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Paving the way for sustainable growth

Posted on July 19, 2017

In recent times, the Philippines’ flourishing economy has garnered the attention of the entire world. The country has become one of the fastest growing economies worldwide with strong economic indicators backed by a consistently good GDP performance.

In an effort to maintain this momentum, the government is pushing for “a golden age of infrastructure”, promising to expedite the construction of roads, airports and railways that will be instrumental to continued economic growth.

CEMEX, the building solutions firm, expressed its support for the country’s bold infrastructure development plans with the introduction of Roller Compacted Concrete, or RCC, a fast acting dry mix best suited for farm-to-market roads and industrial parks.

“Building farm-to-market roads link communities and cities together. It improves access and mobility and will lay a strong foundation for our country’s sustained progress,” said Lyrrah Lequin CEMEX pavements manager.

RCC aims to address construction needs for speed and cost efficiency while maintaining quality.

Applied using a high density paver, CEMEX’s RCC employs the same design methodology and support structure as conventional concrete without the need for reinforcement steel, bars, and forms.

Its elements are made to cling together providing high early strength by combining the strength and durability of conventional concrete with the ease of construction.

“Compared to conventional concrete, CEMEX’s RCC is easier to apply and dries faster. A newly paved road using CEMEX RCC can be passable for vehicles after 72 hours. That cuts down curing and drying to three days compared to fourteen days when using the conventional concrete,” explained Ms. Lequin.

With all the benefits of conventional concrete, RCC effectively does its job in less time and because of its low maintenance requirements, it maximizes construction costs.

For efficient logistics and support industries to thrive, improved infrastructure through roads and pavements is necessary.

One of the first projects of CEMEX using RCC was the Volvo industrial yard in Novaliches. Volvo, more popularly known to be a car maker, also has a proud tradition in heavy construction equipment or what the company calls “earth-moving machines.”

The 4,000-sqm industrial yard was previously uncovered and unpaved, an open lot which transformed into a wet, slushy, mud puddle whenever it rained. Since it’s where Volvo’s heavy construction equipment units are parked, equipment assembly and deployment were often stalled by adverse weather conditions.

“The logistics involved in moving and maintaining such heavy construction machinery necessitates a big open space so the machines can easily be moved and transported. We realized that our rough road surface was impacting mobility and paving our yard would be more efficient for our business needs,” said Ed Lagman, vice-president for Volvo.

To pave the 4,000-sqm lot, 200 mm thick CEMEX Roller Compacted Concrete was used in two phases, and set into place with the VOLVO high density paver.

The Volvo Novaliches industrial yard became one of the first joint projects of the two companies, CEMEX and Volvo.

“We know that in construction, time is money. It was a major benefit that after only 72 hours, our industrial yard was ready to use and our machines were ready to roll,” said Lagman.

CEMEX’s RCC is part of its commitment to offer innovative building solutions and support infrastructures that contribute to nation-building. Together with other product innovations like Promptis one-day concrete -- a ready-mix concrete that is made to reach its compressive strength in just 24 hours -- CEMEX continues to pursue innovative industry building solutions and efficiency advancements that will promote a sustainable future.

CEMEX building materials technology development and application projects are part of the global R&D collaboration network, headed by CEMEX Research Center, based in Switzerland.