Light Weight Deflectometer helps build Australia’s first Surf Park – Civiltest

Jul 14, 2020 | Compaction Control

Insitu Test is proud to have been involved in an innovative project breaking new ground; building Australia’s recently opened first surf park in Melbourne. Civiltest provided Geotechnical advice and testing for the projects main earthworks contractor, Ertech, and the developers of the URBNSURF park, whilst Insitu Test provided the Light Weight Deflectometer to assess compaction at various different areas around the site. 

Located near Melbourne Airport, URBNSURF parks provides perfect, ocean-like waves in an authentic, safe and controlled environment, catering to all ages and abilities.  

URBNSURF’s vision for this modern project is to “create natural, honest and inclusive surfing environments where memorable experiences are created, and where our guests and staff have fun, get stoked, keep fit and feel part of a community that shares their passion and respect for surfing, the ocean, others and our planet.” Being Australia’s first man-made surf park, the development sits on 7.1 hectares where one thousand waves are be pumped out each hour using renewable energy sources. Treated stormwater from the area is used to replenish the park’s lagoon. Book a surfing session! 

Insitutek is our partner overseas for our test equipment. Ask them for a presentation or training for our products. I am sure you will be satisfied. They are a reliable and very kindly partner.

Matthias Weingart

Anix GmbH

Since hiring the LWD I have used it on numerous jobs in a wide variety of material types all over WA. The ability to give “real time” test results have worked particularly well for me as i can show my clients numerical values which gives them a direct understanding of some of the benefits using Betta Roads has brought to their road construction projects. The feedback I have been receiving over the last few months has lead me to purchase the LWD and incorporate its use as an integral part of our projects.

Paul Bright

Director at Betta Roads Pty Ltd Perth Area, Australia



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