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Groundwork Plus, 42 years strong and still evolving

Groundwork Plus

Founded in 1980 by David Kershaw, Groundwork Plus has just celebrated its 42nd year servicing the quarry sector.

Groundwork is headed up by joint directors Tegan Smith, Rod Huntley and Clayton Hill, with James Rowe appointed in 2020 as a co-director of the South Australian entity.

Over recent years, the company has also promoted associates, Jim Lawler, John Taylor, David Doolan and Mathew Jones, who have brought additional capacity, skills and drive to the business at a senior level.

“Groundwork Plus’ services have grown over the years, with an ongoing focus on ‘whole-of-life’ development,” said Smith. “These services now include resource identification, quarry development planning and modelling, town planning, environmental management and monitoring, aerial and bathymetric survey, health and safety and operations. The newest additions to the team are a number of site senior executives, who are working in operations across the country.”

Groundwork Plus is also proud to have formed Traffic and Transport Plus (TTPlus) with co-director Bryce Trevilyan, a traffic engineer and court expert with over 25 years’ experience in traffic engineering.

The success of the company is accredited to good people attracting good people, Hill explained.

“Our aggregates testing and petrographic laboratory based in Brendale is an example of the right people in the right roles,” Hill said. “The success of the laboratory has been driven by Dave Gregson whose experience and high standards have assisted to create a very solid enterprise.”

Groundwork Plus has also recently opened a Melbourne office, to continue to support the construction materials sector in servicing both new and existing clients.

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GPlus Live is an online platform that can control data and manage compliance via a simple interface, from any device and location.

Speaking on her 21st year with Groundwork Plus in 2022, Smith told Quarry that the key to longevity and resilience in the sector comes from frequent adaption and catering to the unique needs of the industry.

“Remaining flexible and progressive in uncertain times is essential,” Smith said. “Longevity in the quarry sector coupled with our passion for it provides the necessary insight in the areas where adaption is essential.”

According to Smith, development of GPlus Live was a good example of the company adapting to change.

Groundwork Plus has designed and built GPlus Live, which is an online platform to control data and to proactively manage compliance via a simple interface from any device and location.

“We originally developed GPlus Live to manage information internally after being dissatisfied with much of the off-the-shelf software designed for other industries,” Smith said.

Five years on and with the benefit of feedback from on-ground trials, Groundwork Plus is formally releasing GPlus Live to the industry.

“Specifically built by industry for industry, we now have a designated team of programmers, data managers and trainers to assist users in tailoring the platform to suit site-specific requirements and business preferences,” Hill told Quarry.

GPlus Live comprises modules including:

  • Safety and health
  • Environmental compliance-monitoring
  • Digital document management and audit management
  • Contractor and employee management
  • Plant and equipment maintenance; and
  • Testing and quality

“Whether you are an operator, supervisor, quarry manager or executive, GPlus Live is a proactive tool designed to manage compliance and performance in every facet of operations,” Hill said. •

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