News bulletin 38:
News bulletin 38: 1 Oct 2019


Two major concrete slab pours on Brisbane's Queen's Wharf project are expected over the coming week on two separate nights, Friday 4 October and Wednesday 9 October.

An engineering professor from the University of Queensland has been ranked among the best civil engineers, not only in Australia but in the world, for his outstanding research.

Engineers Australia along with a range of industry stakeholders has seen the NSW Government's proposed reforms for the state's building sector. EA says the new rules do not meet the commitments to the Shergold-Weir report recommendations and the Opal Tower report.

The building and construction sector could become carbon neutral and reach net zero emissions, according to a new World Green Building Council (WGBC) report. It proposes a 2050 goal along with solutions to accelerate action by the construction supply chain. WGBC says the report has been endorsed by a range of industry players including reps from concrete, steel and timber. It also calls for co-ordinated action to dramatically change how buildings are designed, built, used and demolished.

The underlying problems in the construction industry are as much cultural as technical, Laing O'Rourke's global director for human capital, Josh Murray says, adding there is an adversarial contracting model, pushing as much risk as possible down the supply chain.
 
Engineering New Zealand has made a submission to The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) about its consultation on possible changes to the country's qualifications framework. Touted changes to the framework include deleting the Level 8 Bachelor Honours qualification and removing level 7 Diplomas.

And for those who like to travel, the Tate Britain in London has installed part of a concrete motorway flyover (pictured) as part of an immersive exhibition by Mark Leckey until January 2020.