With Transverse Tie Patents (Class 52/426)
  • Patent number: 10889980
    Abstract: A bridge to construct a multi-stage wall is provided with a clip at each end. One of the clips is sized and shaped to fit snugly onto the wall of a standard concrete masonry unit (CMU), while the other is sized and shaped to fit onto a segmental wall system (SWS) unit. A retaining or stand-alone wall is constructed by laying a row of SWS units and a row of CMUs roughly parallel to each other, with bridges extending between them to fix the units. The hollow spaces in each unit and the space between the rows is filled with gravel, rock or other fill material as each course is laid. Additional courses of SWS units and CMUs are placed on top of the prior courses, with bridges added to each course. This process is repeated until the desired wall height is reached. Various sized and shaped clips and connector brackets are provided to allow spacing of the walls at different distances, with varying blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Dean Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick E. Dean, Daniel J. Curry, J. Matthew Kempainen, Kong Cheng Moua, Michael Stoneburner, Daniel Sylvestre
  • Patent number: 10863845
    Abstract: An artificial tree includes an artificial tree pole having a bottom portion and supporting a plurality of artificial branches extending outwardly therefrom. An artificial tree trunk includes a flexible substrate that is wrapped around the bottom portion of the pole below the plurality of artificial branches. The flexible substrate has a first surface and an opposite second surface, a first edge and an opposite second edge, and a first end and an opposite second end. An image of tree bark is displayed on the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventor: Ryan Kenny
  • Patent number: 10704257
    Abstract: A foam block and poured concrete building system preferably includes a plurality of wall foam blocks, a plurality of corner foam blocks, poured concrete, a plurality of fastening strips and a plurality of fasteners. Two end cavities are formed in opposing ends of the plurality of wall foam blocks. Top and bottom cavities are formed in the plurality of wall foam blocks. Each corner foam block includes an inner angle plate, three middle spacers and an outer angle plate. Each fastening strip includes a plurality of holes formed at heights that correspond to a height of the plurality of wall foam blocks and the plurality of corner foam blocks. Window frames and doorframes include a plurality of fastening strips. When the plurality of wall and corner foam blocks are assembled to each other with the plurality of fastening strips and fasteners, concrete is poured into vertical cavities therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: James Moran
  • Patent number: 10697178
    Abstract: A rebar positioner for being placed within an open core of a masonry block having an open core and an adjacent closed core separated by a web. A wire defines first and second laterally spaced-apart support elements adapted to extend over and be supported by the web of the block. End portions of the first and second support elements are adapted for extending into the enclosed core of the block. A rebar positioning segment defines at least one ring adapted for being positioned within the open core of the block and surrounding a section of vertically extending rebar positioned in the open core. The wire is bent such that the end portions of the first and second support elements are adapted for extending into the closed core at a level below an upper surface of the block and the at least one ring is adapted for extending into the open core at a level below the upper surface of the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Masonry Reinforcing Corporation of America
    Inventor: Ralph O. Johnson, III
  • Patent number: 10329764
    Abstract: An example apparatus is disclosed that may be a demising wall that may include two structurally insulated panels (SIPS). Each of the SIPS may be configured to span between a floor and a ceiling of a building unit, and the two SIPS are spaced apart to define an interstitial space between the SIPS, wherein each of the SIPS includes an interior surface having a magnesium oxide board and an exterior surface having a fiber cement board. An example method is disclosed for assembling a demising wall to a floor panel. An example apparatus is disclosed that may be an end wall panel that may include two SIPS. Each of the SIPS may be configured to span between a floor and a ceiling of a building unit. An example method is disclosed for assembling an end wall panel to a floor panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Innovative Building Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Arlan Collins, Mark Woerman
