This month we review happenings in our industry, provide details of the 2016 AustStab ARRB Accreditation branding, Sustainability Benefits of Stabilisation and provide an overview of the AustStab CPEE Training for 2016.

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News from the Centre of Stabilisation Expertise in Australia

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

Dear <<First Name>>

In January 2016, AustStab:

  • Enjoyed a restful Christmas New Year Break
  • Have commenced the final stages of review on the Construction Guide
  • Have commenced distribution of the Accreditated Contractor Logos for 2016
  • Have commenced the final stages of review on the Unsealed Pavement Specification and
  • Continued work against the new strategic plan and revised pillars.
Some upcoming events:
  • 1 - 2 March 2016 - Adelaide CPEE Insitu Stabilisation Training Course
  • 15 March 2016 - AustStab Victorian Working Group Meeting
  • 5 - 6 April 2016 - Sydney CPEE Insitu 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
We will shortly start our regional and metropolitan training programs with CPEE. These programs provide industry, including local and state road agencies, members and other stakeholders with the opportunity to receive the very latest stabilisation and pavement recycling education from National and International Experts in stabilisation and pavement recycling. The course has been renamed this year to recognise we provide information on all aspects of the specialised pavement treatment. 

Greg, Belinda and I  hope to see you on the road somewhere this year and wish you a successful 2016.


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 Stabilisation Guide includes Section 6 on Sustainability, with many subsections highlighting ways that stabilisation is sustainable, whilst providing new whole of life pavement construction.

For example 6.7 reviews sustainability in pavement construction:
  • Reducing and reusing materials otherwise referred to as waste
  • Reducing energy consumption
  • Reducing water and air pollution
  • Minimising material transportation
  • Minimising the use of virgin materials, especially from quarries and pits and
  • Respecting people and the environment.
When we consider additional costs to the community such as lane rentals and reduced congestion due to faster construction times when compared to other construction and rehabilitation methods and the long tested success of stabilisation within the Australian construction environment, it is vital that this method is given due consideration for every pavement construction project.
The Guide includes details about design, testing, construction and benefits.
It can be ordered 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 look forward to shortly announcing the winner of the CPEE Student Excellence Awards for Stabilisation 2016, supported by AustStab.

AustStab Awards of Excellence 2016

The AustStab awards of Excellence will be open for nomination from mid May. 

Start looking for great projects that reflect the excellent work being completed within your organisation. We look forward to presenting these awards in July on the Gold Coast at our annual Gala Dinner.  
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