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Australia Office Building to Feature Solar Cladding

In what will be a landmark moment for Australia when constructed, architecture firm Kennon has recently designed a first-of-its-kind eight-story office tower on behalf of Dr. Bella Freeman.


AU Retirement Complex Finished with Dulux

A retirement complex in the riverside suburb of Indooroopilly in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, was recently completed after coatings work was executed by project manager Woollam Construc...


Researchers Develop Lava-Like Fire Retardant Coating

A reportedly non-toxic, fire extinguishing coating has recently been developed by researchers from the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia.


World's Second Tallest Building Tops Out

Since launching construction five years ago, the Merdeka 118 skyscraper in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has officially topped out at over 2,227 feet.


Plans Moving Forward on $2.5B Sydney Towers

According to reports, development officials working on the $2.5 billion Central Place Sydney towers have officially submitted plans for project approval.


Brick-Laying Robot Completes Pilot House

Australian robotics innovator FBR Limited has recently completed its first house structure using European clay blocks.


Shoe Inspires New Building Protection Method

A professor from the Queensland University of Technology was recently inspired by a material commonly found in running shoes and memory foam pillows to better protect buildings from collisio...


University Develops Virus-Killing Coating

Researchers from The University of Queensland have recently developed an effective, antiviral surface coating technology against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.


AU Projects Shutdown Over Vaccine Protests

Project sites were shut down last week after construction workers engaged in violent protests regarding Australia’s Victorian Government announcement to mandate COVID-19 vaccines.


Electrically Charged Coating Eliminates Biofouling

In recent experiments conducted at Australia's sovereign-owned submarine sustainment and maritime services company, ASC, researchers have found that a new type of surface coating can elimina...


Research: Quake-Resistant Bridge Design

From the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, researchers have recently announced their development of a bridge design that they claim can withstand earthquakes.


Amaero, University Collab for Coatings Research

Researchers from the Swinburne University of Technology and additive manufacturing specialists Amaero International Limited have recently partnered with the Australian National Fabrication F...


Report: Corrosion Costs Australia $78B Each Year

At the beginning of the month, the Australasian Corrosion Association released its Impact of Corrosion in Australasia report, estimating that the country could spend up to roughly $78 billio...


Researchers Convert Waste into 3D Printable Concrete

In a recent collaboration, scientists from the Swinburne University of Technology and the Hebei University of Technology converted construction waste into an eco-friendly concrete 3D printin...


Australia Contracts AI Management Tool

For the first time in its country’s history, Australia has awarded a contract to software systems developer Dynamic Infrastructure for the maintenance of dozens of bridges and infrastructure...


AU Street Closed After Asbestos Mishap

Earlier this month, a variety of homes and vehicles were placed on lockdown in a suburban Sydney community after two private cleaning contractors sent asbestos particles flying from a home’s...


Australian Dam Project Costs Reach $1.5B

According to reports, the cost of raising of Wyangala Dam in New South Wales, Australia, has nearly doubled due to environmental offsets requiring compensation for the project’s impacts, amo...


Research: Cement-Free Concrete Beats Corrosion

This week, engineers from RMIT University announced that they have developed an eco-friendly, zero-cement concrete that can withstand corrosive acidic environments, commonly observed in sewa...


NZ Concrete Pushing Toward Emissions Target

Following an independent review conducted by independent auditor, Australian sustainability consultancy Thinkstep earlier this year, found that Concrete New Zealand is on track to meeting it...


NZ Bridge Used for Seismic Research

New Zealand officials have recently announced that its decommissioned Whirokino and Manawatu River Bridge in Foxton will be repurposed for University of Auckland-headed research on seismic a...


World’s First Double Helix Bridge Opens in Sydney

Although no ceremony could be hosted due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, a world-first double helix dilating diameter bridge opened in Sydney, Australia, just last week.


Waimea Dam Site Issues Inflate Cost

Officials at the Waimea Community Dam site in Lee Valley, New Zealand, have uncovered more issues at its construction site, which has in turn induced a cost blow out of roughly $25 million, ...


