News bulletin 50:
News bulletin 50: 15 Dec 2020

Knee-jerk reactions to COVID-19 outbreaks that vary from state to state threaten to undermine the certainty that business leaders need to plan and invest, John Holland CEO Joe Barr has told the AFR.

There is an increased urgency to solve issues around glass as a substitute in aggregates according to CEO of XL Precast, Danys Betancur. The company is working with UNSW to overcome some of the major challenges as waste glass exports will be banned in Australia from 2021.

Expressions of interest are open for Australia's largest-ever Initial and Early Works Package on Melbourne's Suburban Rail Loop project (pictured). It includes upgrades to roads, sub-station construction and ground improvements as well as preparation of sites to accommodate TBMs. The entire rail project is expected to provide 20,000 construction jobs.

The Combustible cladding and the new Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) has been reviewed by lawyers, with a reminder that not only the building owner or developer is responsible for defects and duty of care. The architect, engineer, project manager, individual subcontractors, building product manufacturers, and suppliers, and even subsequent owners are responsible and cannot contract their way out of it.

Representatives from Concrete Canvas in the UK use case studies to explain how geosynthetic cementitious composite mats can reduce carbon footprint and increase productivity in highway asset protection in this video from the NCE Future of Transport Conference 2020.

Researchers at the University of California Berkeley have developed a concrete that uses a printed lacy polymer lattice that allows it to bend without cracking and also reduces carbon emissions. A paper has been published in Materials & Design describing the work.