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Sapphire to Woolgoolga Offset Project ORE than thirty threatened species including ospreys, koalas, yellow– bellied gliders and threatened bat and frog species have had their habitat guaranteed in the South Moonee Forest at Moonee Beach. Approximately 100 hectares of land in South Moonee Forest at Moonee Beach, 10 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour, have been purchased as part of the Pacific Highway Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade. Duty Senator for Cowper, Matt Thistlethwaite, said the South Moonee Forest area would be beneficial to the community as the area would be protected from future developmen “An additional aerial-rope fauna crossing linking the forest area to vegetated areas to the west of the upgraded highway will also be provided as part of the biodiversity offset package,” the Senator said. “This will help connect natural habitats for threatened glider species which have been recorded in the area.


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“South Moonee Forest will be a key part of the biodiversity package to offset the direct and indirect impacts of the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade,” he said. Coffs Harbour MP, Andrew Fraser, said the Minister for Planning’s Condition of Approval for the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade required RMS to provide approximately 100 hectares of native vegetation to meet its biodiversity offset requirements. “Roads and Maritime Services had been working closely with the Environment Protection Authority, the National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) and Coffs Harbour City Council during the purchase process. “It is likely the area will be transferred to NPWS to form part of the Coffs Coast Regional Park to ensure conservation values of the area are maintained going forward,” said Mr Fraser. The Federal Labor Government has committed $632 million to the $705 million Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade and the NSW Government has committed $73 million.

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In this issue: • Federal Updates on Road

Infrastructure Projects New Hunter Expressway: 20 Year Vision Continues to Take Shape Page 3 • Australian Construction Equipment Expo Feature Construction Equipment Expo set to deliver platform to inspire, educate and inform Pages 4-7 • AustStab Road Stabilisation Feature Pages 8-18 • Federal Updates on Road Infrastructure Projects $18.5M Monaro Highway Duplication in Fyshwick Opens to Traffic Page 19 • Equipment Review - PAVERS Feature Pages - 20-24 • Road and Street Sweeping Feature Pages 25-27 • Federal Updates on Road Infrastructure Projects Tunnelling Starts on Legacy Way Page 28

Federal Updates on Road Infrastructure Projects from the Office of Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese

New Hunter Expressway: 20 Year Vision Continues to Take Shape


ECENTLY I joined Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon onsite to inspect progress on the construction of the $1.7 billion Hunter Expressway and had the privilege of being one of the first people to walk across the highest of eight bridges being erected as part of the new road’s Newcastle Interchange.

Above: Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese

Planning Begins on Tenterfield Heavy Vehicle Bypass and Bolivia Hill Upgrade

Almost two years to the day since work started on this massive road project and I’m pleased to report that despite the engineering challenges involved it is running on time and on budget. When it comes to infrastructure, Federal Labor means and does what it says. Indeed, the progress that’s been made in a relatively short period of time is a tribute to the expertise and dedication of the contractors and their workers – and there is no better example of the challenges they have had to confront than the bridge I walked over today. Stretching 155 metres across the F3 and erected using a technique called ‘incremental launching’, each of the bridge’s eight segments were pushed into place by 800 tonne hydraulic jacks. This process began back in April and has only just been completed. Once completed in 2013, the new Expressway will cut travel times between Newcastle and Branxton by half an hour and take up to 30,000 vehicles a day off the New England Highway and away from the towns of Thornton, Maitland and Rutherford. It will also stand as a lasting legacy of our highly successful Economic Stimulus Plan. But importantly, this project is only one part of the unprecedented investment Federal Labor has made in the Hunter since coming to office in late 2007. We have also undertaken the most extensive upgrade of the region’s rail network in generations. For almost two centuries this region has played a major role in Australia’s extraordinary transformation from a colonial outpost to a modern, prosperous society – and with proper long term planning and the right support from government there’s no reason why its role in our country’s future can’t be just as significant. All up, infrastructure investment in NSW has more than doubled under Federal Labor from $132 to $265 per person. We’re providing a record $11.6 billion – or a third of our current Nation Building Program – to renew the State’s road and rail infrastructure.

PLANNING for the Tenterfield Heavy Vehicle Bypass and an upgrade of the New England Highway at Bolivia Hill has kicked off with the study areas for both projects released for the first time to the public.

Photos show progress on the construction of the $1.7 billion Hunter Expressway

The release of the study areas is part of the planning process which will help us determine a proposed route, costings and realistic construction timetables for both projects. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese said extensive community consultation will occur as planning work progresses. “The commencement of this planning work is good news for the community, who have been eager to see the progression of both projects,” Mr Albanese said. “For the first time, the community will be able to view the proposed locations of both projects and provide their feedback on preferred routes.” “Both projects will improve safety, ease congestion and reduce travel times for the travelling public,” NSW Minister for Roads Duncan Gay said. “A bypass would take up to 600 trucks and thousands of cars a day off the local streets of Tenterfield and deliver safer driving conditions and shorter travel times for all motorists that use this section of highway.” Further south of Tenterfield the section of highway around Bolivia Hill has a poor safety record. An upgrade would improve road safety, reduce travel times and ease congestion. The Federal Labor Government is providing $6 million to fully fund both these studies under the Nation Building Program. To view the displays online, visit: projects/index.html

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Construction Equipment Expo set to deliver platform to inspire, educate and inform The three day Australian Construction and Equipment Expo Queensland (ACE QLD) will open in less than a week and will deliver a platform aimed to inspire, educate and inform those in the industry. Maureen Ryan, Event Manager, Exhibitions and Trade Fairs, said that the Expo will offer a unique and highly relative seminar program during two of the three exhibition days. “There will be a free ‘walk in, walk out’ morning seminar program on the Thursday and Friday morning presented by a range of industry leaders and professionals. Seminars are open to all visitors to attend and bookings are not required,” said Ms Ryan. The first morning of seminars has been designed to keep those in the industry informed; from understanding the hazards

of sourcing machinery overseas, to the idea of using coastal shipping as an option for interstate transport, there are a number of relevant topics to be discussed throughout the morning. The second day of the Expo will focus on apprenticeships, training and recruitment. School students from year nine and above, parents, teachers, TAFE students and all those interested in employment within these industries are strongly encouraged to attend. Peter Ruhanen, from the Queensland Training Ombudsman, will be a key speaker on day two and will discuss issues relating to

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employment and training in the workplace, at the seminar titled “Value of Training in Today’s Workforce”. ACE QLD 2012 will also provide exhibitors and visitors with the opportunity to promote job opportunities and vacant positions. “It is important that we support the industry. The current market is extremely tough, and we aim to do what we can to make sure we provide a helpful ‘community’, where those looking for employment and those looking to recruit can meet on equal ground,” said Ms Ryan.

Occupying over 9,000 square metres of indoor and outdoor exhibition space, visitors will have the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of exhibitors such as Hitachi Construction Machinery, Hastings Deering and Komatsu as well as other leading industry manufacturers and distributors. Registrations are open for visitors to attend ACE QLD 2012, which will be held from 4 – 6 October at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane. Visitors are encouraged to pre-register now at html for free entry, or visit the ACE Expo QLD 2012 Facebook page at https://www. for more information, news, demonstration times and educational activities.

Special Features and Competitions Allclass Construction Equipment: Allclass Construction Equipment is giving away five ACE packs during the ACE 2012 Expo. To enter, simply go to our website or grab an entry form at ACE Expo, you will go into a draw to win ACE gear from ACE and Kubota – now that will make you feel ACE! See Allclass on stand B49

Hitachi Construction Simulators: Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia will be showcasing both their John Deere wheel loader and motor grader simulators at ACE 2012. These simulators are a valuable training tool allowing operators to test their practical skills in a risk-free environment. Detailed and realistic situations teach proper techniques, machine controls and safe operation in a virtual worksite environment. Operators receive immediate feedback based on their performance allowing trainers to identify strengths and weaknesses. See Hitachi on stand B33 & B39

On day 1 of the event, giant blocks of ice will be delivered using Coates Hire forklifts. Over the space of the day, chainsaws and other carving tools and equipment will be used to create a unique ice sculpture. Helping to ‘break the ice’ with the crowd, the sculpture will be used to highlight that with Coates Hire – ‘there’s no challenge too big’. The installation will give Coates Hire a chance to build something over the course of the three-day event, dealing with unpredictable Queensland weather, in the universal shape of a job well done. Using only Coates Hire gear, tools and support, Coates Hire wanted to create a challenge, demonstrating how their tools and knowhow will always get the thumbs up. See Coates Hire on stand B01

