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March 2017

Is High PSV Asphalt a Safe Alternative to High Friction Surfacing?

 

 Introduction

In recent years, the use of HFS has reduced considerably in UK & Ireland. There is a view in some quarters that conventional surfacing materials with a high PSV aggregate can offer a better whole life cost option to deliver a high level of skid resistance. Is there merit to this viewpoint and does High PSV Asphalt offer a safe alternative to HFS? ---- More 



 13th January 2017

Why High Friction Surfacing with Calcined Bauxite Provides The Best

Safety Surface for Skid Resistance

 High Friction Surfacing – Definition & Applications

High Friction Surfacing (HFS), commonly termed Anti-skid, refers to a surface treatment approximately 3-5mm thick which provides enhanced surface skid resistance for drivers to brake under emergency conditions at hazardous locations. HFS is defined by Industry as having a minimum skid resistance value (SRV) of 65 measured using the portable Skid-Resistance Pendulum Tester as defined in TRL Report 176, Appendix E. The aggregate used is Calcined Bauxite (normally buff or grey), which is usually imported from either China or India. Typical locations for HFS installation include approaches to roundabouts, pedestrian crossings, junctions, sites with steep gradients and dangerous bends --- more



12th July 2016

Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s new high-friction surfacing specification

The March 2015 revision of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII, formerly the National Roads Authority) ‘Specification for Roadworks Series 900’ is completely new for high-friction surfacing (HFS), commonly termed ‘anti-skid’.

This new ‘performance’ specification within document CC-SPW-00900-07 supersedes the old Clause 924, and allows more opportunity of choice for highway engineers. This is a very constructive development by TII for due commendation. However, it has also generated hidden caveats, disparity and ambiguities which are examined in this article which was published in Engineers Journal ... more

 

 

28th June 2016

Benefits & Specification of High Friction Surfacing

High-friction surfacing (HFS), commonly termed ‘anti-skid’, refers to a surface treatment approximately 3-5mm thick that provides enhanced surface skid-resistance for drivers to brake under emergency conditions at hazardous locations.

HFS is defined by industry as having a minimum skid-resistance value (SRV) of 65, measured using the portable skid-resistance pendulum tester (as defined in TRL Report 176, Appendix E). Typical locations for HFS installation include approaches to roundabouts, pedestrian crossings, junctions, sites with steep gradients and dangerous bends ... read on

 

 

 16th June 2014

Public Works Contracts For Minor Works – Some Key Points to Watch

These are some of the points I believe that Contractors should be aware of when tendering or starting a contract. Much of this key information is contained within the Contract Schedules www.johncagney.ie/Blog160414.html


8th April 14

High Friction (Anti-skid) Surfacing & Coloured Cycle Lanes

High Friction (HFS) or Anti-skid Surfacing is a proven road surface treatment that increases skid resistance and reduces braking distance, thereby reducing the potential for accidents. It has a long history of proven use having first been used in the UK in the late 60’s. HFS incorporates a 1mm to 3mm 70+ PSV Calcined Bauxite aggregate. Calcined bauxite is an extremely durable & hard aggregate www.johnagney.ie/Blog080414.html

 


14th March 14

Public Works Contracts For Minor Works – A Personal Perspective 

The Public Works Contract for Minor Works is recommended for Employer designed contracts with a value between €500k to €5 million. Having worked on a number of road projects using this form, there would seem to be some key differences developing in the relationship between the Contractor and the Engineer / ER. These in my view are due to onerous notification and time constraints in the new forms www.johncagney.ie/Blog140314.html

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