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Weekly Construction News Highlights #7

$28m funding to transform construction.. formwork collapse in Canberra ..and calls for sites to be shut down.. This was your week in construction. Never miss the highlights, subscribe: https://thisisconstruction.com.au/subscribe

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Construction in Australia is full-steam ahead despite increasing social distancing measures and limitations on gatherings causing a divide in the global construction community.

Global Construction Community Divided over Site Shutdowns

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Tunnel Boring Machine Kathleen broke-through to Blues Point last week marking the completion of tunnelling for the Sydney Metro project.

TBM Breakthrough Marks Completion of Sydney Metro Tunnelling

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Industry events cancelled... Labour shortage may stall projects... and construction on the 'brink of collapse' - this was your week in construction.

Weekly Construction News Highlights #6

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Weekly Construction News Highlights #5

Worker killed in Kalgoorlie.... 3 contractors placed into liquidation.... and 'make or break' moment for Australia's construction industry... this was your week in construction.

Dean Oliver

News,Safety

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Cross River Rail Board to be Sacked

The Queensland government will not renew the contracts of the 10-member independent board overseeing the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project, the largest infrastructure project in Queensland’s history.

Dean Oliver

News,Projects

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Self-Driving Excavators Hit the Market

Fully autonomous heavy construction machinery is now a reality in the U.S. Construction technology company, Built Robotics, has released a final software update to bring the automated earth-moving technology onto the market for contractor use.

Dean Oliver

News,Innovation,Technology,Safety

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Mike Cannon-Brookes’ Solar Initiative Provides Power to Bushfire-Hit Areas

Software billionaire, Mike Cannon-Brookes, and his wife Annie have pledged up to $12 million to fund portable solar panel and battery systems to those left without power in the wake of the bushfires.

Dean Oliver

News,Sustainability

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Building Collapses onto Footpath in Sydney’s Inner West

A building has collapsed onto the footpath in Sydney’s inner west suburb of Dulwich Hill. A car was crushed in the incident but luckily no one was injured.

Dean Oliver

News,Safety

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Maintenance Issues Plagued Track in Lead Up to Deaths

More information is coming to light over the track conditions near Wallan, Victoria where a train derailed on Thursday night killing 54-year-old train driver, John Kennedy, and a 49-year-old male pilot from Castlemaine.

News,Safety

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This Smart Contact Lens Could Give Site Workers Terminator Vision

This tiny device is being called an ‘invisible computer’ and it may transform how workers see construction sites.

Dean Oliver

Technology,Innovation,Safety

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Crane Robotics Start-up Secures $5m Funding to Prevent Crane Disasters

Perth-based crane robotics company, Roborigger, has secured $5 million in funding from VC firm, Blackbird Ventures.

Dean Oliver

News,Safety,Innovation

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CIMIC Reports $1b Annual Loss

Australia’s largest construction company CIMIC has reported a $1b annual loss off the back of a write-down of its struggling middle-eastern contracting joint venture, BIC Contracting.

Dean Oliver

News

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Coronavirus Impacts Construction Supply Chains

As factories and ports shut in coronavirus-affected regions of China, global supply chains are feeling the effects.

Dean Oliver

News,Health

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Queensland Introduces ‘Project Bank Accounts’ to Protect Head & Subcontractors

The Queensland Government is planning to stamp out unpaid subcontractors under new legislation introduced into state parliament.

Dean Oliver

News,Policy

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Mascot's Healthiest Workplace?

This building, which is currently in DA stage, has been labelled Mascot's healthiest and most productive workspace.

Dean Oliver

Health,Projects

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Wuhan Hospital Completed in 10 Days

Wuhan has completed construction of a coronavirus hospital in just 10 days, with a second hospital also due for completion in the coming couple of days.

Dean Oliver

Innovation

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Ralan Group’s Last Attempt to Salvage Company

6 months ago Ralan Group collapsed owing creditors over half a billion dollars and discovered to be trading insolvent and cooking the books.

Dean Oliver

News,Health & Safety

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Contractor Threatens Westgate Tunnel Contract Termination

The $6.7b Westgate Tunnel project is facing possible significant delays over a contract dispute between the CPB Contractors-John Holland joint venture and toll road operator Transurban.

Dean Oliver

Projects,News

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Frasers Property Appeal Biowood NCAT Ruling

Developer Frasers Property Australia is appealing the NCAT ruling that found biowood to be a non-complying building material due to its combustibility.

Dean Oliver

Policy,News

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NSW Gov. Reveal "6 Pillars" of Reform

NSW Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson, has released more details about building and construction reform in NSW.

Dean Oliver

Policy,News

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Researchers Develop New Regenerating Building Material

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed what they believe may be a new bacterial building substance.

Dean Oliver

Sustainability,Innovation,News

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