Western Union Business Solutions: Visit the Western Union Business Solutions stand at A11 to win 2 Gold Class movie tickets. See Western Union Business Solutions on stand A11

Onsite Rental Group: Hastings Deering: Onsite Rental Group will be giving a lucky person a chance to win a V8 experience. To win a full race experience with a expert driver, fill in the entry form at our stand. See Onsite Rental Group on stand A406 CMX Global Logistics: If you import or export machinery and equipment, move machinery and equipment domestically to and from the east coast and west coast of Australia and to remote destinations come visit the cmx stand and go in the running to win an iPad. See CMX on stand A215

Earthmoving Equipment Australia - EEA : EEA are offering all entrants in their business card draw the chance to win one week free use of a 9 tonne carry capacity Thwaites site dumper on a site of their choice. The prize includes delivery of the dumper to any site within 250klm of Brisbane, one week of use of the dumper and return freight. Total prize value is over $1700. The lucky winner will quickly see the increased versatility, flexibility and efficiency that the Thwaites site dumpers can provide to all types of civil, landscape, pipe or road construction projects. The prize will also include a gift pack including, stubby holders, hats, a carton of XXXX Gold and one a one litre bottle of Bundy Rum, with a Thwaites on site the job will be done quicker and you will have time to kick and back and enjoy QLD’s finest drops!! See EEA on stand B05

Coates Hire: At this year’s ACE Expo, Coates Hire’s presence at the event will focus on not only on showcasing the specialised gear utilised by civil and construction companies but also the people and solutions-based service delivery strengths Coates Hire possess to make every job a success. An exciting feature of Coates Hire’s stand will be a huge custom ice sculpture.

Visit Hastings Deering at stand B40 to experience our Cat® Simulators and enter the draw to win a $200 Hastings Deering gift card, which can be used on parts, service or merchandise from any branch, including luggage, iPhone covers, sports gear, watches, footwear and clothing. See Hastings Deering on stand B40

Komatsu: Komatsu Australia will have a major presence at ACE 2012. A range of Komatsu Equipment, including the NEW PW98 wheeled excavator, the Komatsu Hybrid excavator and much more will be on display. And opportunity to win a signed Triple Eight racing jacket. See Komatsu on stand B53


ACE QLD 2012 FREE Seminar Program Make sure you don’t miss out on the ACE QLD 2012 FREE seminar progam which will be running on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th of October. Thursday’s seminars are industry based and designed to help keep you updated on what’s new and upcoming in the industry FREIGHTPLUS the official ACE QLD Café sponsor will be participating as will Navman and a number other industry experts. Friday the 5th of October is our dedicated skills day and all seminars on this day will have a skills theme. Participating organisations include AutoSkills Queensland, Training Ombudsman QLD and Skilling Solutions. School students, year 9 and above, parents and teachers all enter the expo FREE on this day – a saving of $20 each.

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Accuweigh/QWM ACE Tactical Security Action Mining Services Affordable Driving AHE Wear Parts Alemlube Pty Ltd All Class Anysteel Services QLD Pty Ltd Atlas Copco Atlas Heavy Engineering Australian Main Roads Construction News Australian Earthmoving Bay Audio Hearing Brisbane Mini Bus 4 x 4 CA Construction Civil Contractors Federation CJD Pty Ltd Clarke Equipment Sales CMX Global Logistics Coates Hire COBO Oceania Pty Ltd Conplant Pty Ltd Construction Skills Contractor Magazine CR Kennedy Co Pty Ltd Cutting Edges Digga Australia Dial Before you Dig Ditch Witch Australia Doherty Eng Don Warriner’s Drill Concepts Aust Pty Ltd Dry Hire Online

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Dynapac Earthmoving & Civil Contractor Magazine Earthmoving Equipment Australia Earthmoving Equipment Review Magazine Elgi Australia Finnovate Foothills Steel Foundry Australia ForkForce Australia Freightplus Pty Ltd Groeneveld Harsco Infrastructure Pty Ltd Hastings Deering Hindsight Weighing - (TAS) LOADRITE Hitachi Hitachi - Second Stand Hobson Engineering Hydrapower Pty Ltd Indeco Australia Invision Sales JCB Construction JDM Aust Pty Ltd Jetvac Equipment K-Tec Scrapers Pty Ltd Kanga Loaders Kenter Logistics Komatsu Australia LSM Technologies Maracola Pty Ltd Market Book McDonald Murphy Mobile Screening & Crushing MNF Enterprises Navman Wireless

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Nexium Telecommunications Norm Engineering Auger Torque Onsite Rental Group Operations Pty Ltd Pacific Materials Pelican Products Pty Ltd Peter Gardner Plant Assessor Poron Aust Pty Ltd Prestex Pty Ltd T/A Polyworld Pressure Right Pty Ltd QMW Industries RD Williams Pty Ltd SITECH Construction Systems Spitwater Stealth Welding & Custom Fabrications Technics Engineering Australia TEN Group - The Energy Network Terex Compact The Lincom Group Thoroughclean Water Blasters Tidal Fluid Power Tilly’s Crawler Parts Toro Australia Toyota Material Handling Tractor Implement Supply Company of Australia BA Equipment Group Pty Ltd Tutt Bryant Waker Neuson Pty Ltd Western Union Business Solutions Wollongong Truck Body Builders

Seminars Thursday 4th October 2012 10:00am

Company: Navman “Presenting WHS and its tools in a cost effective way”

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Company: Freightplus “Coastal Shipping as an Option for Interstate Transport” Presented by Rob Lord, Regional Director – Oceania for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Line)

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Company: Freightplus “Overdimensional Transport in Queensland” Presented by Andrew Rankine, Logistics Manager, Port of Brisbane

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Company: Freightplus “The hazards of sourcing machinery overseas – a guide to the risks and benefits of importing used and / or ‘grey’ machinery, for the uninitiated” Presented by CMEIG QLD

The ACE Expo is run by Exhibitions & Trade Fairs in partnership with the Construction & Mining Equipment Industry Group (CMEIG QLD). CMEIG was formed in 2003 as a non-proďŹ t organisation to represent the construction and mining equipment industry and allied equipment and services on issues impacting on the delivery of business. It has a strong focus on education and training and is constantly looking at how they can implement initiatives to bring young people into the industry and also address issues related to the skills shortage. CMEIG directly represents employers of more than 10,000 Australians, and services the construction and mining industry which employs tens of thousands. The Association combines all the disciplines of the construction and mining equipment industry throughout Australia -- including manufacturers, importers, suppliers and service organisations. For more information on CMEIG please visit For more information on the ACE QLD 2012, visit the website: Registration site: http://www.aceqld.

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AustStab Road Stabilisation Annual Conference 2012 Milestones The 2012 AustStab conference was held in Melbourne.


HE ANNUAL AustStab conference commenced at the ARRB Group facilities at Vermont South, Victoria. Michael Moffatt Principal Research Engineer, ARRB Group was pleased that AustStab delegates were updated on the latest developments in stabilisation research was conducted by ARRB.

Michael facilitated an open discussion relating to the foam bitumen modulus research and the recent advances in lime stabilisation in subgrades. Dr Didier Bodin, ARRB Group demonstrated the new wheel-tracker ‘Austrack’ to the group. The new equipment has been recently developed by Austroads, ARRB Group and IPC Global for rut resistance characterisation of base materials.

Golf Cup The morning session was followed a cold and windy and competitive 9 holes of golf at the Albert Park course. The course was quite wet following a short wet period in Melbourne in the days preceding the annual meeting. Warren Smith, Nigel Preston, Mark Pilgrim and Allen Browne quiet and determined winners of the annual Golf Cup winners in a hotly contested competition.

Executive Committee A new executive was elected with Heath Curnow successfully gaining the role of President for 2012 - 2013 and David Berg, Stabilised Pavements 2012 AustStab Golf Cup Winners Nigel Preston, Mark Pilgrim, Warren Smith and Allen Browne.

of Australia accepting the role of Vice President for 2012 - 2013. The current executive committee has representatives from all over Australia, including Tasmania, Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. The annual dinner was an eventful night for the Curnow family with Tom Curnow being recognized for his strong contributions and leadership in stabilisation in Victoria and his roles within AustStab. During the annual dinner the first annual AustStab awards of excellence were presented.

