Specified Terranean Relationship Patents (Class 52/169.1)
  • Patent number: 10900248
    Abstract: A method for protecting a building against flooding by use of a membrane connected along a first side edge to a float, and comprises the steps of arranging the membrane in a packed configuration at a first distance from the building, and fixing the membrane to the ground at a start location along a second side edge, allowing water to unpack the membrane and move the float toward the building to arrange a first portion of the membrane with a lower surface against ground in an area between the start location and the building, allowing water to raise the float a second distance along an outer surface of the building while further unpacking the membrane to arrange a second portion of the membrane with the lower surface against the building. The first portion forms a retention portion which is retained on the ground by water on an opposite upper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: DOMODOM HOLDING APS
    Inventors: Peter Johannes Hindhede Blyme, Susanne Toftgaard Nielsen, Daniel Mortensen, Peter Sommer-Larsen, Michael Lei, Jorn Bech
  • Patent number: 10806990
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an inclined structure of a court floor having a new structure for easily collecting automatically supplying balls used in practice. According to an inclined structure of a court floor according to the present disclosure, the ball used for practice can be rolled down outwardly along the slope of the court, and then be collected in the collecting ditch and gathered in one place, so there is no need to collect scattered balls separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Byoung Koo Cho, Chang Suk Han, Chang Hee Chun, Bo Sub Kim, Yeon Uk Jeong
  • Patent number: 10801222
    Abstract: A workshop community includes a plurality of standalone workshop structures positioned around a central building. Each workshop within the community is individually owned, with workshop owners jointly owning the central building and associated infrastructure such a paths, fences and lights. Each workshop includes multiple doors, an individual electrical meter, parking, and gate access. The central building is the administrative and social hub of the workshop community.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: David L Nelson, Jennifer Kelly Heine Clemmons
  • Patent number: 10132072
    Abstract: The invention relates to a structure comprising inner and outer skeletons, each defining a cage-like structure consisting of metal structural elements, where the inner skeleton is housed within the inner space defined by the outer skeleton, and where the inner and outer skeleton are connected at one or more locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Hanoch Sinai
  • Patent number: 9903149
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a thermal break for use in tilt-up construction. The thermal break generally comprises an elongate body comprising a thermal insulating material. The thermal break may further comprise one or more protrusions extending away from the elongate body. The present disclosure further relates to a method of constructing an exterior wall comprising the thermal break positioned between a fascia wythe and a structural wythe of the exterior wall. The exterior wall may be tilted up to a vertical position during construction of a building, and the thermal break provides a fixture-mounting surface onto which a fixture, for example a door frame, window frame, air venting grill, or other building component can be mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: JK Worldwide Enterprises
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Knoblauch, Jared D. Krish
  • Patent number: 9873995
    Abstract: A flexible pier comprising a pier body, wherein the pier body comprises a waveform steel tube and concrete filled in the waveform steel tube. The waveform steel tube includes a wave segment. The wave direction of the wave segment is in along the axial direction of the pier body. The waveform steel tube and the concrete support each other. The waveform steel tube may improve the compressive strength of the concrete. Therefore, the section of the pier can become smaller while keeping the same compression bearing capacity, which not only increases the flexibility of the pier, but also reduces the amount of the consumed materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignees: SHENZHEN WISE-TECH ENGINEERING CONSULTING CO., LTD., SHENZHEN MUNICIPAL DESIGN & RESEARCH INSTITUTE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiachun Chen, Ruijuan Jiang, Weiming Gai, Yiyan Chen, Qiming Wu, Jucan Dong, Tianhua Xu
  • Patent number: 9856614
    Abstract: An aseismic composite pier includes one or more column limbs and waveform steel plates, wherein the adjacent column limbs are connected through a waveform steel plate to form a boxlike pier body. The wave direction of the waveform steel plate is along the longitudinal direction of the pier body. The column limbs sustain the longitudinal pressure and the bending moment, while the waveform steel plate sustain the horizontal shearing force. As a result, the flexural stability of the column limb, and the overall horizontal shearing resistance and the deformability of the pier are improved, and thus this kind of structure is suitable for piers with various heights; Moreover, the clear separation of the roles of the waveform steel plates and the column limbs improves the service efficiency of the materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: Shenzhen Municipal Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd., SHENZHEN WISE-TECH Engineering Consulting Co. LTD.
