Universities are pushing out too many lawyers and commerce graduates and not enough engineers, scientists and mathematicians, according to a report by the Business Council of Australia.

The report has recommended a path of increased co-operation between business and universities to try to address severe imbalances developing in Australia's skills pool.

Civil engineering and construction company, Decmil Group Ltd has been awarded a $71 million contract by BHP Billiton Ltd to design and construct the Warrawandu Village, around 25 km east of Newman in WA’s Pilbara region.

Gascoyne Water Co-operative Limited (GWCL) and Pipe Fusions Australia (PFA) have signed the contract for construction of a new pipeline to deliver water for intensive agriculture development in the Carnarvon horticulture district.

Queensland Rail has awarded EDI Rail – Bombardier Transportation Pty Ltd a $20 million contract to overhaul ten commuter trains at its facility in Maryborough.

The Queensland  Government is about to tender for a broad range of road-repair projects in Far North Queensland, including major contracts worth around $80 million to be tendered in the next three weeks.

The Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) Executive Director, Ross Young, has announced his resignation after leading the Association since 2004.

A new online patent access system will enable IP offices in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom to share a digital library of patent search and examination reports.

Brisbane’s Gateway Upgrade Project has been judged as the nation’s best infrastructure project of the year at Infrastructure Partnerships Australia’s National Infrastructure Awards, held in Sydney last week.

The inaugural Australian Infrastructure Statistics Yearbook has been released, showing a substantial increase in infrastructure investment by all levels of government on roads, railways, power stations and water storage facilities.

Australian engineers rate “work which requires imagination” as the most important factor when considering a new job, according to a survey by engineering and technical recruitment firm, Australia Wide Personnel.

The Federal Government has released program guidelines for the Regional Development Australia Fund.

Researchers at the University of Technology Sydney and partners from industry will use the new Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, designed by Canadian architect Frank Ghery, as a case study on the use of advanced building information modelling (BIM) technologies in Australia.

The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) has taken steps to promote women's roles in technological sciences and engineering – both within the Academy and nationally.

An Aboriginal organisation, the Lhere Artepe Group,  has bought a controlling interest in civil engineering company, CDE.

Victorian company Marand has secured a major international contract with two of the world’s leading aerospace and defence firms.

Partnerships between Government, industry, academia, unions and small business have been demonstrated in a new report from the Built Environment Industry Innovation Council.

Mr Philip Clark AM announced as the first Chairman of the Tasmanian Infrastructure Advisory Council.

Engineers Media, the publishing company of Engineers Australia, has launched Sustainable Engineering Australia, an electronic publication containing news and other information about one of the most important challenges for the engineering profession - sustainability.

The Building Products Innovation Council (BPIC) has completed a three year project in partnership with the Federal Government to provide Australian life cycle inventory data for building materials.

The Building Products Innovation Council is Australia’s peak body representing the building materials sector. It aims to provide a unified and coordinated approach to the rapid pace and expanding scope of regulatory change in the Australian building industry and the need for better environmental outcomes.

The Building Products Life Cycle Inventory will assist life cycle assessment practitioners, architects, designers, engineers, builders, developers and regulators to more accurately assess the impact building products and buildings have on the environment.

It is freely available to all industry stakeholders from BPIC.

For further information go to www.bpic.asn.au

Australia needs a federal Minister and Department for Cities and Urban Development to ensure the nation meets its urban challenges, according to the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC).

The chief executive of the Green Building Council of Australia, Romilly Madew, has been appointed chair of a new committee tasked with overseeing consistent standards for global green building rating.

The World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC’s) new committee will develop an international standard for quality assurance of global green building rating tools.

“Our immediate priority is to provide guidance on the Common Carbon Metric project, which is working towards a globally-accepted and consistent methodology for measuring the carbon performance of our building stock,” Ms Madew says.

“With Australia moving towards a price on carbon, robust carbon accounting within the built environment will become increasingly critical.

“We will also be complementing the work commenced by the South African Green Building Council on socio-economic criteria for green building rating systems.”

Other nations represented on the committee include the US, UK, Japan, Singapore, South Africa and Germany.

“I’m delighted to take on the role of Chair of this new committee. Australia’s property and construction industry should take this as further evidence of our leadership role in the formation and delivery of green building rating tools,” Ms Madew says.

“Being part of this new committee enables us to continue to play an active role in the evolution of the global green building movement,”

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