Design, construction flaws at Opal Tower
Critical support beams in Sydney's Opal Tower were left susceptible to "bursting" because they were under-designed and some made from lower strength concrete, an independent report...
Concrete Industry Demands Action on Fire Safety
Australia’s concrete and masonry industry has called for more action to ensure that non-combustible materials are not installed on multi-storey buildings.
This is NOT High Quality Construction
Last Christmas Eve, residents of the 36-storey Opal Tower in Sydney Olympic Park were forced to evacuate after hearing cracking sounds including a loud bang.
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...
Concrete Testing is Crucial for Good Structural Performance
On March 15, a 174 foot long span of the recently erected FIU Sweetwater UniversityCity pedestrian bridge in Florida collapsed onto the Tamiami Trail.
Road Pavement Treatments Put to the Test
Locals in the Melbourne outer south-western suburb of Werribee describe the Ballan Road as a 'death trap.'
Fire Safety and the Ageing Population
Life expectancy at birth is one of the most widely used and internationally recognised indicators of population health.
Australia Must Improve Waterproofing Standards and Practices
For five Irish students and one Irish American, the date of June 16, 2015, should have been one in which they celebrated a 21st birthday party...
More Opal Tower Residents to Return
Another wave of residents from Sydney's damaged Opal Tower can move back into their homes immediately after the properties underwent strengthening works.
Sydney's Cracked Opal Tower Sound: Report
An interim report into Sydney's cracked Opal Tower has found several factors could have contributed to the building's problems, but has ruled out extreme weather and...
Opal Residents Reluctant to Reoccupy Tower
The builders of Sydney's cracked Opal Tower say most residents will be able to move back in on the weekend but the owners' committee isn't convinced...
Boral FY Profit Jumps on US Buy, Earnings
Building materials company Boral has lifted its full-year profit by nearly 50 per cent to $441 million, boosted by a strong construction market in Australia and...