News bulletin 25: ->
News bulletin 25: -> 29 Jun 2021

By mid-2022, NSW may have the capacity to generate carbon certificates for every piece of material used in the state’s building construction sector, according to the NSW Building Commissioner. New technology is being introduced, which will check compliance with building regulations and track supply chains.

In people moves, Mike Harding, Chairman of Downer is retiring at the end of August. His replacement is Mark Chellew. Concrete 2021 keynote speaker and Infrastructure Australia board member, Marion Fulker, has shared her views on the state of urban planning.

And the occupations of structure engineer and geotechnical engineer are among 22 added to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List this week. Barnaby Joyce is taking over the Infrastructure portfolio at federal level from Mark McCormack as he steps into the deputy PM job.

A professional engineer and concrete repair specialist has reportedly said ‘concrete cancer’ may have caused the partial collapse of the 12-storey Champlain Towers South Condo in Miami, Florida.

Cyclopean cement, a hybridisation of the ancient cyclopean building technique, using modern resources has one key difference - the size of rocks added to the mixture – oh, and economic savings.

MIT in the US has come up with a way to watch early stage cement hydration under real-world conditions – an advance the researchers say may help find ways to make concrete more sustainable.

A house in the US has been built comprising 70-80% 3D-printed concrete, including all interior and exterior walls which “are incredibly strong, with strong vertical compression load strength”. The printer used can move along three axes and travel up to one metre per second.