Archived News for Engineering Professionals - June, 2013
Practically all the big names in Australian construction are hedging bids for the $1.6 billion re-development of the Port of Melbourne.
Industry collaboration to dig the stars
The next minerals boom could come from outer space, with collaboration between two companies bringing asteroid mining closer.
Unions say; FLNG good for the economy, bad for workers
Floating LNG facilities could be the key to Australia’s energy employment future, says one major industry player.
Engineers call for higher industry emission reductions
Engineers Australia is looking toward a green future for the country’s large-scale industrial works.
New nano-transistor demonstrated
Researchers have created the highest reported drive current on a transistor, using a newly developed monolayer tungsten diselenide channel material.
Robots trialled as treatment for dementia
Following recent reports of ever-increasing rates of dementia in Australia, a joint study between US, Australian, British and German scientists may provide some help to sufferers now and in the future.
Second iron contract secures future for Leighton Holdings
Mining contractors Leighton Holdings has sealed the biggest deal in its history, signing on for $1.3 billion in work at Fortescue Metals’ Solomon Hub iron operation.
Funding committed for massive Sydney bypass
A joint funding agreement will see the construction of a 7.7km tunnel dubbed the ‘Sydney Bypass’.
Humanitarian efforts recognised in Top Engineers list
The CEO of Engineers Without Borders has been named in one of the industry’s top awards. Lizzie Brown has become one of just eleven women on the 2013 list of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Engineers.
IBM Loses Jobs In Oz
Asia and New Zealand will benefit as IBM slashes 1,500 jobs from Australia as part of a global restructuring plan announced earlier this year.
Mitigate Now, Spend Less On Recovery Later
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) is out with its 2013-14 State of the Regions Report. And it is calling on the Commonwealth to help local governments mitigate against costly natural disasters.
NSW Budget Bolsters Infrastructure, Health, & Education Despite Tough Times
Road projects, Health, and Education are big winners in New South Wales’ 2013-14 budget announced this week, with nearly $800 Million going to upgrade the Pacific Highway.
Big possibilities for 3D printing in mines
3D printing of industrial parts has been called a “utility belt” for mining engineers, with the new technology set to change the way repairs are undertaken.
China Commences Carbon-Trading
China is launching its first carbon-trading scheme today in the city of Shenzhen. The plan is to increase it to seven cities by 2014 and take it nationwide after 2015.
Nanoparticles to assist in oil well recovery
A new technique involving nanoparticles and simple physics could lead to big improvements in recovering oil from old wells.
NSW puts up funds for Bells Line repairs
The New South Wales Government has pledged to spend $43 million upgrading the Bells Line of Road.
Planning stalls on WA rail and port expansion
Moves to open up a new iron ore province in Western Australia could take up to five years according to one former industry boss, after the collapse of a $6 billion infrastructure plan.
Rising Tides Threaten Real Estate Values
Act now to bolster properties and infrastructure: Because the value of low-lying homes in South-East Queensland could take a nasty hit because of rising sea levels and more powerful storms caused by global climate change.
Save The Trees To Save The Reefs
To better protect the Great Barrier Reef, Australia must also pay attention to how to better use and maintain the mainland to prevent further damage to these great ocean treasures.
Big spend on FNQ infrastructure upgrades
The Federal Government has put up $210 million for essential infrastructure upgrades around the Cape York region of Far North Queensland.
Exploration funding increases investment in WA
61 drilling projects across Western Australia will share in a $7.2 million boost from the State Government; the funding is set to support the on-going search for minerals and petroleum.
The funds have already been hailed as a boost to the state’s reputation amongst investors both locally and globally.