New Marine Infrastructure Guide
5 12 2014
Saint-Gobain Weber has introduced another new technical guide targeting civil engineers and qualified construction professionals in the marine infrastructure sector.
It joins several other recently introduced guides which concentrate on Concrete Repair and Protection, Precision Grouting and Bedding Mortars which identify a diverse range of high performance products and systems in each area of specialisation.
The sea plays an important role in the lives of British people, with nowhere in the UK being more than 70 miles from the coast. It is estimated that three million people live on the coastline which features islands, bays, headlands and peninsulars covering an area of over 11,000 square miles. The protection and maintenance of the shoreline infrastructure is of great importance to the safety of the population, as well as the uninterrupted course of global commercial activity.
“We all remember the violent storms and unprecedented rainfall of last winter which created havoc in a very short space of time,” comments James Mead, marketing manager, Saint-Gobain Weber. “Several metres of coast were lost in some areas, as thousands of tonnes of sand were washed away exposing the vulnerable foundations of seawall defences —some of which have been standing for decades.”
In the Marine Infrastructure Guide, products by Saint-Gobain Weber are identified in areas of typical marine application, such as in the reinforcement of concrete structures including jetties, piers and slipways; marine structural works in sea defences that include seawalls, cliff stabilisation schemes, quays and harbour walls; and waterside infrastructure, shoreline structures and maritime buildings such as lighthouses and coastguard stations.
The Guide features valuable case studies outlining the problems caused by continuous tidal and wave action, salinity and corrosion. It also identifies the correct and best practice procedures including structural surveys carried out by specialists; testing, diagnosis and specification of systems and products that meet BS EN 1504 principles and EU directives; and product compliance. In a valuable section on typical marine-related problems, possible solutions and the recommended Weber system or product required for remedial action, are clearly detailed.
“In the guide, our innovative system technologies and specialist products are identified together with features and benefits,” continues James Mead, “and we are proud of our reputation for providing technical support in their use at the initial design stage and on-site during the application programme.” The company has also invested heavily in dedicated training facilities at the new Saint-Gobain Technical Academy based at Weber’s HQ in Bedfordshire where there is capacity for theoretical and practical training. As experienced labour becomes increasingly difficult to find in these specialist applications, Saint-Gobain Weber can introduce specifiers and clients to experienced applicators.