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BBR Connaect 2016 Magazine

The BBR Network's annual magazine - Connaect - is celebrating its tenth birthday this year. BBR Contech activities feature strongly again in this showcase of projects from around the world.

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BBR Connaect 2015 Magazine

The 2015 edition of the international BBR Connaect magazine showcases recent NZ and international projects. The theme of this edition is excellence in customer service.....

- 01/12/2014

Sika FRP CodeMark Certification

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Case studies

Trimble Navigation offices, Christchurch

While Trimble Navigation’s Christchurch office/warehouse survived the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, it wasn’t destined to last for long: in 2011 the entire building was destroyed by fire.

Replacing it will be the first building in New Zealand constructed with post-tensioned LVL frames and post-tensioned LVL walls. Standing two storeys high, it will also include clever devices that reduce earthquake damage by dissipating the energy and controlling movement in the structure itself; and beam column joints with forced rocking points, which control joint movement and damage. The energy dissipators can be easily replaced after an earthquake, providing economical repair alternatives.

BBR Contech’s role is to post-tension the building’s nine LVL shear walls and 19 horizontal LVL beams. That means:
  • installing 54 Macalloy 50mm-diameter bar tendons vertically through the walls, and connecting them to screwpiles that terminate in the gravel layer
   • installing six multi-strand, 15.2mm tendons in each beam. The tendons are greased and sheathed to protect against corrosion, and the ends are wrapped in Denso Tape to provide an additional barrier against the elements.

In another innovation, the building’s strength will be constantly monitored, with tendons easily removed and replaced if necessary. The project, and its impressive commitment to earthquake resistance, is already earning accolades: it won a ‘highly commended’ award in the 2012 Timber Design Awards.


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