More than 15 years ago, Dick Schantz, a product manager for Aries Industries and former chairman of NASSCO’s Infiltration Control Grouting Committee (ICGC) had the idea of gathering grout equipment manufacturers and chemical grout suppliers to organize what was then called the Grout Boot Camp.
Schantz saw a need for educating grouting technicians, municipal operators, engineers and inspectors on the benefits and mechanics of grouting and grout mixing for predictable results for inflow and infiltration (I/I) control in municipal sewers.
The first class was held in 2006 in Pompano Beach, Florida at the Aries Industries Service Center.
Since then, the agenda, presentations and demonstrations have evolved and are continuously refined so that technicians can better understand and operate grouting equipment for optimal results. A large section of time is spent on troubleshooting, as it is an essential component in the chemical grouting process and it is important to give the attendees the tools needed to be efficient in the field.
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