Monday, April 30, 2012

Showers - A System Approach

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More BIM Info

Laticrete Building Information Modeling (BIM) information has been updated on the Autodesk Seek website (http://seek.autodesk.com/search/laticrete?source=SearchBox), and 27 new  “methods” have been created and added to the Autodesk Seek website.  This brings the total number of Laticrete methods available at Autodesk Seek to 267.

These new methods include 16  for the installation of DRYTEK products over concrete, 6 methods for installation of LATICRETE SUPERCAP products over concrete and 5 methods for installation of MVIS  products on exterior facades.  The new methods are listed below:
 
F205 - Concrete - DRYTEK 4000 Self-Leveling Underlayment with DRYTEK 7400 Wearing Surface (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - DRYTEK 4000 Self-Leveling Underlayment with DRYTEK 9400 Wearing Surface (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - DRYTEK 4000 Self-Leveling Underlayment with Floor Covering (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - DRYTEK 4000 Self-Leveling Underlayment with Tile and LATICRETE PermaColorTM Grout (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - DRYTEK 4000 Self-Leveling Underlayment with Tile and LATICRETE SpectraLOCK PRO Premium Grout (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - DRYTEK 7200 Self-Leveling Underlayment with Floor Covering (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - DRYTEK 7200 Self-Leveling Underlayment with Tile and LATICRETE PermaColorTM Grout (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - DRYTEK 7200 Self-Leveling Underlayment with Tile and LATICRETE SpectraLOCK PRO Premium Grout (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - DRYTEK 7400 Self-Leveling Underlayment with Floor Covering (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - DRYTEK 7400 Self-Leveling Underlayment with Tile and LATICRETE PermaColorTM Grout (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - DRYTEK 7400 Self-Leveling Underlayment with Tile and LATICRETE SpectraLOCK PRO Premium Grout (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - DRYTEK 7400 Wearing Surface (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - DRYTEK 7600 Self-Leveling Underlayment with Floor Covering (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - DRYTEK 7600 Self-Leveling Underlayment with Tile and LATICRETE PermaColorTM Grout (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - DRYTEK 7600 Self-Leveling Underlayment with Tile and LATICRETE SpectraLOCK PRO Premium Grout (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - DRYTEK 9400 Wearing Surface (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - LATICRETE SUPERCAP Fast Self-Leveling Underlayment with Floor Covering (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - LATICRETE SUPERCAP Fast Self-Leveling Underlayment with Tile and LATICRETE PermaColorTM Grout (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - LATICRETE SUPERCAP Fast Self-Leveling Underlayment with Tile and LATICRETE SpectraLOCK PRO Premium Grout (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - LATICRETE SUPERCAP Regular Self-Leveling Underlayment with Floor Covering (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - LATICRETE SUPERCAP Regular Self-Leveling Underlayment with Tile and LATICRETE PermaColorTM Grout (Interior Dry Areas Only)
F205 - Concrete - LATICRETE SUPERCAP Regular Self-Leveling Underlayment with Tile and LATICRETE SpectraLOCK PRO Premium Grout (Interior Dry Areas Only)
MVIS 103 - Cement Backer Board (Exterior) - Thin Bed with LATICRETE Premium Masonry Pointing Mortar
MVIS E101 (E) - Concrete or Masonry Wall (Exterior) - Thick Bed Over Metal Lath with LATICRETE Premium Masonry Pointing Mortar
MVIS E102 (E) - Concrete or Masonry Wall (Exterior) - Thin Bed with LATICRETE Premium Masonry Pointing Mortar
MVIS E103 (E) - Concrete or Masonry Wall (Exterior) - Thick Bed with LATICRETE Premium Masonry Pointing Mortar
MVIS E104 (E) - Solid Backing, Plaster, Exterior Sheathing, or Masonry (Exterior) - Thick Bed Over Metal Lath with LATICRETE Premium Masonry Pointing Mortar
 
If you work with BIM, if you work with the Revit platform please review this information that is available at the seek.autodesk.com website.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Laticrete Does BIM

BIM =  Building Information Modeling

 Non-vendor definitions include:

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition. (National BIM Standard - United States)

Traditional building design was largely reliant upon two-dimensional drawings (plans, elevations, sections, etc.). Building information modeling extends this beyond 3-D, augmenting the three primary spatial dimensions (width, height and depth - X, Y and Z) with time as the fourth dimension and cost as the fifth. BIM therefore covers more than just geometry. It also covers spatial relationships, light analysis, geographic information, and quantities and properties of building components (for example manufacturers' details).

BIM involves representing a design as combinations of 'objects' – vague and undefined, generic or product-specific, solid shapes or void-space oriented (like the shape of a room), that carry their geometry, relations and attributes. BIM design tools allow for extracting different views from a building model for drawing production and other uses. These different views are automatically consistent, being based on a single definition of each object instance.

