For the past 18 months, icubed consulting have been involved with designing, testing and overseeing construction of the world’s first fibre reinforced polymer wharf. The 252m long, 16m wide wharf will be constructed by Wagners for their Pinkenba cement facility in Brisbane.

The FRP wharf will be constructed using Wagners Composite Fibre Technologies FRP girders acting compositely with an FRP reinforced concrete deck utilising Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC). The combination of these materials provide a completely non-ferrous construction solution for extreme durability.

The wharf has been designed for large bulk handling vehicles and equipment as well as mooring forces from a 40,000t vessel. The deck can withstand Australian Standard Bridge Code design vehicles plus large moxy and forklift loads and loading in accordance with the maritime structures code.

The construction of this project is a milestone for both icubed and Wagners as there are no Australian Standards on the design of reinforced slabs or structures using FRP materials. icubed decided to design the wharf using the Canadian Structures code as their research into FRP slabs is at the forefront of the developing technology.

The wharf is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in June 2018.

For more information on FRP structures from boardwalks, to pedestrian and road bridges or full-scale wharf’s, please contact Rohan McElroy at our Toowong office on 07 3870 8888.