Welcome to the Avanti Blog: Grou•tol•o•gy

The Avanti Blog: Grou•tol•o•gy is where you can read stories and comments from a unique community of engineers, industry insiders, specialty contractors, municipalities, partners, and marketeers. Here you can share your thoughts, voice your opinion, give testimonials, and encourage others in their grouting endeavors. Your voice matters, and we want to hear from you.


May17

Lift Sunken Concrete Slabs with a Structural Foam

Britt Babcock - February 25, 2013 - Views 8700

Many facility managers are unaware of the liabilities associated with trip hazards in public walkways, the excess wear and tear on forklifts from uneven industrial floors, or that SLAB LIFTING is possible with minimal interruption. Traditional mud jacking methods require drilling large holes in the slab to inject a cement slurry with a long cure time adding excess weight to unstable soils. And "jacking" does not address the cause of soil failure. Avanti's AV-600 SureLift™ reduces groundwater intrusion and erosion factors, fills voids, and provides a fast cure within 1/10" of desired grade.

Apr15

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

Jessica Williams - April 15, 2013 - Views 4305

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.

Mar05

Act Responsibly. Think Safety First.

Avanti Staff - February 25, 2013 - Views 4963

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?

Feb25

Selecting the Right Product Saves Time, Money, and Headaches

- February 25, 2013 - Views 9254

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.

Dec14

Chemical Grouting Tips

- September 10, 2012 - Views 4734

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.
Nov21

Was it Teaching or Adding Depth to Different Perspectives?

- September 10, 2012 - Views 6110

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.

Sep10

Creativity—Sometimes the Most Important Ingredient

- September 10, 2012 - Views 11129

Creativity—Sometimes the Most Important Ingredient

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.

Aug29

PROGRESS AFTER 5:00

Frank Aguilar - August 29, 2012 - Views 3768

This industry does not operate with an  8-to-5 mentality. Nor do we. Between the overnight hours of 5:00 pm and 7:30 am next day, progress continues on the jobsite, in planning and preparation, by customers and partners. When you need us, we want to be there.  Going forward, here’s what you can expect.

For questions that cannot wait until the next business day, Avanti personnel are available 24/7/365. Urgent calls are defined as jobsite questions and you can expect a 30 minute call-back until 7:30 next morning. Non urgent calls are acceptable between 5:00-9:00 pm (central) for engineers needing assistance on a spec, contractors working on proposals, municipalities and distributors with product/performance questions.

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