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SIS Launches FibreCore Europe’s FRP Clear Span Composite Bridges From 2m to 30m in to Australia & New Zealand

Until now, lightweight large single span composite bridges have not been available to designers, architects, engineers and stakeholders in Australia & New Zealand. Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (SIS) is proud to introduce FiberCore Europe’s InfraCore® Inside technology. More than 700 InfraCore® bridges and bridge decks have been delivered in the Netherlands, Belgium, England, France, Italy, Sweden, Norway, China and the USA. An important moment in the development of the company was the real scale research, which proved that the InfraCore® technology does not show any fatigue or any other structural failure for 100 years. The ability to pre fabricate bridge elements off-site can dramatically improve how projects are delivered. Ultimately, this method of construction provides significant benefits when it comes to maximising speed and safety and minimising disruption. The low weight of our InfraCore® elements and manufacturing off-site has some significant advantages.

 

  1. The disruption to surrounding road or rail infrastructure can be heavily reduced;
  2. Safety risks associated with construction are redirected towards the manufacturing plant – being controlled environments there is much less that can go wrong, when it comes to safety;
  3. Production of elements off-site means projects are more predictable when it comes to costs;
  4. Reduction of labour necessary for constructing projects on site, which is a significant benefit when it comes to projects in congested or remote areas;
  5. Abutments and / or foundations required are approximately one third of that required for concrete and steel constructions;
  6. Construction speed will minimise building time and road closures. For construction work that is well prepared, our FRP bridges can be installed within one hour.

 

To view FiberCore documentation please proceed to the downloads link in this website.

SIS Delivers FRP Solution for Brisbane City Councils’ Ivory Lane Bridge

After 12 months of material testing and certification, SIS has delivered an FRP decking product for Ivory Lane Walkway for the Brisbane City Council.

 

The project required unique FRP profiles which were not readily available on the market. SIS was able to overcome project challenges by manufacturing new tooling, enabling us to deliver on the specific needs of the client. This innovation demonstrates SIS’ versatility and ability to adapt to the needs of our customers and their projects. With emergency vehicle loads being applied in addition to standard shared path loads, SIS started from scratch to deliver a product that was robust whilst being small enough to be retrofitted to the existing superstructure.

 

Brisbane City Council chose SIS’ StructuralComp™ FRP SISCo-Deck over other offerings due to its high level of performance after a rigorous testing and certification process. Not only is FRP decking cost-effective for the stakeholder due to its superior design life, but it also minimises maintenance and the environmental impact that such projects may have.

 

Take a look at our range of FRP products here: http://www.sisau.com.au/catalogue/products/footbridges/

SIS Launches CoreSpan® – Co-Extruded Aluminium Wood Plastic Composite

SIS is pleased to launch CoreSpan®, our new range of co-extruded aluminium wood plastic composite profiles.

Projects finished with CoreSpan® hybrid profiles exhibit the exceptional aesthetic qualities of natural wood, with superior durability.

CoreSpan® represents the future of design through innovative material selection and manufacturing processes.

Unlike natural timbers, CoreSpan® will never fade, warp, rot or generate splinters.

CoreSpan® profiles are durable, dimensionally stable, remain perfectly straight and can be installed even under the most extreme climatic conditions.

For more information, please view our CoreSpan® document here – http://www.sisau.com.au/downloads/

Matagarup Pedestrian Bridge Opens to Public

A new addition to Perth’s Swan River is the recently opened Matagarup Bridge. The footbridge, constructed by a consortium which included world-renowned Italian design and construction firm Rizzani de Eccher, was labelled by transport minister Rita Saffioti as being “one of the most technically difficult constructions to ever take place in WA”.

The pedestrian bridge spans 400m and leads users directly to Perth Stadium. Up until now access to the stadium has been limited, making the footbridge a hugely beneficial inclusion of the sporting precinct.

However, it is not only its practicality which has been the focal point throughout the construction of the pedestrian bridge, but also its striking appearance. The Matagarup Bridge showcases the increasing capability of both architecture and engineering. Its curved and spiralling edges differentiate it from other bridges, making it an impressive pedestrian structure.

The footbridge is aptly named in recognition of the local Whadjuk Indigenous community, and means ‘a place where the river is only leg deep, allowing it to be crossed’.

SIS Congratulates Quickstep Holdings Limited

SIS congratulates Quickstep Holdings Limited on their receipt of funding for production of F-35 Lightning II countermeasure flare housings.

The F-35 Lightning II program is one of the World’s largest defence programs and this funding will be supplied by the defence industry sector of the US and Australian Governments. Not only is this approval of funding testament to the strength, durability and reliability of composite materials, but also to the growing recognition of these materials as being the future of infrastructure and production.

Here at SIS we are excited to see the application of composite materials being taken into this sphere and commend Quickstep on their innovation in doing so.

