News bulletin 35:
News bulletin 35: 5 Sep 2017

Redland City Council (SE Qld) has engaged Arup to trial several different methods to help prevent canal banks and associated retaining walls from moving, with Mainmark’s Teretek as one option.

Tunnelling as an area of practice is anything but boring to engineers, and innovator Elon Musk feels the same way. One of his recent enterprises, The Boring Company, has its sights set on revolutionising tunnelling by speeding up the process while cutting costs.

Georgiou Group has been selected to deliver Pimlico to Teven stage 3 for the RMS and delivery partner Pacific Complete in Ballina, NSW. Stage 3 is part of the $4.3 billion Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade and involves construction of the southbound carriageway, demolition and reconstruction of bridges, earthworks and realignment of a permanent junction with the Pacific Highway.

Arup has been recognised as the Most Outstanding Company in Engineers Australia’s Women in Engineering Gender Diversity Awards. Arup says its female staff represent more than a third of the total workforce, including key management, non-managers, as well as on its board. The firm has set its sights on a much higher target by 2020. And GHD was highly commended in the awards.

Meanwhile, Aurecon CEO Giam Swiegers, a member of the STEM Male Champions of Change group, believes the pace of change is too slow as far as parental shared care goes so the firm has introduced its own policy. Aurecon has also appointed a new Managing Director, Infrastructure.

Japanese architects have released renderings of a four-storey design for a concrete home shaped like an upside down pyramid, wedged into the side of a hill.

Image: Takei Nabeshima Architects making a point with their upside down pyramid-shaped concrete house design.