What are Dan & Our Technical Team Doing?

Category: Staff, Sureset Blog

Posted 7th March 2016 by Ben Shave


Dan is part of our Technical Team and responsible for special resin bound projects.

Dan spends most of his time in a ‘shed’ – a shed that many people could only dream of owning! In his shed Dan works on our special projects which means that nearly every day is different from the day before.

Because what Dan is doing is usually very interesting, we thought we would share it with you in a new Blog called ‘What’s Dan doing?’

Unfortunately we won’t be able to share all of Dan’s special resin bound projects with you because they are product development trials… Some will be ‘works in progress’ and you will have to use your imagination!

But we will share as much as we can and we hope you enjoy finding out what Dan is doing

One special project was coloured squares that Dan created from our range of recycled glass Spectrum®.  

We had a phone call from someone looking for coloured glass to make into a tactile feature for their daughter who has autism. We decided to help by creating the squares ourselves using Traffic Red, Emerald Green, Sky Blue, Candy Pink and Ultraviolet.

Another project was for Ecobuild where our new exhibition stand will makes its debut appearance. If you are going to Ecobuild stop by and see what Dan’s been doing!

But it’s not all exciting projects for Dan – he also has to ‘muck in’ with the cleaning!

June 2016

Since our last “What’s Dan doing?” Blog this is what he’s been working on…

Supporting UEFA EURO 2016

Dan has been preparing for UEFA EURO – not by stocking up the fridge with beer and investing in a 42 inch curved screen TV– but by creating samples representing flags of all countries involved.

We will be running a sweepstake and staff will received the flag sample for the team they have chosen.

Of course the England flag was an extra special creation.

Been to the beach

Dan had to leave his shed for a couple of days and go to Cheltenham to install a 65m² beach theme.

This was created using Almond Marble for the sand and 13 different colour blends of Spectrum Recycled Glass for the sea.

SureSet is ideal for creative paving installations because it is so versatile, we can create bespoke colour blends and the skill of our Installers.

Hand trowel or power trowel?

We currently use both methods for laying our resin bound paving.

Dan has been researching and documenting the difference between laying SureSet by hand and power trowel.

 Slip testing

To provide the necessary Slip Resistant Value (SRV) data to planners, clients, and any other stakeholders to ensure that our product meets HSE guidelines and planning criteria, all our surfaces are tested to BS 7976-2:2002.

Resin bound paving compares favourably, and in most cases outperforms, other surfaces such as paving slabs, block paving etc. All of our products achieve a Pendulum Test Value (PTV) greater than 36 in both wet and dry conditions putting it in to the low slip potential category published by the UK Slip Resistance Group (UKSRG).

At the moment we contract out slip testing to a specialist but we are planning to bring this in-house. As part of the process Dan has been slip testing some freshly laid surfaces.

Right now Dan is now taking a well-deserved break and spending some quality time with his family.  

April 2016

Responsible for special resin bound projects, Dan is part of our Technical Team and spends most of his time in a ‘shed’ – a shed that many people could only dream of owning!

In his shed Dan works on our special projects which means that nearly every day is different from the day before. This month Dan is working on a few projects – one of which involves travelling overseas.

We can’t tell you where it is just yet. But see if you can guess where it is from these clues…

  • It’s the second largest city in France
  • It’s two hours away from either skiing or swimming
  • It’s home to 22 of the best restaurants in France (Michelin Guide)
  • It’s recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

If you think you know where it is why not tweet us your answer @SureSetUK.  

Look out for the case study on this exciting project!  

Another project for Dan is researching and trialling an alternative improved way to scatter Grit Cast onto the SureSet when it has been laid. A fine layer of Grit Cast is sprinkled evenly over the surface before it dries to improve the slip resistance.

While the method we currently use is perfectly adequate, we believe there is always room for improvement and do this by taking into account comments from our customers and feedback from our Installation Team.

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