Environmentally Friendly Methods To Process Wastewater

If, like most of us, you live in a well-serviced area where your garbage is collected every week, your water comes out of a tap fresh and clean, and your personal wastes are flushed down the toilet, you probably don’t think about wastewater. We only think about these things if the drains get blocked and effluent bubbles up through the pipes and spills inside.

Rural Users Need to Understand Their Wastewater Systems

Thankfully, that is not a common occurrence, but for people living in rural areas that are not connected to public drainage and sewerage systems, understanding how their wastewater systems work is essential. They may one day be in a situation where they have to manage a drainage system failure themselves, or at least do a temporary fix until a drainage expert can get to their property.

Wastewater Processing Covered by Government Legislation

Waste water drainage systems are covered by government legislation, with all waste water in Queensland required to be monitored and reported to the EHP (Department of Environment and Heritage Protection). Other states have similar requirements, with protection of our waterways and the water table the prime concern.

When we are digging a drainage system for a client, we must comply with all legislation to make sure that the end result is eco-friendly. Our plant operators at Dee Gees Bobcatsare skilled and experienced, as there are several different ways to construct an eco-friendly drainage system.

Worm Farm Septic Tank System One Solution

One method of environmentally responsible waste disposal is to install a worm farm septic tank system. This is a natural, biological system that processes sewage, household wastewater and organic waste, and converts it into a liquid fertiliser that is distributed underground throughout the property.

Sand Filtration Method

Another method is the use of a sand filtration system to process sewerage, bio degradable waste and wastewater. The waste flows into a large in-ground concrete tank where an anaerobic bacterial decomposition occurs. This primary-treated effluent then flows through an in-ground sand filter specially designed to suit the volume of the material. From there it moves to an underground well, where it is discharged to the required locations.

Constructed Wetlands Become Living Filters

A third option is a wastewater treatment system using constructed wetlands or reed beds. These are living filters that transform wastewater through natural processes that strip sewage effluent of bacteria and nutrients. This is a safe and cost-effective solution for people who live in rural areas.

As these systems have some of their components underground, excavation is needed, and this is where our trained operators excel. Eco-friendly drainage systems are not only good for the environment, but also once constructed, they cost little to maintain, so everyone wins.

Don’t Be Fooled When Choosing Excavation Equipment

If you were to ask an open-cut mine operator, a construction site supervisor and a tunnelling engineer what they thought were the top five pieces of excavation equipment, you would most likely get a different answer from each one of them. The mine operator wants equipment to excavate ore and get it to the surface quickly. The construction site supervisor wants equipment large enough to remove topsoil but small enough to manoeuvre around other site works. The tunnelling engineer wants boring equipment that can drill through rock and remove waste material efficiently.

Picking a Winner is Not So Simple

Choosing winners in this type of competition would only deliver a fair result if there were various categories of excavation equipment, for example, tonnage, weight limits, capacity or purpose to name just a few. For general purpose work, however, the consensus is that excavators, backhoe loaders, bulldozers, skid steer loaders and graders are the most useful. They are also most likely to be seen by the average person and are therefore the most familiar.

The Work Defines the Equipment

It all depends on the type of work being done. Large construction companies with multi-million-dollar contracts to build infrastructure and other major projects will have access to much larger and heavier equipment than a small sub-contractor. We fall into the latter category. Our company, Dee Gees Bobcats, provides an earthmoving equipment hire service to clients throughout south east Queensland.

With over twenty years’ experience working in the plant hire industry and a team of skilled and experienced operators, we have worked on both large and small projects. We specialise in drainage and trenching, swimming pool excavations and demolitions, and under house excavations. We agree with the experts that the type of excavation equipment already mentioned is best suited for the work that makes up most of our business.

The Biggest is Not Always Best

In our case, our smallest excavator-bobcat combo starts at 1.5 tonne, and with twelve different combinations available, our maximum capacity is our 8-tonne excavator. Among the available attachments that make up our combos are augers, rock breakers and grabbers, slasher attachments and pallet forks.

The Right Excavator for the Job

While none of these on their own could be considered a prime piece of excavation equipment, when used in conjunction with the appropriate excavator-bobcat, they can perform all the tasks we need to satisfy our clients. We could have the biggest excavator in the country, but if the job is too small to accommodate it, then it is superfluous to our needs.

