Particularly Related To Adjacent Module Patents (Class 52/604)
  • Patent number: 9957687
    Abstract: A wall block, wall block system and method of making a wall block. The wall block including at least one core extending from the top surface to the bottom surface, the at least one core having opposed front and rear surfaces and first and second side surfaces the wall block also including at least one pin hole opening onto the top surface of the block and extending at least a portion of the distance from the top surface to the bottom surface. The at least one pin hole may open onto at least a portion of at least one surface of the at least one core. The block may be provided with channels; the pin hole, channels and core may all be formed in a mold box by a single forming member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: KEYSTONE RETAINING WALL SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 9945118
    Abstract: A mold for manufacturing interlocking, dry-cast concrete retaining wall blocks in an upright orientation comprises a mold box comprising two side walls joined to end walls to define a mold cavity, a top face, and a substantially open bottom face. Partitions configured to define a space between adjacent blocks or a space between a block and a side of the mold box extend parallel to the side walls of the mold box substantially from the top face into the mold cavity, to form first transverse portions of the profile of the top and bottom surfaces the blocks which do not include any undercut portion that would impede removal of the mold box in a substantially vertical direction. At least one removable insert comprises insert members which, when positioned in the mold box beneath the partitions, form remaining transverse portions of the profile of the top and bottom surfaces, the remaining transverse portions including at least one undercut portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: RISI STONE, INC.
    Inventor: Tyler Matys
  • Patent number: 9580881
    Abstract: A retaining wall having a plurality of courses of retaining wall blocks including a first upper course and a second lower course. Each retaining wall block has opposed front and rear faces, opposed first and second side surfaces, and opposed and substantially parallel upper and lower surfaces, and at least one weight bearing pad extends from one of the upper and lower surfaces. The at least one weight bearing pad extends substantially from the rear face to the front face of the block. The weight bearing pads are the only areas of contact between the blocks in the first upper course and the blocks in the second lower course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: KEYSTONE RETAINING WALL SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: David M. LaCroix
  • Patent number: 9010052
    Abstract: The present invention is a structural member made of composite material, characterized by comprising a body which is made of a composite material with at least one type of fiber and at least one type of resin; and at least one connection member which is one piece with said body in order to provide connection to another structural member with the same characteristics. The present invention also relates to modular structures like buildings produced using said structural members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Renco World Corporation
    Inventor: Sedat Cetindag
  • Patent number: 9010059
    Abstract: A building block (100) comprises a first mating portion and a second mating portion which are complementary. The first mating portion comprises a mating protrusion (140) which defines an axially extending through bore (144) and the second mating portion comprises an axially extending mating receptacle (180) which is complementary to the mating protrusion (140). The mating protrusion (140) and the mating receptacle (180) are in communication via the through bore (144), and a fastener anchoring device (146) adapted for engaging with an engagement means (920) of a fastener (900) is formed inside the through bore (144). The through bore (144) is adapted to permit axial insertion of the engagement means (920) of the fastener (900) into the mating protrusion (140).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Value Chain Network (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventor: Chi Kin Lin
  • Publication number: 20150082733
    Abstract: The Construction Block Lock deals with a method to build block walls without the use of mortar by inserting a separate part between the bottom of a block and the top of the block it is resting on that fits the cores in the blocks locking the blocks in alignment. Assembly, disassembly and reassembly is clean and simple; essentially a stacking operation. For temporary assemblies and shipping no additional treatment would be necessary and in some cases for permanent assemblies may not be either.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas E. Phillips
  • Publication number: 20150059273
    Abstract: A three dimensional structural unit includes at least one face having a rotational tessellation. The at least one face has at least two irregular sides extending there from. At least one of the sides has connectors adapted to align adjacent units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas S. Riccobene
  • Patent number: 8956084
