News bulletin 48:
News bulletin 48: 10 Dec 2019

The NSW Roads and Maritime Services plans to duplicate the Richmond Bridge that spans the Hawkesbury River, which carries up to 31,000 vehicles each day. The bridge, built in 1904-5 (pictured), was the largest reinforced concrete bridge in Australia at that time. RMS is investigating potential routes for the duplication and has called for feedback on the project.

NRW Holdings, a group of companies providing services to the civil, mining and construction industries and headquartered in Perth has acquired BGC Contracting. BGC's most recent structural concrete project is at the Roy Hill Port Landside project near Port Headland where it is constructing 45,000 mᶟ of concrete structures.

Lendlease has announced it has achieved carbon neutrality across of its Australian construction sites. It says it will continue to seek ways to reduce carbon emissions in building materials like steel and concrete.

Hempcrete, a mix of hemp fibre, lime and water and then cured to construct buildings is gaining popularity, according to the Hemp Association of Tasmania, which is looking at the feasibility of setting up a local processing plant, with WA also interested.

Boston Dynamics has announced it is working with several companies to allow its robot dog to perform automated tasks on construction sites and integrate construction management software, a Global Navigation Satellite System, and reality capture devices with the Spot platform.

Turkey plans to construct a multi-billion-dollar project involving a 43km-long 400m-wide artificial seaway between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, as well as six bridges to span the canal.


This is the last news bulletin for 2019. News bulletins for 2020 will resume on Tuesday 7 January. Wishing you a happy and festive season.