Researchers at the Centre for Built Infrastructure Research at the University of Technology Sydney believe they may have discovered the solution to protecting buildings from earthquakes.
Led by associate professor Behzad Fatahi and supported by Ruoshi Xu, the team believe existing synthetic geotextiles used within building foundations may provide the protection buildings need against earthquakes.
Currently, solutions are expensive and subsequently rarely utilised, which is why the team used a material like a plastic, made up of polypropylene and polyester. The material is commonly found in plastic chairs and tables and is affordable as well as strong and flexible.
What technological developments can we expect to see within the construction industries in 2017?
Well according to a post on Spatialsource.com.au we can expect an uptake in construction spending across Australia which will impact the technology we see. We can expect innovative solutions and methodologies across a number of areas in this sector.
We can expect,
significant advancement of BIM (Building Information Management) and adoption of model-based construction.
Cloud-based design, driven by globalisation.
Growing adoption of the connected site where equipment is connected.
The Smithsonian Institute celebrated its 40th anniversary as the World’s largest Museum and Research Centre and made 40 predictions for the next 4 decades.
One of the most interesting predictions made relating to construction was that sophisticated buildings will be made of mud.
The benefits of mud is that it is renewable and sustainable, including mud brick pressed earth brick, rammed earth , cob, wattle and daub, dug out, earth render and earth bag. All these buildings share the common feature of being composed of raw, unfired earth.
This building material is renewable and sustainable, and the buildings themselves are durable. And these building techniques are not new. Early pyramids were made of earth as well as large sections of the Great Wall of China. In fact buildings made of mud can be found on all continents except Antartica.
In Australia, rammed earth building has become popular among award winning architects as well as with builders around Europe.
The CFMEU says all states should conduct an urgent audit of aluminium cladding products after it came to light that cheap, imported, sub-standard aluminium cladding was behind the fire at the 21-storey apartment complex at Docklands in November 2014.
The product was found to be highly flammable, which caused the fire to spread rapidly through the building, raising fears that a similar incident may repeat itself if an urgent national audit isn’t conducted.
Figures released by The Australian Bureau of Standards show that as housing construction activity remains high in most parts of the country, the high demand has also boosted the cost of building materials.
Consumers will feel the pinch particularly when purchasing products such as plaster, glass and timber and board products.
A number of trades are also in short supply due to the construction boom, as a report by quantity surveying outfit WT Partnerships suggests.