The largest Australian trade exhibition and conference for the specialised textiles industry known as 'SpecTex' will be taking place in Sydney 2021
SpecTex21, the Australian Textile Trade Event for the industry, is co-ordinated and organised by the Specialised Textiles Association. Exhibit at SpecTex21 and build brand awareness within the industry whilst discovering new and innovative products.
The event takes place from Saturday July 24 to Monday July 26 2021 at Doltone House, Pyrmont, Sydney.
LSAA is an Industry Partner for this event and many of our members will be exhibiting.
Owing to the late June 2021 Covid developments around Australia, please check the status of this event on the STA website.
Status as of June 24 pm:
Please note that due to the current Covid-19 situation evolving in NSW, STA’s Council of Management have made the very difficult decision to postpone SpecTex21.
The health and safety of our exhibitors, attendees and staff is a priority for STA, as is delivering a successful industry event. SpecTex relies on foot traffic to ensure its success. With state borders closed for travel in and out of NSW, as well as limitations placed on NSW residents to travel within their own state, it is uncertain when borders will once again be open and confidence to travel will be reinstated.
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration is moving closer to creating a "ferry-free" highway.
The proposal comprises a 2km long suspension bridge (The Julsundet Bridge) with a main span of 1625m - to claim bragging rights by 1metre over the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark.
There is also proposed to have an extended subsea tunnel approximately 25km long when completed. This is claimed to be the World's longest road tunnel - the England to France Channel Tunnel is a rail tunnel about 50km in length. An existing 24.5 km road tunnel creates a ferry-free highway between Oslo and Bergen.
For further information - see "Bridgeweb Article"
LSAA Update on Fire Subcommittee Initiative (20 November 2020)
We wanted to provide you an update on an ongoing initiative of the LSAA, spearheaded by the Fire Subcommittee which was formed after the last LSAA Conference.
- Many of our members have experienced roadblocks to having coated tensile fabric accepted by Building Surveyors and Fire Engineers for particular projects.
- Despite the fact that most tensile fabrics do not contribute a significant fuel load to a fire, they do not comply with the Deemed to Satisfy Provisions of the (Building Code of Australia Version 2019) (“BCA”) because they are deemed combustible when tested in accordance with AS 1530.1.
- It is however possible to use coated tensile fabrics in Type A and B construction through the alternative compliance pathway of a Performance Solution.
- The LSAA engaged the services of Basic Expert Pty Ltd, Fire Engineers, to develop a Guide to Preparing a Performance Solution for Fabric (“The Guide”)
- The current version (Draft7) of The Guide is available HERE.
- The purpose of The Guide is to help LSAA members navigate through the combustibility provisions of the BCA and provides valuable information to aid fire engineers with preparation of a performance solution for a coated tensile fabric project.
- The Guide covers PVC/Polyester and PTFE/Fiberglass, but the principles in the guide applies to other tensile fabrics including HDPE.
- Next Steps:
The LSAA 2020 Conference and Design Awards were to be held in Melbourne at Swinburne from September 17-18 2020.
PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO COVID-19 THIS EVENT - in its traditional format - IS CANCELLED (as of March 31 2021)
It is planned that the postponed LSAA 2020 Design Awards will proceed with some changes to format.
Note: The Design Awards will enable completed innovative and lightweight structures completed since October 2018 to be entered in a number of Categories. The Awards are open to LSAA Members, Non-members as well as from International projects.
Revised details including entry requirements, will be finalized in April 2021. The anticipated closing date for entries would be mid August 2021.
The LSAA website is being revamped with more images of the exciting structures our members have been involved with.
Because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have postponed our planned 2020 Conference and Design Awards until some time in 2021 - yet to be determined (July 2020)
The Design Awards enable members and non-members to enter projects that have been completed since the last Awards (October 2018).
Are you working in the area of lightweight structures - tensioned fabric or membrane structures, cablenets, high tech glazing or other forms of innovative structures?
Possibly you should consider becoming a member of LSAA?
Most LSAA Members have been involved with either membrane structures (design, fabrication, erection, or supply of materials and fittings) for a considerable period of time. Others are involved with innovative new forms of architecture.
Being a financial member offers an opportunity to display your company profile on the LSAA website, to benefit from discount fees to conferences and LSAA Design Awards.
There is also the opportunities to have access to a network of helpful members in your industry and to contribute news items to our website. Financial members may display the LSAA logo on their letters and website and link to the LSAA website.
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