Union Terminal Fountain: More Than Meets The Eye

2020-03-12T19:38:31-04:00March 12th, 2020|

Union Terminal Fountain: More Than Meets The Eye When people come to visit a his-toric landmark, it’s all about the visual experience. They want to see what things looked like “back then,” to get a feel for life in its original historic period. When Cincinnati’s historic Union Terminal water fountain required a critical waterproofing membrane solution for the long-term preservation of its unique raw terrazzo cladding, a new polyurea coating from OBIC Products was chosen to ensure the structure would remain intact and per-form beautifully for generations to come.Preserving an Art Deco TreasureCincinnati’s Union Terminal, one of the last great American train stations, was built in the Art Deco style so prevalent in the 1920s and ‘30s. Since its opening in 1933, the National Historic Landmark has had a long and storied history, from welcoming soldiers home from World War II to becoming the home of three museums, an OMNIMAX® Theater and the Cincinnati History Library and Archives.Read the Whitepaper >

OBIC Sewer Lining repair offers faster ROI

2020-01-30T17:11:44-05:00January 31st, 2020|

OBIC Sewer Lining repair offers faster ROI If corrosion and infiltration issues are affecting your wastewater system, you have likely spent many hours combing through budgets and researching options. Fortunately, advancements in spray-applied polyurea lining systems mean that there are effective and affordable options for even the most daunting sewer repair projects. OBIC sewer lining repair systems are proven effective and have a faster return on investment than other options on the market. To illustrate the benefits of OBIC, we compiled an example of the impact one manhole rehabilitation can have on a small to medium-sized municipality. OBIC manhole rehab case study A municipality has one leaking manhole with groundwater infiltration. The manhole is 9’ deep and is leaking 2 gallons of groundwater per minute. Although that may not seem like a lot, the impact quickly multiplies. 2 gallons/minute x 1,440 minutes/day x 365 days/year = 1,051,200 gallons per year The average cost to treat 1,000 gallons of wastewater is $1.75. With groundwater leaking into the wastewater system, that is a lot of money going down the drain. 1,051,200 gallons/year ÷ 1,000 x $1.75 = $1,839.60 If the municipality were to leave the leaking manhole unaddressed, they

Manhole Rehabilitation in Menallen Township

2020-01-30T17:12:03-05:00January 31st, 2020|

Manhole Rehabilitation in Menallen Township Menallen Township, located in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, is rich in history. Formed in 1783, the township is home to a National Historic Landmark, the Searights Tollhouse. Remnants of a once booming coal industry can also be found throughout the landscape of the township.  While these nostalgic reminders of history add to the township’s tourism, there was one historical structure that was only causing problems. Beneath the surface of Menallen Township was an aging sewer system in desperate need of repair. According to Sam McVicker of K2 Engineering Inc. and Menallen Township Sewage Authority Engineer, stormwater infiltration was causing treatment plant overloads. As the problem continued to worsen, McVicker began the search for an affordable and effective manhole rehabilitation solution for the township. After thorough research, McVicker chose to pursue a spray-applied lining system for the manhole rehab project. “The main focus of the project was time and cost savings,” said McVicker. He chose Advanced Rehabilitation Technology, an OBIC certified installer to lead the manhole repair efforts. “The benefits of a spray-applied lining system for manhole rehabilitation are numerous,” said Rusty Hesselschwardt, business development at ART. “OBIC lining systems have been proven to