  • Patent number: 9676166
    Abstract: Modular, prefabricated insulating concrete forms and methods for fabricating such forms are presented herein. In one aspect, a reinforced cement based coating is disposed over at least the top, bottom, and outward facing surfaces of insulating foam cores comprising two sidewalls of a modular, prefabricated insulating concrete form (ICF). In a further aspect, a cement based finish coating is disposed over a portion of the reinforced cement based coating located over an outward facing surface of a sidewall of the ICF. In another aspect, at least a portion of the top and bottom surfaces of the sidewalls are disposed at an angle with respect to the outward facing surfaces of the sidewalls such that the sloped portions of the bottom and top surfaces are parallel. In this manner, multiple ICFs interlock when stacked on top of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Waldemar Stachniuk
  • Patent number: 9529939
    Abstract: Techniques are described for decomposing three-dimensional (3D) geometry into an assemblable collection of two-dimensional (2D) panels. Importantly, the 3D geometry is automatically encoded into the 2D panels, allowing the 3D geometry to be recreated simply by joining the 2D panels at the appropriate seams and creating the appropriate bends/folds in each panel. Further, each panel has edges, vertices, and faces which can be encoded in the panelization, allowing assembly instructions to be algorithmically generated, Doing so allows users to be provided with a step-by-step instructions carried out to realize the 3D geometry encoded in the 2D panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: AUTODESK, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Bachrach, Saul Griffith
  • Patent number: 9482003
    Abstract: A insulated masonry wall system having insulation blocks between structural and face blocks to provide structures that are strong, inexpensive, avoid thermal bridges, and resist transmission of heat. The walls are attractive and versatile, and an enormous variety of decorative face members may be utilized. The face blocks are attached to the structural blocks to prevent facing materials from falling even if fire destroys the insulation blocks between the structural blocks and the facing. The system resists water penetration and effectively drains water that does penetrate any portion of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Oldcastle Architectural, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard Browning, Robert J. Lundell, Stephane Beliveau
  • Patent number: 9441342
    Abstract: Disclosed is an economical and effective way of producing a modular retaining wall for a material to be retained, using only blocks which in and of themselves are of insufficient thickness to function as retaining wall blocks. The modular wall includes backer blocks and facing blocks which are connected by separate connectors in a back to back, spaced apart arrangement, thereby forming a hollow retaining wall. The hollow wall is filled with loose filler material to increase the mass and retaining capacity of the wall. None of the wall components is embedded in the material to be retained. Further disclosed are wall components and a wall kit for a modular retaining wall. A double sided decorative wall is also disclosed. The modular wall system allows for the construction of retaining walls and freestanding, double sided, decorative walls forming both straight and curved walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Les materiaux de construction Oldcastle Canada, In
    Inventors: Bertin Castonguay, Marc-Andre Lacas, Robert Daoust
  • Patent number: 9441365
    Abstract: A formwork apparatus for forming a concrete structure comprises a plurality of elongated panels comprising connector components at their transverse edges for connecting to one another in edge-adjacent relationship. Each one of the elongated panels comprises an outer surface that extends between its transverse edges and an inner surface that extends between its transverse edges at a location inwardly spaced apart from the outer surface. The inner surface comprises one or more inwardly projecting convexities that extend between the transverse edges. The inwardly projecting convexities may comprise arcuate-shaped surfaces. The inwardly projecting convexities may comprise a plurality of transversely adjacent convexities. There may be brace elements that extend part way between or all the way between the outer and inner surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: CFS Concrete Forming Systems Inc.
