This month we review happenings, Continue the discussion on side casting, Dallas Little visit and the TIPES scheme and the 2014 AustStab conference.
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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>>

Welcome to AustStab's 26th newsletter. In June 2014:
  • We had a meeting of the Lime and Cement Working Group;
  • We delivered training with CPEE in Victoria;
  • We completed an accredited audit in Queensland in accordance with the AustStab CPEE scheme;
  • We attended the Victorian Civil Contractors Alliance meeting;
  • We continued planning for the annual conference and confirmed industry presentations from our construction material suppliers and Skills DMC;
  • We continued to deliver on the pillars of the association.
Some upcoming events:
  • 17-18 June 2014 - Melbourne Training
  • 17 June 2014 - Standards and Council Meeting
  • 15 - 16 July 2014 - Brisbane Training
  • 31 July 2014 - Guest Swinburne Geotesta pavement seminar, Hawthorn
  • 18 - 20 August 2014 - AustStab Conference, NSW
  • 10 September 2014 -  Swinburne AUGLP, Vic
  • 8 October 2014 - Professor Dallas Little (Texas A&M Transportation Institute) at Engineering Technology Forum 2014, Qld

We hope that you will find this newsletter informative and recommend it to your colleagues.

Greg White


Side casting

Following last month's article in the newsletter AustStab we were contacted by a member asking why we didn't speak to the economic, social and environmental benefits of side casting. We often try to present the technical position first, to ensure that state road agencies, consultants and contractors are provided with the most technically accurate current information available.

We believe that there are many potential benefits to side casting. Some of these were highlighted last year by the Highly Commended Award Winner Nambucca Shire Council. A copy of their award presentation is available by clicking here.

This month we presented to RMS (NSW) on the benefits of sidecasting. The presentation will be available shortly on the Intranet for all members to utilise as a resource when talking to LGA and SRA.

Some of these benefits include being able to reuse materials from a lower or upper level of the pavement after correcting the pavement deficiencies in the lower levels. The process allows pavement materials to be fully recycled by stabilising the side cast materials. Reduced truck movements and increased rate of production by having materials available insitu are all obvious benefits.

Opportunity for Discussion with International Expert in Lime

AustStab are delighted to be involved in supporting the Department of Transport and Main Roads Engineering Transport Forum 2014. We encourage interested people to attend the workshops and key note speeches delivered by Professor Dallas Little (Texas A&M Transportation Institute) as part of the event.

Early bird registration for the event 9-11 September 2014 is now open. More information is available by clicking here.

Transport Infrastructure Product Evaluation Scheme (TIPES)

TIPES - is a national scheme which is currently in the pilot phase of development. It is designed to evaluate new road building products, which we affectionately refer to as snake oils.   

The process involves assessment by an expert panel (inclusive of road agency representatives), who determine what is required to substantiate proponents claims.

ARRB will host a webinar on 14 August 2014. Click here for information.  

AustStab Conference 2014 - Registration now open!

AustStab will host the 19th Annual AGM and 3rd Annual Awards dinner on 18 - 20 August 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley - Shooting for the Stars.

Registration is now open. Click here for information.

Industry sectors such as the binder suppliers have committed to providing a state of play and forecasts as part of the program.

2014 Awards of Excellence Nominations

Nominations opened on 5 May 2014. Information is available by clicking here. Nominations close on 7 July 2014.

The Awards of Excellence, sponsored by Caterpillar, are an excellent opportunity for the industry to celebrate project success from the last 12 months. We encourage you to submit a nomination by emailing your nomination to Leah Fisher.

All winners will be acknowledged on our website, in the Awards Edition of the Roads magazine and in our monthly newsletter. There is also a trophy and winner's certificate for each category.

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