The Concrete Masonry Association of Australia (CMAA) will unveil DesignPave, a leading software program for engineers and landscape architects in applications of paving design at the annual Think Brick Awards jury and alumni lunch on 17 May.
Developed in collaboration with the University of South Australia, CMAA’s DesignPave uses the method of equivalent thickness to compute the most appropriate design for the identified pavement loading and soil conditions.
“Computing the most appropriate design for concrete block paving is critical for the success of residential and industrial projects," says Think Brick Australia CEO, Elizabeth McIntyre.
DesignPave provides a simplified design approach to segmental pavements that can be used for both residential and industrial pavement applications.
“The new program is the successor of CMAA’s longstanding LockPave program which has been a pivotal tool for designers in the creation of concrete segmental pavements over the past two decades,” says McIntyre.
“DesignPave is a world leading software program that has been developed specifically to design Concrete Block Pavements (CBPs) for Australian conditions," says deputy vice chancellor of research and innovation at University of South Australia, professor Simon Beecham.
“It is the first program that has both structural and hydrological design capability. DesignPave can perform a full mechanistic design of CBPs that incorporates not only full traffic loading spectra, but also the latest procedures for designing heavy duty industrial pavements, including container loading yards. In addition, the hydrological design procedures include flood control, water quality analysis and sizing for water harvesting and reuse. The program also generates full engineering documentation for assessment by consenting authorities.”
Alongside the launch of DesignPave, key speakers at the Think Brick Awards event will share the major industry trends of 2019 in brick, block, paver and roof tile.
The Think Brick Awards will host the event for board members of the CMAA and the Australian Roofing Tile Association, industry leading architects and the 2019 Think Brick Award jury.
Each year CMAA presents two awards at the Think Brick Awards, Australia’s richest design awards, for innovative use of masonry in architecture. These award categories include:
- Kevin Borland Masonry Award: recognises projects that highlight the design potential of concrete masonry in commercial and residential built architecture, with a cash prize of $10,000.
- Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award: highlights the unlimited possibilities of the humble paver, with a cash prize of $10,000.
For more information on DesignPave visit http://cmaa.com.au/engineering-pavement-software
Image: Symphony by Arcadia Landscape Architecture