University Seeks Better Corrosion Protection

At James Cook University in North Queensland, Australia, four PhD students are setting up to research rare earth inhibitors and their useful properties for corrosion protection in steel infr...


Australia Aircraft Corrosion Prompts Investigation

Corrosion on the prop shaft of an aircraft belonging to Australia-based Regional Express (REX) has raised concerns, but the company maintains that the brown detritus is “muck” that could be ...


Australia Releases Inorganic Zinc Standard

Earlier this week, global standards organization Standards Australia issued a new version of Application specifications for coating systems—Single coat inorganic (ethyl) zinc silicate – Solv...


Report: Joint Strike Fighters Susceptible to Corrosion

Recently, in a report obtained by ABC, Australian defense officials have been advised to consider round-the-clock dehumidification systems at the Williamtown RAAF base to avoid corrosion ris...


Ultrathin Film Shows Promise for Solar

Researchers from the Swinburne University of Technology, the University of Sydney and Australian National University have collaborated to develop an ultrathin graphene film, in hopes for fut...


Australia Bridge to be Repainted for the First Time

Brisbane’s 79-year-old Story Bridge will be receiving its first new paint job, and the work is expected to take five years, according to reports. The structure’s paint had only been touched ...


Research: Graphene Reduces Corrosion in Wastewater

Researchers based out of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, working in collaboration with Sewer Venting and Crane Hire Services, are investigating the potential of graphene oxide tha...


Anti-Corrosion Coating Helps Prevent Biofouling

In the ongoing effort to reduce drag on ships, as well as cut down on biofouling damage, researchers based out of Swinburne University of Technology recently developed a corrosion-resistant ...


Wombat Mural Becomes Bridge Landmark

A wombat peeks out of its burrow in what was intended to be a temporary, practice bridge mural, located in Warrnambool, South West Victoria, but instead it’s burrowed its way into the hearts...


Australian Bridge Proposal Sparks Debate

A proposal for a 14-kilometer (8.7-mile) bridge to connect Australia’s mainland to the natural tourist haven of Kangaroo Island has provoked intense discussion among politicians and neighbor...


OMA Reveals '24/7' Vertical City Design

Dutch architecture firm OMA recently revealed its own proposal for the Southbank by Beulah competition—a tower that would function as a round-the-clock vertical city, the second largest buil...


UNStudio Proposes 'Green Spine' Skyscrapers

Dutch architecture firm UNStudio recently revealed its entry for a competition to build a new skyscraper in Melbourne, Australia. UNStudio’s proposal revolves around a pair of towers that ae...


Artist Fined for Vegemite Graffiti

An individual who painted a mural made of Vegemite, depicting an arch bridge, on the wall of Fremantle Train Station in Fremantle, Australia, is now facing a fine.


Artist Fined for Vegemite Mural

In a gesture of edible artistic expression, an individual painted a mural made of Vegemite, depicting an arch bridge, on the wall of Fremantle Train Station in Fremantle, Australia. Now, he ...


Australian Researchers Refine Robotic Blasting

Researchers in Australia recently published new work on the topic of robotic abrasive-blasting systems, developing an approach to automatic self-diagnosis of problems that could lead to grea...


Super-Skinny Triangle Skyscraper Proposed

DeciBel Architecture recently revealed plans for what could potentially become Melbourne’s tallest skyscraper—a 330-meter-tall (1,082-foot-tall) tower that would stand in a triangular plot r...


Aggreko Acquires Australian Generator Firm

Aggreko, a Glasgow-based global provider of portable power-generation and climate-control solutions, announced last week that it has acquired Australian rental company Generator Hire Service...


Graphene Firm Plans Antifouling Foray

Advanced materials company First Graphene Limited (Nedlands, Australia) recently announced it has entered into an agreement with Engage Marine (Perth, Australia) to develop graphene-enhanced...


Australian Workshops Examine CUI

A series of technical workshops to be held across Australia this June will tackle the topic of corrosion under insulation, the unseen menace that deteriorates metal in areas where insulative...


