2017: InQuik Year in Review

2017 has been a milestone year for InQuik, with the first commercial bridge projects successfully delivered, and knowledge of the InQuik system is spreading rapidly across Australia and into the Pacific.

On 26th June 2016 the Hon Angus Taylor MP and Pru Goward MP opened the first bridge at Boxers Creek, Goulburn, NSW. At the launch Angus said “This business will keep growing as its prototype hits the market, both here and overseas, building on an Australian idea, using Australian steel and workers.”

During 2017 InQuik have attended and presented to our peers & prospective clients at the Australian Bridge Conference in Melbourne, IPWEA NSW conference in the Hunter Valley and finally the 8th Small Bridges Conference in Surfers Paradise. Over 1,000 attendees from the broad range of councils, state government departments, state road authorities, NSW RMS and the private sector have given positive feedback and support for InQuik’s innovative-patented designs.

Bridge engineers, asset managers, civil engineers, structural engineers and engineering directors have all taken the opportunity to investigate the unique attributes of the InQuik designs at these events and having their questions answered regarding the product design, specifications and best use cases.

Our partners SMEC (design and bridge code certification) and ARC (fabrication) ensure that the InQuik system, made locally in Newcastle, complies with AS5100 and SM1600 load rating design standards. The 100-year design life means peace of mind for our customers locally and internationally.

Our MD,  Logan Mullaney, made two trade visits to Papua New Guinea in 2017, where the InQuik product is now certified by the country’s Department of Works for “bridge design and structural development programs” within PNG. We are also scheduling export orders for projects in Fiji and Vanuatu.

InQuik was also the proud recipient of the Concrete Institute of Australia NSW “2017 Technology & Innovation Award of Excellence” for the InQuik Modular Concrete Bridging System.

InQuik’s “place and pour” methodology enabled us to construct a single lane 12mtr bridge in the Snowy Mountains for National Parks in 12 hours over a 3-day period.

“InQuik is a very quick and efficient way to replace bridges as long as you do the survey and site preparation work correctly. Our survey and designers were excellent and the bridge has reached our expectations.” – Rod Peel, National Parks Road Supervisor

Bellingen Shire Council, NSW used their own Council Works Department to install a dual lane InQuik bridge over Reids Creek. This replaced a single lane timber bridge to improve safety, flood mitigation and increase the load rating.  The video case study is accessible on our web site – www.inquik.com.au

“The InQuik bridge solution used to replace Reids Creek Bridge delivered an AS5100 compliant structure and achieved significant project time savings.” – Phil Buchan, Manager – Asset Management & Design, Bellingen Shire Council

It’s been a very busy but satisfying year. The staff and management of InQuik Bridging Systems would like to thank all our clients, suppliers and numerous advocates for their on-going support in our first full year of commercial operation, and wish you all a very happy and safe holiday season.

InQuik present at the 2017 NSW IPWEA Conference

InQuik Bridging Systems was a major presence at the IPWEA NSW Conference 2017, hosting an indoor stand, an outdoor display, and giving a full presentation on the recent Reids Creek Bridge for Bellingen Shire Council. The event was held 8-10 November 2017 at the Crowne Plaza in the Hunter Valley, NSW, with over 375 attendees. IPWEA hosted delegates from NSW Councils and Government, who came and spoke with the InQuik team at their stall, and at the outdoor exhibition.

Despite heavy rain a couple days before the conference, the team at Crown Plaza did a great job at getting both the indoor and outdoor areas ready. The InQuik and ARC delegation decided to bring along a full-size 12x2.4m InQuik deck panel and a 1m abutment, to show the conference attendees how easily the components are delivered, and the ease with which they fit together. With this “place and pour” methodology it only took 40 minutes for us to unload both components and place them in the outdoor display area, having never been to site before and using only a lightweight crane.

The InQuik Managing Director, Logan Mullaney, presented the Bellingen Council case study on the Friday, and the full project video was premiered. The presentation was enthusiastically received by the delegates, garnering a lot interest in the InQuik system and its advantages for councils.

Many thanks to the IPWEA team for such a well run event, and next year we will remember to pack Hawaiian shirts for the opening night! At the IPWEA website you can view a summary of the event, featuring 40+ exhibitors and over 40 presentations.

The InQuik bridge system is an innovative Australian designed and manufactured product with huge benefits to key LGA projects, including Bridges Renewal, Flood Mitigation and Black Spot programs for 6-18m bridge spans. The InQuik solution reduces cost and complexity, and accelerates the bridge construction process. This enables Governments, Councils, disaster relief agencies and road authorities to upgrade or construct infrastructure cost-effectively and efficiently.

Australian councils have embraced this new system for its huge potential in opening up new land release areas and replacing aged bridge infrastructure. InQuik manufacturing is based out of Newcastle, NSW, it is made with Australian steel and certified by the the engineering firm SMEC to comply with AS5100 design standards for T44/SM1600 load ratings.

