OPINION

China's growing footprint on the globe threatens to trample the natural world

China's growing footprint on the globe threatens to trample the natural world

Many observers of China's escalating global program of foreign investment and infrastructure development are crossing their fingers and hoping for the best. In an ideal world, China's unbridled ambitions will improve economic growth, food security and social development in many poor nations, as well as enriching itself.

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Remember to say thank you…

Remember to say thank you…Lock icon2

Two simple words that can go so far, but when was the last time you said these words? Or better still, when was the last time someone said those words to you?

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Coming soon to a highway near you: truck platooning

Coming soon to a highway near you: truck platooning

Should Australian truckies feel a little nervous about the rise of platooning? 

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The silent killer on the job site

The silent killer on the job site

The American opioid crisis was declared a national public health emergency this month, but the U.S. construction industry does not seem ready to take action regarding its own significant role in the deadly epidemic.

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Why Adani may still get its government loan

Why Adani may still get its government loan

Even though Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced she would be vetoing the around A$1 billion loan to Adani for a rail link to its proposed Carmichael coal mine, funds could still flow to the company.

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Scotland's new Queensferry Crossing reveals how smart technologies monitor and maintain the health of bridges

Scotland's new Queensferry Crossing reveals how smart technologies monitor and maintain the health of bridges

Two months after the opening of the newest bridge across the Firth of Forth in Scotland, it is possible to  reflect on the advances in technology over the three consecutive centuries that have seen three great icons of engineering conquer the natural channel carved out by a glacier in the last Ice Age.

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Ian Thorpe and Procore discuss mental health

Ian Thorpe and Procore discuss mental health

Mental Health Month is just about to come to an end - though addressing mental health in the workplace should be an ongoing effort - and construction management software company, Procore, has brought together some of Australia's leading figures in construction to encourage greater openness around mental health in the sector.

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Construction and connectivity - a partnership made in heaven

Construction and connectivity - a partnership made in heavenLock icon2

According to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), construction in Australia is on the rise, with building approvals up by 0.4% in August.

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China's green planning for the world starts with infrastructure

China's green planning for the world starts with infrastructure

The United States is retreating from the global community under a president who rejected the Paris Climate Accords and denigrates NAFTA and NATO. This provides an opportunity for China to play a greater role in global affairs.

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"Talk to me" - the importance of a connected construction site

"Talk to me" - the importance of a connected construction siteLock icon2

Imagine a construction site of the future… Virtual and augmented reality used to visualise work, drones providing site inspections and deliveries, autonomous machines and wearables transforming how we work, and machines controlled by workers in remote locations through dashboard style monitoring…

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