Modules Or Blocks (preformed) Patents (Class 404/34)
  • Patent number: 10214664
    Abstract: A floor marking tape has a structure that retains the adhesive under the tape to prevent the adhesive from being squeezed out from under the tape when the tape is in use on a floor. In one embodiment, the structure is a shoulder that defines a recess that holds the bulk of the adhesive. The shoulder prevents the adhesive from flowing out to the outer edge of the tape. The tape may have beveled edges that limit the unintentional lifting and delamination of the tape from the floor. The upper surface of the tape may be curved from edge-to-edge to limit dirt retention on the tape as well as allowing objects to slide over the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Clifford A. Lowe
  • Patent number: 10208434
    Abstract: A sports field comprises a base structure and a cover. The cover is at least partly permeable to fluid, especially water. The base structure comprises voids for containing fluid. The base structure forms a substantially continuous deck supporting the cover. The cover comprises or is formed by an artificial sports layer, such as artificial grass. At least a number of the voids are in fluid communication with each other. Wick elements are provided fluidly connecting at least a number of the voids with the cover for supplying fluid from the voids to the top layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Permavoid Limited
    Inventors: Carolus Hermanus van Raam, Andrew Bryan Shuttleworth, Paul David Culleton
  • Patent number: 9963834
    Abstract: Various monolithic pavers are one-piece pavers with no seams, joints, or connections. A monolithic paver can be formed via three dimensional (3D) printing or molding. The monolithic paver is designed to carry applied loads to paver support(s) via structural members of the monolithic paver. The monolithic paver is formed to include parallel structural members that are spaced with gaps there between. The parallel structural members include top flanges and webs. The parallel structural members can also include bottom flanges. Moreover, the monolithic paver can have exterior sides that have tongues and grooves formed there along; tongues can be formed along adjoining exterior sides of the monolithic paver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: GILLIAM HARRIS ENGINEERING, LLC
    Inventor: Gilliam Stelling Harris
  • Patent number: 9951480
    Abstract: Various monolithic pavers are described herein. The monolithic pavers described herein are one-piece pavers with no seams, joints, or connections. A monolithic paver can be formed via three dimensional (3D) printing or molding. The monolithic paver is designed to carry applied loads to paver support(s) via structural members of the monolithic paver. The monolithic paver is formed to include parallel structural members that are spaced with gaps there between. The parallel structural members include top flanges and webs. The parallel structural members can also include bottom flanges. Moreover, the monolithic paver can have exterior sides that have tongues and grooves formed there along; tongues can be formed along adjoining exterior sides of the monolithic paver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GILLIAM HARRIS ENGINEERING, LLC
    Inventor: Gilliam Stelling Harris
  • Patent number: 9726383
    Abstract: A support for the heating elements of radiant coverings and floors includes bosses having a concave surface. In some examples, the concave surface includes at least one adhering low relief that creates an extraction-preventing undercut on the concave surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: PROGRESS PROFILES S.P.A.
