News bulletin 44:
News bulletin 44: 12 Nov 2019

Construction workers in the Netherlands have built a new 3000-tonne concrete road tunnel in just three days, including the replacement of a rail track. You can watch a time-lapse video that shows how the team completed the task an hour ahead of schedule!

Safe Work Australia has developed a guide on the safe use of precast concrete elements in the construction industry. The Guide to managing risk in construction: prefabricated concrete provides national guidance material on managing risks and WHS duties associated with working with prefabricated concrete.

The search is on for construction companies to build up to 3200 houses for a $2 billion coastal development near Bundaberg in Queensland.

Researchers at Drexel University in the US say they have found a use for coal ash with their high-performing function aggregate that helps fortify concrete internally by promoting uniform hardening from inside out.

Nordex, a manufacturer of concrete tower segments for AW 125/3000 wind turbines (pictured), has completed its 1000th tower and has been assembling them on-site for more than a decade. But now it says it will produce a further thousand by the end of 2020.

Trade body Britpave believes high-tech concrete eRoads should have a "very significant role to play in helping to deliver the widespread adoption of electric vehicles and the removal of reliance on fossil fuels". Its CEO cites several international companies including Australia's Talga Resources that is mixing graphene into concrete to make it conductive to charge electrical vehicles while they're driving.