News bulletin 46:
News bulletin 46: 26 Nov 2019

WSP has acquired the 115-employee consulting firm, Elton Consulting Group based in Sydney with offices around Australia, to strengthen its strategic advisory capabilities in Australia.

Sarah (Yixia) Zhang from Western Sydney University and two colleagues from WSU and UNSW, have developed a water-resistant magnesium oxychloride cement (MOC) – a 'green' cement – that they say could go a long way to cutting the construction industry's emissions.

Expressions of Interest are open for the design and construction of a $175 million 11.5 km road project - the Albany Ring Road - in Western Australia. WA is a hot spot for construction with the state set to receive a $940 million boost in funding to increase its infrastructure pot to $5.4 billion over the next four years.

New Zealand's Infrastructure Minister has revealed the first update of the country's infrastructure project pipeline with an estimated value of NZ$21.1 billion from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission (Te Waihanga).

Advanced concrete casting technology has been used by the Klokner Institute in Prague in a bridge (pictured) weighing 3.5 tons, with a 10 metre span that is freeze-resistant, fibre-reinforced, ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC).

Researchers in China have developed what they call a 'self-cleaning' concrete that is hydrophobic so liquids bounce off it, taking dust with them. The team says it is heat-insulating, strong and sound-proof and has published their paper in the ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.