News bulletin 18:
News bulletin 18: 14 May 2019


A NSW court has rejected an appeal to save the 1970s' designed brutalist building, Bidura Metropolitan Remand Centre (pictured), in Glebe, Sydney, from demolition.

The list for the 2019 nominations for Women in Industry Awards has been released, with a number of engineers and professionals in senior roles from companies like Stantec, AECOM, Downer and Fulton Hogan included.

A 14 page e-book, titled 7 Ways to Boost Productivity in Heavy Civil Construction, is available to download free via Infrastructure Magazine.

Engineering and construction company, Clough, has been awarded the contract for civil works for Rio Tinto's new iron ore mine in WA, involving drainage earthworths, bridge construction, culverts and drainage structures, and more.

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology have heated up concrete to 600 degrees Celsius and watched it explode.

A new CEO has been appointed at Watpac - a former property and construction executive - who will start work on 3 June. He will succeed Martin Monro.
 

News bulletin 17:
News bulletin 17: 7 May 2019


Holcim has been awarded the contract to supply 15,000 cubic metres of concrete for the roof slabs on the Melbourne Metro Tunnel's Anzac Station.

A new method for long-term pavement preservation – life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA) – has been published by researchers from MIT's Concrete Sustainability Hub.
 
Around 65 organisations around the world are working on 3D printing technology for construction purposes. Read an engineer's viewpoint on the rise of 3D printing of concrete and its convergence with robotics and automation.

Researchers at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland in the US have evaluated best practices for placing concrete overlays on prestressed slab bridges.

Nine-non compliant buildings have been identified in Darwin following an investigation by the NT Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics.

A Victorian building company has been issued a one-month exclusion sanction preventing EOIs and tenders, for breaching the Building Code by not paying a subcontractor over $40,000 and failing to resolve the dispute.

Image: Concept illustration of Anzac Station, Melbourne Metro Tunnel project.
 

News bulletin 16:
News bulletin 16: 1 May 2019


Institute Member Arcadis, has announced the appointment of a new business leader for its Buildings, Design team in Australia. Trudy-Ann King has previously worked with AECOM and the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

Multiplex has been appointed as the preferred tenderer for the Queen's Wharf project in Brisbane. The Queensland Government forecast at peak construction there will be more than 2000 workers required onsite and there would especially be work for "concreters, formworkers and foundation specialists".

A new way of protecting concrete from fire damage using polypropylene fibres recycled from old tyres has been successfully tested by researchers at England's University of Sheffield. The results are published in the journal Fire Technology and negate the need for raw PP fibres.

A $1.9 million Melbourne Quarter development is set to increase in scale, adding five storeys to the original plans for a Docklands commercial tower. A $1.5 billion two-tower commercial tower project is also being developed for the corner of Collins and King Streets in Melbourne.

A team of civil engineers from New York University in Abu Dhabi in the UAE is researching making concrete with the sludge left over from desalination, saying it is cost-effective and environmentally sustainable.

Around the time of the devastating fire in the roof of the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral, Time magazine published an article noting low quality stone and cement was used in a restoration attempt in 1844, and how the structure was crumbling and needed repair.

Image: The $3.6 billion Queens Wharf project.
 

2019 Annual General Meeting
2019 Annual General Meeting30 Apr 2019

NOTICE OF MEETING
 
THE FIFTIETH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE
CONCRETE INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA WILL BE HELD ON


TUESDAY 21st MAY 2019 AT 12.00PM


AT THE CONCRETE INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA OFFICE
LEVEL 4 – 53 WALKER STREET, NORTH SYDNEY, NSW 2060
 
AGENDA
 

  1. To confirm the Minutes of the Forty Ninth Annual General Meeting.
  2. To receive, consider and adopt the Report of Council, Independent Auditor's Report, Statement of Financial Performance and Statement of Financial Position for the year ended 31 December 2018.
  3. President's Report.
  4. To confirm the appointment of the Auditor.
  5. To transact any other business which may be brought before the meeting in accordance with the Constitution.
 
VOTING RIGHTS
 
A vote at the AGM can only be made in person or by proxy (download proxy form) by a Voting Member.
 
Voting Members include the following Membership Categories:
 
  • Individual
  • Individual Young
  • Retired
  • Life
  • Honorary
  • Company Principal Representatives
  • Academic Principal Representatives
 
ANNUAL REPORT 2018
 
The Concrete Institute of Australia Annual Report 2018 is available to download from the Institute’s website and contains the President's Report for the Year 2018, draft minutes of the Forty Ninth Annual General Meeting, Independent Auditor's Report, Statement of Financial Performance and Statement of Financial Position for the year ended 31 December 2018.  You will need to log into the Institute’s website to access the Annual Report.
 