    Inventors: George David Richardson, Semion Krivulin, Zi Li Fang
  • Patent number: 9322170
    Abstract: A bracing device has a supporting module and a restraining element mounted around the supporting module to provide a restraining-supporting effect to the supporting module. The supporting module has at least one supporting element. The at least one supporting element is elongated and has an axial segment and two connecting heads. The axial segment has at least one concave edge and at least one loading section. The connecting heads are respectively formed on two connecting ends of the axial segment. The restraining element has at least one viewing hole aligning along the at least one loading section of the axial segment to enable a user to see the at least one supporting element of the bracing device via the at least one viewing hole without dismantling the restraining element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Chong-Shien Tsai
  • Patent number: 9309672
    Abstract: A bracing device has a supporting module and a restraining element mounted around the supporting module to provide a restraining-supporting effect to the supporting module. The supporting module has at least one supporting element. The at least one supporting element is elongated and has an axial segment and two connecting heads. The axial segment has at least one concave edge and at least one loading section. The connecting heads are respectively formed on two connecting ends of the axial segment. The restraining element has at least one pair of side boards, two restraining boards and at least one viewing hole aligning with the at least one concave edge of the axial segment to enable a user to see the at least one supporting element of the bracing device via the at least one viewing hole without dismantling the restraining element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Chong-Shien Tsai
  • Patent number: 9273443
    Abstract: The invention relates to a building including a facing, a backfill at the back of the facing, synthetic reinforcement strips distributed in the backfill, and a connection system between the reinforcement strips and the backfill. The connection system includes fasteners having the shape of a continuous closed loop, each including two first portions for hooking to the facing and, alternating with the first portions along the closed loop shape, two second portions extending towards the back of the facing where they are folded back to form two loops inside of which at least one reinforcement strip extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: TERRE ARMEE INTERNATIONALE
    Inventors: Nicolas Freitag, Jean-Claude Morizot, Gilles Berard
  • Patent number: 9260874
    Abstract: A tie system and method for forming a wall from a hardenable building material over an existing concrete wall. In one embodiment, the tie system includes multiple wall ties configured to be directly interconnected to form a wall tie stack such that multiple wall tie stacks can be positioned over the existing concrete wall in a spaced apart, vertically extending arrangement. The multiple wall tie stacks are configured to extend substantially perpendicular between substantially parallel panel structures. The tie system may be secured with the parallel panel structures to extend vertically as forms for a concrete wall and, if desired, transversely as forms for a concrete roof structure over, for example, a roof truss system, joined together with forms for forming a concrete eave portion. In this manner, the tie system may be employed to form a concrete building structure extending as the walls and roof of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Paladin Industrial, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory M. McDonagh
  • Patent number: 9255401
    Abstract: The invention concerns the field of a lightweight building structure produced by using a mortar containing foamed polystyrene and cement. It includes at least one layer of prefabricated foam concrete panel affixed to a reinforcing frame structure wherein interspaces between elements of the reinforcing frame structure are at least partially filled with a mortar providing a first surface contacting the foam concrete panel. The mortar includes granules of 0.5-10 mm size produced by grinding a pressed foamed concrete that has been allowed to mature, 50-200 kg of unbound, anhydrous cement, and 150-300 liters of water added before application per one cubic meter of ground material, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: István Antal
  • Patent number: 9234347
    Abstract: An assembly of interconnected blocks such, as lightweight concrete, rock, or wood blocks, in combination with crossed ties means used for attaching blocks two by two while keeping them in a stable spaced apart position. The crossed ties comprise a rectangular shape wherein opposite corners are joined by straight links which resist shear forces due to wind, storm, tornadoes, landslides or earthquake. They comprise furthermore pegs which attach the blocks two by two when pressing pegs into notches dug on upper or lower surfaces of the blocks or on their sides. The blocks are then made with, notches on upper or lower surfaces of the blocks, and on their sides, which correspond to positions of pressing pegs, to interconnect blocks together. Such pegs are provided to mesh with critical positions in the blocks for stable junctions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventors: Andŕe Cossette, Lyhieryl P. Demegillo
  • Patent number: 9206614
    Abstract: An apparatus for a formwork assembly comprises a plurality of elongated panels connectable to one another in edge-adjacent relationship. The plurality of panels comprise first and second edge-adjacent panels connectable to one another at a connection between a male connector component of the first panel and a female connector component of the second panel. The female connector component comprises a female engagement portion which defines a principal receptacle and the male connector component comprises a male engagement portion which is received in the principal receptacle to form the connection. The female connector component comprises a first abutment portion and the male connector component comprising a second abutment portion which abuts against the first abutment portion to form the connection. The first and second abutment portions are located outside of the principal receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: CFS Concrete Forming Systems Inc.
