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Whitsunday Coast Airport was very pleased to accept an Innovation and Excellence Award at the Australian Airports Associations (AAA) annual presentation gala last night in Adelaide.
The award in the Technology category was for the Development of a Performance Based Airport Asphalt Specification and reflected collaboration between the Whitsunday Coast Airport, Dubbo Airport and the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).
Whitsunday Coast Airport Development Officer, Glenn Robinson said that in in preparing for the pavements upgrade it was critical that we explored all options for mitigating project risk to Council.
“Our research led us to Director Greg White and the Pavement Research Program at USC. It quickly became clear that they had our solution in their proposal to develop a performance based asphalt specification but amazingly, they lacked adequate support from industry to make it a reality,” Mr Robinson said.
As a Council that prides itself in its own innovative and progress approach to issues, Council opted to support the program and ultimately the Whitsunday Coast Airport was the first to use the new specification in their recently completed pavement upgrade works.
“While we are grateful to the AAA for this award, the benefits of participating in the USC program speak for itself,” said Mr Robinson.
“The pavement upgrade has been one of the most significant projects undertaken by Council and we have finished a week early and slightly under budget.
“To top it off Fulton Hogan as the primary contractor in this project was also the designer, in another first for this industry, so the responsibility for the warranty over the works sits clearly with them.
“It has definitely been a ground breaking project and now the rest of the Australian and international airport industry can enjoy the benefits of the performance based asphalt specification that we have just validated.”