CIA news bulletin #1
CIA news bulletin #1 13 Jan 2016

Welcome to the Concrete Institute of Australia's first national news bulletin focused on the Australian and global concrete industry. You can check the news section of the CIA website every Tuesday for the week's round-up of the most relevant and interesting concrete news.

In the works
Bronze Plus Member Duratec Australia reveals the projects it is working on at Royal Darwin Hospital, Vales Point Power Station in NSW and at Institute Academic Member Deakin University. The Reinforced Earth Company has revealed two projects it has on the go in Perth and in New Zealand while two of its engineers have presented a paper outlining an approach to traditional masonry arch bridge design using only precast elements such as TechSpan arches, concrete facing panels and capping units and Reinforced Earth walls.

Time to make a move?
If you’re in the market for a career move, Concrete Institute Members have a range of engineering jobs in civil, structural, projects and bridges open right across Australia. Gold Member BG&E is looking for a Senior Highways Engineer and an Experienced Highways Engineer for its Sydney office while Silver Member Aurecon has some international openings for engineers. There are also jobs available with Bronze Plus Members VicRoads, Brenntag Australia and R O Bird & Associates. Bronze Member AECOM has 93 opportunities, many along the eastern seaboard, while the University of Sydney is looking for a new head of the School of Civil Engineering. In the news, Laing O’Rourke, also a Bronze Member, has appointed a leader from the UK for its engineering excellence group and an overview of construction opportunities for Victoria is available.

Historic concrete pour
One of the largest concrete pours in the history of the US for the in-progress 326-metre high Salesforce Tower in San Francisco (pictured) has been captured on video. It’s 02:11 so take a look. Other videos are available on the Salesforce website.

Making industry sustainable
The Concrete Initiative (led by CEMBUREAU - European Cement Association, BIBM - European Federation of Precast Concrete, ERMCO - European Ready-Mixed Concrete Organisation, and UEPG - European Aggregates Association) wants to engage industry on sustainable construction, in particular about barriers and solutions to harness its multiple benefits.

Five tallest buildings by 2020
There are five buildings set to breach new heights in the race to the sky in the next five years. These include the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, the Central Park Tower in the US and three in China: Suzhou Zhongnan Centre, Wuhan Greenland Center and the Ping An Finance building. The Jeddah Tower will be one kilometre high.