The best piece of excavator equipment is the one that gets the job done quickly, efficiently and within the time frame required.

Don’t Start An Excavation Without Checking With Experts

There are quite a few reasons why property owners may decide to perform an excavation on their land. There may be a landscaping project on the go that involves installing a fish pond or a water feature. There may be plans to extend living space by excavating underneath a high-set house or the lucky family could be looking forward to swimming in their own backyard pool.


An Excavation is Not Just Digging a Hole


Whatever the reason or project, we should point out here that an excavation in this context is not a simple hole dug for a new clothes hoist or letter box. This is something large enough that it needs to be behind temporary safety fencing and deep enough that, if it collapsed while someone was working in it, there could be a burying hazard.


As an excavating contractor with a business that spans over 20 years, we are not afraid to call ourselves experts on the subject. Dee Gees Bobcats have a reputation for doing quality work, which includes trenching and drainage works, and swimming pool and under house excavations.


Building Codes, Council Regulations and the Rest!


With all this experience behind us, we also know all the things that can quickly go wrong if an excavation is being done by someone who does not know the building codes and council regulations for the location in which they are working. Usually, they also do not know what infrastructure they can damage by digging into the ground without checking where vital cables and drains are situated.


There is No One Size Fits All


Knowing the rules around excavation is not as simple as it seems. All three levels of government, local, state and federal, all have various building codes, regulations and by-laws that may differ from one state to another.


As well as the laws surrounding the excavation and building process, there are also codes of practice and regulations regarding the health and safety issues arising from any excavation. These are consistent across the country as the states agreed several years ago to harmonise their OH&S rules, so they are now mostly the same.


Local Council is the Place to Start


If you are a property owner thinking about doing a major excavation yourself, we recommend that you visit your local council first. They can give you all the information you need about your project, including the building permits you will need and the fees involved to get council approval.


Too Much Trouble? Call in the Experts


Better still, you could bypass all this and hand your project over to an excavation expert. Companies like ours have the knowledge, experience and competent personnel to complete your project quickly, safely and with all the required council inspections and documentation in place.


Want a Pool in Time for Summer? Best Start Now!

With everyone still rugged up against the chill of winter, this is not the time you would typically be thinking about putting a pool in the backyard. Getting into a skimpy swimsuit and voluntarily plunging into cold water is unlikely to be at the forefront of your mind, but if you intend to install a pool for summer, this is the time you should be making plans.

Supply and Demand Applies to Swimming Pools

Pool installation is just like any other commodity in the marketplace. It is driven by supply and demand, so if you wait until peak demand, that is, the beginning of summer, the work may not be finished for weeks. If you are lucky, you may have it completed by early autumn, and if the heat lingers you may get a few weeks of use before next winter.

Don’t Wait Until Summer to Order a Pool Build

There are several reasons for this. One is that every pool company in the state will have full order books, placed by customers who started their planning early. Another is that getting the necessary approvals and permits from the relevant authorities takes time to process. A third is the shortage of labour and equipment, with every available pool builder already working to capacity.

The Building Development Approval Process

As far as approvals and permits are concerned, all new swimming pools constructed in Queensland require a building development approval. This involves your pool builder drawing up plans and specifications for your approval, then lodging the documents with your local council, a private certifier and the relevant statutory authorities.

You will also require sewerage and water supply approval, also arranged by your pool builder. Before any approvals are given, your local council or private certifier will require information from the pool builder that the finished pool will be structurally sound. If the site is a difficult one, this may require structural advice from a qualified engineer.

Pool Builders Use Excavation Companies They Trust

As swimming pool excavations are a significant part of our workload, we welcome these busy times. At DeeGees Bobcats, we work regularly with many pool builders who value our professional approach to the work, knowing that when we excavate a site, it will be done according to the plans and specifications given to us.

Building a pool is a team effort, with many different trades and specialists involved, from the drawing of the final plans to getting the final approval to fill the pool. As you can see, the planning, the approvals and certifications take time, so if you want your pool to be ready for summer, the time to act is now.

Percussion Hammers Smash Rocks With Ease

Working in the construction industry offers multiple opportunities to be engaged in varied and interesting tasks, and to operate a range of different and challenging equipment. Much of that equipment is specialised and requires operators to be licenced in order to use it legally. Without that equipment, projects would take much longer to complete, cost more and expose workers to unsafe conditions.

