News bulletin-37:
News bulletin-37: 18 Sep 2018

The Forrestfield Airport Link project will now include a multi-level car park at the future Forrestfield Station to accommodate 1200 vehicles instead of the original plan for an at-grade car park. Construction is due to begin next year.

Consult Australia has released a report as a “wake-up call” for engineers, saying that business leaders lack foresight to prepare their business for what lies ahead. The report covers risk, emerging technology, people planning, profitability and project complexity.

In a world-first, the US military has 3D printed a 46 sqm barracks building out of concrete on site at an army base in just 40 hours.

Meanwhile, researchers from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK) and the Danish Technological Institute (DTI) have developed the Sparse Concrete Reinforcement In Meshworks (SCRIM) concept. It combines robot-based concrete 3D printing and textile reinforcement meshes to produce lightweight structures.

And Swinburne University’s Professor Jay Sanjayan, Director of the university’s Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI) says construction is “open to be disrupted by automation” and that 3D printing is one technology that can help meet the needs for housing and infrastructure.

A study by the University of Bath, UK, study, in partnership with Goa College of Engineering, India, has estimated that over 800 million tonnes of sand could be saved by replacing part of the mix with finely ground plastic particles. The research has been published in Construction and Building Materials journal on the impact of five plastics on the structural strength of concrete tubes and cylinders.

News bulletin-36:
News bulletin-36: 11 Sep 2018

The University of South Australia is hosting an exhibition of Japanese domestic architecture which includes the house pictured. Open until 3 October at Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, it showcases 58 Japanese architects across 70 projects.

NSW is leading the nation in infrastructure investment for the second year running followed by Victoria in second place, while WA came in last, according to the Australian Infrastructure Budget Monitor released by Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.

New Silver Institute Member Beca has polled infrastructure leaders at the recent New Zealand Building Nations Symposium, which suggests the need for greater detail to be shared with industry about plans to address Auckland’s infrastructure needs and to implement those plans.

With everyone’s eyes still on bridges in the wake of the Ponte Morandi collapse in Genoa, the US city of Boston is planning to build a new Long Island Bridge on top of existing 75-year-old concrete piers. However, a new report by a structural engineer says this is “extremely unrealistic”.

Engineering New Zealand has called for fresh thinking about the country’s seismic and water challenges in a report just released.

Since 1918, Hansen Yuncken has been delivering major commercial and institutional projects across this country. The company is celebrating its century and is renowned for its application of innovative techniques and the development of new construction technologies and project delivery methods. There are a number of job openings at HY including site engineer, site manager, project engineer, contracts administrators.


The study of concrete’s atomic structure could improve its mechanical properties
The study of concrete’s atomic structure could improve its mechanical properties6 Sep 2018

“The heart of concrete is C-S-H – calcium, silicate and hydrate, C-S-H is the key binder that holds everything together, so that is what MIT focused on. The University tried to decode the phases of C-S-H across different chemistries, thereby improving the mechanical properties of concrete in a material way.”...More

News bulletin-35:
News bulletin-35: 4 Sep 2018

In the wake of York Civil going into administration, all work stopped on the Princes Highway Upgrade in southern NSW in early August. Now, the head contract for the delivery of the project has been handed over to Fulton Hogan by Roads and Maritime Services.

SMEC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Geoconsult Asia Singapore for tunnel design partnerships on future infrastructure projects, which is set to strengthen SMEC’s tunnel design capabilities in Australia and New Zealand.

The Mills Park project in Perth features a first-floor concrete bubbledeck slab, a semi-precast system that minimises the amount of work and the amount of concrete used. Blast furnace slag has also been used instead of Portland cement to reduce the building’s carbon footprint.

The Tasmanian Government has revealed TasPorts’ $200 Port Master Plan will include projects at Bell Bay, Burnie, Devonport and Hobart that will be developed over the next 10-15 years.

