Video Message from Rod Fulford
I have over 40 years experience in the precast concrete industry as engineer, manager, and as owner of precast concrete operations. I sold my interests a number of years back to take an early retirement, but I have remained involved in the industry organisation.
When I was first involved in precast concrete, it was a very disjointed industry. There was a pressing need for an industry organisation to deal with maters of common interest.
A prime objective was to improve the professionalism of operators. Precasters would need to lift their game, benefiting our customers and ultimately the wider population who are the ultimate consumers of our buildings and infrastructure projects.
Precast concrete is used in a wide range of applications ranging all the way from simple paving slabs, to sophisticated structural components, long spanning prestressed sections, bridge spans, wharves, power poles, and the list goes on. Use of precast concrete is only limited by your imagination.
Concrete is a magical material that is very much taken for granted. It can be cast into a variety of shapes. It can be formed using any one of a number of special concretes to provide enhanced performance such as extra high strength, sulphate resistance, or extra durability.
Precasting has many advantages that can provide benefits by shortening construction time, reducing the amount of work to be carried out on site, providing guaranteed quality.
The greater durability of concrete significantly reduces ongoing maintenance and, importantly, whole of life costs. Increased lifespans from using quality concrete products benefits our environment by reducing resources used in maintenance and eventual replacement.
We are all aware of the tragic Christchurch earthquakes. While buildings designed to 1995 and later building codes generally performed as intended, we need to consider overall building performance and minimise disruption to building serviceability and occupancy. Buildings that protected life by avoiding collapse, in many cases imposed a high cost from non structural damage.
Precast concrete can play an important part in damage avoidance design. Check out the Damage Resistant Design videos produced by CCANZ. See our ??? for how to obtain copies
The aim of Precast NZ is to not only benefit our members, but to help users of precast concrete and the wider public by contributing to better performing longer lasting, cost effective, attractive, durable buildings and other structures.
Finally, Precast NZ is very aware of the Commerce Act and takes care to ensure compliance with the anti-competitive requirements.