Pan-United Corporation, the concrete and cement supplier says its subsidiary Pan-United Concrete set a national record when it poured 18,916 cubic metres for 57 hours non-stop from Oct 31 to Nov 2.
The first pour was followed by a second pour of 18,342 cubic metres of concrete in 42 hours non-stop from Nov 27 to 29 to complete the raft foundation for a development project in the Labrador area.
The total concrete volume of the two pours, at 37,258 cubic metres, is equivalent to filling 14 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The previous record of 18,000 cubic metres was in March 2015 for the Marina One raft foundation.
According to Pan-United, ready-mix concrete is produced just in time and typically has a brief two-hour workable lifespan. For the two pours, the company designed a special concrete that remained workable for six hours.
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This is done to ensure the layers bonded integrally to form a solid raft.
The logistics for the production was done in collaboration with Hyundai Engineering & Construction, the main contractor of the development.
“We are thankful to Hyundai for taking all the measures necessary to ensure safe distancing and to greatly reduce any health risks to the teams handling the massive pours. Pan-United also used our contactless processes such as e-delivery orders, e-concrete sampling, e-sign-offs, and our customer portal to minimise physical interaction at the worksite,” says Ken Loh, chief operating officer of Pan-United.
“Technology-enabled precision was absolutely crucial in both mass pours to ensure zero disruptions to concrete placement. The continuous supply allows the concrete raft foundation to set uniformly within the required temperature properties,” adds Chan Wai Mun, Pan-United Concrete’s operations director.
Shares in Pan United closed 0.5 cent lower or 1.8% down at 28 cents on Nov 15.