In an age of rapid urbanisation, ageing infrastructure and depleting resources, the need has never been greater for sustainable solutions.
If we continue with business as usual, we will be facing increasing delays and traffic congestion, increasing difficulty performing this work, increasing disturbance to public and public utilities and a gradual decay in the liveability of our cities.
We have developed some very simple solutions to the major concerns facing the civil industry today, namely carbon consumption and waste; workplace safety and the growing gap between funding and the growing demand for maintenance
1. Decarbonizing the civil industry
Without decarbonizing the civil industry, we stand little chance of achieving the goals set in the Paris Protocol Agreement.The road construction industry has one of the largest levers to inhibit climate change through the reduction of carbon waste and ongoing consumption of concrete (the world’s greatest polluter, second only to vehicles) and the longer governments continue to do business as usual, the greater the cost.
“We consume more concrete every 2 years
than all the plastic produced over the past 60 years”
If we are to achieve our goal of sustainable development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (Bruntland, UN,1987) we must design more resilient roads and urban developments. With the Australian Road construction industry repeatedly replacing valuable concrete footings, we send more than 200,000 concrete footings to landfill every year (and because these methods provide no future benefit, these figures continue to grow, creating a major problem for future generations facing greater urban density, depleting resources and landfill problems).
2. Addressing the growing problem of workplace injuries
Building and maintaining roads is hard work and with fast growing urbanisation comes more traffic, more underground services and more congestion, the combination making this job incredibly dangerous.
Our road workers are risking their lives on daily basis dealing with traffic, rain and a growing number of dangerous underground services. Often the mapping to locate underground services is incorrect so they must risk their lives on daily basis, and more often than not, this work goes unappreciated.
In fact it is even more than a lack of appreciation, due to the growing number of roadworks and delays road-workers are increasingly subject to angry drivers and abuse.
The main problems facing the industry today are
- Digging and heavy labour (body stressing is the No.1 cause of injury)
- Working in dangerous traffic (No.1 cause of serious injury)
- Damaging underground services (a growing concern that is life-threatening)
We were awarded the Dept Occupational Health & Safety Worksafe Award for successfully addressing all of these concerns
3. Addressing the infrastructure crisis
Ageing infrastructure around the globe has created a global infrastructure crisis as funding fails to keep pace with the ever-increasing workload. Roadworks have become part of every day life in our cities and our rapidly increasing urban populations are set to make this work a whole lot more difficult in the coming decade.
By making foundations sustainable not only puts an end to carbon intensive waste resulting from roadworks and halts the on-going consumption of vital carbon resources, it substantially improves the safety and efficiency of roadworks, greatly improving the ability of governments to maintain their roads and cities within the limited budget constraints.
- Innovator of the Year for developing Smart Sustainable Foundations
- Dept Commerce
- Worksafe Award for eradicating the need for digging & heavy labour
- Dept Occupational Health & Safety
- Only securing device approved for use by in all states of Australia
- Australian Road authorities
4. Building sustainable communities
Every government department has a target for reducing carbon consumption and some are exceeding their targets by eradicating consumption of the most harmful material on the planet
We are working on financing start-ups with a focus on sustainability, and on building a co-operative focused on developing more innovative ideas for building a sustainable future.
Solving our client's problems
Our journey started with an inquiry from Main Roads for a more sustainable means of securing road-side infrastructure, reducing time on location and the risk of workplace injury. They showed us a yard filled with twisted metal and roadside infrastructure embedded in large concrete footings. They provided truly alarming figures on the growing risks involved in working on our roads. We worked closely with national and International companies in the field of road construction and to our surprise, found there existed no sustainable solution. This is where our journey began – we knew the world needed a solution- and fast!
City of Perth required a solution to the growing damage to bollards in the city centres; Rio Tinto then requested re-usable concrete foundations that could be relocated, making the mine-site infrastructure removable and re-usable, leaving behind no waste or carbon footprint when a mine-site is closed; and Queensland Main Roads requested a sustainable Foundation for traffic light columns.
Smart Urban delivered above and beyond the client’s expectations on every project working closely with industry, listening to their problems and providing low cost, sustainable solutions that continue providing benefits year after year.
Seeking like-minded organisations
We have a passion for building a better future and are seeking like-minded partners to help spread the word and help lay the foundations for a better future. If you share our passion, can supply recycled materials or wish to help market this innovative technology and build a better future, please do not hesitate to contact us
Phone: +618 9248 5545
Let’s work together to build a better world