The Chair Writes…

Firstly, on behalf of the board of the Structural Concrete Alliance, I hope everybody is keeping well. It’s been just under 12 months since I last wrote in the chair writes, how time passes us by, I’d like to start with if I may remembering a couple of very good dear friends who are sadly [...]

The UK’s first Institute of Corrosion training and examination centre opens

The Gary McKenzie Training and Examination Centre, an Institute of Corrosion (ICorr) approved training and test centre for cathodic protection in reinforced concrete, on-land (buried), and marine metallic structures was officially opened this week. Representatives from the Corrosion Prevention Association (CPA), Institute of Corrosion, Freyssinet Limited and Corrosion Control Services Limited (CCSL), who have collaborated [...]

Cathodic Protection of Precast, Prestressed Multistory Car park Slabs, using a Surface Applied Galvanic Zinc Layer Anode.

A surface applied galvanic Zinc Layer Anode (ZLA) system was installed onto a multistory carpark structure to provide cathodic protection to the soffits of the prestressed hollow concrete slabs, which were suffering from chloride induced corrosion deterioration. A surface applied galvanic anode system was selected to provide cathodic protection, as this offered a low risk [...]

Iconic Bristol Water Tower Restored

CRL have recently completed a £1.0mil refurbishment of the Durdham Down Water Tower for Bristol Water. The water tower, which was constructed in 1954 is comprised of a twelve-sided reinforced concrete water tank with an inner and outer compartment supported on reinforced concrete fin piers and a reinforced concrete structure housing a concrete access staircase [...]

VolkerLaser – Safety First

VolkerLaser has added two innovative access systems to its portfolio, to aid in the repair and maintenance of structures, putting the safety of its workforce first, as well as streamlining work strategies. Fast Beam provides secure and efficient access to bridge parapets, creating a steady working platform suspended beyond the edge of a concrete deck, [...]

Inhibiting Chloride-Induced Corrosion of Steel Reinforcement

The ability of concrete building and infrastructure products to withstand the test of time is undoubtedly one of the biggest on-going challenges faced by the civil engineering sector. Corrosion inhibitors are seen as a straightforward and cost-effective solution to overcoming this widespread challenge. However, the effectiveness of many of these products remains to be seen. [...]

Omniflex Release the Latest Version of iGAL

Cathodic Protection monitoring specialist Omniflex have released the latest Version of iGAL, the first product in the UK to offer remote monitoring of galvanic cathodic protection installations, via the web. Until the release of iGAL, this technology was only available on impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP) systems. While ICCP systems have featured remote monitoring for many years, [...]

SIKA CPD Provides Expert Guide To Improved Concrete Repair And Protection

Sika’s Concrete, Waterproofing and Engineered Refurbishment division has launched a CPD module designed to provide specialist guidance on concrete repair and protection.  Aimed primarily at engineers and surveyors, the free presentation offers an in-depth review on how to identify and diagnose the root causes of concrete defects, deterioration and reinforcement corrosion. It also highlights appropriate repair and [...]

Partial Collapse of Harbour Wall at Charlestown Near St Austell

On the 12th February 2021 strong winds caused the partial collapse on the harbour wall at Charlestown near St Austell in Cornwall, UK. The harbour itself is a historic heritage feature of the town, comprised of impressive granite blocks. Once the wall was made safe and secure, an appropriate and sympathetic restoration was essential. Specialist [...]

Flexcrete Materials Used in Sewage Treatment Works Revamp

A major concrete repair and waterproofing project has been carried out by South West Concrete Repairs (SWCR) using a range of Flexcrete materials at Poole Sewage Treatment Works. Carried out on behalf of Wessex Water, the sewage treatment tanks had sustained various stages of corrosion and spalled concrete due to the corrosive effects of the [...]

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