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Historic Brewery Restored With Help of Geopolymer

Historic Pearl Brewery in downtown San AntonioTurning a 119 year old brewhouse into a four-star boutique hotel is no easy task. For the project to be a success, the structure had to literally be raised from it’s grave.

Pearl Brewery operated from 1883 until 2001 in their downtown San Antonio, Texas location. It was once the largest brewery in Texas, and even kept afloat during the Prohibition era. Today the 22- acre Pearl site grounds has become a culinary gathering place where you can eat, live, learn, and play on the banks of the San Antonio River.

Renovating the original building would be no easy task for the developer. The building had settled approximately 5 inches.  URETEK ICR successfully used their patented URETEK Method® to lift and stabilize the foundation with geopolymer.

[Editor] Read on for the rest of the contributed article from Ty Taylor of GeoPrac.net sponsor, URETEK ICR [/Editor]

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Pond Embankment Stabilization with Geopolymer Injection

 

Geopolymer injection to sto seepage[Editor] An effluent pond in southeast Texas was suffering from years of erosion.  Recently, an escalation of subsurface water seepage through the pond’s embankment threatened the community’s main water source. URETEK used their versatile geopolymer product to inject beneath the embankment to seal off the seepage.  The project was a huge success! Read on for this contributed article from GeoPrac sponsor URETEK ICR. [/Editor] 

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One-pass trencher installs slurry wall through hard soils

The DeWind one-pass trenching machine

[Editor] The DeWind One-Pass Trenching company specializes in installing groundwater control or remedial systems underground, under the water table in a single pass. They have been in business for over 25 years and design, build, and operate these specialized one-of-a-kind machines.

In this contributed article by Lis Smith of DeWind, she describes a project to construct a soil/bentonite slurry wall around the perimeter of a site which was once a pre-World War II munitions factory. The groundwater contamination, difficult ground conditions and special project requirements were a perfect application of the DeWind One-Pass Trenching technology. Read on for more about this interesting project and technology. [/Editor]

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Solid Foundation for Grain Storage

Solid Foundation for Grain Storage

URETEK ICR was contacted regarding settlement in two identical 1.5 million bushel grain flat storage buildings.   The overall structure dimensions were 600 ft. long by 135 ft. wide with a Quonset style roof . Below the floor of the storage buildings, a tunnel with conveyance system and a series of aeration tunnels were installed to facilitate moisture control and grain transport. 

[Editor] Check out the rest of this contributed Article from Ty Taylor of URETEK ICR, a GeoPrac.net sponsor. Ty describes how the foundations were lifted and stabilized using the URETEK Method®  [/Editor]

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High Octane Solution Solves Raceway Dips

High Octane Solution Solves Raceway Dips

The modern race car being driven on the professional circuit today is an aerodynamic wonder. With mere inches of ground clearance, the car is designed to utilize airflow over the body of the car to force the tires down firmly against the pavement, maximizing traction. The objective, of course, is to safely maximize speed.

Professional race car drivers criticized Texas Motor Speedway regarding“bumps” in the 1.5-mile track between turns one and two. They said that these bumps limited them from running “multiple grooves” on the track (the “side-by-side” racing that NASCAR fans crave) and made it difficult to control cars coming out of turn one.

Texas Motor Speedway responded to this criticism immediately, engaging surveyors to shoot elevations across the track to detect any track deficiencies. It was determined that the unlevel areas were not “bumps”; to the contrary, the problem was, in fact, areas of settlement, dubbed “Dale’s Dips” by the press.

[Editor] Read on for more on this interesting project from GeoPrac sponsor URETEK ICR. [/Editor]

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Stabilizing Wind Energy

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Recently, URETEK ICR was asked to review a project involving lifting and stabilization of 10 precast transformer pads at a wind farm located in South Dakota.

The pads had settled to varying degrees with 8 of the 10 having settled 1 (±0.5) inch and requiring only stabilization and the two remaining, with settlement in excess of 3.5 inches, requiring lift and stabilization.

[Editor] Click through for more on this interesting project by GeoPrac.net sponsor, URETEK ICR! [/Editor]

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Ever get that sinkhole feeling?

Ever Get that Sinkhole Feeling?

It takes planning and good leadership to decide on an effective solution to problems associated with a building asset. Recently, a large wholesale warehouse facility in Cincinnati began to experience large sinkholes across a significant portion of their customer parking lot. Unable to determine the problem at that time, store management was forced to close a portion of the parking lot, inconveniencing their customers. This particular parking lot is unusual in that a drainage system is located directly under the parking lot, consisting of a network of pipes spanning 250 feet in length and 12” in diameter. Joint separations in the underground drainage piping had caused enough soil erosion to create sinkholes in the asphalt. Engineers were concerned that other unknown sinkholes could cave in anytime, resulting in further costly damage, and potentially posing safety hazards to customers.

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