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FCS Concrete Repairs have successfully completed relining of the Bronte Ocean Pool at Bronte Park adjacent to the Bronte Surf Beach..
The remediation of this ageing structure presented many problems and challenges:
FCS Concrete Repairs’ Work Health and Safety Management was an important element in the success of the tender. FCS Concrete Repairs implemented its Integrated Management System covering Management of Human Resources, Sales, Purchasing, Safety and Environment for which detailed procedures were recently certified by JAS-ANZ.
FCS Concrete Repairs construction programme was greatly affected by tidal and weather influence on surf conditions which often resulted in waves of sea water crashing into the pool work site. However...
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The self-healing concrete that can fix its own cracks.
The green technology embeds self-activating bacteria into concrete to make it self-healing, but will it win over a risk-averse construction industry?
Hendrik Jonkers, a microbiologist at Delft University and a finalist at the recent 10th annual European Inventor Awards, has a plan to increase the lifespan of concrete. His innovation, which embeds self-activating limestone-producing bacteria into building material, is designed to decrease the amount of new concrete produced and lower maintenance and repair costs for city officials, building owners and homeowners.
Jonkers’ self-healing concrete marries two fields: civil engineering and marine biology.
“One of my colleagues, a civil engineer with no knowledge of microbiology, read about applying limestone-producing bacteria to monuments [to preserve them],” Jonkers said. “He asked me: ‘Is it possible for buildings?’ Then my task was to find the right bacteria that could not only survive being mixed into concrete, but also actively start a self-healing process.”
This video was originally published The European Patent Office (EPO) - the second largest international organisation in Europe. It serves individual inventors and companies seeking patent protection in up to 40 European countries.