    Inventor: Dennis Bordin
  • Patent number: 9486976
    Abstract: An industrial mat that has a core construction that provides strength and rigidity to the mat, with the core construction being formed of a support structure that includes one or more elongated components or a plurality of elongated members of wood, engineered wood, a thermosetting plastic material or a metal. The mat includes an encapsulation of a durable skin that includes crumb rubber particles embedded in a polyurethane matrix that surrounds and encapsulates the entire core construction. The skin has a thickness sufficient to provide environmental resistance to the core construction to which it is applied while also providing abrasion resistance to the mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Quality Mat Company
    Inventors: Joe Penland, Jr., Rustin Penland, Scott Calvert, Thomas O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9315951
    Abstract: An industrial mat that includes a core construction that provides strength and rigidity to the mat, with the core construction including plural layers or plies of components at least some of which are of wood or engineered wood; and a durable skin that surrounds and encapsulates at least the wood components of the mat or the entire core construction. The skin has a thickness sufficient to provide environmental resistance to the wood components or to the core construction to which it is applied. The skin also provides abrasion resistance to the boards and mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Joe Penland, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9315949
    Abstract: A mat having a core that provides strength and rigidity to the mat, and including a structure of a sheet, elongated members, a frame, compartments, or combinations thereof and at least one outer layer associated with the core and made of a sheet, elongated members or combinations thereof. The core and outer layer(s) are integral or are joined together, and the structure of the core is made of one or more environmentally resistant materials to provide an extended service life when encountering rain, snow or other weather conditions that would eventually degrade wood. The mat has a load bearing capacity that is able to withstand a load of at least 500 to 800 psi or even 1000 psi without permanently deforming the core. Bumpers are preferably provided upon sides of the mat to protect them from damage due to transport or installation of the mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Joe Penland, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9193215
    Abstract: An artificial flagstone for use in combination with other similar flagstones for covering a surface with a natural random look, the flagstone having a generally hexagonal body comprising a first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth consecutive vertices; a first pair of first and second sides extending radially from the first vertex; a second pair of third and fourth sides extending radially from the third vertex; a third pair of fifth and sixth sides extending radially from the fifth vertex; wherein the sides of at least one of the first, second and third pair of sides have at least one split deviation along their length and are respectively rotational images of each other, and the artificial flagstone has no rotational symmetry when rotated about a central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Oldcastle Building Products Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Bertin Castonguay, Marcel Thomassen
  • Patent number: 9114307
    Abstract: An in-laid athletic floor and a method of installing an in-laid athletic floor are presented herein. Particularly, the athletic floor is constructed of a plurality of sections comprising an at least partially resilient rubber material and is generally used for athletic activities, including, for example, a number of track and field events, such as running, relay events, hurdles, long jump, triple jump, etc. Specifically, the floor includes a plurality of main floor sections with cut-out gaps or openings there between, and insert floor sections disposed or otherwise in-laid within the gaps or openings. The insert floor sections are positioned within the floor in order to represent or denote various game markings, such as track lane partitions, lane numbering, start and finish lines, relay lines, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Kiefer Specialty Flooring, Inc.
    Inventors: Brion Rittenberry, Daniel Kehoe
  • Patent number: 9011036
    Abstract: A method for installing a paver system includes positioning a first grid substrate adjacent to a second grid substrate, the first and second grid substrates form a paver support surface. At least the first grid substrate includes an integrated boundary ridge extending along the first paver support surface. The first grid substrate is interlocked with the second grid substrate with a first paver piece bridging the first and second grid substrates to form a paver linkage. Movement of at least the first paver piece is arrested beyond the integrated boundary ridge by directly or indirectly engaging at least the first paver piece against the integrated boundary ridge. In another example, movement of the first paver piece is arrested by anchoring at least the first paver piece on the first and second paver support surfaces through distribution of forces incident on at least the first paver piece through the paver linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: CPG International LLC
    Inventors: Steven George Smith, Troy Achterkirch, Steven John Thorkelson
  • Patent number: 8967906
    Abstract: An underlayment panel includes a top surface and a bottom surface. A plurality of projections define drainage channels. A plurality of drain holes arranged through the panel provide fluid communication between the top surface and the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Brock USA, LLC
