The structural rehabilitation of a 3-cell stormwater culvert set was completed without incident by ITS Trenchless on the 17th January 2013. The QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads engaged ITS to install a fully structural stand-alone lining to the culverts to combat early signs of rusting and protect the state highway above.
Stormwater culverts come in many different shapes and sizes and by the nature of their function are often located under busy roads, highways and rail tracks. This can pose problems when the asset requires renewal as the disruption to traffic flow combined with the cost can be extreme.
ITS employed the patented Tunneline system® to repair the culverts located at Funkers Creek on the New England Highway approximately 3km from Stanthorpe, QLD.
The Tunneline system® can recover the structural capacity of brick, concrete or corrugated steel tunnels and culverts for water/wastewater, road and rail applications, reducing the cost and disruption found with current tunnel and culvert lining systems.
Developed in the UK, the award winning Tunneline system® is a simple in-situ concrete lining technique utilising lightweight manhole accessible formwork and high strength pressure injected concrete. The unique features of the Tunneline system® combine the use of conventional steel reinforcement and high strength concrete to form a fully independent stand-alone structural lining that will last in excess of 100 years. The smooth internal finish provides an enhanced hydraulic flow delivering an increased discharge velocity despite the reduction in diameter.
Kylie McLachlan the QLD TMR Project Manager was extremely impressed with the Tunneline system® and said it offered a unique alternative for culvert renewal/maintenance that QLD TMR could confidently use in the future.
Work on the culvers commenced on the 14th of December and included three stages. First the crew installed reinforced steel to all 3 cells as per design drawings developed by an independent third party design engineer. The second stage involved the installation of the pre-designed shutter system in 10m sections. Finally, once the formwork was installed and ready to receive, the concrete was poured and the process repeated on the remaining sections.
The completed project was deemed a success by QLD TMR, with ITS satisfying all the requirements outlined in their proposal.
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The latest engineering innovation from around the world
Pavegen Systems develops tiles that harvest energy
Pavements can now generate electricity
Pavegen Systems have developed energy-collecting tiles that convert kinetic energy produced through movement into useable electricity.
Made from environmentally friendly materials, the tiles are designed to withstand harsh outdoor environmental conditions.
During the recent Paris marathon, 176 of the tiles were placed on 25 metres of the course. The energy collected from the athletes pounding this part of the pavement produced enough electricity to power up a laptop for two days, or 4.7 kilowatt-hours.
The energy the technology produces can power everything from mobile phones to street signs and works best in areas where there’s high foot traffic.
The surface of the tiles are made from rubber, and the base from 80% recycled materials, making them appropriate for both new and old buildings and pavements.
Victoria’s largest ever level crossing removal program
Construction set to begin on three level crossing removals
The Victorian Coalition Government has committed close to $350 million to the removal of three of the worst rail level crossings in the state.
The removal of two level crossings in Mitcham and a third at Springvale mark the first step in what the Minister for Public Transport and Roads Terry Mulder says is the largest level crossing removal program in the state’s history.
At the Springvale Road level crossing approximately 8,000 vehicles, 1,000 pedestrians and 140 train services pass through during peak times each day, with the boom gates down for 42 per cent of the morning peak.
At Mitcham, approximately 16,000 vehicles and 200 train services pass through the crossing daily, with the boom gates down for more than 45 per cent of the morning peak.
Premier Denis Napthine says, “Separating the rail line from the road at these three locations will be a massive boost for easing congestion and will also lead to much safer conditions for pedestrians, cyclists, road users and public transport passengers.” Dr Napthine said.
The project will create 140 new jobs and is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
Sinclair Knight Merz, West Coast Expressway, Malaysia
Aussie engineering connecting Malaysia
Australian engineering business, Sinclair Knight Merz have undertaken a major expressway project in Malaysia called the West Coast Expressway or Lebuhraya Pantai Barat, Route E28. Once complete, the expressway will connect Taiping, Perak to Banting in Selangor.
The expressway is a massive undertaking, involving a 144km stretch of road in the Malaysian state of Selangor and a 171.8 section in the state of Perak. The total length of the expressway will be around 315.8 kilometres.
The expressway has been broken down into 15 sections of different lengths, of which sections one to nine will be in Selangor, with the remaining sections in Perak. The expressway will largely be a tollway when it’s finished.
Sinclair Knight Merz’s work revolves around the design and construction of the 4.5 kilometre elevated viaduct for section 4, which runs from Sungai Rasau to the New North Klang Straits Bypass interchange.Industry News | Leave a comment May 10, 2013 Posted in Company News | Leave a comment May 6, 2013
ITS Trenchless is set for major growth, and has appointed Peter Jarvis to the newly-created position of National Sales & Marketing Manager to help implement its strategic growth plan. It has also signalled its intent to grow business in Western Australia, with the opening of a new office in Perth and the appointment of Cory Higgins as Regional Manager WA.
