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Here Come the Drones

Here Come the Drones 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.…

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It’s a Concrete Christmas!

It’s a Concrete Christmas! Concrete is not usually the first material that comes to mind for creating Christmas decorations, but with a little imagination, the right ingredients and a healthy helping of holiday spirit, concrete can add the fresh festive difference to your holiday trimmings! Check out these links for some very interesting and simple…

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Waste – The Reality

Waste – The Reality Every concrete application methodology results in a certain amount of waste, but the inflated numbers sometimes associated with shotcrete are most often the result of inaccurate calculations based upon false assumptions. There is waste in the shotcrete process – but the actual amount is much less than the percentages attributed to…

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Flexible Concrete!

Flexible Concrete! 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…

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In Search of Blindside Excellence

In Search of Blindside Excellence 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.…

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Safety Innovators – Part 1 in a series

Safety Innovators – Part 1 in a Series 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…

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Waterproof shotcrete? You bet!

Waterproof shotcrete? You bet! 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…

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The Whole Truth

The Whole Truth 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…

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Man Made. Naturally.

Man Made. Naturally. Retaining walls are functional. Everyone knows that. But what if they had to be beautiful and natural; to look like they were part of the existing environment while still ensuring the necessary structural integrity? That was the challenge Torrent faced when they were contacted by a private client in the resort town…

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Vancouver House Update – Beating the Clock

Vancouver House Update – Beating the Clock Construction on the ground-breaking Vancouver House project in the downtown core is well underway and Torrent is giving the project owners a dramatic scheduling advantage. The numbers are in for Torrent’s work on the below-grade portion of the site and they’re impressive to say the least. Torrent’s original…

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