Company Director, Raewyn Sharp

Company Director, Raewyn SharpFor most of the time, the operators at Sharp Concrete Cutters and Drillers work with a degree of autonomy.  That being said Company Director, Raewyn Sharp is no stranger to a construction site.  In fact, she can often be found on site ensuring high-quality workmanship, as well as offering concrete cutting and drilling services to our cities project and site managers.

Raewyn Sharp has spent most of her working life on construction sites, for various companies, projects, and locations across New Zealand.

Company Director, Raewyn SharpAs one leading business publication put it, Raewyn Sharp is the Girl in the Steel Cap Boots (read the article below).Company Director, Raewyn Sharp

Company Director, Raewyn Sharp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Girl in the Steel-Cap Boots

Originally published in Business North.

A career spanning 30 years of wearing steel cap boots has taken Raewyn Sharp of” Sharp Concrete Cutters & Drillers Ltd” all over New Zealand. From the “think big” construction projects of Muldoon days such as the Motonui Gas-to Gasoline plant in Taranaki and Marsden Point Oil Refinery Expansion in Ruakaka , to working on the construction of the tallest building in New Zealand in 1990, Raewyn reflects on these jobs with fondness. “My first construction job when I left college was with Downer Construction on the Wellington Terrace Tunnel project, before working in the engineering department in their Head office”. Now Downers are a customer of hers.

Today Raewyn owns and operates her own business which she started in 2003.  Based in Drury, Auckland, Sharp Concrete Cutters & Drillers offer a comprehensive range concrete sawcutting and drilling services Auckland wide. “I started with one van, now we have 8 vans on the road and growing.” Sharp offer a wide range of sawcutting including various specialist concrete cutting services such as electric floorsawing, hydraulic handsawing, and ringsawing for internal work where petrol powered machines are a health and safety issue.  Diamond core drilling services range from as small as 12mm diameter to 500mm dia holes.  Raewyn says “from drilling 1 metre deep holes in the base of the old Victoria Park Chimney for strengthening to sawcutting and installing cabling on the Kingsland Railway Station for the Snapper card rollout prior to the World Cup every job is different and has its own challenges.” Working in a big city like Auckland means people and traffic, and both of these need to be regularly managed.

Our environmental slurry control vacuum truck is an important part of our business, and this helps us offer our customers a “one stop shop” service when it comes to booking and completing jobs, particularly on public roads and highways.  Our vans also carry smaller slurry control vacuum tanks that hold 600 litres.  These are practical for smaller residential jobs where slurry is an environmental hazard and has to be managed.  Gone are the days of just tipping it down the drain.  We collect it and dispose the slurry to an environmental waste facility.

Raewyns’ company has been a member of the New Zealand Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association for 8 years, and she has been President from 2010 to 2013.  Raewyn says being President of a male dominated industry group was a bit nerve racking at first.  The Association started in 1986 and is still going strong.  Being a member means you are serious about what you do, and committed to sharing and learning from other members.  We have about 32 members nationwide and several Associate members.  Over the years we have developed and produced a member manual guideline with a code of practice, a code of ethics, safe operating procedures for equipment use, and an environmental pollution control policy.  We also run ‘concrete cutting specific’ safety courses for our members.

Raewyn says “it is important to have honesty and integrity in all areas of your business, and that makes for better relationships between staff, customers, and suppliers”.   This payoff is evident when the first 3 people I hired still work for me.  The construction industry is known for its “boom and bust cycles” and it is with the loyalty of my staff, long term customers and suppliers that has helped us to where we are today.

Call our free phone 0800 232 816 for all enquiries – check out our website www.sharpconcretecutters.co.nz or like us on facebook.

Originally printed in: Business North (2013)

Demolition Cutting

Sometimes, before a new building can begin construction, the old building(s) need to go.  That’s where Sharp Concrete Cutters and Drillers demolition cutting service is best employed.

See photos below for a sample of demolition cutting projects that Sharp Concrete Cutters and Drillers has been involved with.

Demolition Cutting

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Check out other blog posts that involve demolition cutting:

Floor Sawing for Demolition

Six Technicians on One Job

Have you got a project somewhere in Auckland that requires concrete cutting and drilling services?

We are an Auckland based company offering services nationwide contact us today.

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We provide a complete concrete cutting and removal service using cutting-edge equipment and only the best diamond blades.

Do you need holes drilled? got a project

We provide a complete concrete drilling service from 12mm to 500mm in diameter.  We drill to any depth required.

Is your project inside?

Our equipment runs on a variety of power sources including single and three phase, and hydraulic, to prevent fumes.

Do you need slurry control?

