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Thermal Imaging – Technology to Reduce Risk and Add Value

The construction industry faces many challenges. One of these is around delivering projects on time and on budget. Refurbishment projects is one area where accurately predicting cost and time is notoriously difficult as all too often unforeseen factors come into play when a project starts, typically as a result of

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Sika Saved a Towering Landmark

Sika has supplied a concrete repair system to refurbish the façade of Chatterton Water Tower in Spalding, a long-standing feature of the area’s landscape. The 30 metres high construction overlooks the local bus station and its distinctive tulip fascia makes it stand out. The construction has existed for 63 years;

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Quest Industrial Flooring Installed a Sika Floor

Quest Industrial Flooring installed a Sika Comfortfloor Decorative Pro for Stick ‘n’ Step. The charity puts great price on having its classes fit with the right floor, as most of their work takes place on it. A fit for purpose and high performance replacement was necessary so that they can

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SIKA Now a Aew Affiliate of CPA Industry Principals Council

Building and construction corporation SIKA Limited are pleased to announce their new involvement with the IPC division of the Construction Products Association (or CPA). A governing body to which 27 other building and construction companies have a direct involvement with, the CPA is dedicated to ensuring that investment and renovation

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

SIKA

Thermal Imaging – Technology to Reduce Risk and Add Value

The construction industry faces many challenges. One of these is around delivering projects on time and on budget. Refurbishment projects is one area where accurately predicting cost and time is notoriously difficult as all too often unforeseen factors come into play when a project starts, typically as a result of stripping away part of the building and finding something unexpected. Thermal imaging is one area where technology is helping to overcome this and is now a key part of Sika roof refurbishment offering. Infrared thermography (IRT) and thermal imaging technology detect radiation in the long-infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum (roughly 9,000–14,000 nanometers or 9–14 µm). This produces an image called a thermogram. Since infrared radiation is emitted by all objects with a temperature above absolute zero, thermography makes it possible to see an environment with or without visible illumination. The amount of radiation emitted by an object increases with temperature. Therefore, thermography allows you to see variations in temperature. When viewed through a thermal imaging camera, warm objects stand out well against cooler backgrounds. Thermography has a long history, but its use has increased dramatically with the commercial and industrial applications of the past fifty years. Typical uses include firefighters who use thermography to see through smoke, to find people and to localise the base of a fire. Maintenance technicians use thermography to locate overheating joints and sections of power lines, which are a sign of impending failure. In the construction industry it has been traditionally used to identify heat leaks in faulty thermal insulation and to improve the efficiency of heating and air-conditioning units. Sika has been using thermal imaging technology since 2014. Investment in the technology was driven by the Sales Management Team as a way of adding value to clients. Sika has also invested in me as an individual to become a certified Level 1 thermographer, with training conducted by the world renowned Infrared Training Centre (ITC).

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Sika Saved a Towering Landmark

Sika has supplied a concrete repair system to refurbish the façade of Chatterton Water Tower in Spalding, a long-standing feature of the area’s landscape. The 30 metres high construction overlooks the local bus station and its distinctive tulip fascia makes it stand out. The construction has existed for 63 years; therefore the time and erosion had an impact on the tower’s surface, leading to minor repairs such as the removal of flaking and algae growth. The principle contractor Barhale, together with specialist contractors Concrete Repair Ltd, turned to Sika for a proved, durable concrete repair, protection, and anti-carbonation system. The refurbishment work started in March 2017 with the tower’s 4,000 m2 surface getting cleaned of dirt and other impurities. After breaking out defective concrete and cleaning the exposed reinforcement, Sika Monotop-610, a high-performance, one-component, cementitious, polymer-modified slurry was then applied. Its advantage is that it only needs mixing with water to provide a superb reinforcement corrosion protection coating and bonding primer. The concrete repairs were then done with Sika Monotop-615, which is the perfect reinforcement mortar for delaminated, weak, damaged, and deteriorated concrete. The following step was applying Sikagard-675 W GB ElastoColor, which prevents water ingress and is suitable for a range of concrete structures as an anti-weathering, two-way vapour permeable solution to stop pollutants and water penetrating into the concrete matrix, while protecting the internal reinforcement. “The Sika products were superb in repairing and protecting the tower’s surface. They were very easy to use, and provided the perfect base with which to restore the tower’s aesthetic qualities. We were very pleased,” said Olu Ogunwale, Senior Contracts Manager at Concrete Repair Ltd. Thanks to the Sika solution, the tower now looks just like it did in 1955 when it was built and the dual concrete protection system will ensure that the Chatterton Water Tower will remain Spalding’s pride for many years to come.

