Innovative connecting system for precast concrete planks on a major sports stadium

Hardie, Mary P., Miller, Graham, & Manley, Karen (2005) Innovative connecting system for precast concrete planks on a major sports stadium. In International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC-13, July, 2005, Sydney, Australia.



Close integration of supply and design enabled the delivery of major material and labour cost savings at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. An integrated documentation and construction contract format permitted the use of polystyrene voided concrete planks with reliable composite connections to supporting steel beams. This system was substituted for in situ concrete beams and slabs previously assessed as the lowest cost option by the project quantity surveyor. A development of technology previously used in bridge building, the "Clever Plank" system allowed the elimination of in situ formwork with its attendant time, cost and safety disadvantages. Robust linkages were achieved between the supplier and the central project participants. Confidence in the detailed design enabled the production of the planks to commence before full testing of the prototype for code compliance was complete. This project represents an example of efficiencies achieved by minimising "flow activities" and concentrating on value-added "conversions" in accordance with lean production principles.

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Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: precast concrete, composite connections, innovation, CRC for Construction Innovation, Program A : Business and Industry Development, Project 2001-012-A : Innovation Potential, Directions and Implementation in the Building and Construction Product System BRITE
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Science and Techniques (120202)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > CRC Construction Innovation
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
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Deposited On: 04 May 2007 00:00
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