We provide a complete slurry control service.  Our operators carry industrial wet vacuums and slurry tanks.  We also have a dedicated slurry truck, capable of removing 2500 litres of slurry.  It also holds 1000 of water and has a high-pressure water blasting unit.

Are you a leading project manager or construction company?

We partner with some of New Zealand’s leading project managers and construction companies providing concrete cutting and drilling services nationwide.

Are you looking for a professional concrete cutting and drilling service committed to high standards of health and safety?

We partner with leading health and safety organisations, Site Safe, Safety n Action, and HazardCo to ensure all work is carried with health and safety as the number one priority. 

We are also members of the national concrete sawing and drilling associations.

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Exposed Aggregate Finish

Many customers, wanting a slightly different look, opt for an exposed aggregate finish.  This process removes the top layer of fine concrete, thus exposing the underlying aggregate.

While there are a number of ways this can be achieved, the most common, and most efficient is simply water blasting off the top layer.

Sharp Concrete Cutters and Drillers are regularly called in by concrete placing contractors (as well as our other main contractors) to expose the aggregate.  To do this, we send out our slurry control truck which is fitted with a high power water blaster.

But the question remains – what happens to that fine layer of concrete that is removed?  That top layer contains slurry and is highly toxic.  Our slurry control truck is engaged to collect the runoff and thus eliminating the potential environmental hazard.

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Call Sharp Concrete Cutting and Drilling today to discuss how we can enhance the look of your project with an exposed aggregate finish.  0800 232 816

Concrete cutting and drilling produces slurry.  

Slurry contains calcium carbonate, is a base with a high ph level, is detrimental to marine flora and fauna, and so it is illegal to dump it into sewers, storm water systems, or natural waterways. As such it is important that slurry control is put in place.

Sharp Concrete Cutters and Drillers Ltd provide a comprehensive slurry control service.

With its dedicated slurry truck, Sharp Concrete Cutters and Drillers Ltd can remove 2500 litres of slurry.  The truck also holds 1000 litres of water and has a high-pressure water blasting unit.  Our truck has also been used in aggregate exposing and acid washing applications. 

We also have a number of 600-litre slurry tanks and are committed to leaving every job clean and tidy.

Call Sharp Concrete Cutters and Drillers Ltd today to discuss how we can help you achieve your project goals.  Freephone 0800 232 816.

Drilling Through a Finished Wall

There are times when clients require drilling through a finished wall.

In situations like that, slurry needs to be eliminated.

As can be seen from the images below, there was no slurry on either the finish or exposed concrete wall.

Drilling Through a Finished Wall

For more information on our concrete drilling services, click here.


Drilling Through a Finished Wall

Core drilling techniques are used when tradespeople require precise, circular holes drilled.

Any hole, from 12mm to 500mm diameter, can be achieved to make openings for plumbing, electrical, telecommunications

 

Stitch drilling is a process where we drill a series of overlapping holes in order to make openings.

Man Hole

With Auckland’s ever increasing infrastructure demands, service access is something that’s often needed after the fact.  Man hole covers are a prime example of this kind of aftermarket demand.

See below for an example of how Sharp Concrete Cutters and Drillers core drilling service can be applied to Auckland’s ever increasing infrastructure demand.

Call Sharp Concrete Cutters and Drillers today on tollfree 0800 232 816 to discuss your aftermarket concrete drilling requirements.


Concrete Drilling

Man Hole

Core drilling techniques are used when tradespeople require precise, circular holes drilled.

Any hole, from 12mm to 500mm diameter, can be achieved to make openings for plumbing, electrical, telecommunications.

Stitch drilling is a process where we drill a series of overlapping holes in order to make openings.

Lift Shaft – Ring Saw

Lift Shaft – Ring Saw: This expansion to existing lift shaft was achieved using a ring saw.

Lift Shaft – Ring Saw

Using a petrol powered ring saw has a range of applications.

Typically, a ring saw can cut deeper than a hand saw which allows for cuts to be made in thicker panels and slabs.

This piece of equipment can also be used to cut through thick concrete pipes.

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Do you have an indoor project?  Do you want to mitigate carbon monoxide emissions?  Check out our hydraulic cutting service.

Call Sharp Concrete Cutters and Drillers Ltd today to discuss how we can help you achieve your project goals.  Freephone 0800 232 816.

Wallsawing

Wallsawing

These cuts for window opening were achieved using a wallsaw.


Concrete cutting and drilling produces slurry.  

Slurry contains calcium carbonate, is a base with a high ph level, is detrimental to marine flora and fauna, and so it is illegal to dump it into sewers, storm water systems, or natural waterways. As such it is important that controls are in place.

Sharp Concrete Cutters and Drillers Ltd provide a comprehensive slurry control service.