    Inventor: Steven L. Sawyer
  • Patent number: 8967907
    Abstract: An artificial flagstone for use in combination with other similar flagstones for covering a surface with a natural random look, the flagstone having a generally hexagonal body comprising a first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth consecutive vertices; a first pair of first and second sides extending radially from the first vertex; a second pair of third and fourth sides extending radially from the third vertex; a third pair of fifth and sixth sides extending radially from the fifth vertex; wherein the sides of at least one of the first, second and third pair of sides have at least one split deviation along their length and are respectively rotational images of each other, and the artificial flagstone has no rotational symmetry when rotated about a central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Oldcastle Building Products Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Bertin Castonguay, Marcel Thomassen
  • Patent number: 8967905
    Abstract: A paving system for paving or flooring includes a top layer of a plurality of paving elements, and an underlayment support layer of a polymeric material configured into panels. The panels are suitable to support the paving elements, the panels having a generally planar support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Brock USA, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel C. Sawyer, Richard R. Runkles
  • Publication number: 20150010354
    Abstract: A removable and serviceable paving apparatus including an access port for providing access to the interior of the slab. The access port is operable to improve access to components of the paving system prior to, during, and/or after installation. The paving apparatus further includes a removable fastener for improving removability and serviceability. The removable fastener attaches the paving apparatus to its neighboring structures to form a paving surface, may be disengaged from the neighboring structures for removal, repair and/or service of the paving apparatus, and may be re-engaged upon re-installation of the paving apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: INTEGRATED ROADWAYS, LLC
    Inventor: Tim SYLVESTER
  • Publication number: 20150003910
    Abstract: The present invention provides an asphalt brick device and method of manufacture, the asphalt brick device used for repairing potholes and other roadway deformities, as provided in the present invention. An additional aspect of the present invention is to provide an asphalt brick device that is of predictable and readily-varied composition that reflects the characteristics of the targeted repair site, ambient conditions, logistical requirements such as delivery and sizing of the material, and operational requirements. Further, the asphalt brick device may be configured to be stackable to satisfy user-defined asphalt repair delivery and ordering requirements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen Douglas Garland, Benjamin Shields Taylor, John Edward Cronin, Richard Paul Giles
  • Publication number: 20140353226
    Abstract: A pervious concrete slab is pre-cast in a reusable mold or form to define at least one keyway configured and arranged to engage with a complementary keyway of another similar pre-cast pervious concrete slab. The concrete slab is then cured in a controlled environment, transported to an installation site, and installed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Brett Eugene Pomerleau, Katherina Theresa Bernhagen, Ryan Eugene Becker
  • Patent number: 8894319
    Abstract: A permeable paver and paving slab that have water permeability of on average about 1 inch per hour and compressive strength of an average of about 5000 psi to 8000 psi, the paver and paving slab manufactured by forming a mixture comprising blast-furnace slag, sand, gravel and Portland cement into predetermined sizes, shapes and colors as desired utilizing a hydraulic-type or equivalent compacting block forming machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Pacific Interlock Pavingstone, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean R. Tonder, Glen Tonder, Tim Donovan, Per Jensen
  • Patent number: 8827590
    Abstract: A paving system for paving or flooring includes a top layer of a plurality of paving elements, and an underlayment support layer of a polymeric material configured into panels. The panels are suitable to support the paving elements, the panels having a generally planar support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Brock USA
    Inventors: Daniel C. Sawyer, Richard R. Runkles
  • Patent number: 8820022
    Abstract: A building unit has a substantially planar base having an outer periphery including multiple mating sides. Each mating side has at least one ā€œSā€-connection, which includes at least one outwardly extending male mating section and at least one inwardly extending adjacent female section. On the base, there are multiple cobbles or raised regions separated by false joints. A first portion of the raised regions are positioned on the male mating sections, respectively and extend to positions proximate to the outer periphery of the base. A second portion of the raised regions are positioned adjacent the female mating sections, respectively and are set back from the outer periphery. Each side of one unit can mate with any side of another like unit. The arrangement results in a surface covering that lacks a discernible pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Keystone Retaining Wall Systems LLC
    Inventors: Thomas S. Riccobene, Robert A. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 8807865
