And Moving Into Position Patents (Class 52/745.2)
  • Patent number: 9586151
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a theater ride system includes a processor, a center platform, actuation arms, and maneuverable seating areas. Each maneuverable seating area of at least a first subset of the maneuverable seating areas is coupled to a respective portion of the center platform via a respective actuator arm of the actuation arms. The processor is configured to control the actuator arms to position the maneuverable seating areas in a uniform theater configuration such that each of the maneuverable seating areas is adjacent to at least one other of the maneuverable seating areas and the center platform to resemble stationary seating sections of a theater at a beginning of a show, move the maneuverable seating areas into different configurations during the show, and position the maneuverable seating areas in the uniform theater configuration near an end of the show.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Devin Boyle
  • Patent number: 9260864
    Abstract: An integrated fiber cement and foam cladding system is provided that incorporates foam or similar light weight material to improve the insulation capacity of the cladding system. The system includes at least a fiber cement layer and a foam layer disposed on the backside of the fiber cement layer. The system improves the R-value of the building, a measure of the building's resistance to transferring heat or thermal energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: JAMES HARDIE TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Dawn Cole, George Elizarraras, Hui Li, Kevin O'Leary, Sean O'Leary
  • Patent number: 9034454
    Abstract: An apparatus for filling joints in precast concrete structures includes a core that has exceptionally low creep and conforms to ASTM D 1752 made of controlled particle size composites of recycled cellular rubber and plastic materials in the form of a rectangular slab. Holes are drilled through a central area and countersink recesses are formed around the holes. An outer coating of a thermoplastic polyurethane/polyurea elastomer system of a thickness of 0.075 inch covers the slab and countersink recesses. The coated core is abrasion and UV resistant while having the creep characteristics needed to make a dam expansion joint filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Southern Rubber Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Edward Bowman
  • Patent number: 9027307
    Abstract: Examples of construction systems and methods of constructing multi-story buildings utilizing premanufactured and prefinished components are disclosed. Examples of premanufactured and prefinished components include floor and ceiling slabs, non-weight bearing window walls, demising walls, exterior walls, and utility walls. The premanufactured and prefinished components may be transported to the construction site and assembled at the construction site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Innovative Building Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Arlan E. Collins, Mark L. Woerman
  • Patent number: 9021766
    Abstract: A baseboard for repair of a flood-damaged building and for construction of buildings located in areas prone to flooding, and a method of use of such a baseboard in repairing a flood-damaged building or in construction of buildings located in areas prone to flooding. The baseboard has one or more rearwardly-extending standoffs. A rear surface portion of the baseboard defines a plane, and a distal surface of the standoff(s) is spaced rearwardly from the plane by the standard thickness of wallboard mounted to studs on the building's wall. The bottom edge of the wallboard is above the “high-water” line, and the rear surface portion of the baseboard extends above the bottom edge of the wallboard and rests adjacent the outer surface of the wallboard with the distal surface of the standoff(s) supported by and resting adjacent the studs below the bottom edge of the wallboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: John W. Hayes
  • Patent number: 9016029
    Abstract: A method of erecting, and a method of servicing or dismantling, a wind energy plant with a hub height of at least 140 meters makes provision that a heavy-duty lifting device is temporarily disposed on a tower top for any installing, exchanging, or disassembling purposes, and subsequently is dismantled immediately, with all these operations being carried out without using an external crane. A light-duty lifting device attached to the tower serves for erecting the tower, so that no external large-scale cranes are required. For disassembling or exchanging the large components, an auxiliary lifting device is able to transport the heavy-duty lifting device to the top of the tower and is also capable of lowering the heavy-duty lifting device from there.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: X-Tower Constructions GmbH
