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Design, construction flaws at Opal Tower
Structural
Monday February 25 2019

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
Buildings
Tuesday February 12 2019

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
Residential
Tuesday January 29 2019

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?
Business
Thursday September 6 2018

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
Structural
Wednesday August 22 2018

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
Civil
Tuesday July 17 2018

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
Buildings
Thursday October 12 2017

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
Residential
Thursday October 5 2017

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...

Green Shoots in a Concrete Jungle
Green
Wednesday April 5 2017

Green Shoots in a Concrete Jungle

In the midst of Australia’s concrete jungles, there are green shoots of hope.

Residential
Mar 19 2019
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.

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Buildings
Jan 15 2019
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...

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Residential
Jan 11 2019
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...

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Business
31 Aug, 2018
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...

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