Bluey Technology and Runway Four

The office door flew open, “John, we have a problem.”

John Sykes was the CEO of a major Australian capital city airport. He dealt with problems everyday, it was his job, but never did those problems require someone barging into his office.

“Sit down Kyle, tell me what it is.”

Kyle stood, almost hopping from foot to foot. “You know we had that rain last week.” It wasn’t a question. “And you know we had that drainage incident we thought had been fixed.” Again, not a question.

“What do you mean – thought – had been fixed?” John’s stomach suddenly felt hollow. “Which runway?” But John could tell which runway from Kyle’s agitation. “Please don’t say four.”

airport-runwayRunway four was the largest runway in the airfield. It was the only one long enough and wide enough to take airliners above 747 size. Without runway four the airport was screwed: the large passenger aircraft would have to be diverted and that meant the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars per day.

John phoned the head of maintenance, “Meet me at the touchdown point on runway four, now.”

They had a problem.

Head of maintenance shook his head, “We can clear the drain and siphon off the built up water. But the tarmac is useless.”

John walked with the head of maintenance back to his office, both of them thinking. It was 5pm now. They had no large aircraft coming until 5am the next day. Okay, no problems there. All the smaller aircraft could be diverted onto other runways. They needed that runway repaired overnight.

Again the head of maintenance shook his head. “Cement won’t set that fast, especially for the uses to which it’ll be put.”

John went back to the office, still thinking. He’d read about a company who pioneered quick drying cement technology. They, apparently, had the scientific data to show their compounds reached the required consistency much faster than normal cement.

He looked for them online.

Bluey Technology pioneered the BluGem HE80AG to do just what was needed PRS-Melb-Airport-BluCem-HE80AG-3-160x160now. To overlay a basic structure, strengthen it, and harden fast. John quickly got the information he needed and then told Bluey he’d pay what they asked (whatever it was), if they could make runway four safe and legal (in that order) by 5am tomorrow. He stressed, “I am telling you, lives are literally at stake here.”

Bluey Technology got their team together and were on the closed runway within hours of John’s call. They worked through the night. At 4:10am an engineer from the Civil Aviation and Standards Authority declared the runway fit for opening.

It was, he said, the most incredible thing he has ever seen.

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