    Inventors: George David Richardson, Semion Krivulin, Zi Li Fang
  • Patent number: 9171649
    Abstract: A modularized approach for rapidly and cost effectively assembling a structure suitable for housing radiation emitting equipment is disclosed. The modules include reinforced walls to contain radiation shielding fill material. The modules are transported empty and then filled on site with the fill material to form a radiation shielding barrier around radiation emitting equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Rad Technology Medical Systems LLC
    Inventors: Gary Zeik, Eric Landau, Joe Don Garrison, Cheri Ann Oquist, Ronald C. McCarthy, Theodore M. Englehart
  • Patent number: 9169661
    Abstract: A construction form system for forming concrete walls for use as above grade walls, foundations, frost walls, exterior envelopes, and the like, is disclosed. The system includes a plurality of pairs of opposing vertical forming panels spaced from each other to define a forming cavity disposed to receive a hardenable material. Each pair of opposing forming panels comprises an inner panel forming part of an inner wall and an outer panel forming part of an outer wall. The system also includes an outer rail positioned between each adjacent pair of outer forming panels and an inner rail positioned between each adjacent pair of inner forming panels. The inner forming panels comprise support panels configured to be selectively addable and removable from between each adjacent pair of inner rails prior to and subsequent to a pouring of the hardenable material into the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: TF Forming Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald T. Spude, Steven T. Huff, Bryan L. Danner
  • Patent number: 9163412
    Abstract: A shaped insulating board is disclosed for enabling lining of fiber cement boards and simultaneously enabling attachment of the insulating board on the building studs. Furthermore, the shaped insulating board provides a water drainage panel that allows water to drain downward on both sides of the board. The shaped insulating board also provides aeration between the board and the building surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Fiber Cement Foam Systems Insulation, LLC
    Inventor: Russ Schaefer
  • Patent number: 9103119
    Abstract: A tie system for an insulated concrete panel. The tie system includes a first structural member formed with a first hub and a pair of first extension members coupled to the first hub. The first extension members extend outwardly from the first hub in generally opposite directions. The tie system further includes a second structural member formed with a second hub and a pair of second extension members coupled to the second hub. The second extension members extend outwardly from the second hub in generally opposite directions. As such, the first and second hubs may be rotatably coupled to one another in a manner that permits rotation of the hubs relative to one another. Thus, the tie system is shiftable between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration by rotating the first and second structural members relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventor: Joel Foderberg
  • Patent number: 9091089
    Abstract: A modular tie member which promotes flexibility in manufacturing ICF blocks of varying widths and heights, one embodiment including a pair of side wall bracket members each encapsulated within a respective panel member forming an ICF block and a web member pivotally attached to and extending between the side wall bracket members. Each bracket member may include an extension portion and/or another interlocking mechanism associated with each opposite end thereof positioned for overlapping and engaging similar members associated with similarly constructed tie members when one tie member is stackably arranged one on top of another tie member. The extension portions and/or the other interlocking mechanism extend into respective teeth associated with the horizontally opposed edges of the panel members for mating with the extension portions and/or the other interlocking mechanism of another tie member associated with a similarly constructed ICF block positioned in vertical arrangement thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: ICF MFORM LLC
    Inventor: Henry E. Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 9091062
    Abstract: A corner form panel used in an insulating concrete form system includes a hinged corner web member at least partially embedded in each of two segments of the form panel. The hinged corner web member enables the two segments to rotate with respect to each other, so that the form panel can be opened to a flat configuration for shipping, and folded into a corner configuration at the jobsite. Both inside and outside corner panels may be provided, and may use different hinged corner web members. The corner web member may include features for connecting the inside and outside corner panels, to reinforce the resulting form unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Airlite Plastics Co.
