Underwater aquarium’s are some of the most craved and attended attractions the world over. From dolphin’s flipping about in the air, to a large Orca splashing the excited crowd, seemingly in appreciation for their attendence, people flock to the spectacle. However, there is plenty of work that goes into a venue of this nature to ensure its viability both for the safety of the patrons, but also the safety of the sealife therein.
In a tidal area of the Yarra River, the city of Melbourne required a deep excavation for the construction of an Underwater World Aquarium attraction. As can be imagined, the hydrostatic pressure from the ocean’s flow was of great concern to the viability of the project. A waterproofing product that could withstand such head pressure was needed to permanently waterproof the facility, as well as make sure that the venue could remain open and avoid costly repairs along the way.
Kryton’s Krystol Internal Membrane (KIM) was the sole waterproofing admixture chosen as the waterproofing solution for the huge seawall that was holding back the mighty ocean. KIM is the only Permeability Resistant Admixture for Hydrostatic Conditions (PRAH) on the market, as defined by the leading expert authority in the concrete industry, the American Concrete Institute (ACI). Moreover, KIM has been sujected to more independent testing than any other concrete waterproofing solution available. All told, KIM was the best option for the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.
As of writing, the aquarium is working to required specifications with spectators enjoying the show without any interruptions due to leaks or cracks in the concrete.