• New guideline for best practice bridge asset management

    Austroads, the peak organisation of Australasian road transport and traffic agencies, has published asset management guidance specific for road bridges. The guideline promotes an engineering approach (engineeri... more
  • A reminder to only use licensed professionals to stay cool

    With the arrival of warm weather, the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) and Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) are urging Victorians to only use licensed plumbers and electricians to install and connect refrigerated a... more
  • Soft plastic packaging recycled into sustainable concrete

    RMIT research has helped create concrete made with soft plastic in a redeveloped carpark – the first time the circular-economy technology has been used in an Australian commercial project. Australians retu... more
  • More apprenticeship opportunities for Canberrans through Future Skills program

    The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government today opened grant applications for industry projects that will deliver more apprenticeship and trainee opportunities and pathways for training Canberrans. ... more

How is climate change affecting the longevity of our water infrastructure?

An RMIT graduate has created a model that could predict the future impact of climate change on water pipeline infrastructure. Humans are just beginning to see the effects of climate change on our lives. However, the full impact of a permanent alteration in the Earth’s climate has yet to be realised. There is little mainstream discussion of the impacts of climate change on aspects of life like infrastructure. Water pipelines exist in every country and every city at various levels, ensuring quick and efficient transfer of supply to areas where it is needed most. Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bach... more

Ensure your balcony is structurally safe before socializing

With restrictions easing Victorians able to have friends and family visit their homes should make sure their balconies are safe first, the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has advised. The state building regulator has warned homeowners to regularly check and maintain any balconies at their properties as more people visit over the warmer months. VBA State Building Surveyor, Andrew Cialini, said balconies can be a serious safety risk if not properly built and looked after. “Look for signs of wear and tear, there are many things that can affect the structural integrity of a balcony, deck or balustrad... more

New online courses to boost sector capability

A range of new and innovative online courses are being provided to constructors this summer as the NSW Government’s state-of-the-art digital training platform expands its offerings. NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler OAM detailed that the digital platform, which is a partnership between the Office of the Building Commissioner and TAFE NSW, was produced to help to lift skills and capabilities in the ever-changing building and construction sector. “All the modules are being developed in consultation with representatives from across the industry – architects, designers, builders, certifiers, engin... more

Maintaining pool and spa safety barriers saves lives

Victorian’s enjoying a swim in a pool or a soak in a spa this holiday season are being urged to make sure their safety barrier meets the required standards to prevent a tragedy from occurring. The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has issued a warning to owners of swimming pools and spas to ensure they check that they have a compliant safety barrier ahead of summer holidays. In Victoria, all swimming pools capable of holding more than 300 millimetres of water must have a compliant safety barrier to restrict access to the pool area by young children. The VBA's Executive Director, Operations, Lynda McA... more

Dame Judith Hackitt awarded Honorary Doctorate from RMIT University

The global expert has been recognised for her outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and her commitment to public health and safety. Dame Judith Hackitt DBE was recently awarded a Doctor of Engineering honoris causa in recognition of her long career in engineering where she has worked to advance public health and safety and advocate for young women in STEM. Hackitt notably led the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety commissioned by the UK government following the devastating Grenfell Tower fire. RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Martin Bean CBE, said Hackitt’s... more

Works for Tradies program to boost construction jobs in QLD

The Queensland Government’s $100 million Works for Tradies stimulus kicks into gear, creating jobs for local tradies and homes for vulnerable Queenslanders, at social housing construction sites across the state. Minister for Communities and Housing, the Hon. Leeanne Enoch, said the state’s positive health response means the Palaszczuk Government is delivering on Queensland’s plan for economic recovery by accelerating social housing construction, generating over 240 jobs and building 215 homes by the end of 2021. “This Works for Tradies funding is in addition to the $1.6 billion Housing Construction... more

The skills most in-demand in 2021

Specialist recruitment job employment agency, Hays, has revealed the skills that will be in greatest demand in 2021. The recruiter has outlined close to 100 skills that will be in greatest demand across 27 sectors and industries next year, including architecture, construction, engineering, facilities management, property and trades and labour. Let’s take a closer look:   Architecture Within Australia’s architecture jobs market, the skills in greatest demand are: Residential Drafters with experience who can carry out design work for kit and custom design homes in response to an increase i... more