News bulletin 34:
News bulletin 34: 3 Sep 2019


A DA for an 80-storey 270-metre tower with 507 apartments on George St in Sydney has been submitted to the City of Sydney. Two new office towers – one 39-storey building and another 29-storey tower - have been approved by the NSW Government for construction at Martin Place, Sydney.  2500 jobs during construction have been promised.

Engineers Australia has welcomed the passage of the Professional Engineers Registration Bill 2019 through the Victorian Parliament, which make it compulsory for Victorian civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and fire-safety engineers to be registered.

The Queensland Major Contractors Association (QMCA) has welcomed the release of Building Queensland's Infrastructure Pipeline Report praising the transparency shown, but said the pipeline "is short on activity that is likely to develop into projects".

Fulton Hogan has won the Hirepool Construction Excellence Award for Projects up to $5 million from the Civil Contractors NZ for the Wynyard Quarter Pump Station, Auckland. The NZ$4.5 million project comprised two structures – a control building and a 14-metre wet well, with a storage tank built entirely underground.

A Canberra garden hides an $800,000 underground house built with walls of precast concrete, polished concrete floor, and a concrete roof, covered with three metres of soil and plants.
 
Data of dam failures in the UK and worldwide demonstrates that the most common cause of failure is overtopping of a dam due to a spillway’s inadequate capacity to discharge floodwaters due to damage or design, according to A/Prof Mohammad Heidarzadeh, Civil and Environmental Engineer at Brunel University, London. He says maintenance of dam spillways cannot be ignored under any circumstances or at any cost.