Woman Trademarks Bridge Graffiti

Graffiti emblazoned on the side of a rail bridge declares “Jesus loves nachos,” becoming a local icon. A woman from the Northern Territory, Australia, area has trademarked he local graffiti ...


Work Begins on Australia's Biggest Wind Farm

Construction on Australia’s largest wind farm began last week, ushering in part of the Queensland Labor government’s commitment to creating 50 percent renewable energy by 2030.


Australian Home Features Zinc Fireproofing

In 2006, prize-winning architect Glenn Murcutt was commissioned to design a house for a family with three children; now, the house is up for sale, promising both privacy and unobstructed acc...


MIC Research Nets Australian Team Honors

A researcher based out of the Swinburne University of Technology was recognized for his development of a method that lessens corrosion on submarines, which has provided both additional benef...


Southern Hemisphere's Largest Wind Farm Proposed

Plans for the southern hemisphere’s largest wind farm were submitted late last month, amounting to a $1.7 billion proposal that will include the construction of over 200 wind turbines.


Massive Floating LNG Platform Leaves Shipyard

It’s the world’s largest offshore structure, it’s built to withstand a Category 5 cyclone, and right now, Royal Dutch Shell’s Prelude FLNG platform is on its way to its permanent home, off t...


Report: Corroded Tank Blamed in Deckhand's Death

Corrosion in a cylinder has been blamed for a February explosion on a cruise ship that killed a crew member in New Zealand, investigators said Thursday (May 11) .


Man Paints over Historic Clock Tower

A man has been charged with criminal and willful damage after he painted over a historic clock tower at Southern Cross railway station in Melbourne.


Report Released on Sydney Metro Crack

Although the crack that plagued progress in Australia’s Sydney Metro Project last September is gone, a recently released failure assessment has shed light on what went wrong with a section o...


Sculpture Primer Error Causes Costly Rust

Corrosion on a steel sculpture has led to a hefty repair bill for the government in one Australian territory, and the problem reportedly stems from a failure to apply needed primer when the ...


Millions at Stake in Leaky Cladding Case

More than 1,000 property owners in New Zealand are getting their day in court as a $250 million ($176 million USD) class action suit moves forward against international building products man...


Sydney Bridge Asbestos Stokes Concerns

Workers on a well-known bridge in Sydney unexpectedly found asbestos under concrete slabs earlier this year, and some government officials are questioning why they didn’t find out for nearly...


Dow, DuPont Merger Faces Hurdles

U.S.-based Dow Chemical and DuPont have once again failed to provide crucial data to European antitrust regulators—forcing the European Commission to suspend its review of the proposed merge...


Dulux Paint to Pay Fine for ‘Cool’ Claims

A federal court in Australia has ordered international coatings manufacturer DuluxGroup Pty Ltd to pay a $400,000 AUD ($306,992 USD) fine for making false or misleading claims about two of i...


Worker Removes Harness, Falls to Death

Authorities are investigating the falling death of a 27-year-old worker who plunged 13 floors Monday (Oct. 10) at a construction site in Perth, Australia, various reports said.


Robust Waterproof Coating Emerges

A new superhydrophobic protective coating may soon find a wide range of uses, including buildings, airplanes and mobile phones.


NZ Flooring Firm Faces Fireball Fine

A flooring company in New Zealand has been fined over worker safety issues after an employee was burned by a fireball while applying adhesive.


Flooring System Takes New Shapes

A new collection from Karndean Designflooring takes some colors and patterns that were already available and puts a geometric spin on them, creating novel formats that the company says can b...


Nuplex Shareholders Agree to Merger

Two global resin suppliers are moving forward with a merger. Allnex, based in Brussels and owned by parent company Advent International, announced in Februrary that it was in talks with Nupl...


RPM Inks Australian Waterproofing Deal

Seeking to widen their footprint in the Australian market, RPM and its Tremco Group have announced the acquisition of New South Wales-based Duram Industries Pty Ltd., a manufacturer of comme...