    Inventor: Philipp Wagner
  • Patent number: 8991056
    Abstract: The invention relates to a group of elongate panels for imitating a slat, the group comprising at least two slat end panels which have respectively a first short traverse edge and a second short traverse edge and two longitudinal edges and which, when the first respective short traverse edges are placed end to end or are arranged on the end of short traverse edges of at least one elongate intermediate panel, form a slat which has a continuous decoration on the joint of the traverse edges. The panels may have bevel longitudinal edges on their decorated sides, and the second short traversal edge of the respective slat end panel is formed on the decorated side as a bevel transversal edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Fritz Egger GmbH & Co. OG
    Inventor: Michael Gerbl
  • Patent number: 8978343
    Abstract: A method for transporting cast panels is disclosed including providing a cast panel having a body with a first side and a second side, opposite the first side, the body defining a first recess disposed on the first side and defining a second recess disposed on the second side. A first hook-like member is inserted into the first recess to couple the first hook-like member with the body, the first hook-like member operably coupled to a lifting assembly. Thereafter, a second hook-like member is inserted into the second recess to couple the second hook-like member with the body, the second hook-like member operably coupled to the lifting assembly. Finally, the cast panel is transported by applying a lifting force, through the lifting assembly, to the first and second hook-like members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Frederick J Sandor
  • Publication number: 20150027068
    Abstract: A pre-assembled tower base assembly for a wind turbine configured for transportation to a wind turbine site is disclosed. The tower base assembly includes a tubular side wall defining an internal volume, a first flange portion at a first end of the tubular side wall, a second flange portion at a second end opposite the first end, and a down-tower electrical assembly installed within the internal volume of the tubular side wall. The first flange portion is configured to couple to a foundation. The second flange portion is configured to couple to a tower section. Further, the first and second flanges define a maximum longitudinal extension therebetween. The maximum longitudinal extension is a maximum height permitted for rail or truck transport. As such, the tower base assembly is configured for transportation in an upright position to a wind turbine site with the down-tower electrical assembly pre-assembled within the internal volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Colwyn Mark Sayers, William Francis Gevers
  • Publication number: 20150027435
    Abstract: A method for making a modular outdoor fireplace having textured exterior surfaces simulating natural stone or bricks and mortar. At least a fire-box unit and a chimney unit are cast from concrete with textured exterior surfaces. After placing the fire-box unit on a support surface, a fireplace insert is positioned in the fire-box unit and the chimney unit is supported either on the fire-box unit or on a cast concrete mantle which is first placed on the fire-box unit. The support surface may be a cast concrete hearth. A metal chimney is inserted through the chimney unit and the mantle and secured to the fireplace insert. A cast concrete cap is placed on the chimney unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Rosetta Hardscapes LLC
    Inventors: James A. Manthei, Jeremy L. Manthei
  • Publication number: 20150007506
    Abstract: Construction systems for erecting building structures comprise a plurality of prefabricated interconnectable modular building units, each unit comprising framing members and a plurality of nodes, each node situated for selective interconnection with other units, the nodes and the exterior dimensions of the frame conforming to ISO shipping standards such that each unit is transportable using the ISO intermodal transportation system, and such that when the units are interconnected, a building structure is formed. The modular units are assembled at a remote location, and are there constructed to a semi-finished state, following which the semi-finished modular units are transported from the remote location to the job site, where they are secured to form the structure being erected, and the semi-finished modular units are thereafter constructed to a finished state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: GLOBAL BUILDING MODULES, INC.
