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Polyurethane Used in Marcellus Shale Region Pipeline PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 03 November 2011 00:11

Pipeline Contractor Uses Advanced Technology Product in Challenging Marcellus Shale Region: Saves Money, Reduces Labor Costs and Erosion, and Protects Pipeline

MOUNT AIRY, NC—As the largest consumers of world energy, the U.S. is counting on natural gas to play a greater role in our energy mix. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts U.S. demand to increase 14 percent from 2008 to 2035 with heavy growth in the industrial and utility sectors, which means infrastructure for extracting, transporting, and storing gas is increasingly vital.

Companies like Canada’s Talisman Energy and it’s U.S. partners, are racing to build that infrastructure by putting down and protecting essential pipeline in rough, rural areas like the Marcellus Shale region of northeastern PA where severe climates can be challenging and requires new technologies like TerraThane polyurethane foam systems.

[Editor] Click through for the rest of this press release from NCFI [/Editor]

Tensar Corporation Makes Major Investment to Increase Geogrid Production Capacity PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 20 October 2011 13:00
Tensar Corporation, makers of Triax geogrids and other geosynthetic products

Tensar Corporation will be making a significant investment in their Morrow, Georgia production facility where they manufacture geogrids such as their Triax line. The improvements will come online in 2012 and increase production capacity by 30%. Their Georgia plant services the U.S. demand for their product, with their U.K. and China plants servicing the rest of the globe. They indicate that they plan to have a similar production increase in their China plant, coming online in 2013. [Source: Image: Tensar via Geosynthetica]

Tensar Wins Patent Cases Against Chinese Infringers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 10 October 2011 23:51

Tensar TriAx Geogrid

International ground stabilization specialist, Tensar, has successfully defended its TriAx product range against several Chinese patent infringements.

The TriAx geogrid – patented in many countries around the world by Tensar for use in ground stabilization, road, rail and other applications – has received numerous awards for innovation and achieved considerable commercial success since its introduction only a few years ago.

Several Chinese manufacturers and their distributors attempted to take advantage of this success by producing similar triangular aperture geogrid products, thereby infringing upon Tensar’s TriAx patent. [Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release from Tensar International Corporation. [/Editor]

Challenging WV Transmission Station Pipeline Job on 58-Degree Slope Uses TerraThane by U.S. Company, NCFI Polyurethanes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 23:18


MOUNT AIRY, NC—A recent pipeline job at Dominion Resource’s extraction/fractionation plant in Pine Grove, WV presented some pretty hairy challenges. First the pipeline was to be laid on a 58-degree hillside. Trucks, excavators, and other equipment had to be wenched up the slope and held in place by cables attached to heavy equipment. Secondly, it was the rainy season, so erosion of the freshly turned earth was a major concern. [Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release. [/Editor]

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 23:20
Minnesota Company Transforming Highway and Bridge Repair by Using NCFI Engineered Polyurethane Foam PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 23:55

Foamjacking in Fargo

August 11, 2011 MOUNT AIRY, NC—Gary Molstre, owner of Mudpumpers Mudjacking, Moorehead, MN, says there is no chance they are changing the company name, but they are definitely changing the material they use to repair highways and bridges to an engineered polyurethane foam system and they’ve coined a term for it: “foamjacking”.

Mudjacking, also called slab jacking, concrete lifting, concrete raising, and slab leveling, is the traditional method of fixing damaged concrete highways and bridge approach panels. The process was developed in the 1930s and involves pumping “mud” (everything from clay, sand, and loam, to Portland cement, fly ash, lime, casting plaster, and hot asphalt have been used) beneath concrete slabs that have become uneven, sunken, and/or pulled away from bridge approaches due to soil erosion and/or the soil being compacted or compressed from the sheer weight of the slab. Mudjacking involves drilling holes in the concrete and pumping “mud” and pressure beneath to lift the slab to its original place and keep it there. [Editor] Click th rough for the rest of the press release. [/Editor]

Last Updated on Monday, 05 September 2011 22:20
U.S. Company, NCFI Polyurethanes, Launches Website for Geo-Technical Applications and Uses PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 23:39

August 16, 2011 MOUNT AIRY, NC—NCFI, a U.S. company, is aiding the world geo-technical market by launching a Website for a line of new generation polyurethane products for geo-technical uses.

