Posh Dallas Parking Center Saves Millions with TerraThane Geotechnical Polyurethane Foam by NCFI

Underground parking garage in 'Uptown' area of Dallas that needed TerraThane polyurethane foam

MOUNT AIRY, NC—In-ground parking garages in Dallas, TX experience the same thing: erosion of the soil beneath them, and silt infiltration that overwhelms and clogs the drainage system, thus causing more and worse erosion. The keys are catching it early enough, and choosing the right solution to keep it from happening again.

The three-story, in-ground parking garage at McKinney Ave. and Worthington St., the main thoroughfare of the Dallas’ “Uptown” area and home to some of the poshest apartments, business addresses, shopping, hotels, restaurants and bars, had silt and water infiltration, so the owners called in Edens Structural Solutions, Bixby, OK, with 30 years experience of structural lifting and repair. David Edens, company president, says they studied the problem and decided on geotechnical polyurethane foam. “Our solution was to use void-filling TerraThane geotech foam. It’s simple to apply, expands and cures in place, and is an excellent water and air barrier,” says Edens.

They drilled a shaft down along the piers and soldier piles and lagging, to survey the problem and found the water had gone through the block wall and carved out what appeared to be a five-foot cavity. Soldier piles and lagging is an earth retention technique that retains soil using vertical steel H-shaped piles usually spaced between three and ten feet apart with horizontal timber sheeting called lagging.

“We chose NCFI’s TerraThane foam, but we first had to do some geometry to figure out how much to use. We didn’t quite know the full size of the cavity, even after using a boroscope and ground-penetrating radar, but we knew it ran at a right angle, so we used the Pythagorean Theorum to find the length of the hypotenuse and that told us the size. We ran a 3/8 vinyl tube behind the block and dropped in the TerraThane polyurethane foam.”

Edens explains, “TerraThane gives us four products in one. It fills It fills in large and small voids running both vertical and horizontal in the cavity, serves as water and air barrier so it will impede future water and silt infiltration, it’s amazingly strong, and it’s light, so it won’t add any weight to the block wall. It was ideal for this project. We were in and out in two months without minimal disruption of the parking. The alternative would have been to shut the entire structure down for a year-and-a-half as they removed the entire block wall, dug out the lagging, installing 26 gauge panels, then backfilled the cavity with gravel. That might have cost upwards of $2 million or more, plus loss of parking revenue. TerraThane saved this one and the owners have asked us back for more work.”

Edens says his company has been using NCFI products for years. “We also use their concrete lifting foam, and their trench-breaker foam. We trust the products and we trust the company. We like that they’re a US company with over 40 years experience, so they know their products and they know how to apply them. They are one of the only major companies out there to send their engineers and tech people to our job sites. We’re doing a big job in Austin, and they sent two guys down to make sure they sold us the right product and to make sure the application process we chose was ‘best practice’. That little extra makes a huge difference to my bottom line.”


For more information or to arrange an interview on this subject contact Dale McGlothlin, (202) 341-8615

About NCFI

NCFI, headquartered in Mt. Airy, NC since 1964, manufactures polyurethane foam chemical systems for spray foam-in-place insulation (SPF), geotechnical, roofing, marine floatation, packaging, specialty molding, and many other uses. The company also offers a complete line of flexible foams for furniture seating, transportation seating, bedding, carpet underlay, and packaging. NCFI also has manufacturing plants in Hickory, N.C., Dalton, GA., and Salt Lake City, UT. To learn more about NCFI please visit www.NCFI.com.

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Barry J. Meyer, P.E. joins Dan Brown and Associates

Barry J. Meyer joins Dan Brown and AssociatesDan Brown and Associates, PC, is pleased to announce that Barry J. Meyer, P.E., has joined the firm as a Senior Principal. Mr. Meyer is a recognized expert in the design and construction of deep foundations. His over 30 years of geotechnical engineering experience includes time at McClelland Engineers in Houston where he designed large diameter high capacity driven piles for major offshore structures and developed subsea geotechnical instrumentation. Mr. Meyer applied that knowledge at Marathon Oil Company where he was part of the team that installed the Steelhead oil production platform in Cook Inlet, Alaska. This challenging project required the installation of driven and drilled pipe piles into dense glacial till.

