In the Headlines: This Month’s Engineering Updates

In the Headlines: This Month’s Engineering Updates

RIS Contract for Brisbane’s Cross River Rail Finalised

Image source: UGL

Earlier last week, CIMIC announced that they had reached contract award stage with the Queensland Government as part of their delivery of the $900 million Rail, Infrastructure and Systems (RIS) contract. The Unity Alliance (CIMIC, CPB, UGL, AECOM and Jacobs) will deliver the design, supply and installation of rail systems, brownfield integration works, Exhibition Station upgrades, signalling and telecommunications work across the project.  While there’s still little official word on the $2.73 billion TSD (Tunnel, Stations and Development) package won by the Pulse consortium, CPB confirmed the package had reached contractual close.


Infrastructure Australia’s 2019 Audit Points To A ?New Normal? For Engineers

Image source: Infrastructure Australia Audit

In Infrastructure Australia’s recently released Infrastructure Audit, the group highlighted that Australia may not be going through an ?infrastructure boom? as many have hailed it. Instead, the group suggesting that we as a nation are ushering in a ?new normal? heightened level of activity in response to demand for infrastructure to support Australia’s growing population and urban centres.

Since the last audit in 2015, over $123 billion worth of work has commenced, with further commitments of over $200 billion now in the nation’s infrastructure pipeline.   


Lendlease Selling Their Engineering Division

Image source: HASSELL

The Lendlease Group announced that it would be selling its engineering and services division, and will focus in on its more profitable construction, investment and development divisions. The news comes after the company announced it would be taking a $500 million hit on the GUN (Gateway Upgrade North) and KSD (Kingford Smith Drive) projects in Brisbane, on top of the NorthConnex tunnel in Sydney. 


Aurecon Cutting Ties With Adani

Image source: Grad Australia

In a statement released late August, Aurecon has announced it will be cutting commercial ties with Adani when its current contract expired in the next six to nine months.

The consultancy has ruled out working on future projects, despite having provided engineering, procurement and construction services for Abbot Point sine 2005.

This comes just days after Engineers Without Borders announced they would be cutting ties with sponsor GHD over the consultancy’s involvement with the Carmichael Coal Mine.


Sydney Metro Tunnel Machine Makes Way Under Harbour Rail Crossing

Image source: Infrastructure Magazine

Sydney Metro’s Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) ?Kathleen? has already started tunnelling its 1km path 30m under the Sydney Harbour through to Blues Point. Four TBMS have already been used in the project, completing over 31km of tunnel work so far.


Safety Overhaul Clears Half of QLD Mining Workforce

Image source: Australian Mining

Under the Queensland Government’s Safety Reset initiative, nearly half of the state’s 50,000 workforce had completed mandatory safety sessions as of August 19. With the end of the month in sight, there are just hours left for the remaining workforce to complete their reset sessions before the end of August deadline?


Northern Star Revealed as Bidder on Super Pit

Image source: Australian Mining

Barrick Gold has revealed that Northern Star Resources is among the frontunning bidders for the Super Pit gold mine in Kalgoorlie-Boulder after rumours circling around the Diggers and Dealers Mining Forum earlier this month. 


Glencore Given Green Light to Extend McArthur Mine

Image source: Fortune 

Earlier this month, the Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Paul Kirby announced he had granted approval to an amendment on the MRM mine’s management plan, meaning that Glencore can begin work on the expansion project. 


Side Projects You Have to See:

Flying Electric Watercraft

Video and article thumbnail source: Engineers Australia

Homegrown startup Electro.Aero has made headlines this month with their electric hydrofoil design. At first glance, the WaveFlyer looks similar to a traditional jetski, but rises above the water when operated using a hydrofoil propulsion system.



Human-Powered Helicopter

Video source: CNN

This viral project from the University of Toronto has made the rounds again online this month, with the 58-metre quad-rotor design still mesmerising six years down the track from its maiden flight. 


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