Peter Jarvis has spent more than 30 years in sales and marketing and is an expert in business best practices and aligning organisations with their customers and the market trends. His broad range of skills and industry experience include IT, graphics and media, CAD design software and a variety of related hardware and equipment centric industries.
Trevor Groeneveld, Director at ITS Trenchless, says, “After a rigorous selection process, Peter emerged as the outstanding candidate to be ITS’s National Sales & Marketing Manager and as a result, we are very pleased that he has agreed to join our growing organisation.
“Pete brings a great depth of knowledge and experience. His professionalism, skills and industry sector expertise will provide the leadership and support to enhance the ITS team, while ensuring our clients’ expectations are being exceeded.
“With our current innovative product range and future plans, it’s an incredibly exciting time at ITS. This appointment shows the commitment we have in keeping ITS as the industry leader, and the fact that it is a newly-created position demonstrates our commitment to growth.”
A key component of ITS Trenchless’s growth is the opening of a new office in WA and the appointment of experienced trenchless expert Cory Higgins to head it up. Higgins has been given the remit of leading the company’s endeavors to serve customers in WA’s thriving market with its innovative pipeline renovation and rehabilitation technologies.
The launch of the Perth office comes in response to proven demand for ITS’s products and services in WA, where organisations see the benefits of working with ITS to increase the performance of ageing assets and infrastructure. ITS’s ability to provide experience across a wide range of world best practice technologies has also been a key reason for customers requesting their services in WA.
Higgins joins the company at a time of strong growth for ITS, with many of its products and solutions being viewed as the benchmark in the industry and are ideally suited to benefit our customers and their specific needs, especially in the more remote areas of WA.
“The opening of the ITS Perth office is a natural outgrowth of the strong ITS customer and partner base we already enjoy in the Eastern States,” says ITS Director Trevor Groeneveld. “Under Cory’s leadership, ITS is well positioned to grow our presence in the region by directly supporting our customers’ long-term strategic initiatives and day-to-day issues.
“For the past 18 months, we have been busy working in WA but delivering the projects from our Sydney office. ITS’s investment in WA is further evidence of our commitment to building a lasting presence in the Australian market and to invest in long-term customer relationships.”
“I am excited to lead the expansion of ITS through a local presence in WA,” says Cory Higgins. “Our success in the trenchless technology sector, which is dealing with major industry changes, demonstrates ITS’s value as an innovative company responding to complex business challenges.”
Having emigrated from the UK in 2006, Higgins brings a broad range of knowledge gained with over 23 years’ working in the trenchless civil and pipeline rehabilitation industry. His experience covers a wide range of rehabilitation technologies including micro-tunnelling, pipe bursting, directional drilling and structural relining. Higgins has successfully owned and managed a number of trenchless relining companies both in Australia and overseas and has a passionate commitment to the delivering innovative trenchless solutions.
Posted in Company News, Industry News | Leave a comment June 27, 2012
The 2012 annual partner meeting for BKP Berolina was held in Cascais Portugal. It was good to catch up with Ralf and the team as well as meet up with more than 20 liner installers working with the product throughout Europe and the Americas. Berolina are still enjoying good growth in the market, as well as ensuring the product development continues. In terms of new developments, BKP have now released a 1200mm liner. This is something very interesting for us as it fills the void in our product line up for the culvert market.
Another development that is well progressed is a pressure lining solution for non-potable, low pressure pipe applications. Once this is developed it will open up options for us in the pressure sewer market, as well as in some industrial applications. A potable water liner is still a longer term development option.
It is interesting to see the growth of the UV cured lining market in Germany and Europe which seems to be taking the market well and truly from the felt and resin manufacturers. UV Cured glass liners now represent around 80% of all lining installed in Germany, which is a far cry from the 20% market share they had only around 5 years ago.
The release of the new DiBT approval is a significant step forward as it recognises the specific properties of a reinforced wall liner rather than just assuming a wall thickness based on your standard felt and resin product which does not have the structural properties of a resin impregnated fibreglass product. We need to look into seeing if it is possible to have this standard adopted also in Australia as the AS2566 standard does not really work for the CIPP lining industry.
The IFAT show was again huge, but in some respects a little disappointing. There really was nothing new that really stood out. There were many improvements on existing products and of course, it was good to catch up with our various suppliers. One of the main reasons for going to IFAT this year was to have a look to see what was new in robotics and UV curing rigs. In terms of robotics, it was good to see KATE working on a smaller epoxy resin robot which can now work in diameters from 150mm and up. This will not fit into a lined 150mm pipe however, and does not have the formwork for the junction sealing, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this develop in the next few years.
