Handling Or Treating Preformed Modular Unit Patents (Class 404/73)
  • Patent number: 9909268
    Abstract: A deployment apparatus for laying a traversable road covering track, the apparatus comprising a base, a spool mounted for rotation on said base, wherein a length of road covering track may be provided on said spool in a roll having a leading outer end at a first longitudinal side of said spool, the apparatus further comprising at least one substantially rigid arm that extends upwardly from said base, at a second, opposing longitudinal side of said spool, such that at least an upper end of said arm is adjacent to the outer surface of said roll, in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: FAUN Trackway Limited
    Inventor: Neil Wigley
  • Patent number: 9868219
    Abstract: A self-adjusting robot clamping jaw for clamping a hub on a hub coating line to complete transfer can realize certain self-adjustment via rotation of an upper connecting plate around a rotating pin in the clamping process when the wear extents of clamping fingers are inconsistent, and can prevent the phenomena that the hub is clamped obliquely and even a hub brace is bent by lateral force. The clamping fingers made of a soft material can prevent damaging the surface coating and can be convenient to replace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CITIC DICASTAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Jinbao Su, Hongtao Wang, Zhiwei Qin, Huanming Ma, Zhiliang Zhang, Zaide Wang, Yingfeng Wang, Yongwang Zhao
  • Patent number: 9790650
    Abstract: One inch paver tiles may now be set over a concrete pad for use by vehicular traffic. The method and dry concrete mix may be used to overlay concrete driveways. The paver tiles may be laid over a dry concrete mix comprising a latex polymer, Portland cement, sand and a hydration control agent. After laying the paver tiles in a field over the concrete mix in the dry state, a border of paver tiles or other material may be laid in a wet concrete mix prior to hydrating the field paver tiles. The dry concrete mix cures after hydration to form a strong layer adhering the paver tiles to the concrete pad for use by vehicular traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: PAVER TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: William Eliason, Timothy Berry
  • Patent number: 9260824
    Abstract: A paving package has a spaced plurality of paving elements interconnected through a flexible connecting medium. The paving elements are wound into a roll. An outdoor surface destined to receive the paving elements is prepared by laying bedding material on the surface. The roll is brought near the surface and unwound to lay at least some of the paving elements in a predetermined region on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Cristian Aciu
  • Publication number: 20150117950
    Abstract: A method of forming a base around a mailbox that is mounted upon a support assembly that projects upwardly from a surface on subjacent ground. The method includes the steps of: obtaining a plurality of base components each with an upwardly facing surface; and operatively placing and connecting the plurality of base components so that at least first and second of the base components are connected, each to the other, so that the upwardly facing surfaces on the plurality of base components cooperatively define an upwardly facing surface area over the subjacent ground surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald Martinez
  • Patent number: 8998529
    Abstract: A track system may include a plurality of connected slat members that may form rollable tracks. The rollable tracks may be used in moving vehicles across sensitive ground. The rollable track may be deployed using various methods and/or apparatus such as, e.g., deployment apparatus including one or more spool portions for rolling and unrolling the rollable tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Property Props, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary J. Ringus, Michael Peschel
  • Patent number: 8985895
    Abstract: An auxiliary member for pavement construction, including: a cylinder, a base plate and a leveling bolt; the cylinder includes a first cylinder part and a second cylinder part which are connected and communicated with each other, the first cylinder part is provided with a sling installing member and a slurry inlet, bottom of the second cylinder part is connected with the base plate, the base plate is provided with a bolt extending hole and multiple slurry discharging holes which are communicated with the inner cavity of the second cylinder part, the leveling bolt includes a bolt head and a screw, the screw extends through the bolt extending hole, the bolt head is arranged in the second cylinder part and the bolt head is smaller than the inner diameter of the second cylinder part. The present invention further provides a concrete slab and a method for pavement construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignees: Research Institute of Highway Ministry of Transport, Zhonglu High-Tech Highway Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd., Guangxi Communications Investment Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bo Tian, Qin Fu, Zhijie Chen, Jinde Xie, Peng Peng, Zuguang Yuan, Zhi Fu, Zhu Luo, Ying Liu, Rongguo Hou, Dapeng Wang, Jiliang Wang, Hongfeng Sun, Xiuxiong Mo, Zhe He
  • Publication number: 20150078822
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method by which one end of a connecting rod is embedded in a first (e.g., precast) concrete panel and the opposite end of the connecting rod is moved inwardly of and affixed within an opposing rod receiving channel that is formed in an adjacent (e.g., precast) concrete panel so as to form a reliable joint for connecting the first and adjacent panels to one another. The apparatus and method have particular application in roadway construction and/or repair by creating a continuous flat driving surface to support vehicular traffic. Each of the connecting rod of the first concrete panel and the rod receiving channel of the adjacent concrete panel are axially aligned with one another and located so as to be separated from and spaced below the respective tops of the first and adjacent panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas J. Backhaus, Baltazar Siqueiros
  • Publication number: 20140328623
