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Kypreos Group: Meet the Family

Kypreos Group is a multi-division brand that encompasses a range of services. Take a look at how our ‘family’ is helping with infrastructure projects around NSW.


If you’re familiar with the Kypreos brand, you’ll know we have been a family owned and operated business for 50 years. Launched in 1970, Kypreos soon fulfilled a young George Kypreos’ goal to provide excellence in civil engineering and infrastructure across the Sydney area.

 

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Five sustainability initiatives at Kypreos

A 50 year old Australian company, Kypreos is focused on creating a more sustainable workforce and environment. Find out how.
 

Kypreos Group takes pride in delivering sustainable infrastructure, built sustainably. As an Australian company that is focused on sustainability, the Kypreos team considers the local ecology as well as the wider environment in the decisions we make for every project.

 

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The road to recycling | State Asphalts

In a world-first, Kypreos Group’s division, State Asphalts has partnered with organisations such as Closed Loop to create PAKPAVE asphalt products from recycled materials including coffee cups, glass and other streams destined for landfill.
 

Kypreos Group has been building a better future for Australia since 1970. While we are always pleased to work on new projects in Sydney and across Australia, over the last few years our focus has increasingly turned to taking a sustainable approach that minimises environmental impact.

 

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Sustainable materials in civil engineering

Sustainability in development, including civil engineering and construction, is defined as “a development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
 

In recent years, there has been a steady rise in research outputs and commitment by companies in the construction sector to developing more sustainable materials for use in civil infrastructures that will benefit the communities while minimising impact on the environment.

 

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Why effective communication is important

In a recent contribution to the Engineering Australia website, the UAE Chapter President, Harry Roberts, expressed his appal at a report sent to him which was riddled with typos, spelling mistakes, and grammatical errors.
 

Mr Roberts then asserted that catastrophic results can come from such careless mishaps in communication, and that the job of engineers is not only to produce accurate drawings, but also to effectively communicate among themselves and with other stakeholders.

 

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When natural disaster strikes

Civil engineering and disaster management.
 

Natural disasters – bushfires, floods, cyclones, or earthquakes – with their suddenness and ferocity, can severely disrupt the functioning of a society or community and result in mass environmental, economic, and human losses. These serious impacts could be prevented and alleviated with quality civil engineering planning and construction, as the industry plays a major role in shaping the physical fabric of the functioning of our society. Both preparation and post-disaster recovery must be considered throughout the planning, design, and construction process. This way, infrastructures can withstand disruption, absorb disturbance, and can be repaired more quickly afterwards.

 

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Why people and training is central to the construction sector

A snapshot of the construction sector.
 

As of 2018, Australia’s construction industry comprises 8% of our GDP, contributing $134.2 billion to the country’s economy. This largest non-service sector is attracting increasing investment as population rises rapidly and construction work in urban areas is speeding to catch up, with a consistent 2% growth in the total number of active projects every quarter. At the heart of these developments are the 1.1 million—and soon many more—Australians working in construction in various capacities.

 

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Better Railways for Communities

Major efforts are now needed to make railway more sustainable to both the ecosystem and the communities in need of better public transport.
 

From 1854, the first steam railway between Melbourne and Port Melbourne was put in action. It marked the beginning of rapid expansion and improvement in railway as a form of commercial and industrial transportation. By Federation in 1901, all States except Western Australia were reachable by more than 20,000 km of rail track, although mismatches in gauges hindered interstate rail operation. A few decades later, as a uniform gauge track system was implemented, state capitals became linked by rail. Steam locomotion were then replaced by electric locomotives, and now Australia’s rail network is the sixth largest in the world.

 

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Infrastructure Sustainability Guidelines: What are they? Why are they important?

In a restless time of threatening climate change, pollution, and resource depletion, it is now more imperative than ever to reinforce the standards in civil engineering and construction regarding infrastructure sustainability.
 

