Australia has emerged as one of the world’s fastest-growing construction sectors, largely due to massive, multi-billion infrastructure projects across the nation. Leading the way is the construction of new port terminals, mining, and energy projects, many of which are focused on providing China and India with coal and iron ore for steel production.

Plans are underway to construct port terminals with a capacity of some 1.5 billion metric tons a year by 2022, and to lay up to 3,700 kilometers of rail track.

Companies winning bids to facilitate these massive mineral and energy projects include Australia’s biggest builder, Leighton Holdings Ltd (LEI), along with Bechtel Group Inc, and General Electric Co. Industry insiders predict Australia’s growth will sustain for many years, with large mining operations like BHP and Rio Tinto planning to raise ore exports by 538 million tons over the next five years.

Home Automation

Call it ‘domotics,’ and you are likely to receive a blank stare, but refer to it as ‘smart home’ or ‘home automation,’ and you will get a nod of acknowledgement. For the past few years, consumers have heard the word ‘smart’ attached to countless products and services, from food and drink to snacks like popcorn and mobile phones, which no one seems to refer to as a ‘cellphone’ anymore. Yet what, exactly, constitutes ‘smart’?

July 14, 2020, 10:02 AM AEST