    Inventors: Barry Hiscock, Sheldon Warman
  • Patent number: 9068368
    Abstract: The invention resides in an alignment device able to align substantially vertical starter bars for a masonry block wall, the alignment device comprising a plurality of spacer arms spaced a predetermined distance from each other and a plurality of attachment members attached to respective spacer arms, the attachment members able to be operatively attached to the vertical starter bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Blockaid Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Christopher Charles Rafferty, Oliver Kohl
  • Patent number: 9038343
    Abstract: The invention relates to a prefabricated construction element (1) having a permanent form, such as a longitudinal beam or a panel, consisting of two parallel plates that are formed, through molding and spaced apart from each other, from a hydraulic mixture such as concrete and from a built-in metal reinforcement, said plates being separated by an insulating block and connected together by transverse spacers (not shown), characterized in that said construction element (1) comprises consecutive prepositioning and bottom (6, 7) and/or top (8, 9) linking means, said bottom means (6, 7) consisting of a metal male connector (6) secured to the metal reinforcement of a first element (1) and arranged at the end of the bottom portion of said first element, and a metal female connector (7) secured to said metal reinforcement of a consecutive second element and arranged at the end of the bottom portion of said second element, the relative positioning of the male connector (6) and female connector (7) being such that said
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: ELMERE
    Inventor: Pierre-Emmanuel Litaize
  • Patent number: 9016019
    Abstract: A multi-component composite block includes a pair of opposed and parallel masonry face panels amalgamated with transverse non-masonry truss-webs or a truss-module including a plurality of joined non-masonry truss-webs. Truss-webs and/or truss-module are delivered within the mold assembly and aligned, retained, and held fast in place by mold apparatuses. Portions of truss-web and/or truss-module unite together with mold apparatuses to shape partitioned residual cavity spaces for the addition of concrete block forming material to form face panels. The truss-web members and/or truss-module have configured elements that integrate with the concrete mass of the face shells providing a permanent amalgamated bond. The assembled multi-component composite block is rigidly stable, durable, structural, lightweight, and thermally efficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Kerry VonDross
  • Patent number: 9010050
    Abstract: A prefabricated rain screen wall panel is provided comprising inner and outer concrete panels secured together by shear connectors. Intermediate members provide insulation, a drainage channel and a vapor barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Hatzinikolas
  • Patent number: 8997422
    Abstract: Prefab wall, column, ceiling concrete forms are provided. The wall or column concrete forms comprise a metal mesh portion, dented line portions, horizontal cut portions, edge-pole portions, and a foam or light concrete portion. The metal mesh portion is formed with a shape of three-sided vertical mesh frame, the metal mesh portion comprising front net and two side nets. The dented line portions are provided horizontally across a plurality of locations of the metal mesh portion. The horizontal cut portion is provided at an edge of the side nets and being configured to receive rebars. The edge-pole portion is provided vertically along an inner edge of the side nets. The foam or light concrete portion is disposed and hardened with the metal mesh portion and the plurality of dented line portion. The ceiling concrete form includes a base board, pyramidal trusses, and a longitudinal bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Kim
  • Patent number: 8997421
    Abstract: Stay in place molds for the construction of concrete structures having fiber cement panels held together by multiple holding units is described. The holding units requires a flat rectangular main body; an indentation substantially located at the center of the upper side of the flat rectangular main body; left and right lateral edges perpendicularly located at the lateral sides of the rectangular body and a lower edge perpendicularly positioned at the lower side of the bottom side of the flat rectangular main body. They are selectively distributed at the internal cavity of the molds as a series of columns and rows separated from each other at predetermined distance. The particular structure and its distribution pattern facilitate the uniform contact of the liquid cement mixture and increase the strength and resistance of the structure prepared using the molds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Pedro Del Pino Garcia, Pedro Quiles Pérez
  • Patent number: 8997420
    Abstract: A panel for a building form made of insulating material such as polystyrene is integrated with a reinforcing member for enabling the panel to resist deformation due to forces applied against its concrete-facing surface. Reinforcement of floor/roof panels is beneficial to reduce the amount of, or eliminate the need for, shoring for supporting the weight of wet concrete or workers. The reinforcement resists against deformation due to cracking, splitting etc. Reinforcement is likewise beneficial for wall forms where the weight of concrete asserts significant pressure against the concrete-facing surface of the form, in order to resist deformation of the wall forms under pressure. The reinforcing member may be made of a plastic material such as polypropylene or high-impact polystyrene. Methods of manufacturing reinforced form panels are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Victor Amend
  • Publication number: 20150089894
