News bulletin 34:
News bulletin 34: 29 Aug 2017

Researchers at University of Melbourne say finely ground recycled glass in concrete is “a viable replacement” for sand and material like fly ash and ground-down slag from blast furnaces.

CIMIC has appointed a civil engineer as deputy CEO. Michael Wright has been with the firm for almost 20 years and was previously involved in the mining, construction and tunnelling teams at an executive level.

Australian think tank Beyond Zero Emissions has released a (free) report – Rethinking Cement – which outlines a zero carbon cement industry within 10 years. The report forms part of its Zero Carbon Industry Plan. It says the chemical process of transforming limestone into lime cannot continue.

Lendlease has been appointed Official Supporter Property & Infrastructure and Overlay Delivery Partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The company will project manage the delivery of 15 competition venues and has committed to a Reconciliation Action Plan, to provide employment/training opportunities for Indigenous peoples.

Princeton University has announced its researchers may have “cracked” the challenge of making greener concrete and those involved hope to raise the profile of Portland cement replacements.

Image: Damian Crough, Associate Professor Tuan Ngo and Dr Ali Kashani with a block of glass-impregnated concrete. Tuan Ngo is the technical papers guest editor in the September issue of Concrete in Australia magazine. His editorial is focused on Innovations in modern prefabricated concrete construction.