View our range of composite materials here: http://www.sisau.com.au/

SIS Delivers WPC / FRP Beach Access Staircase

Before and after the beach access staircase upgrade.

SIS is proud to have recently delivered a beach access staircase at Henley Beach for the City of Charles Sturt (SA). SIS were head contractors on the project and completed the design, engineering and installation.

 

The staircase is hybrid in nature, featuring Fibreglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Grating, Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) posts and Stainless Steel Handrailing.

 

Projects in beach terrains offer challenges regarding anchorage points and ongoing concerns surrounding corrosion. The delivery of this project, despite these challenges, is a testament to the versatility and durability of composite products, as well as the SIS team.

 

The durability, in particular, of composite FRP & WPC products means that this staircase will be able to be used and enjoyed by the community for many decades to come.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact SIS and ask to speak with a structures manager for further information.

 

 

 

 

Recycled Plastic Asphalt Trial – Fulton Hogan

SIS wish to congratulate Fulton Hogan on their recent large-scale trial of incorporating recycled plastic into bitumen binder to make asphalt.

 

The trial section, conducted at Christchurch International Airport, was laid in late May 2018 and involved the use of used plastic oil containers, which would have otherwise been sent to landfill. Fulton Hogan reuses oil that they collect from businesses as an alternative fuel source. The plastic containers are shredded and granulated before being incorporated into the bitumen.

 

The plastic-bitumen asphalt created with these containers will be used for the loading of heavy vehicle traffic.

 

SIS’ product development team members have been working to incorporate recycled, post-consumer waste plastic into our products for over 20 years.  As strong supporters of recycled products and of the infrastructure industry, SIS are very proud to support initiatives such as this. Not only do these sorts of approaches minimise the negative environmental impact of plastic waste, but they also recognise the high quality and performability of plastic products in infrastructure settings.

 

View our range of recycled plastic and plastic composite (WPC & FRP) products here: http://www.sisau.com.au/catalogue/products/oem/

Combating Challenges Using FRP Composite Pedestrian Structures

When Working in Sensitive Environments, you Need a Sensible Approach

It is very easy to take the FRP boardwalks, FRP footbridges and FRP viewing platforms we tread upon on our weekend hikes for granted. The reality is, when creating infrastructure which allows people to enjoy the environment, there is a lot of attention to detail and careful consideration to be had.

There are unique challenges to putting together these sorts of pedestrian structures, particularly in natural environments.

  • How do you get the material to the location? Often there is no road access, and there may be rough terrain to navigate.
  • How do you ensure the work can be done safely in this kind of setting?
  • How do you ensure the structure will stand up to the harsh, natural environment?
  • How do you do all of this while also causing minimal damage to the natural surroundings?

This is where FRP (Fibreglass Reinforced Plastic) comes in.

FRP Products are lightweight in comparison to traditional building materials, making their transport to challenging environments far more efficient and effective.

FRP Products can also be pre-fabricated and cut to size before being transported to the site, limiting the amount of more dangerous activity workers are engaging in when they are operating in these natural, hard to access terrains.

Additionally, the durability of FRP is second to none. It doesn’t corrode like steel, and it won’t rot like timber. It performs excellently in harsh environments.

Most importantly, the extensive life expectancy of our FRP products means that maintenance will be little to none – allowing the natural environment to remain largely undisturbed.

SIS are highly experienced in helping navigate the challenges of a projects in natural settings. Just take a look http://www.sisau.com.au/news/

SIS Supplying the Australian Defence Force (ADF) – Dunnage

SIS has proudly supplied the Australian Defence Force (ADF) a range of products recently including Solid Composite Plastic Transport Dunnage, Hollow Thick-Wall Light Weight Deployment Dunnage & FRP Antenna Shrouds. Having now obtained ‘Recognised Supply’ status with the Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) we are working with the ADF on a broad range of projects initiating change from traditional materials to advanced composite plastics with better performance characteristics.

SIS – 2017 Outdoor Design Source

SIS are pleased to participate again in this years Outdoor Design Source Magazine – The latest edition of ODS is packed with everything needed to specify your next external works project! From planning and design, to water management, hard and soft landscaping, industry information, and more – ODS puts it all at your fingertips. Find SIS on page 254 of the hard copy or at: http://www.outdoordesign.com.au/landscape-supplies/Sustainable-Infrastructure-Systems-Aust.-Pty-Ltd/009679/14518

Sustainable Trails Conference 2017 – FRP Walkways

SIS is proud to sponsor the 2017 Sustainable Trails Conference in Thredbo, NSW from the 1st – 4th May hosted by TRC Tourism. This setting is in Australia’s beautiful Snowy Mountains and the conference will explore many topics and hear from many experts on a range of topics including trends in trails use, planning, design and maintenance. Attendees are coming from far and wide including across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Nepal & Japan.


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