    Abstract: A stay-in-place concrete form includes masonry shells layered with rigid insulation tied with plastic cross tie assemblies. The masonry shells can be connected with plastic dovetail connectors that compensate for the variation in height of the shells. This allows for the shells, together with the connectors, to be a consistent height and allows for dry stacking. The masonry shells can be bonded together with a layer of lightweight concrete poured in a cavity behind the masonry shells and/or bonded together by mortar joints. This dry stacking method can result in labor time and training savings over conventional masonry mortar construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin Patrick Ryan
  • Patent number: 8984827
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an insulating formwork block, including an inner wall, and an outer wall connected to the inner wall by connection and/or reinforcement means, the outer wall being thicker than the inner wall. The insulating formwork block is characterized in that the outer wall consists of the first element attached to the inner wall, and a second element made of an insulating material applied to the first element, and in that the second element is provided in the form of a slide which is applied to the first element by a slider and which is L-shaped. The invention can be specifically used in the field of manufacturing insulating formwork blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Euromac 2
    Inventor: Paul Schreer
  • Patent number: 8978331
    Abstract: A plurality of pre-formed panels are provided. Each panel comprises construction boards held apart from each other by spaced apertured metal strength members (2) to form a sandwich construction. Each strength member is provided with at least one bar (10) extending beyond an edge of the construction boards. Each strength member has a bar receiving portion (63) associated with its end opposite the at least one bar. To construct a wall, a first such panel is first erected with its strength members (2) extending vertically and with the bars (10) projecting above the remainder of the panel. The void between the construction boards is then filled with a settable material. A second panel is located vertically above the first by slotting the bars of the first panel into bar receiving portions of strength members in the second panel. Thereafter, the void between the construction boards of the second panel is filled with the settable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Verteka Ltd.
    Inventor: Hugh Gordon Bowerman
  • Publication number: 20150052839
    Abstract: The present invention provides in one aspect for a bracket for use with insulated forms for concrete walls. The bracket has an attachment plate for overlying the exterior of the insulated form to provide for a means of attaching the header or rim joist to the bracket. The bracket is provided an anchoring plate extending from the attaching plate for insertion into the interior of the insulated form. The present invention also provides for a method of attaching a header or rim joist to a concrete wall formed using insulated forms. The method involves cutting a vertical slot in the insulated form and inserting a bracket into the slot. The bracket has an attachment plate for overlying the exterior surface of the insulated form and an anchoring plate extending from the attachment plate through the slot into the interior of the insulated form. Concrete is poured into the form and allowed to set, after which the header or rim joist is attached to the brackets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventor: John RICE
  • Patent number: 8959862
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and a forming system that reduces the hydrostatic pressure caused by casting freshly mixed concrete or other cementicious material into vertical forms. Reducing the hydrostatic pressure in forms enables relatively weak materials to be used as form boards and minimizes the amount of bracing necessary to support the form boards—both of which lead to lower construction costs. The method uses the highly thixotropic properties of no-slump or low-slump concrete which enable the concrete to be quickly changed from a semi-solid state to a liquid and back to a semi-solid state numerous times before it hardens and without affecting the concrete's quality. Since hydrostatic pressure is only present when a liquid state exists, minimizing the amount of liquid concrete in vertical forms will also minimize the hydrostatic pressure present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth Robert Kreizinger
  • Publication number: 20150047277
    Abstract: The embodiments herein disclose a method and system for fabricating a non load bearing partition wall with an internal cavity having partition. The non load bearing partition wall comprises at-least two pre-cast concrete panels arranged in back to back fashion. The pre-cast concrete panel comprises several ribs for enhancing the stiffness matrix. The two ribs are adopted at the two opposite edges of the pre-cast concrete panel and one rib is adopted at the center. The non load bearing partition wall comprises a cavity formed between the pre-cast concrete wall panels. The cavity uses the concept of monolithic property to prevent bending along the width and length, with a special method of anchorage. The panel comprises an inbuilt duct facility to add service fixtures and also to allow for modifications after installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: KARTIK JANAKIRAM
  • Patent number: 8950137
    Abstract: The invention comprises a foam insulating panel having an outer surface and a reinforcing member adhered to at least a portion of the outer surface of the foam insulating panel. An insulated concrete form and a method of using the insulated concrete form are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Romeo Ilarian Ciuperca
  • Patent number: 8919067
    Abstract: An insulated concrete form including of first and second spaced sidewalls forming a cavity therebetween, said sidewalls having an inside surface and interconnected by a plurality of form ties, and a form insert made of an insulative material positioned adjacent the inside surface of at least one sidewall which thereby increases the R-value of the resulting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Airlite Plastics Co.
