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Concrete In Australia : September 2014
Concrete in Australia Vol 40 No 3 11 most significant change to Australian cement technology in four decades”. Meeting Magnitude 9 Sydney based company, Dincel Construction System (DCS), is receiving international attention for its permanent polymer formwork that clicks into position to build structural walls and columns and filled with ready mix concrete. According to structural engineer Burak Dincel who is also the inventor and managing director of the company, the product has the potential to save thousands of lives. “The opportunity to export our product or set up a factory in countries that are vulnerable to severe seismic activity is very exciting for us ... in earthquake prone regions [it] could literally mean the difference between life and death,” Dincel said. Certified by the University of New South Wales and the CSIRO, the product has also undergone extensive testing at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) by Professor Bijan Samali. Conducted over 24 months, the results concluded the polymer encapsulation can withstand collapsing walls due to an earthquake up to Magnitude 9. Dincel said the product has also been proven as a waterproof solution by the CSIRO that resists corrosion and concrete cancer, making it suitable for subterranean, underwater and chemical environments. “As a load bearing wall system, it achieves up to a 50% reduction in construction time and up to a 40% reduction in the cost of multi-level apartment construction,” Dincel said. The product was recently awarded the Best Environmental Practice Approval Mark after meeting the Green Building Council Best Practice Guidelines for PVC. Working the Pilbara Whittens has signed a $25 million contract with NRW for concrete works at the Roy Hill mine site in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. The scope of works includes three ROM walls and the Coarse Ore Stockpile tunnels and vaults with a combined total of approximately 16,000m3 of concrete. “This upcoming project will require a workforce of approximately 90 people at its peak, and we anticipate it will take around seven months to complete,” company director Tyron Whitten said. Whittens is also managing another large concrete construction project at Roy Hill for BGC of $50 million and has just completed a $15.5 million contract at the Boggabri Coal Handling and Processing Plant in NSW for Thiess Sedgman JV. concrete consstrructionn iiinnovvationnns: RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE ccoonnncccrrretteee 22001155 / rriileeeem m m 220001155 27th Biennial Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia in conjunction with 69th RILEM Week 2015 30 August – 2 September Melbourne, Australia Concrete quality at door opening. PHOTO: DCS CIA 40-3 FINAL.indb 11 CIA 40-3 FINAL.indb 11 26/08/14 9:18 AM 26/08/14 9:18 AM