Sheet Piling, Dewatering Systems and Much More: ASP

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-By Robert Hoshowsky

Developers and building crews realise the importance of effective earth retention that is appropriate for the demands of each individual site. Few companies know more about retaining wall systems – ranging from contiguous flight auger and mixed in place walls to pre-cast panels and sheet piling – than ASP.

Originally established in the 1980s as a precast and tilt concrete company, ASP has grown and expanded its services over the decades to become one of the nation’s premiere earth retention and dewatering companies. Recognised for its high quality service, reliability and innovation, ASP has become Australia’s in-ground expert, able to tackle a wide range of construction needs for jobs ranging from about $10,000 to the $2 million mark. Able to provide a comprehensive range of technologically-advanced ground works solutions, ASP provide all its clients with the right combination of solutions and expertise to meet their construction needs while working within budgets and time frames and being respectful of environmental considerations.

“We do a lot of design and construction, and we often exceed the environmental requirements of the projects on which we work” says ASP’s General Manager Patrick Buckley. He says ASP has experienced engineers along with a research and development team to determine what products and solutions work best for the company’s clients. “We look at the site aspects, and our years of experience determine what product is suitable for that particular project,” says Mr Buckley.

Quality Products and Service

When ASP was established about 30 years ago by Patrick Buckley’s father, Pat Sr, the company had already earned a reputation as a pioneer in precast concrete products in south-east Queensland. Early projects of note ranged from the Australia Fair Shopping Centre and the Royal Children’s Hospital to developing innovative concrete safety barricades for the Surfers Paradise street circuit of the internationally-recognised Gold Coast Indy Car Grand Prix. By the early 1990s, directors at the successful company decided to steer the company’s expertise toward ground works, and established the business as Australian Sheet Piling on the Gold Coast.

In the mid-90s, the family-oriented company welcomed Pat’s son, Patrick, aboard as General Manager. A mechanical engineer by trade, Patrick’s drive and determination for technical excellence and customer service have made ASP one of the most respected names in the industry, as the firm serves clients throughout Queensland and as far south as Canberra.

“The company has done some significant projects here locally on the Gold Coast,” says Mr Buckley. It was involved with the construction of Q1 in Surfers Paradise, the world’s tallest residential tower at a neck-craning 322.5 metres. Privately-owned, ASP has provided services for a number of well-known clients and projects, such as the Twin Towns Services Apartments, Palazzo Versace, Surfers Paradise Foreshore Redevelopment, Emerald Lakes, and The Wave.

“We’ve done some major high-rise work,” says Mr Buckley of the company, which started with just three employees and now has about 60 full-time staff.

Last year, the company rebranded itself from Australian Sheet Piling to ASP to emphasise that it is ‘more than just sheet piling’. In fact, its range of services is startlingly broad.

Australian Dewatering Systems

Along with providing a wide range of expertise in the field of sheet piling, the company offers its customers a number of quality dewatering systems. Over the years, ASP has introduced a variety of services, beginning with deep well dewatering in the early ’90s, followed by spearpoint dewatering and patented watering filtration systems. Today, it offers a range of in-ground services, including CFA piles, ground anchors, soil mixing, and secant walls. Along with allied company Australian Dewatering Systems Pty Ltd, ASP has created its own patented technology – and sourced technologies from around the world – to offer its customers the most advanced, reliable systems and services available.

“We provide solutions to people’s water quality issues on construction sites, and products have been developed by our company over the past three or four years,” says Mr Buckley. “We’ve received Australian government federal funding for research and development on these products.”

As Queensland’s leading dewatering specialist, Australian Dewatering Systems remains an industry leader, creating and incorporating innovative products and services that increase safety, quality, speed, and profitability for Australia’s construction companies and developers. The services and solutions Australian Dewatering Systems provides are not only efficient, but environmentally friendly, and meet or exceed the EPA guidelines relevant to the Local, State and Federal governments.

Clean Green Settlement Tank

At ASP, the company has pioneered yet another first in its dewatering program with unique portable aerated settlement tanks. “Our Clean Green Settlement Tank is exactly as the name suggests: it is a settlement tank that catches settlements off sites, and helps clean the water off construction sites,” describes Mr Buckley. “It provides a more environmentally friendly package when discharging construction waters off-site.”

Much more than just settlement tanks, ASP’s green tanks benefit Mother Nature and construction crews alike. In demand on job sites along the Sunshine Coast and Tweed, ASP’s aerated settlement tanks can process 270 litres per minute. At 12 metres in length, they are about the size of a semi-trailer, and can hold an impressive 16,000 litres of groundwater. Despite their size, the units are completely portable. Through the use of an aerator and baffle system, solids are progressively dropped out of solution, which means cleaner water reaching ASP’s patented dewatering filtration system. Ultimately, cleaner water entering the filtration system means that fewer chemicals need to be used, resulting in lower costs for construction companies and reduced amounts of chemicals in the environment.

Groundwater Treatment

Across Australia, the effective treatment of groundwater on construction sites is not only good for the environment; it is a statutory requirement, and with good reason. Groundwater removed from the water table prior to discharge must, at the very least, meet minimum water quality criteria in accordance with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Australia’s leading environmental regulator behind the protection of air, water quality, pollution control, waste, noise, and radiation. Australian Dewatering Systems offers solutions for filtering and monitoring water discharge for all construction sites both onsite and remotely. By exceeding the minimum standards, ASP’s clients are assured the job is done right the first time.

Secant Walls

At ASP, the company is able to provide clients with a wide range of products and services. In situations where soil is especially loose and water tables are high – along beaches, for example – traditional retaining walls will not work. To solve these challenges, ASP uses a series of overlapping concrete piles to form a Secant Pile Wall, a water-resistant barrier that not only provides solid bases and foundations, but eliminates erosion caused by weather and tidal activity. ASP’s secant system proved itself last year when a wall built to protect erosion-threatened Cudgen Surf Club in Northern NSW was left unscathed by subsequent high seas that further damaged unprotected neighbouring properties.

Pre-Cast Concrete Panels

Recently, ASP took on the challenge at Surfers Paradise, the Gold Coast’s most popular foreshore. With a team of 20 men working six days a week, ASP created and installed a staggering 1,184 concrete panels weighing many tonnes apiece. Each panel had to be precisely positioned for the wall to maintain its structural integrity and withstand the elements. The project not only beautifies the area, but protects the foreshore from erosion.

“We had to make sure that all of the panels were at the right place at the right time, and work in conjunction with other contractors to eliminate delays,” says Mr Buckley. “It’s been quite a logistical feat. The panels were constructed at our plant at Burleigh and trucked to the site before being jetted into place with seawater.

“It has its benefits in its reduced vibration, and in its insulation. It is quite a good product, good for sea wall cutoffs and cutoff walls. Using these systems enables us to install revetment and secant walls in areas that need protection from the scouring effects of tides and other severe weather.”

As one of Australia’s most experienced providers of in-ground solutions to the construction industry, ASP delivers not only sheet piling, but a range of dewatering systems, groundwater treatment, CFA piles, in-ground anchors, and more.

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November 21, 2018, 3:46 AM AEDT