Modern Equipment Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

The days of using manual labour for digging are long gone. Modern equipment is available in all sizes from huge drag lines and dump trucks used in open-cut mining to mini-excavators that can manoeuvre into the smallest places on a work site. The excavation for a swimming pool, for example, can be finished in a couple of hours.

Unexpected Obstacles Underground

However, there are still challenges to be overcome. Breaking the surface to perform an excavation can often present unexpected problems. Thankfully, we usually know where underground pipes, water mains, electrical cables and other infrastructure are situated so we don’t strike them when digging. What we often find that what we are not expecting are large amounts of rock.

After many years in the industry, we have become accustomed to striking rock at varying depths. Our operators at Dee Gees Bobcats are experienced at managing these situations, but they also have the benefit of mechanical assistance in the way of hydraulic breakers.

Mechanical Assistance Needed to Break up Rocks

For those unfamiliar with the term, a hydraulic breaker is a powerful percussion hammer, powered by an auxiliary hydraulic system from the excavator. The hydraulic breaker is fitted to the excavator and the operator controls its use, using a foot-operated valve. Its purpose is to break up any large rocks impeding progress, or even break up big chunks of concrete in a demolition job.

Excavators Available – Small and Large

We have excavators for hire from 1.5 tonne to 6 tonnes capacity and each of them is fitted with breakers. The size ranges we have available make our equipment very versatile, with the smallest suitable for suburban back yard excavation projects, and the largest holding its own on any major construction project.

Operators Break up Rock without Leaving the Excavator

When rock is found, our operator, using the foot control, can break it up safely and with precision, so it can be dumped into a truck and removed from site quickly. Usually, there is little interruption to the normal work flow, which would not be the case if the operator had to shut down the excavator to remove the rock by some other method.

Sometimes we need to break up concrete slabs or piers when we are doing under house excavations, and again, the hydraulic breakers make this work easy. Without them, we would struggle to meet our time frames, so any modern equipment that makes our work easier is welcome.

Projects Using Heavy Machinery Need to Be Well Planned

It is hard to imagine a world without the heavy machinery we rely on to build our cities and infrastructure. These giants have given us the ability to complete large projects efficiently, quickly and at costs less than would have been incurred if we were still relying on manual labour.

Project Management Methods Well Documented

Through practical experience, the best methods for managing projects of all sizes and costs have been identified, documented and taught to succeeding generations of engineers and construction professionals. Advancement in technology or process improvement has brought us to where we are today, with machinery specific to almost every task readily available.

Small Businesses Provide Support Services on Large Projects

These developments have made it possible for small businesses such as ours to be successful in the supply of earth moving equipment and personnel for major projects. Our company, Dee Gees Bobcats, has excavators from 1.5 tonnes to 6 tonnes, bobcats, tippers, post hole borers and other equipment ready for general hire.

Forward Planning Essential to a Well-Run Project

After many years of experience in the industry, we know that any project can run into trouble if it has not been well planned at the outset. In fact, the presence of heavy machinery on a work site, while necessary, comes with its own set of challenges. These challenges must be identified and addressed early if the project is to run smoothly and is to be completed on time, as well as being in budget.

Book Machinery and Labour in Advance

There are several issues that immediately come to mind. The first is that the project managers know what is needed and when, then make definite arrangements with us for specific machinery and operators to be available, well in advance. We have work booked well into the future, so leaving it until the last minute to contact us may cause delays.

Use Risk Management Processes to Identify Site Hazards

The second is that OHS issues must be discussed during the planning process. A risk assessment should identify issues such as a requirement for temporary barriers to separate the public from the hazards caused by our machinery. It will likely have sought solutions to providing our machinery access and egress if the work will take some time, and to keeping the site and the machinery secure overnight.

These will not be the only hazards caused by the presence of heavy machinery on site. By planning for them at the beginning of the project, the site safety professionals will be ready to address each issue as it arises.

Every Obstacle can be Overcome with Planning

There are many more challenges involved in working with heavy machinery than those mentioned, but the guiding principle is that with planning and foresight, every obstacle can be overcome, and disruptions to the work flow kept to a minimum.