    Abstract: A block combinable with other similar blocks to form a wall comprises a front surface; a top surface including a plurality of bosses, two or more of which are located adjacent each other in a direction along the front surface; and a bottom surface including a groove that has a floor. Each of the two or more bosses of the top surface includes a summit, and the summit of each define a plane. When the block is placed on another similar block such that the bottom surface of the block and a top surface of the other similar block oppose each other to form an interface region, the groove holds two or more bosses of the other similar block that are included in the other similar block's top surface, and the floor does not intersect the plane defined by the two or more bosses of the other similar block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Michael L. Kelly, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150040507
    Abstract: A wall block comprises an upper surface and an opposed lower surface. A front face and an opposed back face, and a first side face and an opposed second side face, are disposed between the upper surface and the lower surface. The first side face and the second side face generally extend from the front face to the back face. The block includes one or more features that define a horizontal alignment direction. The front face extends from the first side face to the second side face generally along a direction that is slanted with respect to the horizontal alignment direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Robert A. MacDonald, Thomas S. Riccobene
  • Patent number: 8931218
    Abstract: A modular brick or block outdoor structure includes an outdoor structure that is constructed in modular sections. Each modular section is fabricated from a plurality of paving bricks or retaining wall blocks that match the brick or block used to construct the patio. The bricks or blocks are preferably assembled to each other with adhesive. Each modular section includes means for transporting thereof with some type of equipment, if necessary. It is preferable that each modular section include channels to receive lifting forks of an end loader or other suitable transport device, if necessary. However, other methods of transporting the modular section may also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Oldcastle Building Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph P. Raboine
  • Patent number: 8931223
    Abstract: A system and method for forming a wall is disclosed. In some embodiments, the wall comprises blocks having internal couplers configured for use with rods which can be inserted through and which are configured to securely lock blocks together. In some embodiments, the rods which are inserted into internal couplers may be threaded or have another locking features such that the blocks in a wall can be securely fastened together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Tie-Cast Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry G. Speer
  • Patent number: 8925276
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wall block. The wall block (1) comprises a first wall (11), a second wall (12), a third wall (13) and a rib (14), wherein the first wall (11) is in parallel with the second wall (12), the third wall (13) is securely connected between the two walls, at the two respective ends of the two walls; the rib (14) is connected fixedly between the first wall (11) and the second wall (12), and forms a hollow portion (17) with the third wall (13). With the technical solution, as the wall block has a hollow structure, a load-bearing structure (such as a bearing pillar) may be arranged directly in the hollow structure of the wall block, unlike the traditional wall blocks which need to be piled up around the load-bearing structure (such as a bearing pillar) at a large amount. Therefore, the wall block of the present invention can save time for piling up the same and improve construction efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Beijing Rechsand Science & Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shengyi Qin
  • Publication number: 20140377016
    Abstract: A system of retaining wall blocks suitable for constructing a retaining wall comprising a modified arc segment shape cap block, a modified arc segment shape first wall block, and a modified arc segment shape second wall block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: William H. Karau
  • Publication number: 20140366471
    Abstract: Concrete masonry unit blocks with recesses providing pockets sized to receive dimensional lumber components, enabling easy design and fabrication of block and lumber assemblies, typically using construction adhesive to bond the blocks to each other. Various dimensions and shapes of blocks are possible, as well as numerous shapes and sizes of pocket-forming recesses in the blocks. A wide variety of attractive and functional structures can be built with the blocks of this invention and widely-available dimensional lumber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Leonard Browning, David Ronald Rice
  • Patent number: 8898968
    Abstract: One aspect of the present invention relates to a solar power unit comprising a frame, configured to be integrated into a building structure, for supporting a solar panel, the solar panel for generating a power signal, and a front cover for securing the solar panel to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Alexander Freimark Keller
  • Patent number: 8893450