Researchers at Lancaster University in the UK have created a new smart cement mixture that is able to store electrical energy and can monitor its own structural health. Consequently, infrastructure could be turned into cheap batteries, they say.

Fletcher Construction GM of Infrastructure, Tommy Parker, says improved collaboration will be the key challenge for the industry over the coming years. Contractors in NZ now understand what they will be tasked with delivering and working better together “will be critical”.

IMAGE: Engineers working on the bubbledeck at Mills Park.

Norway’s $47BN Coastal Highway | The B1M
Norway’s $47BN Coastal Highway | The B1M31 Aug 2018

IN a bid to increase connectivity along the E39 road on Norway’s west coast, engineers are planning to construct a number of fjord crossings, some of which could be built as "submerged floating tunnels" (SFTs). 
Upgrading the E39 is set to be the largest infrastructure project in Norway’s history, and work is already underway on the Rogfast link at Boknafjorden - the world’s longest and deepest undersea road tunnel...More 
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Victoria announces plans for mega suburban rail tunnel
Victoria announces plans for mega suburban rail tunnel30 Aug 2018

The $50 billion construction project will start with the south-east section, comprising Cheltenham to Box Hill, is set to begin in 2022 and is expected to take decades to complete, with the end date expected to be 2051...More

News bulletin-34:
News bulletin-34: 28 Aug 2018

GHD, Sharp & Howells, and Coffey have all weighed in on the importance of concrete testing and how it is about quality control and gaining assurance that the material conforms to the required standards and specifications.

GCS Summit Contracting (Victorian subsidiary of Perth-based Global Construction Services) has secured $24.6 million in concrete structure works with Watpac Construction on two major projects in Victoria.

Australia’s first prefabricated concrete car park has been completed by Parkd Group in half the time of a traditional concrete build, with a 35% saving.

Research led by Prof Mattheos Santamouris, professor of high performance architecture from UNSW, has looked at constructing better buildings to deal with rising temperatures, including the solar reflectance of building facades and pavements.

The latest update on the Forrestfield Airport Link in Perth provides details on concrete pours at Redcliffe station and Bayswater rail overpass as well as three egress shafts and tunnelling.

This video, captured by an onlooker, shows much of the remaining structure of the Ponte Morandi in Genoa in detail for those interested, following the bridge’s collapse.

Image: Forrestfield Airport Link August works.


What are
What are "Smog-Eating" Buildings? 23 Aug 2018

Whilst many nations are working hard to restrict emissions – often in line with international agreements – some of the worst affected cities are now looking to technological solutions in building and infrastructure design...More

News bulletin-33:
News bulletin-33: 21 Aug 2018

The collapse of the 200 m section of the Ponte Morandi in Genoa, Italy, in heavy rain last week has generated fierce debate about infrastructure and the maintenance of bridges, in particular. Designed by Riccardo Morandi and completed in 1967, major repairs were carried out in the 1990’s and restructuring work was done in 2016. A local structural engineer warned about problems around the same time. But Monash University senior lecturer in civil engineering says, despite the incident, “bridges are the safest of all major structures – more so than buildings and dams”.

Building owners and strata corporations have been warned to act “immediately” to avoid million dollar fines and two-year prison sentences as a result of a new retrospective ban on combustible cladding with a core of more than 30% polyethylene that came into force in NSW on 15 August. Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers say the ban affects any form of the combustible building material used in external cladding, external walls, external insulation, facades or rendered finishes for certain multi-storey residential and commercial premises.

A $2 billion twisted skyscraper called Green Spine, measuring 356.2m as a proposed ‘exemplar’ for green development for Melbourne’s Southbank, has won a design competition. The design features a residential tower, hotel and commercial space and a connecting podium to a retail and entertainment precinct.

­A research centre in Riyadh, a mosque without minarets in Iran, a cliff top house in Greece and a concrete cinema in Ireland are among the projects shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival Awards 2018.