    Abstract: A track system may include a plurality of connected slat members that may form rollable tracks. The rollable tracks may be used in moving vehicles across sensitive ground. The rollable track may be deployed using various methods and/or apparatus such as, e.g., deployment apparatus including one or more spool portions for rolling and unrolling the rollable tracks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Gary J. Ringus, Michael Peschel
  • Patent number: 8864408
    Abstract: Compact, readily maneuverable apparatus for picking up and laterally transferring roadway barrier modules includes a vehicle for moving along a roadway barrier and elongated conveyors located at the sides of the vehicle, connected to the vehicle and pivotal between operative and inoperative positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Lindsey Transportation Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerrit A. Dyke
  • Publication number: 20140308072
    Abstract: Disclosed in a safety crash barrier comprising an elongated base portion and a plurality of barrier elements movably coupled in a resting state thereof to and along the base potion, the plurality of barrier elements are configured to flexibly or elastically change into a displaced state in which at least some of said barrier elements contacted by a colliding vehicle are caused to move and absorb impact energy imparted by the vehicle so as to stop movement of the vehicle or deflect it back to its lane, to thereby reduce or prevent damages to the vehicle and/or passengers injuries. In some embodiments of the present invention a structure of a plurality of barrier modules is slidably placed on top of the base portion, the plurality of barrier modules are placed one on top the other and configured to horizontally slide one relative the other in response to impact of a colliding vehicle contacting the barrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Alexander Sagy
  • Publication number: 20140270938
    Abstract: A system for converting an existing traffic intersection into an intersection having a roundabout traffic control feature includes a center island framework, one or more splitter island frameworks, and one or more diverter frameworks. The frameworks are secured to the road surface, and fill material is added to free spaces defined in the frameworks to thereby form a center island, one or more splitter islands, and one or more diverters. The system allows a roundabout to be implemented into an existing intersection on a temporary or semi-permanent basis, in a minimal amount of time and without requiring significant construction at the site of the intersection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: design safety engineering, inc.
    Inventors: Bruce W. Main, McKinnon S. Main
  • Patent number: 8834062
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an apparatus for automatically guiding a machine that picks up and places roadway barrier segments using satellite global positioning and ultrasonic sensors. The machine is guided by both GPS signals and signals based on ultrasonic measurement of distance from the existing barrier segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Lindsay Transportation Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin L. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20140255096
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an apparatus for automatically guiding a machine that picks up and places roadway barrier segments using satellite global positioning and ultrasonic sensors. The machine is guided by both GPS signals and signals based on ultrasonic measurement of distance from the existing barrier segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: LINDSAY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: KEVIN L. SCHMIDT
  • 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: 8784002
    Abstract: A track system may include a plurality of connected slat members that may form rollable tracks. The rollable tracks may be used in moving vehicles across sensitive ground. The rollable track may be deployed using various methods and/or apparatus such as, e.g., deployment apparatus including one or more spool portions for rolling and unrolling the rollable tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Property Props, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary J. Ringus, Michael Peschel
  • Publication number: 20140199121
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an actively heatable paved surface by a heating system is provided, where the paved surface includes block-like paving stones arranged in a plane and each having one or more recesses. One or more heating elements are laid out on a paving bed in a longitudinal direction in such a way that segments of the heating element(s) are oriented substantially parallel to one another with a first spacing. The first spacing correlates with a spacing of the recesses, and the laid-out heating elements are fixed on the paving bed with one or more paving stones with their bottom profiling being aligned with the laid-out heating elements in such a way that the segments or heating elements are covered over by recesses of the paving stones. The paving bed is covered with further paving stones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Lithonplus GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Andreas Brunkhorst
  • Publication number: 20140186111
    Abstract: A pre-formed grid or similar apparatus is disclosed for the arrangement and/or storage of flagstones, where the grid may also be used to facilitate installation of the flagstones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Geoffrey D. Pawlaczyk
  • Publication number: 20140186114
    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: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: VAST Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Steven George Smith, Troy Achterkirch, Steven John Thorkelson
  • Patent number: 8756898
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method by which a plurality of connecting rods are located within and slidable through a first concrete panel so that the connecting rods extend outwardly from the first panel for receipt inwardly of a second concrete panel at mating channels formed therewithin, whereby the first and second concrete panels are joined together such as, for example, in the case of roadway construction. A plurality of slots which are formed through the top of the first panel communicate with respective ones of the plurality of connecting rods. A tool is moved into contact with the connecting rods by way of respective ones of the slots. The tool applies a pushing force to each of the connecting rods to cause the rods to slide through the first panel and into receipt by the mating channels of the second panel to establish a reliable joint therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas J. Backhaus, Baltazar Siqueiros
