Avanti Industry News Items

05 July 2013

Preparation--Key Critical for Chemical Grout Repair Projects

Posted in Industry News

Planning for repair work is more than setting a date. Just like a good paint job is all about the preparation, so is chemical grouting. With work often in confined spaces, after hours, and sometimes requiring equipment shut down, it is vital to have everything ready to facilitate starting on time so you can finish as planned.

25 June 2013

The Proof is in the Pudding

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The Proof is in the Pudding

The basic meaning of the popular phrase "proof is in the pudding" is being uncertain about the quality of something until it's been tried and tested. That's how we feel about our Field Services Manager, Charlie Lerman. He's a hot commodity, our secret weapon, the real deal, tried and tested ... you see where I'm going with this. Most of all, he's genuine and always willing to assist, teach and mentor those of the grouting community.

15 April 2013

Crack Injection, Slab Lifting and Curtain Grouting…Oh My!

Written by Jessica Williams, Posted in Industry News

Crack Injection, Slab Lifting and Curtain Grouting…Oh My!

As Marketing Coordinator, I’m typically not in front of the product on a daily basis. But I am the one “in charge” when it comes to putting the pieces of our Urethane Injection School together, by transforming into event coordinator, caterer, and photographer.  While keeping the event organized and flowing, I get to experience the same value that our Grout School attendees do. Since I’m not out in the field, having the chance to watch how the products work and interact, and seeing how issues can arise at the drop of a hat is intriguing to me.

05 March 2013

Act Responsibly. Think Safety First.

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The military may ask you to lay your life on the line at times. A number of us here at Avanti are prior military. But risking your life waterproofing in a confined space is just silly and avoidable. Did you know that in a low oxygen environment, people will act normally at first, but will then abruptly feel dizzy and black out in a matter of seconds?

25 February 2013

Selecting the Right Product Saves Time, Money, and Headaches

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Chemical grouts are used before, during or after construction in a variety of applications including groundwater control, soil stabilization, void filling, encapsulation and structural lifting of concrete slabs. Because there are many kinds of chemical grouts it is important to review and match the needs of the project with the specific characteristics of the grout. For example, some resins are designed to permeate soil, rock or superfine cracks and cure with no expansion. Others are designed to fill large voids and expand up to twenty times their original volume. Some are shipped to the job site as a liquid which requires less mixing before injection, or in a granular form in order to maximize space on the jobsite and reduce shipping costs.

14 December 2012

Chemical Grouting Tips

Posted in Industry News

Never lose man hours over the simple stuff!

  1. Have extra Zerk® couplers onsite in case you gum one up.
  2. Line your grout buckets with thick mil garbage bags. This makes clean up easy, saves the pail, and prevents the grout from being contaminated.
  3. Get a socket wrench to install packers. It really speeds up their installation.

21 November 2012

Was it Teaching or Adding Depth to Different Perspectives?

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Was it Teaching or Adding Depth to Different Perspectives?

The two-day Urethane Injection School November 13-14 was a rich learning experience for everyone including Avanti team members. The talent pool in the audience ranged from owners of multi-disciplined construction companies to engineers from Mexico to presidents seeking to expand their services. So how do you advance the individual skill-sets within a group so widely diversified? Answer: See, Touch, Experience.

10 September 2012

Creativity—Sometimes the Most Important Ingredient

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PLACE: Tacoma, Washington
PROPERTY: Oil Recycling Station
PROBLEM: Retaining wall with 10 access holes and two 8" HDPE pipe penetrations less than 4' from railroad tracks. 

The engineering drawing called for "Flexible Material" surrounding these pipe penetrations, but provided no recommendation or specification. Avanti Field Services visited the site and noted the high probability of pipe deflection and movement as tanker cars went over them. This conundrum required a creative solution.

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