News bulletin 15:
News bulletin 15: 24 Apr 2019


A Salini Impregilo and Clough joint venture has been awarded the $5.1 billion contract to build the Snowy Hydro 2.0 power station and will undertake civil works to link the existing Tantangara and Talbingo dams by a series of tunnels and build the power station and pumping stations almost 1 km underground.
 
Downer Group is set to acquire The Roading Company in New Zealand that is involved in road reconstruction and realignment, urban upgrades, pavement stabilisation and more.

The WA Government is seeking contractors to design and construct the Metronet Bayswater Station, bridge over King William Street and the Code Street underpass. The project will form the rail junction of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line, the Forrestfield-Airport Link and the existing Midland Line.
 
The QLD Government has announced the Pulse Consortium will build the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project that comprises 10.2 km rail line plus the tunnel and stations. The consortium is led by CIMIC's CPB Contractors and Pacific Partnerships, along with UGL and internationals DIF, BAM and Ghella.
 
Two construction contracts have been awarded to Fulton Hogan for Melbourne Airport to provide a new taxiway network of 270,000 m2 of paved area and master-grading of apron areas around Terminal 2.

In News Bulletin 7 earlier this year, it was noted that under-designed precast panels and their supporting hob beams were partially responsible for the damage to the Opal Tower in Sydney. The Concrete Institute of Australia acknowledges the matter is far more complex than the general statement in the news piece referring to precast concrete, and the paragraph has been removed.

Image: Tantagara Dam.

News bulletin 14:
News bulletin 14: 16 Apr 2019


The Victorian Government is conducting a comprehensive review of the state's building and planning approvals processes to cut red tape in order to remove delays and support the delivery of infrastructure.

The US Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Illinois was testing a 3D-printed reinforced concrete bridge to withstand 15,000 pounds but found it could withstand three times that.

This ultra-modern concrete house on a rural hillside 30 minutes outside of Adelaide comes with a pool and tennis court and a price tag of $5 million.

Workers have alleged that the wrong type of concrete was used on sections of London's Crossrail project, which is two years behind schedule and over-budget, requiring it to be ripped out and done again.

A research team has received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to develop hemp as an industrially relevant renewable fibre for construction for concrete.

The design and construction of a concrete stadium built in 2009 is the subject of a lawsuit in the US that calls it a catastrophic failure, with images showing large cracks in the structure.
 
Image: Paddington Station in the Crossrail project.

News bulletin 13:
News bulletin 13: 9 Apr 2019


There are long-term plans to upgrade the four-lane Warrego Highway to the standard of a motorway between Dinmore and Helidon Spa in south-east Queensland as traffic is expect to double over the next two decades.
 
Downer has flagged its intent to buy 50% of a waste to resource company in Victoria that handles construction materials and a range of other types of industrial waste.
 
In people moves, the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has appointed its next CEO who will commence in the role mid-June. And engineering consultancy, Umow Lai, has a new managing director.
 
The construction contract for the new Mangere Bridge in New Zealand is expected to be awarded in the next few months. Work will begin mid-year, with the build expected to be complete by the end of 2021. The new bridge will include parts of the old bridge to ensure its heritage isn't lost.
 
In Adelaide, construction is about to start on two major road projects to address congestion – the Cross Road-Fullarton Road Intersection at Highgate and the Portrush and Magill Roads intersection at Maylands. 

CIMIC's CPB Contractors has scored two contracts – The Northern Road Upgrade between Eaton Road and Littlefields Road in Western Sydney for $119 million and the Christchurch Metro Sports Facility worth NZ$221 million.

Image: The Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa. Source: Nexus Infrastructure.

News bulletin 12:
News bulletin 12: 2 Apr 2019


The design of a new three-lane Centenary Bridge crossing the Brisbane River is now up for tender from the Queensland Government. And in the Northern Territory, design tenders have been released by the government for the $15 million revitalisation of Alice Springs CBD, with construction tenders to be released later this year.

34 regional airport infrastructure projects are set to share in the $10.1 million pot of funding under Round 6 of the Federal Government’s Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program. Projects include a major upgrade to the Flinders Island runway in Tasmania ($1.8M) and resealing the Cunnamulla runway in Queensland ($277,243). Following this announcement, the federal government committed up to $100 million to upgrade regional airports right across Australia, with funding and application information to be released shortly.

