Drainage Or Irrigation Patents (Class 405/36)
  • Patent number: 10753106
    Abstract: An automated method of manufacturing a decoupling underlayment membrane is provided, the method retrieving a membrane sheet, thermoforming a set of cavities into a top surface of the membrane sheet and pressing a set of through holes into the membrane sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Schluter Systems L.P.
    Inventors: Carl Thomas Archbold, Scott Burton Harter
  • Patent number: 10731311
    Abstract: The invention relates to a machine for putting a drain into place in ground, the machine comprising a drive tube presenting a longitudinal axis and having a bottom end; a movement device for moving the drive tube in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis; a drain extending inside the drive tube and having a bottom end extending outside the drive tube; at least one anchor; a fastener device (70) for fastening the anchor to the drain; and a cutter member for cutting the drain (18) and arranged under the fastener device. The machine of the invention further comprises a cutter device (60) for cutting the anchor from a strip (54).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SOLETANCHE FREYSSINET
    Inventors: Régis Bernasinski, Todd Springer, Benoit Fernando Quandalle
  • Patent number: 10711448
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device comprising a coherent manmade vitreous fibre substrate (MMVF substrate) and at least one first conduit (2) and at least one second conduit (3), each conduit having first and second open ends, wherein the MMVF substrate (1) comprises man-made vitreous fibres bonded with a cured binder composition, wherein the first open end of the first conduit and the first open end of the second conduit are each independently in fluid communication with the MMVF substrate, wherein the first conduit is at a greater height than the second conduit, wherein at least a portion of the MMVF substrate is disposed between the first and second conduits. The MMVF substrate provides for an increased water storage ability due to the hydrophilic behaviour of the substrate and its increased surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: ROCKWOOL INTERNATIONAL A/S
    Inventor: Michaeel Emborg
  • Patent number: 10711446
    Abstract: A trenchless collector system is configured to intercept and direct surface and/or subsurface fluids to a designated reception location to control groundwater elevations. A target collection and drainage area is identified and a gravity drainage pipe is accessed or trenchlessly installed at the target collection and drainage area. The gravity drainage pipe can be accessed at one or more drawdown points. One end of a collection pipe can be connected to the gravity drainage pipe. Surface and subsurface water is hydrostatically drawn into the collection pipe from the target collection and drainage area through venting at the one end of the collection pipe connected to the gravity drainage pipe. The surface and subsurface water can be passively drained from the collection pipe into the gravity drainage pipe and onto the designated reception location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TRENCHLESS GROUNDWATER MOVERS, LLC
    Inventors: John Jurgens, Larry Kiest, Bruce Tobey
  • Patent number: 10648137
    Abstract: A land drainage apparatus, system, and method utilize a vacuum pump and atmospheric pressure to lift water from a collection basin to a level above a fluid intake level. After a certain amount of water is lifted and collected in a second chamber above the level of the collection basin, the vacuum can be broken, enabling the water to flow out of the second chamber by gravity flow to an exit, wherein the exit is above the fluid level intake and below the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Dennis Hurley
  • Patent number: 10626580
    Abstract: Individual honeycomb shaped modules used in an assembly for underground storage of storm water and other fluid storage needs. Modules are assembled into a resultant honeycomb shape for maximized structural strength and material use efficiency. Internal hexagonal or square shaped modules are assembled and encased by external hexagonal or square shaped modules. Internal adjacent modules are in direct fluid communications with one another through a channel-less chamber. Internal hexagonal or square shaped modules drain into external hexagonal or square shaped modules chamber where fluid is either stored or drained. Assemblies include various top and side pieces along with access ports for entry into said assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Bio Clean Environmental Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachariha J. Kent, John Scott
  • Patent number: 10604900
    Abstract: Provided is a mixed turf arranged on a soil and including: a synthetic turf, natural grass arranged in the synthetic turf, said synthetic turf including: synthetic filaments suitable to simulate grass blades and a backing consisting of a membrane suitable to support the synthetic filaments, the backing being further as a whole substantially draining, enabling transpiration and permitting the passage therethrough of the roots of said natural grass and which is non-biodegradable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Nikolaos Sarris
  • Patent number: 10544575