  • Publication number: 20140161527
    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: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: VAST Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Steven George Smith, Steven John Thorkelson, Troy Matthew Achterkirch
  • Patent number: 8747021
    Abstract: A transport apparatus for the engagement, orientation and installation of a unit of paving blocks is comprised of a support frame having a pair of spaced-apart aligned pivot connections. Support arms are pivotally connected to each pivot connection under the support frame. Two or more spaced-apart parallel block engaging arms are displaceably secured by connecting posts to the pair or parallel support arms. A piston simultaneously displaces the parallel support arms and the block engaging arms. The block engaging arms each have two or more suction cups for releasable securement to a top face of respective ones of paving blocks in the unit of paving blocks. When the piston rod of the piston is at a first position all of the suction cups are aligned on transverse parallel axis and when at a predetermined second position they are disposed in alignment on parallel angulated axis. The method of installation is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Techo-Bloc Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Brassard
  • Publication number: 20140151175
    Abstract: A route for vehicles driving on the route surface wherein the route includes a plurality of shaped blocks adapted to position and/or to hold a plurality of line sections of one or more electric lines. Each shaped block includes recesses forming spaces and/or projections delimiting spaces for receiving at least one of the line sections. At least one electric line extends through the spaces and along the surface of the route in and/or about the travelling direction of vehicles which are driving on the route. The shaped blocks and the at least one electric line are supported by a base layer and are covered by a cover layer of the route. The material of the shaped blocks is also located in side regions of the route sideways of the shaped blocks so that the shaped blocks and the side regions form an integration layer above the base layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: BOMBARDIER TRANSPORTATION GMBH
    Inventor: Oliver Vietzke
  • Publication number: 20140147203
    Abstract: An auxiliary member for pavement construction, including: a cylinder, a base plate and a leveling bolt; the cylinder includes a first cylinder part and a second cylinder part which are connected and communicated with each other, the first cylinder part is provided with a sling installing member and a slurry inlet, bottom of the second cylinder part is connected with the base plate, the base plate is provided with a bolt extending hole and multiple slurry discharging holes which are communicated with the inner cavity of the second cylinder part, the leveling bolt includes a bolt head and a screw, the screw extends through the bolt extending hole, the bolt head is arranged in the second cylinder part and the bolt head is smaller than the inner diameter of the second cylinder part. The present invention further provides a concrete slab and a method for pavement construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicants: RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF HIGHWAY MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT, GUANGXI COMMUNICATIONS INVESTMENT GROUP CO., LTD., ZHONGLU HIGH-TECH HIGHWAY TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bo Tian, Qin Fu, Zhijie Chen, Jinde Xie, Peng Peng, Zuguang Yuan, Zhi Fu, Zhu Luo, Ying Liu, Rongguo Hou, Dapeng Wang, Jiliang Wang, Hongfeng Sun, Xiuxiong Mo, Zhe He
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140017006
    Abstract: A paving material for filling gaps between paving blocks or the like, the paving material comprising a powdered or granulated mixture of: inert particulate; a water-soluble resin formable from a polymerisation reaction between formaldehyde and an at least difunctional nucleophile; and a water-soluble acid. The paving material is filled into gaps between blocks and then liquid water is applied thereto, or the sand is exposed to ambient humidity (gaseous water). Upon contact with the water, the resin coats the sand and then sets hard, thereby stabilising the block paving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: John Thomas Liddy, Paul Andrew Darby
  • Patent number: 8591143
    Abstract: A slab jack assembly for raising a fragmented slab from between sections of a concrete slab from which the fragmented slab is cut comprises a planar support positionable on top of the fragmented slab. Jacks are mounted on opposite sides of the planar support to engage an upper surface of the concrete slab. Securement pins mounted on the planar support are insertable into holes bored in the plurality of fragments in the fragmented slab and expandable within the holes to secure the fragments to the planar support. The first and second jacks are then operable to lift the planar support and fragments upward relative to the concrete slab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Ronald A. Knapp
  • Publication number: 20130279978
    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: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: METADOME, LLC
    Inventor: Duane F. Sippola
  • Publication number: 20130279979
    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: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Pollack
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130209166
    Abstract: A surface drainage structure formed above a subgrade may include an elongate drain conduit disposed partially within the subgrade. The elongate drain conduit may define at least one drain slot extending through a wall thereof. The structure may include a pavement layer with an exposed top surface and a drainage channel extending therefrom. The drainage channel may be in fluid communication with the drain slot of the elongate drain conduit. A method of forming the surface drainage structure includes placing the elongate drain conduit in the subgrade, forming the pavement layer, cutting an upper channel along the elongate drain conduit, and cutting a lower channel and the drain slot in the elongate conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: SHAW & SONS, INC.
