Gravel Airstrip upgraded with PolyCom Stabilising Aid
The application of PolyCom road stabiliser supplied by Perth-based Betta Roads on an unsealed WA mine site airstrip has reduced dust, flight times and maintenance costs, and improved safety standards significantly.
In January 2013, PolyCom Stabilising Aid was applied to a busy dirt airstrip at a mine near Newman, Western Australia.
The result is a dramatic increase in pavement strength, improving surface quality and skid resistance. A higher Pavement Classification Number (PCN) has enabled the use of jet aircraft in place of turbo props, reducing flight times. The reduction in dust has improved visibility and safety considerably.
Over the subsequent 12 months, less maintenance requirements despite extended wet weather have saved the client downtime and expenditure. In fact, the first annual maintenance report in January 2014 revealed higher results than expected, with CIV values from 40 to 70 plus.
In short, the use of PolyCom Stabilising Aid on this project outperformed KPis and increased economies of time and money for the client.
PolyCom Stabilising Aid is an innovative improvement on traditional stabilisers such as cement and lime due to its relatively low cost and ease of use. Made in Australia, the polymer stabiliser can be mixed with existing material and therefore reduce the need for importing expensive manufactured gravel – a simple and inexpensive road stabilisation option for remote areas.
Once spread, all that is required are graders, rollers and a water truck used in usual road construction.
Polycom meets stringent Environment and OHS regulations.