History of Polyurea

2019-12-19T23:59:07-05:00December 20th, 2019|

History of Polyurea Ever wondered what makes OBIC coating systems one of the most cost-effective, long-lasting solutions for the maintenance and rehabilitation of everything from manholes to tank linings? It is the result of extensive research, development and testing of polyurea chemistry. Uniquely designed to meet the demands of water and wastewater systems, OBIC polyurea products have numerous benefits including: They can be spray applied in various environmental conditions They are fast setting, requiring minimal downtime They are designed to maintain excellent abrasion and chemical resistance They can be customized to meet the unique needs of the structure They are environmentally friendly OBIC’s polyurea products are manufactured in an ISO 9001-2015 certified facility. Each specific product is formulated to maximize its performance based upon the particular application of drinking water, wastewater, stormwater or industrial use. The History of Polyurea Polyurea can be described as an advancement of polymer chemistry based upon the earlier chemical family of polyurethanes. This later technology, known as polyurea, is a plural component elastomer system that is used for coating, casting and sealing materials. Plural component elastomer systems have been understood for decades. Actually, the reactions forming the basis of polymers was discovered

No Two Jobs are the Same

2019-12-20T00:06:54-05:00December 20th, 2019|

No Two Jobs are the Same At OBIC, consistency is a word we say frequently. After all, our customers depend on consistent quality and services for all of their wastewater rehabilitation needs. What keeps our jobs interesting is that, though our products are predictably effective and long-lasting, no two jobs are ever the same.A municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems maintenance company, OBIC specializes in providing an alternative approach to everything from wastewater structure rehabilitation to potable water tank rehabilitation. Made of a flexible polymer that is environmentally friendly, OBIC coating systems are spray applied, making them ideal for structures of all shapes and sizes. Additionally, unlike alternative rigid products, OBIC’s flexible polymers won’t crack under the pressure of temperature changes or heavy traffic.WastewaterManhole RehabilitationThe United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that there are 26 million manholes in the U.S. These manholes vary in age, construction and deterioration. Some examples of this variation includeMaterialsPrecast concreteCast-in-place concreteBrickConcrete blockStoneSize and shapeVarious diameters: 3’, 4’, 6’, 7’, 8’Various depths: some more than 100’ deepVarious shapes: round, oblong, rectangle, bell-shaped, offset cones, eccentric conesCharacteristicsWith and without stepsPipe protrusionsDrop bowlsWith and without benchesSurcharged manholesGravity flow manholesWastewater Treatment PlantsThe American Society of Civil Engineers

Case Study: Bay City Manhole Rehabilitation

2019-11-19T21:47:58-05:00November 20th, 2019|

Case Study: Bay City Manhole Rehabilitation Bay City, Michigan, located near the state’s eastern shoreline, is a destination for vacationers interested in everything from antiquing to fishing and sailing. While the beauty of this historic city is unmistakable, its age was becoming apparent in the deteriorating condition of its sewer system. Similar to many municipalities across the country, Bay City’s manhole structures were made of brick, block and precast structures that varied in age. Over time, in some cases more than 50 years, leaks and deterioration began to jeopardize their structural integrity. In an effort to address these issues quickly and efficiently, an OBIC certified installer was called in to rehabilitate 170 of the city’s aging manholes. The Challenge The manhole structures in Bay City varied in age and condition. They were also once a combined system, which meant that some of the manholes had atypical shapes. As a result, each and every manhole presented different circumstances that influenced the preparation and installation of the OBIC Armor lining systems. In addition to the varying shape and condition of the structures, the manholes were spread across all areas of the municipality. The OBIC installers would need to adapt

Case Study: Smithfield Sewer Authority

2019-11-19T21:37:34-05:00November 20th, 2019|

Case Study: Smithfield Sewer Authority The Smithfield Sewer Authority was first introduced to OBIC Products through a Lunch and Learn demonstration hosted by Rusty Hesselschwardt from Advanced Rehabilitation Technology (ART). ART is OBIC’s flagship installer and leader in no-dig rehabilitation services. Benjamin Kutz, a professional engineer for the Smithfield Sewer Authority, was impressed by the demonstration and recommend that ART be hired to rehabilitate nine manholes in Smithfield Township, located in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The manholes were located on Business Route 209 and Craigs Meadow Road. Both heavily traveled roads. To excavate and replace the manholes would not only have been costly, but it would also have created substantial traffic headaches for the duration of the project. Rather than taking on this massive replacement, the sewer authority chose to rehabilitate the manholes using OBIC’s lining system. This decision reduced the cost and minimized traffic disturbance while significantly extending the life of the structures. The Challenge Eight out of the nine manholes included in this project had severe corrosion to the concrete walls. Groundwater infiltration was occurring at pipe connections and joints in several of the manholes, and at least two had severe groundwater infiltration. To address these

