From Drought to Deluge: Case studies & Improving Slab Performance

Geotechnical & Engineering Workshop

Dominic Lopes USL Group

“Recent changes to AS2870 and why” & “Slab movement cases studies – Trees, droughts, floods”

Owner/Manager, Universal Soil Laboratories Pty Ltd and USL Group Pty Ltd specialising in general geotechnical investigations (50,mmm+), dilapidation investigations (4,000+), risk assessment of unstable slopes in Otway Ranges, Narracan Hills, Dandenong Ranges, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, New South Wales and New Guinea. (1,500+). Consultant to civil and foundation works for Melbourne Casino and City Link and in excess of 1,000 timber and steel screw piling projects.

Paul Trentini Storm Plastics

Poor drainage, plumbing and other causes of house damage

Paul’s experience extends into the Building and Plumbing industry over the last 25years.

He has taken part in training sessions and international trade events throughout Australia, New Zealand, China, USA, Germany Holland, Britain, Denmark, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

His is a committee member of “Standards for BS29 for ‘Waterproofing”
He has lectured in many TAFE colleges with respect to this Standard and plumbing practices.

Pauls Company has been instrumental in gaining technical approvals for clearing acceptance pathways into US Markets.

Today he represents “Storm Plastics” as their technical consultant.

Jim Prior Director, Polyvoid

A cost‐effective suspended slab for any site condition

Jim brings 10 years of experience in the Reinforcing Steel industry to PolyVoid.

Jim was the NSW Regional Manager for ARC (formerly Smorgon Steel and now owned by OneSteel) where he managed the NSW/ACT ARC Service Centre Network.

Whilst Jim’s role covered everything from OH&S to manufacturing and logistics, he was instrumental in the establishment of a highly regarded service offer for the Residential Home Building market in his Sales & Marketing capacity.

During this time, Jim formed many strong relationships with builders, concretors and reinforcing resellers across the state,

As National Operations Manager, Jim works closely with the licensed PolyVoid manufacturers, engineers, reinforcing suppliers and other affiliated companies to ensure that service levels are delivered and customer expectations met.

Jim will also take a leading role in introducing PolyVoid to all corners of the Residential Building Market.

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