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Parkhill Freeman Innovation

Parkhill Freeman has been creating innovative solutions to engineering challenges for many years. In the structural field, challenges solved include buildings with the largest area of Hollow Core planks usage, longest span Hollow core plank and the first composite hollow core plank and steel beam floor structure at the time. We also designed and documented the first partial composite steel deck structure, thus allowing the reduction of shear studs to match the structural requirements.

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Elimination of water inflow to fuel valve control pits at Tullamarine Airport was solved with slightly sloping apron pit surrounds and water absorbing / expanding sealant at penetrations through the walls.

Launching of a 5,500 Tonne oil platform steel structure over existing wharf infrastructure was achieved using concrete skidways to spread the load whilst the jackets were being winched onto the barge.

To reduce the inflow into the council stormwater system on a number of fast food restaurant sites the water runoff from the carpark has been directed to the wide nature strip where a garden has been created. The dust from the carpark that goes into solution contains some fertilizer that promotes the plant growth and reducing the discharge to water courses.

For a school project in the sand belt in Melbourne, large vertical concrete pipes where embedded in the ground on the downstream side of large underground storage tanks allowing the aquifer to be recharged before the surplus overflow water from the tanks is discharged to the council stormwater infrastructure.

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Flooding to a school in Melbourne northern suburbs was solved by providing a series of swale drains draining to retention ponds and the use of earth mounds to control the large runoff volumes from the impervious ground and neighbouring properties.


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Parkhill Freeman adopted designing and using raingardens on its projects more than 11 years ago. The raingarden design has improved through the years to allow better use of stormwater runoff to water, fertilize the gardens and to provide a stormwater retention system. This is used in conjunction with rain water harvesting tanks with the captured water being used for toilets and landscape usage, reducing the demand on potable water. In house written programs allow us to determine the potable water savings per annum and determine the critical storm duration and water volumes to be stored on site in the short term.

Parkhill Freeman looks forward to the challenges of our future clients.