Awards 37 years of research and action saves more than $17.2 million, over 215,000 tonnes of materials saved from waste and 165000 tonnes of virgin materials. Held at the Sebel and Citigate in Albert Park, Melbourne on 21 August 2012, the pavement stabilisation industry association AustStab celebrated distinction in the industry at its inaugural Awards of Excellence, sponsored by Caterpillar Australia. Austrack - A slab in tracking mode on the latest tracking equipment at ARRB Group. Page 8 - Australian Main Roads Construction News

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ITHIN THE demanding construction sector there are many small to midsize companies that quietly apply their trade. They are either contributing to major infrastructure projects or working diligently on smaller but still critical applications.

These companies are no less important in the scheme of things and there are some stand-outs. Accurate Asphalt & Road Repairs (Accurate) is a typical example. It’s a small but dynamic company that is highly capable in its particular field of endeavour but is also earning a solid reputation for the highly professional and disciplined way by which it applies that skill. The company, based in Newcastle, specialises in asphalt laying, stabilisation, resurfacing and road maintenance repairs with a particular emphasis on in-situ stabilisation. Currently, its sphere of operation is generally confined to New South Wales where it responds regularly to the needs of local government. But its high standard of workmanship suggests that it is destined for much bigger things. Accurate operates under a strict code of ethics based on a management philosophy focused on achieving excellence in both customer relations and satisfaction. When there’s a job to be done, the highly skilled team at Accurate apply their expertise with the sole aim of providing a cost effective and where necessary, an innovative solution. Its operational integrity ensures that the customer’s expectation is always met. Both in the standard and quality of workmanship applied and in the efficiency required to fulfil the customer’s own schedule. Although the company is highly proficient in all aspects of asphalt paving and road repairs, the environmental and cost benefits of in-situ stabilisation has meant that this particular skill has become a specialty. In the broader scheme of things the ability

to recycle anything we use has many obvious environmental benefits. In terms of road paving, the ability to rehabilitate existing pavements is equally beneficial. The cost benefit alone is an attractive proposition. Accurate believes that usually the company can provide in-situ stabilisation techniques that can result in cost savings of at least 20% and in some cases may even result in more than a 40% saving when compared to alternative reconstruction methods. Apart from being able to provide a cost saving for clients, Accurate favours in-situ stabilisation due to the numerous environmental and even social benefits. Recycling existing pavements is a much quicker process because no excavation is necessary and there is minimal removal of materials required. Furthermore, importation of materials onto the site is virtually eliminated. This means there is far less interruption to traffic movement at the location and less wear and tear on existing roads due to heavy vehicle movements moving on or off the site. By applying specific in-situ stabilisation techniques, the rehabilitation of distressed pavements results in an improved engineered outcome and an increase in the economic value of the existing pavement. The recycling process means that a reasonable percentage of the original asset value is also retained. It’s a sustainable solution which is of benefit to the broader environment because it makes use of existing material and does not require new quarried or processed materials. This in turn, lessens the potential impact on the environment made at the source of those new materials. When the existing pavement content is combined with by products such as fly ash and/ or slag in the recycling process, it produces a win-win situation for both the client and the environment.

David and Debbie Scicluna, co-owners of Accurate Asphalt & Road Repairs believe that this is an important outcome. As David says, “In the past, the commercial emphasis has generally been on cost savings which we believe is important for our clients but now there is much greater recognition of the ongoing benefits of in-situ stabilisation for the environment. Not just by those who manage our roads but amongst the greater community.” As Debbie explained, “Motorists who commute regularly on the same roads are very much affected by delays caused by road works. Even to the extent of experiencing stress and frustration. If we can minimise this impact by repairing roads quicker and with less traffic disruptions, then in-situ stabilisation provides major social benefits as well. Above all, it’s a process that is less labour intensive, helps to sustain our environment in a practical manner while minimising the cost-effect on taxpayers or businesses who own the infrastructure.” Accurate Asphalt & Road Repairs has a long list of in-situ stabilisation clients who have called on their services and in testimony to the quality of delivery many represent repeat business. The scope of the company’s operations extends from public and private roadways, driveways and car parks, through to industrial and commercial applications including local government and the mining sector. Its service reach covers the provision of full and complete road remediation down to the smallest maintenance or repair project. Accurate offer a broad range of services and apart from in-situ stabilisation and asphalt paving, the company can resurface existing asphalt by overlaying the original surface with a new asphalt finish as well as profiling and patching. Much of the company’s work has been related to road and car park construction,

as well as maintenance. The company services also extend to line marking; prime and spray seal; kerbs and gutters. The company operates and maintains its own specialised fleet of vehicles, machinery and equipment and also provides a plant hire service. It is also a member of AUSTStab - Pavement Recycling & Stabilisation Association. In terms of asphalt paving, Accurate apply a cost effective approach which is 100% recyclable. The company uses asphaltic concrete, a petroleum based product which sets much faster than concrete and can expand or contract due to ambient, temperature variation with minimal potential for cracking. The resulting asphalt product provides a high contrast with improved visibility for traffic markings and is much easier to repair than concrete. It is also able to withstand heavy loads and provides a smooth, skid resistant finish and requires minimal long term maintenance. The owners of Accurate Asphalt & Road Repairs, David and Debbie Scicluna, established their business more than ten years ago with a simple but refreshing approach, particularly considering the environment we live in today. Some might describe Accurate as a company built on ‘old fashion values’. But character traits such as honesty, excellence, high employee morals and professional integrity are no less as important today, than they were in ages past. It’s a culture that runs deep throughout the company and when combined with a highly skilled workforce it’s a powerful blend and one that governs the interaction between company and client. It’s therefore little wonder that Accurate Asphalt & Road Repairs continue to excel and expand. For more information visit the website:

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New Lanes for Busy Motorway

Clay-based soil transformed into solid base Large quantities of soil were excavated to widen the road and to permit the construction of retaining walls.


HE A14 Motorway between Bologna and Taranto, Italy, has seen its traffic volume increase about 4% annually. The most recent data suggests 110,000 vehicles per day utilise the motorway. The high volumes, combined with an expectation that the trend will continue, led the Italian government to plan a reconstruction and expansion of the motorway. The multi-phased project is taking place along a 154.7km section between Rimini North and a future junction at Porto Sant’Elpidio. The project calls for the motorway to be widened from two to three lanes in each direction. An emergency lane also is being constructed. Five new motorway junctions will be constructed as well. They are located in Pesaro South, Fano North, Marina di Monte Marciano, Ancona West and Port Sant’Elpidio. Ten existing junctions also will be upgraded.

Contractor Experience Proves Beneficial Ghea Sistem, a firm involved in many highprofile Italian projects, handled most of the challenging soil stabilisation needs. The firm recently completed the Northern part of Section 2 of the project, a 28km stretch of the expansion from Cattolica to Pesaro. The section required some major reclamation work because of the clay-based soil prevalent in the region, as well as the high water table and the resulting need to raise the base level of the road. “The main problems include the proximity and presence of the water table, which is almost at ground level in some locations along the motorway,” said Alessio Cagnola, who owns Ghea Sistem with his brother, Paolo. “In addition, 95% of the works were carried out alongside the existing motorway route. This creates problems with regard to limited manoeuvring space, and sometimes means

that we need to excavate large quantities of soil on the sides close to the traffic, to widen the road and to permit the construction of retaining walls. It also causes interference with placement of concrete structures, such as large pipe and box culverts.” Heavy rains created other challenges during Section 2. Responsibilities included grading of slopes, and the saturated soil was unstable for work crews at times. On more even grades, the soil occasionally was too saturated to be moved or for equipment to operate on.

