It was certainly well worth the wait – the glass fibre reinforced geopolymer bridges (100 years plus maintenance free) have arrived!
Great collaboration with Rocla Australia, City of Greater Geelong, Deakin University and Inconmat.

These bridges deliver not only huge environmental benefits but also many the novel combined materials used have many superior qualities vis-à-vis cement including the avoidance of concrete cancer.

These bridges represent a vision into the future of pre-cast concrete as they do not container any OPC (cement) or steel and are designed to last over 100 years.

Geopolymer Bridges Brochure

City of Greater Geelong Construction Time Lapse Footage 

Drone Footage of GFR Bridges

Drone Footage of GFR Bridges #2

Geelong Addy 260421 ‘Bridging Gap to Greener Building’

Radio Interview with Ross George


City of Greater Geelong, Austeng Nth Geelong . Fiber Reinforced Geopolymer pedestrian bridge demonstration.Cogg’s Chris Marston , Luke Smith , Austeng , Ross George, Austeng and Aaron McGlade from Cogg on the Bridge

Austeng, along with successful consortia partners Rocla and Deakin University are the successful tenderers in the City of Greater Geelong tender for two 100 year maintenance-free pedestrian bridges in a pioneering procurement for innovation process.

The bridges are being constructed with Geopolymer material and reinforced by fibre reinforcing rods comprising a host of structural and environmental benefits thus ensuring that ‘concrete cancer’ won’t eventuate.

It is intended that once these bridges are installed they will then be rolled out nationally.

Geelong Advertiser 010719 Concrete success set to beam ’em up

Geelong Advertiser 160320 New way to beat bridge’s acid soil

Geelong Advertiser Business 130720 Austeng tests 100-year maintenance free bridge

Geelong Advertiser 130720 Tests prove bridge has been made to last

Austeng has collaborated with Capricorn Power to run successful trials to support the technical development of what is potentially the world’s most efficient heat to electricity generation system, based on a theoretically proven flow-sheet.  The “Barton Engine” turns customers waste heat into low cost electricity thereby reducing emissions.

Applications include primary energy sources from renewables (biomass, geothermal, solar-thermal), methane flare gas (waste recovery treatment, rubbish heaps) and waste heat recovery from industrial processes.

Design is currently underway for a 20kW prototype.

See Capricorn Power Brochure

Former treasurer to head energy project Geelong Advertiser 17/8

For further information contact Ross George or visit

Over the last three years we have been working with the Renewable Energy Solutions Pty. Ltd. (RESA) team to develop, refine and manufacture their innovative, efficient and virtually silent Eco Whisper Turbine (EWT 625).  This exciting new development in green energy is designed to off-set small to large energy requirements for manufacturing and industrial sites, urban development and rural sites and in revolutionising green energy.  (See attached link to presentation by Lyn George of Austeng to Geelong Manufacturing Council or link to

Background to Process

  • Initial referral from ICN
    • Reputation as innovative, flexible and multi-skilled
  • 1st Stage
    • Part of multi-disciplinary Team “brain storming” ideas.  Experts covering:-
      • Generator development and supply
      • Engineering/design/certification
      • Power inverter and grid connection
      • Manufacture
      • Foundations and engineering
      • Installation and erection
  • 2nd Stage
    • Manufacture first production prototype
  • 3rd Stage
    • Testing and certification
  • 4th Stage
    • Production of first commercial models located at Tullamarine.

Over the last 18 months we have undertaken further work with RESA on a smaller version (EWT 325) that will suit smaller rural and domestic sites.

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As a result of a competition run by the City of Melbourne promoting innovative new public artwork that responds to the sustainability of a building, ARUP Infomatics conceived “The Green Transfer” Project.

Their proposal for a sculptural, changeable programmable facade employs 560 pixels in the form of sections of recycled street signs.  The Green Project will use data from the building (located in Spencer St, West Melbourne) to communicate environmental stewardship and discourage unsustainable lifestyle choices.

The challenge for Austeng was to turn this concept into reality by creating a cost efficient, workable system comprising integrated controls and wiring panel whereby each “pixel” is controlled by a servo motor as well as multiple small assemblies  to turn each assembly “on” or “off”.  Installation and commissioning is expected in February 2014.

When commissioned the public will be able to access a website and webcam and switch pixels to create changing images/design on the display.  During working hours the display will be regulated to control light and shade on the west side of the building.

  • In conjunction with our client EDI we developed a train wash station which minimised the use of water during the wash-down process for trains.
  • This staged project developed a cost effective method of filtering and sterilising the “wash” water (taking out the containment and producing potable water) as well as storing the sterilised water.
  • Extensive research and development was necessary to firstly identify the various containments and to develop a sterilisation method to eliminate them all.
  • The resulting design involved a compact skid-mounted unit to house the technology.
  • Given the batch process extensive effort was required in the decontamination process to develop correct resonance times, flow rates, treatment times and pressures to be used.
  • The train wash water recycling project is now working well in multiple sites.
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