This month we review happenings in our industry, discuss the newly released Aus-spec work section on stabilisation, look at more ways that the AustStab Guide is being distributed, provide an update of accredited contractors and how and why asset owners should become involved, as well as looking at a handy online tool for quicklime.

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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 October 2015, AustStab:

  • Hosted the Queensland Working Group meeting
  • Participated in specification reviews with State Road Agencies
  • Delivered the AUGLP at Swinburne University
  • Accepted new members in NSW and Victoria
  • Promoted the 2015 Edition of the AustStab Guide
  • Continued work against the new strategic plan and revised pillars.
Some upcoming events:
  • 12-14 November 2015 - ACE Expo Melbourne - AustStab Exhibition
  • 26-28 July 2016 - AustStab Conference and Gala Dinner - Gold Coast
As I mentioned last month, AustStab is continuing to focus on the benefits of high volume stabilisation in unsealed pavements. Our initial unsealed pavement specification generated much interest last month. If you would like a copy of the specifiation when it is finalised, please contact me for a copy. We have been contacted by an interested Local Government representative who would like to participate in the unsealed pavement trials. We welcome further interest and invite you to contact us for further information. The purpose of the project is to properly document savings for unsealed pavements in black soils, particularly maintenance costs and asset replacement costs.

Please invite your colleagues, clients and consultants to subscribe to receive our free monthly updates. We try to ensure that our information remains relevant, quick to process and meaningful to your work.

Leah Fisher
CEO AustStab

Natspec - Work section 1113 Stabilisation

AUS-SPEC is the national local government specification for the life cycle management of assets. Specification Templates for the design, construction and maintenance of parks, urban and open space, buildings, roads and bridges and public utilities are available by subscription and are updated annually. It is a joint venture between the IPWEA and NATSPEC, a not-for profit organisation responsible for delivering the national construction specification and the National BIM guide and associated documents.

recently participated in a review of the Stabilisation Work section. This is one example of our strategic collaboration with our industry partners.

Ensuring that the correct technical specification is applied to contracts is vital, and will often result in direct costs savings for the asset owner. 

Main roads specifications are often referred to on local government roads and this often results in gold plating local government roads, or worse - roads that are poorly constructed because the specification isn't properly administered for a variety of reasons. AustStab also offers a series of simple local road specifications that may be more suitable for works.


AustStab Pavement Recycling and Stabilisation Guide 2015 Edition

The 2015 Edition of the Guide will be available:
  • For key customers of sponsors of the Guide
  • As a complimentary copy for course delegates for the CPEE Insitu Stabilisation Pavement Recycling course in 2016
  • As a complimentary copy for students attending the Australian University Guest Lecture Program (AUGLP)
Copies of the Guide can be ordered from our website or can be ordered on site at the ACE Expo at Melbourne Showground 12 - 14 November 2015.

Accredited Contractors Register

The AustStab ARRB Accredited Contractors Register has recently been updated. Additional audits are scheduled for November and December 2015, so watch this space for newly accredited or reaccredited contractors operating throughout Australia.

We will shortly be commencing ordering for new decals for the key plant and equipment for 2016. We will contact all accredited contractors for orders.

Industry is reminded that it is not a requirement of the accreditation scheme to be a member of AustStab. Obviously we always welcome new members, and applications for accreditation can also be made via our audit partner ARRB

For more information about the benefits of accreditation, and direct cost savings to the client by appointing an accredited contractor, please contact Us for more information.

Member News

All members are invited to participate in the Annual Member Survey - Final date extended until Friday 30 October 2015. Please participate. We use this information to inform our discussion, and to ensure that your top issues are being addressed.

Useful AustStab Online Tools

A free online tool that practitioners find useful is the AustStab Field Speadrate Calculator for Quicklime. The tool allows practitioners to convert laboratory application rates to field spreadrates, using technical data provided by the binder suppliers. 

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