Two Stabilisation Approaches Ghea utilised two stabilisation approaches during the project in general, and on Section 2 in particular. Wide, more even stretches of road were stabilised in-place by the Cat RM300 Rotary Mixer. Where poor soil conditions required, lime additives were placed on the soil and mixed by the RM300. Secondarily, Ghea Sistems excavated some clay-based soils to make room for culverts and other infrastructure systems, including two artificial tunnels close to the existing tunnels, used to divert traffic into the new tunnels and allow work to be carried out on the older ones. Pockets of unstable gumbo and saturated subsoil were also encountered along the rightof-way. The challenge of establishing the load-bearing capacity to keep thousands of kilograms of pavement in place was further compounded by the simple forces of nature and the meandering tendencies of the remaining subsurface soils. Temporary soil stabilisation sites were established near the largest concentrations of problem soils. Four-axle haul trucks transported thousands of cubic metres to each site. Nonusable soils were separated and blended into the surrounding terrain. The RM300 was deployed to blend lime additives into the soils that were deemed suitable for reuse. These stabilised

soils were salvaged as fill material and hauled back for use in building up the right-of-way. On stretches of the roadway traversing the high water table and areas of marginal soil consistency, the entire grade had to be raised from 2m to 5m. The first step involved placement of a base layer comprised of consistently gradated aggregate hauled in from a nearby quarry. In addition to the reclaimed fill material, other suitable soil was excavated from high-ground borrow pits. Layer upon layer of soil topped by a lime additive were used to elevate the grade to the required depths. Project specifications called for 20% of lime by volume to be blended into each stabilised layer. Three RM300 passes were applied to each layer of the stratified soil-lime mix to consistently achieve the target composition. A motor grader assured that each lift was placed to the proper depth for consistently achieving the targeted soil compaction. A soil compactor completed the third step in placing each lift. The build-up of each soil-lime layer followed this three-step sequence with the RM300 playing the key role in achieving a stable base. Depending on the time of year and the soil moisture content, the soil was watered when necessary, between the first and second passes of the RM300. This assured that the lime would be properly hydrated (up to 3% water) for achieving the best mix with the soil in preparation for finish compacting. Given the volume of material, production was important in all phases of the project, including Section 2. “The RM300 has been giving us excellent results with regards to production, with an average of approximately 1,000m3 per day,” said Paolo Cagnola. “In addition, when fitted with a universal rotor, the RM300 is able to make the material suitable for placement with little processing.”

Lime additives were placed on the soil and mixed by the Cat® RM300.

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Operator Approved The operator of the RM300, Felice Catello, said the cab is quiet and the heavy traffic a few feet away was barely noticeable. The air conditioning provided comfort, and the instrumentation was clear and easy to read. The electronic monitoring system (ECM) was easy to see, showing that the machine often worked at a depth of 450mm, though it is capable of working at greater depths. The RM300 is powered by a Cat® C11 engine, with a nominal rated power of 261kW at 1,800revs/min, with a torque of 1,384Nm.

After making a pass, Catello reversed the travel direction with the help of the rear wheel steering, which enabled crab and coordinated steering. The RM300 moved forward along the trench cut during the previous pass without hesitation. The rear tyres are wide, with a traction-assisting tread pattern and a large ground contact area. The wheels are driven hydrostatically by two radial piston motors that can be activated by the operator when a true all-wheel drive is desired. The machine worked extensively between fuel stops. Catello estimated the machine only needed to be fuelled once every 16 hours. He also stated that 5,000m3 of material could be stabilised in approximately 40 hours of weekly operation, using only two full fuel tanks. The material left behind was consistent in size, with no large chunks or clumps of clay. Its colour, too, was uniform, indicating the additives and clay-based soil had been well mixed. Contributing to the consistency is the fact Ghea Sistem chose a universal rotor fitted with 200 carbide-tipped tools. The tools can be quickly replaced and are arranged in a chevron pattern for maximum breakout force. The kicker paddles placed on each stand-off also improved mixing during soil stabilisation. The results were positive for Ghea Sistem. “We previously tried a Cat Rotary Mixer, and the machine performed superbly so we decided to purchase another for this project,” said Alessio Cagnola. “The machine has been giving us excellent results.”

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2012 - AustStab Awards of Excellence Award Winners - Scott Young - AustStab President, J. Piratheepan Mahdi Miri Disfani, Arul Arulrajah, Richard Yeo, Mahbub Hossain, AJ Lee, Bill Hodgson, Darren Sampson, Chris Smith, Justin Lowe, Greg White CEO AustStab

AustStab Road Stabilisation Annual Conference – 2012 Milestones

Continued from page 8

The collective work of the six award winners for the inaugural AustStab Awards of Excellence have taken 37 years to complete, and saved end users over $17.2 million in direct costs, over 215,000 tonnes of previously used pavement materials have been saved from waste disposal such as landfill and over 16,000 tonnes of virgin quarry products have been saved from importation to pavement construction sites across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Awards for 2012 were bestowed upon:

Category 2: Excellence in Education or Research Richard Yeo The performance of cemented materials under heavy axle loading. Richard completed his research over an eight year period. His findings were recognized as significant developments for stabilisation with clear immediate application to the industry by developing new tests for strength, breaking strain, Continued page 13

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Tom Curnow - Honorary Member 2012 and Heath Curnow - President 2012 - 2013

AustStab Road Stabilisation Annual Conference Continued from page 12

modulus and fatigue life for dynamic 4 point bending flexural beam test. These elastic characterisations were previously treated empirically by industry and road authorities.

Category Three: Innovation or Excellence in Sustainability in Pavement Stabilisation Leighton Contractors: Upgrade of Tarrone Road North, Tarrone Victoria. Short in duration, partially as a result of stabilisation, this Leighton Contracting project completed as part of the Macarthur Wind farm project. Completed during a wet winter 7.5km of pavement was reconstructed over a period of 6 weeks. It clearly demonstrated economic, social and environmental benefits in their nomination.

Category Four: Innovation or Excellence in Stabilisation in Local Government Campbelltown City Council: Pavement Stabilisation in Campbelltown is providing Sustainable Outcomes in Road Network Management.

Developments in the Association The Association has continued to focus on the four pillars: • Promoting the process of stabilisation and road recycling industry; • Educate and train people in the industry; • Set national standards of performance; and • Assist and coordinate research. In 2011 - 2012 the association has heavily invested in delivering education courses in association with CPEE and Australian Universities through the guest lecturing program which is now in it’s second year. AustStab have continued to engage with the members and broader construction community through networking in industries association

groups such as with IWPEA and Austroads. Monthly the members and interested bodies are emailed with the monthly eStab newsletter, with information relating to developments in the industry as well as information about the process and member profiling. Recipients are directed to the association website for further information. AustStab continue to support and encourage research and development on the stabilisation and road recycling processes, such as the TT1358 Design procedures for Pavements on Limestabilised subgrades which were recently reviewed by Austroads. The working groups continue to liaise and engage state road agencies to ensure that the expectations of the agencies and the industry is aligned. More detailed information about the direction of the association is available from the AustStab website,

A21 year commitment by Campbelltown City Council to stabilisation has resulted in 261 stabilisation projects, covering 605,000m2 using stabilisation. This has generated direct cost savings of over $17 million dollars, saved over 200,000 tonnes of material from disposal to landfill and saved the importation of 150,000 tonnes of material from scarce raw material sources. Other indirect cost savings were also sighted including reduced construction traffic, reduced damage to local roads from transportation operations, significant energy savings and drastically reduced construction delays due to lane closures.

Highly commended certificates were awarded to: Associate Professor Arul Arulrajah, Dr J.Piratheepan, Dr Mahdi M. Disfani & Prof Jay Sanjayan: Stabilization of recycled waste materials for pavement, road and footpath applications Roadtek: Rehabilitation Warrego Highway between Dalby and Warra, South East Queensland Frankston City Council: Rehabilitation McClelland Skye, Victoria


Additional information, including photos and award nomination presentations are available by contacting Greg White, CEO AustStab. AustStab members were delighted by the enthusiasm that nominating organisations submitted their nominations and with the high level of excellence presented across all categories.

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Beaumont Stabilising taking off in WA E

STEABLISHED by PeterBeaumont in 1986, Beaumont Stabilising has completed an extraordinary number of major national and international projects over the last 26 years. The remarkable strength of this company is clearly illustrated when you consider that it has applied its considerable paving talents on behalf of every major civil contractor throughout the country.

Beaumont Stabilising has recently entered the booming Western Australian Mining Industry field; having been contracted by NRW for the Boolgeeda Airstrip upgrade and also by BGC Contracting for Road Works and Aerodrome construction at the new Roy Hill Iron Ore site. Many clients choose Beaumont Stabilising services to lay their airport materials as they can achieve very accurate level results to deliver the tight tolerances required on runway specifications (usually within 10mm). The secret to Beaumont Stabilising’s extraordinary success is the company’s dedication to achieving absolute paving accuracy. This in turn has produced a consistent high standard of workmanship in every paving project it has been involved in.

Beaumont Stabilising’s ABG 420 paver placing capping layer on Coal Connect’s Goonyella to Abbot Point rail link

This year Beaumont Stabilising has increased its fleet of ABG road base paving machines, now having 8 machines spread across the nation which distribute material in layers from 3.5m to 12m wide. The layers can either be cement-treated (bound) base or an (unbound) wet mix and are laid on top of carefully surveyed formation areas. As founder Peter Beaumont explains, “We use Paveset level control technology and, with our reliable German ABG’s and the skill of our operators, it means that we can achieve very accurate level results. I have no doubt that this is the reason many clients choose our services over other methods of laying road base.” Due to the high level of accuracy, Beaumont Stabilising has been in high demand for major and arterial road upgrade projects, airport runways and other related pavements, as well as in the construction of railway formations. There’s no doubt that the demand for Beaumont Stabilising services will continue well into the future.

