News bulletin 21:
News bulletin 21: 4 Jun 2019

Georgiou Group has appointed a new General Manager – Engineering who has joined the company from Laing O'Rourke's WA and NT operations. Simon Welfare will be responsible for managing key clients in WA such as Main Roads WA and the Public Transport Authority.

The $18 million upgrade of the Leslie Harrison Dam in Queensland has been completed three months ahead of schedule. The dam wall was strengthened and widened to make it more resilient to extreme floods and extreme events, while the concrete spillway was anchored into the bedrock to increase resilience.

Victoria's government has committed to a complete rebuild of the St Kilda Pier to replace the existing 50 year-old structure. Construction of the new pier (pictured) will commence in 2020. It will curve out into the bay and include a penguin viewing area and tiered seating,

Researchers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore are 3D printing concrete bathroom units in less than 12 hours using a 6-axis KUKA robotic arm in a factory-controlled environment. Traditionally, prefabricated bathroom units are cast from concrete and fully preassembled and fitted offsite, then lifted and installed in the location.

Dr Andrew Minson from the Global Cement and Concrete Association has given a speech in the US on the importance of concrete and modernising the concrete sector to address future acceleration of the population, rapid urbanisation and climate change.

A concrete church has been built in a small Mediterranean town in Lebanon, juxtaposed with an historic chapel next door. The new Saint Charbel church features a roof-top amphitheatre.