Blue Water Trail FRP Composite Boardwalk Mackay, QLD
Scope of Work
icubed consulting were engaged by Wagners Composite Fibre Technologies to undertake the detailed design and supervision of the FRP composite components of this boardwalk. The project comprised approximately 600 metres of elevated boardwalk through an environmentally sensitive wetland area. The site was characterised by soft soil conditions and a requirement to undertake the work in a timely manner with a limited impact upon the surrounding environment. As a result the project team worked towards developing and implementing a normal fibre composite driven solution to support this elevated boardwalk. In addition to devising this system icubed consulting worked closely with the project team in undertaking a full scale testing program to verify the implementation, methodology and structural capacity of this system.
Upon completion of this project a major storm event occurred resulting in inundation in excess of the original design perimeter supplied by the local authority. We were delighted to discover that the structure was able to withstand the elements and has been able to be returned to service for the community with no rectification work other than clearing of debris from the walkway structure.
Dates: October 2009 – July 2010
Disciplines: Structural Engineering Design