Birthplace of Rock ’n Roll Makes Sweet Music With New Structural Rehabilitation Solution

2019-10-04T18:11:56-04:00October 2nd, 2019|

Birthplace of Rock ’n Roll Makes Sweet Music With New Structural Rehabilitation Solution Memphis, Tenn., ran into a particular infrastructure rehabilitation challenge on the 1,420-foot Jack Carley Causeway line, serving President’s Island. A run of 15-inch VCP sewer main with eight manholes was compromised by age and H2S gas. Deep Problems One 50-foot-deep brick manhole required immediate remediation, for which Steve Lindsey of Jacobs Engineering Group oversaw a new approach. It was in catastrophic failure, mortar mostly gone and the bench missing. Cured-in-place pipe lining company Granite Inliner, unable to move their jetter through the bottom of this 48-inch diameter manhole, discovered the missing bench. They deemed this a safety concern, forbidding technicians re-entry until stabilized. Troy Reed of CTR Coatings was called in to examine the structure, documenting a huge problem. “We decided to reconstruct the bench with a fully structural repair method,” remembers Lindsey, “so CIPP crews could complete lining.” Unusually Difficult Conditions The location, just six inches from a truck loading dock in a floodplain just 3,000 feet away from the Mississippi River, created access problems and water inflow from high groundwater hydraulic pressure. This was a huge problem. The chosen structural solution—OBIC Armor 1000—uses a

Installer Spotlight: Advanced Lining, LLC

2019-10-04T18:36:02-04:00October 1st, 2019|

Installer Spotlight: Advanced Lining, LLC OBIC is excited to introduce the newest member of our installer network, Advanced Lining, LLC. Advanced Lining, LLC is a family-owned business located in Layton, Utah. Their service area covers Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah, where they offer a wide range of water and wastewater rehabilitation services. Advanced Lining, LLC was co-founded by Matt and Seth Huggins. Matt started working in the world of water and wastewater infrastructure in 2007. He has worked on a variety of successful and ongoing projects that include the acquisition, remediation and operation of private utilities in Montana and North Dakota as well as the founding and development of an operation and maintenance business. Prior to focusing on infrastructure, Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Utah State University and a Master’s of Science in neuroscience from Stanford University. Seth Huggins started his work in water and wastewater infostructure in 2015. Additionally, he has over 20 years of business management. This experience includes 15 years of multi/unit facility experience and managing an organization of over 300 employees. Together, Matt and Seth lead a team of installers with over 15 years of experience in water and

Case Study: Union Terminal Station Fountain

2019-08-01T12:06:11-04:00July 22nd, 2019|

Case Study: Union Terminal Station Fountain When most people think about water and wastewater rehabilitation, they think about manholes, pump stations and sewer systems. All of these are accurate, but it may be surprising to learn that OBIC products have a wide variety of applications that go beyond stormwater or wastewater system rehabilitation services. The Union Terminal Station fountain in Cincinnati, Ohio, is an example of the unexpected places OBIC products can be used. Project A once significant development in the history of Cincinnati, Union Station Terminal had long ago been converted to house the Cincinnati Museum Center. Built in 1933, the building was in need of significant repairs and restorations. When the Historical Society for Cincinnati began the project, they were also sure to include restoration of the building’s fountain in their plans. An iconic landmark, the fountain is rumored to be the inspiration behind the Hall of Justice in DC Comic’s Justice League. Unfortunately, after decades of use, it was also causing a lot of problems for the museum. Corrosion and exfiltration issues allowed water from the fountain to leak into the museum below. As the historical society began planning restoration of fountain, they reached

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