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Chapter 6

I Construction During The Settlement Years

II The Use Of Timber As A Structural Material

III Structural Steel

IV Concrete Technology

V Housing
i First Settlement Technology
ii Development of the Industry
iii The Adoption of Solar Energy for Water Heating
iv Most Favourable Construction Productivity
v Housing in Cyclone Prone Localities

VI Industrialised Pre-cast Concrete Housing

VII Ports And Harbours

VIII Roads

IX Heavy Foundations

X Bridges

XI Sewerage

XII Water Engineering

XIII Railways

XIV Major Buildings

XV Airports

XVI Thermal Power Stations

XVII Materials Handling

XVIII Oil Industry

XIX The Snowy Mountains Scheme

XX The Sydney Opera House

XXI The Sydney Harbour Bridge

XXII Hamersley Iron

XXIII North West Shelf

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Housing in Cyclone Prone Localities

In 1974, Darwin was hit by a cyclone of unprecedented ferocity. At that time, structures generally, and houses in particular, were rarely designed to withstand cyclonic forces. This neglect resulted in almost total devastation of the town and the subsequent production of entirely new codes and specifications for future buildings. A document known as 'Category 1 -Home Building in Cyclonic Areas' clearly specifies the standards now required and the achievement of them is rigidly controlled by competent inspectors and supervisors. The new provisions call for integrally tied structures anchored to appropriate foundations by means of full length steel rods, extending through to the top plates of the building frames. Provision is also made for the safe shelter of the occupants in the event of any future untoward natural forces.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - CSIRO

People in Bright Sparcs - Rowell, L. E.

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