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Interview with Industry Veteran Kevin Earles

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Feb 20, 2020 4:44:11 PM

The Injection Connection - An Infrastructure Repair Industry Podcast

The Injection Connection - An Infrastructure Repair Industry PodcastThe Injection Connection podcast features in-depth discussions with thought leaders and professionals in the infrastructure repair industry. Host Jim Spiegel is Vice President of Alchemy-Spetec and Board Member at the International Concrete Repair Institute. With 15 years in the industry and experience on job sites around the world, Jim is uniquely qualified to bring you a wealth of informative infrastructure repair content on a regular basis.

This episode's guest Kevin Earles is a long-time friend of Jim, and the National Sales Director for EPMS Supplies based in Nottingham, UK. Topics covered include how they met one another, the future of online distribution, Brexit, and more. Kevin has been in the speciality construction distribution industry for almost 25 years.

Watch the episode in its entirety below, or check it out on TheInjectionConnection.com and the following platforms:

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Reporting from World of Concrete 2020

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Feb 6, 2020 10:04:57 AM

Reporting from World of Concrete 2020

Reporting from World of Concrete 2020Tomorrow is the last day of World of Concrete 2020.  We've enjoyed meeting and talking shop with a wide variety of infrastructure repair professionals from all over North American and beyond.  If you haven't dropped by the Leak Seal Division Exhibit in the South Hall at location S11307 and the Geotech Division Exhibit in the Silver Lots at location O40551, you still have time today and tomorrow!  We look forward to discussing your infrastructure repair business goals for this year and taking a look at how we can help you achieve them.

We've posted these exhibit overviews before, but they're worth repeating...

Leak Seal Division - South Hall

The Leak Seal booth features a presentation/demo stage with comfortable chairs for audience members and a separate meeting area for in-depth discussions with knowledgeable experts.  You can look forward to the following educational activities:

  • Polyurethane Leak Seal Overview Presentation
  • Crack Injection Demos
  • Crack Injection Presentations
  • Curtain Grouting Demos
  • Curtain Grouting Presentations
  • Polyurethane Product Mixing Demos
  • Acrylic Grout Presentation & Demo

Geotech Division - Silver Lots

The Geotech exhibit area features a fully equipped 20-foot lifting rig, a Polybadger compact slab lifting system, and a row of concrete slabs for live lifting.  You can look forward to the following educational activities:

  • Slab Lifting Demos
  • Lifting Foam Product Mixing Demos
  • MixMaster Gun Cleaning Demos
  • Fully Equipped Rig Tours
  • Polybadger Demos

We look forward to seeing you today or tomorrow!

Download the Info-Packed Leak Seal Product Catalog!

Download the Info-Packed Geotech Product Catalog!

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The Injection Connection - An Infrastructure Repair Industry Podcast

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Jan 28, 2020 9:51:21 AM

The Injection Connection - An Infrastructure Repair Industry Podcast

The Injection Connection - An Infrastructure Repair Industry PodcastAlchemy-Spetec is pleased to announce The Injection Connection, a podcast featuring in-depth discussions with thought leaders and professionals in the infrastructure repair industry.  The Injection Connection is hosted by Jim Spiegel, Vice President of Alchemy-Spetec and board member of the International Concrete Repair Institute.  With 15 years in the industry and experience on job sites around the world, Jim is uniquely qualified to bring you a wealth of informative infrastructure repair content on a regular basis.

Jim Spiegel explains, "The point here is to create a new venue for discussion within the infrastructure repair industry. We'll have guests on: engineers, consultants, any other design professionals or architects, distributors, suppliers, contractors and pretty much anyone that’s involved in the industry. We want to have interesting conversations and an open medium that hopefully is interesting to all listeners."

Episodes of can currently be found on TheInjectionConnection.com and the following platforms:

If you or someone you know has an interesting background in the industry, schedule a brief phone consultation to discuss a potential appearance on the podcast.

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Two Booths to Serve You Better at World of Concrete 2020

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Nov 20, 2019 12:04:12 PM

Two Booths to Serve You Better at World of Concrete 2020

Two Booths to Serve You Better at World of Concrete 2020World of Concrete 2020 is right around the corner - February 4th through 7th, 2020 in Las Vegas, NV. 

Alchemy-Spetec is going the extra mile to make sure your Leak Seal and Geotech interests are served to the fullest extent possible.  We'll be dedicating an entire booth to the Leak Seal Division & Product Line in the South Hall at location S11307 while retaining our usual outside exhibit area for the Geotech Division & Product Line in the Silver Lots at location O40551.  Each booth will be staffed by experts in each respective product line.

