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USE OF REGULAR AGED TESTING OF MODERN MIXES OF GRC TO JUSTIFY A HIGHER ACCEPTABLE DESIGN STRESS IS LONG OVERDUE

GRC was first developed in the 1950’s by the Building Research Establishment UK. Pilkington Bros developed its commercial application in the 1960’s. Since that time engineers have always given appropriate consideration to long-term loss of strength due to fibre creep. 60 years later, designers still use the same rules originally developed. However, mix design has […]

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Charles Rickard AKA Mr Big

Charles Rickard is responsible for many Australian and overseas landmark structures and has been involved in an array of incredible projects throughout his 40 year career. Some of these highlight projects include; Barangaroo, the new SCG West Stand, an Emir’s palace in Qatar, Basildon town centre redevelopment UK, Pacific Square shopping centre Maroubra, the Ceremonial […]

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Building a Façade with Glass Reinforced Concrete

Sydney’s historic building housing the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) marks the landing place of the first fleet in 1788. In 2011, the building undertook redevelopment and extensions of the exterior envelope. Rickard Engineering (formally known as RH Consulting Engineers) were the façade-consulting engineers who assisted Watpac in the development process. Company, Precast Concrete manufactured […]

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THE COMPETITIVENESS OF GRC GLASS REINFORCED CONCRETE

Pilkington Bros first commercially developed GRC in the 1950’s based on original work by the British Government Building Research Establishment. However, the first nation to really be commercially successful on a large-scale was the Americans. Companies such as GRC Lafayette gained worldwide recognition for the work they did in recreating gothic architecture in GRC in […]

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