After his time in Texas, Mr. Meyer served in various engineering roles at Leighton and Associates and at Law Engineering in California, before joining HDR in their Tampa, Florida office. During this time, his drilled shaft experience includes the H-3 Windward Viaduct on Oahu, Hawaii where drilled shafts were used for the first time to support a major bridge structure and are now the foundation of choice in Hawaii. Mr. Meyer was also innovative in the use of the Osterberg O-Cell as part of the repair of the Los Angeles Coliseum after the devastating Northridge earthquake.

Mr. Meyer has worked on numerous international projects in a variety of capacities including the Confederate Bridge connecting New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island over the ice filled Northumberland Straits; the 55 km elevated Bang Na Expressway Project in Bangkok, Thailand; and the Puente de la Unidad cable-stayed bridge over the Santa Catarina River, Monterey, Mexico. He also has considerable seismic engineering experience, and has designed and constructed flood protection levee systems and water storage reservoirs.

Mr. Meyer will be based in the Tampa, Florida area. He can be reached by e-mail at . For more information on Dan Brown and Associates, visit our blog at http://danbrownandassociates.com.

Peter Keeton Joins the Keynetix KeyLAB Team

Peter Keeton

Keynetix are pleased to announce that as a result of the recent success of the KeyLAB program, Peter Keeton has joined Keynetix to further strengthen the KeyLAB team. Peter has over 40 years of experience working in and managing geotechnical laboratories for Soil Mechanics and has been an influential member of the CEN European standards working group on geotechnical testing.

“We are delighted to have such a prominent member of the geotechnical testing fraternity join the team.” said Keynetix Managing Director, Dr Roger Chandler “It is a sign of the strength of the KeyLAB product that Peter has chosen to come and work with us and we look forward to his expertise helping customers get even more benefits from the product.”

Peter was one of the original beta partners for KeyLAB when it was initially developed in 2002 and has been a user and implementer of the system ever since. Peter has already started work on revamping the ASTM and BS input sheets and reports which Keynetix will make available free of charge to all KeyLAB customers with a valid maintenance agreement in the next few weeks via the Keynetix Knowledgebase. Peter will also be available to assist companies with their KeyLAB implementations.

Peter sums up his passion for KeyLAB perfectly “Working with KeyLAB and the European standards were the two recent highlights in my previous position. So being able to work entirely on assisting people implement KeyLAB in laboratories around the world is a great opportunity for me and one that I am very excited about. KeyLAB 2 is such a powerful upgrade to the original system that I can easily see it becoming the standard Laboratory management system for geotechnical and construction laboratories around the world.”

KeyLAB Customers who would like Peter Keeton to assist them with their implementations should contact Roger Chandler at the number below. Laboratory managers who would like to know more about KeyLAB can visit the KeyLAB webpages at  www.keynetix.com/keylab or contact Keynetix on the numbers below.

Contact Info

For all media information, please contact:
Hayley Maher

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For Technical and sales information, please contact:
Dr Roger Chandler

+44 (0) 1527 68888

About Keynetix and KeyLAB

KeyLAB is the leading laboratory management system built specifically for geotechnical and construction testing laboratories. Its clever integration with Microsoft Excel allows laboratories to easily customise worksheets and reports whilst staying in complete control of their laboratory.

Since its introduction in 2002, KeyLAB 1 became the most widely used geotechnical laboratory management system in the UK. Over the last 3 years the system has been completely rewritten and KeyLAB 2 is now being marketed worldwide by Keynetix and our agents.

Keynetix Ltd is a software developer for the geotechnical and environmental industries. Our product range focuses on solutions for Geotechnical and Environmental data and covers all stages of the data management and workflow process. We now provide these solutions to over 20 countries.