In regard to lining equipment, we plan to buy a new portable system that runs an 8 X 400 Watt light train, with the option to upgrade this to 8 X 1000 Watt light train for lining in diameters from 600 – 1200mm. This new rig is truly portable and lightweight. It will allow us to carry out installations in remote sites, and difficult access areas. The entire unit weighs only 300kgs, can line pipes up to 1200mm in diameter and has a 150 metre cable. We hope to have this in Australia in the next few months, and we will start offering lining to our current clientele, as well as to customers that want a higher standard liner. The plan is not to target the small bore lining market if price is the only driving factor.
For some time, we have resisted re-entering the cured in place lining market. There are numerous reasons for this with one of the main ones being the current low rates being offered in the market. However with Tunneline going strong, it is important that we have a small bore lining option that can work alongside this large pipe lining solution and UV Cured GRP lining appears to tick all the boxes. The guys from PipeFLo in Canada are doing great things with lining culverts in corrugated steel and concrete pipes on Canada’s highway network in sizes from 300mm up to 1200mm as well as targeting the gravity trunk sewer market.Posted in Company News, Industry News | Tagged CIPP, IFAT, lining, Portugal | Leave a comment April 24, 2012
ITS Trenchless has identified an exciting and innovative (patent protected) structural concrete lining system for renovating deteriorating and aging man entry pipelines, culverts and tunnels for water/wastewater, road and rail applications. Developed and widely used throughout the UK, the award winning Tunneline system is a simple in situ concrete lining technique utilising lightweight manhole accessible formwork and high strength pressure injected concrete.
ITS have recently entered into an exclusive long term relationship with the M3 Group (the technology owners) to develop the Tunneline system throughout Australia. The first contract to be completed using this technology for VicRoads has given the asset a new 100 year lease of life and has eliminated the risk to Australia’s most prominent highway from potential damage had the culvert not been repaired.
The system combines high strength concrete with steel reinforcement and specialist pumping technology together with an innovative bespoke formwork system. This results in the ability to install a pressure-placed compacted reinforced insitu concrete lining that can be designed to act as a stand-alone or composite liner in accordance with relevant Australian Standards.
Tunneline is a one pass operation and requires little or no pre works to stabilise the existing host condition. It is able to line all existing profiles and will also accommodate both vertical and horizontal bends as well as size and shape transitions within the existing hosts. It can be used to line all known culvert material types from 1200 to 9000mm. It can be designed as a standalone structure or as a composite form where some part of the existing host tunnel structure is taken into consideration in the final design. Not only can it be designed to withhold external loading from rail and road traffic under limit state conditions and also to AS5100 and AS2566 but can also be designed to accommodate internal pressures from sewers and water mains up to 12 Bar and as such are designed as water retaining structures. In larger diameter applications, having the option to choose a fully structural, rigid solution is an attractive proposition.
We have completed three projects to date as follows:
- VicRoads: The project involved the rehabilitation of a 100m long 2300mm id Corrugated Steel Plate culvert under the Hume Highway in Broadford VIC by installing a fully structural in situ concrete lining inside the host pipe to deliver a final diameter of 2000mm.
- Mid-Western Regional Council: rehabilitation of a 52m long 1800mm id PCC culvert under the Castlereagh Highway Ilford NSW by installing a fully structural in situ concrete lining inside the host pipe to deliver a final diameter of 1500mm.
- BHP Billiton Coal: rehabilitation of a 28m long 2400 x 2100mm Cast concrete Box Culvert under the Colliery Access Road Kemira Valley NSW by installing a fully structural in situ concrete lining inside the host structure to deliver a final section of 2100x1800mm together with integrated refurbishment to the upstream headwall
Who’s idea was this…. Does running through the streets of Sydney’s CBD, chanting tribal war cries, eating chicken feet at 10 o’clock in the morning and enduring other maniacal challenges sound like a fun team building day? Well have a look at what the real people of ITS got up to. After a fierce and exhausting competition, Congratulations go to the Orange Team. Special mention should be given to the Blue Team who although started strongly and led for most of the race had a big handicap…He who shall not be named!Company News | Leave a comment March 2, 2012
ITS will again be exhibiting at this year’s Road Engineering & Maintenance Conference at the Sebel in Melbourne. Come and visit us at Booth Number 1 where we will be highlighting our Culvert Rehabilitation Solutions.Company News | Leave a comment November 30, 2011
ITS was named a finalist for the Project of the Year – Rehabilitation for the Muller & Regency trunk water main renewal project, which involved swagelining 4,630 m of an existing DN 600 MSCL locking bar trunk water pipeline for SA Water. Congratulations to our Project Delivery Team for an outstanding outcome.Company News | Leave a comment June 24, 2011
Still located in Seven Hills
ITS Trenchless’ head office has relocated into larger premises. This is an exciting time for our company and we look forward to growing our business successfully through the ongoing support of our clients and partners. We celebrated with an office warming event with the ITS Team and some of our valued clients.
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