News bulletin-43:
News bulletin-43: 30 Oct 2018


A public review will be held into the collapse of two major construction companies in Queensland that the government says left hundreds of subcontractors and suppliers unpaid.

And a South Australian home builder will be liquidated by court order after losing its construction licence and failing to pay concrete and steel contractors.

Part of a concrete jetty on Rottnest Island collapsed late last week, injuring three people. The Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, said Rottnest Island Authority will assess the jetty and other infrastructure on the island.

Over the next year, expect to see Smart Site Hubs that are set to redefine construction as on-site workplaces change to incorporate more off-site fabrication, according to David Chandler from the Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) at WSU. C4SMC also says the Australian construction industry has among the lowest rates of investment in R&D in the economy.
 
When bridges, dam walls and concrete foundations form cracks, alkali-aggregate reaction is often the culprit, according to the Swiss National Science Foundation. SNSF is part-way through a four-year project with Empa to study the concrete disease, with first results already in.

Infrastructure Australia’s 2017-18 annual report has been published on its website.

Georgiou Group has been awarded the Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor Stage 4 project which involves upgrading 2.6 km from four to six lanes between Kate Street and Aumuller Street for Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Image: Rottnest Island jetty. Source: ABC News.