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UHPC Bridge Tech Helps to Transform “Dangerous Bridges” at Rural Roads in Eastern Guangdong, China

01Guangdong Provincial Highway Society (GPHS) was founded on July 16, 1976, and is an academic institution voluntarily formed by the highway & traffic authority, science and technology workers department and related fields in the province. This society is mainly focusing in the exchange of science and technology advancement, academic advisory services, project audit and evaluation, professional and technical training,talent recommendation, industry journal publishing and so on.

Guangdong Province is one of the major economic provinces for the entire China economy. Construction and development of highway and bridge started early thus results Guangdong Province become one of the top Province with large number of bridges built in China. After decades of these bridges constructed, most of these bridges now are in relatively bad shape and has categorized as “Dangerous Bridges” due to the services life limitation and the increasing traffic loading capacity to the bridge structures. In 2019, the project on the transformation of the dangerous bridges on the rural highway in Guangdong Province was included in one of the "Ten People's Livelihood Facts" project of the Guangdong Provincial Government, and tender and construction process of the said bridges was officially launched in January 2019.

On March 14, 2019, Guangdong Construction Engineering Group Co., Ltd. (GCEG) and Guangdong Transportation Group Co., Ltd. (GTG) built a general contracting consortium, winning the bid for the I. and II bid stakes, respectively. GCEG on March 29 and the Guangdong Provincial Highway Affairs Center (GPHAC) has signed a general contracting agreement (refer to Figure 1), according to the general contracting agreement, the construction group is responsible for the construction of seven cities in eastern Guangdong Shantou, Chaozhou, Meizhou, about 140 dangerous bridges needed to be strengthened or rehabilitate, the winning bid amount is RMB 219 million yuan.

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The Workshop on “Long Span Bridge Construction” of 2020 in India

03Hyderabad, January 31, 2020- Dr. Voo has been invited as one of the speakers in India giving speech about “The Malaysia Perspective on Making UHPFRC Prefabricate Bridge Elements as Standard Products”. The workshop is organised by Indian National Group of the IABSE. IABSE was set up in May 1957, under the patronage of the Government of India, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways with active participation of engineers and professionals from the public and private sector as well as research and academic institutions. Basically, the workshop by an IABSE is associate with Roads and Buildings Department, PWD, Government of Telangana and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways are organizing a two-day Workshop on “Long Span Bridge Construction” on 31st January and 1st February 2020 at Hyderabad.

The aim of this workshop is to develop more awareness among the Engineers of the State PWDs and other executing agencies about the importance of quality control and quality assurance in design and construction of these structures, keeping in view their long design service life. Dr. Voo also gave a short introduction of Dura Technology Sdn Bhd and a presentation on UHPFRC bridges in term of Malaysian perspective. During the presentation, Dr Voo has shown how UHPC bridge helps to promote sustainable construction with immediate cost saving, enhanced durability of the concrete structures, and the significant contributions of this technology to global warming were also highlighted. We are proud that a Malaysian home-grown company; Dura Technology is able to sit side by side to share brilliant ideas and construction knowledge in India.
The workshop on the long span bridge construction
The photo of the speakers at the workshop
The photo of the speakers at the workshop on Q&A session
Dura CEO, Dr. Voo YL is one of the speaker for the workshop
The workshop on the long span bridge construction
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Zhonglu DURA Announces The Official Opening Of Its New Plant In China

21GUANGZHOU: UHPC is also being investigated for use in a variety of other applications. These applications include precast concrete piles, seismic retrofit of substandard bridge substructures, thin-bonded overlays on deteriorated bridge decks, and security and blast mitigation applications. In a general sense, UHPC has proven to be particularly relevant in applications where conventional solutions are lacking.In 2017, Dura went into China and took a 20% stake in a joint-venture firm called ZhongLu-Dura International Engineering Co Ltd, where it would contribute its technological know-how.On November 16, 2019 , ZhongLu-Dura precast factory officially launches the factory by the chairman of ZhongLu-Dura International Engineering Co. Ltd (中路杜拉国际工程有限公司) Mr. Mao Zhi Jian (毛志坚). During the opening, there are many products display like an exhibition for the distinguished guest and other visitor to study the materials of the product.

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