    Inventors: Ruijuan Jiang, Xiachun Chen, Yiyan Chen, Weiming Gai, Jucan Dong, Qiming Wu, Tianhua Xu
  • Patent number: 9074332
    Abstract: A floor water barrier device confines water to a desired area within a structure such as a garage. The device includes a barrier having a bottom section having a bottom surface. The barrier has an upper section positioned in spaced relationship to the bottom section. The upper section is substantially coextensive with a length of the lower section. The barrier further has a medial section coupled to and extending between the bottom section and the lower section defining a channel extending along the barrier. The channel is configured to prevent fluid from passing completely over the bottom section. A coupler is coupled to the bottom surface of the bottom section and extends along a length of the bottom section such that the coupler prevents fluid from passing between the barrier and the upper surface of the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Matteson
  • Publication number: 20150101263
    Abstract: A modular foundation of or for a building comprising a footing assembled on site from a plurality of prefabricated footers rigidly connected together and supported by ground below. The footing defines a seat for wall panels of a modular building structure that includes wall panels to be supported.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: NEV-X SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventor: Neville Holmes Price
  • Patent number: 8898996
    Abstract: A method for forming a cementitious retaining wall is described. The method includes the step of defining on an earth surface an outline of the wall to be formed. The outline delimits an area of earth to be excavated. The method also includes the step of compacting the area. After compaction, the earth underneath and adjacent to the area is densified, which provides stability to the earth during excavation and after the wall is formed. The method also includes the step of excavating the earth from the area compacted to an initial depth, thereby creating a wall cavity. The method further includes the step of compacting the bottom surface of the wall cavity and subsequently excavating the earth from the compacted bottom surface. This step can be repeated as much as required, under a final depth of the wall cavity is reached. Once the final depth is reached, the wall cavity can be filled at least partially a cementitious material so as to form the retaining wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventors: Maurice Garzon, Lavih Garzon
  • Patent number: 8833004
    Abstract: The invention relates to a foundation for a wind turbine, comprising an above-ground and a below-ground part (11, 12), wherein a connection facility (14) for a wind turbine is provided on the above-ground part (12), characterized in that the below-ground part (11) is produced at least partially from a wood-based material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Timbertower, GmbH
    Inventor: Gregor Prass
  • Patent number: 8763344
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for erecting an underground structure, wherein the method is intended to ensure that the underground structure is assembled as safely as possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Herreknecht AG
    Inventors: Ilja Irmscher, Marc Peters
  • 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: 8660232
    Abstract: The invention relates to an inexpensively-/easily-decommissionable nuclear power plant, where a nuclear isle of one or more nuclear power-stations is installed in caverns, and further, side by side with them, a center for characterizing, treating and conditioning radioactive wastes and two repositories are installed in suitable caverns, with a final repository being adapted to store low-intermediate level nuclear wastes and a temporary repository being adapted to store spent fuel, high-level long-life radioactive materials and, in case, spare nuclear rods for reactor refueling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventors: Sergio D'Offizi, Susanna Antignano
  • Patent number: 8635816
    Abstract: A crawlspace encapsulation system that enables sealing and insulating of the crawlspace while allowing for the venting of gases trapped between the ground and the sealing and insulating system. The crawlspace encapsulation system includes an insulation joist plug, one or more insulation panels, and a polymeric membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Nisus Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Lloyd, Michael W. Tobin, Ronald T. Schwalb
  • Publication number: 20140013676
    Abstract: An enclosing structure (1) comprising a backfill (2) and a roof (3), wherein the roof rests on the backfill and is attached to it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: TERRE ARMEE INTERNATIONALE
    Inventors: Nicolas Freitag, Jerome Stubler
  • Publication number: 20130326970
    Abstract: The invention relates to a foundation for a wind turbine, comprising an above-ground and a below-ground part (11, 12), wherein a connection facility (14) for a wind turbine is provided on the above-ground part (12), characterized in that the below-ground part (11) is produced at least partially from a wood-based material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Gregor Prass
  • Publication number: 20130312340
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for supporting a post. In accordance with some embodiments, a subterranean support structure has a tube extension adapted for placement within a hole to receivingly nest a proximal end of a vertically extending post that extends above the hole. The tube extension has opposing first and second ends, the first end adapted for placement proximate a top elevation of the hole and the second end adapted for placement proximate a bottom elevation of the hole. A support flange circumferentially extends from the tube extension a selected distance from the second end of the tube extension. The support flange supports a column of anchoring material placed in the hole between the tube extension and a sidewall of the hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: William Cole Miller, William Todd Miller
  • Patent number: 8590221