For more information check out: Above: Beaumont Stabilising Working on the Holbrook Bypass Right: Beaumont Stabilising working on the Nagambie Bypas

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Repair Construct Maintain Stabilise Sealed and unsealed roads Patching works Sub-grade remediation Road shoulders

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Advantages of Road Stabilisation in Australia


USTRALIA has a vast network of both sealed and unsealed roads. Because of the restricted budgets of road asset authorities it is imperative that roads are constructed and maintained in a way that is most cost efficient. The costs which need to be considered also increasingly include environmental and social costs.

This information is considered to be best practice for Australasian conditions. However, with the rapid advances that continue to take place with respect to materials, equipment and techniques, these practices will continue to improve. Stabilisation has come of age in Australia because of:

• • • • • • •

The principal advantages of stabilisation is its capacity to: • re-use existing pavement materials, this reduces landfill and the need to use diminishing quarry resources • strengthen existing pavements

• increased traffic volumes Stabilisation is the introduction of an additional material to the existing pavement material to improve the engineering properties of the pavement. The additional material is normally a single binder or a blend of binders. These include cement, lime, blended cements, bitumen and chemicals. However, the incorporation of other aggregates is also used to improve the grading or physical properties of the original material. Stabilisation is also used in railway, airfield, power infrastructure, dams and mining. Stabilisation has the advantage of transforming an unsuitable material into a product which conforms to Australian Standards for pavement material. This enables the existing poor pavement material to be recycled by adding a minimal percentage of binder. The result is a high class product which generates no landfill or involves the depletion of scarce good quality quarry products. The majority of pavement materials can be recycled in this economically and environmentally advantageous process as opposed to traditional excavation, transport to landfill and replace with virgin material alternatives. This explains the following processes of stabilisation:

Advantages of Stabilisation

• increased numbers of heavy vehicles • improved pavement design techniques • improved stabilisation plant and equipment • increased range of more effective binders

• improve the permeability of pavements, reducing the main cause of pavement failure - water ingress • drastically reduce construction time and lane closures • reduce greenhouse gases and construction energy usage

• lower costs of pavement rehabilitation

• reduce the cost of construction because of lower material inputs, raw material transport and energy use

• improved environmental and social benefits due to recycling and construction efficiencies

• subgrade improvement in greenfields sites to long term strength gains and wet weather construction access, and

• recognition of speed and lack of traffic disruption available in stabilisation projects, and

• improvement the wearing characteristics of unsealed pavement.

• improved industry understanding of the stabilisation process.

design construction types of stabilisation binders testing quality control, and sustainability advantages.

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With few exceptions, most stabilisation of pavement materials carried out in Australasia is conducted with cementitious, lime or bituminous stabilising binders. However, dry powdered polymers are being increasingly used. The reasons for this are: • these stabilising binders are readily available • the third generation of equipment to incorporate the stabilising agents is available and proven • the performance and benefits of using these stabilising binders are well documented and pavement and materials design methods are available, and • their use is cost effective.

Case Studies I

N SEPTEMBER 2012, the Austroads board is reviewing the revised TT1358 Design procedures for Pavements on Lime-stabilised subgrades. AustStab see this design procedure as a significant development. The document is viewed as providing some excellent recommendations in stabilisation of subgrades in Australia. The report reviews pavement design methods used locally and internationally. It details Austroads mechanistic design procedures and empirical design methods for pavements on lime-stabilised subgrades. It proposes additional text be included in a future edition of the Guide to Pavement Technology Part 2 Pavement Structural Design (Austroads 2012). There will also be a need to revise the mix design methods in the Austroads Guide to Pavement Technology Part 4D Stabilised Materials to align with current practice. Worked examples of the revised design procedures have been incorporated into the two day CPEE and AustStab Insitu Stabilisation training course delivered in metropolitan and regional locations around Australia. Further information about the revised design procedures, and the official release timing contact Geoff Jameson at the ARRB Group.

Federal Updates on Road Infrastructure Projects from the Office of Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese

$18.5M Monaro Highway Duplication in Fyshwick Opens to Traffic


EDERAL Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese, Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann and ACT Minister for Community Services Joy Burch representing ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, officially opened the $18.5 million upgrade to the highway between Canberra Avenue and Newcastle Street in Fyshwick – the final link in the duplication of this major arterial road.

Above: Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese

First Section of Cardwell Range Opens to Traffic


HE first section of the multimillion dollar upgrade of the Bruce Highway over the Cardwell Range has been completed and is now open to traffic.

The opening of a 900 metre section of the Highway marks a major milestone and follows the completion of the 180 metre long viaduct, Rungoo overpass and bridges earlier this year. The Federal Labor Government is providing $115 million to realign a four kilometre section of the Bruce Highway through the Cardwell Range, starting about 15 kilometres north of Ingham. The realignment will reduce the steepness of the road and the sharpness of curves which will improve traffic flow and safety for the 3,200 vehicles that use the road daily. New climbing lanes are also being installed on both sides of the range to allow heavy vehicles to move to the side so that faster vehicles can pass safely. The new climbing lanes will be opened to traffic in the first half of next year. The combination of two wet weather seasons and Cyclone Yasi has seen an incredible eight metres of rain fall on the site since work began in 2010 but despite these setbacks, the project is progressing well with the realignment to be completed by mid-next year. Work on the Cardwell Range section just one of many upgrades currently underway along the 1,700 kilometre road, all part of Federal Labor’s unprecedented $2.8 billion Bruce Highway capital works programs.

The centrepiece of the upgrade is the duplication of 1.5 kilometres of highway which has been achieved by retaining the existing road for northbound traffic and building a new carriageway for motorists heading south. Mr Albanese said the upgrade would provide better access to the airport and reduce congestion, particularly for motorists who commute between Queanbeyan and Canberra. “This upgrade is good news for the tens of thousands of commuters and truck drivers who use this road every day to travel between the north and south of the ACT. The duplication means less congested roads and better travel times,” Mr Albanese said. The $18.5 million upgrade to the Monaro Highway through Fyshwick was funded by the Federal Labor Government as part of the Nation Building Program, with the project itself managed by the ACT Government. Minor landscaping works to be completed in the coming weeks will add the finishing touch to this major project. Minister Burch said the upgrade to this major arterial road was a crucial eastern link to the ACT’s road infrastructure network. “The Monaro Highway is a major freight route for thousands of ACT businesses and the upgrade means businesses will get from point A to point B more reliably, quickly and efficiently,” Ms Burch said. ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said the Monaro Highway duplication will complement the Majura Parkway project, due to start in late 2012, which is jointly funded by the Gillard ($144 million) and Gallagher ($144 million) Labor governments.” “When complete, the Majura Parkway will join the Federal Highway to the Monaro Highway, completing the eastern side of a dual carriageway ring road. This link will be especially important for interstate visitors travelling through the ACT to access the

Above: (L-R) ACT Minster for Community Services Joy Burch, Member for Canberra Gai Brodman, and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese at the official opening of the $18.5M Monaro Duplication southern NSW ski fields,” the Chief Minister said. The opening builds on the delivery of other important projects including the duplication of Lanyon Drive and road upgrades around the Canberra Airport Precinct. Ms Brodtmann said the upgrade significantly improved Canberra’s transport network and would serve a growing number of motorists in

the years ahead. “The completion of this upgrade has only been made possible by the Federal Labor Government’s continued commitment to the Territory’s road network,” Ms Brodtmann said. “We’re investing an unprecedented $252 million to build infrastructure and improve roads to make the Territory an even better place to live.”