Property developers in Victoria will no longer be able to invoke sunset clauses to delay construction due to changes under the Sale of Land Amendment Bill 2019 in a bid to prevent them from terminating signed sale contracts and reselling the property at a higher price.
 
The Waiho River Bridge on New Zealand's South Island has broken apart and was swept away during unprecedented recent rainfall.

The results of the NSW election have assured the go-ahead for three major Sydney projects: the Western Harbour Tunnel, the Beaches Link, and the F6 Extension linking the new M5 Motorway. There are also promises for other projects involving the Blue Mountains, regional highways south of Sydney, and suburban Sydney roads and bridges.

The Victorian Government has released the Request for Proposal (RFP) to deliver the $2.2 billion for the Northern Roads Upgrade and South-Eastern Roads Upgrade, with short-listed parties expected to respond to the RFP for each upgrade in mid-2019.

Image via NZ Herald (Brett Grant)

News bulletin 11:
News bulletin 11: 26 Mar 2019


A new cement plant is being constructed as part of the expansion of one of Victoria's largest gold mines.

A team of female engineers at Lendlease and Jacobs has designed and is leading the delivery of the new four-lane Underwood Road bridge south of Brisbane in a live traffic environment. The overpass will involve installation of four spans of deck using 52 precast concrete girders.

Beca's two-year Graduate Development Programme is open until 18 April 2019 where you can become a graduate or a summer intern. In other news, the company has appointed an engineer as the new leader of its Transport & Infrastructure business in Victoria.

A registration scheme that would cover all engineers in NSW would maximise community safety, Engineers Australia has said in response to the recommendation in the Opal Tower report that a register be established.

"Rough luxury" is becoming popular, with concrete increasingly the choice of minimalist home builders here and internationally.

Construction of the $3.6 billion Queens Wharf project in Brisbane is continuing with a sewer being installed using a TBM that will link up to the existing sewer in the city's CBD.
 

Image: Queens Wharf project.

News bulletin 10:
News bulletin 10: 19 Mar 2019


Funding from Round 3 of the Building Better Regions Fund now sees the proposed $31 million Rockhampton Art Gallery go ahead, with tenders called shortly. Construction is expected to commence later this year.

Identifying the parameters influencing the curling phenomenon and understanding the influence of cement substitution by increasing proportions of NHL on the kinetics and the final curling magnitude are the aims of a recently published paper.

Young women are struggling to visualise themselves pursuing careers in construction and are even being actively discouraged from entering the industry, according to a new paper published by NAWIC. Dr Phillippa Carnemolla of UTS wrote the paper after investigating the perceptions of female high school students throughout 2018-19.

Beijing Daxing International Airport is nearing completion following five years of construction and is expected to open in October. It is the latest megaproject for China with 1.6 million cubic metres of concrete.

View images of brutalist buildings around the world under threat of demolition including the social housing block boxes in The Rocks in Sydney. Yet, concrete is more fashionable than ever, some say, and question why its brutalist relatives don't receive better care.

An onsite solar photovoltaic system is now operation at Cambodia's most advanced cement factory. Built by Singapore-based Cleantech Solar, it is expected to generate 297 GWh of clean energy.
 

Image: Beijing Daxing international airport, known as 'the starfish', holds 1.6M cubic metres of concrete. Source: Sipa Asia/Rex/Shutterstock (via The Guardian).
 

News bulletin 09:
News bulletin 09: 12 Mar 2019


 
Gold Member Boral has announced several changes to its executive team, including its building products and major projects executive general manager in WA becoming president and CEO of Boral Australia. This comes on the back of increased revenue supported by its cement, quarry and asphalt businesses.

In April, phase 2 of more stringent financial reporting standards in Queensland is expected to begin for licensees with revenue over $30M through the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (Minimum Financial Requirements) Regulation 2018. Phase 1 began in January.

Western Australia is set to have its own Infrastructure WA (IWA) office with the appointment of a chair-designate to help establish and operate the new office. Expressions of interest will open in coming months to select other board members.

Adelaide Brighton has released its full-year results to December 2018 saying east coast construction markets were strong while SA and NT were flat and WA was down, for the company. Former CEO Martin Brydon, who retires at the end of March, worked with recently appointed CEO Nick Miller on the results.

Access to the 2018 Professional Engineers Employment and Remuneration Report is available via a free summary, which provides overall results from the Association of Professional Engineers' annual survey.
 

Image: Boral is supplying quarry materials and concrete for the manufacture of 54,000 precast segments to line Melbourne Metro Railway project's underground tunnels.

