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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

THE BUBBLEDECK PRINCIPAL

  1. Who is the founder of the BubbleDeck® system? Professor Jorgen Breuning.

  2. How long has BubbleDeck® system been in the market? Since 1996.

  3. Where was BubbleDeck® system originally from? Denmark.

  4. Where is BubbleDeck International principal office location? Rösevangen 8, DK 3520 Farum.

  5. Which countries has BubbleDeck® system landed?  More than 40 countries around the world

  6. Which country has the most BubbleDeck® projects up to to-date? The Netherlands and Australia.

  7. Where is the tallest BubbleDeck® project? How tall? Italy. 209-meter height.

  8. How to contact BubbleDeck International? Email: info@BubbleDeck.com; Web: www.BubbleDeck.com

  9. What does BubbleDeck International do?

  • Combining international activities

  • Supervising the technical support/education

  • General quality supervision

  • Carrying out specialised tasks/projects

  • Developing new techniques

  • Developing new markets

THE PRODUCT -  BUBBLEDECK SYSTEM

  1. What is "BubbleDeck"? The BubbleDeck® Technology is a revolutionary construction method by eliminating concrete from the neutral axis of a floor slab that is structurally not performing, as a result dramatically reducing in Dead Weight. The BubbleDeck® System is based upon patented integration technique - the direct way of linking air and steel. Void formers inside the flat slab eliminate at least 30% of a slab’s dead weight. Incorporation of recycled plastic bubbles as void formers allows wider space between columns. Combination of this with a flat slab construction approach spanning in two directions - the slab is connected directly to in-situ concrete columns without any beams - produces a wide range of cost and construction benefits. For more information, please see Advantages.

  2. How does the BubbleDeck® system work? The BubbleDeck® system is based upon the patented integration technique - the direct way of linking air and steel. By adapting the geometry of the ball and the mesh, optimized concrete construction is obtained, with the simultaneous maximum utility of both moment and shear zones. The construction literally creates itself as a result of the geometry of two well-known components: Reinforcement and hollow plastic balls. When the top and bottom reinforcement are linked in the usual way, a geometrical and statically stable BubbleDeck unit evolves. The reinforcement catches, distributes and locks the balls in an exact position, while the balls shape the air volume, control the level of the reinforcement, and at the same time stabilize the spatial lattice. When the steel lattice unit is concrete, a “monolithic” biaxial hollow slab is obtained. 

  3. What are the major materials for the BubbleDeck® system? Concrete, Wire Mesh, Steel Bar, Plastic Bar,  Girders.

  4. What are the Advantages of the BubbleDeck® system? please refer to ADVANTAGES.

  5. Is there any warranty on the BubbleDeck® system? Yes.  

  6. What does a BubbleDeck Warranty cover? Product Warranty and Design Warranty.

  7. Is a BubbleDeck® slab fireproof/resistant? Yes, it’s tested and certified. For more information, please refer to CERTIFICATIONS.

  8. Is a BubbleDeck® slab soundproof/resistant? Yes.

  9. Is a BubbleDeck® slab earthquake-proof / resistant? Yes, the seismic design can be incorporated upon request.

  10. Is a BubbleDeck® slab waterproof/resistant? Yes, it behaves the same as a conventional concrete structure.

  11. Is a BubbleDeck® slab a structural element? Yes.

  12. Is a slab required with Professional Engineer’s endorsement? Yes.

  13. Is the BubbleDeck® slab system endorsed by Professional Engineer? Yes.

  14. What is the thickness of a BubbleDeck® slab? Range from 240 mm to 600 mm.

  15. Can the BubbleDeck® slab float in the water? Only as part of a larger construction

  16.  Is a BubbleDeck® slab as strong as the conventional system? Yes, the strength is equivalent or higher compared to the conventional system. On the contrary, a BubbleDeck slab has higher loading capacity than a solid slab of same height.

  17. Does other structural elements i.e. column and beam also has Bubbles inside? No

  18. What is the function of the bubble? The function of the Bubble is to replace the concrete that does not perform any structural function.

  19. What is the material used for the bubbles? The Bubbles are made of recycled plastic.

  20. Does the bubbles colour mean anything? No.

  21. Are the bubbles manufactured locally? Yes.

  22. What structural impact would that be if the bubble is damaged before construction? Usually, it doesn’t contribute any structural impact; it depends on the number of damaged Bubbles.

  23. Can the bubbles be sold separately?  Balls can only be implemented as part of a prefabricated unit checked by the BD Group. 

  24. Is the BubbleDeck® slab system suitable for landed housing? Yes.

  25. Can tower crane be tied back to the BubbleDeck® slab? Yes.

  26. Is BubbleDeck slab system IBS certified? Yes.

  27. Does the BubbleDeck® slab system contribute to IBS score? Yes.

THE PRODUCT - DESIGN & TECHNICAL

  1. What is the Code of Practice for BubbleDeck® slab system? EN13747

  2. What is the weight of 1 piece of a BubbleDeck® panel? Approximately 2 ton to 5 ton, depending on the design.

  3. Can the BubbleDeck® slab system be designed for transfer floor? Not effectively alone.

  4. Can there be any construction joints in BubbleDeck® slab system? Yes.

  5. Is BubbleDeck® slab system allowed for seismic design? The BubbleDeck slab system can be designed according to the requirement by the client.

  6. Can an opening be allowed at BubbleDeck® slab system after construction? Yes, confirmation must be obtained from BubbleDeck Group

  7. Can drops be allowed at BubbleDeck® slab system? Yes, but in general not needed.

THE PRODUCT - LOGISTIC & SITE OPERATION

  1. How to transport BubbleDeck® panels or modules to the site? By trailer.

  2. How to load and unload BubbleDeck® panels or modules? By tower crane or mobile crane.

  3. What is the floor cycle for an area of 700-1500m² of BubbleDeck® slab system? 6 days cycle per floor, with a team of 6 workers.

  4. How many days can the scaffolding allow to be dismantled for BubbleDeck® slab system? Upon the concrete achieved the characteristic design strength.

  5. Who is launching and installing the BubbleDeck® slab system ? Upon the client’s request and as per the agreed terms of sales.

  6. Is site supervision provided by the BubbleDeck Group? Upon the client’s request and as per the agreed terms of sales.

  7. Is the concrete topping work to be covered by the BubbleDeck Group after the BubbleDeck® slab system has been installed at the site? Under normal circumstances, no.

THE PRODUCT - PRODUCTION & QA/QC

  1. Is the production/manufacturing process of the BubbleDeck® slab system certified with any QMS? Yes, it is certified with Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015.

  2. How is it ensured the concrete is up to the required standard? Internal – Cube Test on 7 days, 14 days, 28 days. External – Cube Test by 3rd party laboratory service provider.

  3. How does BubbleDeck Construction Sdn Bhd ensure the steel component is up to the required standard? 3rd party testing is carried out on every batch of steel received.

  4. What is the standard lead time required for the first delivery? 6 to 8 weeks from the date of receipt of Letter of Award and the down payment.