    Abstract: A lightweight polymer-based load bearing platform preferably including artificial turf for use as a synthetic turf block for easy installation, easy maintenance, and long term durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Easy Grass, LLC
    Inventor: Manuel A. Modrono
  • Publication number: 20140219718
    Abstract: Modular landscape devices, systems, and associated methods are provided. In one aspect, for example, a modular landscape device can include a plurality of molded structures formed from an aggregate material, where each molded structure has a display surface and a buried surface. The device also includes at least one tether connecting the plurality of molded structures together to form the modular landscape device. In one aspect, each of the plurality of molded structures are not in contact with another of the plurality of molded structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Bryce Doman
  • Patent number: 8790037
    Abstract: A structural module which is suitable for combining with like structural modules to form an area suitable for walking on and/or for travelling directly over by a vehicle, comprises a flat top wall and a bottom wall spaced therefrom by side walls so as to define a volume between the top and bottom walls. The top wall is provided with a plurality of apertures to permit the flow of liquid into the volume, and the side walls and/or the bottom wall are provided with apertures to permit the flow of liquid out of the volume. The size and shape of each aperture in the top wall is such that the maximum diameter of sphere that the aperture would let through is in a range up to 10 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Permavoid Limited
    Inventors: Paul David Culleton, Andrew Bryan Shuttleworth, Carolus Hermanus Van Raam
  • Patent number: 8770886
    Abstract: A modular flooring system is provided to convert uneven terrain into a substantially horizontal flat surface. The modular flooring system may include a frame defining the area desired for the substantially horizontal flat surface, a plurality of malleable support members that may be used as a single layer or multiple layers, where the malleable support members may be loosely filled sand-filled bags. The system may also include a plurality of flat rigid panels larger than the malleable support members to bridge the gaps between adjacent malleable support members, thus transforming a generally level layer of malleable support members into a substantially flat flooring surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Kotler
  • Publication number: 20140186113
    Abstract: A paving system for paving or flooring includes a top layer of a plurality of paving elements, and an underlayment support layer of a polymeric material configured into panels. The panels are suitable to support the paving elements, the panels having a generally planar support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: BROCK USA, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel C. Sawyer, Richard R. Runkles
  • Publication number: 20140157691
    Abstract: An assembly for creating a three dimensional exterior structure incorporates a plurality of bodies inter-assembled via engaging tongue and groove profiles to create at least one of a multi-tier stepped or extending walkway surface. Each of the bodies further exhibits a hollowed interior to facilitate in-filling of a compactible material in order to weight said bodies during assembly. Either or both of thermal generating elements or effect lighting can be incorporated into one or more of the bodies. The bodies can also include tiered or stackable step blocks, each exhibiting an interior ledge for supporting a thermally conducting insert shelf or pad, additional rectangular assembled blocks providing tongue and groove engagement and supporting the underside of the step blocks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Putnam
  • Patent number: 8747019
    Abstract: An artificial flagstone for use in combination with other similar flagstones for covering a surface with a natural random look, the flagstone having a generally hexagonal body comprising a first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth consecutive vertices; a first pair of first and second sides extending radially from the first vertex; a second pair of third and fourth sides extending radially from the third vertex; a third pair of fifth and sixth sides extending radially from the fifth vertex; wherein the sides of at least one of the first, second and third pair of sides have at least one split deviation along their length and are respectively rotational images of each other, and the artificial flagstone has no rotational symmetry when rotated about a central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Oldcastle Building Products Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Bertin Castonguay, Marcel Thomassen
  • Patent number: 8747018
    Abstract: A method for installing a paver system includes positioning a first grid substrate adjacent to a second grid substrate. The first grid substrate and the second grid substrate are flexibly bridged with a first paver piece. A first portion of the first paver piece is movably coupled with the first grid substrate at a first joint, and a second portion of the first paver piece is movably coupled with the second grid substrate at a second joint, the first and second grid substrates and the first paver piece forming an articulated paver linkage. A second paver piece is coupled with the second grid substrate. A third paver piece is coupled with the first grid substrate. The articulated paver linkage is fit within the specified area by movement of at least one of the first, second and third paver pieces and the first and second grid substrates. The movement is transmitted along the articulated paver linkage to maintain a specified alignment and spacing of the first, second and third paver pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: VAST Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Steven George Smith, Steven John Thorkelson, Troy Matthew Achterkirch
