Specialising in Concrete Pumping for Commercial, Industrial, High Rise, Resources and Infrastructure
Hunter Valley Concrete Pumping Service has a substantial fleet of truck mounted concrete boom pumps, line pumps, trailer pumps and separate placing booms. Providers of specialised, professional concrete pumping services including Shotcrete to the Sydney, Hunter Valley and Newcastle construction and resources industries.
Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to be the Concrete Pumping Contractor of choice for all civil, commercial, industrial, resources and infrastructure requirements in our region through commitment to quality service with an emphasis on excellence. We aim to provide exceptional staff and equipment to ensure the most efficient delivery of pumping concrete to the satisfaction of all customers whilst adhering to rigorous industry guidelines relating to safe work practices and environmental care.
The Safety of our people is our number one priority. HVCPS hold safety as a core value and continually reinforce this through all of our people and activities. We see this is being essential for our employees, our Clients and continued success of our business.
Safety is an integral part of everything we do. The success of our safety systems depends on the attitudes, knowledge and training of our employees. This is why we continue to put time and effort into training our people because they are our best and most valued resource.
Hunter Valley Concrete Pumping Service has a wide trailer pump, boom pump and line pump range, as well as separate placing booms, from the smallest to the largest available in Australia, servicing Sydney, the Hunter Valley, and Newcastle. We also have a wide range of customers. Obviously many of our customers are very experienced at specifying a concrete pumps and managing a concrete pump pour or Shotcrete project.
That said, some customers are less experienced and we try to offer as much help and support as we can to these customers. We can give advice over the phone and are always prepared to make a site visit if it will help make the concrete pour a success.
In addition to these direct forms of assistance, we aim to give as much useful information as we can here on our website.
Managing a Concrete Pour
The key to a successful concrete pump pour is to manage the pour from ordering the pump and concrete, through organising the site, to supervising to pumping operation. Some guidelines are set out below to assist with planning a pump pour.
When placing an order please give the following information
- Your company name.
- Contact name and telephone number.
- Full site address including postcode if known.
- Date and time for the pump, allow approximately 1 hour for the pump operator to set up the pump.
- Size of pump required.
- Volume and type of concrete including any admixtures, additions, fibres etc.
- Brief description of the pour e.g. footing, external slab, bridge deck etc.
- Any other special requirements – pipeline, second man etc.
To ensure a safe and efficient pump pour, please supply
- A level area of hard standing, with no overhead obstructions, on which to set up the pump.
- Clear access to the pump for the concrete agitators.
- Cement to grout the pipeline – 1 x 25 kg bags per 10 metres of pipeline.
- Somewhere to deposit excess grout.
- A good pump mix concrete of S3, S4 or S5 consistence. Your ready mixed concrete supplier will advise.
- A competent concreting gang to lay the concrete.
- A suitable place for the operator to wash the pump out at the end of the job. At least 1/3 cubic metre of concrete will be left in the pump after the pumping operation.
- A good supply of water will help the operator, though the pump does carry its own supply.
The sequence of a typical pump pour
- The pump will arrive and the operator will liaise with the contractor before setting up the pump, pipeline (if required) and preparing the grout.
- The concrete agitator truck will arrive and back onto the pump.
- The pump operator will then grout the line and commence pumping. It is good site practise to pump excess grout to waste, not into the pour.
- The concrete will be placed into position using the boom where possible, where ground-line is used, the concreting gang will need to move the pipeline around as the pour progresses.
- Cautionary note: Concrete is pumped at high pressure, therefore, all personnel should be made aware of the risks and dangers associated with end hose usage.
- When the concrete agitator has discharged its load, the agitator chutes will be cleaned before the agitator leaves. The chutes should not be washed into the hopper as this could cause a blockage and affect the quality of the concrete.
- The next concrete agitator will then arrive, back on to the pump and discharge its load.
- At the end of the pour, the pump operator will clean all the concrete from the pump and pipeline. This operation will take approximately one hour, more if the job involves a long pipeline.
- The pump operator will then put the boom back into its travel position and load all the ancillary equipment onto the pump truck.
- The job sheet will then be prepared for the contractor to sign.
- The pump will then leave site and travel back to the depot.
- For further information please request a site visit and/or consult the “Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Concrete Pumps” published by the CPA.
Conditions of supply
- Hunter Valley Concrete Pumps supplies equipment subject to CPA Model Conditions for the Hiring of Plant (2001) in conjunction with the Supplementary Conditions for Concrete Pumping. These are available on request.
- The hirer should insure against any liabilities that might be incurred, including damage caused when the pump is being operated in confined spaces.