King Delivers $1 Million to Reconnect Avenue of Honour FEDERAL Labor will restore Ballarat’s Avenue of Honour to its former glory by reconnecting the Avenue with funding to install a level crossing and boom gates following a concerted campaign by the Member for Ballarat, Catherine King, together with Ballarat’s Avenue of Honour Committee. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese and Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King announced up to $1 million in new funding to reconnect the Avenue to its full length. Mr Albanese said he knows the 22-km Avenue of Honour consisting of 3,801 trees is an immensely significant living memorial to the men and women of Ballarat who served their country during the First World War. “As a sign of their visual, social and historical importance, the Arch of Victory and the Avenue of Honour have both been

heritage-listed by the Australian Heritage Commission and the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and is included on the Victorian Heritage Register by Heritage Victoria,” Mr Albanese said. “That is why the Gillard Government is committed to reconnecting the Ballarat Avenue of Honour and as a sign of our commitment to making your money work for you, we are funding this project through savings from our Nation Building Program.” Ms King said the project would reconnect the Ballarat Avenue of Honour for the first time since it was separated at Burrumbeet by the Western Highway bypass in 1993. “This project is very important because of how much it will mean to ex-servicemen and women, their relatives and the community,” Ms King said. “This project will ensure the 26 trees between

the bypass and the rail line become fully accessible and, importantly, will improve the connection to the northern section of the Avenue, giving visitors and relatives of exservicemen and women easier access to the 800 trees there. “We anticipate that the project will be finished in 2015 – just in time for the 100th Anniversary of the ANZACs,” said Ms King. “I am particularly delighted with this outcome as it complements the more than $500,000 the Government provided to restore the symbolic Arch of Victory at the beginning of the Avenue,” Ms King said. The Federal Labor Government has committed up to $1 million towards the Ballarat Avenue of Honour Rail Crossing Reopening project from the Nation Building Program for Victoria.

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Typical jobs are secondary roads and highways. Due to its compact design, the wheeled paver is also ideal for commercial and municipal applications. With drive options (6 x 2 and 6 x 4), the VISION 51032 is a versatile machine. The wheeled paver features plenty of power and high mobility to handle the most varied paving jobs, even in confined spaces. The super quiet VISION 5103-2 comes with ErgoPlus®, the revolutionary concept for easy paver operation. ErgoPlus® simplifies the operators’ work and provides comfort and simplicity. ErgoPlus® offers unobstructed operator visibility of material hopper, auger tunnel and screed. The VISION Series pavers are extremely cool and quiet during operation.

• Highly efficient cooling for longevity of all paver components


• Powerful Tier III CUMMINS engine provides 170 h.p.

• Two powered front wheels available as an option • Large fuel tank holding 227 ltrs. for more than a day’s work • Advanced design provides precise material handling • Small turning radius (outside) of 6.604M • Compact machine design is ideal for precise maneuverability • Equipped with central lubrication. Autolubrication is available as an option • ErgoPlus® for easy paver operation, unobstructed visibility and comfort.

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Perfect Material Delivery Avoids Segregation • Powerful, individual hydraulic drives for conveyors and augers are installed for high laydown rates and optimal material handling. • Proportional control and continuous monitoring of conveyors and augers guarantees a constant head of material. • Inclined conveyors provide ideal delivery of the mix onto the augers. • Hydraulically adjustable augers are infinitely variable in height within a range of 15.2cm. • Large 40.6cm diameter auger flights with precision pitch provide excellent spreading of the material. • VÖGELE’s unique long-life flight design and high-alloy nickel steel provides low operating cost. • Narrow conveyor chain guards provide a uniform flow of mix.

Extra Large Material Hopper and Easy Material Feed • Large material hopper holds 190 cubic feet (12 tons). • Sloped inner design of the hopper for an optimal flow of mix to avoid segregation. • Hassle-free truck exchange due to 24 in. dump height, wide hopper wings and sturdy rubber flashing. • Large push-rollers can be set to 2 different positions. • Independently hopper wings.

• Powerful 6-cylinder CUMMINS engine provides 170 h.p. at 2,000 rpm. Ideal weight-to-horsepower ratio. • Three engine speed ranges are available which are selected conveniently at the push of a button (MIN, ECO, MAX). • A “smart“ memory feature stores the most recent settings for paver functions. When resuming work after moving the paver, these settings are automatically retrieved at the push of a button for consistent pavement quality. • ECO Mode at 1,800 rpm provides low noise levels and low fuel consumption. ECO Mode is sufficient for most paving applications.


• Hydraulically operated hopper apron (option) prevents material spills during truck exchanges, so no hand work is required.

Easy Servicing • Automatic lubrication system (option) is designed to supply the required amounts of grease to the conveyor and auger bearings for optimal performance. • Full-length side doors, a raised engine hood and two maintenance openings on the operator platform give easy access to all paver components. • Hydraulic pumps are neatly arranged with sufficient clearance for easy service access. • The hydraulic system is equipped with all necessary test ports for service and troubleshooting. • High level of commonality among all VÖGELE pavers simplifies maintenance and reduces training costs. Page 20 - Australian Main Roads Construction News

• Unique engine exhaust system includes fumes evacuation. • Powerful three-phase A.C. generator. Low-maintenance generator directly driven by the pump drive gearbox. • Large cooler assembly with innovative air flow provides perfect temperature control of engine coolant • and hydraulic oil as well as a low emission level. • A high cooling capacity maintains an ideal temperature inside the hydraulic system and top performance of all drive units even when working under full load and at high ambient temperatures (WAT World Ambient Temperature design). • 227 Ltrsl. fuel tank provides more than enough capacity for a day’s work


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Speedy Works on Country Roads Paver’s pace, travel time add efficiencies


HE RURAL ROADS near Brandýs nad Labem, in the heart of the Czech Republic, may not be as heavily travelled as their counterparts in Prague, about 25 km (15.5 miles) to the southwest, but they are nevertheless crucial pipelines to the rural and agricultural areas of the country.

An assessment by regional authorities indicated that these roads are in need of repair. That led to cold planing and paving work on a series of rural roads near Brandýs nad Labem. Regional authorities have two key requirements: The roads must stay open during the work because many are the only viable option, and the work must be completed quickly (five days for one particular stretch of road) to permit usual traffic patterns to resume as soon as possible. USK s.r.o., headquartered in Mladá Boleslav, was hired to handle the regional road project. The key for the firm was transferring both the knowledge and the equipment often used in urban settings to the rural project, said Ing. Jan Horák, the company’s chief executive officer.

The region Brandýs nad Labem-Stará Boleslav is the town nearest the roadwork. The town—a merger of the once-independent towns Brandýs nad Labem and Stará Boleslav—is in the Czech Republic, in the central Bohemian Region, and technically rests within the metropolitan area of Prague. The origins of the towns date back to the 13th century. Brandýs nad Labem-Stará Boleslav has a population of about 15,000. It remains a town with a rural feel to this day, despite its proximity to Prague and the major thoroughfares between the two. Smaller roads, meanwhile, reach out from Brandýs nad Labem-Stará Boleslav to the rural areas. This is where the work took place.

The challenges The recently completed five-day section is 4,200 m (2.6 miles) long and 6 m (20’) wide. Since half the road was required to remain usable, USK Mladá Boleslav needed a paver capable of working at a width of 3 m (10’). This paver also had to be capable of laying down 800 metric tons (882 U.S. tons) of asphalt per day for five days. That meant the crew and paver had to achieve good production levels. Working at the 3 m (10’) width, a Cat® AP555E Asphalt Paver was assigned to handle the paving. The open road also meant the crew, particularly operators, had to watch out for traffic. The paver’s platform helped with this challenge. The seats could easily be turned for

Segregation prevention efforts included tarped roads better visibility. Dual control stations enabled operators to switch seats without taking their eyes off the important work at hand. The ability to easily work from either side of the operating platform also helped keep the paving train working at a quick pace, as did the grip of the Mobil-Trac™ system. The tracks grip the surface and thus provide both excellent manoeuvrability and speed that lead to outstanding quality and pace, said Jiří Široký, Sales Manager of Road Technology at Phoenix-Zeppelin, the local Cat Dealer. “The Cat AP555E track paver easily moves over soft base materials and the operator can easily maneuver it when paving,” adds Široký. Crews worked at a pace of up to 8 m (26’) per minute. They consistently reached the high end of the production target. This is a very quick pace considering the mat thickness of 50 mm (2”). It requires all elements—trucking, paving and compaction—to be in sync.

Speed when not paving, too The paver worked for a half day in a single direction, then returned to that day’s starting point and laid down the second half of the road with a longitudinal joint. Time is lost while returning to the starting point, yet the AP555E

again proved to be efficient. Whereas the travelling speed of other machines with track undercarriages is 4 km (2.5 miles) per hour, the medium class AP555E paver can travel up to four times faster. “Faster travelling speed means fewer delays during work, which is then reflected in the work results in the form of lower time requirements for the completion of a job,” said Široký. The AP555E was also enhanced by a 190 litre (50 U.S. gallon) fuel tank, which eliminated the need for frequent refuelling and minimised work delays. “We only had to refuel every second day,” said Horák. “It’s a very important advantage. With the old paver (which was not a Cat machine) we had to refuel every day.”

