A closure to the Adelaide rail corridor has allowed SA Water to conduct a refurbishment to two sewer network access chambers located under the Keswick Bridge. The upgrades are part of SA Water’s ongoing rehabilitation program, which helps to ensure reliable sewer service. Concrete access chambers sit on top of sewer mains to provide operational teams access inside the pipes […]
Shepparton’s Hawdon Street residents are now able to enjoy a more reliable water supply since the completion of the city’s 60-year-old water main replacement project. The new water main was constructed between Knight Street and Balaclava Road, stretching over 800m, providing residents along Hawdon Street and those in north Shepparton with better water reliability. The project was completed over three […]
Water treatment sludge could be used to prevent 117,000km of sewer pipes in Australia from cracking in future, without any intervention by humans, helping to save $1.4 billion in annual maintenance costs. A world-first project led by University of South Australia sustainable engineering expert, Professor Yan Zhuge, is trialling a novel solution to halt unprecedented levels of corrosion in the […]
An Australian-first pole fixture device, developed by Northern Territory’s Power and Water, will allow for the replacement of up to 15,000 corroded power poles in Alice Springs; without interrupting consumer power supply. The bases of more than 850 power poles around the town now have already been replaced using an innovative pole fixture device that makes the work safer, faster […]
Significant improvement in engineering materials, industrial standards and software has facilitated the avoidance of ‘short-term’ failure of engineering structures. However, ‘long-term’ structural failures, in particular those induced by localised forms of corrosion, still remain tenacious threats to the integrity and safety of the huge network of civil and industrial infrastructure assets.
MidCoast Council’s decision to install additional chemical dosing systems at the Gloucester Water Treatment Plant is set to combat copper pipe corrosion for Gloucester and Barrington residents. In 2021, an independent investigation into the quality of water supplied by the treatment plant found that additional chemical dosing during the treatment process would reduce the potential for Gloucester’s water supply to […]
Finding the right galvanising method is critical to prolonging part life, especially in harsh mining, construction, and marine environments. ArmorGalv® Australia is the first plant of its kind in this country, boasting a corrosion resistant and abrasion resistant coating solution that helps increase part life – making this technology a must-have for those in the utility products, infrastructure, energy, construction, […]
On 4 November 2020, McRobert Contracting Services, in association with Power and Water Corporation, completed the structural relining of a box culvert inlet channel at the Palmerston Waste Stabilisation Ponds in the Northern Territory. The channel is 125m long and 1.2m wide, and is a concrete precast box culvert, which includes a flume section and 90 degree bend. The inlet […]
Matt Alliston, Vice President of Specialty Polymer Coatings (SPC), and John Wilton, Managing Director of Piping Specialty Supply Services (PSSS), are pleased to announce the appointment of PSSS as the premier dealer here in Australia for the SPC range of polymer coatings and accessories. Mr Alliston explained, “We have chosen PSSS for its proven ability to not only sell our […]
Concrete is the most commonly used material in sewers which can be attributed to its strength, durability and relatively low maintenance costs. However, due to the nature of concrete and the unique sewer atmosphere, corrosion of concrete pipes and associated infrastructure has been widely recognised as a significant challenge for the utility industry.
