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Using Shotcrete in Slope Stabilisation

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Shotcrete is a versatile building material that is used in a range of construction projects. One industry that heavily relies on the use of shotcrete is in slope stabilisation, where rock mass is supported on sloping terrain to prevent any rocks from falling below. Slope stabilisation is typically required when building railway lines, highways, or dams, and despite the contractors’ best efforts to cut through the terrain so that the majority of rock mass is self-supporting, additional support in the form of shotcrete and mesh is frequently required.
The characteristics of the terrain play a pivotal role in slope stabilisation so there naturally are many factors which need to be taken into consideration. Some of these factors include the height, stability, soil composition, and gradient, along with the climate’s characteristics. The angle of repose is another vital factor which refers to the angle at which the terrain can support itself. All of these variables must be inspected closely …

Top Mistakes When Spraying Shotcrete

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Not surprisingly, the use of shotcrete in the construction industry has become increasingly common due to a rising number of applications where shotcrete has unique benefits over conventional cast-in-place concrete. When compared to traditional concrete, shotcrete is stronger, less permeable, cheaper, and uses less resources and materials. As a result, shotcrete is ideal for hard to reach areas where traditional concrete has been deemed impractical.
Shotcrete, originally known as gunite, was invented over a century ago by an American taxidermist. Using a pneumatic hose to spray concrete materials onto a receiving surface, both the wet mix and dry mix methods are used in construction projects all over the world. The primary distinction between the two methods is that the wet mix approach uses ready mix concrete while the dry mix approach introduces water at the nozzle to complete the mixing process. In both scenarios, an experienced nozzleman is needed to direct the shotcrete onto the r…

Tips For Selecting A Swimming Pool For The Home

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So, you've made up your mind that a backyard swimming pool is a worthwhile investment for you and the family. Maybe organising beach trips or outings to the school swimming pool is becoming a bit of a drag. Or, possibly you just want the luxury of being able to go for a swim at any time of day? Either way, there’s no doubt that swimming pools are fun and relaxing.


Australians are probably more inclined to get a swimming pool simply because of the stifling heat we suffer through each summer. And yes, there are lots of Australians who have decided that a swimming pool in the yard is the best choice for them. But, when you start researching swimming pools either on the web or at your local pool shop, you’ll be surprised at just how many choices and decisions you have to make. To make things less complicated, we've compiled a handful of tips that can help you choose the perfect swimming pool for your backyard.

Consider the size of the area you have for your new pool Whether you live…

Tips For Selecting A Swimming Pool For Your Home

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So, you've finally made up your mind that a swimming pool would be an excellent addition to your home. Bringing your children to the beach or to the neighbourhood swimming pool is eventually becoming a chore. Or, possibly you just want the privilege of having the ability to dip your feet into a pool after a long day at the office?


Thanks to Australian’s sizzling heat, plenty of people have decided that a backyard swimming pool is the best solution for them. But, when you start checking out pools at your local pool shop or on the web, the choices and decisions to make can suddenly become a little overwhelming. To make things less complicated, we've created a list of tips that can help you to choose the perfect swimming pool for your home.
Don't forget why you want a pool When looking at the many factors involved in installing a backyard swimming pool, many individuals lose sight of the whole reason they wanted to get a swimming pool to begin with. Some people want a pool for …

What Is Shotcrete? A Guide To Understanding Shotcrete and How It Works

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Virtually every person has come across concrete before and will very likely see it every single day. Whether you're going for a walk on the sidewalk, getting the train to work, or enjoying a dip in your pool, you'll see concrete pretty much everywhere whether you realise it or not. But what about shotcrete? Although this concept has been about for over a century, it's still fairly unheard of despite the frequent applications it has in the construction industry today.


What is Shotcrete?Shotcrete, also referred to as sprayed concrete or gunite, is effectively concrete that is pneumatically sprayed through the nozzle of a hose at high velocity onto a receiving surface. Utilised as an advanced construction technique, shotcrete is mainly reinforced by conventional steel rods or steel mesh, and has many benefits over conventional poured concrete.
As a result of the force of the nozzle, shotcrete is placed and compressed simultaneously meaning that it can be used on any kind of sur…