Vossloh AG, a rail technology company from Germany, has acquired Austrak, a concrete cross-tie manufacturer headquartered in Brisbane for AU$50.5 million.

Spinifex grass, which covers almost one-third of Australia, and used by Indigenous people for millennia as a sticky resin adhesive, has been deconstructed into its building blocks, resulting in very thin, long and flexible nanofibres. These can be used to strengthen cement by 20%, according to Dr Nasim Amiralian, nanomaterials engineer at UQ, who says it will be available in 3-5 years.

Image: Ponte Morandi in Genoa after part of it collapsed in peak hour last week.

Graphene-infused concrete could pave the way for on-road EV charging
Graphene-infused concrete could pave the way for on-road EV charging16 Aug 2018

Talga said in an ASX statement that it had achieved a “global breakthrough” in electrical conductivity of graphene-enhanced concrete, achieving a resistance of 0.05 ohm-cm (a lower figure indicates higher conductivity) compared to a reference mortar resistance of 1,000,000 ohm-cm...More

News bulletin-32:
News bulletin-32: 14 Aug 2018

South Australian construction and engineering company, York Civil, has gone into voluntary administration while still involved in Adelaide’s $800 million Torrens Road project along with others in infrastructure, defence, power, transport, resources and marine across Australia.

Silver Institute Member, Cardno, has appointed a new CEO as of 9 August who holds a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Bristol (UK) and will be based in Brisbane.

The new CEO of the Port of Newcastle has announced his intention to build a new container terminal and will discuss options with the port developers and NSW Government.

Master Builders Victoria has announced the winners of its construction awards, with the list including Vaughan Constructions, Das Constructions, HBS Group, Lloyd Group, and Atelier Projects.

Georgiou Group will partner with Ertech on the $120 million Northern Road Upgrade Project between Bringelly and Luddenham for the RMS, according to new CEO Robert Monaci.

Watpac has been awarded the $74 million contract to deliver the Roma Hospital redevelopment main works project in Queensland.

A US company has come up with an alternative method for providing the void space needed for expansion of soil under a concrete slab.

Image: Northern Road Upgrade Project. Source: Georgiou Group.


Photocatalytic Concrete and Colour Pigment
Photocatalytic Concrete and Colour Pigment 10 Aug 2018

High-energy UV radiation triggers the formation of highly reactive compounds on the surface of such photocatalysts. These compounds have been shown to mineralize nitric oxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) present in the air, thus removing these substances from the air...More 

News bulletin-31:
News bulletin-31: 7 Aug 2018

Broad Construction, has recently secured infrastructure projects totalling $110 million, including the design and construct contract for Karingal Green, a residential aged care precinct in Perth. This follows other contracts secured by the CPB Contractors’ subsidiary, including The Annex at 12 Creek Street, Brisbane; and the Pimpama State Secondary College (Stage 4) development.
Austroads has recently released two guides: Guide to Road Tunnels Part 3: Operations and Maintenance; and Guide to Road Tunnels Part 1: Introduction to Road Tunnels.
The Queensland Government has updated its State Infrastructure Plan for 2018. It shows the state’s $11.6 billion investment in the sector for 2018-19.

The New England Highway Upgrade between Belford and the Golden Highway is a step closer following approval of the environmental assessment and refinement of the concept design.

Nettleton Tribe and Fox Johnston have won a design competition for a 62-storey building set to be Parramatta’s tallest residential tower. The proposal for 87 Church Street will include hundreds of apartments, a six-storey podium and more than 3000 sqm of commercial/retail space.

The Ipswich Motorway Upgrade is being expanded to include another extension and new service road connections.

Image: Illustration of 87 Church St, Parramatta. Source: Doug and Wolf.

News bulletin-30:
News bulletin-30: 31 Jul 2018

More than 150 workers on the $16.8 billion WestConnex motorway project stopped work and called in the safety regulator after emergency sirens in the tunnels failed during a recent evacuation drill.