    Abstract: The invention discloses devices and methods for using building blocks for construction that does not require mortar, internal columns or additional internal or external finishing. A building block includes joining elements for attaching blocks from top to bottom as well as from side to side. Additionally, blocks have internal and external finishes that are complete. The block includes a removable face for allowing access to space for infrastructural elements like wires and pipes. Thus, after construction of a structure, there is no additional need to paint, hang wallpaper or otherwise treat the outer and inner walls of the final structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Ron Zohar
  • Patent number: 8887466
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for constructing walls using blocks equipped with coupling means, comprising blocks having: ridges that fit into grooves, bases that fit into channels, cavities for the flow of adhesive, notches in which ducts for installations are located, perforations for reinforcing the wall with post-tensioned cable or rebar, provisions for building frames for doors or windows, and tunnels for housing piers, among other elements, which together allow a wall to be constructed without skilled labor, saving materials and reducing construction time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Arturo Ramon Alvarez Moysen
  • Patent number: 8887469
    Abstract: A wall block comprises an upper surface and an opposed lower surface. A front face and an opposed back face, and a first side face and an opposed second side face, are disposed between the upper surface and the lower surface. The first side face and the second side face generally extend from the front face to the back face. The block includes one or more features that define a horizontal alignment direction. The front face extends from the first side face to the second side face generally along a direction that is slanted with respect to the horizontal alignment direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Keystone Retaining Wall Systems LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. MacDonald, Thomas S. Riccobene
  • Patent number: 8869488
    Abstract: A landscaping edger includes a top face, bottom face, front face, rear face, and first and second end faces. The first and second end faces are angled inwardly toward each other from the front face to the rear face. The top face has a three dimensional topographical definition with a plurality of projections and a plurality of reliefs recessed from the projections. The entire top face is sloped so that gravity will drain water off the top face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Anchor Wall Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay J. Johnson, Robert Brian Burnquist, Steven Paul Bennett
  • Patent number: 8863465
    Abstract: A segmental wall block system including one or more a face units and one or more anchoring units. The face units each have a front face and a rear face and one or more channels formed in the rear face, the channels extending from the upper surface to the lower surface of the face unit along a face unit height. The anchoring units each have a first connector on a first end and a second connector on a second end. The first and second connectors are sized to slide into and be interlocked with the channels of the face unit. The distance between the upper surface and the lower surface of the anchoring unit forms its height, which is approximately uniform and is approximately one half of the height of the face unit. The anchoring units may also include one or more grooves on the connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Allan Block, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy A. Bott
  • Patent number: 8863464
    Abstract: A multi-purpose interlocking masonry unit includes support members extending from its lower surface and port depressions formed in its upper surface. Each masonry unit can be placed on top of a previously placed masonry unit. The interlocking masonry unit allows for the rapid creation of a wall that is substantially straight and aligned while minimizing the need to perform precise measurements and make alignment adjustments during the creation process. Bonding material can be poured through the resultant wall ports, creating a matrix pattern of bonding material throughout the wall, which results in a stronger more durable construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Joe Balducci, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8851803
    Abstract: A multi-component segmented retaining wall (SRW) block that may form a mortarless retaining wall. Each SRW block includes an interlocking face unit and an anchor unit that together form a vertically oriented hollow core bounded by the inner walls of the face unit and the anchor unit. Each face unit and anchor unit pair are interlocked by complementary connector elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Allan Block, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy A. Bott
  • Patent number: 8844237
    Abstract: A wind power plant tower segment is provided. The tower segment is designed as a jacket segment and comprises a reinforced concrete body, comprising two faces for attaching to faces of at least one further tower segment. In the region of each face, at least one connecting body is introduced in the reinforced concrete body and anchored therein for connecting to a connecting body of an adjoining tower segment. The connecting body comprises a fastening wall that is disposed substantially parallel to the respective face for absorbing a tensile load that is directed transversely to the face and transversely to the fastening wall. A wind power installation pylon having a plurality of such pylon segments, a wind power installation having a corresponding pylon, and a process for the production of a plurality of pylon segments is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Wobben Properties GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Kapitza, Panos Papadopoulos, Norbert Hölscher
