QLD Council slashes maintenance costs with the help of PolyCom Stabilising Aid

Following a recent tender for road stabilisation, Isaac Regional Council rehabilitated 43 kilometres of Lou Lou Park Road with PolyCom Stabilising Aid late last year.

Gravel re-sheeting and maintenance grading have been used to maintain the rural road in the past, however Manager Infrastructure (West), Pat Moore, said the remote location and poor geotechnical conditions made these methods ineffective.

“Research, investigation and trials over the past 18 months led to the discovery of PolyCom Stabilising Aid,” says Mr Moore, “an Australian-made soil stabiliser used to strengthen almost any material commonly found in road construction and earthworks projects.”

“The product is simple and has proven very effective in relation to improvements in pavement longevity on black soil, sand based formations and gravel,” says Mr Moore.

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The works on Lou Lou Park Road included reinstating formation shape, drainage, gravel capping and pavement stabilisation. The project took three months to complete at a cost of $1.5 million, and was jointly funded through the Queensland Government
Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) and Isaac Regional Council.

In a media release, Mayor Anne Baker said Isaac Regional Council crew went above and beyond to solve the pavement issues the road has had historically.

“Council crews worked extremely hard to deliver the project on time and under budget. The team’s positive work ethic and determination produced excellent results in what was before considered unachievable. We are proud to deliver this project as promised in the 2016-17 ‘Connecting Our Communities’ Budget.”

“The rehabilitation will ensure a safer commute for the cattle road trains and agricultural traffic that use it each year,” said Mayor Baker.

Cr Dale Appleton said he was impressed with the finished product. “We’ve already had positive feedback about the high standard from farming families who use Lou Lou Park Road,” Cr Appleton said.

Used in road construction and maintenance on sealed and unsealed roads for over 14 years, PolyCom allows crews to build stronger, longer lasting pavements with the materials already in the ground. This reduces the need to procure and transport new quarry materials to site. PolyCom-treated roads require less maintenance, which leads to significant savings in time and resources.

Shane Donovan, Operations Manager of SEALS Group and subcontractor for the Lou Lou Park Road rehabilitation projects said, “[the council].. trialled 4km of PolyCom stabilisation in early 2016 in two locations, one with a red bull dusty loam material and another in black soil, both with great results. They had an unusually wet dry-season and both roads continue to hold up well.”

“Council wanted a product that could be re-activated and re-worked without the need for re-application each time maintenance was undertaken.”

 

Congratulations to Isaac Regional Council and all involved with PolyCom Stabilising Aid, in particular Kris Chapman from SEALS Group, who was there from start to finish to oversee this project.

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Roadmaker PolyCom App now available for Android and iOS

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The new Roadmaker PolyCom App is now available for Android and iOS.  With a dedicated, Australia-wide and selected International network of distributors, PolyCom Stabilising Aid creates a stronger pavement that lasts longer, saving road makers time, money and resources.

In this app you can find:

About us, Application information, FAQs about PolyCom, Photos, Videos, Find your local distributor, Call Us and more…

Flood resistant PolyCom road – 3 years on

Our colleagues, Betta Roads, recently received feedback about a road treated with PolyCom Stabilising Aid in the Gascoyne region.
After years of traffic, heat, storms and flooding, the road is still holding strong. The road in north west WA was treated with PolyCom by the council several years ago, prior to sealing. Since treatment, it has been subjected to regular traffic and has flooded four times. In one instance, this section of road received 275mm of rain in three days and sat under water until it drained away.

The pictures were taken in February this year after a heavy summer storm and subequent flooding. The damage is obvious outside the PolyCom treatment line where the road has washed away and scoured significantly.

PolyCom has helped to keep the pavement intact, allowing the road to withstand water ingress.

 

Brisbane’s first Artificial Turf Football Pitch

SEALS Brisbane in conjunction with Polytan STI have come together to construct Brisbane’s first artificial turf football pitch at Souths United Football Club.  PolyCom’s ability to improve hard to manage, low strength natural soils at a fraction of the price of traditional Lime stabilisation was used to help deliver the project on budget and on time.

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PolyCom roads stand up to the tropical wet season

Councils up in Far North Queensland are seeing the benefits of PolyCom stabilisation firsthand.  A section of this road was stabilised with PolyCom just before the recent wet season hit and a section was not… See the difference after over 700mm of rain.

