GRAF Edward D. Graf , an innovator in grouting and foundation engineering and founder of a successful soil stabilization company in California, died on Dec. 16, 2009, in Honolulu of lung disease. He was 84. Graf pioneered development and application of several grouting techniques, including compaction grouting and controlled fracture grouting, and held or co-held six pressure-grouting patents. He founded in 1957 Pressure Grout Co. in South San Francisco, which has been involved in more than 1,600 grouting projects in the U.S. and globally. It was sold to an investor group several years ago. Graf was honored for his contributions
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.