The Australian Marine Complex (AMC) is home to the largest marine industry in Australia. Our client Paragon Scaffolding Services were approached to provide a temporary weather protection barrier to replace a damaged industrial shed door. The aim of the scaffold was to complete the encapsulation of a large shed to allow the blasting and painting operations to continue.
The main challenge of this project was not only the massive size of the structure, with 900m2 of freestanding sheeted scaffolding, but also the required design wind speed of 135kph. The scaffolding could be anchored down to the existing concrete floor of the shed.
To ensure that the footprint of the scaffold was as small as practicable, we created a detailed structural analysis using SCIA FEA. The results of the model were passed to Paragon’s client allowing for assessment of the floor slab.
Discussions with Paragon on the type of material to be used, resulted in the use of Layher Allround Lightweight scaffolding. The weight of the Layher scaffold helped to reduce the total self-weight by 20t, when compared to alternative materials.
The scaffold was erected within 5 days, to allow Paragon’s client to resume their blast and paint operations.