    Inventor: David Wallance
  • Patent number: 8919075
    Abstract: A unitized photovoltaic assembly is disclosed. A unitized photovoltaic assembly consists of a unitary frame designed to retain a plurality of photovoltaic modules. The unitary frame is formed by orienting a plurality of rails in the lateral direction above and mounted to a plurality of struts oriented in the vertical direction. Once the unitary framed is formed, photovoltaic modules slide into slots running the length of the rails and are thus retained in the unitary frame. Also added to the unitary frame are a series of power conversion elements, retaining brackets, mounting brackets, and cleaning elements. The completed unitized photovoltaic assembly can be fabricated off-site, transported as a single unit and installed to a roof or other surface with the use of a specialized lifting frame, also disclosed. Additional unitized photovoltaic assemblies can be mechanically and electrically interconnected to form a complete photovoltaic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Richard William Erickson
  • Patent number: 8919074
    Abstract: A method of constructing a tower structure by assembling a set of coaxial telescopic sections 2, 3a, 3b in position on site and then raising the assembled sections using hydraulic crawler jacks 8 and tendons 5. The telescopic sections are assembled or constructed in situ, starting with the inner section and then each subsequent section around the outside of the previously constructed sections. Each individual tower section may be cast in situ or assembled from multiple pre-fabricated segments. This method permits the construction of very tall structures while obviating the need for very large cranes. It also removes the design constraints on the height of the individual telescopic sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: VSL International AG
    Inventors: Max Meyer, Walter Althaus, Ferry Effendi, Nugroho Budi Juliadi, Româo Almeida, Jean Marie Laurens, Pascal Burtet
  • Patent number: 8910451
    Abstract: An example of the disclosed seating system includes a plurality of seating risers configured to telescope relative to one another, and at least one of the seating risers is a powered seating riser configured to deploy and retract the seating risers. Further included is a control pendant. The powered seating riser is drivable in response to said control pendant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: StageRight Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua Koch, Brian Staten
  • Publication number: 20140352232
    Abstract: A method for providing at least a part of a building includes the steps of prefabricating a module by assembling four walls extending between a floor and a roof to form a rectangular cuboid shape; providing at least one compartment within the cuboid shape; providing waterproof layers on the interior walls and floor of the compartment for creating a wet area within the module; arranging technical installations within the cuboid shape; and providing interior equipment within the cuboid shape. The method further includes the steps of prefabricating a plurality of panels and slabs; and connecting these panels and slabs to a lateral side of the module for providing a further rectangular cuboid shape forming a panel-built room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Giedrius Malakauskas, Marius Baltramiejunas, Harald Dieter Muller, Erik Roger Andersson, Thomas Hattig, Steen Torben Sodemann, Philip Muller
  • Patent number: 8898998
    Abstract: Disclosed is a novel wall or ceiling paneling or flooring manufactured from curved cask staves used in the aging of liquors, including wine and whiskey, having a desirable patina that emits a scent having a bouquet associated with the bouquet of the fermented liquor that was aged in the cask, as well as a method to manufacture the paneling or flooring that includes the steps of first straightening the curved staves, and then scrapping a portion of the stained surface layer of the stave to remove any splintering that may have occurred during the stave straightening process. The straightened, scraped stave is affixed to a wall or predetermined sub flooring surface with the stained surface layer remaining exposed for viewing or foot traffic and to permit the release of the wine, whiskey or other spirit bouquet into the room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph P. Triglia, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8893441
    Abstract: A continuous load beam provides a continuous load path from a roof truss of a structure to a footing of a structure. The beam has a roof truss mounting portion and an elongate spanning portion. The elongate spanning portion has a connector and a footing attachment opposite the connector. The footing attachment is configured to be connected to a structural member of the structure adjacent to the footing of the structure. The roof truss mounting portion is configured to be connected to a structural member of the roof truss of the structure. The roof truss mounting portion has a bifurcated end with spaced apart yoke arms and a truss cap pivotally connected to each of the yoke arms. The truss cap is configured to engage at least a portion of the roof truss structural member. The roof truss support portion has a connector. The roof truss mounting portion connector is configured to be releasably connected to the elongate spanning portion connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: John Hess, III, John Hess, IV
  • Patent number: 8875471
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus to be embedded within a precast concrete panel or slab to enable the panel to be lifted, positioned atop a road bed, and elevated above the road bed. A lifting apparatus is located at each corner of the panel. Each lifting apparatus has a threaded sleeve extending through the panel to receive a removable threaded lifting bolt by which to establish a lifting point at which a lifting force is applied to lift and position the panel. When the threaded lifting bolt is rotated completely through the threaded sleeve, a pushing force is applied against a base plate, whereby to elevate the panel above the road bed as is necessary to make the panel level with adjacent panels during the construction or repair of a roadway. Grout is pumped through the panel to fill the space between the panel and the road bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Baltazar Siqueiros
  • Publication number: 20140318055
    Abstract: A series of spans of column shaft (1) with a frustoconical shape, each span integrating two or more parts (2) and (3) with a polygonal or circular section formed with pieces prestressed in a bed in the factory, with centered or slightly deviated prestressing (4) and non-prestressed reinforcement (5) in the perimeter of the section or fibers, attached by means of wet or dry longitudinal joints (6), rotated in plan view or not, and transverse joints (7) which can be at different levels and provide continuity or not to the general prestressing, for a joining by means of steel bars (12), and in the case of the attachment to the foundation with direct positioning of the starter bars at the time said foundation is built, or by means of jacket tubes which will subsequently receive the mentioned bars (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: PACADAR S.A.
