Terra Firma FRP Grating Certified to BAL40

November 17, 2023

There are unique challenges when building in the Australian environment, and the ever-present threat of bushfires is one of the most significant. As we’ve seen over the past few decades, bushfires are increasing in severity and frequency – and building requirements are becoming stricter in an effort to save lives. Terra Firma Industries have recently […]

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Quick, Safe and Easy Upgrade at the Colac Water Reclamation and Treatment Plant

November 2, 2023

Water treatment plants (WTPs) and Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs) are vital facilities with highly specific infrastructure requirements. Workers handle liquids and chemicals while accessing treatment tanks from significant heights in all weather conditions. Due to these specific parameters and the need to constantly evolve safety features, the water industry is also embracing the use of […]

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Innovating Access and Safety at the Belgrave Zone Electrical Substation

September 20, 2023

Electrical substations are critical to our power infrastructure. They ensure electricity reaches our homes and businesses efficiently and safely. As the demand for electricity continues to grow, these substations often require upgrades to maintain their reliability and safety. Recently, as part of a regular assessment of ageing infrastructure, the Belgrave Zone Electrical Substation was identified […]

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Solving manhole potholes, corrosion and water infiltration issues with a strategic partnership

July 10, 2023

The existence of water and sewer maintenance pit lids and access covers is not something most people think about – until you drive over one that’s sunken or not level with the road. Then their presence is noticed! When pit covers aren’t installed correctly or have been corroded by weather and use over time, they […]

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Smart Covers for Smart Cities

April 21, 2023

Upgrades in technology are changing the way we build. We have spoken heavily about adopting composite materials in infrastructure projects, mainly thanks to their sustainability, OHS and customisability benefits, but what other technology adoptions are we seeing? One major uptick is the increased usage of smart monitoring devices, especially in major cities where real-time tracking […]

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Collaborating To Build New Markets For Composites In Civil Infrastructure

March 8, 2023

Conventionally made from cast iron for over 300 years, manhole covers – as they were once called – could weigh up to 200 kilograms. Anchored by weight alone, their distinctive round design allowed users to roll them into place where needed. A prosaic and mundane necessity, they have played an important role in civil works […]

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Rail and underground on the right track with composites

November 14, 2022

Have you ever waited for your train and looked down at where you were standing? You’d see the same thing on most platforms: a narrow concrete or tiled walkway covered in bright yellow tactile paving, stickers warning you to stay behind the line, and lots of commuters rushing about their day. What you might not […]

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Why major civil and utility service providers are making the switch to composites

June 20, 2022

Major utility providers are making the switch to composite materials for their projects because they’re finding them to be safer, more durable, and easier to operate.   While traditional metals still have their place in civil works, composite material products made of fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) are growing in popularity and demand.  In fact, Jemena, a […]

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Terra Firma Poetry Competition – Winner

December 3, 2020

My Pit Lids – with apologies to Dorothea Mackellar I love a grass green pit lid Surface of waves and rain Just sitting in the footpath And covering a drain I love her strength and lightness The easiness of lift It’s better than a gatic Which is bloody hard to shift Give up your cracked […]

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The Quick Guide to Implementing AS3996:2019

November 5, 2020

Change, as we know, always comes with some challenges. As to be expected, the recent changes to the AS3996:2019 Standard for Access Covers and Grates has thrown up a few new challenges for specifiers, designers, purchasers, installers and end users. Because Terra Firma Industries was instrumental in writing composites into the new standard, we understand […]

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