    Abstract: A water detention chamber, and a system constructed from multiple such chambers, is an arch-shaped corrugated chamber having a flange having an upper surface and a lower surface. The lower surface of the flange has one or more protrusions, preferably elongated members, at the first end of the chamber. The upper surface of the flange has one or more mating apertures or cavities formed therein. Multiple such chambers can be connected to each other in an end-to-end fashion with protrusions at the first ends of a chamber engaged with apertures or cavities at the second ends of a second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Robert J. DiTullio
  • Patent number: 10526776
    Abstract: The temporary storm water storage system comprises a storage tank, an inlet pump, an outlet pump, a graded top drain, a plurality of sensors, a timer, a first valve, a second valve, and a plurality of interconnecting pipes. The temporary storm water storage system may pump flood water from a street into the storage tank when flooding is detected by the plurality of sensors. The temporary storm water storage system may pump the flood water from the storage tank into the street after a predetermined time interval once the flooding has subsided. The flood water pumped from the storage tank to the street may be drained from the street via one or more catch basins into a storm drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Leonard McNeill
  • Patent number: 10487472
    Abstract: A drainage device for use under the floor of a building to facilitate drainage of water along a foundation of the building under the floor. The drainage device can include a corner drainage device that is capable of assuming a number of near 90 degree shapes so that the drainage device can be easily fitted to the corner of the foundation. A bridge drainage device permits more rapid installation of the drainage devices. The bridge device can be used to bridge between two drainage devices so that it is not necessary to cut the drainage devices precisely to fit on a footing of any selected length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Kevin McPherson
  • Patent number: 10392278
    Abstract: A wastewater system is provided. The system includes channels and conduits for wastewater guidance and discharge. High aspect ratio channels and one or more distribution conduits are provided in the system such that wastewater, such as septic wastewater, is discharged from the system and into the system surroundings. The high aspect ratio channels are spaced apart from each other to allow for the discharge of the wastewater effluent from the system between the channels. The channels have a high height to width aspect ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: David A. Potts
  • Patent number: 10316473
    Abstract: A modular structure for installing an artificial playing field comprising: a stabilizing layer forming a plurality of compartments for receiving a granular infill; a separation layer for location over the stabilizing layer to retain the infill; a water distributing layer; and an artificial turf layer. The claimed construction allows a stable base layer to be formed using virtually any locally available granular material such as earth, gravel, lava, rock and the like. The compartments ensure that the granular material is held in place and cannot be displaced due to loading or washed away due to rain or flooding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Ten Cate Thiolon B.V.
    Inventors: Hein Anton Heerink, Hugo de Vries
  • Patent number: 10294653
    Abstract: A rain overflow basin for collecting and storing rainwater, mixed water, or wastewater, has an inflow, an outflow, a basin chamber, a basin spillway, which is equipped with a weir threshold and is connected downstream of the basin chamber. A drain discharges the basin spillway, and a purification device purifies water flowing from the basin chamber to the basin spillway. A retention wall between the basin chamber and the basin spillway dams up water accumulating in the basin chamber. Water draining from the basin chamber is dammed up in a storage space is between the retention wall and the weir threshold, to reach the basin spillway via the weir threshold. The retention wall includes a passage opening. A purification device extends into the basin chamber such that water draining from the basin chamber through the passage opening into the storage space flows through the retention element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Amiantit Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Napierski, Heinz Jürgen Staratzke, Manuela Wendt
  • Patent number: 10246844
    Abstract: An apparatus configured for above-grade installation on ground to support equipment comprises an equipment support pad joined to an erosion control barrier. The equipment support pad comprises a top surface, a bottom surface configured to contact the ground, and side walls disposed between the top and bottom surfaces. The erosion control barrier is configured to extend beyond a perimeter of the bottom surface prior to installation of the support pad on the ground and to be manipulated into an erosion-resisting configuration after the support pad is placed on the ground. The erosion control barrier may be a geosynthetic, flexible or hard-walled, configured to be inserted into the ground to retain soil and/or to overlay the ground to re-direct drainage, and/or bonded to the equipment support pad. The apparatus may be configured to deter drainage from streaming between the erosion control barrier and the equipment support pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: J.F.R. Enterprises Inc.