Digging a Hole Is More Complicated Than You Think

Australia has just sweltered through its hottest summer since records began, and those property owners who have the space are already thinking about using the coming winter months to put in a pool. Are you an owner who cannot bear another summer without being able to cool off a few steps from your back door? If so, you may already be thinking about it and wondering just what happens when people and machines start tearing up your back yard.

Pool Excavations a Breeze in the Hands of Experts

Well, wonder no more and fear not. People install pools every day and in the hands of experienced and professional operators, the result will be an oasis where you can relax with family and friends, entertain and keep the children occupied during the next long, hot summer.

Building a pool starts with the design, then with a signed contract in place it proceeds to engineering input then council approvals. Once these are given and the site is secured with temporary fencing, excavation starts followed by plumbing, electrical, concreting, tiling, final inspections and filling the pool.

People Get Nervous when the Machines Move In

Dee Gees Bobcats have been excavating for pools for the last 23 years, and we have found that the process that bothers people the most is the actual excavation. They worry that the machinery may damage building foundations or drainage and water pipes but these issues are all addressed in the initial stages.

Excavation Work Code of Practice Sets the Standard

All our excavation work is performed to the standards required by the Excavation Work Code of Practice, approved under Section 274 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Excavation work can be dangerous and a collapse can happen very quickly, endangering the lives of not only workers but also anyone close enough to be affected.

Hazard Identification is Site Specific

We identify any hazards before starting work, and put in place any control measures that are necessary. Typical hazards in excavations are earth or rock falls, inappropriate placement of excavated materials, hazardous manual tasks, and the presence of overhead power lines. This is not an exhaustive list, as every site must be individually assessed.

Getting on with the Job

Once we have the safety aspects covered, we get on with the job, with our experienced operators quickly carving out the soil and dropping it into trucks for disposal. We have already considered site conditions such as sloping land, different soil types, local weather conditions and the length of time we expect the excavation to be open.

Looking Forward to Next Summer

There are many more regulations and procedures we must follow until our part of the work is done, too many to detail here. Just be assured that when we excavate for your new pool, we exercise every care so you can spend next summer enjoying its benefits.

Get Your Project Completed by Experienced Suppliers

Every construction project needs several elements working together to be successful. It needs to be well planned and with all the required permits and certificates in hand before work starts. It needs a competent workforce and adequate funds to keep everything moving through to completion.

Key Element for a Successful Project

There is another element, however, that is essential to delivering any project, large or small, on time and within budget. That element is a reliable and experienced equipment supplier with a proven record of completing work to the highest standards.

This describes the work we do at Dee Gees Bobcats. Our business has been operating for over 23 years, and, in that time, we have built our equipment fleet from one truck and a bobcat to twelve combo units including attachments. We are confident in the quality of the services we offer.

Choosing a Quality Contractor without a Crystal Ball

Of course, every business makes claims like these but sometimes the results do not match the rhetoric. The owner of the project is left with shoddy workmanship and the expense and stress of getting issues rectified. So how can you know in advance that the contractor you chose can do the job you want?

Check Past Performance

There are things you can do to check credentials before committing to a contract. First, ask for the contact details of previous customers who would be willing to give the contractor a recommendation. With several such recommendations, you have first-hand knowledge of the type of quality and service you can expect.

Quality and service is not only about the equipment. It is also about the financial capacity of the business to complete the work. There have been many incidents over the years of work started by contractors who were unable to complete projects due to financial difficulties.

Know Where to Look for Information

ABN Lookup is an on-line tool of the Australian Business Register where anyone can search for basic information about any registered business. Enter the business name and you will find publicly available information given by businesses when they apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN).

Important clues to look for are the date they received their ABN, the date they registered for GST and their main business location. You can also view the company record on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Our record, for example, verifies our website claim that we have been in business for 23 years. Further detailed searches are available for a fee.

Don’t Rush the Decision

Personal recommendations and official company records are both powerful indicators of how a business is likely to perform. A reliable supplier of quality equipment is critical to the success of any project, so take the time to get the right company.

Hiring Heavy Equipment Helps Amateurs Finish Their Projects

Some people start major landscaping, fencing or other earth moving projects only to find that the amount of manual labour involved far exceeds their expectations. Typical projects could be to revamp their own residences, or they may be investors who buy rundown properties for resale at a profit. To maximise the profit, they do as much of the labour themselves as they can.

