Smart Lock on the winning straight at Flemington

Client: Victoria Racing Club
Service: Smart Lock Repair
Date: March 2014

Recently Rangedale Drainage & Civil who are an authorized installer of the Australian made

Smart Lock No Curer time internal pipe repair system was contacted by Mr. Michael Gooding the manager of Australia’s most famous racecourse Flemington.

Mr. Gooding’s racecourse maintenance team noticed some ground subsidence in different locations throughout the racecourse training and race tracks. This was of enormous concern, as the Melbourne Cup race carnival was fast approaching with preparation at the racecourse already underway.

A SOS call from Mr. Gooding to Mr. Garrie McLean of Rangedale Drainage & Civil agreed that an urgent pipeline CCTV inspection of all the pipelines which run throughout the racecourse proper to evaluate if the subsidence was being caused by defective pipelines should be completed.

After the CCTV inspection was completed it was identified, numerous pipeline sections were the rubber ring jointed pipeline had severe infiltration due to the rubber rings of the pipelines being effected by the ground conditions present at the Flemington racecourse. Excavation to repair the pipelines was not possible due to the enormous cost involved in excavation at this location as well as to excavate to repair the pipelines would cause possible cancellations during the race carnival period.

It was discussed and decided that Rangedale Civil & Drainage would install numerous Smart Lock pipe repairs to the identified defective sections of pipelines. Rangedale swung into action and installed Smart Lock repairs to pipelines from DN300 to DN525.

Mr. McLean said it was a huge challenge but the Smart Lock repair system was the only system which could have started and completed the whole project within the time frame required to cause no disruption to the racing carnival period. Some of the defective joints had severe infiltration, which was no problem for the Smart Lock to seal and more importantly repair. As well as the high infiltration, our installation crews had to deal with severe weather during the installation periods, the weather was not easy for the crews but the Smart Lock could still be installed due to the large diameter by-pass Smart Lock packers as well as the materials and resins which are used as part of the Smart Lock system,

Mr. Gooding said, he could not be more pleased with the results, after the first day of installing the Smart Lock, all of the concerns were eased and that we had made the right decision to install the Smart Lock repair system. It was amazing to see how the system worked to seal and repair the defects, it is even more pleasing knowing that they were supporting an Australian designed and made product.