SIS InfraCore® Technology used in Composite Ship Hulls

SIS InfraCore® Technology used in Composite Ship Hulls

The patented InfraCore® technology that is key to our FiberCore single element large span composite bridges is now being trialed in The Netherlands for use in full composite ship hulls.

There are numerous benefits to composite shipbuilding and its contributions towards greater maritime efficiency and sustainability. A composite vessel would weigh up to 40 percent less than a steel equivalent which would contribute to a considerable reduction in both fuel consumption of up to 25 percent as well as reductions of harmful emissions.

“The use of composites for larger ships has significant advantages for the entire design of the ship,” says Marcel Elenbaas, senior engineer at Research & Technology Support at ship builder DSNS. “If it is lighter, a vessel uses less fuel and produces lower emissions. The vessel also requires smaller engines, which means more space for additional systems, making for a more versatile platform, and of course, composites require considerably less maintenance than a steel vessel. We have the opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness and viability of large-scale composite shipbuilding.”

SIS and our European partners remain at the forefront of innovation in composite technology and remain true to our ethos of creating a more sustainable world.

SIS Mazi® WPC Decking – Darwin Turf Club, Northern Territory, Australia

SIS Mazi® WPC Decking – Darwin Turf Club


SIS supplied roughly 700 square metres of our entrenched market leading Mazi® Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) Decking as part of the multi-million dollar project to construct the Fannie Bay Racing and Sports Club (Silks), a standalone sports venue located at the entrance to the racecourse of the Darwin Turf Club in the Northern Territory, Australia.


For over a decade, we have been supplying this world leading product to customers all over Australia from the Snowy Mountains to the harshest of environments to the iron ore mining camps of the Pilbara region in Western Australia. SIS Mazi® WPC Decking will not rot, splinter or crack and is termite proof and with a guarantee of 25 years, brings piece of mind to all stakeholders.


If you would like to discuss your project or receive a product sample, please email or call 1300 261 074 in Australia or +61 8 7007 0441 from overseas.



SIS FiberCore FRP Bridge for the Llantrisant Community Route – LifeSpan Structures (UK)

A recent project completed by LifeSpan Structures (UK) shows just how attractive our bridge soffits can look. This structure shows the clean lines and lack of steel, concrete or timber girders that in so many instances can take away from the aesthetics of the bridge and surrounds.

A lower deck construction height compared to more traditional materials and the reduced weight of FRP bridges simplified the installation. The new bridge deck was designed to work in conjunction with the crash protection barriers which were installed at the same time and add to the 1000+ FiberCore FRP Composite bridges and bridge decks that are installed around the world today including Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Poland, UK, USA and China. 

SIS proudly represents FiberCore in Oceania, please contact us today to discuss your project needs, request a hard copy catalogue and product sample.


Product Showcase – SIS FiberCore Single Element FRP Truss Bridge

Product Showcase – SIS FiberCore Single Element FRP Truss Bridge – 

The SIS FiberCore Single Element FRP Truss Bridge is a streamlined, composite truss bridge which is impervious to corrosion, oil and chemicals. With a 100 year design life and minimal maintenance requirements under even the most extreme conditions, this bridge provides stakeholders with the best single element pedestrian structure available in the world today. The bridge is one fully integrated structure in which exposed, high-maintenance bolted or bonded connections are eliminated. These lightweight bridges are available with a clear internal width of 1.5 metres and a single span of up to 36 metres.

The SIS FiberCore Single Element FRP Truss Bridge can be supplied with a great deal of customisation including different lengths, different colours with integrated cable protection piping, LED lighting, shore-based power units, movement sensors and integrated access gates.

These high-tech bridges are ideal as fixed abutment to floating marinas / pontoons bridges, general use pedestrian bridges and escape / emergency use bridges and are engineered to all required codes and standards to ensure the highest level of safety and performance. They are non-conductive and we can tailor fire properties to specific customer requirements.

Contact SIS today for further information or to discuss your project.





SIS Supplier FiberCore Europe Manufactures 1000th FRP Bridge

FiberCore Europe Manufactures 1000th FRP Bridge – A special moment in the development of prefabricated #FRP bridges: the 1000th prefabricated FRP bridge with InfraCore® Inside by FiberCore Europe has been ordered. The bridge represents a milestone in the young history of FRP as a construction material for the construction of bridges. FiberCore was at the cradle of this revolutionary development. 1000 bridges is a milestone that SIS has assisted FiberCore Europe in achieving as these revolutionary structures have been shipped to all cornders of the globe including #Australia. With each project, FiberCore took a step closer to the recognition of FRP as a building material in infrastructure. FRP is now a recognized building material in bridge construction & infrastructure. FiberCore bridges with InfraCore® Inside are built to fit within the Eurocode and the CUR 96: 2019; the European standards for safe construction. The bridges are sustainable, maintenance-free and suitable for a circular economy; they are completely & easily repositionable. And that’s not a bad idea, with bridges that last more than 100 years. #Infrastructure of the future. Proudly brought to the Nations of Oceania by Sustainable Infrastructure Systems

SISCO-FC FRP Fixings Supplied to Geoscience Australia, Macquarie Island – Sub Antarctic

SISCO-FC FRP Fixings for Geoscience Australia, Macquarie Island – Sub Antarctic


After rigorous sample testing, SIS have supplied Geoscience Australia in conjunction with the Australian Antarctic Division with a shipment of SISCo-FC FRP Fixings, that included large diameter threaded rod, hexagonal flanged nuts and accessories. Geoscience Australia has a magnetic observatory (making it mandatory that our materials were 100% non ferrous) on the island and undertakes seismological measurements and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency has a radionuclide station installed to detect nuclear explosions and the illegal release of toxic gases present into the atmosphere.


The Antarctic division’s website describes the station as an “important global monitoring location for scientific research, including monitoring southern hemisphere climatic data.”


Ecologist Melissa Houghton has been going to Macquarie Island since 2010 and continues work on projects there. “The contribution of Macquarie Island in terms of science is just enormous,” she said. “Macquarie Island is one of the world’s natural wonders, it is a magic place – people who have been down there are very passionate about it. “It’s raw. The place is literally a piece of the Earth’s crust thrust out of the ocean and you’ve got these giant petrels wheeling about like pterodactyls. It’s primordial. Every day is a tempest. You just feel so alive, so lucky.”

SIS Project Director, Luigi Rossi visits FiberCore Europe in Rotterdam

Last week SIS Project Director, Luigi Rossi visited FiberCore Europe in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Luigi spent a week studying the manufacturing process and working through a range of exciting upcoming projects for SIS in Oceania. Luigi is pictured with the founders of the patented InfraCore Technology, Simon de Jong and Jan Peeters – Global pioneers in composite fibre technology. InfraCore Technology is the backbone of all FiberCore FRP Composite Bridges.

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.