Case studies


Accelerated Concrete Drying

Building Company, Gilbane was constructing a new stand-alone (21,112) square foot precast concrete gymnasium for Deerfield High School, Illinois in the US. The concrete slab required maximum moisture content prior to the installation of the maple sports floor.


Importance of screed moisture testing identified

During the construction process, it is vital for the building contractor to ensure the screed has been dried to the optimal level before any final floor finishes such as vinyl, carpets or tiles are applied. If the screed is still wet, it can result in the floor finish lifting after fitting. This not only results in additional cost to repair the damage, it also creates significant disruption for the dweller and potential reputational damage for the contractor.


Church on fire

The Roman Catholic Church of St Mary and St John in Erdington is a relatively modern brick building, with a vaulted wooden ceiling approximately 11 metres in height and also contains elaborate artworks in the main altar. A candle was left burning overnight in a tall wooden candlestick holder which had silk flowers around the base and a fire broke out after the fabric set alight.


Solution for ice rinks

Preventing condensation on the ice sheet during events allows lower ice sheet temperatures to be achieved. Blowing a blanket of dry air over the arena prevents the formation of condensation on overhead surfaces, the ice sheet and structure. The elimination of condensation prevents rust on the permanent structure, improved ice quality and the elimination of fog.


Avoid playing on a sticky wicket

In order to effectively prepare for a longer cricket season, teams have to start training earlier which has often meant travelling to sunnier, warmer countries. This is expensive and training on a hard South African wicket isn’t ideal preparation for a damp start to the season in the UK. Equally, training indoors in the UK does not provide the ideal conditions either.