The innovators responsible for developing and installing this technology are available to provide presentations and workshops to Local Councils, State and Federal Departments, bridge engineers, and other interested groups. For more information or to schedule a presentation/workshop, please contact Logan Mullaney at enquiries@inquik.com.au or  +61 419 167 680.

InQuik presenting at the IPWEA NSW conference 8–10 November 2017 in the Hunter Valley.

The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) NSW State Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza in the Hunter Valley 8-10 November 2017. The event will bring together technical partners and stakeholders who are engaged in infrastructure, asset management, road and rail safety, transport, water and waste water, risk management, the environment and sustainability, technical innovation and technology. The conference attracts representatives from across the profession and the Local Government sector to join together and exchange ideas and create discussions on how engineering can continue moving NSW forward and building communities.

We are excited to be presenting at the IPWEA NSW conference on a recent project delivered for Bellingen Council in NSW.

Presentation Synopsis: Bellingen Shire Council and InQuik. Design, Construct and open for traffic in 4 months. An innovative and efficient way to replace Timber bridges

The single lane timber bridge over Reids Creek on Kalang Road was due for rehabilitation or replacement. Located on an important transport route servicing school buses and farms, the old bridge had an 18t load limit, with flood risk and safety considerations. With a tight budget and a short design & construct window, the team at Bellingen Council approached Bridge Knowledge and InQuik in early February 2017 with the goal to replace the bridge to be open for traffic within 4 months.

InQuik Wins Excellence Award for Technology and Innovation at the NSW Concrete Industry of Australia Awards

The InQuik modular concrete bridge has won an Award for Excellence in the Technology and Innovation category of the NSW Concrete Industry Awards, presented at the Kirribilli Club in Milson’s Pt, Sydney on 19 July 2017.

Established in 1971, the Awards for Excellence in Concrete recognise and publicise the many significant contributions to excellence in concrete design, construction and materials in Australia. The Technology & Innovation category includes significant contributions to the understanding or use of concrete as evidenced by research, technical publications, patent applications, new products or pieces of equipment, new techniques, design innovations, or educational activity. The InQuik project was titled ‘The InQuik Modular Concrete Bridging System’, and was jointly submitted by InQuik Pty Ltd and Lifting Point Pre-Form Pty Ltd. The inventor of the InQuik system, Bruce Mullaney, accepted the award with InQuik’s National Sales Manager, Robert Lindley.

The Managing Director of InQuik, Logan Mullaney, said the national recognition was a humbling experience. “Receiving an award is a good acknowledgement of what we’ve done,” he said.

InQuik was founded by builder, farmer and inventor Bruce Mullaney to bring his bridge inventions to world.

Bruce was developing an innovative method to construct concrete slabs by connecting the steel reinforcing bar to the formwork, when he then realised that the same system could be used to make bridges. He envisaged a bridge construction method where the reinforcing and formwork were assembled together in a factory, then the lightweight panels could be easily transported and placed on-site before the concrete is poured. This method would save huge amounts of on-site work, require no external supports, and give the highest quality concrete bridge possible, as the whole bridge deck would be cast as a single concrete mass (whereas precast decks are separate modules which need to be stuck together).

Armed with a bright idea and no small amount of determination, Bruce patented his invention and put in place the partners and people needed to make his vision a reality. He established relationships the Australia-based global engineering firm SMEC to undertake the engineering design work, and the Australian Reinforcing Company (ARC) to provide support and manufacturing expertise to make the product. Together, these companies are developing and delivering the next generation in global bridge construction technology.

InQuik supply prefabricated components comprising reinforcement steel and formwork, but no concrete. The components are a fraction of the weight of a similar-sized precast concrete panel, and are simply placed on-site and filled with concrete.

InQuik currently offer current spans of 6m, 9m, 12m, 14m, 16m and 18m (12m standard), and have the ability to do multiple spans for longer structures. InQuik’s product range also includes abutments, wing walls, blade piers and headstocks, and is certified to AS5100 regulations and up to SM1600 load rating.

 

InQuik at 2017 Australian Bridge Conference

InQuik was pleased to participate in the Australian Bridge Conference 2017 on 3–6 April 2017 at the Pullman Albert Park, Victoria. With over 350 attendees, ABC 2017 had a great range of national and international delegates who came and spoke with the InQuik team on booth 25.

Our stand quickly became very popular, with a 3D scale model of the InQuik Bridging System a delegate favourite, and a full-size sample fabricated deck truss beam (weighing over 90kg!) on display.

It was great to speak to representatives from MainRoads WA, Vic Roads, Opus, SRG, Cardno, Aurecon and the Kenyan National Construction Authority.  The InQuik stand was supported by Ross Bourke from ARC (InQuik’s fabrication partner), and Peter Mahar from InQuik’s North-East NSW sales partner, Bridge Knowledge, was happy to field customer enquiries.

