Industry News

02Nov 2018

The perfect location at British Columbia’s world-renowned Whistler ski-resort. A premiere property and a dream house built to exacting specifications. It all adds up to a showcase home with delighted owners. But when the owners decided to make some additions, that’s where things started to get tricky. If you’ve ever been to the town of […]

22Aug 2018

  With the pace of commercial construction in Canada’s major urban markets ramping up dramatically with no signs of things slowly down, it’s more important than ever for construction companies to look for opportunities to innovate creatively to meet the challenges of demanding schedules. When companies can come together to strategically assess projects, the possibilities […]

03Apr 2018

Concrete is the world’s most common building material and while it is long-lasting, it’s not indestructible. Ever since the Romans built the pantheon from it some 2,000 years ago, we’ve been trying to find ways to make concrete more durable. No matter how carefully it is mixed or reinforced, all concrete eventually cracks and the […]

26Jan 2018

Torrent Shotcrete, Canada’s recognized shotcrete leader, added 10 fully ACI-certified wet-mix shotcrete nozzlemen to its ranks this past December 2017. ACI certified instructors Neil McKaskill and Roland Heere from Metro Testing were on hand at Torrent’s maintenance and operations yard in Coquitlam, BC to put the men through their paces. An ACI-certified Shotcrete Nozzleman (Wet-Mix Process) is […]

02Jan 2018

As we start a new year, it’s a perfect time to look ahead and see what type of new developments are on the horizon in the construction industry. In this post, we’re going to look at drones and how they’re changing the way we do business in some very interesting ways. In every area of […]

16Oct 2017

With natural disasters continuing to make to make headlines the world over, there’s understandably an intensified focus on doing whatever possible to mitigate the often disastrous effects of mother nature’s fury. With that in mind, recent findings by researchers at the University of British Columbia regarding the development of an eco-friendly concrete that flexes to […]

03Aug 2017

It seems there are still some misconceptions regarding structural shotcrete and the issue of blindside honeycombing and voids that ultimately affect water tightness. There’s an erroneous opinion in some corners of our industry that shotcrete applications result in more honeycombing and voiding issues than form-and-pour applications. It’s just not true. Let’s set the record straight […]

21Jun 2017

Safety is a concern for every industry, but for the construction industry, where working environments can often involve the potential for serious injury, its importance is paramount. Within the shotcrete segment of the industry, Torrent is setting the bar for safety innovation. Given structural shotcrete’s recent entry to BC and the relatively small size of […]

24Apr 2017

For all its wonderful attributes and the undeniable impact it’s had on the building industry, concrete does have one inherent challenge that can’t be avoided; it’s not waterproof. All concrete, regardless of application methodology, is susceptible to leaking when proper preparation steps are not taken. It doesn’t matter if the application methodology is shotcrete or […]

02Mar 2017

When it comes to shotcrete, there are still a few misconceptions out there. When you don’t know all the facts, you can’t make the best decisions. We’re pretty sure you’re interested in making more money, in less time and with a lot less hassle. Sound about right? Thought so. So take a look at our […]