    Inventors: Francisco Javier MARTíNEZ DE CASTAÑEDA, Manuel CIDONCHA ESCOBAR
  • Patent number: 8869463
    Abstract: A mobile service station includes a deployable structure configurable between a first closed configuration wherein the structure is a container having two side walls, a roof, a floor, a front wall and a rear wall, and a second deployed configuration as an operating service station. The station includes service station accessories mounted on at least one of the side walls. At least one side wall of the structure is foldable between a first vertical position, wherein the side wall acts as a vertical side wall for the closed configuration, and a second position wherein the side wall acts as additional floor space for the structure in the deployed configuration. The service station is adaptable for use as a high-end food stand, among other applications. A method configures the mobile service station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: 6943977 Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Noiseux, Pierre Maheu, François Lampron, Joseph Lacerte, Alain Neveu
  • Publication number: 20140311052
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed at a portable building able to transition between a collapsed transport condition and an assembled condition, the portable building including a rear wall; a pair of side walls attached to the rear wall, the side wall including a hinged wall section, an end section, a side folding mechanism intermediate the hinged wall section and the end section for folding the hinged wall section along the end section; a front wall comprising a pair of outer doors; a pair of front folding mechanisms intermediate the outer doors and the respective side walls for folding each outer door along the respective side wall; a plurality of sliding roof trusses slidably engaged with the pair of side walls such that the plurality of sliding roof trusses can slide from a dispersed state along the pair of side walls to a collapsed state; and a roof mounted over at least a portion of the plurality of sliding roof trusses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: James Bert FARMER
  • Patent number: 8863474
    Abstract: A main work construction method for reinforced concrete building and a building construction machine are provided. The construction method involves constructing a top story framework on a lifting mechanisms (21) and a lifting platform (22); raising the top story framework by the lifting mechanisms (21); resetting the lifting platform (22) to an original position; constructing a second top story framework on the lifting mechanisms (21) and the lifting platform (22); permanently connecting the top story framework with the second top story framework; raising the top story framework and the second top story framework by the lifting mechanisms (21); and constructing repeatedly till the ground story framework is accomplished so as to complete the reverse story-by-story construction from the top story to the ground story.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Bin Yuan
  • Patent number: 8863473
    Abstract: Interconnectable panels having tongue-and-groove connections are mechanically connected to each other by first moving two panels into an intermediate position and then pivoting one panel with respect to the other. The underside of the tongue of one panel has a depression, while the groove of another panel has a protruding lower lip. The lower lip has a projection that fits in the depression when the two panels are in the intermediate position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Fritz Egger GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Jurgen Weber
  • Patent number: 8850752
    Abstract: A sealed attic insulating and roof ventilating system has a receiver (lath) material attached to adjacent pairs of rafters and an insulation material secured to the lower surface of the receiver material. This arrangement creates an uninterrupted plenum between the receiver, rafters and roof decking through which air can circulate from the lower roof vents to the upper roof vents. The circulation of air through the plenum prevents moisture from accumulating or condensing under the roof decking and warping the decking, which ultimately leads to deterioration of the decking and failure of the roof covering. This air circulation also eliminates ice damming on the top surface of the roof covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy Michael Graboski
  • Patent number: 8844243
