August 2019
Reducing the cost and impact of infrastructure maintenance

Global ground engineering solutions provider, Mainmark, has further strengthened its offering to the rail and highways maintenance sectors with the hire of Technical Sales Engineer, David Hedley, a road infrastructure expert and professional engineer. David joins Mainmark with a wealth of experience in geopolymer injection and highway maintenance, and now aims to use his expertise to help Mainmark tackle inefficient and ineffective road maintenance.

A major groundwork issue currently faced by councils is the speed and cost of road maintenance.

Martin Tett, the Local Government Association’s transport spokesman, recently said: “It’s becoming increasingly urgent to address the roads crisis. Our roads are deteriorating fast and it would take almost £12 billion, and could be nearly 2030 before we could bring them up to scratch and clear the current roads repair backlog.”[1]

The impact on road users is also costly, with many people forced to pay more for travel, extend their commute and pay more for vehicle maintenance. In addition, road users are also at much greater risk of having an accident, compounding the issues, as well as being costly.

David Hedley said, “Road repairs, if not done efficiently, can become an expensive and time-consuming project. Fast and timely renewal and maintenance is therefore crucial, and this is where Mainmark can really help.”

A smart approach can avoid budget blowouts, limiting the inconveniences and commuter/traffic disruptions, and even help reduce the need to replace major transport infrastructure in the future. Teretek®, Mainmark’s proprietary hi-tech resin injection solution, can help raise, re-level and re-support roads, with minimal disruption.

Mainmark’s non-invasive Teretek® resin injection technology is a smart solution to a multitude of complex infrastructure repairs. For instance, Mainmark used its Teretek technology to address significant subsidence to a two-lane concrete bridge in the Sarina Range, Queensland, Australia. The bridge crosses a creek and provides the only road access to nearby properties. Mainmark applied the engineered resin solution, which is completely impervious to water, quickly and unobtrusively via small, precise injection points. The successful treatment re-levelled and restored the bridge to within 13mm of its original level and helped ensure it could continue to safely bear the weight of constant traffic, including heavy vehicles. Although two days were originally allocated for the project, Mainmark completed the works in just eight hours, quickly restoring critical access to the bridge.

David said, “Teretek® engineered resin injection is a proven and commonly used solution for ground improvement, achieved by injecting the engineered resin under the road. The solution is cost effective and quick to apply, minimising traffic disruptions and reducing associated risks and costs.”

Mainmark’s expansion of expertise into this area of work will help more road users and councils across the UK to save money, time and improve safety on the roads.

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