Change Starts with Beliefs and Values
“Australia needs to make ‘a complete shift’ in the way it plans cities” outgoing Infrastructure Australia chief executive Philip Davies told the Australian Finance Review Weekend...
The Importance of Living Infrastructure in Schools
Did you know that in 2017, there were more than 3.8 million students enrolled in 9,444 (public, catholic and independent) primary and high schools across Australia?
Why Architects are Stuck at Bottom of Construction Pay Scale
With around $218.4 billion worth of work having been done on the construction of houses, commercial buildings and civil infrastructure over the year to March, Australia’s...
Digital Mapping Will Change Land and Rock Surveying
At the beginning of major mining or civil engineering projects, one of the more manual, technically challenging and hazardous tasks involves rock and land surveying.
Is Timber Really Cheaper?
Ever since Lend Lease built its Forte apartment complex in 2012 using cross laminated timber (CLT), the use of wood and especially engineered wood/mass wood products...
Industry 4.0 Will Reshape Property and Construction
For centuries, goods such as food, clothing, houses and weapons were made by hand.
Driving BIM Adoption Throughout Construction
In the 1987 classic comedy Beverly Hills Cop 2, detective Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) assumes temporary occupation and enjoyment of a multi-million dollar Beverly Hills mansion...
Understanding Smoke Control in Buildings
Smoke exhaust systems provide a means of increasing occupant evacuation time from a space affected by fire and smoke.
Apartments Could Be Death Traps for Elderly in Heatwaves
In the European heat wave of 2003, 14,802 excess fatalities were recorded in France alone as temperatures rose above 37 degrees Celsius for seven consecutive days.
Solar Roads the Next Battleground in Energy Generation
Back in December 2016, France opened what it says was the world’s first road to be covered with a surface of solar panels.
Library Design for the Digital Age
In days gone by, much of the role and function of public libraries throughout Australia involved reading and borrowing hard copy books.
We Must Lift Its Game on Indoor Air Quality
In his younger years, Rick Fedrizzi would become sleepy at his office at around 3 pm each day.
Do Wind Farms Really Harm Human Health?
“Tonight, for the first time, hard evidence that wind farms are not safe,” stated the introduction to one current affairs program in Adelaide in February 2015.
Construction Geotechnical Risk Must be Carefully Managed
When building the $1 billion Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre in the inner northern Melbourne suburb of Parkville in 2012, construction giant Grocon was carving out a...
Prefab is the Future for School Building
In 1989, I had my first experience with modular school buildings.
What’s the Difference Between a Repair and an Improvement?
Deductions for repairs, maintenance and improvements are areas the Australian Taxation Office pay particular attention to on annual tax returns.
Architects Must Overcome Engineering Detail Challenge
For many architects in Australia, a core part of their roles involves the ability to think, dream and create.
BIM for Smart Buildings
In terms of innovation, BIM for smart buildings is leading the way and it is all set to change the way buildings are operated. “Imagine” you...