    Inventors: Bradley J. Crosby, Patrick D. Gredys, Glen Klassen
  • Patent number: 8910440
    Abstract: The present invention describes a connection system for prefabricated panels of the type comprising at least two outer concrete layers (12, 14), provided with metallic reinforcement (18), and an intermediate layer (16) made of heat-insulating material, arranged between the two outer concrete layers (12, 14). The system comprises a plurality of plate-like connection elements (10) having such a length (L) as to allow them to extend, in an orthogonal direction with respect to the panel's development plan, through the heat-insulating layer (16) and to partially penetrate inside the outer concrete layers (12, 14). Each connection element (10) is provided, at two opposed terminal ends, with respective hooking means (22, 24) to the outer concrete layers (12, 14). At least one (24) of the hooking means provided at the opposed terminal ends of each connection element (10) is made up of two distinct C-shaped edges (24A, 24B), side by side and parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Carlo Calisse
  • Patent number: 8887465
    Abstract: An insulated concrete form having spaced sidewalls joined by form ties to define a first interior cavity therebetween for receiving poured concrete, the form ties including interior fastening plates positioned in between the spaced sidewalls. The interior fastening plates provide a backing surface to which forming structures can be easily and efficiently secured to define a second interior cavity in between the forming structure and one of the sidewalls, the second interior cavity having thickness less than the first interior cavity so as to define a form for making a recess in the resulting concrete portion of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Airlite Plastics Co.
    Inventors: Bradley J. Crosby, Patrick D. Gredys, Glen Klassen
  • Patent number: 8881483
    Abstract: A variable-geometry modular structure made of a metallic or plastic alloy, having at least one modular element with variable-geometry, with a honey-comb structure, to be joined to different modular components to obtain different embodiments. The modular element has a series of passages in which vacuum is created when manufacturing, through molding or extrusion, the modular element itself; the above modular element is a structural element and has at the same time insulating characteristics. The external surfaces of the modular element have a series of recesses and ribs, shaped as a dovetail, that allow mutually joining two or more elements. Modular elements can further be butt-joined by using posts arranged next to the passages. The modular element can be joined to a panel which has a substantially smooth or a corrugated external surface, which is used for applying plaster or other finishing elements, such as any type photovoltaic panels or tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Michele Caboni
  • Patent number: 8877329
    Abstract: The invention comprises a relatively lightweight cementitious-based material panel. The cementitious-based material panel comprises a foam insulating panel having a first surface and a second surface; a first structural layer of cementitious-based material formed on the first surface of the foam insulating panel and affixed thereto; and a second non-structural layer of cementitious-based material formed on the second surface of the foam insulating panel and affixed thereto. The second non-structural layer of cementitious-based material is substantially thinner than the first structural layer of concrete. The second non-structural layer of cementitious-based material is preferably formed from polymer modified concrete, plaster or mortar. A method of making the cementitious-based material panel is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Romeo Ilarian Ciuperca
  • Publication number: 20140318062
    Abstract: An apparatus for a formwork assembly comprises a plurality of elongated panels connectable to one another in edge-adjacent relationship. The plurality of panels comprise first and second edge-adjacent panels connectable to one another at a connection between a male connector component of the first panel and a female connector component of the second panel. The female connector component comprises a female engagement portion which defines a principal receptacle and the male connector component comprises a male engagement portion which is received in the principal receptacle to form the connection. The female connector component comprises a first abutment portion and the male connector component comprising a second abutment portion which abuts against the first abutment portion to form the connection. The first and second abutment portions are located outside of the principal receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: George David Richardson, Semion Krivulin, Zi Li Fang
  • Patent number: 8869483
    Abstract: An insulating corner wall form comprises inner and outer foam panels arranged to provide a fixed space therebetween for receiving the poured concrete, the fixed space comprising a corner of about 90 degrees; a plurality of ties connecting the inner and outer panels. The ties comprise first and second corner ties, each extending from a respective first location at the inner panel to a respective second location at the outer panel. Each second location is a distance from a panel corner of the outer panel of from about 20% to about 80% of the thickness of the fixed space between opposite parallel portions of the inner and outer panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Victor Amend