Designed and built as a set of structural elements to support the everyday operation of communities, infrastructure—roads, rail lines, electricity lines, water delivery systems, airports—makes up the scaffold for our day-to-day life. Infrastructure sustainability (or IS) is concerned with all these types of infrastructure, including but not limited to social facilities, ports, airports, telecommunications, waste management, water distribution, and other utilities. It refers to the capabilities to design, construct and operate infrastructure in ways that help maintain non-renewable resources, minimise pollution, and utilise renewable/recycle/reusable resources, so as to guarantee that the infrastructure can continue to function indefinitely.

 

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What to expect from the future’s transport?
 

$211.2 million was the estimated value of the Australian future transport market, as of 2016. According to a 2018 report from the Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute, the transport sector is the ninth largest employer in Australia, with 625,000 workers.

 

The industry is constantly shifting, with the most recent government’s plan already in motion – the Future Transport 2056 strategy is a vision for the next four decades of transport in NSW, covering motorway, rail and light rail. Such expansion puts great demands on the state’s infrastructure, calling for two supporting strategies – the Regional NSW and the Greater Sydney Services and Infrastructure Plans.

 

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Sydney Harbour Bridge
 

On 19th March 2012, the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge celebrated its 80th birthday.

 

This monumental occasion called for complete re-profiling of the deck to improve the waterproofing and asphalt surfacing, reducing the need for later reactive maintenance. Except for small-scale trials prior to its start, the project was the first ever of its kind since the Bridge’s construction decades ago.

 

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More jobs and better infrastructure for Western Sydney
 

A major growth region of Sydney. With a projected population of 3 million by 2036, of which the majority is working-age, Western Sydney is considered by the NSW government to be a key growth area in the state. 
 

The region extends from Canterbury-Bankstown in the East to the Blue Mountains in the West, and from the Hawksbury in the North to Wollondilly in the South, consisting of 13 local government areas. Western Sydney reportedly has the 3rd largest economy in all of Australia, as the area alone comprises 8% of the country’s GDP.

 

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Keeping Communities Safe

We are striving to build sustainable and safe infrastructure for communities.
 

It’s not enough to build better infrastructure for a community. To do the right thing is to also ensure the wellbeing and safety of its members as tonne after tonne of asphalt is being churned out from industrial plants and road after road is being paved. Our responsibility in civil engineering is to truly make these communities more sustainable as we change them.

 

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Making Asphalt More Environmentally Sustainable

Q: What can be made with the equivalent of 800 plastic bags, 252 glass bottles, 18 used printer toner cartridges and 300kg of recycled asphalt?

A: A tonne of Plastiphalt – one of the latest innovations in environmentally sustainable civil construction materials in Australia.
 

In civil engineering and construction, asphalt has been the most environmentally sustainable paving material thanks to its recyclability. As asphalt pavements are 100% recyclable, Kypreos Group is committed to utilising this RAP (reclaimed asphalt pavement) in asphalt mix designs. Now, asphalt is being combined with recycled glass and soft plastics to make tougher and even eco-friendlier roads, driveways, highways and, soon, airport runways.
 

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Commissioning of New Asphalt Plant

New Asphalt Plant 
 

State Asphalts NSW are expanding their capabilities with the building and commissioning of a state-of-the-art Marini Asphalt Batch Production Plant in St Marys.

This will be the second Sydney metro based facility for State Asphalts NSW, and the 5th production plant within NSW.

Awarded Northern Road

Awarded Northern Road Asphalt and Spray Seal Contracts
 

State Asphalts Services was recently awarded the Asphalt and Spray Seal supply and lay contracts for the Northern Road Upgrade - Stages 2 and 3.

Growth of Haulage Capabilities

Growth of Haulage Capabilities.
 

State Asphalts NSW has expanded its' haulage capabilities by acquiring a bitumen tanker and two flocon asphalt transport vehicles. This allows State Asphalts NSW to ensure a consistent supply of bitumen and asphalt to its' various asphalt plants and projects.

State Asphalts has also added a Quick Dry Primer (QDP) sprayer to its fleet. This is one of a kind and is fitted with the latest safety technology.

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