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Political Commentary

Caravan or House?

#caravan #tinyhouse #compliance As tiny houses increase in popularity we look at the compliance of these dwellings to determine whether they are in fact caravans or houses. As our cities get denser the tiny house could be an alternative to apartments however their compliance needs to be addressed first before they are rolled out at […]

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Construction

Tiny Houses

#TinyHouses #Construction #Morrison The Morrison government is hoping that the “Tiny Houses” industry will grow by $30 billion dollars and create over 20,000 new jobs. I question some of these aspirations given my experience in the industry and the amount of imported modular construction that occurred during the recent mining boom. References

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Construction

Work on Collins Arch Halted – References

#CBUS #CollinsArch #PrecastIssues Work has been halted on CBUS’s Collins Arch project at 447 Collins Street in Melbourne because of Pre-Cast Column issues. Given recent events at Opal Tower, it is not surprising that people are concerned. References Precast column movement concerns stops work at CBUS 447 Collins Street, Pantscaper twin tower projecthttps://www.propertyobserver.com.au/forward-planning/investment-strategy/property-news-and-insights/97069-precast-column-movement-concerns-stops-work-at-cbus-447-collins-street-pantscaper-twin-tower-project.html China’s strangest […]

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Opal Tower

Engineers Australia Responds to Opal Tower – References

#OpalTower #Icon #Failure I look at Engineers Australia’s response to the Opal Tower Disaster and the various government responses. References Events like Opal Tower are shaping the future of engineering and that isn’t a good thing https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/News/events-opal-tower-are-shaping-future-engineering-and-isnt-good-thing

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Construction

Calls for a Building Industry Royal Commission – References

#RoyalCommission #Construction #Australia I look at recent calls by the Builders Collective for a Royal Commission into our Building Industry and learn about the powers of a Royal Commission. Read More: Why Buildings Stand Up https://amzn.to/2stNb5O Why Buildings Fall Down Why Structures Fail https://amzn.to/2RqpREZ References ‘Appalling failures’: call for building industry royal commission https://www.insurancenews.com.au/daily/appalling-failures-call-for-building-industry-royal-commission

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Elara Apartment

The Elara Apartment Disaster – References

#Elara #Construction #Failure I look at the Elara Apartment disaster in which owners have an estimated $19 million repair build due to shoddy construction work. Opal Tower is shining a light on questionable construction practices in Australia, but sadly owners seem to be the people paying. References Elara apartment owners lose Federal Court compensation bid […]

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Opal Tower

The Opal Tower Engineer Responds to the final report – References

#OpalTower #Icon #Failure I look at WSP’s response to the Final Report regarding the Opal Tower Failure. Looks like the project was procured via a design and construction methodology with changes made to the approved engineering design. Read More: Why Buildings Stand Up https://amzn.to/2stNb5O Why Buildings Fall Down Why Structures Fail https://amzn.to/2RqpREZ References WSP’S APPROVED […]

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Political Commentary

The Opal Tower Architect Responds to the Final Report – References

#OpalTower #Icon #Failure I look at the response to the Final Report released by the Architect of the Opal Tower, Bates Smart Read More: Why Buildings Stand Up https://amzn.to/2stNb5O Why Buildings Fall Down Why Structures Fail https://amzn.to/2RqpREZ References 22.02.19 OPAL TOWER FINAL REPORT CONFIRMS CAUSE OF STRUCTURAL DEFECTS https://www.batessmart.com/bates-smart/media/newsroom/opal-tower/

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Opal Tower

Low Strength Concrete Used in Opal – References

#OpalTower #Icon #Failure The final report of the Opal Tower Investigation has been released and we look at an initial ABC article. The good news is that Opal is bringing the systematic failures in our construction industry to light. Read More: Why Buildings Stand Up https://amzn.to/2stNb5O Why Buildings Fall Down Why Structures Fail https://amzn.to/2RqpREZ References […]

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Construction Opal Tower

Lessons from Opal – The Shergold Weir Report – References

Part One – Executive Summary Part one in my series reading through the 2018 Building Confidence Shergold Weir report about improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia. In part one we read the Forward and Executive Summary. Part Two – Background and Introduction Part two in […]