Gravix Goes Big in Lockeford

Caitlin Shanley Blog, Case Studies, Newsletter, Project Profile

Speed, cost, safety. Those are the top three reasons engineers and contractors typically cite for going with Gravix precast concrete wall systems when earth retention is needed on a project. Designed for challenging commercial jobs, heavy rail applications, and Department of Transportation demands, Gravix eliminates the need for temporary shoring, provides a safer slope backcut, and reduces infill stone volume. It’s currently used by 40 DOTs across the United States. There are many other reasons to go with Gravix. In Lockeford, California, the local Jensen Precast facility needed to add a new drycast batch plant to keep up with increasing …

Not Your Typical Lift Station

Caitlin Shanley Blog, Newsletter, Wastewater

Precast concrete engineered pump stations might be considered off-the-shelf components common to many wastewater and stormwater systems. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power wanted something else. So when P2S Engineering Inc. contacted Jensen Water Resources to design a custom system for LADWP, they knew they were tapping into a reservoir of knowledge gleaned from years of developing standard pump stations and crafting value-added solutions. This was not your typical pump station. The station is a small part of a huge project – a $104 million demolition and decommissioning of four massive, aging power supply units at the Haynes …

Specifying the Right Traffic Load Level for Utility Access Hatches

Caitlin Shanley Blog, Newsletter, Transportation

Utility, water, and wastewater contractors regularly specify metal access hatches for their infrastructure projects. There are several misunderstandings related to traffic ratings and the terminology surrounding the topic. Many people believe if a hatch is rated as “traffic” it is automatically considered ready to put into a roadway with moving vehicles traveling over the designated area. In practice, the term “traffic” covers everything from lawn equipment driving over a cover in a landscaping area to a passenger vehicle in a parking lot to a semitrailer truck on an interstate.    It is important to be able to ask the right …

Bet the Farm on Precast Agricultural Products

Caitlin Shanley Blog, Newsletter, Resources

The domestication of animals began around 10,000 BC in Mesopotamia. Throughout the millennia agriculture advanced toward a more efficient and more productive business model to meet the needs of growing human populations. Today there are a variety of approaches to excelling at agriculture across the globe. It involves having the right tools and equipment to keep your business on track. For dairy producers, cattle farmers, and other individuals in the agriculture industry, the proper care for livestock is crucial to success. It requires a strong understanding of contemporary livestock needs and setting up the ideal environment to cater to those …