Leak Seal Division Booth - South Hall

The Leak Seal booth features a presentation/demo stage with comfortable chairs for audience members and a separate meeting area for in-depth discussions with knowledgeable experts.  You can look forward to the following educational activities:

  • Polyurethane Leak Seal Overview Presentation
  • Crack Injection Demos
  • Crack Injection Presentations
  • Curtain Grouting Demos
  • Curtain Grouting Presentations
  • Polyurethane Product Mixing Demos
  • Acrylic Grout Presentation & Demo

Geotech Division Booth - Silver Lots

The Geotech exhibit area features a fully equipped 20-foot lifting rig, a Polybadger compact slab lifting system, and a row of concrete slabs for live lifting.  You can look forward to the following educational activities:

  • Slab Lifting Demos
  • Lifting Foam Product Mixing Demos
  • MixMaster Gun Cleaning Demos
  • Fully Equipped Rig Tours
  • Polybadger Demos

We look forward to seeing you there!

Register for World of Concrete 2020

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Automate Your Quote Prep, Customer Tracking, & Follow-Ups with Estimate Rocket

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Nov 8, 2019 11:48:55 AM

Automate Your Quote Prep, Customer Tracking, & Follow-Ups with Estimate Rocket

Automate Your Quote Prep, Customer Tracking, & Follow-Ups with Estimate RocketAlchemy-Spetec is pleased to offer a customized version of the popular Estimate Rocket invoicing, client management and CRM tool for contractors.  The custom version includes material estimating calculators for Alchemy-Spetec geotech polyurethanes.  These calculators make it easy to figure out the amount of material you'll need for any given job.  Sign up now via this Alchemy-Spetec link to get the customized version!  (Visiting the Estimate Rocket site in any manner aside from the links we provide will get you the generic, non-customized version.)

Paperless Workflow

Creating impressive proposals has never been easier with Estimate Rocket’s easy-to-use business templates. Leave a lasting impression with professional paperless estimates and invoices you can create and deliver to clients in seconds. 

Job & Client Management

Keep your clients most important information organized and at your fingertips 24/7. The system automatically saves and organizes current and previous jobs, contact information, notes, and more.

Powerful CRM Tools

Stay connected with customer relationship management tools that keep you more responsive than ever before. Automated reminders and appointment scheduling let you know when to take action. Automated Follow-Ups stay in touch with your customers automatically.

Team Collaboration

Bring your entire team with an easy to use web-portal where crews can view appointments, field estimators can build estimates, and accountants can send out invoices.

Financial Reports

View up to the minute reports and know exactly where every job stands. Advanced reporting gives greater depth with detailed job statistics. Easily export to QuickBooks or other accounting software that imports CSV files.

Access on Any Device

Whether you’re on site with a customer or back in the office, you always have complete access to all features. Estimate Rocket works on Mac, PC, iOS, Android, Blackberry and any other web-enabled device.

AS Material Estimation Calculators

As mentioned previously, the Alchemy-Spetec customized version of Estimate Rocket features AS geotech material estimation calculators built in!

Sign Up for the AS Version of Estimate Rocket

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Thanks to All 2019 Training Participants

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Oct 17, 2019 1:46:30 PM

Thanks to All Fall 2019 Training Participants

Last week we were happy to host over 30 participants at our Fall 2019 Leak Seal & Geotech Training event.  We enjoyed meeting everyone, learning about their experiences in the field, and sharing info about our products and application procedures.  

Wednesday, October 9th consisted of a joint exploration of polyurethane Leak Seal products and applications.  Classroom discussions were supplemented with live crack injection and permeation/curtain wall demos. Participants were also given the chance to mix products with accelerator on their own and watch the products set up in real time. The day was rounded out with discussions on estimating the cost of material and a look a few case studies.  The night was capped off with pizza and beer at a local brewhouse here in Tucker, GA.  (Unfortunately, for local Braves fans, their historic playoff meltdown was unfolding on the bar's TV screens at the time.)

Thursday, October 10th was all about polyurethane Geotech products and applications. Classroom presentations on lifting, soil stabilization and void fill were supplemented with live lifting and equipment demos. Product mixing workshops and estimating discussions filled out the afternoon.  The day was wrapped up with a look at ground penetrating radar and a case study presentation on a job that required both Leak Seal and Geotech solutions.

