Sustainable Performance in the Earthworks Sub Sector: Exploring the Machinery Selection Framework in New Zealand

  • Ryan Davenport
  • James Olabode RotimiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering book series (LNME)


Sustainability is becoming more engrained in the culture of the New Zealand construction industry. More so when it portends social, environmental and financial benefits to organisations that are already operating under slim margins. This study explores means by which an appropriate machinery selection framework can be implemented in the earthworks sub-sector. Data was gathered through a qualitative analysis of the perspective views of six Project Managers involved in infrastructure delivery. The focus is on financial, environmental and social sustainability issues, and the potential impacts of machinery selection framework. Data obtained were analysed thematically, permitting an insight into key issues, challenges and success criteria for sustainable performance of organisations operating in the earthworks sub sector. The research findings could contribute to improved decision making in machinery use and increased efficiencies, which ultimately enhances organisations’ social, financial and environmental ratings.


Earthworks Efficiency Machinery selection framework Sustainability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hick Bros Infrastructure Ltd.AucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of Built EnvironmentMassey UniversityAucklandNew Zealand

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