Articles by: Patrick Pierce

Durra Walkable Ceiling Panel Point Load Testing- Two Tonnes !

Durra Walkable Ceiling Panel Point Load Testing – Two Tonnes

Long term safety and reliability are key criteria when choosing a Walkable Ceiling for your project. Ortech’s Managing Director Derek Layfield is pleased to sign off on the latest development in Durra Walkable Ceiling Panels.

Ortech Industries are market leaders in the manufacture of Walkable Ceiling Systems for over 40 years.

The test video above shows the New High Performance Durra Walkable Ceiling Panel undergoing extreme point load safety testing. The Durra Walkable Ceiling Panel (metal faced) sustained a point load of over 2 Tonnes for 2 minutes, with no sign of catastrophic failure. As you can also see from the test video above, once the point load is removed, the panels unique inbuilt memory returns and continues to provide significant load bearing support.

The New Durra Walkable Ceiling Panel is FM (Factory Mutual) Approved as a class 1 fire resistant product. The combination of; high strength, long term reliability, impact and fire resistance makes Durra Panel the safest choice for your Walkable Ceiling project.



If you are interested in more information, please click(still to be added) here for the walkable ceilings booklet and for full test result results please contact your Ortech representative.

Another Walkable Ceiling For Italy

The last container doors have closed for a large walkable ceiling project in Bologna, Italy. The high end clean room manufacturing facility required over 40,000m2 of our trafficable ceiling system, equivalent in size to a roof over the MCG.

For the past 4 months our Bendigo manufacturing facility has neatly packed over 60 40’ shipping containers of Durra Panel and Durra Steel Sections. Overall a staggering 1,000 tonnes of locally sourced straw fiber and 350 Tonnes of Australian made steel. Jeff Bothe – Workforce and Industry Development Manager from Bendigo City Council came by to congratulate our Factory manager, Jamie Townsend on a great effort.

Darling Harbour Live -“Tomorrow’s Sydney”

Sydney will soon welcome the new world class intergrated Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Facilities at Darling Harbour. Currently under construction, the fast paced project will include an ultramodern entertainment theatre, a premier convention/exhibition centre and Australias largest, most spectacular Ballroom featuring 270 degree harbour views.

With a critical project timeline and need for a high performance acoustic roof system, Durra Panel and Durra Steel Sections were selected to cover each of the building envelopes to control break-out noise and noise intrusion. A simple dual-layered panelised system was assembled in large modules safely on the ground. Once complete, the module are being crane hoisted using the Durra Lifting Frame and placed onto the roof structure, ensuring fast coverage while minimising risks associated with working at heights.

It’s a privilege to be involved in one of the biggest projects in Australia, we all look forward to what will be a great public space for entertainment. Doors scheduled to open December 2016.

Click on the link below to view the Darling Harbour Live Flythrough

Industrial Water Project of the Year 2016

Laing O’Rourke’s Northern Water Treatment Plant – Wandoan QLD, has been named the Industrial Water Project of the Year at the 2016 Global Water Awards. “The application of DfMA methodology (Design for Manufacture and Assembly) resulted in a significant reduction in site hours, improved productivity and quality with a material reduction in safety risk, when compared with a traditional ‘stick built’ approach.”

To construct the acoustic roof and walls of the treatment plant, Durra Panel, Durra Steel Sections (roof purlins and wall girts) and metal cladding were assembled on ground into large modules (9m wide x 16m long) and then crane hoisted into position using the Durra Lifting Frame. The 5000m2 building envelope including the acoustic lining was completed in less than three weeks. “Laing O’Rourke delivered a high quality product that received praise from the client on a number of fronts, including seven separate safety awards.”

Roofing Contractor: Q-Clad