    Inventor: Jay F. Rowland
  • Patent number: 10106945
    Abstract: Apparatus for allowing ventilation for underground tunnels through a ventilation shaft opening to atmosphere yet preventing underground flooding from surface waters pouring through the grate comprises an assembly that fits within the ventilation shaft and includes one or more panels mounted on a pivot axis and rotatable upwardly by human action raising the panel past a center point of the pivot axis to an upright inwardly leaning home position that allows ventilation as usual but by manual push or pull of the panels past the center point of the pivot axis lets the panels rotationally fall under gravitational impetus to a lower sealing position closing a passage between the ventilation shaft and atmosphere to prevent water from entering the underground tunnels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Floodbreak, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Louis A. Waters, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10065875
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems involving high aspect ratio conduits are provided. These may involve a plurality of high aspect ratio leaching channels that may be spaced a predetermined distance apart from each other. The predetermined distance can facilitate backfilling of the volumes of adjacent high aspect ratio leaching channels. The backfill may be sand as well as other materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: David A. Potts
  • Patent number: 10011087
    Abstract: Panel for soundproofing aircraft interiors comprising a first and a second layer and an intermediate layer of damping material placed between the first and second layer along a neutral axis of the soundproofing panel. The first and the second layer each comprising a structural layer and a surface layer placed on the opposite side to the intermediate layer and connected thereto, adhering continuously by means of an adhesive layer, the intermediate layer extends for the entire area of the panel and is connected to the structural layers of the first and second layer. The intermediate layer comprises a polymer foam material having a uniform thickness less than 2 mm and weight of less than 1.2 kg/m2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: MECAER AVIATION GROUP S.P.A.
    Inventors: Vincenzo Massarelli, Valentina Canala
  • Patent number: 9856638
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drain element formed of a hydrophilic coherent man-made vitreous fiber substrate (MMVF substrate), wherein the MMVF substrate comprises man-made vitreous fibers bonded with a cured binder composition, the MMVF substrate having opposed first and second ends and a passage which extends from a first opening in the first end to a second opening in the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwool International A/S
    Inventor: Michaeel Emborg
  • Patent number: 9809941
    Abstract: A drainage unit has a plurality of modules defining channels with arced or flared surfaces longitudinally spaced from one another for installation into a ground excavation. The spaced modules may be aligned on a longitudinally support pipe that may provide a fluid connection between the channels. The adjacent surfaces of successive modules are spaced from each other a non-constant distance across the laterally transverse thickness or height. Filtration fabric that allows fluid flow therethrough while substantially filtering surrounding soil or other back fill is wrapped around each of modules. The flared and/or arced configuration of the modules defining channels allows for increased surface area interfacing between the channels and soil and a corresponding reduction in laterally transverse footprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: James M. Donlin
  • Patent number: 9772609
    Abstract: A system, methodology, and programming logic for active stormwater controls to optimize sizing and design of Hydromodification Management (HM) structural Best Management Practices (BMPs) to achieve optimal flow duration control. Control logic enables the controlled release of stormwater from a BMP in a manner most akin to pre-development flow duration curves. Inputs to this logic include: flow duration curves based on continuous hydrologic simulation for pre- and post-development conditions; real-time measurement of water level within the BMP; and real-time measurement of discharge entering the BMP. This control logic can interact with control logic for other stormwater management objectives, such as harvest and reuse, infiltration, and combined sewer overflow prevention, and respective inputs, such as real-time weather forecast data, precipitation gage data, downstream flow gauge data, and water quality data, to meet those design objectives as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: OptiRTC, Inc.
    Inventors: Judd Goodman, Marcus Quigley
  • Patent number: 9732508
    Abstract: Individual hexagonal shaped modules used in an assembly for underground storage of storm water and other fluid storage needs. Modules are assembled into a resultant honeycomb shape for maximized structural strength and material use efficiency. Adjacent modules are in direct fluid communications with one another via openings or windows in module side walls. Assemblies include various top and side pieces along with access ports for entry into said assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Bio Clean Environmental Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachariha J. Kent, John Scott
  • Patent number: 9689132
    Abstract: A drainage ditch, including: a ditch body. The ditch body includes, from the top down: a separate layer, a first filter layer, a second filter layer, and a third filter layer. The separate layer is straw or stover; the first filter layer is crush stones having particle sizes of between 5 and 15 mm; the second filter layer is crush stones having particle sizes of between 20 mm and 40 mm; the third filter layer is stones having particle sizes of between 30 mm and 70 mm. The separate layer is covered by a plough layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Qiuhua Han
  • Patent number: 9670660
    Abstract: A plastic leaching unit for receiving water when buried in trenches in soil comprises a plurality of pillars interconnected by struts. A canopy made of sheet material is attached to the tops of the pillars. Preferably, the canopy is perforated and is overlaid with geotextile. The pillars are arranged as spaced apart integral assemblies to enable lateral and vertical bending of the leaching unit, for conforming to a not-straight trench. Leaching units may be stacked one upon the other within a trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: INFILTRATOR WATER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Roy E. Moore, Jr., Paul R. Holbrook
  • Patent number: 9650271
