Archived News for Engineering Professionals - July, 2015
The first female and first Australian principal investigator on a mission to Mars says Australia should embrace the opportunity to inspire - and retain - the next generation of home-grown scientists, engineers and technologists by joining the space exploration game.
Union fights to keep coal pay
The CFMEU has emerged as a surprise backer of the Labor Party’s 50 per cent renewable energy target, but their support is contingent on unprecedented assistance for workers.
ANSTO microscopy takes big leap forward
The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is celebrating the launch of its brand new Electron Microscopy Facility.
Big Vic. road plan just as quiet as the last
Victoria’s Labor government is refusing to release the business case for a big new road project, prompting a revival of the type of criticism recently levelled at its LNP predecessor.
Coal drop causes 225 heads to roll
The falling coal price continues to take its toll, with 225 more jobs to go in New South Wales.
Expert launching new studies from local base
An international expert has come to Australia to make air travel faster and cheaper.
Experts give AI warning to global gun-slingers
Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and about 1,000 robotics experts have signed a letter to ensure that in the future of warfare- human fingers are on the trigger.
Mercedes outsources while keeping safety close
Mercedes-Benz says it will outsource some elements of its future car designs, so that it can focus on green technologies and the future of motoring.
No good news in World Bank's mining view
The World Bank has taken a grim view of the future for the global mining industry, predicting prices will decline across the board.
Perth firm secures US gas deal
Perth-based company LNGL has secured a deal US firm Magnolia LNG to build a range of gas liquefaction facilities.
Rail CRC to put future on track
A new rail manufacturing cooperative research centre (CRC) has been launched to help Australia’s rail manufacturers expand into overseas markets and global supply chains.
Unmanned advance gets eyes on nature
Local research engineers have developed a flotilla of robot boats to monitor the effects of major weather events and provide early warning on potential environmental disasters.
Private firms want more local gov. works
The Civil Contractors Federation (CFF) says private contractors in South Australia are missing out on vital construction work because it keeps going to local government workers.
Shorten drops new renewable deal
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is pushing for half of Australia's large-scale energy production to come from renewable sources within 15 years.
Carbon wheels as a sign of car-making future
In a hint of Australia’s continued role in car manufacturing, a carbon fibre wheel made in Geelong will be featured on the new Shelby Mustang GT350R vehicle.
Drone race win flies Australia to top of new sport
An Australian man has smashed his international drone racing competition to take home $15,000 in prizes.
Gold leads precious metals' deep decline
The value of gold has dropped to its lowest point in nearly five-and-a-half years, hit hard by fears of massive selling in China, dealers say.
New book looks to get high-speed rail on track
An expert’s report says the private sector could build a high-speed rail service between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne for around a third of the previously estimated cost, and get it done in about a fifth of the time.
ARENA backs big solar for mine site
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) says it has raised the global bar by supporting a 10.6 MW solar PV installation at the DeGrussa Copper Mine in Western Australia.
Fair Work takes action on claims of Victorian thuggery
The Fair Work Building and Construction watchdog has launched a new case against two members of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union Victorian branch, after allegations of thuggish behaviour.
New tech lab to build for tomorrow
A new hub will put futuristic manufacturing technologies in young Australian hands.