The next 3-5 years are going to be “very interesting”, according to Investa Property Group, which suggests keeping an eye on statistics, including concrete prices.

The $152 million design and construction contract for the Smithfield Bypass in FNQ, a significant road infrastructure project, has been awarded to a JV and is set to begin construction later this year.

Alternative asset manager Morrison & Co and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) have announced a new $1 billion green fund targeting essential infrastructure such as hospitals, data centres, aged care facilities, student housing and renewable energy.

If there is a shortage of engineers in Australia, John Holland says we’re not looking hard enough. The company is a partner in an “industry-first” employment program to give qualified engineers from migrant/refugee backgrounds the chance to get a foot in the industry’s door.

New guidelines to drive greater transparency and accountability in infrastructure decision-making and reduce instances of major projects receiving funding prior to appropriate planning and assessment, have been released by Infrastructure Australia.
Image: WestConnex tunnel.

Materials Scientists Make Martian Concrete
Materials Scientists Make Martian Concrete 26 Jul 2018

Today we get an answer thanks to the work of Lin Wan and pals at Northwestern University. These guys have worked out how to make Martian concrete using materials that are widely available on Mars. And, crucially this concrete can be formed without using water, which will be a precious resource on the red planet...More

News bulletin-29:
News bulletin-29: 24 Jul 2018

The Universal Bridging Consortium (UBC) has proposed a 14 km long bridge from South Australia’s mainland over to Kangaroo Island, named the KI Bridge Megaproject, which is already attracting controversy.

Building market analysts/forecasters BIS Oxford Economics has predicted a 23% drop in residential building – the worst since the GFC - will commence in the next two years.

CIMIC, parent company of CPB Contractors, has reported increased revenue and cash-backed profit for the six months to 30 June 2018, with “strong performance continuing during the period” and “substantial growth in all key indicators”. CPB is the preferred contractor for Melbourne’s $1 billion Metro Tunnel works.

Estia House is a three-storey group care home in suburban Sydney built with concrete and splayed brick and a large amount of windows.

Landcom, the NSW Government’s land and property developer, is set to build around 1100 residential units near The Ponds close to Tallawong station, south of Rouse Hill that will be up to eight storeys high. The plan comes ahead of a proposed 11,000 apartments and up to 9000 sqm of office and retail space in 16 buildings.

Image: The proposed KI Bridge Megaproject. Source: UBC.


Dubai Creek Tower facts and information
Dubai Creek Tower facts and information19 Jul 2018

The name may be a provisional name, like Burj Khalifa had been named Burj Dubai before opening.
When this tower was first reported by the medias in February 2016, it came with no name, the developer called it The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbor or Iconic Tower, the name The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbor was also displayed on a foundation stone at the construction site...More

News bulletin-28:
News bulletin-28: 17 Jul 2018

WSA Co., the government-owned company building Western Sydney Airport, is inviting registrations of interest to finalise the design and build the visitor centre, which will include a construction viewing area and interactive exhibition.

The ACT government has appointed a senior bureaucrat to the position of interim chief engineer as the role has been vacant for some time. Despite having extensive experience in major infrastructure programs, not everyone is happy.

Civmec has revealed it modified the design of internal corbels within beams on the Sydney Metro Northwest, replacing cogged bars with terminators within alternative layers.

Fletcher Building has recruited the chief executive of KiwiRail to head its construction division in New Zealand. The hire comes in the wake of large scale losses from a number of high profile building projects, including Auckland's International Conference Centre.

Mainmark has presented its STRAAM technology at the International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management in Melbourne. The platform measures a structure's normal vibrations and identifies abnormal responses that indicate structural damage or weakness.

Image: Windsor Road Railway Bridge, part of Sydney Metro Northwest, nears completion.

News Bulletin-27:
News Bulletin-27:11 Jul 2018

Victoria’s engineering construction activity leads the nation, jumping almost 50% in the past 12 months and 19.2% in the March quarter.

