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News bulletin 03: 21 Jan 2020

Renowned civil engineer Dr Anna-Carin Brink has joined Arup in Western Australia. As a pavements specialist, she has extensive experience in design, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of road and airport pavements across the Southern Hemisphere for more than 35 years.

The Breaking New Ground project has digitised 10,000 images from the John Laing plc building company that are free to view. The historic UK construction company that made a profound mark on post-war Britain was acquired by R O'Rourke & Son in 2001, resulting in Laing O'Rourke.

New technologies will bring about new contractual issue and considerations, according to lawyers Holding Redlich. Traditional standard form construction contracts like AS 4902 and AS 4000 may continue to be used for projects that incorporate 3D printing, prefabrication or modularisation – subject to some important and carefully considered amendments and modifications – but alternatives are available.

China's largest property developer, Country Garden, has plans to mass-produce construction robots from 2021. Its aim is to have at least one robot at every construction site in the country and will invest US$2.33 billion in robotics annually for five years.

Contractors delivering a 75,000 m² concrete deck extension over the King George V Dock at Heathrow Airport have used innovative concrete strength prediction technology to streamline workflows.

Research by the University of Colorado Boulder just released details of cyanobacteria absorbing carbon dioxide gas to help them grow and make calcium carbonate, the main ingredient in limestone and cement, with strength similar to contemporary mortar.

Image: Preston Bus Station built by John Laing.