  • Patent number: 8696235
    Abstract: A precast concrete solid core paver block which has a first pair of flat parallel side walls and a second pair of transverse parallel side walls. One side has at least one block engaging projection in one or more portions thereof and spaced between a top and bottom surface of the paver block. The opposed side wall has a slot to receive in close sliding fit the at least one block engaging projection of an adjacent one of the paver blocks for side-by-side interengagement while permitting horizontal displacement of the adjacent paver block and the block engaging projection thereof while preventing vertical displacement thereof wherein a top face of the paver blocks lie in a substantially common planar surface. Spacers form open joints about each block in portions thereof to communicate with a support bed and form a permeable paved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Techo-Bloc Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Ciccarello
  • Patent number: 8696234
    Abstract: A method for installing a paver system includes positioning a first grid substrate adjacent to a second grid substrate, the first and second grid substrates form a paver support surface. At least the first grid substrate includes an integrated boundary ridge extending along the first paver support surface. The first grid substrate is interlocked with the second grid substrate with a first paver piece bridging the first and second grid substrates to form a paver linkage. Movement of at least the first paver piece is arrested beyond the integrated boundary ridge by directly or indirectly engaging at least the first paver piece against the integrated boundary ridge. In another example, movement of the first paver piece is arrested by anchoring at least the first paver piece on the first and second paver support surfaces through distribution of forces incident on at least the first paver piece through the paver linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: VAST Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Steven George Smith, Troy Achterkirch, Steven John Thorkelson
  • Patent number: 8684626
    Abstract: A permeable paver that has water permeability of on average about 1 inch per hour and compressive strength of an average of about 8000 psi, the paver manufactured by forming a mixture comprising blast-furnace slag, sand, gravel and portland cement into predetermined sizes, shapes and colors as desired utilizing a hydraulic-type or equivalent compacting block forming machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Pacific Interlock Pavingstone, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean R. Tonder, Glen Tonder, Tim Donovan, Per Jensen
  • Patent number: 8672578
    Abstract: The invention relates to a luminescent paving stone in the form of an artificial stone or a natural stone, having at least one self-sufficient luminescent element (22) and a stone body (20). The stone body (20) comprises at least one recess (24) extending from a top side (54) to a bottom side (56) and designed for receiving a luminescent element (22). The luminescent element (22) receives electrical components (36), in particular a photovoltaic cell (38), a charge store (40), a control device (42), and a luminous element (44), and has a length no greater than the depth of the recess (24). The recess (24) has a perforated wall, and a peripheral gap (58) is formed between the perforated wall and the side wall, in which an adhesive mass (26) is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventors: Wilfried Blocken, Danny Windmolders
  • Patent number: 8667752
    Abstract: The disclosure provides, among other things, a paver that includes a body having a top surface, a bottom surface opposite the top surface, and a peripheral side. The peripheral side is defined about a perimeter of the paver and joins the bottom and top surfaces. The peripheral side defines a peripheral edge displaced from the top surface and the bottom surface that traverses the perimeter of the body along the peripheral side. The edge is adapted to engage a complementary edge on a peripheral side of an adjacent paver, such that the pavers interlock when a vertical force is applied to the paver. In another aspect, a masonry wall unit is provided for building walls similar in concept to the paver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Pollack
  • Patent number: 8668403
    Abstract: An impact absorption panel is adapted for playground use and comprises a panel section and a plurality of projections. The panel section is defined by a top surface and a bottom surface. The plurality of projections extend from the bottom surface of the panel section. The plurality of projections have a first stage and a second stage. The first stage is configured to collapse initially when subjected to an impact load. The second stage is configured to provide greater resistance to the impact load than the first stage. The panel section is configured to provide greater resistance to the impact load than the first and second stages. The first stage can also be distinguished from the second stage by virtue of having a comparatively smaller volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Brock USA, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Lee Sawyer
  • Patent number: 8668404
