Nortex employees stabilizing Houston area freeway with TerraThane Polyurethane Foam
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Nortex and TerraThane Stabilize Houston Area Highways

Houston’s Highways, Some of Busiest in Nation, Use Innovative TerraThane Polyurethane Foam Technology to Repair Bad Bridge Approaches, Uneven Joints, and Roadway Depressions.

Nortex employees stabilizing Houston area freeway with TerraThane Polyurethane Foam

MOUNT AIRY, NC—Highways around Houston, TX, known as one the nation’s worst cities for traffic behind Los Angeles, D.C., and Atlanta, need constant repair, but can’t be closed while the work is done. Nortex Concrete Lift and Stabilization, Inc., a Ft. Worth, TX company, recently completed a whirlwind repair project on one of the city’s busiest corridors in the NE quadrant where I-10, 610 Loop, I-59, and I-69 feed millions of cars daily to, from, and around Harris County.

Normal groundwater erosion beneath the highways causes the concrete highway slabs to drop, roadway depressions, uneven bridge approaches, and uneven joints that make driving bumpy and uncomfortable, dangerous, and causes severe wear and tear on automobiles.

To make the repairs, the Texas Department of Transportation, TXDOT, brought in Nortex. The company carefully planned out the repairs for the half million pound project, and sent out four crews each with it’s own box truck rig to use a relatively new technology called “foamjacking.” Foamjacking uses high-density polyurethane foam to fill the subterranean voids, and lift the concrete slabs to proper level. “We’ve been lifting and stabilizing roadways with polyurethane foam since we got into the business back in 2003,” says Casey Derosa, asst. gen. mgr. of Nortex. “It’s a far superior method versus the old way of mudjacking.” Mudjacking is a ubiquitous term for a mix of mud, sand, cement, crushed limestone, and water hydraulically pumped into large holes drilled into the concrete slabs to fill voids and level the slabs. Mudjacking uses more and much larger equipment, and requires larger holes to be drilled. It typically requires the roadway to be closed much longer than foamjacking, and takes more time to clean up.

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Patrick Bermingham presents the Bermingham Innovation Award to Michael Justason of Bermingham Foundation Solutions and Luca Barison of Nicholson Construction Company
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DFI Presents Inaugural Bermingham Innovation Award

Patrick Bermingham presents the Bermingham Innovation Award to Michael Justason of Bermingham Foundation Solutions and Luca Barison of Nicholson Construction CompanyHawthorne, NJ (December 1, 2012): The Deep Foundation Institute (DFI) presented the inaugural C. William Bermingham Innovation Award to the team of Nicholson Construction Company and Bermingham Foundation Solutions Ltd, at DFI’s 37th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in Houston, TX.

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DFI 2012 Young Professor Paper Competition Award
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DFI Presents Young Professor and Student Paper Competition Awards

DFI 2012 Young Professor Paper Competition Award

Hawthorne, NJ (December 1, 2012): Co-authors Dr. John McCartney and Kyle Murphy, professors at the University of Colorado Boulder, shared honors as winners of the DFI Young Professor Paper Competition award presented at the DFI 37th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in October in Houston. The paper, “Seasonal Strain Distributions in Full-Scale Energy Foundations,” focuses on the seasonal thermo-mechanical response of two energy foundations installed at the new Denver Housing Authority Senior Living Facility.

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DFI 2012 Outstanding Project Award presented to Robert Yin of NY NJ Port Authority for the Route 9A Pedestrian Tunnel at the World Trade Center
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DFI Announces the 2012 Outstanding Project Award Winner – The Route 9A Pedestrian Tunnel at the World Trade Center

DFI 2012 Outstanding Project Award presented to Robert Yin of NY NJ Port Authority for the Route 9A Pedestrian Tunnel at the World Trade Center

Hawthorne, NJ (December 1, 2012): The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) presented the 2012 Outstanding Project Award (OPA) to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the design and construction of the Route 9A Pedestrian Tunnel at the World Trade Center in New York City. The award was presented to Robert Yin of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey at the Awards Banquet during DFI’s 37th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in Houston.

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DFI President Jim Morrison presents the DFI Distinguished Service Award to David B. Coleman
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Coleman Named 2012 DFI Distinguished Service Award Recipient

DFI President Jim Morrison presents the DFI Distinguished Service Award to David B. Coleman

Hawthorne, NJ (December 1, 2012): David B. Coleman received one of the Deep Foundations Institute’s (DFI) highest honors, the Distinguished Service Award, in October during the DFI’s 37th Annual Conference in Houston. He was the 32nd recipient of the award, designated for individuals or companies chosen by their peers for exceptionally valuable contributions to the deep foundations industry.

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