Wavin's Q-Bic Plus infiltration Modular, easy to install, sustainable
Below ground specifier
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In the wake of flooding in Europe recently, many residential and commercial buildings were hit hard by stormwater damage. The effects of climate change on rainfall levels and frequency have forced many companies to consider long-term solutions for water infiltration and attenuation.
Our colleagues at Wavin Norway recently won a tender for a Q-Bic Plus infiltration system (launched in the UK in October 2016) at the new football stadium for Oslo's home team, Vålerenga.
How Q-Bic Plus can help manage stormwater?
The Wavin Q-Bic system at the new Vålerenga football stadium will be the largest Wavin has installed in Norway and the first stage will be located at approximately 1200qbm, positioned just outside the stadium and under the square.
Just to put things in perspective, a total of 2352 Wavin Q-Bic Plus units will be built in three floors and the system will be 16.8m wide, 33.6m long and 1.8m high.
This system will allow for all the stormwater from the rooftop areas of the stadium – from the football field and from the parking area – to be collected and brought down through the plastic piping system. The Q-Bic Plus system is modular and easy to install and has integrated connectors that make the use of clips and pins to stack and connect the units a thing of the past.
In such a densely populated area like this, the Q-Bic Plus is the right choice and we quickly realised that the system would be easy for our construction crew to handle. Arne Gustav Hageland | Project Manager, Marthinsen & Duvholt
Installation of Q-Bic Plus reduces time and risk
Another thing to consider is that the workers’ risk of injury is significantly reduced because they don’t have to install 2-meter long concrete pipes; in just one hour, 336 units were assembled by only five men and the estimated time to install the system on this huge facility will be just 33 hours.
In just one hour, 336 Q-Bic Plus units were assembled by five men
Modular, easy to install and sustainable
One of the key features of -Q-Bic Plus is that it is easily inspectable by a robot camera. From only one inspection opening, the robot can travel through the entire facility in every direction.
Additionally, the Q-Bic Plus maintains the groundwater level in the area. Laying down a grade 3 fiber cloth at the bottom ensures that a portion of the water is filtered and pulled to the soil. By contrast, concrete pipes use surface water led into the public sewer system and no water ports to the ground, which can cause serious damage to buildings nearby.
Watch the short video below to find out more about how Q-Bic Plus works.