    Abstract: An arbitrary structural insulated panel and an adjoining structural insulated panel, which include magnesium oxide boards as the exterior panels, can be connected together by a first spline and a second spline. The arbitrary structural insulated panel is first connected to a building floor foundation. Then the first spline and the second spline are adhered into the arbitrary structural insulated panel. The adjoining structural insulated panel is then secured to the arbitrary structural insulated panel as the first spline and the second spline engage with the adjoining structural insulated panel. A plurality of fasteners is used as the final step to further secure the arbitrary structural insulated panel and the adjoining structural insulated panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Jerry Gillman
  • Patent number: 8832938
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present inventions are directed to systems, devices for use with systems, and method of mounting and retaining solar panels. A solar module mounting system may include: a support mechanism including a support post pivotably attached to a support base, and an attachment module for attaching a solar panel to the support mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Panelclaw, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Charles Gies, David P. Anderson, Daniel P. Leary
  • Patent number: 8806810
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a freestanding architectonic and constructive proposal, produced in the manufacturing facilities, which starting from an interconnectable basic model it can be assembled and reassembled according to specific requirements. Depending on the amount and shapes, it can scale up into horizontal, vertical or both complex architectonic structures. It is a foldable structure which allows easy arrangements for transportation and location in situ. Its configuration is carried through synchronized and symmetric orthogonal rotations and translations, both in its folding phase (1) and its unfolding phase (2), (FIG. 1), executed through any electric, pneumatic, hydraulic or manual system. Each one is integrated by axially symmetric segments forming the cover, the functional wall and the floor. The functional wall can lodge in its frame a typical wall, a functional piece of furniture or incorporate a specialized coupling module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Alvaro Alfonso Barragán Olaya
  • Patent number: 8800725
    Abstract: Elevator liner apparatuses are pre-fabricated corresponding to an amount of multiple floors of a building being constructed. Each elevator liner apparatus includes a liner frame sized to accommodate an elevator cab and elevator rails within the liner frame. Rail mounting brackets are mounted to interior walls of the liner frame. The rail mounting brackets have elevator rail sections affixed thereto and have mounting bracket studs mounting the rail mounting brackets to the liner frame and extending beyond exterior walls of the liner frame. Anchor spikes are mounted to the liner frame and extend beyond the exterior of the liner frame such that plywood forms configured to form concrete elevator shaft walls are coupleable to the anchor spikes. Concrete is pourable between the plywood forms and the exterior of the liner frame. The concrete when dried affixes the mounting bracket studs and the anchor spikes in the dried concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Dominick J. Alois
  • Patent number: 8789317
    Abstract: A method for forming a double-curved structure and double-curved structure formed using the same are provided. The method may include providing a flat mesh formed of a plurality of strands; interlinking the plurality of strands of the flat mesh using a plurality of cross-links; and adjusting the plurality of cross-links to form the double-curved structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: James L. Cheh
  • Patent number: 8789341
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for constructing a multilevel structure using a hybrid top chord bearing floor framing system. The method and system may include a top chord bearing floor truss positioned on a first frame structure. The top chord of the truss may include a load-bearing interface with a top surface and a bottom surface. The truss may be wholly supported by the load-bearing interface of the top chord. The method and system may further include a second frame structure on the top surface of the truss. The first frame structure may be secured to the second frame structure via a fastener that extends through both the second bottom load bearing member and load-bearing interface of the truss into the first top load bearing member of the first frame structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Shepard
  • Publication number: 20140202122