  • Publication number: 20140260029
    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: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Oldcastle Architectural, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard Browning, Robert J. Lundell, Stephane Beliveau
  • Publication number: 20140260059
    Abstract: A building unit including upper and lower surfaces, and a plurality of side surfaces extending between the upper and lower surfaces defining a generally trapezoidal shape in plan view. The unit includes a first pair of the side surfaces, located on opposite sides of the unit and extending non-linearly and generally obliquely with respect to each other in plan view, where each side surface of the first pair has a midpoint bisecting it into two portions. The portions on each side of the midpoint are a 180° rotational image of the other portion about the midpoint. One side surface of the first pair is longer than the other, and the longer side surface includes a midsection of the same length and configuration as the other, shorter side surface. Each of the shorter and longer side surfaces interlocks with either the shorter or longer side surface of another like building unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Keystone Retaining Wall Systems LLC
    Inventors: Thomas S. Riccobene, Robert A. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 8820023
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a block deck used as the interior or exterior material of a building. More specifically, disclosed is a block deck using concrete, wherein a hollow portion is formed inside and filled with concrete so as to exhibit superior strength. The present invention provides a block deck including: a frame member formed with a hollow portion inside; and filler formed of a concrete material so as to be filled in the hollow portion. At this time, the concrete may be foamed according to desired strength with a foaming rate in the range of 0-50%. The frame member may be formed of natural wood, synthetic wood and synthetic resin materials. And, the frame member may be formed integrally or divisionally into two or more so as to be coupled, wherein coupling is carried out by being fitted in a sliding manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: LG Hausys, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung-Gu Nam, Dong-Jin Kim, Jung-Il Son
  • Publication number: 20140223848
    Abstract: The invention is related to a building block for use in interlocking with a plurality of similar building blocks for constructing a building. The building block includes a front face, a rear face, an upper face, a lower face, a first end and a second end. The building block also includes at least one substantially vertical hollow (web) and at least one substantially horizontal channel, wherein the at least one horizontal channel is disposed along one of the upper face and the lower face. In addition, each of the first end and the second end includes at least one header face, wherein at least one the header face can be one of a substantially planar face, a male header face and a female header face. Each of the male header face and the female header face includes one or more patterns for interlocking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicants: UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA PERLIS, KING ABDUL AZIZ CITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Mohammed A. Binhussain, Abdulaziz Adel Kurdi, Mohammed Abdullah Muhawes, Bader Saad Alnasban Saad Alnasban, Bader Zaid Bin Juwayr Zaid Bin Juwayr, Mohd Mustafa Al Bakri Abdullah, Mohammad Tamizi Selimin
  • Patent number: 8800236
    Abstract: An interlocking construction block has opposed ends each having a plurality of substantially planar bearing surfaces. The planar surfaces include perpendicular surfaces joined by surfaces at obtuse angles. The block is arranged to be complementary to other blocks in several different configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Tetraloc Pty Ltd
    Inventors: David Hsien Ta Yong, Han Chuan Khor, Arcady Victorovich Dyskin, Elena Pasternak, Juri Sacharowitsch Estrin
  • Publication number: 20140215949
    Abstract: An assembly of at least two parts of blocks made of light weight concrete, wood, or rock separated by a channel void or filled with an insulating substance. Channels provide a sound barrier and insulation. Attachment of the blocks can be made by means of angular steel pins fixing blocks two by two, by means of adhesive fibre glass wrapping the blocks, by means of adhesive construction glue, or by means of crossed tie resisting to shear forces. Central channels in the blocks are dug to pass a metal rod to strengthen the whole assembly of blocks; a central passage pierced in a top face of a central block wherein a metal rod is inserted and continues through an end groove of an upper and a lower block. Or, channels are dug all along the periphery of the block, and horizontal and a vertical rods are affixed against the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Andre Cossette, Ly Hieryl P. Demegillo
  • Publication number: 20140196397