Saving Money and Personal Satisfaction – Good Reasons to DIY

Some tasks, such as plumbing or electrical work, should only be done by tradespeople. However, those with handyman skills can lay pavers, put up fences, build gardens and erect a shed, a carport or dozens of other tasks. They do this to save money and for the personal satisfaction they get when the project is completed.

However, there is a better way to have the best of both worlds and it involves Dee Gees Bobcats. We hire out bobcat and earth moving equipment for both large and small projects in Brisbane. Our experienced operators work with care and precision, taking hours off the time it would take a handyman to do the same work.

Hiring Heavy Equipment Cuts the Project Down to Size

In fact, this is the biggest advantage that hiring heavy equipment has over doing some tasks manually. If the job involved digging just one or two postholes, it most likely would be quicker to do it by hand than to arrange hiring a post hole digger from us. If it was for an entire fence, the digger would be moving to the next hole while the fence posts were being installed behind it.

Opportunity Cost – Time Wasted is Time Lost

While there is a cost associated with hiring equipment, the time and effort saved is worth the expenditure. This is called an opportunity cost because the time saved can be used to complete other work which, without the equipment, would have to wait. The saved time creates the opportunity for further work to take place, and projects are completed earlier than planned.

Many Hands (and Equipment) Make Light Work

People who restore rundown properties for a living know this already and often contact us to hire specialist equipment. They want these properties prepared for resale quickly so they can sell them and move onto the next project. While they still do other tasks themselves, anything that can be done quickly with our Brisbane earth moving equipment is welcome.

Clean up that Construction Site Fast!

We all know people who start a home renovation project, and want to do it all themselves. With work and other family commitments, tasks are continually interrupted and the project drags on and on. Parts of the property look great and other parts look like a construction site.

Hiring earthmoving equipment in Brisbane for heavy tasks gets everything done quickly, so think about us the next time you have a personal project.

Thinking About Landscaping? Start With A Plan

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” is a common saying attributed to Benjamin Franklin, which is as true now as it was back in his day. Those who disagree argue that too much planning destroys spontaneity, but most projects are too expensive and important to leave everything to chance. However, there is always room for last-minute changes to accommodate a sudden burst of creativity.

Don’t Waste Time and Money

When the project involves landscaping, a lack of planning could see time, effort and money wasted if ill-conceived garden placements and plantings need to be removed and replaced. Even the smallest outdoor area benefits from some forethought about where to place seating areas, outdoor lighting, ponds, paths and other features.

When a client contacts us to discuss a landscaping project, their need can be as simple as hiring a truck and driver, or as involved as site preparation requiring the use of bobcats, rock breakers, trucks and experienced operators. At Dee Gees Bobcats, it is not the size of the job that is important, but how well we understand the needs of the client and what is planned for the site.

A Simple Sketch Will Get Things Started

If you have a site that needs landscaping and you don’t know where to start, we recommend that you first put your ideas down on paper, even if it is just a preliminary sketch. For an average-sized house block there is no real need for complex and expensive formal drawings, but setting a budget and costing your ideas will ensure you have the funds to complete the project.

Make Good Decisions – Compare Quotes with Budget

Decide on the positioning of permanent features such as a covered barbeque area, paved walkways, garden beds, fencing, water features and such. Measure the spaces to make sure everything will fit, and decide which tasks require earthmoving equipment or other professional expertise. Obtain quotes for everything and compare them with your preliminary estimates, then adjust where necessary to fit everything within budget. There may be tasks you can do yourself to keep costs down.

Preliminary Planning Essential for Large-scale Projects

Planning for large, expensive landscaping projects follows a similar process but it is usually done under the supervision of a project manager. Typical sites include retail and commercial centres, new housing estates, retirement villages and apartments. We have worked in both environments and for us, as the earthmoving contractors, it is only the scale of the project that is different.

Plans Provide Motivation and Direction

Creative types who would prefer to just start anywhere and follow their noses often find they run out of money, leaving the project unfinished, sometimes for years. Starting with a plan, even a basic one, provides motivation and direction, and still leaves room for the creative spark to show itself at appropriate times.