Planning for production Planning played a key role. USK Mladá Boleslav in particular focused on material supplies, counting trucks and loads to ensure consistent delivery of asphalt. The steady delivery kept machines moving consistently, a crucial step in segregation prevention. USK Mladá Boleslav determined the total volume of material. They factored in a project length of 4,200 m (2.6 miles), multiplied by the 6 m (20’) width of the road, plus exits and entrances, at about 4,000 metric tons (4,400 U.S. tons). The deadline of five days meant the firm would have to place about 800 metric tons (882 U.S. tons) per day.

conveyors provided the proper amount of material to the AS4252C screed—electrically heated to help keep the temperature of the mix consistent.

Compaction and completion Specified compaction values were achieved with vibrating tampers on the paver’s smoothing bar, followed by compaction with a Cat CD534B vibration roller weighing 12 metric tons (13 U.S. tons). The entire job was completed on time and surface smoothness and quality goals were met. USK Mladá Boleslav, like its parent company H-INTES s.r.o., had already purchased Cat earthmoving machines and compacting equipment prior to the contract, and now is pleased to also include pavers in its equipment line-up. “We chose a Cat machine for road paving because it is an established and reliable brand,” said Horák. “Phoenix-Zeppelin offered us very good conditions and service. I expect that we should get a full return on our investment in the machine within an acceptable timeframe.”

Each haul truck had a capacity of 30 metric tons (33 U.S. tons), and had to travel 40 km (25 miles) from the plant to the jobsite. A round trip took approximately 90 minutes to two hours, equating to four round trips per truck per day. USK Mladá Boleslav then calculated it needed six trucks to keep the paver moving steadily. The mix had a stone size of 4-8 mm (0.150.30”); it arrived at a temperature of 160°C (320°F) and was placed at 145°C (295°F). The material was end-dumped into the paver.

Segregation prevention A number of precautions were taken to prevent segregation. Loads were tarped at the plant to maintain temperature. In addition, special focus on the trucking pattern ensured mix arrived at proper temperatures. Four independent sensors on spreader augers and Page 22 - Australian Main Roads Construction News

Multiple sensor readings helped ensure a smooth mat


The new Cat® AP555E Asphalt Paver — Big Capability in a New Portable Size. Caterpillar customers demand high productivity– that’s a given. They also want a paver that is transportable, highly manoeuvrable and has the mobility and traction to handle a wide variety of work. Done. The new Cat AP555E Asphalt Paver delivers in all these areas and many more too. Paving All Day. Every Day.

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Keeping it clean Schwarze A6500GS

The biggest seller in the Schwarze range, the A6500GS road sweeper built with a generous 6 cubic metre stainless steel hopper and a well known Cummins auxiliary engine is sweeping from Tasmania to Darwin, from Perth to Sydney and most places in between; a proven performer in all applications from leaf collection to sand, from street festivals to airports. The A6500GS road sweeper comes with many inclusions and has been designed with operator comfort and safety in mind. • Environmentally friendly regenerative air type • 6 cubic metre stainless steel hopper • Dual controls and dual sweep • 93kW Cummins auxiliary engine • Full width sweep head and two side brooms • Will clean towns with up to 50,000 people with one sweeper

Nilfisk RS 502

With its amazing turning radius and compact design, the RS 502 is the right choice for productive cleaning of limited space outdoor areas like footpaths, pavements, parking lots and loading bays. The RS 502 has a large 246 litre polyethylene water tanks that ensures long life and reliability. The new RS 502 means that there is now a road sweeper light enough and compact enough to be transferred from job to job on a simple trailer. Contract cleaners can easily transport the RS 502 to different locations, thereby being able to offer a complete range of cleaning services including outdoor sweeping. • Easy to transfer • Stainless steel hopper and 246 litre polyethylene water tanks • High suction (debris not pass through the fan), strong airflow and hydraulically operated flap for pickup of bottles cans, stones & other heavy debris • New powerful and reliable KUBOTA engine • MTS diagnostic box to monitor maintenance program of the machine and operator misuse

MacDonald Johnston RT655

Built to deliver higher productivity with less turnaround time! The RT655 Regenerative Air Road Sweeper completes the MacDonald Johnston truck mounted sweeper range. Ideally suited to chassis ranging between 12,000 kg - 15,000 kg, its high sweeping capability combined with a very low noise emission makes the machine versatile for day and night time operation. Its lighter structure along with a full width 2.35m suction nozzle ensures collection of bulky material and green waste is a breeze. This machine embraces many new ideas resulting from the application of modern day materials and technology to service all needs from city street, industrial sites to airport runways. • The RT655 Regenerative Air Road Sweeper features a 6.5m3 hopper, 900l water tank, 220l fuel tank and a 3,500mm wide sweep path providing maximum sweeping coverage per shift • Dust suppression sprays are located within the suction duct, on the edge of the pick-up hood, in the channel brush and on the blower fan outlets, reducing dust emissions for a cleaner environment • Powasave/Powathrust brush ground pressure controls allows for ground pressure to successfully meet all cleaning requirements • The RT655 engine is encapsulated with sound deadening material resulting in lower noise emissions • For driver comfort the cab is fitted with ‘E-Pod’ armrest controls, electrically adjustable and heated rear vision mirrors, cross-shaft or twin box dual steering, air suspended seat on each side of the vehicle, pendant mounted remote tipping controls and a swivelling control.

Scarab Mistral Isuzu

The Scarab Mistral is a modern version of the traditional auxiliary engine sweeper and combines Scarab’s renowned sweeping technology with the power of the Cummins B3 turbo-charged diesel engine. The Cummins engine is more durable and quieter than conventional engines as it runs at a lower RPM and therefore is more fuel efficient. With this in mind, the engine works to complement Scarab’s compact design and their hydraulic drive system that powers all the suction and sweeping applications quietly and economically. Further to this, their unique drive system also eliminates the need for complex drive belt arrangements or gear boxes and therefore less wearing parts for maintenance. One of the key features of the Scarab Mistral is the conversion of the steering configuration to dual steer using genuine Isuzu components including a second steering box. The benefits include lighter and more precise steering than a cross shaft dual steer conversion for the life of the road sweeper and greater maneuverability around objects like cars and road or site obstacles. The Isuzu FSR 700/850 is Euro V compliant, has a GVM of 14 tonne and is powered by the 7.7 litre Sitec Series III 235 diesel engine with an output of 176kW at 2,400 RPM (731Nm at 1,450 RPM). • • • • •

Illuminated symbols when the sweeping functions have been engaged A more compact, less intrusive console and door pod with improved ergonomics Simplified chassis wiring - minimising errors such as short or open circuits Lower servicing down-time with the ability to identify faults with self diagnostics Has the facility to easily incorporate a GPS system that can record sweeping data

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The TB2000ESS Road Sweeper ... from a Pedigree of Product Innovation Sewell Sweepers – A Company in Growth Sewell Sweepers is an Australian owned and operated manufacturer of Tow Behind Industrial Road Sweepers. Sewell Sweepers have over fifty years of road sweeper design and development which started back in Melbourne in the 1950’s and continues today at our manufacturing facility in Cooee Tasmania. During 2011 the company invested in an extensive expansion in plant and equipment to significantly increase production through the implementation of LEAN manufacturing driven by customers demand. The company takes pride in a facility and skilled staff which employ practices which are globally competitive. Productivity Improvements for Our Customers The Sewell Sweepers tow-behind range of sweepers is towable at normal highway speeds behind light utility vehicles. This capability delivers great productivity benefits and minimizes transit and changeover downtime between work sites or travelling back to base. Furthermore, in many cases owner/ operators have reduced their ownership of agricultural tractors where they once were restricted to 3-point linkage sweeping. An additional benefit to productivity when using the TB2000ESS Side Shift sweeper is the ability to change out brushes in the field, negating the need to return to base.

Systems Finesse Leads to Tough Sweepers for Tough Conditions Sewell Sweepers are dependable, durable and reliable, a fact supported by years of use by many loyal customers. These attributes come from the use of high quality components selected for mechanical fittings, electrical control systems and hydraulics. Integrity is built in through well thought out product development and manufacture which follow strict controls through standardized processes and LEAN manufacturing principles. Clear and concise schematic diagrams, system

specifications and parts identification are provided with service manuals to enhance servicing and product longevity. Our sweepers have high ambient temperature operating capabilities, with active engine management systems and water cooled diesel engines on the two largest models, as well as multiple stage air cleaners. Large capacity hydraulic oil storage and oil coolers on the larger models also enhance the sweeper’s performance.