    Abstract: An innovative masonry block, such as a CMU, has a core of insulative material with masonry cladding, such as concrete, on lateral sides, and anchor elements, such as rigid bar members, may extend from the core to hold the cladding to the core. The core may also include a drain aperture extending from top to bottom, as well as a sloped top surface that serves to direct water to the drain. A plurality of such blocks can make a wall or other building structure having a pathway for water to travel through and out of the stacked blocks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: Tom Sourlis, Gary R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8756894
    Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment of this invention, corrugated board is folded into a building system. The building system comprises a plurality of blocks and connectors. The blocks are rectangular cuboid in shape. The bottom and top sides of the blocks have rectangular arrays of holes. The blocks may be releasably connected by aligning the top holes of one block with the bottom holes of another block, and then inserting connectors into the aligned pairs of holes, one connector per aligned paid of holes. The ends of the connectors that are inserted are circular or equiangular polygonal in shape. In some embodiments, compression is used to releasably hold the connectors in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Impossible Objects LLC
    Inventors: Robert Swartz, Joseph Fallon, Robert McClure
  • Patent number: 8745953
    Abstract: Retaining wall building blocks for receiving fill material during construction of a retaining wall, retaining walls constructed with the building blocks and methods of manufacture of the building block wherein the block comprises a cast cement body having a base, a generally upright face wall extending upward from the base, two generally upright side walls extending upward from the base and generally rearward of the face wall, the base, upright face wall, and side walls each having an inner and an outer surface, the side walls each having a top and a rearward most end, and a fill receiving cavity defined by base inner surface, side wall inner surfaces and face wall inner surface for receiving fill material, the fill receiving cavity having a volume wherein a ratio of the volume of the fill receiving cavity to the volume of the retaining wall building block is at least 0.75:1, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Smart Slope, LLC
    Inventor: Mark A. Woolbright
  • Publication number: 20140150368
    Abstract: Wall blocks, veneers, veneer connectors, walls, and methods of constructing walls are provided. More particularly, the invention relates to constructing walls in which a veneer panel is attached to a wall block with a connector and in which the front faces of the veneers have a desirable texture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Keystone Retaining Wall Systems LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 8726595
    Abstract: An irregularly-shaped building unit includes a front surface, a rear surface opposite of the front surface, and an outer contour surface that extends generally perpendicularly from the front surface to the rear surface. The outer contour surface is irregularly shaped. A plurality of mating sides are disposed on the outer contour surface, where at least two mating sides intersect with a major axis, and at least two mating sides intersect with a minor axis. The major axis and the minor axis are generally perpendicular to each other. Each mating side is a centered rotation about the respective axis that the mating side intersects with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Keystone Retaining Wall Systems LLC
    Inventor: Thomas S. Riccobene
  • Publication number: 20140102032
    Abstract: A free-standing wall includes concrete base blocks adjacent to each other forming a base course; a first set of concrete wall blocks stacked on the base course and on each other to form a first wall face; and a second set of concrete wall blocks stacked on the base course and on each other to form a second wall face that faces the opposite direction from the first wall face and that has the same number of courses as the first plurality of wall blocks. Methods of constructing the wall arrangement include laying the base blocks next to each other end to end; stacking individual blocks of a first set of blocks on the base course and then on each other to form a first wall face; stacking individual blocks of the second set of blocks on the base course and then on each other to form a second wall face that faces a direction opposite of the first wall face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Anchor Wall Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Joel Wolter, Robert B. Burnquist, Harrison John Brown, Dale A. Buker, Jay J. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140096468
    Abstract: A multi-purpose interlocking masonry unit includes support members extending from its lower surface and port depressions formed in its upper surface. Each masonry unit can be placed on top of a previously placed masonry unit. The interlocking masonry unit allows for the rapid creation of a wall that is substantially straight and aligned while minimizing the need to perform precise measurements and make alignment adjustments during the creation process. Bonding material can be poured through the resultant wall ports, creating a matrix pattern of bonding material throughout the wall, which results in a stronger more durable construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventor: Joe Balducci, JR.