BIM software also defines objects parametrically; that is, the objects are defined as parameters and relations to other objects, so that if a related object is amended, dependent ones will automatically also change.[5] Each model element can carry attributes for selecting and ordering them automatically, providing cost estimates and well as material tracking and ordering.

For the professionals involved in a project, BIM enables a virtual information model to be handed from the design team (architects, surveyors, civil, structural and building services engineers, etc.) to the main contractor and subcontractors and then on to the owner/operator; each professional adds discipline-specific knowledge to the single shared model. This reduces information losses that traditionally occurred when a new team takes 'ownership' of the project, and provides more extensive information to owners of complex structures.

BIM can be used to demonstrate the entire building life cycle, supporting processes including cost management, construction management, project management and facility operation.

Quantities and shared properties of materials can be extracted easily. Scopes of work can be isolated and defined. Systems, assemblies and sequences can be shown in a relative scale with the entire facility or group of facilities. Dynamic information about the building, such as sensor measurements and control signals from the building systems, can also be incorporated within BIM to support analysis of building operation and maintenance.

BIM also prevents errors by enabling conflict or 'clash detection' whereby the computer model visually highlights to the team where parts of the building (e.g.: structural frame and building services pipes or ducts) may wrongly intersect.

Source: Wikipedia.com
Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Building_information_modeling 

AutodeskSeek
The Autodesk® Seek web service enables designers to discover, preview, and download BIM models and specifications, and manufacturers to connect with them. Click here.

For Laticrete BIM compliant details & information click here

Interesting Email

Message from a Tile Contractor:
"I opened the Sunday paper this morning (The News and Observer) and low and behold on the front page was a 5"x8" color picture of a tile installation we did at the Duke Cancer Center hospital. This is in an area called the "Quiet Room" and the installation consisted of 1"x1" green marble mosaics that were epoxy set and black stone pebbles that surrounded the custom glass sculpture seen in the center of the photograph. Here's a link to the online version:

http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/04/22/2016905/north-carolinas-urban-hospitals.html

Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know it would not have been possible without your fine Laticrete products. The assistance rendered to us on this entire hospital project was first rate and facilitated the installations we are so proud of.

This business truly is an assembly of partnerships and I, for one, am glad that your team is helping us accomplish our goals and those of our customers.

I enjoyed seeing and speaking to those of you I had the opportunity to spend some time with at Coverings last week. Your participation in the show was greatly appreciated and helped make it the success it was. I hope is was beneficial for you as well.

Many thanks,"
Nyle Wadford
President
Neuse Tile Service, Inc.
Phone: 919-570-7400
Fax: 919-570-7401

Systems & Solutions Rather Than Just Products

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bonding Flange Drain

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Spring Expo Ft Wayne Indiana

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The Spring Expo is a trade show put on by Kaough Distribution in Ft Wayne IN. Contractors from around the area come in and talk flooring with various materials manufacturers. Kaough is one of our Laticrete distributors.
Matt Adamson
Technical Sales Representative
Laticrete International
Mobile  203-314-0987

Email mtadamson@laticrete.com

A Walk On The Beach

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Message from a tile guy:
"What a relaxing day for a cigar and a walk on the beach"

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Photo Received

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Message & photo received from a tile contractor:
"Laticrete guy Lee Malmquist teaching Salt Lake City tile guys all about the latest and greatest Laticrete products. He did a great job explaining and demonstrating the new drain systems. Thanks for the new shirts."

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sound Control Single Step Method

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Sound Control - Productivity
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Linear Drains

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The Laticrete Hydro Ban Linear Drain allows for the use of large format tile or stone installations in a shower with a single plane slope to the drain.

The Laticrete Hydro Ban Linear Drain is a low profile linear floor drain specifically designed for bonded waterproofing installations with Laticrete Hydro Ban liquid applied waterproofing membrane.
   
The Laticrete Hydro Ban Linear Drain can be installed near the wall or at medial locations in a variety of areas requiring waterproof applications such as residential, commercial & institutional showers & gang showers.

An Incredible Design Resource

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Tile & Stone Technical Design Manuals - An Incredible Design Resource
Download these design manuals directly to your iPad or iPhone from the Apple iBooks store at no cost.
Click here for additional information regarding the entire library of Laticrete Tile & Stone Technical design Manuals or to download PDF file versions.
The goal of these manuals is to assist the design professional in assessing and specifying the correct installation system for tile and stone installations in specialized application areas.

StainProof Grout

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For more info click here.


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Coverings - More








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Friday, April 20, 2012

Whoops !