The New Zealand Government says addressing the country’s skills shortage in the construction sector is “critical”. Minister Jenny Salesa will lead the ministerial group on the construction workforce that has developed a construction skills action plan.

Two 3D printing companies – German and UAE - have teamed up to create a concrete wall that responds to human touch.

An industrial facility for a global energy company has been designed and built to act as a base for observation and control of a dam in Portugal in a forest setting.

The United Kingdom hopes to cut the time taken to construct a new building in half by pouring AU$753 million into “bytes and mortar smart construction” and setting an example for the Australian construction industry to invest in its own innovation efforts.

Image: via designboom.

News bulletin-26:
News bulletin-26: 3 Jul 2018

Institute Gold Member SRG has announced a planned merger of equals with Global Construction Services (GCS) to create a new ASX-listed entity named SRG Global with 2000 employees world-wide. “The merger provides the platform to continue to build a leading global specialist engineering, construction and maintenance group,” SRG said. The news follows SRG’s acquisition of TBS Group, a specialist industrial contractor in NZ in April.

The early earthworks and construction contracts have been announced for the Western Sydney Airport at a price tag of $5.3 billion. CPB Contractors, Lendlease and Bechtel have been signed up. Bulk earthworks and civil contracts are expected to be revealed later this year.

SafeWork inspectors in NSW have issued $115,000 in fines after a safety blitz of more than 460 construction sites in the state. Six construction companies have already been prosecuted, with $780,000 in fines issued.

Port Macquarie Base Hospital has just marked a construction milestone with a concrete pour of almost 860 tonnes as part of an expansion.

ASIC has disqualified Craig Hall Walton from managing companies for four years after liquidators were appointed to Walton Construction Pty Ltd and Walton Construction (QLD) Pty Ltd.

Egypt’s El Nahda cement factory has addressed fuel consumption and emissions by reinventing its manufacturing process, resulting in a ‘sweet’ solution.

Image via Camden Courier.


Publication of AS 3600 - Concrete Structures
Publication of AS 3600 - Concrete Structures 29 Jun 2018

This Standard sets out minimum requirements for the design and construction of concrete building structures and members that contain reinforcing steel or tendons, or both. It also sets out minimum requirements for plain concrete pedestals and footings.

Draft Number: AS 3600 2018
Title: Concrete Structures
Project Committee: BD 002
Release Date: 29/06/2018 

ERO Concrete-Recycling Robot Can Erase Entire Buildings
ERO Concrete-Recycling Robot Can Erase Entire Buildings28 Jun 2018

Heavy machines used in demolition consume large amounts of energy in order to crush concrete walls into small pieces, not to mention that demolition processes have to be accompanied by large amounts of water sprayed onto the structures to prevent the spread of dust. Once the work is done, the rubble is transported to recycle stations where waste is separated manually. Power crushers are used to pulverize the concrete and the metal is melted for reuse... More

News bulletin-25:
News bulletin-25: 26 Jun 2018

With the World Cup in full swing, engineering firms like WSP, AECOM and Mott MacDonald have raised a variety of considerations about safe standing stadiums with the UK government.

Australian advanced materials technology firm, Talga Resources, has achieved high levels of electrical conductivity in concrete by using an additive developed by its graphene-graphite R&D lab in the UK.

The Victoria Government has announced an Advance Tender Notice and pre-qualification process to deliver a new rail bridge and earthworks in Stratford. Companies interested in securing the new Avon River Bridge $95 million contract should register with Rail Projects Victoria ahead of the EOI in early July.

Infrastructure Australia has released a new reportPrioritising Reform – to boost the progress on its 2016 Infrastructure Plan and demonstrate where action is lagging.

Monash University engineers are examining how modern prefabricated building materials can slash costs and improve efficiency of new developments to minimise risk, optimise production and improve on-site installation of prefabricated buildings.