Largest continuous concrete pour - Guinness World Record
Largest continuous concrete pour - Guinness World Record 8 Mar 2019

CONMIX Ready Mix Concrete Division has entered the "Guinness World Records" for a Continuous Concrete Raft Pour, supplying 20,246 cubic meters of concrete at the raft foundation of the new Safari Mall in Muweilah area of Sharjah, UAE. A total of 140 Truck Mixers and 12 Mobile Pumps were used to achieve the Milestone concrete pour without any delays and continuous flow of concrete at the site... More

View video of concrete pour here


 

News bulletin 08:
News bulletin 08: 5 Mar 2019


Nine mid-tier civil construction companies have banded together in the Australian Owned Contractors (AOC) alliance to lobby governments for more opportunities in the delivery of major public infrastructure projects. It says 80% of local infrastructure worth $500M+ is delivered by foreign multinationals.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the December 2018 figures for construction and details of building approvals as at January 2019.

A Women in Civil committee has been launched by the Civil Contractors Federation South Australia (CCFSA)  as part of a push to attract and retain women in the civil sector in the state.

A new public hospital will be designed and built in Footscray in Melbourne to the tune of $1.5 billion. Community consultation starts shortly, with the tender process commencing around mid-year, and an expected open date of 2025.

The $50 million Frankston train station in Melbourne (pictured) has been completed, having been the clear winner in a 2017 two-stage national design competition. Its architects saw it as a "brilliant white landmark" to act as the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula.

The CEO of Melbourne Airport has indicated there are "ambitious plans" to upgrade the facility to cater for increasing passenger volumes, attract new carriers and services, and expanding runway capabilities.
 

Image: Frankston Station. Source: Peter Clarke via Architecture AU.
 

News bulletin 07
News bulletin 07 26 Feb 2019


The final independent report that investigated the damage to Sydney's Opal Tower has been released, which includes several images.

The NSW Government will appoint a Building Commissioner to act as the regulator in the state, including overseeing licensing and auditing of practitioners. As part of a major overhaul of building laws, building designers as well as engineers will have to declare plans that specify buildings comply with the Building Code of Australia; they have been constructed according to the plans; and building designers and builders will be required to be registered.

The design of a 58-storey building, to be located at 1 Alfred Street, Circular Quay in Sydney and originally proposed in 2009, is now on public display with minor changes. Two six-storey and one 24-storey residential buildings will feature in the redevelopment of Subiaco's abandoned Pavilion Markets in Melbourne, to be developed by Blackburne Property Group. The design of a 17-storey hotel neighbouring the under-construction Western Sydney Stadium, is before the NSW planning minister as a State Significant DA.

Following the closure of the latest stage in the Federal Government Bridges Renewal Program, successful projects will be announced mid-year.

Australians may soon be driving and walking on roads and pavements made from recycled concrete and other materials, due to a raft of Victorian Government research grants. One of the projects sees Boral Limited and RMIT University developing premix concrete that uses recycled plastics and rubber.

A second contract has been awarded to Georgiou Group for the Warrego Highway Upgrade Program (WHUP) that will include the Dalby to Miles pavement widening and safety upgrade and the Oakey to Miles safety upgrade package 2. The company delivered the Toowoomba to Oakey duplication stage 2. WHUP is a $635 million package of 18 projects.

Image: courtesy of Georgiou Group.

 

News bulletin 06
News bulletin 06 19 Feb 2019


Snowy Hydro will construct a 3.1 km tunnel and supporting infrastructure, as part of exploratory works for Snowy 2.0 approved by the NSW Government.

Construction has started on a new 74 metre-long wharf at the Rothera Research Station in Antarctica, along with deconstruction of the old wharf.

There are calls from diverse groups, including government bodies and environmental alliances, for an overhaul of planning policies and legislation at both state and national levels in Australia.

Development approval has been granted to Chevron Australia to build its new Australian HQ - a $360 million 30-storey tower at Elizabeth Quay in Perth.

Infrastructure Australia has released its $58 billion pipeline of projects in the 2019 Infrastructure Priority List that includes 25 new infrastructure proposals and 121 which are "nationally significant". IA said the list puts greater focus on the need for nationally co-ordinated action.

A client declared their love of concrete for their house in Melbourne, specifying they wanted "a bunker", now known as The Light Vault.
 

Image: Construction of the Rothera wharf in Antarctica. Source: BAS.

AS 2550.15:2019 has been published
AS 2550.15:2019 has been published 13 Feb 2019

The following Standards Australia publication has been published.