Tours

West Gate Bridge Tour

The tour will include:

  • A presentation covering the history of the bridge, a safety briefing, information presented about the strengthening works that took place to allow the bridge to carry five lanes of traffic in each direction and the provision of information of recent works.
  • There will be a bridge tour where delegates will be able to explore the steel and concrete section of the bridge.

Requirements:

  • All tour participants MUST have their own Personal Protective Equipment including steel capped safety boots, high visibility safety jackets, hard hat and safety glasses. These will not be provided. The bridge is a live and dangerous worksite so if you do not have these you will not be allowed on the tour.
  • If the weather is cold then a winter jacket should be worn.
  • All participants must be of good fitness as climbing of ladders and stairs will be required plus climbing through cramped spaces. You must also be good with heights.
  • A security clearance form must be completed before going on the tour. If this is not completed you will not be able to participate on the tour.
  • No photos are to be taken or distributed of the inside of the bridge.

West Gate Bridge Tour


Monash University and Swinburne University of Technology Tour

The tour will include:

Monash University

  • A visit to the Monash Immersive Visualisation Platform's peak facility and the ultrascale Monash CAVE2. It is a 2D and 3D virtual reality environment that can be programmed to render large and complex datasets in unparalleled clarity. CAVE2 provides a world-leading capability for the display and interactive exploration of rich and large scientific and engineering datasets from sources as diverse as the Australian Synchrotron, unmanned aerial vehicles, the world's largest radio telescopes, and the latest and greatest biomedical imaging systems. CAVE2 enables the collaborative, surround review of design models, building plans, architectural spaces, and more. Three dimensional models, rendered fly-throughs, and Building Information Models can be loaded and displayed in CAVE2.
  • A tour of the university including a visit to the testing and research facilities.

Swinburne University of Technology

  • A visit to the Smart Structures Laboratory.

The $15 million laboratory includes a major three-dimensional testing facility developed for large scale testing of civil, mechanical, aerospace and mining engineering components and systems. We conduct research over a broad range of infrastructure related areas, including large-scale testing of new engineering materials and components.

The Smart Structures Laboratory provides our researchers with the equipment to undertake large-scale quasti-static and cyclic testing of materials and structural components and the instrumentation to provide a wide range of experimental data to better evaluate testing outcomes.

The laboratory houses Australia's first hybrid testing facility – the Multi-Axis Substructure Testing (MAST) system – cutting-edge technology used to test the integrity of new materials and structures. The Six-Degree of Freedom MAST system allows researchers to stress-test structural components and materials to determine a structure or material's capacity to withstand extreme forces.

IABMAS conference visitors will be able to witness a real-time experiment on hybrid testing of a model bridge pier using the 6-DOF MAST system.

Requirements:

  • There are no particular clothing requirements other than to have good footwear as some walking will be required and to have a warm/weather proof jacket incase of inclement weather.

RMIT University


EJ Whitten and RMIT University Tour

The tour will include:

RMIT University

  • A tour of the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct.

Housing some of the most advanced manufacturing technologies available, the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct brings design and engineering together, from digital design to digital manufacturing.

The specialised equipment and experts at the precinct can develop new conceptual products, perform multiple design iterations, or further develop existing products or enhance existing manufacturing processes. This includes:

  • additive and subtractive process manufacturing in a range of materials
  • high-speed multi-axis machining centres
  • reverse engineering
  • highly trained technical staff.
  • additive manufacturing

The state-of-the-art additive manufacturing technologies include:

  • selective laser melting (metal-based technology)
  • direct laser metal deposition (metal-based technology)
  • fused deposition modelling (polymer-based technology)
  • objet machines (polymer-based technology)
  • U Print machines (polymer-based technology).
  • subtractive manufacturing

The Advanced Manufacturing Precinct houses internationally recognised multi-axis CNC machines (Okuma and Haas) for machining high-performance alloys and composites for engineering applications.

Robotic technology gives our subtractive manufacturing capability greater diversity and flexibility of applications. We use a range of automation robotics to simulate manufacturing production lines used in the furniture, textile and design industries. We have the latest in CAD software, allowing students and researchers to design components and models.

RMIT University

EJ Whitten Bridge

  • An introductory presentation on the bridge and recent strengthening and widening works.
  • A short tour of the bridge to view the nearly completed works for those who have their own Personal Protective Equipment (steel cap boots, long sleeve shirts and pants, hard hats, safety vests, and safety glasses)

E.J. Whitten Bridge is Victoria’s second largest road bridge being a 520 m long structure that carries the M80 Ring Road over the Maribyrnong River in the outer western suburbs of Melbourne. The original structure was built in the early 1990s and consists of two parallel concrete box girders with typical spans of 54 m. As part of the $300 million M80 Ring Road Upgrade Project administered by VicRoads, the bridge is being strengthened and widened by contractors Fulton Hogan and a Design Joint Venture between Arup, Flint & Neill and SMEC. The aim of the project is to provide five lanes in each direction (adding two lanes) by joining the two existing concrete box girders with a structural form consisting of twin steel box girders and a composite concrete deck.

The tour of the bridge will involve an introduction to the project including the design and construction methodology adopted for the strengthening and widening works. The tour will then take participants through the site to view the nearly finished bridge widening project.

Requirements:

  • For the majority of the tour there are no particular clothing requirements other than to have good footwear as some walking will be required and to have a warm/weather proof jacket incase of inclement weather.
  • Everyone can attend the tour of the EJ Whitten Bridge but for those wanting to participate in a quick site tour of the bridge you MUST have your own Personal Protective Equipment (steel capped boots, long sleeve shirts and trousers, hard hats, high visibility safety vests, and safety glasses). The bridge is a live and dangerous worksite so if you do not have these you will not be allowed on this part of the tour.

EJ Whitten Bridge

  • Key Dates
  • Call for Abstracts Closed
  • Registration Open November 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance of Abstract 15 September 2017
  • Full Paper Submission open 15 September 2017
  • Full Paper Final Submission Deadline 17 November 2017
  • Notification of Full Paper acceptance 18 December 2017
  • Final Paper Submission12 January 2018
  • Early bird Registration closes 2 March 2018
  • Conference 9-13 July 2018

IABMAS 2018 Hosted by

Vic Roads

Mondash University

Swinburne University

RMIT University