News bulletin-37:
News bulletin-37: 18 Sep 2018


The Forrestfield Airport Link project will now include a multi-level car park at the future Forrestfield Station to accommodate 1200 vehicles instead of the original plan for an at-grade car park. Construction is due to begin next year.

Consult Australia has released a report as a “wake-up call” for engineers, saying that business leaders lack foresight to prepare their business for what lies ahead. The report covers risk, emerging technology, people planning, profitability and project complexity.

In a world-first, the US military has 3D printed a 46 sqm barracks building out of concrete on site at an army base in just 40 hours.

Meanwhile, researchers from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK) and the Danish Technological Institute (DTI) have developed the Sparse Concrete Reinforcement In Meshworks (SCRIM) concept. It combines robot-based concrete 3D printing and textile reinforcement meshes to produce lightweight structures.

And Swinburne University’s Professor Jay Sanjayan, Director of the university’s Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI) says construction is “open to be disrupted by automation” and that 3D printing is one technology that can help meet the needs for housing and infrastructure.

A study by the University of Bath, UK, study, in partnership with Goa College of Engineering, India, has estimated that over 800 million tonnes of sand could be saved by replacing part of the mix with finely ground plastic particles. The research has been published in Construction and Building Materials journal on the impact of five plastics on the structural strength of concrete tubes and cylinders.