Queensland Branch - 2019 Seminar Program - Released
Queensland Branch - 2019 Seminar Program - Released 13 Dec 2018

Please note the schedule is subject to change so keep your eye on the Qld page for up to date details.

 19th February  Projects Review - Sky Tower
 14th March - Gold Coast  Repair and Rehabilitation
 19th March  Bridges
 TBC April - Townsville  Technical Seminar
 23rd April

 Back to Basics III

 21st May  Trivia / Quiz Night
 13th June - Gold Coast  Back to Basics - Essential Fundaments
 25th June  Repair and Rehabilitation
 TBC July - Townsville  Technical Seminar
 25th July  Awards for Excellence
 20th August  Shrinkage & Cracking
 TBC September -  Townsville  Technical Seminar
 17th September  Extreme Events
 10th October - Gold Coast  Controlling Crack Design & Construction Perspectives
 22nd October  Pavements & Floors
 26th November  Piling
 TBC November - Townsville  Annual Concrete Engineering & Technology Seminar
Note: Seminar topics and dates may change.
Please check the Events page of the CIA website to keep up-to-date

AS 3850.2:2015 Amd 1:2018 - Published
AS 3850.2:2015 Amd 1:2018 - Published11 Dec 2018

The objective of this part of the Standard is to provide requirements for the materials, components and equipment used in the manufacture of prefabricated concrete elements. 
 

Publication Number: AS 3850.2:2015 Amd 1:2018 
Title: Prefabricated concrete elements - General requirements 
Project Committee: BD-066 : Prefabricated Concrete Elements
:Publishing Date 11-12-2018
 
 

Designing climate-friendly concrete, from the nanoscale up
Designing climate-friendly concrete, from the nanoscale up11 Dec 2018

Recognizing the critical need for concrete, Pellenq and his colleague Franz-Josef Ulm, professor of CEE and director of the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub), have been working to reduce its environmental footprint. Their goal: to find ways to do more with less. “If we can make concrete stronger, we’ll need to use less of it in our structures,” says Ulm. “And if we can make it more durable, it’ll last longer before it needs to be replaced.”...More

News bulletin-49:
News bulletin-49: 11 Dec 2018


The concepts and aspirations behind the design of the North Queensland Stadium have been explained in a behind-the-scenes video featuring Concrete Institute of Australia Silver Member, ARUP.

Construction activity levels dropped at the fastest rate in nearly four years last month. The Australian Industry Group’s (Ai Group) Performance of Construction Index (PCI) fell to 44.5 points in November.

Expressions of Interest are invited by 14 December for the principal design consultant contract for a $150 million performing arts theatre in Brisbane.

A 22-storey residential building in Sydney's Waterloo, named Emblem and designed by BVN, has received an Award of Excellence for Best Tall Building 100 metres and Under from the Council on Tall Buildings  and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), putting it in the running for the Best Tall Building Worldwide in 2019. BVN also designed the new Sydney Fish Market area which will involve a substantial amount of concrete (pictured).

Central Darwin is set to become the home of a number of educational and civic institutions, including a new campus for Charles Darwin University, a fine arts gallery, and a major library.

Kane Constructions has been awarded a design and construct contract for the $64.6 million State Netball and Hockey Centre (SNHC) Redevelopment in Victoria.
 
Image: The proposed design of the new Sydney Fish Markets area. Source: BVN.
 

News bulletin-48:
News bulletin-48: 4 Dec 2018


Rob Kilgour, WSP Principal Engineer for Materials Technology, explores the balancing act required in defining requirements for tunnel material durability performance to help extend the life of tunnel assets. And in other news, WSP has won the 2018 Global Road Achievement Award for Design for the Waterview Connection in NZ (pictured).

Belgian construction giant BESIX Group SA has acquired a controlling interest in Watpac of more than 50%, with the intent to grow Watpac's earnings and shareholder value.

Westkon Precast in Melbourne has installed a Universal Concrete Extruder with eight different tube and mould sets for the manufacture of hollow core slab 1.20 m in width and 15 to 50 cm in height.

Building contractor, Halikos, has been announced as the successful tenderer for the $12.6 million first stage Northern Territory public school at Zuccoli which will support 120 construction jobs over the coming year.