  • Patent number: 8684633
    Abstract: One embodiment of a system of the present disclosure can be implemented as follows. A plurality of wall blocks are stacked to form at least a portion of a retaining wall, each wall block having an interior face, an exterior face; a top surface, and a bottom surface. The system further includes retaining means for securing at least one reinforcement member between stacked wall blocks, the retaining means including a pair of reinforcement member retaining bars that are positioned within a slot crossing the transverse length of the top surface of at least one wall block. A first of the retaining means secures the at least one reinforcement member against the bottom of the slot and a second of the retaining means secures the first retaining members against the side of the slot, such that the at least one reinforcement member is additionally secured between the pair of retaining means. Other systems and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Earth Well Products, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas L. Rainey
  • Patent number: 8677715
    Abstract: A building element is in the form of hollow brick having a plane major face and dovetailed projections on an opposite major face for slotting together with similar building elements for the construction of masonry structures. The building element has internal through cavities for housing of operative connections of distribution systems and the like, arranged according to an array parallel to said plane major face, which is formed with references for identification from outside of each through cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Tekno Design S.R.O.
    Inventor: Giorgio Giorio
  • Patent number: 8677713
    Abstract: A wall member useful in forming a wall panel system includes a pair of outer walls held spaced apart and fixed together at a pair of opposed side edges, one of the side edges being provided with a first connecting structure and the other of the side edges being provided with a second connecting structure. The first and second connecting structure includes a number of projections secured to and extending outwardly from the side edges and constructed with snap fit elements separately located from the outer walls. The wall member is adapted to be joined to an adjacently disposed wall member of similar structure by direct snap fit mating engagement between one of the first and second connecting structure at one of the second edges of the wall member and the other of the first and second connecting structure on a facing side edge of the adjacently disposed wall member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: EPI 04, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory R. Sheehy
  • Patent number: 8667750
    Abstract: A system and method for forming a wall is disclosed. In some embodiments, the wall comprises blocks having internal couplers configured for use with rods which can be inserted through and which are configured to securely lock blocks together. In some embodiments, the rods which are inserted into internal couplers may be threaded or have another locking features such that the blocks in a wall can be securely fastened together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Tie-Cast Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry G. Speer
  • Patent number: 8668404
    Abstract: A covering unit for use in combination with similar units for covering a surface with a natural random look, the unit having an hexagonal body comprising first, second and third pairs of opposed and parallel sides. Each side has a central point of angular symmetry. The second and third pairs are similar to each other while the first pair is different from the others. The sides of the second and third pairs are provided with at least one split deviation along their length arranged so that each side of the second pair is a rotational image of the sides of the third pair, whereby in use in combination with other covering units: each side is matingly engageable with the sides of an equivalent pair of a neighboring unit; and the unit has a central point of angular symmetry and is matingly engageable with a plurality of neighboring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Oldcastle Building Products Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastien Bouchard, Marc-Andre Lacas
  • Publication number: 20140053493
    Abstract: A cementitious, convex structural block for forming parabolic walls is disclosed. The block utilizes a key and the keyway to facilitate placement and to add strength to the wall. The parabolic shape of the wall increases its compressive strength and when used underground as a seal or stopping in mining applications channels force from blast waves and dammed water into the mine shaft ribs. When constructed from a geopolymer, the block is lighter and has a smaller carbon footprint than cement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Leslie John Carey
  • Patent number: 8656678
    Abstract: Wall blocks, veneers, veneer connectors, walls, and methods of constructing walls are provided. More particularly, the invention relates to constructing walls in which a veneer panel is attached to a wall block with a connector and in which the front faces of the veneers have a desirable texture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Keystone Retaining Wall Systems LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. MacDonald
  • Publication number: 20140047788
    Abstract: A surface covering unit includes at least one face comprised of at least one primary rotational tessellation element. The rotational tessellation element includes at least two pairs of sides, and the sides in each pair of sides have the same length and are images of one another. The sides of a first pair of sides extend from a first vertex and are rotationally spaced from each other, and the sides of a second pair of sides extend from a second vertex and are rotationally spaced from each other. The sides of the first and second pairs of sides have two or more straight line segments or complex curves, and are not a single straight line or a single curve. One pair of sides has a length different from the other pair of sides. The surface covering has a natural appearance such that a repeating pattern is not readily apparent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Keystone Retaining Wall Systems LLC
    Inventor: Thomas S. Riccobene
  • Patent number: 8627620
    Abstract: The present invention provides a novel modular building system exhibiting superior strength to withstand seismic activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: MOPREC S.A.