    Abstract: A covering unit for use in combination with similar units for covering a surface with a natural random look, the unit having an hexagonal body comprising first, second and third pairs of opposed and parallel sides. Each side has a central point of angular symmetry. The second and third pairs are similar to each other while the first pair is different from the others. The sides of the second and third pairs are provided with at least one split deviation along their length arranged so that each side of the second pair is a rotational image of the sides of the third pair, whereby in use in combination with other covering units: each side is matingly engageable with the sides of an equivalent pair of a neighboring unit; and the unit has a central point of angular symmetry and is matingly engageable with a plurality of neighboring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Oldcastle Building Products Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastien Bouchard, Marc-Andre Lacas
  • Patent number: 8662787
    Abstract: A paving system for paving or flooring includes a top layer of a plurality of paving elements, and an underlayment support layer of a polymeric material configured into panels. The panels are suitable to support the paving elements, the panels having a generally planar support surface and a recovery characteristic such that a deformation from a concentrated compressive load applied for a short duration returns the support surface to a generally planar condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Brock USA, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel C. Sawyer, Richard R. Runkles
  • Patent number: 8662788
    Abstract: Tactile detection embedment plates used in pedestrian walkways releasably aligned by a bracket on at least one of the embedment plates. The bracket can be mated with a bracket on another plate to define a receiver yoke in which a wedge is disposed for a releasable plate assembly connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: MetaDome, LLC
    Inventor: Duane F. Sippola
  • Patent number: 8616804
    Abstract: A roadway is formed by a plurality of mats flexibly connected together at their ends. The mats are rectangular in configuration to form straight sections of the roadway and trapezoidal in configuration to form curved sections. Each mat comprises a flat platform of transverse wooden boards secured to side rails at their ends. The mats may be tied together at their ends by overlapping flat steel plates secured together by bolts to form links or connections. Or hinge-type assemblies may be useful. The connections have sufficient flexibility to allow the mats to conform to uneven terrain. The rails may function as curbs to limit a vehicle, passing along the roadway, from slipping off sideways. The mats are relatively light, allowing manual installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Craig Corser
  • Publication number: 20130326971
    Abstract: A portable pathway apparatus for providing a path over an earthen surface that includes a pliable frame member comprising one or more layers; a row of mating holes disposed on each side of the pliable frame member; a set of independently adjustable steps coupled to the pliable frame member in a first orientation direction; wherein each independently adjustable step comprises an adjustment mechanism, and wherein each independently adjustable step is coupled to the pliable frame member with a mount that aligns with the row of mating holes on each of the corresponding sides of the pliable frame member, whereby each of the independently adjustable steps is also movable along a length of the pliable frame member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Martin Stanaland
  • Patent number: 8545127
    Abstract: A multi-layer rig mat system and a method for implementing the rig mat system is provided. The rig mat system has a rig mat formed by interconnecting a plurality of panels in an edge-to-edge arrangement and one or more barrier layers placed between the rig mat and the terrain. The barrier layer prevents contamination of the terrain below the rig mat by water and other undesirable fluids seeping through gaps or discontinuities in the rig mat. The barrier layer also prevents heat transmission from the rig mat to the terrain below the rig mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventors: Leonard Bleile, Jared Michael Bathelt, Brian Matthew Stasiewich
  • Publication number: 20130209170
    Abstract: Modular landscape devices, systems, and associated methods are provided. In one aspect, for example, a modular landscape device can include a plurality of molded structures formed from an aggregate material, where each molded structure has a display surface and a buried surface. The device also includes at least one tether connecting the plurality of molded structures together to form the modular landscape device. In one aspect, each of the plurality of molded structures are not in contact with another of the plurality of molded structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Bryce Doman
  • Patent number: 8500362
    Abstract: A molded brick, in particular made from concrete, for laying ground coverings (10, 30), the molded brick (11, 12, 31, 32, 33) having an upper side (13) which is delimited in the transition to upright side faces (15, 16, 17, 18) by a side edge (20) which frames the upper side (13). The course of the side edge (20) of the molded brick is of curved configuration at least in regions and to correspond to a mathematical function, the course of the side edge (20) preferably corresponding at least in regions to the function ʒ(x)=a*ln(x)+b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: SF-Kooperation GmbH Beton-Konzepte
    Inventor: Stephan Steffen
  • Patent number: 8500361