The Website,, provides companies working in the geotechnical field (i.e. concrete highway lifting, concrete slab raising, pipeline and tunneling, cavity filling, soil stabilization, pole setting, mine reclamation) a single online resource for choosing the very best product for their specific uses, educational material, and equipment and training resources. [Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release. [/Editor]

COMSOL Releases Geomechanics Module – Advances into Soil and Rock Mechanics Simulations PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 22:26

Newest addition to the COMSOL Multiphysics® product suite targets geotechnical applications within oil & gas and civil engineering with tailored material models to study plasticity, deformation, and failure of soils and rocks as well as their interaction with concrete and man-made structures.

BURLINGTON, MA (August 18, 2011) — COMSOL, Inc., today introduced the Geomechanics Module, enabling the fast-growing community of COMSOL Multiphysics users to harness its powerful simulation environment for geotechnical and civil-engineering applications such as slope stability evaluation and failure prediction of tunnels, retaining structures, and excavations. The Geomechanics Module provides tailored interfaces for studying plasticity, deformation, and failure of soils and rocks, as well as their interaction with concrete and human-made structures. The Module, which comes with a variety of material models for soils, builds off of the Structural Mechanics Module add-on for the company's flagship simulation software, COMSOL Multiphysics, and offers the ability to combine analyses with all other COMSOL modules seamlessly. [Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release. [/Editor]

Nicholson Completes Emergency Response Grouting Operation on Major Missouri Interstate with Minimal Traffic Impact PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 23 June 2011 23:27

Nicholson completed an emergency response jet grouting operation on Missouri's Gasconade Bridge, part of Interstate 44, in Laclede County.Pittsburgh, PA – June 2, 2011 – Missouri's Interstate 44 is considered one of the most frequently traveled highways in the central United States. In early March of 2011, Nicholson Construction was contacted to perform an emergency response grouting operation on the Gasconade Bridge, part of I-44 westbound, over the Gasconade River in Laclede County.

During construction of the drilled shaft foundations for Temporary Bent No. 6, it was determined that voids were present both beneath and adjacent to the north footing for Intermediate Bent No. 6. Test borings by MoDOT indicated that the void varied in depth from zero to five feet, but the horizontal extents were unknown upon Nicholson's arrival to the site. [Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release from sponsor Nicholson Construction. [/Editor]

AMEC acquires leading US engineering and environmental services company MACTEC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Friday, 20 May 2011 07:51

London, United Kingdom (18 May 2011) - AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, announces today that it has agreed to buy MACTEC, a leading US engineering and environmental services company, from its private equity and other individual shareholders for a cash consideration of US$280 million. Completion is subject to regulatory approval and is expected by the end of June 2011. [Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release from AMEC. [/Editor]

Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2011 08:01
EPS Geofoam Project Second Largest in US PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 12 May 2011 22:04

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - May 10, 2011) - ACH Foam Technologies supplied an estimated 2.1 million cubic feet of EPS Geofoam to the second largest Geofoam project in the US: the West Valley TRAX line. Utah Transit Authority (UTA) constructed the light rail line to a new hub in West Valley near Salt Lake City. Projected to cost $200 million and span 5.1 miles, the project required 639 truckloads or 750,000 cubic yards of the lightweight fill material. ACH Foam delivered the first truckloads in Febuary 2009; Geofoam installation was complete by January 2010. [Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release from ACH Foam Technologies. [/Editor]

Nicholson Constructs Secant Pile Wall at Contaminated Site PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 17:32
Nicholson's anchored secant pile wall to facilitate removal of contaminated soilin Bellaire Michigan

I missed this press release initially and then got busy. So I'll just point you to it on Nicholson's website. [Source: Nicholson Construction. Image: Nicholson]

Digital Map Products to Discuss the Cloud GIS Revolution At GITA’s Geospatial Solutions Conference PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 07 April 2011 12:38

(Irvine, CA – April 7, 2011) Digital Map Products (DMP) is excited to announce its involvement at the Geospatial Information & Technology Association’s (GITA) upcoming Geospatial Solutions Conference in Grapevine, TX. This industry leading conference, which brings together a cross-section of senior professionals from a wide variety of organizations that employ geospatial technology to solve problems and provide essential services, will take place April 10-13th.

[Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release from Digital Map Products. [/Editor]

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