This month we review happenings in our industry, provide details of the 2016 AustStab ARRB Accreditation branding, look at slaking quicklime and the benefits of hydrated and quicklime, we provide an overview of the AustStab CPEE Training for 2016 and provide the opening dates for the Awards of Excellence 2016.

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A monthly newsletter informing you of initiatives and happenings in the stabilisation industry in Australia

Dear <<First Name>>

This month we focused on back of office administration and operational meetings for the business. We look forward to sharing some of the exciting developments as they come are formerly released. We have also updated our member register on the website and welcome you to look through the register for your local connections.

Some upcoming events for AustStab members:

  • 1 - 2 March 2016 - Adelaide CPEE Pavement Recycling and Stabilisation Training Course
  • 15 March 2016 - AustStab Victorian Working Group Meeting
  • 5 - 6 April 2016 - Sydney CPEE Pavement Recycling and  Stabilisation Training Course
  • 4 May 2016 - AustStab 5th Annual Awards of Excellence open for nomination
  • 5 - 7 May 2016 - Melbourne Roads and Civil Works Expo
  • 25 - 26 May 2016 - Queensland CPEE Pavement Recycling and Stabilisation Training Course
  • 26-28 July 2016 - AustStab Conference and Gala Dinner - Gold Coast
As we start 2016 I look forward with excitement about some of our key objectives for the year:
  • National Harmonisation for specifications - starting with the Foamed Bitumen Specification
  • The Unsealed Pavements trial in black soils in NSW and Queensland
  • Our 21st Anniversary publication and Gala Dinner to be held on the Gold Coast 
  • Our ongoing relationships with our industry partners such as CPEE, ARRB, Austroads, IPWEA and AAPA
Greg will shortly support the challenging process of harmonising specifications with all state road agencies in Australia for foamed bitumen stabilisation. We thank all state road agencies for their commitment to the process. We recognise the potential challenges that lies ahead for the State Road Agencies to achieve this target, and we wish you luck with the process.

Leah Fisher
CEO AustStab

AustStab ARRB Accreditation Decal 2016

AustStab ARRB Accredited Contractors are eligible to display the accreditation logo. The logo is date stamped. It can be displayed on centrally mounted mixers, spreaders and pugmill plants that are accredited under the scheme. The 2016 decals are available to order now

Accreditation is a self regulated scheme for insitu and pugmill plant stabilisation contractors. Accredited Contractors under take face to face and field audits as well as reference checks by an executive representative from AustStab and an ARRB representative on  a three yearly basis. People, Plant, Process and Past history are assessed. This potentially saves project managers hours in the tender evaluation process. More information about accreditation is available by contacting AustStab.


Stabilisation - Sustainable Pavement Maintenance

The 2015 edition of the Pavement Recycling and Stabilisation Guide includes Section 12 on pavement construction. 

Quicklime may be recommended by the designer or the contractor, for a variety of reasons - as a lighter weight product it has many benefits.  

Binder spreading is vital to the success of the pavement construction. It is important during the construction process to restrict the movement of construction traffic on the pavement, until the binder has been mixed into the pavement.   

The maximum application rate for quicklime binder is 15 kg/m2 to ensure complete hydration before mixing.  

Slaking is undertaken after spreading the quicklime by surface spraying the binder with water to convert the quicklime to hydrated lime. Additional water can be added to achieve optimum moisture content for the required compaction.
The Guide can be ordered here. For more information about the difference between quicklime and hydrated lime, click here.
AustStab CPEE Training 

The 2016 face to face training program has been released. The course has been retitled Pavement Recycling and Stabilisation. In 2016 the course presenters will include Bob Andrews, Phil Walter and others for CPEE, Leah Fisher and Greg White for AustStab, as well as Daniel Orriss, Scott Young, Kerry Constanti and others representing the contracting members. Enquiries for all courses are welcome.   

Early bird rates will apply up to four weeks prior to all courses this year. The early bird rate provides a saving of up to 15% for delegates. Group discounts are also available for groups of 4 or more delegates.

This year we will seek to engage with consultants and civil contractors to participate in the course, as well as our usual markets of local and state government and contracting members.  

We also are pleased to announce that James Loney, Durkin Constructions is the inaugural winner of the AustStab sponsored CPEE Student Excellence Award for 2015. We will present James' award to him this week.

AustStab Awards of Excellence 2016

The AustStab awards of Excellence will be open for nomination from 4 May 2016. Awards close on 15 June 2016. Don't leave it too late to start preparing.

For inspiration from previous year's award winners click here. We look forward to presenting these awards in July Sanctuary Cove Resort Hope Island at our annual Gala Dinner.  
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