In both new pipeline construction and pipe rehabilitation projects, the first line of defence against corrosion, chemicals and abrasion are protective coatings. When selecting a protective coating system, utility engineers must strike a balance between performance, cost and durability, as well as considering environmental and safety regulations. Piping Specialty Supply Service (PSSS) is now the premier dealer for the Specialty […]
A TasWater employee has championed the implementation of a trolley to reduce the risk of soft tissue injury for workers handling chlorine cylinders. TasWater Water Services Operator, Mark Cate, said the trolley is purpose-built to move chlorine cylinders at small water and wastewater treatment plants. “The moving of chlorine cylinders was identified as an Occupational Health and Safety risk in […]
Corrosion and Prevention 2019 – the largest corrosion conference and exhibition in the southern hemisphere – will showcase the latest techniques and technologies to help mitigate corrosion. The conference will also feature an Applicator Trade Day titled ‘Keeping the operator out of harm’s way through Innovation’ on Wednesday 27 November 2019 at Crown Promenade, Melbourne. The Applicator Day is sponsored […]
The Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA) will host the industry leading Corrosion & Prevention 2019 (C&P 2019) conference and exhibition from 24-27 November, at the Crown Promenade in Melbourne. This annual conference and trade exhibition will bring together leading researchers and industry practitioners who combat corrosion, on a daily basis. C&P 2019 will showcase the latest techniques and technologies to help […]
With workplace health and safety a major issue on Australian construction sites, Viega’s products enable you to get the job done safely in a much shorter space of time. Herston Quarter is a new master planned health and wellbeing precinct, located in the heart of Brisbane. The $1.1 billion redevelopment is being delivered by Australian Unity, in partnership with Metro North Hospital […]
Corrosion professionals across Australia are set to gather in Melbourne in July 2019 for an International Symposium focusing on the latest advances in corrosion science and corrosion engineering. Hosted by the Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA), this two-day event will be held on 24-25 July 2019 at the Marriott Hotel in Melbourne. The symposium will celebrate the significant contributions of the […]
Corrosion often occurs on assets that are out of sight, such as buried water pipes or reinforcement within structures, and failure to detect and manage corrosion can cause irreversible damage to these assets. Melbourne Water, one of Victoria’s largest water authorities, has a number of strategies to manage and mitigate corrosion across its water and sewer networks. Melbourne Water owns […]
Corrosion can have significant economic, structural and performance impacts on critical infrastructure across numerous sectors. Understanding its impact and knowing how to prevent it is an essential part of an organisation’s asset management strategy. A panel discussion at the recent Asset Management for Critical Infrastructure 2018 conference in Sydney, looked at the importance of design criteria and material selection in preventing corrosion.
Corrosion & Prevention 2018 in Adelaide will host expert researchers and practitioners in the field of corrosion management prevention, with delegates travelling from across the globe to share their knowledge. Held from 11–14 November, this major event will showcase the latest advancements in corrosion prevention and management. More than 400 delegates are expected to attend from a broad range of […]
Every utility company faces a different set of challenges depending on the scale of its operations, customer base and business methods. One problem that providers often have in common, however, is corrosion. Ahead of his appearance in the corrosion stream at Asset Management for Critical Infrastructure, running from 12-13 September in Sydney, Jim Hickey, Electrolysis Engineering Officer at Ausgrid, discusses […]
by Wes Fawaz, Executive Officer, Australasian Corrosion Association My organisation often reports that the continuing challenge for utility companies is the management, mitigation and remediation of the corrosion of their assets. This is both costly and inconvenient to the companies themselves, their customers and in many cases the general public. During discussions with members of the ACA I have learnt that there are […]
Increased population growth and wastewater volume coupled with aging pipe infrastructure means Australia’s sewage systems are under increasing amounts of stress, which can result in integrity loss and a high potential for emergency situations. In January 2017, three of Melbourne’s public beaches were contaminated due to summer flash flooding that strained the sewage systems. In May, Sydney reported sustained odour in the city’s […]
By Wes Fawaz, Executive Officer, Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA) My organisation often reports that the continuing challenge for utility companies is the management, mitigation and remediation of the corrosion of their assets. This is both costly and inconvenient to the companies themselves, their customers and, in many cases, the general public. During discussions with members of the ACA, I have […]
Works have been completed on a $3.5 million suite of upgrades to water supply schemes in the shires of Corrigin and Koorda in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt region. Western Australian Minister for Water, Mia Davies, said the Water Corporation had replaced 4.4km of water mains as part of the upgrades, which will provide a more reliable water supply for nearly 1,000 […]
The nature of today’s working environment is changing as budgets become more constrained and the political landscape transforms around the world. Whatever the economy or politics of a country, corrosion will be an economic threat to industry and the wider community, as well as a physical threat to infrastructure and personal safety. While there are news reports of oil pipeline […]
The University of Queensland (UQ) has developed a technology to help control corrosion in sewers, as well as manage sewer odour. Researchers from the UQ Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC) developed the technology which uses free nitrous acid to remove biofilms that coat to the inner surfaces of sewer mains. Lead researcher and AWMC Director, Professor Zhiguo Yuan, said the […]
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