstands wind speeds of more than 300 km/hr. Ensure your construction partner understands what requirements must be met and can advise how to best do that.

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What Can Affect The Price When Choosing A Structural Steel Building?

It is quite a regular thing that whenever someone is looking to make an investment, the first thing they think about is the price. When we think about price, we want to be sure that we get the most reasonable price possible, but the lowest price doesn’t always make the best purchase, not when building a steel structure. You will have to pay more for better quality steel material although it isn't just the cost of steel that makes up an overall price for building your complete structure.

Most importantly you should know what you want so that you can avoid any surprises to come up during the construction. Let's take a look at the areas that can affect the price of a structural steel building.

Quality Of Materials

No one makes investments in a structural steel building to fulfill a short term goal. So it is very important that you make the best deal for your requirements and this is most often not the cheapest deal you get offered. Good quality materials come with warranty and assurance that will keep working for you for years to come. Use of quality materials in your construction is something any builder worth dealing with will tell you. Always be aware of your specific needs and get the right suggestion from your construction partner.

Steel Price

Buying steel is not like buying your favorite pair of Doctor Martens boots from the store. Price of steel is determined by various factors and keeps fluctuating. Status of the world economy and politics, the value of our dollar, and sudden natural disasters - all can affect the price of steel as it is a global commodity. The price of steel has come down in years gone by but recent years have seen it increase and it is expected to continue to do so. So partnering with a construction company where you can secure pricing for a project to avoid changes in the market can be a wise move.

Time

Planning your project deliberately is not only essential for the overall success of your project, but also for cost-effectiveness. Rushed orders often attract higher rates. Taking forever for simple decisions, on the other hand, can also be costly. So always partner someone who is an expert in industrial construction and can suggest the best for you, and you won’t have to worry about time management.

Size

The size of your building is one of the factors that play a huge role in increasing or decreasing the cost of your building. Bigger buildings need more materials and hours that contribute to your overall cost. But if you calculate per square meter cost, then bigger buildings cost less. So it is very important to make a plan that fulfills your long term requirements rather than just your immediate needs.

Location

It is very important that you know exactly where you want your building. Your building will have to meet local codes as well as withstand atmospheric conditions where you are planning to build it. For eg: your building has to be designed and built in such a way that it withstands high-speed wind if you are building your steel structures in coastal regions of Western Australia. These factors play a big role in determining your steel building’s design and construction needs, ultimately affecting the cost of your project. Remote areas with poor transportation infrastructure may also attract more transportation costs and working hours, ultimately contributing to the overall cost of your building.

Design Complexity Of The Building

The design of a building in most cases addresses its functional requirement, depending on which the design could be very simple to extremely complex. That is why building the same size as a boat building workshop and an aircraft hangar cost differently. Overkill designs that do not contribute to the purpose of the building also attract more cost.

Site Works And How This Affects The Final Budget 

The budget for your construction primarily focuses on the structure. However, the location and the accessibility of your site can also contribute some amount to your budget. There are a few secondary things that you need to be aware of before choosing a site.

Terrain: 

If the terrain of your site is uneven, a significant amount of earthwork can be required before it is ready for the building project to start. You might have to allocate a decent budget allowance for cutting, filling and extra retaining on such surfaces.

Access:

If your site is located far from major centres of suppliers like concrete, earthmoving contractors, rigging teams, you are likely to spend more on transportation and other factors.

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Timing - How Long Does It Take To Build A Structural Steel Building And Can I Speed It Up?

The lead time of your construction relies on different factors. Most can be managed with good communication and professionalism while some factors like weather conditions are unmanageable.

It is not always the building contractor who is responsible for the completion of construction on time. Sometimes clients who take extended periods of time to confirm designs and delay contract signings also affect the duration of the project. Good communication is always required from both ends for a good result.

If you choose multiple contractors for the same project, for eg: different building, plumbing, and electrical contractors for the same structure, your lead time can be affected.

As the leading building company in Perth and across WA, we have a proven track record of completing all of our projects before time at AUSPAN. We work from scratch till the finishing so that you do not have to look for different contractors to do different jobs for your Project.

Quality Of The Steel You Choose

High quality steel that has passed rigorous testing to meet Australian Standards before being sold to the market is proven to have high strength and durability. Low quality steel on the other hand, is responsible for most structural failures across the world along with engineering faults. Use of low quality steel can ultimately cause breakdown and corrosion to the structure. The quality of the steel you choose will ultimately affect your long term satisfaction of your building projects.

One of the big differences you will see in the traditional shed building market is two types of buildings. Firstly there is the genuine heavy duty structural steel building type which is constructed from hot rolled steel and fabricated for the main structure which includes the columns and portals or trusses. Connection plates and cleats are welded to the main members to allow the connecting together of the structure. Structural steel design buildings generally allow a lot more customisation and flexibility in the building design and outcome.

The second type of shed building method is the ‘C Purlin’ type shed building which is essentially a structure built from lengths of sheet metal rolled into C type members for the columns, rafters and purlins which are then bolted and screwed together in the construction phase. Traditional the ‘C Purlin’ type building isn't suited for the industrial market due to it being designed to be used for lighter and less strenuous requirements.

Sizing

Size and design are two primary things that can affect your budget and engineering requirements of your proposed building. High precision engineering should also be planned according to the climate of the place where your planned building lies. You might need to choose a heavier steel frame for bigger structure and for the structure that would require to withstand harsh weather conditions (like wind, heat etc). High wind regions C and D on the coastal regions of Australia are at risk of being hit by cyclones every year between November and April. Constructions in these regions are required to resist Category 4 and Category 5 cyclones that travel at the speed of more than 300 km/hr and need to be designed and engineered according to those wind region requirements.

If you are planning future scaling of your building, then keep this in mind: cost per square meter for bigger projects are lesser in construction.

Installation

We, at AUSPAN, are proud to have proven track records on timely installation of structures. We have been implementing our unique roof lifting concept in different construction works that we are involved in to deliver effective results. But few factors are to be taken in consideration for effective installation on time. We examine following factors thoroughly and plan installation time and cost accordingly:

Site Conditions:

Different site conditions directly affect the fabrication and installation of the building structure and can affect time and cost for the project as well.

Location and Access:

There is a difference between constructing a building in empty space and constructing it in the middle of downtown. There will be restricted work hours while working in a populated area. The remote access of the site can also play a role in increased transportation costs.

Risk and Procurement:

Costs of material including steel are highly unpredictable as they keep changing because of fluctuating economic cycles and government regulations.

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