News bulletin 06:
News bulletin 06: 11 Feb 2020

Engineers Australia has released the Australian Engineering Vacancies Report – Trends in 2019, that shows good news for civil engineers. CEO Bronwyn Evans says the number of vacancies started to rise at the end of last year and is expected to continue: "The awarding of major civil infrastructure projects has generated business for associated industries boosting the demand for civil engineers."

Barro Group’s 43% acquisition of Adelaide Brighton will not impact competition with Boral, Holcim, Hanson and smaller independent competitors, the ACCC has declared following a 3-month investigation.

The Queen's Wharf project team in Brisbane have put in more than half the piles on the Neville Bonner Bridge, a cable-stayed pedestrian bridge in the city centre, along with 45% of the precast supporting beams. William Street is being rebuilt using more than 7000m² of concrete as Multiplex builds an integrated resort, including a 5-level parking basement underneath the street.

Construction of a new bridge featuring 900 t of concrete at the Nancy-Bird Walton Airport in Western Sydney has completed as part of the first phase of construction. A 130 m 'green' bridge (pictured), comprising 1382 mᶟ of concrete has opened on the Gold Coast and features a fig tree and seating.

UCLA researchers have developed a system that transforms waste CO2 into blocks of concrete. They are relocating it to the Wyoming Integrated Test Center, part of a power plant, for a 3-month demonstration to siphon half a ton of CO2 per day from the plant’s flue gas and produce 10 tons of concrete daily. 

Paul Chess' and Warren Green's book, Durability of Reinforced Concrete Structures, is now available via the Concrete Institute of Australia's Online Store.

In what has been called a world-first, Strathclyde University in Scotland has set up a centre dedicated to the science of cracks. The Peridynamics Research Centre is looking at cracks in everything from chocolate bars to bridges.