News bulletin 19 ->
News bulletin 19 -> 18 May 2021

Institute Silver Member GHD has appointed Natascha Rezai as Technical Director for Tunnels in Sydney to strengthen the company’s capacity to deliver tunnel projects in the water, transport and hydroelectric sectors.

Media reports say the cost of concrete has risen in South Australia, Queensland and the ACT, with reinforcing costs also up.

Work on New Zealand’s City Rail Link project (pictured) in Auckland has reached a key stage with the 880 cubic metre concrete pour for the first underground floor of what will be the country’s deepest underground railway station. The project is also currently advertising two roles of interest: Structures Project Engineer and a Senior Structures Site Engineer.

The Grattan Institute has released a report that says Australia pays too much for infrastructure projects. It says projects become more costly as work progresses and takes aim at contractors.

Significant changes are being proposed for the National Construction Code which is expected to come into force in September 2022. Public comment on the first of two stages is open for submissions until 2 July 2021.

A study has found trace quantities of organic matter (pictured) and respiratory action to modern concrete structures drives damage and deterioration of these structures. The results were published in the open access journal PLOS ONE.

Researchers from the University of Liverpool in the UK are collaborating with industry to develop ultra-low carbon and resilient materials to decarbonise the construction sector.