    Abstract: Processes and systems for treatment of wastewater are provided. Some of these systems and processes flow wastewater from an upright infiltrative surface into sand or other soil between opposing infiltrative surfaces and provide for aerobic treatment of the wastewater in the sand or other soil between the opposing infiltrative surfaces. Some of these systems and processes may employ spacing connectors positioned and configured to connect neighboring infiltrative channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: David A. Potts
  • Patent number: 9556048
    Abstract: A chain filter system established generally across a slope such as an agricultural field, residential area, reclamation site, industrial area, or municipal park, etc. The system comprises a series of basins oriented such that their upstream borders are aligned to capture variously directed stormwater runoff from the drainage area. Along each basin border opposite to the upstream border is extended a generally continuous berm to direct and contain stormwater movement, so as to avoid loss of runoff from and around the basins. The berm may include gates or scuppers for controlled release of captured stormwater runoff. This chain filter system serves to capture runoff for purposes of reducing pollution movement into state waters, flood control, creating wildlife habitats, enhancing aquifer levels in rural and urban settings, and avoiding downstream pollution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Samuel S. Owings
  • Patent number: 9546044
    Abstract: A precast concrete storm water assembly comprised of a plurality of modular precast concrete components is provided. More specifically, a fluid collection and containment system is provided that comprises a plurality of underground modules and permeable devices, such as ground level pavers, to allow the ingress of fluid at a predetermined rate. Various permeable and non-permeable conduits are also contemplated for conveying fluid within the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Oldcastle Precast, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Brad Boulton, Steve Kingsland
  • Patent number: 9540806
    Abstract: The invention relates to a facing element, particularly a plate-shaped facing element (1), for a wall of a building, with an inner boundary surface (2) on the side facing towards the wall and an outer boundary surface (3) on the side facing away from the wall. According to the invention, at least one cavity (6) is arranged between the inner boundary surface (2) and outer boundary surface (3), which cavity (6) extends from a lower boundary surface (4) of the facing element (1) to an upper boundary surface (5) of the facing element (1), and wherein at least one punch hole (7, 7?) is provided, which extends from the wall-side boundary surface (2) as far as the at least one cavity (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: LB Engineering GmbH
    Inventor: Josef Lasselsberger
  • Patent number: 9506235
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drainage trench unit (10) which comprises at least one drainage trench sub-unit (12), the at least one drainage trench sub-unit (12) having a base wall (16) and a plurality of hollow pillars (18), said pillars (18) being connected integrally to the base wall (16) and tapering, preferably conically, away from the base wall (16), i.e. tapering from their base end (18a) to their top end (18b). The invention also relates to a transport unit for transporting a plurality of such drainage trench units (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: FRÄNKISCHE ROHRWERKE Gebr. Kirchner GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Dietmar Adams, Michael Schütz
  • Patent number: 9474313
    Abstract: This invention is an improved padding used by athletes and others to prevent or greatly reduce the instances of injury due to blows to the body. This is accomplished through the utilization of a radial expanding and contracting structure encapsulated in a foam type material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Brian Kamradt
  • Patent number: 9228341
    Abstract: System and methods for waterproofing a below-grade wall of a structure. The system comprises a waterproof membrane mounted directly or indirectly to an excavation wall within which the wall of the structure is to be constructed. A plurality of elongate waterstops are affixed to the waterproof membrane and arranged to form a plurality of compartments. A plurality of distribution tubes having apertures are affixed to the waterproof membrane to allow an injectable sealing grout to be injected through the distribution tubes and out of the apertures into a corresponding compartment. A plurality of supply tubes are installed in fluid communication with the plurality of distribution tubes with each of the supply tubes extending to a location on the interior of the wall to be constructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: HYDROGARD, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Anthony Troyer
  • Patent number: 9217241
    Abstract: A flow diverter device includes a diverter body. The diverter body defines therein two inlet channels and an outlet channel and includes a diverter valve defining therein a connecting channel. The diverter valve is movable between a first position wherein the connecting channel fluidly connects one of the inlet channels with the outlet channel only and a second position wherein the connecting channel fluidly connects the other of the inlet channels with the outlet channel only. The flow diverter device further includes a sleeve component including a secondary inlet channel and a secondary outlet channel. The sleeve component is connectable to the diverter body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Timothy Scott Shaffer, Michael Lee Alsip
  • Patent number: 9145653
    Abstract: A composite material made up of fluid permeable layer and a core having drainage voids between projections thereon. The core has a number of relatively large openings defined therein so that in use the fluid permeable layer may extend through the openings in response to a working load applied thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: A.B.G. LIMITED
    Inventors: Jim Herbert, Paul Slater, Alan Bamforth
  • Patent number: 9051703
    Abstract: A preassembled drainage line element is fabricated with one or more flaps. In one embodiment, the drainage line unit is made from a webs of net material and a web of water permeable material and has two flaps at diametric points. The webs are formed about a barrel and the longitudinal edges are secured together, as by sewing a seam, to form a flap. The seam can be sewn at one of a plurality of spacings from the barrel to form a drainage line element of a different diameter from a standard diameter without need to adjust or replace other components of the fabricating machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: EZflow L.P.