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SuperGIS Desktop 3.1a Beta 3 Now Available

The newest version of desktop GIS mapping software, SuperGIS Desktop 3.1a Beta 3 developed by SuperGeo, is available now.

Featuring plentiful GIS tools and user-friendly manipulation environment, SuperGIS Desktop 3.1a allows GIS experts to display, edit, manage, query, and analyze diverse spatial data effectively.

The newest SuperGIS Desktop 3.1a enhances the manipulation of attribute table and map query, which enables you to easily navigate maps and export them to diverse formats. The whole new Graph add-on provided by SuperGIS Desktop 3.1a improves the interaction between the graph and the map selection.

Furthermore, SuperGIS Desktop 3.1a increases raster statistic file and raster pyramids to improve the efficiency of GIS operations and image processing and display. The SuperGIS Desktop 3.1a will be released officially in Q4 2012.

For more product information about SuperGIS Desktop 3.1, please visit http://www.supergeotek.com/productpage_SG3.aspx

The free trial is available at http://www.supergeotek.com/download_6.aspx


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About SuperGeo

SuperGeo Technologies Inc. is a leading global provider of GIS software and solutions. Since the establishment, SuperGeo has been dedicated to providing state-of-the-art geospatial technologies and comprehensive services for customers around the world. It is our vision to help users utilize geospatial technologies to create a better world.

SuperGeo software and applications have been spread over the world to be the backbone of the world’s mapping and spatial analysis. SuperGeo is the professional GIS vendor, providing GIS-related users with complete GIS solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms.


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SuperGeo Technologies Inc.
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Tensar Corporation’s Geopier Foundation Company Subsidiary Acquires Slope Reinforcement Technology


ATLANTA-August 22, 2012- Tensar Corporation’s Geopier Foundation Company subsidiary (“Geopier”), a leader in ground improvement solutions, today announced its acquisition of Slope Reinforcement Technology, LLC (“SRT”).

The acquisition allows Geopier to offer slope stabilization solutions while boosting SRT’s market reach. Geopier has historically focused on providing vertical ground reinforcement in support of foundations and their structures. SRT has concentrated on slopes that have failed or are potentially unstable.


“SRT is an ideal fit for us because of the complementary solutions each company offers,” said Kord J. Wissmann, PhD, president of Geopier. “We will leverage our marketing, sales and engineering strengths with SRT’s in-depth knowledge of slope repair technologies to create a powerful and complete solution for our clients and customers.”

The partnership supplements Geopier’s industry leading portfolio, which includes the efficient and cost effective Rammed Aggregate Pier® (RAP) Systems. These systems are effective replacements for massive over-excavation and replacement or deep foundations, including driven piles, drilled shafts or augered cast-in-place piles.

The acquisition also gives customers easier access to the SRT solution through Geopier’s broad network of installers.

SRT offers the patented Platepileä method for slope reinforcement and repair, which provides slope stabilization using an array of steel or aluminum elements driven into the slope in a staggered array of uniformly spaced rows.

“SRT has developed compelling technical solutions in an underserved market,” Wissmann said.  “It is their drive to find innovative solutions and their customer-centric culture that makes this marriage a perfect match.”

Geopier Foundation Company provides cost-effective engineered solutions for ground improvement in virtually all soil types and ground water conditions for foundation support of commercial, industrial, residential, and transportation-related structures. These solutions save time and money.

Geopier Foundation Company is a subsidiary of Tensar Corporation; a full-service provider of specialty products and engineering services that offer innovative and economical alternatives to traditional construction methods.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Tensar Corporation provides solutions based on advanced soil reinforcement technologies and incorporate proprietary, engineered applications for commercial, industrial, municipal, residential and transportation infrastructure site development, offering innovative and cost-effective alternatives to traditional construction methods. The company specializes in solutions for common site development challenges, including grade changes requiring retaining walls and poor soil conditions affecting the cost of roadways, parking lots and building structures. Patented, polymeric Tensar® Geogrids and Geopier® foundation reinforcements are the primary components of the company’s systems, offering reliable strength and durability. Contracted services include site evaluation, conceptual engineering, design, value engineering and site assistance. For more information, visit http://www.tensarcorp.com.

