News bulletin 49:
News bulletin 49: 8 Dec 2020

Construction of the new 504 metre-long Avon River rail bridge (pictured) in Stratford, Victoria, has been completed three months ahead of schedule, with construction crews working 7000 hours during a nine-day blitz to connect the bridge to the rail line.

3D-printed concrete tiles that mimic marine habitats have been installed below the water at Barangaroo in Sydney Harbour. Lendlease and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science have developed the project over 10 years.
The Western Australia Government has revealed a $27.1billion pipeline of infrastructure work through to 2024 including around 1400 projects valued at up to $1.5 million each.
Have your say - the NSW Government Architect has released the Connecting with Country Draft Framework that will inform design, planning, and delivery of built projects in the state for comment.
A five-year study by the University of British Columbia's School of Engineering has concluded that recycled concrete used in a building foundation and a municipal pavement can perform as well as - and in some cases better than - conventional concrete.

CSIRO's Team Leader of Verification Services in Infrastructure Technology has been appointed Chair of the Board of Standards Australia and is the first woman in the role in the company's 100-year history.
The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) says streamlining and providing nationally consistent tendering processes for construction of rail infrastructure projects would provide 'significant efficiency savings' for client and tenderer in its recently released Best Practice Principles for Rail Construction Procurement document.