    Abstract: This invention pertains to the drainage of water around subterranean structures and is a modular system of modular panels connected by double standing seams. The modular panels can be interconnected and drain water away from a foundation and can be connected to each other to extend endlessly the length and width of the modular panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: John Joseph Pal, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8555561
    Abstract: A headstone support system includes a pole having a first auger attached to the pole proximate a first end thereof, the first auger configured to drill through soil upon rotation of the pole, and a headstone support attached to a second end of the pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Source of Pride, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Duncan Dickinson, Rodney Kenneth Knyvett, Enrique Escamilla
  • Patent number: 8549792
    Abstract: A protective shelter offering opposite outer supports and a roof structure extending between the supports, wherein the roof structure comprises a plurality of tray members arranged to receive earth, sand or aggregate material defining an inner skin to provide a first level of protection in the roof structure, and the tray members are arranged to be supported by transverse beams, wherein the transverse beams are arranged to be supported at their respective ends by the opposite outer supports and wherein the transverse beams form a transverse beam bridge across the shelter such that the height of the shelter centrally, and away from the opposite supports is substantially the same as the height of said supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Hesco Bastion Limited
    Inventor: James Heselden
  • Publication number: 20130199113
    Abstract: A plurality of floatable constructions are provided, the constructions including a floating base for a building, the base having at least one buoyant basement unit defining a basement level, and a reinforced concrete transfer platform atop the basement unit. The basement level can provide habitable or functional space for the building, and the transfer platform has at least one access opening giving access to the basement level which is enhanced by windows for light and ventilation. Methods and means of tying modular components of the structures together, and materials suitable for manufacturing such ties, are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventor: Carl Richard Nelson
  • Patent number: 8434270
    Abstract: A protective shelter that provides protection within a war zone and which can be readily assembled in a quick, secure and reliable manner. The shelter is formed of opposite outer walls and a roof structure extending therebetween, wherein the roof structure comprises a plurality of tray members supported by beam supports and in which the plurality of tray members is arranged to receive earth, sand or aggregate material so as to provide a first layer of protection via the roof structure. The tray members can be supported by beams serving to define a shallow arch across the shelter such that the internal height of the shelter centrally, and away from the opposite walls, is greater than the height of the said walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Hesco Bastion Limited
    Inventor: James Heselden
  • Publication number: 20130104468
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to realize a backfill structure suitable for relatively small-scaled land improvement without causing such a problem that a retaining wall after construction is unstable. A backfill structure for constructing an underground structure is composed of a plurality of wall face panels 1 vertically provided on a front face of a ground portion, coupling members 2 which are inserted through through-holes provided in the wall face panels to be fastened on the front face side of the wall face panels, net-like sheets 3 fastened with the other ends of the coupling members 2, and backfill soil body which is filled on the net-like sheets 3 to bury and fix the net-like sheets 3, where the backfill soil body is filled between the wall face panels 1, the back face side of the wall face panels, and the ground portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: NIHON KANKYO SEIZOU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshio Kamata
  • Patent number: 8429859
    Abstract: A headstone support system includes a pole having a first auger attached to the pole proximate a first end thereof, the first auger configured to drill through soil upon rotation of the pole, and a headstone support attached to a second end of the pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Source of Pride, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Duncan Dickinson, Rodney Kenneth Knyvett, Enrique Escamilla
  • Patent number: 8413404
    Abstract: An underground utility vault replacement method and system which create an inner structural envelope is shown to protect workers and equipment. It restores structural integrity and safety to the area within a decaying underground vault, without major disruptions above and/or below the ground. The system includes a plurality of structural walls, ceiling panels and structural beams and floor track. All structural elements are sized in width/height/thickness and methodically inserted through the existing manhole and maneuvered in place. Wall panels are attached to the floor by way of a secure track. Wall and ceiling panels are connected by way of a tongue and groove connection and an adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Voltek International, Inc.
    Inventors: Aram Stepanian, Vahe Karamardian
  • Patent number: 8307604
    Abstract: An underground utility vault replacement method and system which create an inner structural envelope is shown to protect workers and equipment. It restores structural integrity and safety to the area within a decaying underground vault, without major disruptions above and/or below the ground. The system includes a plurality of structural walls, ceiling panels and structural beams and floor track. All structural elements are sized in width/height/thickness and methodically inserted through the existing manhole and maneuvered in place. Wall panels are attached to the floor by way of a secure track. Wall and ceiling panels are connected by way of a tongue and groove connection and an adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Voltek International, Inc.
