OPINION

"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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Building better cities (video)

Building better cities (video)

It's been projected that by 2050, another 2.5 billion people will move to urban cities. As such, the way new cities are built will be at the heart of so much that matters. In this TED Talk, urban designer Peter Calthorpe, who is already at work planning the cities of the future and advocating for community design focused on human interaction, shares seven universal principles for solving sprawl and building smarter, more sustainable cities.

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Six rules for rebuilding infrastructure in an era of 'unprecedented' weather events

Six rules for rebuilding infrastructure in an era of 'unprecedented' weather events

Before Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, there was little doubt that its impact would be devastating and wide-ranging.

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Should we have legally enforced maximum working temperatures?

Should we have legally enforced maximum working temperatures?

Implementing a maximum temperature at which work should stop because of heat stress and dehydration risks is not a suitable control measure, according to Australia's national safety body.

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Friction: the key to safe and competent haul road operations

Friction: the key to safe and competent haul road operations

When the lifeblood of a mine is an ever-changing and potentially hazardous network of unsealed haul roads, how do you provide a safe working environment and maintain an efficient and prosperous haul road circuit operation? Here are my thoughts on why friction is important to a mining operation from safety and operating cost perspectives.

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There is no apprenticeships 'crisis' in Australia

There is no apprenticeships 'crisis' in Australia

It's rare to find an issue that unites both sides of politics, employers and trade unions, yet these unlikely allies have all claimed there is an apprenticeships "crisis".

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Cat 988k XE wheel loader increases overall efficiency by 25%

Cat 988k XE wheel loader increases overall efficiency by 25%

The 988K XE has an electric drive system that uses the company's switched reluctance technology.

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What does Facebook have to do with infrastructure? Everything it would seem!

What does Facebook have to do with infrastructure? Everything it would seem!

Today, everyone knows that an idea isn't a good one until it 'trends'.

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Greening the concrete jungle: how to make environmentally friendly cement

Greening the concrete jungle: how to make environmentally friendly cement

Cement is the world's most widely used material apart from water, largely because it is the key ingredient in concrete, the world's favourite building material.

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The Buy Queensland strategy breaks international trade deals

The Buy Queensland strategy breaks international trade deals

The Queensland government's new controversial procurement strategy stacks the deck of public tenders against interstate and international suppliers, and is illegitimate under Australia's free trade agreements.

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