News bulletin 27 ->
News bulletin 27 -> 13 Jul 2021


Infrastructure WA has announced the draft of Western Australia’s first 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy will be launched on Wednesday 21 July 2021 in Perth. This will be followed by a roadshow throughout the state from July to September to discuss the draft as part of its consultation process. Industry, government, and the community are invited to have their say in person, with online sessions also to be held.

Monash University’s Duncan Maxwell, head of the Future Building Initiative, said one of the lessons to learn from the recent Florida building collapse is that it was built under outdated building regulations. He added that regulations in Australia are “ever-changing, but often too slowly”.

On 1 July 2021, the NSW Government introduced an online NSW Planning Portal where all development applications and complying development certificates will be processed, which is expected to “slash planning times”.

Engineering and construction companies are continuing their efforts to respond and reprioritise their businesses due to the COVID pandemic. In this article, global construction management company, Burns & McDonnell, discusses their adaptation to technology to deliver projects.

The global Polymer Concrete Market is forecast to reach US$817.7 million by 2027. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market was originally estimated at US$540.4 million in 2020, but has been revised.

The BBC has chosen to look at concrete in an edition of its Future's photographic series* titled Anthropo-Scene, showcasing some amazing examples of the material “that defines our age”.
 

Image: Rarely seen from this angle, the underside of the collapsed bridge in Genoa, Italy in 2018, one of the images showcased by the BBC in a new photographic series*. Source: via BBC.