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Building the future with ‘plyscrapers’

Recent innovations in engineered timber have laid the foundations for the world’s first wooden skyscrapers to appear within a decade, a feat that is not only achievable—according to the Centre for Natural Material Innovation—but one they hope will beckon in an era of sustainable wooden cities, helping reverse historic emissions from the construction industry.

The research team based at the Faculty of Architecture, is interdisciplinary, composed of architects, biochemists, chemists, mathematicians and engineers, who specialise in plant-based material, including cross-laminated timber, arguably the first major structural innovation since the advent of reinforced concrete, 150 years ago.

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M4 Tunnels officially open

Over the weekend Transport for NSW officially opened the new M4 Tunnels in an exciting milestone for WestConnex!

This game changing project will help reduce congestion, cut travel times and return local streets to locals by taking up to 10,000 trucks off Parramatta Road and bypassing 22 sets of traffic lights.

Check out this video to learn more!

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Smart Slab

The unique architecture project “Smart Slab” combines the excellent structural properties of concrete with the geometric freedom of 3D printing. It allows for the creation of highly optimised building components with complex structural configuration out of concrete. The Smart Slab in DFAB HOUSE is the first full-scale architectural project to be fabricated using 3D-printed formwork.

The project Smart Slab is a collaborative project of the Digital Building Technologies Group (project lead), the Chair of Physical Chemistry of Building Materials, and the Chair of Structural Design at ETH Zurich. It is for the first time implemented as part of the DFAB HOUSE project at the Empa and Eawag NEST research and innovation construction site in Dübendorf.

More information: www.dfabhouse.ch

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This rotating skyscraper is coming to Dubai








The city is planning to build it by 2020. The dynamic tower hotel was designed by David Fisher in 2008. Now it’s finally coming to life. Each floor of the 80-story building will rotate independently giving guests and residents a 360 degree view. An apartment could cost you up top $40 million.

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ACSES Engineers recognised as a leading PhD employer

We are honoured and privileged for being recognised as a leading PhD employer (with less than 500 staff) in the Engineering & Construction industry sector.

The results are the outcome of a research collaboration between CSIRO Data61’s Ribit.net student talent platform and the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI), co-authored by Paul McCarthy and Dr Maaike Wienk.

Here’s a link to the report and a summary.

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Meet the WasteShark








The WasteShark is designed after one of nature’s most efficient harvesters of marine biomass, the Whale Shark. It is designed to swim through water and eat its prey with minimum effort and maximum efficiency.

It is designed for round-the-clock waste collection. It also scans and monitors the environment, sending data back to central command.

  • Purpose: 16 hours a day waste collection; data collection & transmit
  • Waste type: plastics, micro-plastics, alien vegetation (e.g. duckweed), floating debris
  • Territory: trafficked water; confined space; tight angles
  • Steering control: remote controller or plotted
  • Thrust: 5.1 kgf (forward) and 4.1 kgf (reverse) @ 16V
  • Weight: 39 kg unladen
  • Dimension: 1556 mm long x 1078 mm wide x 450 mm deep
  • Carrying capacity: 200 litres
  • Environmental Sensors: Depth, temperature, water quality
  • Data recording: Time, location and journeys

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Dubai to 3D print a quarter of its future buildings








Dubai has taken a step further along the road to making such dreams a reality by announcing that 25% of the city-state’s new buildings will be made using 3D printers by 2025.

The move is part of an ambitious 3D-printing strategy announced in 2016 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of Dubai.

The 3D-printing strategy aims to reduce labour by 70% and cut costs by 90% across different sectors, according to the Dubai Future Foundation.

Perhaps more crucially, 3D-printing construction has the potential to help solve a looming homelessness crisis as more people gravitate to living in cities: the UN predicts that by 2030, the world will have 41 mega-cities with more than 10 million inhabitants.

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