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How can construction companies keep pace with demand?

How can construction companies keep pace with demand?

Despite a levelling off in activity, according to the Australian Construction Industry Forum's latest trends forecast, construction companies are still struggling to keep pace with demand. The industry appears to have reached a turning point and is facing a number of major disruptive trends.

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Engineers should be solving our infrastructure issues, not politicians

Engineers should be solving our infrastructure issues, not politicians

Entrepreneurial engineers should be the ones that are trying to solve the numerous problems Australia's infrastructure has, not politicians, according to Curtin University sustainability professor Peter Newman, who spoke at this year's Australian Engineering Conference (AEC).

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Young drivers don't know how to be safe around trucks - here's how we can teach them

Young drivers don't know how to be safe around trucks - here's how we can teach them

Transport experts have warned that rising inner city populations and demand for new infrastructure could lead to more collisions, serious injuries, and possibly fatalities involving heavy vehicles, such as trucks.

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How to move construction equipment

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If you've ever driven past a construction site and wondered how those large pieces of metal get from A to B, then you have come to the right place.

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Missing evidence base for big calls on infrastructure costs us all

Missing evidence base for big calls on infrastructure costs us all

When the case for big transport projects is made without due analysis, we risk building the wrong projects. The result is we waste billions of dollars and rob ourselves of the infrastructure our booming cities need to be more liveable. Given how fast our big cities are growing, we simply can't afford to make decisions based on limited or misleading information. Yet this keeps happening.

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What's driving Chinese infrastructure investment overseas and how can we make the most of it?

What's driving Chinese infrastructure investment overseas and how can we make the most of it?

Chinese infrastructure investment in Australia has rarely left the headlines lately. It's reported that telecommunications giant Huawei will likely be banned from building Australia's 5G network on national security grounds. Hong Kong-based company CK Infrastructure's bid to buy APA Group's gas pipeline network is also proving controversial.

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Report recommends big ideas for regional Australia - beyond decentralisation

Report recommends big ideas for regional Australia - beyond decentralisation

After a full year spent delving into the economic and social challenges facing regional Australia, the Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation this week delivered its report.

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Bendable concrete, with a design inspired by seashells, can make US infrastructure safer and more durable

Bendable concrete, with a design inspired by seashells, can make US infrastructure safer and more durable

Spring construction season is underway, and many tons of concrete will be used in the coming months. Unfortunately, concrete is a brittle material: Placed under stress, it cannot bend very far before it fractures. Some pavements that are being poured now will crack within a few years and require expensive repairs. New concrete will be mixed, and the cycle will start again.

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Five deadly construction sites

Five deadly construction sites

Modern technology has revolutionised many aspects of modern life, including the efficiency and safety of construction sites around the world.

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Three areas where AI can turn buzz into biz today

Three areas where AI can turn buzz into biz today

Are you an AI optimist, or pessimist? Bas de Vos, director of global enterprise software provider IFS's creative think tank IFS Labs, argues for a more pragmatic view of AI.

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