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Lucas Civil Group has been using Volvo machines from CJD Equipment from the very beginning

Lucas Civil Group predominantly focuses on storm water projects in NSW


For Dean Lucas, owner/operator of Lucas Civil Group, excavation and machinery are truly in his veins. As a child, growing up around his father, uncles and cousins, Dean has lived and breathed the industry since his earliest memories.

From the day he left school, 21 years ago, Dean has been in the civil industry. Sharing his experiences and the history of Lucas Civil Group, Dean says he began working as a labourer and then an excavator operator; gradually progressing through more senior roles in the company.

"After a few years I eventually became the foreman on subdivisions for 10 years. Being able to spend many years learning my craft as an operator then eventually foreman gave me a wide range of experience and skills to end up where I am today," he says.

"Four years ago I purchased a second-hand Volvo EC210C and then I bought an antique Volvo EC140B and started laying storm water. Lucas Civil Group has grown since then and we currently have a team of 14 men and six excavators. As a team we often complete jobs that range from large subdivisions to difficult jobs around major services. It’s been a solid period of growth for us since our early days in 2013."

Dean Lucas says the outlook is positive for the industry moving forward


Lucas Civil Group is based in New South Wales and predominantly focuses on storm water projects across the state. Services range from shallow 375mm pipe to large, deep (6m deep) storm water tunnels.

Its great reputation and success can be attributed to its reputation for delivering any job safely, on program and with the best quality the industry has to offer. Another major factor of its success is its hard working and committed team.

"We are a great team and try to go that little bit further to help the jobsites we are on run smoother. We all have a good natured, hardworking ethic and the experience that allows us to get any job done," says Dean.

A Volvo EC250D excavator busy on site


Having the right equipment is always an extremely important factor of any project. When asked what influenced Dean’s decision to run with Volvo, Dean says that Volvo excavators have never let him down.

"A scheduled maintenance program and great reliability has allowed me to get any job done. Volvo excavators are very comfortable machines to operate and easy to service. I think a major consideration these days is fuel efficiency without losing power and Volvo seems to be leading the charge in this area.

"CJD Equipment has been the other half of the equation in our decision to use Volvo machinery. CJD has been great from the start, even before I bought my first new Volvo EC300D in December 2016; providing brilliant service and advice."

At the moment Dean has two large crews at Marsden Park where they are about 70 per cent completed and the job has roughly 7,000m of pipes ranging from 375mm to 1,200mm.


Understanding the industry is important for all business owners. Dean Lucas recognises the current state of the market and is positive of the outlook moving forward.

"As we are all aware the industry is slowing down, but we also have to remember for the last couple of years we have all been running at 110 per cent. I would like to think the airport will keep the industry busy. Overall, it’s been a great time for growth over recent years and the outlook is still more than positive," he says.


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