    Inventors: Aram Stepanian, Vahe Karamardian
  • Patent number: 8291651
    Abstract: An elastomeric seismic isolator bearing comprising a plurality of elastomeric layers reinforced with a plurality of fiber layers is disclosed, wherein said bearing is capable of exhibiting stable rollover when subjected to a lateral load in an unbonded application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: TDT Ontario Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Drysdale, Michael Tait, Hamid Toopchinezhad
  • Publication number: 20120255240
    Abstract: A transportable prefabricated container house includes a main body and a house forming body, configured to be housed in the main body and drawn out of the main body at the installation site to be expanded/assembled into a house threefold the size of the main body. Assembly of the pre-assembled square “U”-shape walls sandwiched between the floor and ceiling boards includes tightly tying the ceiling supporting beams and the floor supporting beams together with shackles, and passing steel rods or pipes between the walls to render the house immune from earthquakes and hurricanes. A foundation of steel pipe bodies assists earthquake- and hurricane-resistance. Mega structures housing multitudes of container houses can be used when stacking two or more container houses is insufficient and large scale urban development is necessary, and are capable of resisting earthquakes and hurricanes due to a system of wire mesh covering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Kangna Nelson SHEN
  • Patent number: 8117797
    Abstract: A sump system for use in basement waterproofing systems. A sump liner may be generally rectangular in geometry, and may include two side elements with apertures to exchange groundwater while blocking debris. An adjustable inlet may be provided in another side element to fluidly connect other elements of a basement waterproofing system to the sump liner. The sump liner may further include a base configured to provide a built-in stand for a sump pump. The pump stand may contain a lip with notches to allow debris to fall and collect in a trough around a periphery of the base. The base may further provide an underside cavity for accommodating an obstruction in the floor of a sump hole. A removable lid may facilitate access to the sump liner interior, and may contain a break-away feature to accommodate discharge piping, as well as a groove to lodge a pump power cord. The sump liner may be strategically oriented within the sump hole to protect the basement foundation from erosion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: DNI Reality, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Andras
  • Publication number: 20120000148
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of making a wall in soil, the method comprising at least the steps consisting in forming a trench in the soil; filling the trench with a self-hardening material; supplying at least one prefabricated element comprising two plates connected together by connection means; and positioning the prefabricated element in the trench filled with the self-hardening material. The invention also provides a wall that can be obtained by this method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: SOLETANCHE FREYSSINET
    Inventors: Serge BOREL, Jean Pierre HAMELIN, Joël CANO, Fabrice MATHIEU
  • Patent number: 8011143
    Abstract: A slab is fabricated of concrete positionable adjacent to a side wall of a manufactured home. The slab has a periphery. The periphery forms a lower flange. A dome is positioned upon the slab. The dome has a flat face. The flat face is positionable in contact with the side wall. The flat face is formed with an opening in facing contact with the side wall. The dome has a peripheral flange remote from the opening. The peripheral flange of the dome is concentric with and smaller than the peripheral flange of the slab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: Vincent Ross Wetherup
  • Publication number: 20110173901
    Abstract: A paver support system includes an edging rail or bracket that engages an underlayment layer. The paver support system contains a plurality of paving elements within a prescribed area bordered by the edging rail and supported on the underlayment layer. The cooperating underlayment layer and edging rail are self-supporting to maintain the relative spatial relationship of the plurality of paving elements supported thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: BROCK USA, LLC
    Inventors: Richard R. Runkles, Daniel C. Sawyer
  • Publication number: 20110167737
    Abstract: A system for a movable protective cover for buildings during severe weather. The system includes a base disposed beneath the surface of the ground; at least one structural support member movably coupled to the base and concealable within the base; a cover coupled to the at least one structural support member; and the at least one structural support member and the cover being moveable from a first position beneath the surface of the ground to a second position above the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventor: Kuang-Hsi WU
  • Publication number: 20110167739
    Abstract: A tough, water-proof building system, and methods of making the system elements and constructing buildings, which provides wall, ceiling, and floor structural panels and corresponding walls, ceilings, and floors,. The walls can be designed to have vertical and horizontal strengths sufficient to be used in place of concrete, as an engineered solution, both above grade and below-grade, including in severe weather conditions, such that no concrete need be used except for floor slabs. Panels have inner and outer layers, and structurally reinforcing members. Structurally-reinforcing members extend, typically as a layer and/or stud, the full height of a wall, at spaced locations along the length of the wall. Spaces between the structurally reinforcing members are optionally filled with rigid foam. An optional reinforcing stud is attached to, or overlaid by, the inner layer, and extends inwardly into the building from what is otherwise the inner surface of the building panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: Composite Panel Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Glenn P. Schiffmann, Gerhard P. Schiffmann
  • Publication number: 20110120028
    Abstract: A foundation system is disclosed that is used when building a structure on expansive soils. The foundation system includes a vertical wall that prevents moisture from migrating beyond the vertical wall into the zone of influence under the foundation. The prevention of the moisture migration into the zone of influence precludes damage to the foundation and structure caused by expansive soils.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: ALTERNATIVE CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES, LLC
    Inventors: Amil Fornatora, Philip Coppola
  • Patent number: 7937898
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a building complex (100) of the type containing eight construction elements (2) for residential use, situated at a suitable relative distance so as not to create visible interference with each other. Each construction element (2) for living purposes has a square plan base (3), at least an internal patio element (4), and at least one entrance facade (5). Each construction element (2) for residential use comprises a series of carrying building structures (6) situated along the perimeter of each construction element (2) for residential use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Neolis S.r.l.
