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Manhole Appreciation Day, Anyone?

Manhole Appreciation Day, Anyone?   Much like Rodney Dangerfield who “got no respect”, by and large manholes don’t get much respect either. They’re located under the street where they are run over millions of times per year by cars, snowplows, bikes, and pedestrians. They might even be buried in a right-of-way, or covered and lost entirely. Manholes definitely fall into the category of “out of sight, out of mind”. But have you ever thought about where our collection system would be without the manhole? While “man-way” sewer access dates back to ancient Roman times, something akin to

September 26th, 2022|Educational|

OBIC-Certified Installer Featured in Trenchless Technology Magazine for Underwater Manhole Rehab Project

OBIC-Certified Installer Featured in Trenchless Technology Magazine for Underwater Manhole Rehab Project CTR Coatings, a woman-based, OBIC-certified installer, was recently featured in Trenchless Technology magazine for a truly amazing story of how they were able to alleviate the burden at Lake Lure’s treatment plant through the elimination of I/I. In the article, “North Carolina Mountain Resort Community Finds a Solution to I/I”, 60 manholes were situated along the shoreline, halfway submerged and the only way to reach them was by watercraft from the lake. Trenchless methods using OBIC’s spray-applied polyurethane linings provided a sustainable fix and extended the life

September 7th, 2022|Installer Spotlight, Whitepapers|

Common Sense, Good Sense, and Sewer Sense

Common Sense, Good Sense, and Sewer Sense Common sense, good sense, and sewer sense are important attributes for those of you involved in the operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of wastewater systems. It is simply common sense to acknowledge that the manhole and lift station parts of your sewer infrastructure that are 30 to 50 years old, which had an original design life of 30 to 50 years, are probably in need of some attention. In our experience, it is good sense to rehabilitate rather than replace those structures. Why? It will solve your problems with infiltration and

August 15th, 2022|Educational|

Culvert Lining Rehab Means Better Than New at a Fraction of the Cost

Culvert Lining Rehab Means Better Than New at a Fraction of the Cost OBIC is best known for its work around wastewater structures such as manholes, lift stations, and WWTP facilities that help municipalities mitigate their infrastructure issues. Another infrastructure issue equally “out of sight and out of mind” is stormwater culverts. Culverts installed 30 to 50 years ago are now failing at an alarming rate. Thousands of corrugated metal culverts are so significantly rusted and deteriorated that flooding or collapsed roads are very real possibilities and scenarios. A collapsed culvert is potentially a much greater problem

July 28th, 2022|Educational|

OBIC-Certified Installer Featured in I&I Magazine for Successful Manhole Rehab Project

OBIC-Certified Installer Featured in I&I Magazine for Successful Manhole Rehab Project Advanced Rehabilitation Technology (ART), an OBIC-certified installer, was recently featured in Inflow & Infiltration Solutions and Equipment (I&I) magazine for a successful manhole rehab project done for the city of Parkersburg, West Virginia. In the article, “What Lies Beneath”, hidden I&I had set a major sinkhole event into action and ART quickly went to work using OBIC 1000, a fast-curing polyurea coating, and OBIC 1306, a high-density polyurethane foam to repair, rehabilitate, and restore the manhole. Read the full article to learn how this event ultimately resulted in

July 12th, 2022|Installer Spotlight, Whitepapers|

What are the Benefits of No-Dig Technology?

What are the Benefits of No-Dig Technology? The history of no-dig (trenchless) technology in the United States dates back to the mid-1970’s. OBIC’s owners have been in the no-dig business for nearly 20 years. It’s what we do. It’s how we think about wastewater rehabilitation. But just because we think that way doesn’t mean we shouldn’t slow down a little, review the basics, and “dig” into the benefits of no-dig technology. Instead of open cut excavation to gain access for repair or replacement of the structure, as the name suggests, no-dig allows for those repairs with minimal

June 27th, 2022|Educational|

PACT: Polyaspartic Aliphatic Polyurea Coating Systems in Action

PACT: Polyaspartic Aliphatic Polyurea Coating Systems in Action We know, polyaspartic aliphatic polyurea is a bit of a mouthful, but it is one of the rock stars in OBIC’s line of spray-applied coatings. OBIC 1150 is a two-component polyaspartic material with many benefits that make it ideal for a wide variety of applications. These include: Superior chemical & stain resistance Outstanding abrasion resistance Quick curing Excellent adhesive properties UV Stable, resulting in very little loss of gloss or color fade, even when exposed to direct sunlight Resistant to bacteria and humidity, making it suitable for interior application

June 3rd, 2022|Projects|

Mike Hoffmaster Named Director of Business Development

Mike Hoffmaster Named Director of Business Development We are pleased to announce that Mike Hoffmaster is the new director of business development for OBIC. In this role, Hoffmaster is responsible for helping OBIC grow its network of certified installers, exploring new business opportunities, and building the company’s global brand. “I am pleased to welcome Mike to our growing team,” said Dustin Schlachter, CEO & chief visionary officer at OBIC. “His extensive experience in the industry includes working with local construction firms and national manufacturers. This makes him uniquely qualified to support our network of local installers, while also helping

May 17th, 2022|Installer Spotlight|

Hidden Cost Savings with OBIC Wet Well Rehabilitation

Hidden Cost Savings with OBIC Wet Well Rehabilitation In previous blogs, we have talked about OBIC’S quick cure times providing a fast return to service. Where this benefit really manifests itself is the substantial cost savings provided for a wet well rehab project. A day in the life of a wet well rehabA typical 6’ diameter by 10’-20’ deep lift station can be fully relined by an OBIC certified installer in a single day. Depending on the circumstances, this can sometimes be done without bypassing. Below is a typical schedule for this type of wet well rehab project.8:00 a.m. OBIC

May 5th, 2022|Educational|

Installer Spotlight: ECM Holding Group, Inc.

Installer Spotlight: ECM Holding Group, Inc. OBIC is proud to introduce ECM Holding Group, Inc. as this month’s Installer Spotlight. Located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, ECM is an employee-owned company that provides a number of energy and operational cost-saving technologies nationwide. Through its Municipal Infrastructure Refurbishment Group, ECM delivers cost-effective solutions to extend the life of municipal water & sewer infrastructure. Why OBIC With over 200 employees and $50 million in annual revenue, ECM chose to partner with OBIC because of our high-quality products, customer service, and family-like feel. According to Cody Vande Wettering, general manager at

April 20th, 2022|Installer Spotlight|
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