We very much appreciate everyone who attended and look forward to the Spring 2020 Training event.

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Now Offering Animation Services for Customer Marketing Efforts

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Oct 1, 2019 2:54:47 PM

Now Offering Animation Services for Customer Marketing Efforts

Now Offering Animation Services for Customer Marketing EffortsThe Custom Animation Process

Attention Alchemy-Spetec customers!  While we still offer you the use of our Leak Seal, Soil Stabilization, Slab Lift and Deep Lift animations, we are now also offering custom animation services in order to assist you with your marketing efforts.  Work with us to create a new and original animation in a similar style to those linked above, but specifically created for YOUR company.  For the sake of clarity, here's a thorough explanation of the process...

Part 1 - Get a Price Quote

  1. We will send you a questionnaire about the services you want to advertise.
  2. Our animation team will review your answers to come up with a visual concept and estimated running time.
  3. We'll then schedule a strategy call with you to work out the remaining details.
  4. After the call, we'll create a price quote for you.
  5. You would pay 50% down with 50% due prior to delivery of final video.

Part 2 - Approve Each Stage of the Production

Our Production Process is carefully designed and well defined to deliver a high-quality animation.  Once we complete a step to your satisfaction, you give us written approval to move to the next step. This will maximize quality and complete your video within the agreed budget.

Scripting: 

A professional writer produces a script for feedback, and revisions are made until you approve final version of the script.

Storyboard:

  1. Our animation team will use the approved script and visual concept to produce a scene-by-scene black and white storyboard. We will review with you and make revisions until you are satisfied.
  2. After storyboard approval, we will provide color illustrations for final approval.
  3. We record your script with professional voiceover talent. You can make up to two minor revisions of the voiceover track.

It is critically important to understand and agree that all major revisions must be made before animation begins in order to avoid additional charges.

Animation:

  1. Our team creates the animation using your approved storyboard and voiceover.
  2. Only minimal changes are allowed at this stage (and only if absolutely necessary).
  3. We deliver a preview and can provide up to 3 revisions of the following:
    • Adjust where animation action isn’t matched to the voiceover
    • Adjust animation effects and timing
    • Sound revisions to audio quality, volume, sound effects
  4. Any revisions to the actual animation or voiceover at this point will incur additional costs. We will estimate these costs based on the amount of content that needs to be changed.

Project Timeline:

Developing and creating a professionally produced video takes time. Plan on eight to twelve weeks from our questionnaire phase to delivery. Of course, staying on schedule depends timely feedback from you. It’s critical that all decision makers agree and provide written authorization at every stage.

Please Note:

Animations will feature this “Powered by Alchemy-Spetec” logo.
Powered-By-Alchemy-Spetec - Web Resolution

How to Get Started

If you already have an account with Alchemy-Spetec or one of our distributors, the next step is to click the button below and sign up for a brief phone consultation. We’ll provide more info on pricing rates and answer any other questions you have. (If you have not already signed a Marketing Materials Agreement, please be prepared to discuss that as well.)

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Alchemy-Spetec Customized Estimate Rocket Software for Your Slab Lifting Business

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Sep 17, 2019 2:23:04 PM

Alchemy-Spetec Customized Estimate Rocket Software for Your Slab Lifting Business

Blog Alchemy-Spetec Customized Estimate Rocket Software for Your Slab Lifting BusinessAlchemy-Spetec is offers a customized version of the popular Estimate Rocket invoicing, client management and CRM tool for contractors.  The custom version includes material estimating calculators for Alchemy-Spetec geotech polyurethanes.  These calculators make it easy to figure out the amount of material you'll need for any given job.  Sign up now via this Alchemy-Spetec link to get the customized version!  (Visiting the Estimate Rocket site in any manner aside from the links we provide will get you the generic, non-customized version.)

Paperless Workflow

Creating impressive proposals has never been easier with Estimate Rocket’s easy-to-use business templates. Leave a lasting impression with professional paperless estimates and invoices you can create and deliver to clients in seconds. 

Job & Client Management

Keep your clients most important information organized and at your fingertips 24/7. The system automatically saves and organizes current and previous jobs, contact information, notes, and more.

Powerful CRM Tools

Stay connected with customer relationship management tools that keep you more responsive than ever before. Automated reminders and appointment scheduling let you know when to take action. Automated Follow-Ups stay in touch with your customers automatically.

Team Collaboration

Bring your entire team with an easy to use web-portal where crews can view appointments, field estimators can build estimates, and accountants can send out invoices.

