SEPTEMBER 2019 NEWS

POLYCHLOR OMEGA DUST SUPPRESSION AND STABILISATION AT IPSWICH CITY COUNCIL

Dust from construction traffic from work sites at Ripley has been a major concern for residents near Bayliss Road, this has been exacerbated by traffic detours related to the Ripley bridge replacement.  To combat these dust emissions it has been decided to apply Polychlor directly to the surface of Bayliss Road.  After maintenance grading Polychlor Omega solution was applied to the surface, resulting in zero dust emissions.  See the Youtube video to watch the application process.

Henderson Road which lies in a rural residential area to the West of Ipswich was also treated using Polychlor.  The pavement was stabilised and this was followed by surface application of Polychlor to eliminate dust.  This treatment strategy has resulted in a pavement that is much more resistant to damage in both wet and dry conditions, while also alleviating dust emissions from passing traffic.

For further information please contact us on 0429 383 298 or email us: sales@five-elements.com.au

AUGUST 2019 NEWS

POLYCHLOR OMEGA DUST SUPPRESSION AT DOUGLAS SHIRE COUNCIL

Douglas Shire lies 100km north of Cairns, during the dry season there are numerous dust complaints from residents in rural residential areas related to traffic on unsealed roads.  Polychlor Omega was chosen as the most appropriate solution to these dust concerns due to it's value for money and environmental safety.  The local area is classified environmentally sensitive as it lies adjacent the Daintree Rainforest.  Polychlor is environmentally safe and binds to the soil and gravel, keeping waterways safe.  Polychlor Omega is not hazardous or toxic in any way, making it safe for your personnel to use.

Polychlor Omega maintains a low viscosity when in solution with water so it is easy to spray out using a water cart.  Our blending equipment blends the product into water carts in a consistent manner, so each batch has consistent concentration throughout the load.

For further information please contact us on 0429 383 298

Video of Polychlor application on Whyenbeel Road, Mossman QLD

JULY 2019 NEWS

500,000m2  UNSEALED ROAD STABILISATION AT ALBURY CITY COUNCIL

In April 2017 Albury City Council undertook comparative trials of Polytahr against Polycom and some other stabilisation products to determine which was most suitable to improve performance of the unsealedroad network.  After a comprehensive evaluation the staff decided to go with Polytahr for treatment of their unsealed pavements.  The main factors in selecting Polytahr included;

  • Significant maintenance reductions
  • Ease of application
  • Safety
  • Low cost

Incorporating Polytahr using blade mixing

Polytahr is providing Albury City Council with a means to reduce the overall cost of managing their unsealed road network.  Albury City Council are now undertaking approximately 500,000m2 of Polytahr Treatment.

Polytahr has been proven to be a means to reduce maintenance costs, while also extending the life of the asset.

Mixing and spreading the pavement on Thurgoona Road

From July 2019 Albury City Council will commence Polytahr works with view of treating the whole unsealed road network.

Ripping of the pavement prior to application of Polytahr near Ettamogah

JUNE 2019 NEWS

STABILISATION WORKS AT NORTH BURNETT REGIONAL COUNCIL

North Burnett Regional Council has sought out Polytahr and Polychlor to improve the performance of pavements.  Several sections of Old Rawbelle Road were treated as they were in need of enhancement through stabilisation.

Spreading the pavement material and rolling to finish off one of the granitic sandsections treated with Polytahr

Ripping the terra rosa section for treatment with Polytahr

Spraying out the Polychlor solution on the granitic sand section

The purpose of the works is to assess the performance of the Polytahr and Polychlor in the North Burnett conditions and to enhance the asset life of gravels.  Staff found the product easy to use and the effect of both products was immediately apparent.


Mixing and rolling the Polychlor section

MAY 2019 NEWS

500,000 m2 OF POLYTAHR STABILISATION AT LEETON SHIRE COUNCIL, NSW

Leeton Shire Council first used Polytahr in 2015 so the Council staff have a lot of experience using Polytahr for stabilisation of high clay content pavements.  Currently Leeton Shire are undertaking a major program of Polytahr stabilisation their high clay roads, with the total project area being 500,000 m2.

Spreading Polytahr from a tow bar mounted spreader

The pricing of Polytahr makes it possible for Councils to take advantage of Polymer stabilisation on a large scale.  We have a number of Councils undertaking projects of similar scale to the one at Leeton shire.  For Councils with large areas of high plasticity pavements Polytahr stabilisation is an appropriate strategy to improve pavement performance.