An autonomous Australian construction robot – Hadrian X - capable of building an entire single-storey house in less than two days will be sent to Mexico for its pilot test.

Image: The Avon River Bridge in Victoria.

Size diversity in cement nanoparticles
Size diversity in cement nanoparticles21 Jun 2018

In new work, researchers found that the size of C-S-H particles themselves is also somewhat disorderly: The particles form at random sizes, not in homogenous spheres, and this diversity in the size of the nanoscale units leads to a denser, disorderly packing of the particles, which corresponds to stronger cement paste.

The researchers hope this understanding will allow materials scientists and concrete engineers to alter the C-S-H particles at the molecular level to develop stronger, more durable concrete that will have a reduced environmental footprint. If concrete is stronger, less of it is needed. And if it’s more durable, structures made from it will last longer...More

News bulletin-24:
News bulletin-24: 19 Jun 2018

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced the winners of its 2018 Tall Buildings Awards, with Australians featuring heavily as both winners and finalists.
Probuild has commenced construction of a 22 metre 172 metre long concrete wall in Brisbane to prevent flooding of the Queen’s Wharf resort’s car parks and foundations along the Brisbane River-edged site.

Watpac has been appointed to deliver the construction management contract for the Adelaide Airport Terminal Expansion project, which is expected to be completed in three years’ time.

A compact, concrete ‘tiny house’ with a 70 sqm floor plan and made of recyclable materials has been designed and built in Perth.

Construction has commenced on a new building for the Deakin Law School in Melbourne that will have fluted concrete surfaces to capture light and shadows.

The Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) has awarded two Swinburne University researchers the 2018 Research Impact Award for their work on strengthening bridges with carbon fibre reinforced polymers.

Image: (L-R) Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore, has been named the Best Tall Building Worldwide and in the Asia and Australasia category by the CTBUH while the EY Centre in Sydney won the Construction Award. Images: Patrick Bingham-Hall, and FJMT.

Melbourne to build largest art gallery in Australia
Melbourne to build largest art gallery in Australia14 Jun 2018

It includes upgrades to theatres at the Arts Centre, an expanded Australian Music Vault, a new centre for small-to-medium arts organisations, a new pedestrian corridor with bars and restaurants, and bike tracks and more green space on Southbank Boulevard. More...

News bulletin-23:
News bulletin-23: 12 Jun 2018

Rocla’s concrete sleeper plant in Mittagong in NSW’s Southern Highlands has sent its first delivery by train of 9000 sleepers for the first stage of the Inland Rail project. 200,000 sleepers will be produced for the company’s $20 million contract and will be delivered over the next six months.

The largest concrete beams ever made in the Northern Territory – 36.5 metre T-beams weighing 78.5 tonnes are being transported in a convoy from Darwin to Western Australia.

Turkey has completed construction of a 764 km concrete wall along its border with Syria, with 564 km of it built by the country’s housing developer Toki.

The court case featuring the falsified concrete tests on the Hong Kong-Macao-Zhuhai Bridge is now in full swing with a senior lab technician admitting defrauding authorities by signing off tests on concrete that were faked.

Insulated concrete forms are preferred by architects and designers for their advantages that include reduced build time, labour savings and thermal efficiency, however, their acoustic properties have been largely overlooked until now.

Japanese studio Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office has completed a mixed-use building in Tokyo featuring a jumbled composition of concrete rooms that create spaces for small balconies and gardens.

Rocla’s concrete sleepers. Source: ARTC


Riddle of cement’s structure is finally solved
Riddle of cement’s structure is finally solved7 Jun 2018

(CSH) — a continuous solid, like metal or stone, or is it an aggregate of small particles. As basic as that question is, it had never been definitively answered. In a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of researchers at MIT, Georgetown University, and France’s CNRS (together with other universities in the U.S., France, and U.K.) say they have solved that riddle and identified key factors in the structure of CSH that could help researchers work out better formulations for producing more durable concrete....More

News bulletin-22:
News bulletin-22: 5 Jun 2018

An innovative hybrid fiberglass-concrete-steel bridge construction technique created by engineers at The University of Queensland engineers can reduce major urban bridgeworks’ projects from months or years down to a matter of days, according to the team.