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Layne Christensen Company to Celebrate 130 Year Anniversary by Ringing The NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell

MISSION WOODS, Kan., Aug. 23, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Layne Christensen Company (Nasdaq:LAYN) ("Layne" or the "Company") announced today that Chief Executive Officer Rene Robichaud will commemorate Layne’s 130th anniversary by ringing the Opening Bell at The NASDAQ Stock Market on Thursday, August 30, 2012. Mr. Robichaud will be joined by members of Layne’s executive team and Board of Directors.

Mr. Robichaud commented, "Our NASDAQ listing has been an important part of Layne’s growth, and we are honored to ring the Opening Bell. Since our founding in 1882 as a regional water resource provider, Layne has grown and evolved into a global water management, construction, and drilling company. As we move ahead under our One Layne operating philosophy, we will continue to invent, propose, and deliver responsible solutions to the world’s water, mineral and energy challenges."   

In addition to being broadcast on national business television at 9:30 a.m. ET, the bell-ringing ceremony will be webcast live on NASDAQ’s website and on the NASDAQ MarketSite® Tower in New York City’s Times Square. Interested parties can go to www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx beginning at 9:20 a.m. ET to view the closing ceremony. Viewers must have Windows Media Player to view the web cam.

Layne Christensen Company

Layne is a global solutions provider to the world of essential natural resources — water, mineral and energy. We offer innovative, sustainable products and services with an enduring commitment to safety, excellence, and integrity.

Datgel’s CPT Tool 3 places advanced reporting capabilities directly in the hands of geotechnical engineers

Sydney, Australia – 21 August, 2012 – Datgel today announces the launch of CPT Tool 3 gINT add-on, the third-generation of its category-defining CPT reporting tool which places advanced reporting and analysis capabilities directly in the hands of geotechnical engineers with an array of formula configurations and report generation options unmatched in cone penetration testing.

CPT 3 is the most flexible CPT software available and ensures geotechnical engineers can have custom reporting with rich-data visualisation in any situation, adapting reporting output quickly and cost-effectively as user-requirements change to meet new conditions across locations and projects.

“In developing CPT Tool 3, our focus has been on automation and user control,” says Datgel Managing Director Phil Wade.

“Version 3 gives geotechnical engineers faster access to the exact information they need to be effective, defining their own calculations and report parameters by leveraging peerless formula-creation tools in CPT Tool 3 to write formulas for gINT without having to develop lines of complex VBA code.”

User-definable features include a library of more than 300 customisable log, graph and fence reports that can be modified to capture unique requirements on the day. The ability to create and store a repository of user-defined calculations and reports within the system can be utilized to create a dynamic workflow over time for highly efficient CPT data processing.

CPT Tool 3 sets a new level of productivity in report generation according to Wade.

“Reporting is streamlined with multithread calculations, dissipation tests, derived parameters, six soil behaviour type (SBT) interpretation methods and more than 100 preconfigured correlations including liquefaction that all take the burden of creating complex calculations off the end-user.”

Client feedback from version 2 has been taken into account including requests for English units, liquefaction and pile analysis.

“It’s important that geotechnical engineers focus their highly specialized skills on analysis and interpretation,” says Wade. “CPT Tool 3 takes clients beyond having to wrestle with 100’s of Excel spreadsheets while delivering superior presentation of the essential and critical data they need. Reporting capabilities include being able to compare borehole logs, lab results and CPT data in the same gINT database – unheard of until now.”

CPT Tool 3 is built for speed and ensuring data integrity. High-volume data processing is catered for with secure, centralized data storage that facilitates robust data retrieval and analysis and a single point of control for sharing across disparate geographical sites. CPT Tool 3 also encourages the re-use of stored data, whether for benchmarking, extended testing or comparison with other data sets and re-interpretation – in short, treating data as an asset.

