News bulletin 22:
News bulletin 22: 2 Jun 2020

A worldwide construction competition for start-ups has been launched by CEMEX Ventures to identify and foster start-ups to transform the industry with innovative construction solutions. The deadline is 26 July 2020.

Inspired by organisms that survive in sub-zero environments, researchers in Colorado have introduced polymer molecules with anti-freezing abilities into concrete. Their method is reported in the journal, Cell Reports Physical Science, on 27 May 2020.

A new record for the UK's largest single concrete pour has been set in Somerset with the base of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station's second reactor completed on schedule. The Bouygues/Laing O'Rourke JV was required to carry out a continuous pour of 8991 cubic metres of concrete for the 49,000-tonne foundation.

Concept designs for the south-bound flyover at Lanyon Drive on the Monaro Highway for the first stage of the highway's upgrade project (pictured), have been released. The ACT Government plans to contact local stakeholders and businesses in Hume in the coming weeks to commence consultation on the proposed designs.

Animated video of the 17 km $1 billion Rockhampton Ring Road in Queensland that includes a new Fitzroy River crossing have been released by the state government. The news comes as the next round of consultation was opened, releasing the concept design for comment until 30 June 2020.

Community consultation has also opened in Tasmania on concept designs for the remaining five sections totalling 54 km to be upgraded on the Midland Highway.

A large North American data storage firm has revealed it will be building its future data centres with concrete using CarbonCure technology that injects recaptured industrial CO₂ into the concrete manufacturing process, reducing the volume of cement in the mix while permanently removing CO₂ from the atmosphere.