West Australian Airstrip Upgrade With PolyCom

Airstrip upgrade at remote mine site in Western Australia


In January 2013, PolyCom Stabilising Aid was applied to an unsealed mine site airstrip in Western Australia, near the remote town of Newman. Supplied by Perth-based Betta Roads, the use of the soil stabiliser has outperformed the client’s KPIs, reducing downtime and expenditure.

PolyCom Stabilising Aid was mixed with existing materials to create a workable ground and improve the strength and performance of the airstrip.

The application has reduced dust from this strategic dirt airstrip and improved safety standards significantly. Maintenance to the unsealed airstrip dropped dramatically despite extended wet weather conditions in the 12 months to January 2014. An annual CIV test recorded results of 40 to 70 plus - considerably higher than expected.

Furthermore, the subsequent higher Pavement Classification Number (PCN) has enabled the company to reduce flight times by using jet aircraft in place of turbo props. In fact, Betta Road’s managing director Paul Bright said the reduction in dust has increased visibility on the airstrip, and reduced aircraft maintenance.

Used for sealed and unsealed road construction and maintenance for mining haul roads, transport hardstands, embankment stabilisation and general earthworks, PolyCom is a low-cost, hard wearing alternative to traditional stabilisers. The advanced road stabiliser creates a stable ground surface for heavy haul traffic and aircraft alike, addressing dust problems and reducing tyre wear from sub-standard running surfaces.

Highly effective yet simple to use, PolyCom road stabiliser is an ideal solution for remote communities and locations. The small amounts required can be transported by air freight, and applied with a grader, roller and water trucks used in usual road construction for same day results. PolyCom strengthens almost any in-situ materials, from silt and loam to sand clay, reducing the need to import expensive gravel from distant locations.

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