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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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The latest advancements in stormwater management

The latest advancements in stormwater managementLock icon2

Land excavation is a routine task in the construction industry. Managing storm water is a crucial part of the job and if not done properly, it can spell disaster for the company and local environment. Luckily, advancements in storm water management technology have successfully made excavation more eco-friendly.

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Building memories through infrastructure: why it matters

Building memories through infrastructure: why it matters

Have you ever experienced that feeling when you had to stop and take a mental picture of your surroundings, taking in every second, every moment you had in that place? Those moments when buildings became monuments, when a bridge became the place you met, and arches become childhood landmarks that welcome you home. Regardless of whether you want to preserve that memory or not, you just know, then and there, that a piece of this place will always be a part of your life, no matter what.

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Spill management and cleaning up after construction

Spill management and cleaning up after construction

Dangers resulting from a spill at a construction site can amount to drastic consequences happening to both employees and the work environment. The need for appropriate spill management is vital to maintaining a safe work environment that acts in compliance with health and safety regulations.

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Federal Budget 2018: a state-by-state spending analysis

Federal Budget 2018: a state-by-state spending analysis

The Conversation takes a look at what's in store for each state and territory in the 2018-19 federal budget.

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From town halls to chat bots: how community engagement has evolved

From town halls to chat bots: how community engagement has evolved

When was the first time you heard of pantsuits? If you're old enough to have worn them when they were original, you may still be struggling with the fundamental value of social media. The social media concept itself may conjure up images of disengaged families around the dinner table, eyeballing their screens rather than each other. But for those born on this side of the Millennial curtain, social media is the new normal when it comes to fostering a sense of community. And it's a powerful reality that, unlike the resurrected pantsuit, is here to stay.

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A maintenance manual for men 50+

A maintenance manual for men 50+Lock icon2

I have just turned 50 and I know I should be doing some "retirement planning." I also know this planning doesn't just mean protecting my finances it also means protecting my health.

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Budget policy check: do we need ribbon-cutting infrastructure for jobs and growth?

Budget policy check: do we need ribbon-cutting infrastructure for jobs and growth?

In this series - Budget policy checks - we look at the government's justifications for policies likely to be in this year's budget and measure them up against the evidence. In this piece we look at the need for infrastructure projects.

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