An Engineer studying a blueprintBridge and other infrastructure projects that need waterproofing concrete in Sydney or Perth should consider looking into a similar project in Brisbane.

The Brisbane City Council recently solved problems about water damage on the Story Bridge by waterproofing the concrete bridge deck on the southern end. It performed the repairs during the last few days of April.

Repairing a story

Local authorities had to shut down the bridge after discovering advanced concrete damage due to water ingress on deck slabs and beams, according to the council. Concrete repairs had been conducted in the past, but the council still decided to close the bridge and fix the issue on water leakage.

Amanda Cooper, city council infrastructure committee chairwoman, said that a waterproofing system was necessary to extend the lifespan of the concrete materials. The Story Bridge’s concrete preservation is important since it accommodates around 100,000 cars each day, despite only spanning for one kilometre. It has been in use for almost 80 years, according to Cooper.

New trends

Due to the relevance of concrete in construction and infrastructure projects, many researchers have sought to improve its sustainable properties. Aside from self-repairing concrete, some initiatives have looked into other forms of concrete that can collect greenhouse gases or break down certain pollutants.

In the UK, a new kind of concrete that would only require fewer materials yet still have the same strength may be available for sale by the end of 2018. University of Exeter scientists believe that this would help in reducing the carbon footprint from making concrete, which currently accounts for 5% of greenhouse emissions worldwide.

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There are many providers of waterproofing products for concrete structures on the market today. Whether for commercial or other purposes, choose a supplier that has extensive knowledge of the right type of product for your project.