Through the use of our truck, can remove 2500 litres of slurry.  The truck also holds 1000 litres of water and has a high-pressure water blasting unit.

Our truck is also regularly used in aggregate exposing and acid washing applications. 

We also have a number of 600-litre tanks and are committed to leaving every job clean and tidy.

Call us, Sharp Concrete Cutters and Drillers Ltd today to discuss how we can help you achieve your project goals.  Freephone 0800 232 816.


Have you got a project somewhere in Auckland that requires concrete cutting and drilling services?

We are an Auckland based company offering services nationwide contact us today.

Do you want a preferred contractor to complete all your concrete cutting and drilling requirements?

We work for some of New Zealand’s biggest and most influential construction companies.  See our testimonials page for a snapshot of what they have to say about us.

got a projectDoes your project require concrete cutting and removal?

We provide a complete concrete cutting and removal service using cutting-edge equipment and only the best diamond blades.

Do you need holes drilled? got a project

We provide a complete concrete drilling service.   Any size, any depth – call us today to discuss your requirements.

Is your project inside?

Our equipment runs on a variety of power sources including single and three phase electricity, and hydraulic to minimise emissions.

Do you need slurry control?

Concrete Cutting and Drilling
Slurry Control Vacuum Truck

We provide a complete slurry control service.  Our operators carry industrial wet vacuums and slurry tanks.  We also have a dedicated slurry control vacuum truck, capable of removing 2500 litres of slurry.  It also holds 1000 litres of water and has a high-pressure water blasting unit.

 

Are you a leading project manager or construction company?

We partner with some of New Zealand’s leading project managers and construction companies providing concrete cutting and drilling services nationwide.  See our testimonials page for a snapshot of what they have to say about us.

Are you looking for a professional concrete cutting and drilling service committed to high standards of health and safety?

We partner with leading health and safety organisations, SiteSafe, Safety n Action, and HazardCo to ensure all work is carried with health and safety as the number one priority. 

We are also members of the national concrete sawing and drilling associations.

got a project
NZCSDA
got a project
Site Safe

Nelson Street Cycleway

Sharp Concrete Cutters and Drillers Ltd was engaged by Hawkins to drill holes to facilitate the installation of bollards and LED lighting that is mentioned as a feature of the new Nelson Street Cycleway.

This article appeared in New Zealand Construction News.

Nelson Street Cycleway

Designs unveiled for new landmark attraction in
the city centre.

Interactive lights, Maori carvings and a vibrant magenta surface are set to turn the old Nelson Street motorway off-ramp into a must-see Auckland attraction for people to walk and cycle across when it opens later this year.

The off-ramp is being transformed into a shared path as part of the Nelson Street Cycleway, one of a network of cycleways being delivered in partnership by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), Auckland Council and Auckland Transport.

It will connect to Upper Queen Street by a new bridge off Canada Street – the last piece of which was lifted into place in mid-October – and will continue to Nelson Street where a separated cycleway is being built.

The design was developed following an online survey in June when Aucklanders called for it to be ‘modern’ and ‘distinctly New Zealand’. It includes LED lights lining the safety barriers that can interact and pulse as people pass them, as well as a strong magenta surface colour that will fade out at the northern end in a Maori design.

Political urban design champion councilor Chris Darby says: “This project shines a light on walking and cycling and offers an inspiring new way through a previously impenetrable spaghetti junction. It offers a seamless walk-across-the-rooftops connection into the city centre, with sweeping views of the city and harbour. The innovative design catches the eye and captures the imagination, heralding the future of transport across Auckland.”

A more attractive transport choice

The concept has been created by Monk Mackenzie architects and LandLAB, in association with artist Katz Maihi. Maori patterns and narrative form a core part of the designs, following discussions with iwi.

The path includes etched carvings at intervals along the length, with a 6 m pou at the entrance. The colour represents the heartwood of a freshly cut totara, with the red and pink shades strengthened to contrast with the surrounding motorway lanes.

Brett Gliddon, the NZTA’s Auckland and Northland highway manager, says: “It’s great to see the beginning of our urban cycling future here in Auckland with a wonderful facility like this. It’s helping to make cycling a safer and more attractive transport choice as well as leading the way in world-class cycling infrastructure.”

The off-ramp was closed a decade ago, and transforming it – as highlighted in the council’s city centre masterplan – has received strong support. Barbara Cuthbert, Cycle Action Auckland chair, says: “This cycleway will be the highlight of all the new projects we’ve seen in the city so far. It’ll be a beacon attracting people to walk, cycle and delight in the views – a new landmark for Auckland.”

This video demonstrates how the lights can pulse and interact – via youtube.