About Datgel

Datgel are experts in gINT with a 7-year track record for delivering high-quality, gINT-based solutions worldwide on small and large-scale projects. We offer gINT Training, gINT report and database development, gINT Rules (the gINT API) application development for lab / in situ testing, and software development in Microsoft .NET.

Contact Information

Phil Wade, Managing Director, Datgel
+61 2 8202 8600


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New Subsea Robotic Geotechnical Site Investigation Company Formed

Gregg Seafloor Drill System

Houston, Texas – June 29, 2012. Fugro Offshore Geotechnics, specialists in marine site investigation and geo-consulting, and Gregg Marine, Inc., specialists in subsea robotic drilling and geotechnical testing services, announced today the successful formation of a new Joint Venture company: Seafloor Geotec, LLC (SGL). SGL will be headquartered in Moss Landing, CA, but operate globally through member companies and affiliates.

SGL will combine the extensive offshore drilling and testing expertise of both parent companies with the highly versatile and powerful set of robotic seabed site investigations systems developed by Gregg Marine to provide an enhanced seabed-based drilling, PCPT and soil testing capability to 3,000m water depth.

In addition to the existing Gregg Seafloor Drill System, which has recently completed ground investigation projects in deepwater offshore Australia, the company will own and operate several seabed PCPT systems and portable drilling rigs. The company plans an aggressive equipment build program, having executed a contract for immediate production of Seafloor Drill System #2, which will include several enhancements and upgrades to the first system. General specification of Drill #2 includes: depth rating of 4,000msw, core pipe up to PQ size, real-time wireline logging and PCPT testing, piston coring, and drilling capability up to 150m under the seabed. It should be a compelling option for oil and gas companies, mineral and mining companies and the scientific community.

Tim Boyd, Managing Director of Seafloor Geotec, LLC: “We’re bringing together the best of the best in order to take robotic geotechnical site investigation capabilities to the next level. It is an exciting time for our industry, and Seafloor Geotec will be working closely with our parent companies and clients to bring another option to the table in offshore and deepwater geotechnical services”.


Fugro’s mission is to be the world’s leading service provider for the collection and interpretation of data relating to the Earth’s surface and sub-surface and for associated services and advice in support of infrastructure development on land, along the coast and on the seabed. Fugro’s activities are carried out across the world, onshore, offshore and from the air. http://www.fugro.com

About Gregg Marine, Inc.

Since 1985, Gregg Drilling & Testing, Inc. has been a leader and innovator in drilling, sampling, and subsurface investigation, providing clients in industry and government with high quality services. Gregg Marine, Inc. was formed from the existing marine division of the company, to focus specifically on meeting the increasing demand for quality offshore drilling and sampling services. Gregg Marine is headquartered in Moss Landing, California U.S.A., and with regional offices in Martinez, California, East Palo Alto, California, and Livingston, Texas. http://www.greggdrilling.com

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Tensar’s HDPE Geogrids Complete NTPEP Audit

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Aug. 13, 2012 – Tensar International today announced its high-density polyethylene (HDPE) Uniaxial (UX) Geogrid product line successfully completed the National Transportation Product Evaluation Program (NTPEP) on-site audit.

As the on-site audit was added just last year to the program, Tensar’s UX Geogrids are the first HDPE Geogrids to pass the rigorous evaluation.

“We are committed to providing quality products to our clients,” said Willie Liew, Application Technology Manager at Tensar International. “We have been proactive in the process by starting the NTPEP audit a year before our current report expires in 2013, and are proud to have our manufacturing process and quality control system successfully complete the audit.

The NTPEP audit assesses the long-term design strength of geosynthetic reinforcement products and provides performance test results as well as index test results. The evaluation includes a desktop review of the facility’s quality manual and an on-site review of the facility’s processes and quality management system documentation.

More state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) are utilizing the NTPEP for product qualification because the program is highly recommended in the current Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) wall/slope design guidelines.

