Shadforths Civil Engineering Contractors on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is trialling B20 soy biodiesel in 20 machines at the Sunshine Coast Council’s new Nambour landfill site.

Fleet and environment manager Greg Jenkyns said the feedback from operators had been promising.

‘‘We’ve been speaking to our fitters on site and they haven’t had any problems since we’ve been using it,’’ he said.

A report published by Deloitte Access Economics shows that the Western Australian economy is set to continue to prosper for decades on the back of jobs and export growth.

Research conducted by the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) shows that nearly two-thirds of large companies are considering hiring from overseas in order mitigate the effects of the growing skills shortage.

The Queensland Government has released its Green Door policy which will see the state government agencies work with local government and referral agencies to accelerate the development assessment of projects that that demonstrate exemplary sustainability performance.

Woodside Petroleum’s planned floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project in the Timor Sea is under threat from a dispute with partners and the East Timorese Government.

By Dr Steven Tsitas and Professor Andrew Dempster of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research at UNSW.

Construction of what will become the nation’s longest bridge has commenced in New South Wales’ Mid North coast. The bridge will serve as a bypass for a number of NSW towns and will serve to expand the capacities of the Pacific Highway.

Perth based engineering services firm Proteus EPCM Engineers has been bought out by US giant Tetra Tech.

The Queensland State Government has released details about its planned office that will be responsible for streamlining economy building medium to large-scale development projects.

The Federal Government has announced a $66.5 million grant under the Education Investment Fund (EIF) to fund ‘world-leading’ research that will assist in the construction of one of the largest solar power plants in the world.

The Roads and Traffic Authority and three other agencies will be abolished as part of the most significant restructure of transport in NSW history.

A roundtable day has been held in Canberra by the Federal Department of Energy, Resources and Tourism to discuss the future deployment of large-scale solar projects in Australia.

The Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) has been officially opened at the University of Newcastle.

The Queensland State Government has announced it will spend $370 million to repair 116 sites between Rockhampton and Cairns after the damage caused by the spate of natural disasters earlier in the year.

Estimators, senior contract administrators and project managers top the list of skills in demand in Australia’s Construction sector in the first quarter of the new financial year, says recruiting experts Hays.

CommSec’s State of the States quarterly report shows that Western Australia has the strongest economy in the country, propelled by a strong mining and engineering sector that has driven commercial construction and a vibrant export industry based on the mining and minerals industry. 

Nace Civil Engineering has been named as the contractor to conduct the $62 million Princes Highway upgrade in New South Wales’ south-east.

Caltex, Australia’s only listed refiner-marketer, has confirmed an $80 million upgrade to its fuel storage and expansion plans in South Australia. Caltex will aim to boost supply reliability throughout the state in a bid to support the state’s booming resources sector.

Mining and energy companies are hiring labour well before needed in an attempt to stave off effects of expected future skills shortages later in the year.

Engineers at Swinburne University of Technology  have developed an inspection system based on artificial intelligence (AI) to detect and characterise internal flaws in composite materials in aircraft.

An increase in mining projects has fuelled demand in many engineering disciplines, according to a report released by recruiting experts, Hays.

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