    Inventor: SHAW & SONS, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130170907
    Abstract: A lightweight rig mat comprises a cellular soil stabilization material, with a plastic foam injected into the cells of the cellular material to provide required load-carrying capacity. The cellular material is preferably treated with a bonding agent to promote a structural bond between the plastic foam and the cellular material, thereby enhancing the overall shear strength, structural integrity, and flexural rigidity of the mat. The cell walls may also have textured surfaces to enhance the bond with the foam. The walls between the cells in the cellular material may have perforations to permit foam to flow between cells during the foam-injection process. The mat may be formed with connector pockets to facilitate interconnection of adjacent mats using suitable connection means, so as to prevent lateral separation between mats while allowing articulation between adjacent mats to accommodate irregular ground surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Donald O. GUNN
  • Publication number: 20130101350
    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: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: FOLDED SLAB, LLC.
    Inventor: William N. Nickas
  • Patent number: 8356955
    Abstract: Systems and methods of transferring loads between adjacent cast-in-place slabs, such as concrete slabs, and for accurately positioning dowels between adjacent sections of slabs are provided. A generally planar plate-type dowel is used which may be positioned within a cutaway in a preexisting slab of concrete. The dowel is shaped to generally conform to the shape of the cutaway, which is made by a saw blade. Once the dowel is positioned within the preexisting slab, a new slab is poured adjacent the preexisting slab. Rubber seals are included on the edges of the dowels to provide spacing or a gap between the dowel and the preexisting slab to allow for lateral independent movement of the adjacent slabs, and to prevent concrete from the newly poured second slab from entering into the gap. A saw unit for making a generally planar cut horizontally into an edge of a hardened concrete slab is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: P.N.A. Construction Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald S. Nadler
  • Patent number: 8356956
    Abstract: Increased resistance to displacement of a barrier or barrier sections thereof in response to a lateral force without anchoring or bolting barrier sections together is achieved by providing an attachment arrangement near the top of an end of barrier sections which is capable of carrying a tensile force and developing that tensile force using a tightening bolt/nut arrangement located at deflection stops at lower corners of the barrier sections to develop a compressive force. The barrier sections are thus rigidly attached together such that a lateral force applied to one or more barrier sections is partially transferred to additional attached barrier sections effectively increasing the mass against which the lateral force is applied. The tightening bolt/nut arrangements are retained by and are captive to the respective barrier sections when barrier sections are disassembled from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventor: Rodney I. Smith
  • Patent number: 8348546
    Abstract: A method for transferring a barrier includes providing a barrier having first and second sides and a plurality of barrier modules connected end-to-end, driving a transfer vehicle along a path on the first side of the barrier, wherein the vehicle is supported entirely by a support surface on the first side of the barrier and is free of any engagement with the support surface on the second side of the barrier. The transfer vehicle includes a barrier transfer device with a support disposed above the barrier and a carriage coupled to the support. The method further includes sequentially engaging the plurality of barrier modules with the carriage, sequentially moving the plurality of barrier modules in a lateral direction with the carriage, and sequentially releasing the plurality of barrier modules from the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Energy Absorption Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James B. Welch, Douglas E. Wilkinson, Patrick A. Leonhardt, Michael H. Oberth, Barry D. Stephens, Sean Thompson, Donald L. Crothers
  • Patent number: 8349431
    Abstract: A composite material comprises: an open grid comprising at least two sets of strands. Each set of strands has openings between adjacent strands. The sets are oriented at a substantial angle to one another. A tack film is laminated to the open grid. The tack film has first and second major surfaces, such that a material of the tack film at its first and second major surfaces includes about 50% or more of resinous non-asphaltic component and about 50% or less of asphaltic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain ADFORS America, Inc.
