News bulletin 12:
News bulletin 12: 24 Mar 2020

Construction organisations with high levels of trust perform twice as well in crucial business metrics compared to others, a new study from Autodesk has revealed.  

The former Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge north of Sydney was opened in 1889, but within 12 months was showing defects, requiring subcontractors to return and repair faults with the concrete piers. Engineers Australia has a range of heritage stories like this to read in its Engineering Heritage Australia magazine.

A consortium comprising Lendlease, Monash University, University of Melbourne and BlueScope has been awarded a $28 million grant from the federal government to establish a new research centre for smart buildings.

Maintaining building and construction activity across Australia is an effective way of injecting money into the economy during the Covid-19 crisis, according to Master Builders Australia CEO Denita Wawn.

A team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras has been exploring the interactions of ordinary cement, limestone powder and calcined clay that lead to highly durable concrete in aggressive environments such as sea water.

Two consortia have been shortlisted to build WA's 27 km $852 Bunbury Outer Ring Road project (pictured). The Forest Alliance (CPB Contractors, Carey MC, Densford Civil, GHD and BG&E) and Southwest Connex (Acciona, NRW Contracting, MACA Civil, AECOM and Aurecon) are vying for the contract which is expected to be awarded by the end of this year. Construction should begin in 2021 and provide up to 5680 jobs.