    Inventor: Roberto Edmundo Pazmino Sanchez
  • Publication number: 20130333313
    Abstract: A rectangular shaped interlocking building block comprises a pair of exterior sides and an upper and a lower longitudinally extending horizontal faces and a pair of opposite vertical ends and wherein said building blocks include a pair of side members and wherein each of said side members includes a vertically extending exterior rib on an inner side thereof; a generally rectangular intermediate section is disposed between said side members in an abutting relationship and wherein the intermediate section defines a rectangular shaped vertical recess between the side members and a recess that extends between a bottom of one of said side members and the top of an adjacent block. The rectangular rib and vertical recesses are constructed and dimensioned so that one rib fits loosely but closely within the recess and the intermediate section includes a pair of elliptical shaped vertical passageways.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: KING SAUD UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Saleh H. Alsayed, Husain Abbas, Yousef A. Al-Salloum, Mohammed S. Alhaddad
  • Patent number: 8607522
    Abstract: A corner block and a wall block system with a corner block for forming in multiple courses a wall which includes first and second visible wall portions which meet at a corner and where the corner block has a front face and at least one side surface having a texture or pattern matching the texture or pattern of a front face of a first block of the wall system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Keystone Retaining Wall Systems LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 8601758
    Abstract: Interlocking construction blocks are provided, having a tongue and groove configuration, attachable together by pressing the tongue of one block into a groove of another block. Multiple blocks may be adapted to be interlocked together forming a structure, such as a wall. Blocks comprise first and second opposing sidewalls integrally connected together by first and second pairs of opposing connecting walls. The first and second sidewalls comprise a lower portion integrally connected to an upper portion. The lower portion comprises a pair of opposing lower portion sidewalls integrally connected to a pair of opposing lower end walls. The upper portion comprises a planar top surface, a pair of opposing upper portion sidewalls and a pair of opposing upper portion end walls integrally connected via upper portion angular walls. The upper portion sidewalls, upper portion end walls and upper angular walls may have a beveled or tapered surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Samobi Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Salvador M. Biadora
  • Patent number: 8601759
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a block building system for building a wall structure that includes a plurality of pre-formed blocks configured to be stacked vertically upon one another to form the wall structure. Each block has at least one frustum-shaped protrusion on a top surface of the block, a horizontal channel formed in a bottom surface of the block, and at least one aperture extending vertically through an interior of the block. The system also has at least one base track, a plurality of T-shaped reinforcement members configured to engage with and extend upwardly from the track, a plurality of extension members that interlock with and extend T-shaped reinforcement members, and securing members. One or more courses of blocks can be vertically stacked over the base track by passing the T-shaped reinforcement members and/or extension members through the apertures formed in the blocks, thereby forming the wall structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Larry Bucheger
  • Publication number: 20130312358
    Abstract: In a concrete structure, consisting of at least two upright precast concrete elements (1, 1?), it is intended to develop the butt joints between the precast concrete elements in such a way that forces can be absorbed better in at least two directions. For this purpose, it is proposed that at least two tongue-and-groove connections (4, 9; 5, 10) are provided in the region of at least one butt joint (2, 2?) between the precast concrete elements (1, 1?), wherein one of the tongue-and-groove connections (4, 9) is arranged such that it is turned with respect to the second tongue-and-groove connection (5, 10) in a range between about 1° and about 179°, and wherein the butt joint (2, 2?) is of an offset form, and the tongue-and-groove connections (4, 9; 5, 10) are provided in the regions of the offset that run substantially parallel to the surface (3) of the precast concrete elements (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: DRÖSSLER GmbH UMWELTTECHNIK
    Inventor: Michael Stahl