No more blah blah
Everyone is talking about reducing the environmental pressure of roads with a focus on suitability but despite their promises, millions of roadside items and the valuable concrete foundations in our fast growing urban centres are damaged year after year and sent to landfill.
In Australia alone more than 200, 000 roadside items are damaged every year, with the item and 100% of the surrounding concrete going to landfill. Globally these repeated roadworks represent billions of wasted tonnes of concrete and steel every year and one of our greatest levers against climate change.
If we don’t act now the damage and disturbance of continual roadworks will only grow and with finite resources already sending prices through the roof- how will future generations repair our mess?
We decided to put an end to this maddness!
1. De-carbonizing the civil industry
The road construction industry has one of the largest levers to inhibit climate change through the reduction of carbon waste and ongoing consumption of concrete (the world’s greatest polluter, second only to vehicles). To make matters worse we have been importing cheap steel supplies for the past few years, killing our local steel market and exacerbating the problem of waste. Their focus on cheap as opposed to cost effective- is costing us dearly and the longer governments continue to do business as usual, the greater the cost.
“We consume more concrete every 2 years than
all the plastic produced over the past 60 years”
Even if we all switched over the electric cars- this will take considerable time. If we are to achieve our goal of sustainable development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (Bruntland, UN,1987) we believe the single most important factor is to design more resilient roads and urban developments and ut an end to the ever increasing consumption of the world’s most dangerous material. Without de-carbonizing the civil industry, we stand little chance of achieving the goals set in the Paris Protocol Agreement.
2. Addressing the infrastructure crisis
Ageing infrastructure around the globe has created a global infrastructure crisis as funding fails to keep pace with the ever-increasing workload. Roadworks have become part of every day life in our cities and our rapidly increasing urban populations are set to make this work a whole lot more difficult in the coming decade.
“A resilience-based approach to infrastructure is vital so we can better adapt to change and reduce our exposure to risk. Decisions taken today, particularly those related to the redesign and retrofitting of existing infrastructure, will affect how well our network is able to adapt to change into the future. Focusing on the problem now will help avoid costly future investments and disruptions to operations.”
Main Roads WA
Using the latest self-healing plastics (made entirely from carbon intensive waste) we can now heal our cities one foundation at a time, protecting the very foundations of our cities and overcoming many of the major problems facing our industry today – laying the foundations for a better future. By making foundations sustainable not only puts an end to carbon intensive waste resulting from roadworks and halts the on-going consumption of vital carbon resources, it substantially improves the safety and efficiency of roadworks, greatly improving the ability of governments to maintain their roads and cities within the limited budget constraints.
“We consume more concrete every 2 years than all the plastic produced over the past 60 years”
3. Addressing the growing problem of workplace injuries
Building and maintaining roads is hard work and with fast growing urbanization comes more traffic, more underground services and more congestion, the combination making this job incredibly dangerous.
Our road workers are risking their lives on daily basis dealing with traffic, rain and a growing number of dangerous underground services. Often the mapping to locate underground service sis incorrect so they must risk their lives on daily basis, and more often than not, this work goes unappreciated. In fact it is even more than a lack of appreciation, due to the growing number of roadworks and delays road-workers are increasingly subject to angry drivers and abuse. This maddness has to end!
The main problems facing the industry today are
- Digging and heavy labour (body stressing is the No.1 cause of injury)
- Working in dangerous traffic (No.1 cause of serious injury)
- Damaging underground services (a growing concern that is life-threatening)
We were awarded the Dept Occupational Health & Safety Worksafe Award for successfully addressing all of these concerns
Awarded Innovator of the Year for developing Smart Sustainable Foundations Dept Commerce
DOH&S Worksafe Award for eradicating the need for digging & heavy labour. Dept Occupational Health & Safety
Developed the only post securing device approved for use nationally, by Australian Road authorities
Our journey started with an inquiry from Main Roads for a more sustainable means of securing road-side infrastructure, reducing time on location and the risk of workplace injury. The inventor of this smart technology, Mr Brian Kasten was shown a yard filled with twisted metal and roadside infrastructure embedded in large concrete footings. They provided truly alarming figures on the growing risks involved in working on our roads.
We worked closely with national and International companies in the field of road construction and to our surprise, found there existed no sustainable solution. This is where our journey began – we knew the world needed a solution- and fast!
City of Perth required a solution to the growing damage to bollards in the city centres; Rio Tinto then requested re-usable concrete foundations that could be relocated, making the mine-site infrastructure removable and re-usable, leaving behind no waste or carbon footprint when a mine-site is closed; and Queensland Main Roads requested a sustainable Foundation for traffic light columns.
Smart Urban delivered above and beyond the client’s expectations on every project working closely with industry, listening to their problems and providing low cost, sustainable solutions that continue providing benefits year after year.
Building sustainable communities
Every government department has a target for reducing carbon consumption and some are exceeding their targets by eradicating consumption of the most harmful material on the planet
Our long term goal is to finance start-ups with a focus on sustainability, and on building a co-operative focused on developing more innovative ideas for building a sustainable future.
Seeking like-minded organisations
We have had excellent success in our little area of the world and are now gearing up manufacturing to go global, but we have a long way to go if we are to have global impact, and we can’t do it alone – we need your help. We have a passion for building a better future and are seeking like-minded partners to help spread the word and help lay the foundations for a better future. If you share our passion, and wish to help build a better future, please do not hesitate to contact us
Phone: +618 9248 5545