Pressure/Permeation Grouting

Foundation Support Systems— Soil Stabilization

The term “Pressure Grouting” is in widespread use, but it is frequently misused. Although it seems to describe a specific type of grouting, the term is not specific. Since all grouting is done under pressure, pressure grouting can refer to a wide variety of procedures. Permeation Grouting is a more precise term for what is commonly referred to as pressure grouting.

Permeation grouting is the direct pressure injection of a fluid grout into the ground to fill the spaces between particles.

Injection methods are tailored specifically to a project. Some jobs are well suited to track- mounted drill rigs and high-rate batch plants; other jobs are better suited to man-portable rigs or hand drills and small metering pumps. Sleeve-port pipes and downhole packers are often used to isolate zones in a formation.

The choices available in grout designs offer hundreds of options, ranging from cement slurries to specially designed chemical solutions. An effective grouting program requires a thorough evaluation of these options. The challenge is to find the best combination of methods and materials to achieve all technical objectives while accommodating other factors such as existing ground properties, cost, and accessibility.

An effective grout program also requires a contractor with technical expertise to implement the project. Rembco has been designing and performing permeation grouting programs for more than 25 years. We use pressure grouting methods to prevent water flow, stabilize granular material, encapsulate contaminated material, and to improve the physical properties of soil or rock. We have also effectively used permeation methods to fill voids, cracks, fractures, cavities, and to create barriers to the movement of liquids through the ground.

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