    Inventors: Sugjoon Lee, Jon Woolstencroft, Kerry Hook
  • Publication number: 20120315085
    Abstract: A surface drainage structure formed above a subgrade may include an elongate drain conduit disposed partially within the subgrade. The elongate drain conduit may define at least one drain slot extending through a wall thereof. The structure may include a pavement layer with an exposed top surface and a drainage channel extending therefrom. The drainage channel may be in fluid communication with the drain slot of the elongate drain conduit. A method of forming the surface drainage structure includes placing the elongate drain conduit in the subgrade, forming the pavement layer, cutting an upper channel along the elongate drain conduit, and cutting a lower channel and the drain slot in the elongate conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: Lee A. Shaw, Ronald D. Shaw
  • Patent number: 8304053
    Abstract: A composite material comprises: an open grid comprising at least two sets of strands. Each set of strands has openings between adjacent strands. The sets are oriented at a substantial angle to one another. A tack film is laminated to the open grid. The tack film has first and second major surfaces, such that a material of the tack film at its first and second major surfaces includes about 50% or more of resinous non-asphaltic component and about 50% or less of asphaltic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Adfors Canada, Ltd
    Inventors: Sugjoon Lee, Jon Woolstencroft, Kerry Hook
  • Publication number: 20120128418
    Abstract: A method for transferring a barrier includes providing a barrier having first and second sides and a plurality of barrier modules connected end-to-end, driving a transfer vehicle along a path on the first side of the barrier, wherein the vehicle is supported entirely by a support surface on the first side of the barrier and is free of any engagement with the support surface on the second side of the barrier. The transfer vehicle includes a barrier transfer device with a support disposed above the barrier and a carriage coupled to the support. The method further includes sequentially engaging the plurality of barrier modules with the carriage, sequentially moving the plurality of barrier modules in a lateral direction with the carriage, and sequentially releasing the plurality of barrier modules from the carriage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: James B. Welch, Douglas E. Wilkinson, Patrick A. Leonhardt, Michael H. Oberth, Barry D. Stephens, Sean Thompson, Donald L. Crothers
  • Publication number: 20120121328
    Abstract: The paver installation system includes a grid having a plurality of mounting holes for selective installation of spacers, a flexible edging and a screed guide rail. The screed guide rail may be selectively installed on the grid via mounting pegs mounted in select mounting holes for screeding an intermediate layer of aggregate material between the grid and the pavers to be laid thereon. The flexible edging is attached to the grid in order to set the edges of the pavement to be laid, and the flexibility thereof easily accommodates curved edges by bending to conform to the curves. The spacers are laid onto user selected mounting holes in the grid in order to serve as guides for laying pavers in a desired pavement pattern and to maintain spacing between adjacent pavers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: CHARLES R. WHITE
  • Patent number: 8152408
    Abstract: Barrier elements provide security from terrorist threats by ability to withstand both vehicle collisions and explosive blasts. Each barrier element is prefabricated to include a massive block of durable material, preferably of high strength concrete, with at least one tunnel extending at least partially between respective cavities in two opposite sides of the block. Each barrier element also includes at least one beam that is preferably made of steel and extends through one such tunnel. Multiple blocks are positionable slidably on top of the ground side-against-side with their beams coupled longitudinally to one another at least approximately end-to-end. Retainer means can be used to block coupling means from entry into the tunnels. Forces from a vehicle collision or an explosive blast can cause barrier elements to rotate relative to one-another when the couplings between beams hinge or bend as the durable material that interferes with the rotation breaks away.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Kontek Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Barclay J. Tullis, Roger Allen Nolte, Charles Merrill
  • Publication number: 20120034030
    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: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventors: Steven George Smith, Troy Achterkirch, Steven John Thorkelson
  • Patent number: 8109692
    Abstract: A barrier transfer device includes a cantilevered support arm and a carriage coupled to the support arm. The carriage includes at least a pair of barrier interface members extending downwardly from the support arm. The barrier interface members are configured to engage a barrier on opposite sides thereof when the barrier. A system for transferring a barrier includes a transfer vehicle having an outermost portion on each of first and second opposite sides of the transfer vehicle. The cantilevered support arm is coupled to the transfer vehicle and extends laterally outwardly past the outermost portion of the transfer vehicle on the first side of the transfer vehicle. A moveable barrier system includes at least one barrier having first and second sides and a bottom adapted to be supported by a ground surface and a transfer vehicle having a barrier interface element engaging only a first side of said barrier. Methods for transferring a barrier are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Energy Absorption Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James B. Welch, Douglas E. Wilkinson, Patrick A. Leonhardt, Michael H. Oberth, Barry D. Stephens, Sean Thompson, Donald L. Crothers
  • Publication number: 20110299923
    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: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: STRAD ENERGY SERVICES LTD.
