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4 SIS FiberCore Golf Bridges Installed in Australia

SIS & FiberCore Europe have just completed the fabrication, supply & installation of 4 FRP composite golf bridges within the Australian & New Zealand marketplace. An exciting time for #composites in infrastructure with product design life of 100 years. A very satisfied customer, The Castle Hill Country Club in Sydney, Australia – the video says it all! Excellence in Engineered Composite Bridges. 

SIS Visits Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands

SIS Visits Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands

 

Last week, our Director – Structures, Nick Wotton visited the Technical University of Delft in The Netherlands and met with Dr. Marko Pavlovic – Assistant Professor of Steel & Composite Structures – Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences. TU Delft is ranked 4th in the 2019 QS World Rankings in Civil Engineering and is a global leader in Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composite engineering.

 

Nick was given a tour of one of the world’s most unique FRP Composite test facilities at TU Delft where they have developed the Hexapod. Weighing in at approximately 60 tonnes, it is also referred to as ‘The Beast’. The machine is multi-axial, which means it can move in six directions. The facility has vast experience in development and testing Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composites and offers the World’s only dedicated course in FRP – Composites in Structural Engineering.

 

TU Delft’s laboratories have been involved in the development of a bio-resin FRP Composite bridge made out of flax and resins derived from plants. It is the first time this bio composite material has been used on this scale and is a giant leap forward to promote more eco-friendly construction materials. SIS technical professionals are working with TU Delft and FiberCore Europe to bring these technologies to the Oceania region as we move in to our next phase of manufacturing in Australia. 

 

 

 

FiberCore SIS 18m Clear Span Composite Bridge for The Municipality of Rotterdam

FiberCore SIS Bridge for The Municipality of Rotterdam

FiberCore Europe have recently manufactured and supplied an 18 metre clear-span, 5m wide FRP bridge to The Municipality of Rotterdam. This elegant prefabricated single element composite bridge is a wonderful addition to this vibrant city’s open space parklands and replaces an outdated and degrading structure.

 

All FiberCore SIS bridges require almost zero maintenance and will last at least 100 years. A smart, sustainable and advantageous choice by the Municipality. 

SIS Collaboration with University of Southern Queensland’s’ Centre for Future Materials – FiberCore® Infracore®

Members of SIS’ structures team along with representatives from FiberCore Europe have recently met with the University of Southern Queensland’s’ (USQ) Centre for Future Materials, who are one of the world’s leading authorities on FRP composite testing and engineering.

 

The Centre for Future Materials (CFM) has gained a reputation for pioneering research and development in engineered fibre composites. The Centre prioritises research and development in advanced composite manufacturing, functional materials, civil composites, and geopolymer.

 

Specialising in applied research with industry, CFM also operates a dedicated industry test service for more than 1000 business clients across multiple sectors both nationally and internationally. The testing services, in compliance with national and international standards, ranges from materials characterisation, polymer analysis, mechanical testing and large scale structural testing.

 

SIS has begun collaboration discussions with USQ and intend to engage the university to undertake performance testing of our technology in their facility as we continue the expansion of FiberCore® Infracore® technology into the Australian, New Zealand and Oceanic market.

SIS Hosts FiberCore Europe at the 9th Australian Small Bridges Conference

Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (Aust.) Pty Ltd last week hosted FiberCore Europe’s General Manager, Mr Jan Kroon and Dr. Martijn Veltkamp, Senior Design Engineer at the 9th Australian Small Bridges Conference on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

 

Mr. Kroon & Dr. Veltkamp gave a presentation at the conference on their Infracore® patented FRP bridge technology exclusively distributed by SIS in Australia & New Zealand and also delivered an abstract on Eurocode and the Design, Manufacture and Installation of 62 Clear Span FRP Bridges to the City of Rotterdam (NL).

 

SIS Director of Structures Mr Nick Wotton and National Structures Manager Mr Josh Dolan also attended the conference, pointing out that being in the one location with over 300 engineers and designers was the perfect opportunity to discuss the FiberCore technology. SIS were also proud to be Silver Sponsors of the conference which hosted engineers from all over the world.

 

To learn more about the most advanced FRP bridge technology, contact SIS today.

SIS Fibre Reinforced Polymer FRP Bridges – Guidance for Designers

Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Bridges – Guidance for Designers – It has been a natural progression to consider #FRP in the construction of new bridges. Progress in the uptake of FRP for bridge engineering has been partly restricted by the lack of suitable design standards and guidance for the use of these materials to enable technically efficient and economic design.

 

Not anymore. Thanks to Composites UK – Trade Association a 156 page design guide was released late last year.

 

Through our FiberCore Europe partnership, we are bringing prefabricated single element large span bridges to the Australian and New Zealand market place, representing market leading technology able to achieve a design life of 100 years.

 

Click on the following link to download the design guide: https://lnkd.in/gd49P8Q

World Record 42m – Prefabricated FRP Bridge Delivered to Belgium

The longest prefabricated FRP composite bridge in the world manufactured by FiberCore Europe B.V. was recently delivered from their factory in Rotterdam to its final destination – Bruges in the Flemish region of Belgium, during the night on the Dutch and Flemish motorways.

 

With a length of 42 metres, the bridge is longer than an average Boeing 737!

 

The bridge has now been installed to replace the first old wooden ‘Canada Bridge’ on behalf of the Flemish Waterway NV and West Construct/BESIX. With a second bridge currently being manufactured, this demonstrates FiberCore’s innovative Infracore FRP bridge technology as accepted world leading technology.  

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 – 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


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