    Abstract: An artificial flagstone for use in combination with other similar flagstones for covering a surface with a natural random look, the flagstone having a generally hexagonal body comprising a first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth consecutive vertices; a first pair of first and second sides extending radially from the first vertex; a second pair of third and fourth sides extending radially from the third vertex; a third pair of fifth and sixth sides extending radially from the fifth vertex; wherein the sides of at least one of the first, second and third pair of sides have at least one split deviation along their length and are respectively rotational images of each other, and the artificial flagstone has no rotational symmetry when rotated about a central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Oldcastle Building Products Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Bertin Castonguay, Marcel Thomassen
  • Patent number: 8496397
    Abstract: Precast concrete slabs, methods of manufacture and installation are provided. In this regard, a representative precast concrete slab includes: a first portion, substantially triangular in shape and exhibiting first, second and third sides, the first and second sides being positioned along an exterior of the slab and residing in a first plane; and a second portion, substantially triangular in shape and exhibiting first, second and third sides, the first and second sides of the second portion being positioned along the exterior of the slab and residing in a second plane, the second plane being non-parallel with respect to the first plane; the third side of the first portion and the third side of the second portion being positioned adjacent to each other and forming a transition between the first plane and the second plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Folded Slab, LLC
    Inventor: William N. Nickas
  • Patent number: 8490359
    Abstract: An assembly of blocks for use in yard and garden environments includes a plurality of discrete blocks each having a body portion and a joining portion, the joining portion having a plurality of angled teeth. The teeth of a first one of the plurality of blocks interlock with the teeth of a second one of the plurality of blocks such that the first and second blocks are connected together and arranged perpendicular relative to one another so that the plurality of blocks has an L-shaped configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventors: Joan M. Perotti, Mark C. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20130183091
    Abstract: Especially designed for the location of electrical, electronic, radiofrequency, communication, sensor, telephony and/or energy-storage components for their application in both civil and military purposes, the element of the invention takes the form of a slab, a paving stone, a kerbstone or the like, made from a suitable material, wherein the underside is provided with a cavity having a depth smaller than the thickness of the element, the contour of the cavity being smaller than the contour of the element wherein it is made, such that said cavity can house any type of component not part of the paving, such as said electrical, electronic components, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: VIA INTELIGENTE, S.L.
    Inventor: Felix Navarro Buitrago
  • Patent number: 8479592
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide field test devices and methods for testing the compressive gradient strength of installed vehicle arresting systems, such as those installed on airport runways. Current methods of testing such arresting systems are conducted on sample materials in-house, and these methods are not applicable or useful when tests need to be conducted on currently-installed systems in the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Engineered Arresting Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Hong Zou, Andrea L. Manning, Graham Kent Thompson, Yijian Shi
  • Patent number: 8403593
    Abstract: A rig mat is formed by rectangular panels fastened end to end by cooperating connectors. In one arrangement the first connector is C-shaped shaped to form a slot and the second T-shaped shaped with a flange of the T wider than the mouth inserted through the mouth. In a second arrangement two L shaped connectors are interengaged with an additional flat plate which defines a slot with an end of one of the L-shaped connectors. The panels are composite and formed from a honeycomb core panel with a foam material filling the tubular cells and a fibrous reinforcing cover sheets extending over the top and bottom of the panel. The cover sheets are filled with a set resin material which extends into the porous fibrous material of the walls of the core panel so as to form an integral structure of the resin extending between the walls and the sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Rhinokore Composites Manufacturing Partnership
    Inventor: Paul J. Dagesse
  • Patent number: 8382393
    Abstract: A temporary roadway with a static resistant synthetic inter-connectable structural mats which connect without tools or fasteners having a top layer, a middle layer and a bottom layer. The static resistant synthetic inter-connectable structural mats can have static charge conduction conduit through the mat and the mats can be made from 100 percent recycled rust proof, non-absorbing materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: HB Green Resources, LLC
    Inventor: Mark L. Phillips
  • Patent number: 8366343
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a porous pavement system are described. The porous pavement system includes paver blocks designed to facilitate water seepage between the paver blocks and to permit water storage within the blocks. The paver blocks may be cabled together to create paving units that facilitate installation and maintenance of the pavement system. The porous pavement system provides improved management of stormwater, reducing runoff and facilitating infiltration of stormwater into the subgrade below the paving system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: ECS Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas J. Buch