Our engineering partner SMEC also had a large presence at the event, and it was great to have their team spending time on the stand discussing current and future InQuik projects.

The InQuik bridging system is an innovative Australian designed and manufactured product with huge benefits to key LGA projects, including Bridges Renewal, Flood Mitigation and Black Spot programmes for 6–18m bridge spans. The InQuik solution reduces cost and complexity, and accelerates the bridge construction process. This enables Governments, Councils, disaster relief agencies and road authorities to upgrade or construct infrastructure cost-effectively and efficiently.

Australian councils have embraced this new system for its huge potential in opening up new land release areas and replacing aged bridge infrastructure. InQuik manufacturing is based out of Newcastle, NSW, the products are made with Australian steel and certified by SMEC to comply with AS5100 and SM1600 load rating design standards.

ABC 2017 Conference agenda: www.abc2017.com.au/program.php

The innovators responsible for developing and installing this technology are available to provide presentations and workshops to Local Councils, State and Federal Departments, bridge engineers, and other interested groups. For more information or to schedule a presentation/workshop, please contact Logan Mullaney at sales@inquik.com.au or +61 419 167 680.

InQuik appoints Bridge Knowledge as North-East NSW Sales Agent

Bridge Knowledge

InQuik Bridging Systems is pleased to announce that Bridge Knowledge is our first Australian sales partner for the InQuik solution covering the North East NSW region.

Peter Mahar, Bridge Knowledge Director, is a Civil Engineer with over 25 years of industry experience within the private sector, both in Australia and internationally including the government sector in Australia.

Prior to forming Bridge Knowledge Peter was the Road Services Manager, Northern Region, NSW for RMS – Roads and Maritime Services managing a team delivering bridge/road construction and maintenance in a commercial environment ($100M annual turnover and over 250 staff). Other key RMS NSW roles included Bridge Maintenance Planner, Bridge Works Manager and Contract Manager, Bridges.

Peter has broad knowledge and extensive experience in all facets of bridge engineering in relation to investigation, design, construction and asset management of concrete, steel and timber bridges from simple structures through to large span complex bridges.

From 1996 to 2000 VSL International employed Peter in senior site management roles responsible for major bridge projects in South East Asia. This included Project Manager for the superstructure construction of the Pakse Bridge spanning 1,380m across the Mekong River in Southern Laos and Site Manager for the delivery of the superstructure of the Malaysia to Singapore Second Crossing Bridge.

Before 1996 Peter held roles with John Holland in Queensland and Baulderstone Hornibrook in South and Western Australia. In these roles he was involved in a diverse range of civil infrastructure projects involving a number of delivery mechanisms.

We are excited to be partnered with Bridge Knowledge as a highly regarded and experienced Australian company utilising an Australian designed and built product to address their customer needs.

Bridge Knowledge provides advice, expertise and support for all aspects of bridge engineering. They offer a full range of professional services to both private and government clients in relation to the investigation, design, procurement, construction and asset management of bridges and contact details are below.

Peter Mahar B.E. (Civil); Grad Dip Mgt
Director
Bridge Knowledge Pty Ltd
275 Nana Creek Road
Nana Glen NSW 2450

www.bridgeknowledge.com.au

Opening of the First InQuik Bridge

 

Lifting Point, working together with best-in-class Australian partners SMEC (engineering and certification) and ARC( reinforcing steel and fabrication), has developed the innovative InQuik bridging system, which offers numerous advantages over conventional precast concrete, steel or wooden bridge construction.

The first bridge built using this system was completed in June 2016 and officially opened by Federal Member for Hume, the Hon. Angus Taylor at a ribbon cutting ceremony. This bridge, built just outside of Goulburn in New South Wales, marks the successful trial of the InQuik system.

“Businesses with incentives to grow and create, will just do it.” Mr Taylor said. “They need freedom and encouragement to get on and solve real world problems and this is exactly what Bruce and his team have done. In this case, a local businessman has been able to bring a brilliant idea to life, producing a rapidly deployable, pre-engineered bridge that can be easily transported and installed at sites across Australia, and for international markets. This business will keep growing as its prototype hits the market, both here and overseas, building on an Australian idea, using Australian steel and workers.”

In The Media

Weather will not delay construction of modular bridge, Engineers Australia, September 2016

Bruce’s Innovative Bridge Build, Town and Country Magazine, July 2016

Pre-Form Bridge, IPWEA (NSW) Roads and Transport Directorate, June 2016

Australia’s first modular bridge built near Goulburn, Engineers Australia, July 2016

Goulburn business driving jobs and growth through innovation, Angus Taylor (MP), June 2016

Building bridges in regional Australia, Construction Industry News, June 2016