News bulletin-35:
News bulletin-35: 4 Sep 2018


In the wake of York Civil going into administration, all work stopped on the Princes Highway Upgrade in southern NSW in early August. Now, the head contract for the delivery of the project has been handed over to Fulton Hogan by Roads and Maritime Services.

SMEC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Geoconsult Asia Singapore for tunnel design partnerships on future infrastructure projects, which is set to strengthen SMEC’s tunnel design capabilities in Australia and New Zealand.

The Mills Park project in Perth features a first-floor concrete bubbledeck slab, a semi-precast system that minimises the amount of work and the amount of concrete used. Blast furnace slag has also been used instead of Portland cement to reduce the building’s carbon footprint.

The Tasmanian Government has revealed TasPorts’ $200 Port Master Plan will include projects at Bell Bay, Burnie, Devonport and Hobart that will be developed over the next 10-15 years.

Researchers at Lancaster University in the UK have created a new smart cement mixture that is able to store electrical energy and can monitor its own structural health. Consequently, infrastructure could be turned into cheap batteries, they say.

Fletcher Construction GM of Infrastructure, Tommy Parker, says improved collaboration will be the key challenge for the industry over the coming years. Contractors in NZ now understand what they will be tasked with delivering and working better together “will be critical”.

IMAGE: Engineers working on the bubbledeck at Mills Park.