Austroads has published a report that outlines a framework to help assess the value of maintenance and renewal works, consistent with capital investments. The organisation has also released its 2017-18 annual report.

This concrete house has much more than meets the eye, according to CCAA, with the choice of concrete's chief characteristic that formed the choice for the building.

News bulletin-47:
News bulletin-47: 27 Nov 2018


Industry groups, including cement producers, are lobbying against a new 2019 import tax, the Biosecurity Imports Levy, alleging the new tariff will increase costs by 3000 - 5000% on the inputs for cement, steel and aluminium production.

An Adelaide contractor has been named National Specialist Contractor of the Year at Master Builders Australia's national awards for the first of eight bridges over the Southern Expressway, part of the $620 million Darlington Upgrade Project. And Multiplex was awarded as National Commercial Builder of the Year for its construction of Perth’s Optus Stadium.

Arcadis has appointed a new CEO of its Australia Pacific business. The new chief takes over from Greg Steele who was recently made Group Executive APAC.

Fletcher Building has revealed its Golden Bay Cement plant in Auckland, NZ, was forced to stop its cement mill for four weeks in September which is likely to impact its financial year earnings by millions. It also says it is up against challenging conditions in Australia.

Developers are invited to submit expressions of interest for the construction of a unit complex containing 70 residential units by NT Health for Alice Springs Hospital staff accommodation.

An over-station development at Waterloo, Sydney, that includes three towers of 23, 25 and 29 storeys.
A concept DA has been submitted that includes 700 dwellings, along with almost 4000 m² of retail/entertainment space, 8700 m² of office space/recreational facilities, and at least 2000 m² for community use.

 

AS 3600:2018 Amd 1:2018 has been published -
AS 3600:2018 Amd 1:2018 has been published - 21 Nov 2018

The following Standards Australia publication has been published. 
 

Publication Number: AS 3600:2018 Amd 1:2018
Title: Concrete Structures
Publishing Date: 21-11-2018
Project Committee: BD-002 Concrete Structures

News bulletin-46:
News bulletin-46: 20 Nov 2018


SMEC ANZ has appointed a new CEO following the appointment of CEO SMEC and CEO International earlier in the year. The company will also celebrate its 70th anniversary next year and has just completed a year-long feasibility study that includes the potential for a 2100GL dam in Queensland, which could lead to 12,000 jobs.

An international design competition for the controversial new Powerhouse Museum in Parramatta has been announced, ahead of its launch in December. A London-based competition organizer has been appointed to manage the two-stage competition process, with the winning design to be announced later in 2019.
 
A survey of 100 civil engineers in the UK has found, among other things, that a third of engineers who regularly design steel to concrete connections struggle because there is no software to design the different elements of a steel to concrete connection.
 
A NSW Roads and Maritime Services Director of Bridges and Structure has been awarded the NSW Premier’s Award for Infrastructure Delivery.

The inaugural 2018 NZ Bridges Summit and Awards Dinner has been held in Auckland, with delegates taking part in workshops, presentations and discussions in bridge design, asset management and recent engineering developments. Beca bridge engineers won the Large Structure Award for their work on the Great North Road Interchange Ramps.

Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institute in Germany, have replaced carbon/glass-fibre fabrics in textile reinforced concrete with eco-friendly natural fibres that rival conventional concrete performance, with a smaller carbon footprint.

Image: Steel and concrete connection. Source: via New Civil Engineer.

 

Final design for new Sydney Fish Market unveiled
Final design for new Sydney Fish Market unveiled16 Nov 2018

Danish practice 3XN said that its approach to the project would be to create a major cultural facility that was more than just a fish market.
“This building will be many things when it is done: a working fish market, an amenity for the city, a cultural destination, an urban connector, and an inspiring icon along the world-renowned Sydney Harbour,” said 3XN founding partner Kim Herforth Nielsen. “The natural value of the water’s edge should not be underestimated and should be accessible to everyone.”... More

 

News bulletin-45:
News bulletin-45: 13 Nov 2018


Concrete paving is underway on South Australia’s first major concrete road as part of the $885 million Northern Connector project.

Victoria University’s long-planned 32-storey vertical city campus will soon be built at 364-378 Little Lonsdale Street in the Melbourne CBD, with ISPT signing on as developer. Its DA was approved six years ago.
 
A number of sustainability related