“Having the geogrid evaluated through an independent party and through the high standards of the NTPEP provides credibility to our UX Geogrid product line and provides the reliability the state DOTs can count on,” Liew said. 

The NTPEP audit is a program under the sponsorship of AASHTO and was developed by industry members and state DOT members to provide a uniform program, which allows for all manufacturers and private label suppliers to be held to a consistent standard internationally. The audit improves quality assurance and proves to the states which manufacturers have satisfactory quality control.

Tensar’s UX Geogrids are manufactured using select grades of HDPE resins that resist elongation (creep) when subjected to high loads for long periods of time. They carry large tensile loads applied in one direction (along the roll), and their open aperture structure interlocks with natural fill materials. UX Geogrids are used in Tensar’s retaining wall and slope stabilization applications.

With the on-site audit complete, Tensar is currently in the process of finishing the remainder of the evaluation program. The expected completion date of the evaluation is summer of 2013.

About Tensar International

Headquartered in Atlanta, Tensar International is a full-service provider of specialty products and engineering services that offer innovative and cost-effective alternatives to traditional construction methods. Tensar solutions are based on advanced soil reinforcement technologies and incorporate proprietary, engineered applications for commercial, industrial, municipal, residential and transportation infrastructure site development. The company specializes in solutions for common site development challenges, including grade changes requiring retaining walls and poor soil conditions affecting the cost of roadways, parking lots and building structures. Patented, polymeric Tensar Geogrids are the primary component of the company’s systems, offering reliable strength and durability. Contracted services include site evaluation, conceptual engineering, design, value engineering and installation advice. For more information, visit http://www.tensarcorp.com .

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Dataforensics in development phase of the next version of PLog for iOS/Android/Windows 8

Norcross, Georgia, June 2012 – Dataforensics, developer of PLog for geotechnical and geoenvironmental data collection, announces that it will be migrating the popular data collection tool to run on iOS, Android and Microsoft Windows 8 operating systems giving users the flexibility of hardware.

The evolution of PLog will allows users a nearly unlimited number of hardware options for field data collection, furthering the digital data collection model that Dataforensics has been a proponent of from the inception of the company.

The next iteration of PLog will greatly enhance usability by allowing users to leverage new hardware options with increased screen size, faster processors, greater storage capacity and faster real time data sharing with the availability of cellular network as well as WIFI connections.

Specific new PLog features will includes:

  • More customizable user interface. Customize which data collection parameters are shown in each module and in what order the items are shown
  • Graphical Log Preview. The ability to view a standardized borehole log in graphical format as data is entered has been a common request from our users.  That dream is now a reality as you will be able to view the log graphically on the data collection device so you can better visualize the investigation as it is proceeding.
  • Real?time data availability. The ability to send the data and/or the standardized log report electronically directly from the field makes sharing data with your colleagues a simple process enabling better communication between field and office staff.
  • A simpler, direct data export to gINT. Users will no longer be required to synchronize their handheld/tablet with their PC before working with their data in gINT. PLog will directly export field data to gINT, eliminating confusion for the user and simplifying installation and IT resources necessary to run the system.  
  • More streamlined navigation. No more tapping between screens to input a specific type of data – now all data can be accessed for a particular module on one screen.

"The next version of PLog will be the next major milestone in the effort to move the geotechnical and geoenvironmental industry towards digital technology. PLog v7 will streamline the data collection process even further and create even greater efficiencies in the process. We can’t wait for users to experience the new version of PLog" said Scott Deaton, President of Dataforensics.


The next version of PLog is currently under development and will be in beta in Q4 2012. PLog will be a low cost software download from iTunes, Android and Windows Marketplace.  

Dataforensics is a leader in developing and deploying geotechnical and geoenvironmental software applications which help geologists, geotechnical and environmental engineers, and engineering technicians accomplish field and office work in less time, with more accuracy and with higher qualitydata. Dataforensics leads the digital data collection effort in geotechnical/geoenvironmental investigations and will further push the industry with PLog for iOS/Android/Windows 8.

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