Financial Reports

View up to the minute reports and know exactly where every job stands. Advanced reporting gives greater depth with detailed job statistics. Easily export to QuickBooks or other accounting software that imports CSV files.

Access on Any Device

Whether you’re on site with a customer or back in the office, you always have complete access to all features. Estimate Rocket works on Mac, PC, iOS, Android, Blackberry and any other web-enabled device.

AS Material Estimation Calculators

As mentioned previously, the Alchemy-Spetec customized version of Estimate Rocket features AS geotech material estimation calculators built in!

Sign Up for the AS Version of Estimate Rocket

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Specifications for Polyurethane Injection Grouting with Hydrophilic & Hydrophobic Materials

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Jul 24, 2019 1:56:27 PM

Specifications for Polyurethane Injection Grouting with Hydrophilic & Hydrophobic Materials

Specifications for Polyurethane Injection Grouting with Hydrophilic & Hydrophobic Materials

 

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at our specification entitled Injection Grouting – Hydrophilic & Hydrophobic.  The specification includes documentation on the following:
  • Sealing cracks in concrete structures through pressure injection.
  • Sealing hairline cracks, expansion joints, wide cracks, pipe joints, pipe penetrations.
  • Saturating dry oakum to create a flexible gasket for sealing pipe penetrations, joints and larger defects in concrete structures.

If you’re unfamiliar with the terms hydrophobic and hydrophilic, please read the blog post Hydrophobic vs Hydrophilic Polyurethanes.  In that post we clearly explain the differences between the two types of leak seal resins…

Hydrophobic Polyurethanes:

Hydrophobic polyurethanes naturally repel water (similar to the way oil would repel water and stay separate if you were trying to mix them in a glass).  These products push water out of the area in question as they expand.  Hydrophobics are used with catalysts which allow you to adjust the set time.  They also have zero shrinkage after curing.

Hydrophilic Polyurethanes:

Hydrophilic polyurethanes naturally mix with water before curing (similar to the way gin and tonic mix thoroughly in a glass).  This characteristic allows for a very strong chemical and mechanical bond, as water helps pull the material into the pores of the concrete.  These products do not require a catalyst.  You can pump them straight out of the pail.

Click this link, Injection Grouting – Hydrophilic & Hydrophobic, to view a PDF of the specification.  It thoroughly documents the installation process for these two types of products (in our case, the hydrophilic Spetec PUR GT500 and the hydrophobic Spetec PUR F400).  These are both flexible polyurethanes.  For a copy of the specification in Microsoft Word format, please call Alchemy-Spetec at 404-618-0438.

For more Alchemy-Spetec specifications, scroll to the bottom of the Alchemy-Spetec Downloads Page

Would you like to speak to an Alchemy-Spetec consultant regarding specifications?

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Alchemy-Spetec VP Jim Spiegel Completes Tier 1 of the ICRI Concrete Repair Technician Certification Program

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Jul 17, 2019 2:03:51 PM

Alchemy-Spetec VP Jim Spiegel Completes Tier 1 of the ICRI Concrete Repair Technician Certification Program

Alchemy-Spetec VP Jim Spiegel Completes Tier 1 of the ICRI Concrete Repair Technician Certification ProgramAlchemy-Spetec is pleased to announce that our VP of Sales and Business Development, Jim Spiegel, recently completed Tier 1 of ICRI's Concrete Repair Technician Program.  As the industry leaders in technical support for contractors, distributors, and engineers, we pride ourselves in a company culture that encourages ongoing technical training for employees and executives. 

More on the ICRI Concrete Repair Technician Certification Program from ICRI website...

This online certification program was developed based on industry demand and...outlines repair inspector qualifications for the inspection of concrete repairs, and designates an individual who has been certified as an ICRI Concrete Surface Repair Technician, as a qualified inspector.

The Concrete Surface Repair Technician Certification Program is a competency-based program using current best practices for online training and evaluation. The Educational component is presented and tested online while the Performance component is tested both online through a knowledge exam and assessed by observable criteria (video submission or live recorded).

Tier 1 only applicants are those who may not be regularly engaged in concrete surface repair inspection and testing, yet have an active interest in learning more about the inspection and tests, be introduced to types of concrete deterioration, understand the requirements for a quality concrete surface repair, be aware of repair materials and methods, and be qualified to perform pre and post-placement inspections and testing.

Learn more about the ICRI Concrete Repair Technician Certification Program...

Want more information on Alchemy-Spetec products?

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