News bulletin 01
News bulletin 01 7 Jan 2020

Happy New Year and welcome to the Concrete Institute of Australia's first news bulletin for 2020 and the new decade.

John Holland has partnered with the NSW Government to deliver the new Sydney Football Stadium in 2022. The company will conduct a pre-employment program for 30 Indigenous people on the project and has plans to invest in local Aboriginal-owned and managed businesses to deliver the project.

John Holland with Mirvac Group has also been selected to deliver the Sydney Metro Waterloo station that includes three towers and two mid-rise buildings.

An ultra-low carbon concrete is being used in a trial by Highways England on its A14 upgrade project. Cemfree, produced by DB Group in Cambridgeshire, claims up to 80% in carbon savings when the product is replaced OPC.

Lendlease Engineering has been acquired by Acciona. The agreement comprises eight key projects that include twin 7.5 km motorway tunnels for WestConnex and The Northern Road Upgrade in NSW.

A civil engineer has made the observation that several key moments throughout the Star Wars film series have a very terrestrial substance to thank for the survival of the rebels against The Empire. Numerous fortified bases spread out on remote planets in hostile environments were the source of timely protection for Luke Skywalker et al thus the fate of the galaxy was decided not with lightsabers, but by having concrete structures.

Researchers at ETH Zurich have their sights on creating living structures that monitor and repair themselves. These include the use of intrinsic self-sensing concrete mixed using carbon fibres, carbon nanotubes and nickel powder; and materials with self-healing properties.

A sculptural 3d-printed pavilion that resembles palm trees has been built for a prominent traffic roundabout in Dubai for the 2020 Expo. It has been designed as a spatial forest eight metres-high made of concrete.