Our Market and Customers Sewell Sweepers currently has a customer base ranging from areas such as Alpha and Toowoomba in Queensland to Bordertown in South Australia and from Warialda (Gwydir Shire) in New South Wales to Kenwick in Western Australia, and all other States and Territories in Australia, all backed by dealership support in Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania. Additionally, the option of full operation and maintenance induction training is offered. A full range of spare parts is available including all sizes of replacement brushes. Sewell Sweepers are available for delivery FOB Melbourne.

The TB2000ESS Side Shift Sweeper The *TB2000ESS is the latest product innovation, which advances the successful TB (tow behind) series of sweepers by adding a remotely and continually adjustable hydraulic Side Shift capability. The development allows adjustment to the sweeper hood outside the wheel track whilst in motion. This valuable additional feature adds to the track record of versatility offered by the other proven models in the TB range.

An additional benefit to productivity when using the TB2000ESS Side Shift sweeper is the ability to change out brushes in the field, negating the need to return to base. *The TB2000ESS Side Shift mechanism is manufactured under a sole patent license from Matthews Brothers Engineering Pty Ltd. Sewell Sweepers as the sole patent licensee, is the only supplier who can legitimately supply a tow behind Side Shift road sweeper in Australia.

The Sewell Sweeper Range Sewell Sweepers are used extensively by municipal councils, sporting organisations, road construction companies and airports. They are ideal for the cleaning of streets, runways, factories, stockyards and car parks. The sweepers are designed to provide efficient mechanized cleaning at low cost. They are robustly built for dependable and reliable service under the toughest of Australian conditions. Our sweeper range allows us to cater for the smaller shire right up to the larger civil construction companies, ranging from the B200 tractor mounted 3-point linkage sweeper up to the tow behind TB2000ESS Side Shift sweeper.

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Research and Development

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Sewell Sweepers invest a great deal of time and money into Research and Development and our machines are designed using the latest 3D software which enables us to perform an extensive

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) on the chassis. The longevity of the company is a testament to the integrity of our product and unprecedented product support with field back up service available if required.

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Federal Updates on Road Infrastructure Projects from the Office of Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese

Tunnelling Starts on Legacy Way Mr Bernie Ripoll MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, said for years traffic congestion caused by the bottleneck at the end of the Centenary Motorway had been a major source of frustration for the residents of the Western Corridor. “I’m proud that the Federal Government has been able to work with other levels of government to deliver projects like the Legacy Way tunnel and the upgraded Ipswich Motorway,” he said. “These projects are important pieces in the puzzle of easing traffic congestion and reducing travel times for motorists in the Western Corridor.”

Tunnel Boring Machine: Key Facts


ORD Mayor Graham Quirk pressed the button recently to launch the first tunnel boring machine to mark the start of tunnelling on Legacy Way. He was joined by Mr Bernie Ripoll MP representing Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese. The Lord Mayor said the milestone was another major step towards tackling traffic congestion in Brisbane and would almost halve peak hour travel times by connecting the Western Freeway at Toowong with the Inner City Bypass at Kelvin Grove. “The launch of Annabell, our 2,800 tonne TBM machine has taken more than six months to assemble on site, but now she is ready to go,” Cr Quirk said. “This milestone marks more than 16 months of work and brings us one step closer to being able to provide a four minute trip between Toowong and Kelvin Grove. “The journey from now for Annabell will involve excavating more than 500,000 cubic metres of rock and dirt along the 4.6 kilometre tunnel from Toowong to the ICB, where it will then be transferred on the spoil conveyor to the Mt Coot-tha quarry.” Cr Quirk acknowledged the Federal Labor Government’s support for the $1.5 billion project through $500 million in funding under the Nation Building Program. Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said after several years of detailed planning, extensive community consultations and preconstruction activities, the ‘go’ button had been pressed on a project that was all about keeping Brisbane moving. “We recognise that the task of modernising and expanding the City’s road, rail and public transport infrastructure is too big for any one level of government,” he said. “That’s why we have partnered with Brisbane

City Council on the Legacy Way project, and we are determined to get the job done.” Once launched, the TBMs will be in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will tunnel through the rock beneath the surface of Toowong, Auchenflower, Milton, Paddington, Red Hill and Kelvin Grove. The 110 metre TBM is expected to travel approximately 15 to 20 metres per day when it reaches peak operation and at its shallowest will tunnel 9 metres below ground. Cr Quirk said the project was part of Council’s balanced approach to easing traffic congestion and would help to reduce the cost of congestion, which would rise to $3 billion per annum by 2020 if traffic issues are not addressed. “Through Legacy Way we will be able to deliver $10.5 billion in flow on economic benefits including travel time savings, vehicle operating costs, environmental outcomes and improved road safety,” he said. “We’ve already inducted more than 3,500 staff and workers, sub-contractors and specialists in a range of fields for the project, which will benefit our own local economy. Once Legacy Way is open in 2015, the project will have provided more than 5000 jobs to Brisbane’s economy.” Mr Albanese said Legacy Way was just one of a number Federally-funded projects being rolled out across Australia’s fastest growing region. “Already we have committed $6.5 billion to modernising and expanding south east Queensland’s road, rail and public transport infrastructure. This is an unprecedented level of Federal investment in the region,” he said. Legacy Way’s second TBM - Joyce - has started to arrive at the Toowong worksite and is expected to start tunnelling later this year. Both TBMs are expected to complete their journey at the eastern worksite in late 2013.

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• The first TBM – Annabell – has been commissioned at the Toowong worksite. • Her cutter head measures 12.4 metres in diameter, which is about the same size as a four-storey building. • She weighs 2,800 tonnes, about the same as 280 Brisbane City Council buses. • She is 110 metres long or about the same length as a football field. • When operating, it is estimated she will progress ABOUT 15 to 20 metres per day. • ‘Annabell’ has been painted in the blue and red colours of Legacy. Once Legacy Way opens, one cent from each toll will be donated to Legacy. This is expected to raise $600,000 for Legacy in the first five years of operation. • The TBM is named after Annabell MacKinney, the daughter of the late Lance Corporal Jared MacKinney, who was tragically killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010, and representative of the many children left without a father as a result of their service in the Australian Defence Force. • As a nurse during World War II, Joyce Tweddell showed immense courage after being held as a prisoner of war in Sumatra for three years, before going on to become Queensland’s Chief Radiographer. • Once launched, the TBMs will be in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. • Each of the TBMs has been recycled from parts of the CLEM7 TBMs, which resulted in significant savings to the project. • Each of the Legacy Way tunnel boring machines (TBMs) is 110m long, which is about the same length as a football field. • Each TBM weighs 2,800 tonnes and is 12.4m in diameter (about the same size as a four-storey building). • It will take a crew of 21 to operate each TBM. • Legacy Way’s TBMs will excavate approximately 1 million cubic metres of rock and dirt, the equivalent of 400 Olympic-sized swimming pools. • Approximately 38,700 pre-cast segments will be used to provide the structural lining of Legacy Way’s twin parallel tunnels.

Above: Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese

Work Begins on Cloncurry’s New Truck Bypass


ONSTRUCTION of the new heavy vehicle bypass of Cloncurry is finally underway – a tribute to the persistence of the local community which has long championed the project and their elected representatives who secured the funding necessary to make it a reality.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese joined Cloncurry Shire Council Mayor Andrew Daniels onsite for the ground-breaking ceremony marking the start of work on the $8.2 million project. “After more than a year of detailed planning, community consultations and preconstruction activities, we have today pressed the ‘start’ button on a project which will make this historic North West Queensland town an even better place to live, work and raise a family,” said Mr Albanese. “We recognise that the task of building the modern infrastructure regional communities need can be a task too big for any one level of government. That’s why we agreed last year to partner with the Council on this project to get the job done. “When it comes to infrastructure, Federal Labor means and does what it says.” The new 4.4 kilometre heavy vehicle bypass has Federal Government funding for $8.2 million. The bypass is being constructed to cater for the large mining trucks and road trains which will use the bypass, the project will also upgrade the intersections with the Flinders Highway. “The bypass is no longer just an aspiration or a line on the map. It will soon be a real road delivering real benefits including safer, quicker driving conditions and up to 350 fewer trucks a day rumbling through the town,” said Cr Daniels. “The project will also widen Railway Street as well as install new intersections at Railway Street, the Flinders Highway and Sir Hudson Fysh Drive.” “It will bring real benefit to our community and our Town.”

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