    Inventors: Buddy Harry Bussey, III, Harry Bussey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9044795
    Abstract: At least one exemplary system comprises a tubular mesh enclosure formed from a mesh material having a nominal opening size of less than 0.5 inches, the tubular mesh enclosure having an opposing pair of ends, at least one of the opposing pair of ends sealed; and a filling surrounded by the tubular mesh enclosure; the system defining a length and a generally non-circular longitudinal cross-section defining a major width, a ratio of the length to the major width greater than approximately 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: Rodney W. Tyler
  • Publication number: 20150132060
    Abstract: A rapid deployment integrated erosion prevention and soil stabilization system that eliminates the need to disturb the soil by digging, tilling, trenching, or soil void formation, said system that includes an irrigation bladder with a plurality of water outlets; an elongate mulch wattle spaced slightly apart from said bladder and disposed in a generally parallel side-by-side relationship in relation to said bladder; and a generally linear array of deep rooting plant strips disposed between said bladder and said wattle; wherein said irrigation bladder, said mulch wattle and said grass strips are physically combined to form a deployment module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: ROOTS SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Stefan W. Stehling
  • Patent number: 9016979
    Abstract: A molded plastic arch shape cross section stormwater chamber having a corrugated wall comprises separately molded half chambers which are connected by coupling features at a joint at the top of the chamber. Preferably, the half chambers are substantially identical and are made in the same mold. The half chambers may be compactly stored and transported. Near the point of use, the chambers may be assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Infiltrator Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan A. Coppes, Paul R. Holbrook, Brian M. Burnes
  • Patent number: 9004812
    Abstract: A system for controlling rainwater runoff has an inlet conduit. A first junction is connected to the inlet conduit. A by-pass conduit connects the first junction with a second junction. A first transfer conduit connects the first junction with a storage tank. A second transfer conduit connects the storage tank with the second junction. An outlet conduit connects with the second junction. The system is arranged such that it provides substantial rain-water drainage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Ridvan Garden Developments Limited
    Inventor: Anthony Robert Muir
  • Patent number: 8992115
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Shaw & Sons, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee A. Shaw, Ronald D. Shaw
  • Patent number: 8985897
    Abstract: A precast concrete storm water assembly comprised of a plurality of modular precast concrete components is provided. More specifically, a fluid collection and containment system is provided that comprises a plurality of underground modules and permeable devices, such as ground level pavers, to allow the ingress of fluid at a predetermined rate. Various permeable and non-permeable conduits are also contemplated for conveying fluid within the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Oldcastle Precast, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Brad Boulton, Steve Kingsland
  • Publication number: 20150078826
    Abstract: An architectural design system receives input specifying plans for (i) a site having a surface area, (ii) post-development buildings, parking lots or sidewalks arranged to occupy a portion of the surface area greater than existing buildings, parking lots and sidewalks on the site, and (iii) post-development rain water management apparatus arranged to occupy a portion of the surface area and configured to at least slow the rate at which rain water drains from the site. The system further computes a water score for the site based on expected rainfall for the site and the perviousness of the site under pre-settlement, existing and post-development conditions, and outputs the water score.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: SmithGroupJJR, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Wywrot, Neal Billetdeaux
  • Publication number: 20150050087
    Abstract: The invention is directed generally to improvements in irrigation and fertilization assessment and delivery. More specifically, embodiments of the invention provide an improved fluid delivery tube, method to manufacture such tube, and systems that include such tube. The delivery tube is beneficial at least because it minimizes the life cycle cost of a plant-responsive delivery tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Janice K Gould, David A Conklin
  • Patent number: 8920072
    Abstract: A drainage channel includes a first sidewall provided with a first rail member extending along a longitudinal axis of the drainage channel. A second sidewall extends along the longitudinal axis of the drainage channel with the first and second sidewalls at least partially defining an interior area of the drainage channel. A first locking insert is at least partially positioned within a first rail opening of the first rail member, with the first locking insert including a first insert opening. Further examples include methods of making a drainage channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: ACO Polymer Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Humphries, James Allen McConnell
  • Publication number: 20140369758
    Abstract: The instant invention relates to methods for increasing or promoting microbial activity in soil selected for treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: ORO AGRI, INC.
