Category: Commercial

11Jun 2018

Tony Alfano is elected Chair of ASCE – New Jersey Section, COPRI

By Robert Armstead

Tony Alfano, Project Engineer for New Jersey and New York for Ground Works Solutions, was elected the Chair of COPRI for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)’s New Jersey Section.

COPRI (Coastal, Oceans, Ports & Rivers Institute) is a semi-autonomous institute of ASCE, that serves as a multidisciplinary and international leader in improving knowledge, education, development and the practice of civil engineering and other disciplines in the sustainable management of coastal, ocean, port, waterways, riverine and wetlands resources for the benefit of society.

COPRI serves its membership and society by uniting the disciplines working to sustainably develop, protect and restore coasts, oceans, ports, waterways, rivers and wetlands; integrating the key stakeholders into decision making processes; advancing technological state of art and practice; and influencing public policy. Tony will begin…

13Feb 2015

URETEK’s Safety Culture

By Robert Armstead

Workplace safety is paramount at URETEK Holdings because of the many hazardous environments and conditions the work crews navigate on a daily basis.  Everyone, including all of our clients and customers, wants our crews to be safe on the job.  At one job site the crew may be dealing with power lines over their work space, at another job it could be working in the confined space of a storm drain, or along a busy highway, or rail road, or even working on a barge in the Everglades.  Regardless of what the safety challenges are on each individual project, the URETEK crew is well prepared and trained to keep themselves and others safe on the job site. It all starts by creating a culture built on safety.

Recently, URETEK was given a 0.75 safety rating.  This Experience Modification Rate (EMR) is given by the National Council on Compensation…

20Jan 2015

URETEK Stabilizes Flex Space Footings and Walls

By Robert Armstead

Flex space buildings can run as large as 60,000 square feet, or more.  What makes them unique is the ability to move walls and change the configuration of the space based on a tenant’s needs. When weak bearing soils cause footing and slab settlement, it can create structural problems interfering with the tenant’s operations.

This is what happened at the JLL Townpark warehouse in Kennesaw, GA. When the vinyl composition tile (VCT) began to pop off the floor, causing trip hazards, and the ceiling grid buckled and ceiling tiles began to fall, URETEK Holdings was called in to analyze the cause and propose a repair for the least invasive method for stabilizing the soils supporting the building.  

Cracks appearing…

19Aug 2014

How URETEK Repairs Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Walls

By Robert Armstead

What is an MSE Wall?

For more than 40 years, mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining walls have been used to reinforce earthen structures, such as those found in constructing highways and roads, dams, bridge abutments, seawalls, dikes, golf courses, and other grade separation applications.

MSE wall systems are popular because they allow engineers, architects, and landscape and road designers to effectively integrate designs, that are cost effective and structurally sound, into tight site conditions.  Today, there are many types of MSE wall options including  geocells, segmental block, wire mesh and Bin-Wall.

Sustainability of MSE Retaining Walls

A major design concern for MSE structures has been their durability in the soil/water environments in which they are being used.  Problems begin when aging MSE walls begin to degrade and lose their structural integrity due to corrosion of the galvanized steel used in…

23Feb 2014

Lift Station Slab Stabilization

By uretekhr

When two separate attempts to seal water infiltration into a lift station failed using other technologies, the Toho Water Authority called on URETEK Holdings to utilize its Deep Injection technology as a final solution.

Prior to installation of the injection tubes, the Toho staff and the crew at Ground Penetrating Radar Services (GPRS), assisted in identifying the location of buried service connections so they wouldn’t be impacted during the repair.  The URETEK Team then hydro-lanced through the first ten feet of soil using this “soft” driving technique to avoid damage to underground utilities within the injection zone.

The repair commenced with installation of injection…