Webinar - Pacific Highway Upgrade Project

Thank you for your interest in this webinar. Unfortunately, it has closed for registration. However, it will be available on demand in the near future. Please keep an eye out for this on our website or contact the Concrete Institute of Australia at techncial@concreteinstitute.com.au for more detail.


Thursday, 29 July 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM




The 155 kilometre project between Woolgoolga and Ballina is the last link in Pacific Highway between Hexham in New South Wales and the Queensland border to be upgraded to four lanes. This includes upgrading the highway to motorway (Class M) or arterial (Class A) standard, building nine grade-separated interchanges, about 170 bridges, fauna crossings, three rest areas and a heavy vehicle checking station.

The project relied heavily on the use of concrete throughout and required detailed trials, understanding and expertise throughout to ensure that the project delivered all it's objectives. This webinar will be presented by two concrete experts who were at the forefront of delivering these objectives.


CIA Members $33.00 Non Members $66.00 CIA Student Members $22.00


Michael van Koeverden

Michael Heathwood
Pacific Complete


Presentation 1 - Woolgoolga to Ballina (W2B) Upgrade and the Concrete, Michael Heathwood

The Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade (W2B) was the final link in the Pacific Highway upgrade, between Hexham and Queensland border (upgraded to four lanes, divided carriageway).  W2B significantly improves safety and freight reliability between Sydney and Brisbane – reducing incidence of fatal crashes.  This programme involved a number of logistical, technical and environmental challenges:
  • 155 kilometres dual carriageway roadway / 9 interchanges / bypasses 5 towns
  • Procurement using master supply agreements
  • 12km of Bridges using > 8900 precast elements
  • Pavement works with 785,000m3 concrete utilising 11 temp onsite batch plants

Presentation 2 - Optimising Concrete Pavement Properties for Pacific Complete, Michael van Koeverden

Using a dedicated supply of constituents, a specialist concrete mix approach was adopted for the Pacific Complete tender process. Focussing on minimising concrete shrinkage and edge slumping while optimising slipformability, plastic and hardened concrete pavement properties. What became very clear was the importance of getting the background work and testing done correctly to get quality and practical outcomes in concrete pavement construction.


The webinar will run from 2.00pm to approx. 3.00pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Delegates will be emailed login details and a password for this webinar 24 hours prior to the event.

Times for all States:

NSW/QLD/VIC/TAS/ACT 2.00pm to 3.00pm (AEST)
SA/NT 1.30pm to 2.30pm
WA  12.00pm to 1.00pm


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