    Abstract: A modular design for large pulse jet fabric filters (PJFF) is divided into similar compartments, which are each “shop-fabricated” in quarter sections prior to delivery to the power plant site. The quarter sections of the compartments are modular and sized so that they can be fabricated at a shop located away from the power plant site and transported by truck over public roads to the power plant site. Once delivered to the site, the quarter sections are bolted together and seal welded to form a PJFF compartment, without requiring additional internal fabrication or welding. The assembled compartment is then lifted onto the support structure as an assembled unit and bolted and/or welded in place. The additional components of the PJFF may also be shop-fabricated offsite to further the benefits of the modular design.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Clyde Bergmann Power Group Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory J. Golub, Gregory C. Swartz, Mark Steven Dutchess
  • Patent number: 8782996
    Abstract: A modular oversized solar array with a support structure is provided that reduces land costs as a percentage relative to the production of electrical energy from solar installations. Components of the solar racking array may be manufactured using existing steel manufacturing facilities. The array may be configured to be temporarily held in place at a first position to allow workmen to perform panel installation work from ground level. The array may then be lifted, via a crane, to a second position (or a final tilted position) to allow for further assembly. The array may accommodate various topographical features or span over other structures, be lifted to higher than normal array heights or span over greater distances. The solar racking structure design has elevated minimum heights allowing for dual use of the underlying ground, as well as more efficient dismantling, decommissioning and relocation of the solar array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Mike Christman, Doug Moyles
  • Patent number: 8776478
    Abstract: A wall lifting, transport and positioning device for use with a wall section upon a worksite surface. The wall section has a top plate with a lower top plate side and a bottom plate with a lower bottom plate side. The device includes a wheeled hand cart housing, a support frame, a pair of roller pins, and a lifting actuator. Each of the roller pins including an outer cylindrical element configured to rotate relative to the support frame with the top plate being positioned in contact with the outer cylindrical element for translation of the wall section in a direction along the top plate. The lifting actuator is sized and configured to translate the roller pins upward relative to the wheeled hand cart housing with the outer cylindrical elements being positionable in contact with the lower top plate side. A method of positioning a wall section is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Fred E Hovenier, Fred J Hovenier
  • Patent number: 8756898
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method by which a plurality of connecting rods are located within and slidable through a first concrete panel so that the connecting rods extend outwardly from the first panel for receipt inwardly of a second concrete panel at mating channels formed therewithin, whereby the first and second concrete panels are joined together such as, for example, in the case of roadway construction. A plurality of slots which are formed through the top of the first panel communicate with respective ones of the plurality of connecting rods. A tool is moved into contact with the connecting rods by way of respective ones of the slots. The tool applies a pushing force to each of the connecting rods to cause the rods to slide through the first panel and into receipt by the mating channels of the second panel to establish a reliable joint therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas J. Backhaus, Baltazar Siqueiros
  • Publication number: 20140165498
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of assembling frameless metal buildings by means of securing together a selected number of roll formed corrugated sheets by the use of cyclically bent corner members roll formed to identically match the roll formed sheets and holding the secured together sheets and bent corner members by mechanical fastening means to provide total load connectivity. The formed frameless buildings can be any desired shape limited only by the strength of the assembled components and the fastening elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Wallace S. Paulson
  • Publication number: 20140157720
    Abstract: A wall panel of a moveable and demountable frameless wall panel system that is secured between a floor of a room and a ceiling rail secured to a ceiling of the room. The wall panel includes a frameless panel, an upper clamp assembly, a ceiling track configured to be removably inserted into the ceiling rail, a lower clamp assembly, a first height adjustment mechanism secured to the lower clamp assembly, a second height adjustment mechanism, and a bottom floor channel receiving the first height and second height adjustment mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Allsteel Inc.