Algae in the Walls Down Under

There are green buildings, and then there are slimy, green buildings: A team of researchers and architects in Australia are hoping that soon, buildings constructed with algae will be a reali...


City Says Nude Kardashian Mural Must Go

It seems city officials in Sydney, Australia aren’t fans of Kim Kardashian. On Tuesday (March 22), they ordered the removal


Honoring Women in Construction Trades

With a mission of enhancing the success of women in the construction industry, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), has designated March 6-12 as the time to celebrate w...


Cracking Found in New Rail Bridge Spans

Two of 24 pre-cast concrete spans that will carry an elevated train for Australia’s largest public transportation project have cracked less than a year after they were installed.


Dow, DuPont to Unite in $130B Deal

Coatings and chemical giants The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont Co. announced Friday (Dec. 11) that they are merging in a deal valued at $130 billion.


PPG Volunteers Help Kids Paint Mural

A children’s hospital under construction in Australia was the latest to receive a color boost as part of PPG Industries Inc.’s charitable-giving program, Colorful Communities.


Construction Site Water Tank Ruptures

A mother and her two children were among drivers who escaped with only minor injuries after a water tank at a hospital construction site in Australia ruptured and sent a wall of water rushin...


Study: White Roofs Keep the Temp Down

Researchers at Queensland University of Technology have discovered that a certain reflective, white coating can decrease a building’s inside temperature when it’s applied to the roof.


Beyoncé Inspires Building Design

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA--Who says architecture is out of touch with pop-culture? An Australian firm has designed a mixed-use building inspired by Beyoncé.


Anti-Vandal Tech Sniffs Graffiti

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Fed up with graffiti on commuter trains, police in Australia are employing a new graffiti-smelling technology to sniff out vandals.


Material Cools Roof Below Ambient Temp

SYDNEY--Australian scientists have reportedly developed a material capable of keeping a roof cooler than the air that surrounds it, even in intense summer conditions.


Graffiti-Smelling Tech Traps Taggers

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Technology that sniffs out paint is helping police nab graffiti vandals in the act in New South Wales.


Sensors May Outsmart Smart Pigs

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA—New technology being developed in Australia could help that nation's pipeline network reach the 100-year mark.


Man vs. Robot: Who Paints It Better?

The aerospace sector is one area trying to determine whether robots can do a job faster and more precisely than humans.


Commercial Panels Tout Designer Look

The Laminex Group has introduced an interior wall lining system that boasts "simple installation and stunning outcomes" in commercial and retail environments.


Contractor Gets 2nd Confined-Space Case

Four months after settling 17 federal health and safety violations, a Kansas-based provider of railcar painting and maintenance services is facing a second case for similar issues.


Grants Address Modern Architecture

With its sights set on conserving iconic 20th century architecture, the Getty Foundation says it will award a series of grants to preserve the works of Frank Lloyd Wright and Jørn Utzon, amo...


Australia: Rising Sea Will Cost $226B

With most of its resources close to the coast, Australia faces havoc with its infrastructure and, possibly, its economy in the decades to come, scientists warn.


Pop-Up Shelter May Aid Disaster Relief

A new lightweight, affordable, pop-up shelter could benefit the homeless and victims of natural disasters worldwide, its developer hopes.


Sawdust Fires up a Greener Brick

A combination of new technologies—and a whole lot of sawdust—has enabled Australia’s largest brick producer to turn out what it calls the first carbon-neutral brick.


Brick Billed as Carbon-Neutral First

Australia’s largest brick producer has unveiled what it calls the first carbon-neutral brick—thanks, in large part, to a novel use for local sawdust.


Australia Takes on Aging Pipelines

An Australian university is tackling the country’s aging pipeline needs with a new industry-backed research center and a novel coatings sensor.


Stealth Coating Garners Defense Award

A new coating that helps submarines avoid detection has earned an Australian scientist a prestigious government defense award.


At 81, Sydney Bridge Preps for Facelift

Q: How many painters does it take to paint a coat hanger? A: 50, when the hanger in question is the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.


 
 
   

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