Every year TEI hosts a specialized drilling school on the installation and testing of hollow bar micropiles and soil nails. This school combines detailed classroom work with hands on field training. Each attendee is given a textbook covering all the material from drill and grouting to testing the final product. TEI uses our network to bring the best instructors available to teach our courses.
The course is divided into four parts: drilling, grouting, practical use and testing. All of this is packed into a 2 ½-day course that will leave you with expanded knowledge of hollow bars and also a new network of colleagues in the drilling field to help grow your business in the future.
The drilling part of the course, as with all parts, begins with a classroom explanation of the main points for installing hollow bars. A presentation showing what to do and what can go wrong is presented to get attendees familiar with the installation of hollow bars. An emphasis on quality and attention to detail is present throughout the entire course. After lunch in the TEI warehouse all attendees are encouraged to use the HEM excavator drills to build on what was taught earlier in the classroom. There is plenty of time for everyone to get as much time on the drills as desired.
The grouting portion of the hollow bar school is taught by Eberhard Heinzemann of GSS Titan in Panama City, Panama. Eberhard is well known in the industry not just for his expertise in all forms of grouting but also his extensive knowledge of hollow bars. We are honored to have Eberhard share his knowledge with all of the attendees. As with the drill rigs there are two grout plants for all attendees to get themselves dirty and familiar with grouting.
The practical portion consists of contractor case studies and “walking” through a job from beginning to end, demonstrating how to bid, win, construct and complete a hollow bar job. The case studies are presented by contractors installing the hollow bar system either for earth retention or micropiles for foundation repair. These case studies are very informative and always give rise to long discussions.
And of course no job is complete without testing verification of the completed work. Top engineers are brought to Montrose to instruct students on the proper methods of testing micropiles and soil nails. TEI keeps it’s own testing equipment calibrated and on site so that this extremely important area of construction is never overlooked.
Come to TEI this June 3-5 to experience the wealth of information dispersed during the annual TEI Hollow Bar School. You will leave with better information for your business and with lots of new friends with the same interests as you.