    Inventors: Eberhard Von Hoyningen Huene, Michael Salzman, Anneke Struis
  • Patent number: 8733064
    Abstract: A baffle for use in an attic is installed between adjacent roof rafters to substantially block the flow of ventilating air through an opening located between the top surface of the wall plate and the underside of the roof deck. The baffle is formed from extruded cellular plastics material which is cut to define two parallel grooves by cutting through the first wall to define first and second side flaps hingedly connected to the rectangular panel by bending said sheet at said grooves for attaching the side flaps to the inner face of said roof rafters. The first and second grooves are formed in the sheet at right angles to the webs so that the grooves cut through the first sheet also cut at least partly through the webs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Coro-Span Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Madison
  • Publication number: 20140130422
    Abstract: The present application provides a modular enclosure for use with an equipment platform and a turbo-machine. The modular enclosure may include a first number of walls attached to a number of legs of the equipment platform and a second number of walls attached to the legs of the equipment platform. The first number of walls may include a number of pivotable panels. The second number of walls may include an access aperture therein. The equipment platform may provide a roof for the modular enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Donald Gordon Laing, Gerardo Plata, Oswaldo Alberto Sanchez, Mehdi Milani Baladi
  • Patent number: 8701371
    Abstract: Examples of construction systems and methods of constructing multi-story buildings utilizing premanufactured and prefinished components are disclosed. Examples of premanufactured and prefinished components include floor and ceiling slabs, non-weight bearing window walls, demising walls, exterior walls, and utility walls. The premanufactured and prefinished components may be transported to the construction site and assembled at the construction site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Innovative Building Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Arlan E. Collins, Mark L. Woerman
  • Patent number: 8695297
    Abstract: A foundation for a wind turbine tower, provided with a central accommodation for accommodating and firmly constraining, by means of threaded bars projecting from such central accommodation, an actual wind turbine tower, made of steel or concrete, is entirely prefabricated and includes at least two prefabricated structural elements, modular and monolithic, made of reinforced concrete, approached in sequence, shape-coupled, and subsequently constrained to each other, at least at such central accommodation, by a series of post-tension cables arranged in respective through-holes, so as to make the entire foundation monolithic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignees: Artepref, S.A.U.
    Inventor: Stefano Knisel
  • Patent number: 8683772
    Abstract: A truss mounting brace (1) for use during installation of trusses (19, 21, 22). The truss mounting brace (1) may also be used as a permanent spacer between two trusses (19, 21, 22). The truss mounting brace (1) comprises a mounting section (4) arranged to be mounted on a truss (19, 21, 22), a gripping section (3) and an oblong body section (5) connecting the mounting section (4) and the gripping section (3). The gripping section (3) has a gripping mechanism (6) arranged to receive and to engage another element interlockingly. The present invention also relates to a method of installing two or more trusses, use of the truss mounting brace, and a method of manufacturing the truss mounting brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Niels Friis
  • Publication number: 20140075881
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing coffered ceilings with a plurality of preassembled coffered modules, each of which includes a ceiling panel precut in accordance with an order; cutting beam wall boards in accordance with the order, wherein the beam wall boards are attached to the ceiling panel and extend away from the ceiling panel; and a beam wall molding custom-fitted inside the beam wall boards. Automated systems to receive and fabricate custom coffered module orders upon payment are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Jason Tilton
  • Publication number: 20140053475
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus to be embedded within a precast concrete panel or slab to enable the panel to be lifted, positioned atop a road bed, and elevated above the road bed. A lifting apparatus is located at each corner of the panel. Each lifting apparatus has a threaded sleeve extending through the panel to receive a removable threaded lifting bolt by which to establish a lifting point at which a lifting force is applied to lift and position the panel. When the threaded lifting bolt is rotated completely through the threaded sleeve, a pushing force is applied against a base plate, whereby to elevate the panel above the road bed as is necessary to make the panel level with adjacent panels during the construction or repair of a roadway. Grout is pumped through the panel to fill the space between the panel and the road bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Baltazar Siqueiros
  • Patent number: 8631628
