Grouting Trends

by Alex Naudts, Manager; Grouting and Special Techniques, Trow Ontario Ltd.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 10, Pg. 72-74

Document Type: Feature article


The grouting industry is discussed and North American practice compared to European practice. There has been more innovation in this field overseas, but there have also been failures. Grouting may have been overpromoted in the last decade, and this led to failures and some practices overseas that the author calls crude and negligent. New, smaller firms have been using innovative methods that the bigger established contractors were late in adopting. North American practice is lagging behind Europe's methods. There are also a lot more sophisticated techniques, grouting products and computerized techniques that are very promising and make for a more engineered approach to grouting practice. Grouting for seepage control and for rehabilitation projects are the principal civil engineering uses. Case histories of three overseas innovative applications are given.

Subject Headings: Innovation | Grouting | Failure analysis | Case studies | Industries | Material failures | Legal affairs | Contractors and subcontractors

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