Leeton Shire has experienced numerous benefits from use of Polytahr on their unsealed road network including;

  • Reduced maintenance
  • Reduced pavement loss
  • Reduced dust

To find out more call us on 0429 383 298

Ripping the pavement to 100mm prior to treatment

Spreading the treated pavement material and finishing off with the multi tyred roller

 

APRIL 2019 NEWS

POLYCHLOR STABILISATION WORKS ON DAY ST, KULIN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Day Street in Kulin is a rural residential road that has significant issues with maintenance and dust.  Polychlor application was the preferred approach to make significant reductions in maintenance and dust emissions.

As part of Council's capital works program the roadway was also resheeted with a new layer of gravel.  The new gravel was laid out and Polychlor solution was applied and incorporated.


Blending of Polychlor into the water cart while filling

Water from the Kulin town dam was utilised for blending the Polychlor adhesive.

Comprehensive testing of the material was carried out in our laboratory to determine the benefits of Polychlor application.  PSD testing found that the material was compliant to at MRTS 05 Type 2 material so it is well suited for unsealed road applications.

Soaked CBR testing has also been undertaken.  The control specimen had a CBR of 40, while the treated specimen achieved a CBR of 125.  Polychlor is able to increase the soaked CBR and dry CBR of a wide variety of materials significantly.  This will ensure that pavements perform better in wet and dry conditions.

 

Spraying of the Polychlor solution during incorporation

Laying out the treated pavement material and compaction using a multityre roller

POLYCHLOR CBR TESTING FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIAN GRAVELS

We have compiled testing data in a variety of material types gathered from regions within the South West of Western Australia.

KULIN - Low PI laterite gravel

Kulin samples after soaking - Right sample is the treated specimen

After CBR testing.  The control on the left has a CBR of 40, the treated specimen on the right has a CBR of 125

MERREDIN - Yellow clayey sand

Merredin samples after soaking - Right sample is the treated specimen

After CBR testing.  The control on the left has a CBR of 35, the treated specimen on the right has a CBR of 97

MANJIMUP - High PI laterite gravel

Manjimup specimens after soaking - Right sample is the treated sample

After CBR testing.  The control on the left has a CBR of 10, the treated specimen on the right has a CBR of 54

COOLGARDIE - Mallee sands

The purpose of this unsoaked CBR testing was to determine the improvement of pavement performance during dry conditions.  The control on the left has a CBR of 58 while the treated specimen on the right has a CBR of 80.

 

 

MARCH 2019 NEWS

POLYCHLOR APPLICATION AT SOUTHERN MALLEE DISTRICT COUNCIL, SA

The Southern Mallee District Council has a significant quantity of rural roads composed of clayey loam.  Maintenance for these roads is a challenge due to the remote locations of the roads and long haul distances for water.  Polychlor is one of the options which has been utilised to reduce maintenance frequency and limit damage to the road network during periods of precipitation. 

The other reasoning behind the application of Polychlor is to enable use of low cost clayey loam for pavement materials rather than trucking in crushed rock from distant quarries.

Polychlor is able to provide significant increases in the CBR of a wide range of materials, greatly reducing damage to unsealed pavement during times of wet weather and high traffic.


The crew during the blending of the Polychlor into the tanker

Polychlor maintains a low viscosity when blended into water carts, so there is no risk to pumps or other equipment.  Polychlor is non-corrosive so there is no risk to equipment.  Water quality isn't an issue when blending Polychlor, it doesn't matter whether the water is dirty, salty or cold.

Spraying the Polychlor solution onto the pavement prior to mixing with the grader

Laying out the mixed pavement whilst rolling using a tow behing multi tyre roller

 

FEBRUARY 2019 NEWS

ESTABLISHMENT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIAN WAREHOUSING AND DISTRIBUTION WITH SYKES TRANSPORT

Five Elementsis proud to announce that we have established distribution services with Sykes Transport of Kewdale to warehouse and distribute our products in Western Australia.  The products held at the Sykes' Kewdale warehouse include;

  • Polytahr
  • Polychlor Omega
  • Ligroc Gamma
  • Product application equipment

To further support our WA customers we will be increasing the number of site visits and laboratory testing for WA clients.  This is a significant increase in our commitment to service WA customers.  Keeping stock in Kewdale will also make significant reductions in the transport cost to our customers.

Initially we have placed a minimum stock level of products into the Kewdale warehouse.  During March 2019 additional stock will arrive to increase stock levels.

Sykes is a well known West Australian transport company and has operated a depot in Perth since 1981.  Sykes also operate a distribution warehouse in Kalgoorlie.  Sykes Transport is well known for providing reliable transport services throughout Western Australia.