    Abstract: A system and method of tilt-up or tiltwall concrete building construction using concrete spandrels cast on-site together with permanent steel columns that are integrally attached to unite the spandrels into a lightweight and versatile tilt-up assembly that is strong and durable and that can be safely and efficiently made and maneuvered into final position for cost-effective building construction, the resulting assembly also allowing for continuous horizontal spans of ribbon-like window glass with minimal obstruction, thereby maximizing visibility and natural lighting and enabling easy accommodations for architectural requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Clearview Composite Wall System, LLC
    Inventors: Davy L. Beicker, Stephen H. Schuetze
  • Publication number: 20140007531
    Abstract: Lath assembly for a sidewall finishing of a floor or ceiling comprising a pair of a first and second lath. The lath assembly further comprises a connector for connecting the first ends of the pair of laths to each other. The connector comprises two key members which are arranged to be inserted into respective keyways of the laths to be connected. By inserting the key members into the keyways, the laths are brought into an assembled condition. Each keyway of the combination of laths comprises an integrally formed lath stopper and each key member comprises an integrally formed key stopper. The key stopper is in an assembled condition in form closure with the lath stopper to lock the connector in the longitudinal direction to the lath. Advantageously, the engagement of the key stopper with the lath stopper provides a secure lockage of the connector to the lath in length direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Aart Schouten
  • Patent number: 8621820
    Abstract: An adjustable stud adapter is configured to attach to a stud. The adjustable stud adapter includes a front surface, a side surface substantially perpendicular to the front surface, and a first positioning slot and a second positioning slot formed on the side surface. The first and second positioning slots have an elongated shape and are substantially parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Dean A. Tatrault
  • Patent number: 8615967
    Abstract: A construction element for erecting a structure has a first panel extending vertically to form a wall and a second panel extending horizontally to form a horizontal partition when they are arranged in an erected structure, the panels together form a three-dimensional configuration and are connected with one another so that in the erected structure they extend perpendicularly to one another and are turnable to include an angle there between to reduce a horizontal extension of the construction element for transportation purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignees: Malaxit, Polymate, Ltd.
    Inventors: Oleg Figovsky, Arkady Futoriynsky
  • Publication number: 20130333314
    Abstract: A form assembly includes an outer frame having a predefined shape. The frame includes at least two segments that are coupled together at a coupling portion. Each segment includes a first flange and a second flange positioned a predefined distance from the first flange. The first flange includes openings that extend substantially therethrough and the second flange includes openings that extend substantially therethrough and that are substantially concentrically aligned with the first flange openings. A lifting apparatus is positioned in a location that is bounded by the frame. Rebar members are coupled to the frame such that at least a portion of one of the rebar members is positioned within one first and second flange openings. At least four rebar segments are coupled to the lifting apparatus such that the rebar segments define an X-shape within the form assembly to facilitate maintaining the frame in the predefined shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Don Francis Ahern
  • Patent number: 8607523
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a building that uses composite light-weight panels for structure and a construction method therefor, more particularly, to a building constructed without pillars using composite light weight panels for structure and a construction method therefor, wherein the building comprises: a steel floor made out of sectional steel for example; walls which are formed by joining composite light-weight panels for structure having steel structure frames installed at corners to the steel floor by welding or joining means, neighboring steel structure frames being joined together by welding or joining means to form walls; roof frames which are constituted by a steel structure and have a truss structure to be positioned on the top of the walls and joined to the wall panels by welding or joining means; wall inner/outer coverings applied to the inner/outer peripherals of the walls; and roof coverings applied to the outer peripheral face of the roof frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventors: Byung Hwa Lee, Kyung Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 8601748
    Abstract: A wind turbine system erection apparatus may include a body portion having a window, a section handler secured to the body portion and extending through the window, the section handler adapted to pick, lift, axis-align, and set a mast section, and a movement mechanism secured to the body portion, the movement mechanism adapted to moveably reposition the body portion along the length of the mast of the wind turbine system. A method is also disclosed and may include positioning an erection apparatus near a base of a mast of the wind turbine system, the positioning including locating the erection apparatus substantially concentrically with the mast. The method may also include picking a mast section from near the base of the system with the erection apparatus, lifting the mast section along the length of the mast, and translating the mast section into the erection apparatus and into alignment with the mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Pierre Cornelius Delago, Wayne Robert Long