  • Patent number: 8869479
    Abstract: A web structure for connecting two foam panels comprising a pair of web inserts adapted to be molded in the foam panels. Each of the web inserts has an elongated end plate and a pair of central male connector members supported by the elongated end plate. A pair of bridges is connected to the web inserts so as to extend between the foam panels. Each of the bridges having a cross member, a first female connector member formed on one end of the cross member and a second female connector member formed on an opposing end of the cross member. The first and second female connector members each having a cavity shaped to matingly receive one of the central male connector members of the web inserts from a lateral side of the first and second female connector members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Buildblock Building Systems, LLC
    Inventor: David Michael Garrett
  • Patent number: 8863460
    Abstract: Thermally-isolating wall anchors and anchoring systems employing the same are disclosed. A thermally-isolating coating is applied to the wall anchor, which is interconnected with a wire formative veneer tie. The thermally-isolating coating is selected from a distinct grouping of materials, that are applied using a specific variety of methods, in one or more layers and cured and cross-linked to provide high-strength adhesion. The thermally-coated wall anchors provide an in-cavity thermal break that severs the thermal threads running throughout the cavity wall structure, reducing the U- and K-values of the anchoring system by thermally-isolating the metal components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8844241
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for lining one or more surfaces of concrete structures during fabrication thereof. A structure-lining apparatus comprises a plurality of structure-lining panels and a plurality of concrete-anchoring components. The panels, which may extend in longitudinal and transverse directions, are interconnected to one another in edge-to-edge relationship at their transverse edges to line at least a portion of the interior of the structural form. The concrete-anchoring components extend in an inward/outward direction from the panels. The concrete-anchoring components may: be integrally formed with the panels; connect to the panels via suitably configured connector components; and/or connect edge-adjacent panels to one another. The concrete-anchoring components may comprise concrete-anchoring features which may extend in the longitudinal and transverse directions (e.g. in a plane parallel to the panels) to provide concrete-anchoring surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: CFS Concrete Forming Systems Inc.
    Inventors: George David Richardson, Semion Krivulin, James Johnson, Jaret Breckenridge
  • Patent number: 8839580
    Abstract: A load transfer device is provided to connect concrete elements including, but not limited to, sandwich and double wall panel wythes, roof, floor, balcony and canopy members, and pavement. The device may be used to connect and transfer loads between the components of sandwich and double wall panels. The device includes two load transfer members positioned at an angle with respect to one another. Additionally provided are a retention housing for retaining one or more load transfer members at their angled positions and a depth locating means for retaining one or more load transfer members at their proper depth. Also provided are sandwich wall panels and double wall panels employing the load transfer device and methods for manufacturing sandwich wall panels and double wall panels employing the disclosed load transfer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Composite Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Robert T. Long, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8756890
    Abstract: The invention comprises connector for a pair of opposed spaced concrete forming panels. The connector comprises an elongate spacer member having flanges formed thereon intermediate a central portion thereof and each opposite end thereof. A portion of at least one end of the spacer member is sized and shaped to selectively engage an elongate panel bracing member. A composite insulated concrete form and a method of using the insulated concrete form are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Romeo Ilarian Ciuperca
  • Patent number: 8752349
    Abstract: Provided is a concrete form system that may include a first panel, a first connection assembly, a first retaining member, and a lath. The first panel may include a first plurality of apertures. The first connection assembly may include a first bearing structure on a first side of the first panel and a first plurality of cross members penetrating the first plurality of apertures. The first plurality of cross members may include a first plurality of retaining portions exposed on a second side of the first panel. The first retaining member may extend through the first plurality of retaining portions and the lath may be between the first retaining member and the first bearing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Jesse Westaby