 

POLYCHLOR STABILISATION WORKS AT BRANDENBURG ROAD, SUNSHINE COAST COUNCIL

Further work has been carried out to stabilise steep sections of Brandenburg Road near Mooloolah Valley in the Sunshine Coast Council area.  The gravel type on this section of road is a TMRS 05 Type 2.5 gravel.  Due to steep grades, heavy traffic and heavy rainfall unraveling of pavement material has been a problem.


After application of the Polychlor solution it was mixed in using the grader blade.

Steep grades and high traffic are an issues on this stretch of Brandenburg Road

A heavy dose of Polychlor Omega pavement adhesive has provided the appropriate solution in this secenario.  Polychlor Omega in able to provide a significant increase in CBR values in materials of crushed rock origin such as the Typr 2.5 material utilised on Brandenburg Road.  Polychlor Omega is also able to resist moisture damage during wet weather.  To find out more, please click the link to our Polychlor page below.

 

JANUARY 2019 NEWS

POLYCHLOR STABILISATION PROJECT OF THE MOUNT LINDSAY HIGHWAY, TENTERFIELD NSW

Stabilisation of the unsealed section of the Mount Lindsay Highway has been the third Polychlor project completed for the Tenterfield Shire Council.  The existing pavement was stabilised to a depth of 100mm using Polychlor Omega Polymer.  Polychlor Omega provides a significant increase in the soaked CBR of pavement materials, resulting in a longer lasting pavement in wet conditions.

Spraying out of Polychlor Omega from the tanker.  Polychlor Omega maintains a low viscosity making spraying out easy whether using the spray bar or fans.

Polychlor maintains a foamy appearance for several minutes after being sprayed onto the surface.

The waterhole and mixing equipment for the Polychlor Omega.

The project area totaled 50,000m2 and with two tankers and two graders a productivity of up to 12,000m2 per day was achieved.  Blending of the Polychlor still enables the tankers to be filled quickly, enabling high productivity.

Mixing of the Polychlor with the pavement material using blade mixing.

Polychlor Omega was the product of choice for this project due to it's ability to reduce unraveling of the pavement material.  The Mount Lindsay Highway is at an altitude of approximately 900m to 1100m so the climatic conditions are quite harsh, compounding the pavement issues.  Polychlor Omega's resistance to moisture ingress into the pavement will go a long way to alleviating these problems.  The pavement type is a decomposed granite/granitic sand which is won from a nearby pit.

 

DECEMBER 2018 NEWS

LIGROC GAMMA APPLICATION AT COLAC OTWAY SHIRE COUNCIL

Colac Otway Shire is seeking a product to combat dust issues on local unsealed roads and Ligroc Gamma is a suitable product due to its strong dust suppression qualities.  Ligroc Gamma is composed of Lignosulphonate which makes it highly effective as a dust suppressant, while also being safe for staff to use and environmentally friendly.  Some of the features and benefits of Ligroc include;

  • It is a fast acting product which allows the road to stay open
  • It is non-hygroscopic, creating a long-lasting product
  • Creates safer roads and driving conditions
  • Reduces dust to a PM10 standard resulting in cleaner air
  • It is environmentally safe for sensitive areas
  • Easy to blend into tankers at high concentrations

Ligroc is safe for use in water tankers, being non-corrosive and low viscosity.  It also doesn't settle out of solution, so if you were to batch a tanker load it can be left over-night and used the next day.

Ligroc also has a strong stabilisation effect, keeping pavement materials on the road by increasing cohesion, and making the pavement more resistant to moisture ingress.

To find out more click on the link on the right to access the Ligroc Gamma web page, or call us on 0429 383 298.

 


Spraying Ligroc onto pavement material on Telford Street at the Apollo Bay Aerodrome

 

 

NOVEMBER 2018 NEWS

CHLOROC ALPHA APPLICATION AT LOCKYER VALLEY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Dry conditions have seen excessive dust on some roads in the Lockyer Valley Region this Spring, especially on sandstone pavements with low binder content.  To remedy the problem Chloroc Alpha calcium chloride has been applied to reduce dust.

Chloroc Alpha works by attracting moisture from the atmosphere, this helps keep dust down.  Keeping the pavement moist also keeps the material in a plastic condition, reducing scattering of pavement material and reducing gravel loss.  To find out more please contact us on 0429 383 298 or email sales@five-elements.com.au

Area with Chloroc Alpha applied on Old Ropeley Road, near Gatton.