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Quest Industrial Flooring Installed a Sika Floor

Quest Industrial Flooring installed a Sika Comfortfloor Decorative Pro for Stick ‘n’ Step. The charity puts great price on having its classes fit with the right floor, as most of their work takes place on it. A fit for purpose and high performance replacement was necessary so that they can keep supporting the young people with cerebral palsy with the right education. “The team at Stick ‘n’ Step needed to replace an old, uneven, and sloping floor with a brand new, state-of-the-art flooring solution for our work with children and young people with cerebral palsy. From quote to completion our team was kept up to date with progress and had regular explanations of the different phases involved in the work,” explained Matt Meaney, Development Manager at Stick ‘n’ Step. The new system is smooth, durable, slip resistant, and resin based, while holding excellent shock absorption properties. Its cushioning layers provide a comfortable surface to learn and play, while its durability and easy to clean benefits help maintain the health and safety standards, which is paramount for a children’s learning environment. Quest Industrial Flooring had only four weeks to complete the project and the discovery that the sub-base underneath the existing wood and vinyl flooring required a week’s worth of repairs, turned it into a difficult challenge. However, the company managed to do it and the new floor was ready at the start of the new school term. “Thanks to Sika’s advanced floor system, the technical know how and attention to detail of our installers and the understanding of close collaboration between client, contractor and manufacturer, the ideal solution for the school’s 90m2 classroom floor was created,” said Mark Jones, Contracts Director at Quest Industrial Flooring. Sika is a specialty chemicals company that holds a leading position in the development and production of bonding, sealing, damping, protecting, and reinforcing systems and products for the building sector and the automotive industry. It has subsidiaries in 97 countries and manufactures in over 190 factories.

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SIKA Now a Aew Affiliate of CPA Industry Principals Council

Building and construction corporation SIKA Limited are pleased to announce their new involvement with the IPC division of the Construction Products Association (or CPA). A governing body to which 27 other building and construction companies have a direct involvement with, the CPA is dedicated to ensuring that investment and renovation are the driving forces and objectives of the construction industry in Britain. Indeed, it seems that SIKA Limited are very pleased to have finally decided to join it and Dragan Maksimovic is extremely confident that it will enable the company to have a greater say, involvement and influence in the construction and building trade more than ever before. By working with and sharing common ground with other members of the Industrial Principles Council, it is hoped that they will be able to progress well into the future and meet the coming challenges that the industry will face and is currently facing at the moment, such as the worrying shortage of skilled workers in the trade. Aligning themselves to the council is an excellent way of strengthening their own position within the industry. It is possible to strengthen with jvzoo. Doctor Diana Montgomery of CPA itself is similarly pleased that they have made the decision to join the association. She declares that SIKA are a large and successful company keen to maintain their strong foothold in the building and construction industry by committing themselves to the Construction Products Association. She is hopeful that both industrial bodies will be able to collaborate together and learn from each other in the future. And with 17,000 workers and a successful subsidiary base in 93 different places around the world, SIKA’s partnership will certainly increase the popularity and knowledge of the CPA itself. The decision is therefore a mutually beneficial one for all parties concerned and it is furthermore evident that future collaborations with other current members of the CPA will be encouraged.

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