Out with the old and in with the new! A complete factory roof replacement of 1,000m2 was completed in just 7 days!
The existing roof was heavily deteriorated due to the corrosive manufacturing environment inside, making it unsafe to walk on and a challenge to replace without lengthy shut-down periods for the company. Ortech has developed a new ‘Demolition frame’ which allowed safe, trafficable access around its perimeter for tradesmen to prepare each module for removal.
The new Ortech modules were pre-assembled and stacked at ground level, with roof decking already fixed, ready for crane hoisting with the Durra Lifting Frame.
While also providing fast and safe installation, the Ortech ceiling system was an obvious solution to protecting the steel work from the factory’s corrosive environment.
What an incredible week it’s been attending and presenting at the Acoustics 2018 Adelaide, the annual conference of the Australian Acoustical Society.
With its theme of “Hear To Listen”, Acoustics 2018 Adelaide included plenary sessions addressing the impact of science and technology on acoustics and amenity, whether it be internal spaces, environmental, or latest areas including acoustic pattern classification. Other major streams will address Airport/Road/Railway noise, standards and guidelines, including those from EPA’s, Underwater Acoustics/Marine Bioacoustics, and Vibration.
Durra Panels have a tried and proven track record for low frequency noise control. Durra Building Systems can be designed to meet your specific acoustic needs; noise reduction and reverberation control, which makes Durra systems ideal choices for airports, hotels, arenas and theatres, just to name a few. Durra Panel is the labour saving alternative to expensive multilayer plasterboard ceiling and wall systems. Compress your build time and save money with Durra Panel.
We’re in the early stages of a new project at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, part of the University of Melbourne.
A small project but completely custom based on the requirements of our client and the existing building. Versatile in application, Durra Steel Sections are available according to span and general project requirements and are suited to level, curved or raking roof designs.
Another impressive fire test for clients from New Zealand. Our Durra Panels have a one hour fire rating, and are a unique, naturally fire resistant product that releases no dangerous toxic chemicals, no flaming droplets combined with a low smoke density index. The carbonising action of the straw core when exposed to flame retards fire penetration of the panel.
The responsibility of ensuring environmentally sustainable design rests with us all. Every inch of Durra Panel is 100% natural and recyclable. The Durra manufacturing process combines heat and pressure to form a solid panel core. No chemical binders are needed as a natural polymer in the straw fibre is released during this process and acts as a binding agent. As a result, Durra generates no toxic waste. Durra Panel is an innovative building material that meets the needs for today’s ‘green’ construction industry.
The Durra Acoustic Ceiling comprising of Durra Panel and Durra Steel Sections as featured on Discovery Channel’s Build it Bigger in a recently aired episode.
‘Drought Proofing Australia’ is based around the Victorian Desalination Plant, it delves into the construction of one of the largest Desalination Plants in the world.
“The reverse osmosis building is not only the largest of the 29 structures on-site – it’s also the largest industrial facility ever designed to be virtually invisible to passersby. The enormous 6-acre roof will be topped with 100,000 native plants growing on a high-tech foam membrane system. The vegetation will preserve views by mimicking a gently sloping hill; but this design isn’t just to make the plant look pretty. It brings the added benefits of sound dampening and protection from corrosive salt air.”
The Durra Acoustic Ceiling was successfully installed over the entire roof area of the Reverse Ozmosis Building using the Durra Lifting Frame.
QGC’s Northern Water Treatment Plant Project near Wandoan QLD is nearing half way through completion. The project consists of 2 water treatment buildings and is a part of QGC’s Water management strategy to make water treated for beneficial use for local landholders, industry and communities. Working with project contractors Laing O’Rourke, Ortech Industries have specifically designed a 6th Generation Lifting Frame that is capable of lifting full height panelised acoustic roof and wall modules of nominal 16m high x 9m wide. The modules are assembled on the ground complete with the building’s roof or wall cladding and fittings prior to crane hoisting onto the structure. This innovative panelised method of construction eliminates 90% of the risks associated with working at heights and compresses build time. Durra Panel was faced with a perforated anticon before being placed into the grid, easily achieving the acoustic requirements for sound absorption, as well as break out noise control. Contractor installers Q-Clad Pty Ltd were able to safely cover the 5000m2 building envelope within 3 weeks. A corner stone objective of Ortech is to satisfy the ever growing need for sustainable innovative construction techniques combined with modular solutions and pre fabrication – Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) methodology.
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.”