 

OCTOBER 2018 - NEWS

POLYTAHR & POLYCHLOR OMEGA WORKS AT SUNSHINE COAST COUNCIL

Five Elements has commenced another stabilisation project at Sunshine Coast Council utilising Polytahr and Polychlor Omega stabiliser.  The Polytahr works will exceed 180,000 m2 so it a significant sized project.  The works will focus on reducing maintenance on the unsealed road network.

Some of the challenges on the local unsealed road network include high rainfall and steep grades.  Polychlor Omega was used as an overspray and also as a stabiliser to a depth of 100mm.

Grading works during Polytahr application on Brandenburg Road.

 

OCTOBER 2018 - Surfers Paradise IPWEA Conference

Thanks to everyone who dropped in to see our Five Elements trade exhibition at the 2018 State IPWEA Conference.  It was good to catch up with everyone.  Hope to see you all again next year.

 

SEPTEMBER 2018 - NEWS

POLYTAHR STABILISATION WORKS AT MERREDIN SHIRE COUNCIL

Works have been ongoing throughout Merredin Shire Council's unsealed road network with application of Polytahr polymer stabiliser.  The Polytahr application is being utilised for stabilisation of highly plastic pavements to make them more resilient to damage during wet weather. 

The project is significant is size and will total 220,000 m2.  Application is by use of an electric spreader, and the whole application is being managed by Council staff.


West Muntadgin Road near Merredin WAseveral weeks after treatment

 

POLYCHLOR OMEGA STABILISATION WORKS AT LODDON SHIRE COUNCIL

Polychlor Omega soil adhesive has been utilised at Loddon Shire for stabilisation of Yarrawalla West Road.  This road was selected for stabilisation as it caries high traffic volumes and the pavement has little binder content.

The application of Polychlor Omega was rapid and effective in increasing the cohesion of the soil/gravel mixture.  Application was by blending the Polychlor into tankers and then spraying the solution onto the ripped pavement prior to reforming and re-compaction.

Productivity on this job was high with completion of over 9000 m2 per day.  The equipment used included a 10,000 litre tanker, one grader and a combination smooth drum / multi tyre roller.

Spraying of Polychlor Omega Solution onto the ripped pavement of Yarrawalla West Road

 

UPGRADED BLENDING EQUIPMENT

We have had a busy time in our workshop in the August and September with substantial upgrades being made to our blending equipment.  A lot of new features have been included with some ideas coming from our customers staff.

One of the major changes has been to the mixing vortex which now has an improved stand and light weight vortex body to reduce the weight of the unit.  The upgrades improve the mobility of the equipment, this enables our customers staff to set up the equipment anywhere and blend adhesive stabiliser with ease.

The upgrade includes a new shipping crate, which enables the unit to be dispatched anywhere is Australia or New Zealand with ease.  The new shipping crate also keeps freight costs to a minimum as the cargo is classified as stackable.


The new blending equipment set up for use in a quarry

 

Another new vortex ready for dispatch from the Five Elements workshop

Ready to be sealed up and dispatched

 

BENDIGO MWOA CONFERENCE

Thanks to all those who dropped in at our stand at the MWOA conference.  The conference was well attended with a total of 550 delegates.  Thanks to the MWOA committee and staff for putting on such a successful event.

The Five Elements stand at the Bendigo conference

AUGUST 2018 - NEWS

POLYCHLOR OMEGA STABILISATION WORKS AT TENTERFIELD SHIRE COUNCIL

Recent works at Tenterfield Shire Council utilised Polychlor Omega Stabiliser and Dust Suppressant for stabilisation and dust suppression works.  The works were completed on Woodview Road which is an unsealed road composed of low plasticity gravels and sands with poor cohesion and size grading.  Severe erosion and corrugations have been a major problem in the past.  Polychlor Omega is well suited for this application due to it's strong adhesive properties.

Polychlor Omega has provided a solution which provides;

  • Strong stabilisation
  • High Daily productivity
  • User friendly application

Two water tankers, two graders, a smooth drum roller and a multi tyre roller were used to complete the task.  Daily productivity for the stabilisation works exceeded 12,000m2 per day.  After drying and curing of the pavement a surface application of Polychlor Omega was applied utilising one tanker and a traffic control crew.  During this process the crew applied 33,000m2 in 5 hours.

The treatment provides a finish which is highly resistant to erosion, corrugation and traffic wear, while also eliminating fugitive dust.

Spraying of Polychlor Omega onto the pavement material during stabilisation works.  Polychlor Omega is 100% tanker friendly, see our brochure for more information.

