Reclassification of Coastal Hazard Areas!

CaptureThe government in Queensland has made the decision to reclassify coastal hazard areas based on the potential for sea levels to rise. This decision is expected to benefit both long term planning and local councils in deciding on the use for land in these hazard areas. The decision has been applauded by industry members and experts as a way to enable more prudent planning and decision making for future land development designs. Continue reading

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Women in Engineering

downloadThe current percentage of women working in engineering is under twelve percent. Having so few women engineers, both incoming into engineering programs and retaining a professional practice, is a long standing concern. The question is, why is it that the proportion of women in engineering is so low? It seems this concern has yet to have its reasons seriously addressed.

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Building Homes in Australia

buildahouseIf you intend to build a house in a high bushfire risk area, there are some regulations you will need to follow in order to fulfil the requirements for residential permits. The requirements that proposals need to adhere to are set out by the Government of South Australia. Details of these requirements can be found in the Building Code Australia state variations. Plans are assessed according to the bushfire protection planning provisions of the relevant local area development plan. The County fire service also needs to be referred to in relation to how difficult protecting the structure from bushfire will be.

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The History of Storm Water Management

downloadStorm water management’s history started in the 80s when the EPA did a Nationwide Urban run-off Program (NURP) study. This study was to evaluate the extent of the effects of urban run-off on water quality problems, and also to evaluate how to control urban run-off. The recommendation that resulted from the NURP study was that urban run-off should be added to the list of environmental issues that require control in order to protect water quality. Continue reading

UK Growth in the Civil Engineering Sector

civil-engineeringThe civil engineering industry in the United Kingdom has grown by almost a fifth in the last year! Research has shown that this growth has taken place across the country, equating to very positive things for the economy.

It is documented that at the end of 2014, there were 159,000 people working in the civil engineering sector. That was an increase of 17.7% which amounts to an additional 135,000 people from the year of 2013. This is actually the fastest increase in employees that the civil engineering sector has experienced in the last five years. This is an impressive peak but it is still below the high of 174,000 employees that were employed in the sector in 2009. Continue reading

Trends in Construction to Watch Out For This Year!

cdo-construction-august-2013As the economy continues to improve, so too will the construction market. To catalyse and sustain this growth, new trends are already emerging within the global construction market. The following trends described in this post will show a glimpse of how the construction market is continuing to evolve and what it will look like throughout 2015 and beyond.

The old idea that engineering design and construction companies were separate entities has been scrapped in favour for a more efficient joint effort. For example, important data for engineering design is often created in-house, then contracted out to an outsourced firm to develop. This method relies on many individual components and companies working together, which is practically a recipe for time mismanagement and miscommunication. Continue reading

How Can Engineering Firms Stay Skilled?!

employment-headerEngineering is a career that requires a large amount of skill and knowledge in order to do the job properly. It is an industry that is constantly dveloping and changing as new technologies and methods are explored. For new engineers entering the sector this can be quite daunting. However, those who have been employed as engineers for several years can also find it tricky to always be up to date. Making the time to investigate, research and learn new skills is essential to being the best engineer possible! Continue reading