Why Haven't Buildings Become Productised? An Exploration of the Possibilities and Barriers to Buildings of the Future
While increasing populations and urbanisation are leading to rising demand for construction, pushing up revenues, both profits and affordability are decreasing. Cost and time are therefore becoming even more of an imperative for return on investment (ROI) and overall growth. Despite advances in technology, and the emergence of industrialised construction some 60 or so years ago, we are still ‘swinging hammers’ on site, creating buildings that are all unique and bespoke. Why is that?
‘On-Site Factories’: The Companies Bringing Assembly Line Production to the Construction Site
When you see what these companies are up to, it may be a not-too-distant reality that we see job sites dominated by artificially-intelligent robots roaming around completing tasks that humans once did.
Australia's Top 5 Engineered-Timber Buildings
Currently, the world’s tallest timber building is Mjøstårnet in Norway, an 85 metre mixed-use complex completed in March 2019. But how is Australia doing in the timber construction space? Let’s look at Australia’s top 5 engineered timber buildings.
The Innovative Robotic Device Making Cranes Safer
Roborigger is a remote-controlled stabilisation system that eliminates the need for workers at the bottom of crane loads. It has been used successfully on several sites including the Adelaide casino, a Fortescue mine in the Pilbara and a demolition site in George St, Sydney.
Software Billionaire's Portable Solar Provides Power to Bushfire-Hit Areas
The collaboration between Atlassian Cofounder, Mike Cannon-Brookes, and solar company 5B is called the Resilient Energy Collective and uses prefabricated solar panels in conjunction with Tesla’s Powerwall battery pack to generate and store electricity.
Construction Safety Startup Raises $4M to Monitor Machinery Blind Spots
Toolbox Spotter has been trained by over 100,000 hours of video footage of worksites to learn how to identify workers and their behaviour. The tech has already been adopted by major players in construction, transport and mining including Transport for NSW, Metro Trains Melbourne, McConnell Dowell, Georgiou Group BHP, Fortescue Metals, Patrick and Aurizon.
These Companies are Turning CO2 into Concrete.. Could it be the Solution to Construction’s Emissions Problem?
This is a double win for concrete’s emissions as it cuts down emissions resulting from concrete production and captures additional CO2 from power plants that would otherwise go into the atmosphere. Then it permanently stores it in the concrete.
Stadium Roof Inspired by a Leaf ..and Other Winners from Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers 2020
“Innovations ranged from macro-scale pieces of infrastructure like railway stations and sports stadiums, to micro-scale technology like atomically thin materials,” says Engineers Australia CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans.
First-of-its-Kind Timber-Steel Hybrid Bridge Proposed for West Seattle
A proposal for the reconstruction of the failing West Seattle Bridge has been put forward that utilises a hybrid timber and steel arch structure. B+H Architects, SMEC and Robert Bird Group have put forward the unsolicited design proposal.
Aurecon, SMEC Dominate at the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards 2020
The winners list includes the likes of the Sydney Metro, Canberra Light Rail, Albion Park Bypass and Newcastle Light Rail but also includes construction innovations such as University of Wollongong’s Desert Rose House and self-propelled modular transporters (SPMTs) developed by Gateway South (Fulton Hogan-Laing O’Rourke Joint Venture) for the Darlington Upgrade in South Australia.