 

The blending equipment for Polychlor Omega enables tankers to be filled with solution quickly and effectively, enabling high production rates

Surface film of Polychlor Omega immediately after application to Woodview Road.  Traffic is kept off the surface for about 10 minutes to enable the product to soak into the surface.

 

FIVE ELEMENTS LABORATORY EXPANSION

In July 2018 we upgraded our laboratory equipment.  We are now able to carry out the following testing;

  • CBR
  • Proctor
  • Particle size distribution

Our laboratory is being utilised for our own product development and also for development of teating procedures for our customer's labs.

Five Elements Laboratory with CBR machine & drying stove

2018 LGSA Conference Trade Exhibition

Thanks to everyone who visited our Five Elements trade display at the LGSA Conference on 15-16 August at the Joondalup Resort and Country Club, Western Australia.  Thanks to the LGSA Committee for organising such a high quality event.  For more information about the conference click on the link to the right.

 

 

JULY 2018 - NEWS

 

Bundaberg Regional Council stabilisation and dust suppression works

Recent works around Bunderberg Regional Council have utilised both Polytahr stabiliser and Polychlor Omega.  Polytahr was used to stabilise unsealed pavements to a depth of 100mm, after allowing the pavement to dry out this was followed by application of a film of Polychlor Omega to act as a surface stabiliser and dust suppressant.

Polychlor Omega is applied using a water tanker.  It is odorless and has a low viscosity so it doesn't cause any issues with tankers.  It is easy to spray out and maintain full coverage of the surface due to it's low viscosity behavior. 

The Polychlor Omega is applied 3 to 5 days after completion of the stabilisation works.  This ensures the pavement is dry immediately prior to application, so the solution soaks into the surface within minutes.  Due to its adhesive properties Polychlor Omega will stabilise the surface and protect it from traffic wear and weather erosion.


Spreading of Polytahr onto pavement prior to incorporation

 

Blending Polychlor Omega into the water tanker 

Spraying of Polychlor Omega onto the pavement

 

Polychlor Omega solution immediately after application

Several weeks after application

 

Polychlor Omega protects and stabilises the surface due to its adhesive properties.  Dust is also eliminated or significantly reduced.  Due to its economical nature,Polychlor Omega is useful in situations where there are significant dust emissions caused by harvest related heavy vehicle traffic.  Our blending equipment is easy to use and comes with all the necessary standard operating procedures, enabling your staff to batch Polychlor Omega solution effectively and safely. 

Polychlor Omega can also be used for full thickness stabilisation of pavements.

To find out more click onto the following link.

 

 

JUNE 2018 NEWS

Polytahr stabilisation of gravel resheeting works at Manjimup Shire Council

Manjimup Council has used Polytahr for the past 3 years in various applications such as stabilisation of in-situ pavement material and stabilisation of gravel resheeting works.  This year Manjimup Council is using Polytahr in 8kms of resheeting works in the Pemberton area.


The benefits of the Polytahr stabilisation include reduced maintenance costs and reducing gravel loss rates which helps extend the useful life of the new gravel.


A site visit was conducted to validate the application methods and train customer staff.  Five Elements is able to provide prompt service anywhere in Australia and New Zealand, including delivery of materials, delivery of application equipment and on-site training.


To find out more about this project please contact us on 07 3348 5533, or click on the following link to find out more information;


 

Old Bass Road, Pemberton WA.  Spreading of the Polytahr from the tow bar mounted electric spreader.

 

Blade mixing of the pavement to incorporate the Polytahr Polymer.

 

Spreading of the windrow and finishing off with a multi tyre roller.

 

MAY 2018 NEWS

VIC ROADS Polytahr Super Shoulder Works

Since February 2018 we have been carrying out Polytahr Super polymer stabilisation of unsealed road shoulders with VIC Roads.  The purpose of the works is to reduce damage on road shoulders and reduce loss of gravel from the shoulders.


The works are centred on the VIC Roads network near the Lilydale VIC Roads Depot.  The photos shown were taken during works on C404 (Monbulk Road)


The outcomes of application of Polytahr Super to these shoulders has been reduced damage due to traffic and reduced edge drop.  This has helped VIC Roads provide better quality shoulders for road users and reduce the frequency of maintenance by 50-100%.


To find out more about this project please contact us on 07 3348 5533.  Or click onto the following link to the Polytahr Super page.


 

Spreading of the Polytahr Super on the shoulders of C404 (Monbulk Road)using an electric spreader.

 

Finishing off the surface using a multi tyred roller

 

Are your residents frustrated with the condition of unsealed roads?  You might like to consider using products from Five Elements to improve your road infrastructure service levels.  Contact us on 07 3348 5533