News bulletin 35:
News bulletin 35: 10 Sep 2019

Construction firm, Taylor, is looking into the use of augmented reality and smart sensors in the buildings it constructs to provide data on concrete gradings and structural steel that is used, so that customers can obtain these details via tablets in the future.

The Australian Performance of Construction Index (PCI) climbed 5.5 points to 44.6 in August, indicating an easing in the construction industry's overall rate of decline, according to the Australian Industry Group and Housing Industry Association.

The Australian Institute of Architects has released the results of a survey of its Victorian members, which has revealed: "The growing prevalence of novation as a procurement model for how buildings are constructed has been revealed as a contributing factor to deteriorating construction outcomes, with flow on impacts to the community and consumers."

Lendlease Engineering and CPB Contractors have been awarded the $644 million contract to undertake the major bulk earthworks package for the Nancy Bird-Walton Airport (Western Sydney International). It will be one of Australia's largest ever bulk earthworks projects outside mining. The search is also on for a construction contractor to build the airport's domestic and international terminal precinct. Registrations of interest are expected from local and international consortia.

Three consortia are in the running for the $7-9 million major works contract to build the Victorian North East Link’s twin road tunnels (pictured) as part of a PPP. Some of the companies involved in the consortia include CPB, UGL, Salini Impregilo, Lendlease, John Holland, and Acciona.

The Conversation has published an opinion piece by Associate Professor Daniel Huppatz of Swinburne University of Technology's Architecture and Industrial Design faculty on how to love a concrete beast – brutalism.