    Inventor: Paola Barbara Quaranta
  • Patent number: 7921613
    Abstract: Terraced structured land joint and assembly system is disclosed, and includes a plurality of ball joints, each providing monolithic anchors for a plurality of compression and tension members. Tension members reside within compression members. Compression/tension members are linked between ball joints by couplers and turnbuckles, defining structured land including planar space frames, horizontal truss members, and vertical truss members. Structural forces are transferred through the ball joints into horizontal and vertical truss members, with resultant loads transferred to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: Koichi Paul Nii
  • Patent number: 7908801
    Abstract: A material and method for insulating and providing a drainage path for a foundation wall includes a non-woven thermoplastic board being for insulating and providing a drainage path for a foundation wall. The non-woven thermoplastic board has a thermal resistance of an R-value per inch thickness of at least 1. The non-woven thermoplastic board also has a vertical drainage ability per inch thickness of at least 135 Gallons/Hour/Lineal-Foot/inch at a pressure of 500 pounds per square foot (psf).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventors: Steven F. Nielsen, Allan Marcus Dellinger, Lindsay Castles, Bryan Thomas
  • Publication number: 20110061316
    Abstract: A foundation system includes metal framing members that support a reinforced, lightweight, dimensionally stable cementitious panel. The foundation system is non-combustible, water durable, mold and rot resistant, and termite resistant. The panels employ one or more layers of a continuous phase resulting from the curing of an aqueous mixture of inorganic binder, for example, calcium sulfate alpha hemihydrate, hydraulic cement, an active pozzolan and lime. The continuous phase is reinforced with glass fibers and contains lightweight filler particles, for example, ceramic microspheres.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: United States Gypsum Company
    Inventors: Timothy D. Tonyan, James M. Ullett, James E. Reicherts
  • Patent number: 7861468
    Abstract: A window well for use by a person to escape through a window formed in a basement wall including a generally U-shaped body member having upper and lower ends and inner and outer ends. The open upper end of the body member has a spacer and a removable lid mounted thereon. The body member is comprised of a composite material such as fiberglass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: Dan H. Gernstein
  • Patent number: 7856761
    Abstract: A protective shelter that can be used to provide protection within a war zone, and which can be readily assembled in a quick, secure and reliable manner. The shelter is formed of opposite outer walls and a roof structure extending therebetween, wherein the roof structure comprises a plurality of tray members supported by beam supports and in which the plurality of tray members is arranged to receive earth, sand or aggregate material so as to provide a first layer of protection via the roof structure. The tray members can be supported by beams serving to define a shallow arch across the shelter such that the internal height of the shelter centrally, and away from the opposite walls, which is greater than the height of the said walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Hesco Bastion Limited
    Inventor: James Heselden
  • Publication number: 20100287850
    Abstract: An architectural structure comprises a core column structure (1), a plurality of recessed platform structures (2) vertically spaced apart from each other and supported by the column structure, and landfill filled in the recessed platform structures form plots. A water reticulation system moves through all the plots from a central water supply system. Dwellings (4) are built on the plots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventor: Uttamrao Hanumantrao Jadhav
  • Publication number: 20100269425
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a vertical surface weed barrier structure that is attachable onto any upright vertical surface and functions as a deterrent for the prevention of vegetation and/or weed growth adjacent thereto. More particularly the invention pertains to a structure formed from three interconnected outwardly projecting tabs. The structure is of simple construction, can be easily installed in numerous variable positions, and includes additional optional features of engineering choice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas Richard Smith
  • Publication number: 20100242377