Georgiou Group has announced the appointment of a new CEO, effective from August this year, who will take over from CEO John Georgiou. The company has also revealed changes to the board along with internal promotions.
The Queensland Major Projects Pipeline report has been released by Queensland Major Contractors Association (QMCA), Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) and the Infrastructure Association of Queensland (IAQ).

The first of five 3D-printed concrete houses will be built this year in the Netherlands as part of Project Milestone and will be occupied as part of the city of Eindhoven’s expansion. The first house will be single storey with the other four to be multi-storey dwellings (pictured).

Queensland engineering firm Fibercon has developed a technology that enables it to use recycled polypropylene plastic to reinforce concrete instead of steel.

The construction of a bank in Jordan has included the use of Lucem Lichtbeton, a type of concrete with translucent properties, for the first time worldwide. When backlit with LEDs or under sunlight, the concrete panels present a “stunning display of light and shadow”.

World’s most slender tower proposed for Melbourne
World’s most slender tower proposed for Melbourne31 May 2018

The proposal would see a 362-metre-tall, high-end residential tower built on the site, which will house 60 whole-floor apartments, the sale of which would create an endowment fund for the RSV.

Decibel Architecture spent the past three years working with structure and wind engineers, financial experts, developers, planners and heritage consultants to test the proposal’s viability.

News bulletin-21:
News bulletin-21: 29 May 2018

It has been announced that the chief executive of Infrastructure Australia has chosen not to renew his contract and will depart the organisation in the next few months.

Engineering NZ engineer Brian Wilson worked on the Auckland Harbour Bridge from 1955-1959 and has written an opinion piece reviewing discrepancies about the bridge he has identified in a 2017 article in Engineering Insight magazine. 

Western Australia’s Public Transport Authority has released a tender for the Mount Claremont bus depot, with construction planned for later this year.

A review of the security of payment laws in the building and construction industry reveals more protection is needed for subcontractors regardless of state or territory, according to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman.

John Holland has won the $543 million contract to construct Victoria’s first dedicated heart hospital at a cost of $543 million and says it is a “significant win” for its new national building business.
NSW’s Roads and Maritime Services has released the names of the two joint ventures vying for the construction contract on the WestConnex Rozelle Interchange and Iron Cove Link (M4-M5) in Sydney.

Bendable concrete will make US infrastructure safer, extend its service life and reduce maintenance costs and resource use, according to The Conversation in the US.

Image: John Holland will build Victoria’s heart hospital. Source: JH

Standards Australia Publication: HB 84:2018
Standards Australia Publication: HB 84:201825 May 2018

This Standard serves as reference for a Guide to Concrete Repair and Protection. 

Publication Number: HB 84:2018
Title: Guide to Concrete Repair and Protection
Publishing Date: 25/05/2018
Project Committee: BD-002 Concrete Structures


News bulletin-20:
News bulletin-20: 22 May 2018

One hundred-year old engineering firm, Hansen Yuncken, has been named as the main contractor to deliver the $330 million Adelaide Casino expansion by SkyCity Entertainment Group. Construction is set to begin in June.

Boral has agreed to sell its North American concrete and quarrying business to Brannan Sand and Gravel for AU$169 million.

A proposal has been submitted to the City of Sydney for a marble and scalloped-concrete 13-storey building for the city’s CBD that will be integrated with the adjacent heritage-listed building, the former Bank of New South Wales headquarters.

It has been announced that Fulton Hogan has agreed to buy the quarrying and concrete plant assets of Auckland’s century-old Stevenson Group.