    Inventors: Leonard BLEILE, Jared Michael BATHELT, Brian Matthew STASIEWICH
  • Publication number: 20110286793
    Abstract: A paver may include a paver body and at least two slots running through the paver body from one side to another side. The slots may be parallel to an upper surface of the paver body. The slots further may be aligned according to the paver's orientation in a larger paver pattern such that, when multiple pavers are assembled according to the pattern, the slots of individual pavers cooperate to generate extended channels throughout the pattern. Thus, the principles of the present invention permit manufacturers to assemble paver mats made of a plurality of the pavers weaved together by a plurality of fastening cables that fit within one or more extended channels. In one embodiment, a core puller may be used to create slots in the paver body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: INTER-MAC VENTURES LLC
    Inventor: Juan Carlos ARGUELLO
  • Patent number: 8061930
    Abstract: Barrier elements provide security from terrorist threats by ability to withstand both vehicle collisions and explosive blasts. Each barrier element is prefabricated to include a massive block of durable material, preferably of high strength concrete, with at least one tunnel extending at least partially between respective cavities in two opposite sides of the block. Each barrier element also includes at least one beam that is preferably made of steel and extends through one such tunnel. Multiple blocks are positionable slidably on top of the ground side-against-side with their beams coupled longitudinally to one another at least approximately end-to-end. Retainer means can be used to block coupling means from entry into the tunnels. Forces from a vehicle collision or an explosive blast can cause barrier elements to rotate relative to one-another when the couplings between beams hinge or bend as the durable material that interferes with the rotation breaks away.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Kontek Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Barclay J. Tullis, Roger Allen Nolte, Charles Merrill
  • Publication number: 20110274488
    Abstract: A porous pavement system and a method of maintaining the porous pavement system are disclosed. A combination of porous and non-porous pavers are laid out to create a porous pavement. A receptacle or retainer for receiving a tool is in incorporated into the porous pavers, to facilitate lifting the pavers by means of the tool. A cradle may be used to hold multiple pavers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: Porous Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gregg Novick, Gary Verril
  • Publication number: 20110170950
    Abstract: This invention relates to a monolithic foundation (1) system with homopolymer/resist ant aggregate pavement with a semi-continuous configuration, which uses a pavement with load transfer elements (5) for the induction of joints. It is essentially characterized in that it comprises a foundation (1) having high-density expanded polystyrene blocks, which supports a semi -continuous cement concrete pavement, the pavement formwork being formed by the polystyrene blocks of the foundation. Each one of the load transfer plates (5) is comprised of two anchors (6) with two rebars (7) for alignment of a joint inductor (8), and a ball joint (9) which, at the load support moment, rotates anticlockwise and, at the support moment generated by the load transfer plates, performs a clockwise movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2009
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventor: Manuel Filipe Ramos Lopes Leonardo
  • Publication number: 20110142539
    Abstract: There is provided a temporary restoration member (lining mats (1), nonslip pins (2), lock pins (3), stoppers (4), fixing pins (5)) for simplifying the construction work for temporarily restoring a road surface when a paved road surface (B) is excavated to lay piping, and a method for restoring the road surface using the member. Each of the lining mats (1) is a rectangular rubber plate provided with a thick central part (11), two thin side parts (12), and pinholes (16) at appropriate locations that pass through the mats from the front surface to the reverse surface. The lining mats are laid out to cover a backfilled surface so that the side edges of the mats are disposed on the paved road surface (B). Cylindrical nonslip pins (2) are driven into the pinholes, and lock pins (3) are driven into the cylindrical part of the nonslip pins to fix the lining mats. Latching protrusions (42) of stoppers (4) are inserted into the pinholes to connect adjoining mats.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: MEIWA KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shigeaki Sekine