    Inventors: Erroll Melvyn Pullen, Melvin Donovan Pullen
  • Publication number: 20140369757
    Abstract: Drainage body surface units are known with conical spacer elements which are connected together via a base. The spacer elements have casing surfaces which run undulating in cross-section, comprising successive wave peaks and wave troughs. In order to guarantee as high a strength as possible with as little material usage as possible, a construction is proposed in which the wave peaks transform into the wave troughs via transitional regions, wherein the transitional regions have a smaller material thickness than the wave troughs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Arne Meincke
  • Patent number: 8911175
    Abstract: Systems and methods for drainage management, including a pipe that is cut along a longitudinal section thereof; and a pipe block having a curved section corresponding to a diameter of the cut pipe and including supporting legs. The curved section of the pipe block is configured to support the cut pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Robert H. Koerner
  • Publication number: 20140352729
    Abstract: A stormwater vault and a process for servicing the stormwater vault speeds the process of cleaning a stormwater vault. The stormwater vault has a built in liquefaction system for liquefying settled debris in the vault which works together with a sloped or angled floor in the vault. The settled debris is flushed toward the inlet to a vacuum removal line inserted into the vault through an access opening for removing the settled debris from the vault.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas H. Happel
  • Publication number: 20140341651
    Abstract: A substructure (1) for an artificial lawn, comprising a top layer (4) of artificial grass fibres (5) and a substratum (2), which substratum comprises a number of individual layers, including a base layer (2), an intermediate layer (7) positioned on top of said base layer an a sand layer (3) positioned on top of said intermediate layer, wherein said sand layer comprises at least two sublayers, wherein the first sublayer (11) comprises a sand fraction having a particle size which is larger than the particle size of the sand fraction of the second sublayer (13).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: DESSO SPORTS SYSTEMS N.V.
    Inventors: Peter Van Reijen, Ronald Koning
  • Publication number: 20140334877
    Abstract: A water repellent sand layer that is made of water repellent sand and serves as a water shield layer is provided to be slanted between upper and lower soil layers, a water conveying belt portion is provided to include at least one or both of gravel and a culvert that are provided between the water repellent sand layer and the upper soil layer, and a water shield wall is provided at a slant downstream side. Water falling and permeating from a ground surface into the soil layer is blocked by the water repellent sand layer, flows downward in the water conveying belt portion located above the water repellent sand layer to the slant downstream side, and is blocked by the water shield wall at the slant downstream side, so that the collected water is recovered from a drain hole in the culvert that penetrates the water shield wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Akira TAOMOTO, Yumi WAKITA, Junichiro TAKEUCHI, Koichi UNAMI, Toshihiko KAWACHI
  • Publication number: 20140321914
    Abstract: Methods to control dewatering of confined, saturated formations in excavation mines may include treating a portion of an untreated smectite shale barrier with a dewatering fluid thereby yielding a treated smectite shale barrier, wherein the untreated smectite shale barrier is associated with a confined, saturated formation that comprises water, and wherein the dewatering fluid comprises an aqueous base fluid and a dewatering additive; and draining at least a portion of the water from the confined, saturated formation through the treated smectite shale barrier. In some instances, the dewatering additive may include potassium citrate and potassium nitrate each independently in a concentration of about 0.5% to about 5% by weight of the aqueous base fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles R. Landis, Thomas S. Cortner, Eric B. Frantz
  • Publication number: 20140314485
    Abstract: The invention relates to a water drain reservoir comprising a coherent man-made vitreous fibre substrate (MMVF substrate) and a conduit having two open ends, wherein the MMVF substrate comprises man-made vitreous fibres bonded with a cured binder composition, wherein a first open end of the conduit is in fluid communication with the MMVF substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Michaeel Emborg