Axedale Holdings, the firm behind Shaw’s Cartage Contractors, has been fined $160,000 over the death of two construction workers due to falling concrete tilt-up panels at a construction site.

Just when you thought you’d seen everything a civil or structural engineer could use on a daily basis, take a look at this.

An illustration of the extension to Adelaide Casino. Source: SkyCit

How to inflate a huge hardened concrete shell
How to inflate a huge hardened concrete shell17 May 2018

A very resource efficient alternative construction method called "Pneumatic Forming of Hardened Concrete (PFHC)" was invented at TU Wien by Dr. Benjamin Kromoser and Prof. Johann Kollegger at the Institute of Structural Engineering.

Dried sewage sludge could be an alternative cement material for concrete, researchers in Malaysia have found.
Dried sewage sludge could be an alternative cement material for concrete, researchers in Malaysia have found.17 May 2018

While studies show that the volume of sludge is expected to rise, disposal options for domestic waste sludge are limited due to stricter environmental regulations including a ban on burying sludge in soil due to its high heavy metal content that could cause adverse impacts to the environment.

The team dried and burnt wet sludge cake to remove moisture, and then ground and sieved the dried sludge cake to make DWSP.

News bulletin-19:
News bulletin-19: 15 May 2018

Property developers in the ACT have been challenged by the territory government’s minister for climate change and sustainability to build the first ‘net zero’ emissions commercial or large scale residential building.

The University of Sydney has asked engineering alumnus Ken Wheeler how he overcame the challenges in creating Sydney’s Anzac Bridge with its 345-metre span and 120-metre tall diamond-shaped pylons.

View a snapshot of construction that is currently happening in Melbourne. Includes Moonee Ponds, Yarra One, 311 Spencer St, 72-82 Collins St, Capitol Grand, 601 St Kilda Road, and Premier Tower.

Check out the list for construction tenders for May 2018 in Western Australia. The list includes the tenderers and projects – in Perth and regionally - as well as the closing date and contact emails.

A New York-based architecture firm has designed a housing proposal that can survive 1.8 metres of sea level rise with a complex made of 19 cylindrical apartment towers ranging 96 to 455 feet high. The proposal is for Manhattan’s Pier 40 which extends 250 metres over the Hudson River.

Image: New York housing proposal to combat future flooding. Source: Via The Structural Engineer


New Platinum Member - mateenbar -
New Platinum Member - mateenbar -10 May 2018

In addition to the highly valued support of our Platinum Members ramsetreid and Wagstaff Piling, we welcome mateenbar into the CIA family. mateenbarTM is a composite reinforcement bar used in bridge, tunnel, road, marine, electromagnetic and other civil infrastructure. We thank all our Platinum Members for their support and encourage you to check out what they do and how they might provide value for what you do. 

News bulletin-18:
News bulletin-18: 8 May 2018

The April Performance of Construction Index has been released, revealing an expansion for the 15th consecutive month with a slight easing in growth momentum from March. Commercial construction was the strongest performer while engineering construction expanded at a slower rate.
A $3.8 billion development 3 km from Perth’s CBD is set to go ahead seven years after the plan for the proposal at Belmont Park was first unveiled.
Victoria’s Government has opened an Expression of Interest process (closes 21 May) to identify local contractors to tender for the $47.8 million Ballarat GovHub that will revitalise the Civic Hall site. The project is part of the biggest infrastructure investment ever for the city, with more than $500 million worth of projects underway.

Carbicrete is a Canadian-based start-up that has developed a method of making concrete without cement. Its creators say that not only does the process avoid cement emissions, but the chemical reaction involved consumes carbon dioxide, further reducing the net carbon impact of the process.

The Northern Territory Government is promising $1.45 billion investment in infrastructure in the 2018 Budget. $626.4 million will be distributed for roads, while other funding will go to hospitals, schools, community infrastructure and aerodrome works.

Western Australia is also planning