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May 30, 2018
Engineering Spotlight: Meet Dave Keaffaber

Posted by: Natalie Swift

During the last post, you learned more about our engineer, Kurt Chirbas, and his role of representing Concrete Cloth™ GCCM in the Oil & Gas industry. This week, we’re going to find out more about GeoSpray geopolymer as we

Meet Dave Keaffaber

Dave represents two of our concrete solutions, Concrete Cloth GCCM and GeoSpray® geopolymer mortar. His background working for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works as well as in infrastructure planning and management sales drew him to his position at Milliken Infrastructure Solutions LLC, where he can market and promote the advantages of using our geopolymer mortar for rehabilitation projects.

Dave meets with asset owners who are looking for a trenchless solution that is cost-effective and provides long-term benefits—GeoSpray geopolymer mortar is that solution. According to Dave, GeoSpray geopolymer mortar system is just what these asset owners have been looking for: a less expensive, large-diameter sewer rehabilitation method that has superior performance in key properties where alternative products are lacking.

GeoSpray geopolymer mortar is typically used for sewer linings, manholes and chambers and storage basins at wastewater treatment plants. The corrosive environments at treatment plants require a rapid repair that can quickly put the plant back in service, so GeoSpray geopolymer is the ideal solution.

Sewers or culverts can be quickly put back into service as well. Dave is currently involved with one of the most critical projects in North America where GeoSpray mortar is being used to line a 10-foot diameter sewer tunnel that is exceptionally deep. The versatility of GeoSpray geopolymer mortar allows it to be used in unique jobs with different pipe shapes or materials that were used to build the sewer. The rehabilitation crew does not require a large footprint nor large access to complete the job, compared to the multiple semi-tractor trailers that would be needed for alternative repair methods.

When Dave is in the field, he uses his past experience to relate to the state agencies because he understands the necessary processes for approval and knows the expense of complete replacement of deteriorated pipes prior to GeoSpray mortar’s introduction to the market.

As GeoSpray mortar was the first geopolymer in the Storm & Sanitary market, Dave expects the acceptance to continue based on its unique capabilities and its cost-effectiveness compared to rehabilitation alternatives.

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