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Congratulations to Earthco Projects on Sustainability Awards

Congratulations to our distribution partners down in Victoria Earthco Projects on taking out the “Product sustainability through Design, Manufacture and Use” award at the prestigious 2014 Banksia Awards in Sydney.

The Victoria-based distributor of PolyCom Stabilising Aid works with local government across Victoria, NSW and Tasmania to build a longer lasting unsealed road network. PolyCom is an Australian-made product which, mixed into existing unsealed road materials, reduces road maintenance significantly.

The resulting reduction in carbon emissions, water and expenditure enables councils to meet environmental, financial and social sustainability objectives.

This is the second major sustainability award won by Earthco Projects in successive months. In September, the Victoria-based company won the Regional Recognition Award at the 2014 Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

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Field-proven road stabilising alternative PolyCom inspires at VIVID Sydney

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At a fast paced VIVID Sydney event, ten 2014 Banksia Awards winners expressed their vision of sustainability. “What we want to do is inspire the conversation from large corporates down to community groups,” said Banksia CEO Graz van Egmond.

Amongst innovators from Tasmania Land Conservancy, Garage Sale Trail, KFC and Australia Post, Stephanie Camarena from sustainability consultancy Factor Ten had just four minutes to share the story of her work with Earthco Projects, at “Flicking the Switch on Sustainability”.

Camarena addressed the crowd with architect William McDonough’s design brief for a tree. “Design something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, makes complex sugars and foods, changes colours with the seasons, and self-replicates,” she quoted. “This is the kind of thinking we used when we met with Earthco Projects,” Camarena said.

“Earthco came to me and said “we have a product used in the stabilisation of unsealed and dirt roads – that is, 70% of roads around Australia. We know the product is good and that the traditional way of looking at the maintenance of roads is not sustainable.””

Camarena explained that for each kilometre of road maintained with the traditional practise of re-sheeting in Australia each year, “we need to dig up 900 tonnes of material, transport it to site.. and use 270,000 litres of water.”

Winner of the 2014 Product Sustainability Award, the distributor for PolyCom Stabilising Aid in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania, Earthco Projects addresses the problem of sourcing finite quarry materials and gravel resources to maintain unsealed roads, with the sophisticated yet simple solution.

Conducting a field test comparing PolyCom treated roads with the conventional method of re-sheeting, Camarena’s research reveals savings of 90% in the carbon footprint, 80% in water usage and 70% of the budget when PolyCom is applied to an unsealed road.

PolyCom enables road makers to build roads that require up to six times less maintenance with the materials at hand. Councils across Australia are embracing the field-proven road maintenance alternative that offers considerable savings on road construction and maintenance, and lowers their carbon footprint.

Camarena finished with a quote from Albert Einstein. “We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking that created them in the first place,” Camarena concluded. “And that’s what systems thinking and lifecycle thinking and design for sustainability gives you – that different way of looking at a problem and then finding different angles and different opportunities for innovation.”

Founded by the Banksia Foundation in 1989, the 2015 Banksia Awards are now open. Entries are encouraged from government, corporations, business, community, organisations, individuals, research institutions and Australian product manufacturers.

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Traditional road building methods bite the dust

After years of re-sheeting an unsealed road on a regular schedule, a council in rural NSW was ready for a better approach. “If we keep doing what we’ve been doing for the last 50 years,” said the Operations Manager, “we’ll go broke.”  Hearing word that PolyCom Stabilising Aid was reducing maintenance for adjoining councils, the council to see for themselves.

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Under the guidance of a PolyCom project manager, the soil stabiliser was applied to the road during the council’s next maintenance grade. The road crew was skeptical – PolyCom was like nothing they had worked with before.

How could such a small amount of product make a difference? You could barely see the blue granules before they were blade mixed into the soil.

Returning to the site 65 days later to measure the results, the Ops Manager identified a 1m x 1m patch on the PolyCom treated road and swept the loose fines into a bag. Locating an area of the same size on an untreated section nearby, he repeated the exercise.

The bag on the left is the loose material collected from the PolyCom road after two months of traffic, where 406 grams was produced. In that time, the untreated road produced 1486 grams – almost four times more loose material than the PolyCom treated section.

A road treated with PolyCom Stabilising Aid requires on average up to six times less maintenance than an untreated road. PolyCom can be added to the existing materials, which saves hauling heavy truckloads of new gravel to the site.

The money saved with PolyCom allows Councils to treat more roads, enhancing the bottom line on all fronts.

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.