    Abstract: A riser formed from a plurality of curved cylindrical segments with vertical side edges having mating vertically tapered projections and slots brought into interlocking engagement to pull confronting surfaces together as the tapered elements become increasingly mechanically engaged. The segments are assembled by a sliding engagement of the protruding mating element of one segment into the vertically tapered slot of an adjacent segment. When sufficient segments are joined together horizontally to complete a ring except for a last adjacent pair of vertical side edges, the ring is warped to align the protruding mating element of the last adjacent pair of vertical side edges with an opposite end of the adjacent tapered slot. Thus aligned, the final protruding mating element and tapered slot are then slipped together while un-warping the joined segments forming the remainder of the ring until the top and bottom ends of all the segments are aligned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: Gary L. Koteskey
  • Publication number: 20100129163
    Abstract: The present invention provides a foundation-unit structure of a structural object such as a retaining wall installed fixedly on a foundation ground, in which the foundation ground is formed therein with a concavity, a sliding resistive element is placed within the concavity, and at least the front surface side of the sliding resistive element is filled with a grain-sized material so as to form a layer thereof, and an internal frictional angle of the grain-sized material forming the grain-sized material layer is equal to or greater than that of a grain-sized material comprising the ground and supporting the grain-sized material layer, and the grain-sized material layer exerts a reaction force (passive) via the sliding resistive element so as to reinforce a sliding resistance of the structural object mounted on the grain-sized material layer. In this way, a retaining wall excellent in a sliding preventive function is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: TOEISHOKOU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshio Suematsu, Toshimitsu Komatsu, Noriyuki Yasufuku
  • Patent number: 7641593
    Abstract: A is provided for constructing a jump pit with a sand area. The form is constructed in sections. Each section has an inside wall and an outside wall. A support member is located between the outside wall and the inside wall. The sections are secured together onsite. Caps are mounted on the support members. The caps include an inclined surface which slops upwardly and away from the sand area forming the inclined surface. A cover over the sand area is supported by the inclined surface. Optionally, a chamber is located adjacent the outside wall. A grate covers the chamber and the grate is supported by a brace. A mat covers the grate. Openings in the grate and in the mat permit sand through them, thrown from the sand area to drop into the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: Burt Goulet
  • Publication number: 20090307999
    Abstract: Terraced structured land joint and assembly system is disclosed, and includes a plurality of self-interlocking joints, each providing monolithic anchors for a plurality of compression and tension members. Tension members reside within compression members. Compression/tension members are linked between joints by couplers, defining structured land including planar space frames, horizontal truss members, and vertical truss members. Structural forces are transferred through the joints into horizontal and vertical truss members, with resultant loads transferred to the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventor: KOICHI PAUL NII
  • Patent number: 7604438
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a wale for use in bracing a retaining wall. The wale is comprise of a back wall, a front wall having a channel formed therein, and a plurality of connecting walls connecting the back and front walls to form at least one chamber between the back and front walls. In one embodiment, the wale is of unitary construction and the plurality of connecting walls includes top and bottom walls which form a single chamber between the back and front walls. In an alternative embodiment, the wale is of a unitary construction and the plurality of connecting walls includes a top, upper reinforcing, lower reinforcing, and bottom walls, which form a plurality of chambers between the back and front walls. The wale may by made of a pultruded composite material such as a fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) resin impregnated composite. A seawall system using such a waler is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Creative Pultrusions, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane E. Weyant, Dustin L. Troutman
  • Patent number: 7431536
    Abstract: Cellular foil (3) is unfolded between the surface of earth base course (1) and the first floor layer (5) during building the subsoil, which cellular foil (3) is poured over with fill (4) from loose material at least up to filling the compartments. A bedding (2) from loose material, optimally from sand, is created under the cellular foil (3). Geotextile (6) may be incorporated to the area under the cellular foil (3). Bedding (2) of lower grain size than that of the fill (4) is preferably used, wherein the fill (4) has optimal grain size of 8 to 63 mm. Compaction is done by at least eight travels of roller of 10 to 11 tons weight, also including vibrations when the height of fills is exceeding 25 cm above the cellular foil (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Inventor: Jiri Benda