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Defect Free Building in New South Wales

I have been chairman of the multi-disciplinary committee (MDC) of Engineers Australia since 2012. A lot has happened in the last four years. In 2014 Michael Lambert (previously NSW Treasury Official) was appointed by the government to undertake a report into concerning standards in the building industry. This has been a problem for the government […]

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Rickard Engineering for NSW Schools

Rickard Engineering involvement with Public Works/DET On June 30th 2016, responsibility for the structural maintenance of NSW Schools became the responsibility of DET only, with the demise of the Public Works organisation. Charles Rickard has been working in this area since 1984. On average he is asked to visit around 30 schools a year. His […]

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USE OF REGULAR AGED TESTING OF MODERN MIXES OF GRC TO JUSTIFY A HIGHER ACCEPTABLE DESIGN STRESS IS LONG OVERDUE

GRC was first developed in the 1950’s by the Building Research Establishment UK. Pilkington Bros developed its commercial application in the 1960’s. Since that time engineers have always given appropriate consideration to long-term loss of strength due to fibre creep. 60 years later, designers still use the same rules originally developed. However, mix design has […]

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