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Whoops - I seem to have neglected to post a photo or two from the CTEF certification program held at the Laticrete training facility in Bethany at the end of last month !

A comment from Steve Rampino the Laticrete Technical Services Training Supervisor responsible for co-ordinating the event:

"We hosted a Ceramic Tile Education Foundation installer certification program in our Bethany facility March 29th.

This event was sponsored by our distributor Tile America. Tile America has distributor locations throughout the New England area.

This certification event tested tile and stone installers on their practical skills. They were monitored by 2 CTEF professionals and graded on their performance. This valuable event is a positive step towards improving workmanship and installation practices in our industry."

Click here for more information regarding the CTEF.
Click here regarding Laticrete training & educational programs.

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New Shower Components

Laticrete guys - Todd Bartosz & Adrian Rivera

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Todd Bartosz presented Laticrete Pre-Formed shower components and LatiDrains (!) at Coverings.
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Click here to see the installation video

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Coverings Tile Expo

 NY State tile guys Jim & Craig in the middle of Laticrete guys Jay & Greg
 Chicago Century Tile Mark & Scott with Laticrete Chicago guy Todd
JB Tile Forum members having a BBQ dinner after a day at Coverings
Jon - Eric - Tom

Sunday, April 15, 2012

2012 TAFR BBQ Cook-off

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Robert Chambers on the left
Robert is the Laticrete Contractor Sales Representative for the greater Houston, TX area.  His hobby is BBQ !
At the 2012 TAFR BBQ Cook-off the results for Robert and his team = 7th in Seafood, 3rd in Chicken and 8th Overall out of 144 Teams in the competition.

Comments from Robert:
"This was the Texas Association of First Responders, check out TAFR.org for more info on the cook-off. We were trying to defend our title as Grand Champions from last year; we came up a little short but still helped raise money for a great cause.

The other guy is my step Brother Troy Lee, he is Chief Cook For Trail Riders 1, I am Chief Cook for Trail Riders 2

Robert L Chambers
Contractor Sales Representative
Cell (203) 314-2385
LATICRETE International


Friday, April 13, 2012

Come by the Laticrete booth at Coverings wearing a Laticrete shirt or hat, let me take a photo and win a prize !

Group Visiting For Training

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We have a group visiting Laticrete Bethany to attend a two day Laticrete PTK ( Profit Thru Knowledge) Educational & Training program.  This program focus on industry standards, industry issues, tile & stone installation materials, methods and technologies.  And on Laticrete products !
Click here for more information on Laticrete seminars.
The North American Profit Through Knowledge Technical Seminar is a two day, intensive training program specifically developed for ceramic tile and stone industry distributors, dealers, and other industry professionals who want to become familiar with Laticrete products. Experienced faculty utilizes both classroom instruction and hands-on product demonstrations. Attendees also have the opportunity to meet with key Laticrete personnel.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Check the Movie !

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HydroBan Linear Drains as part of a Laticrete "Total System Approach" to tile and stone showers.  
Residential, Commercial & Industrial.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Shower Components


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Do you have a set of these on your sales counter ?
If not, would you like a set ?
Click here to send me an email.
For more info click here and here.

John Down Under

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Recently John Striednig, Director of the Specialty Products Division of Laticrete International, had the opportunity to meet with Laticrete customers in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne Australia. In addition to taking part in a HydroBan demonstration and training night, he was able to spend time with our local Laticrete Australia sales force and learn about the Australian tile and stone market.

Striednig said "it is gratifying to see how robust the Australian market is in light of the global economic challenges of recent years." He went on to comment on "how sophisticated the Australian consumer is" and expressed excitement about the opportunities here for the productivity enhancing technologies and value that Laticrete delivers to this market.
John Striednig
Director, Specialty Products Division
Laticrete International
203-499-7974 mobile 
jastriednig@laticrete.com 
"By endurance we conquer"
      - Shackleton Family Motto

BBQ Ribs

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Some prefer "wet" some prefer "dry"
I prefer wet & sweet !

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Being Green

 
Globally we are committed to being Responsibly Green
Laticrete was the first manufacturer of tile and stone installation materials to earn and offer the globally recognized GREENGUARD Environmental Institute's (GEI) certification.
Based on criteria used by the US EPA, OSHA and the USGBC LEED-CI program, the GREENGUARD certification provides you assurance that Laticrete Systems, materials & products meet appropriate indoor air quality standards for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including formaldehyde.

Monday, April 09, 2012

OWS - Orientation ?


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Went for a bit of a walk in NYC this weekend.
Look who we met in Union Square !  
OK, so who is the guy sleeping in the background ?

Friday, April 06, 2012

Incredible Glass Tile Work

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Incredible Magical Swimming Pools, Fountains & Waterfeatures with Lightstreams Glass Tiles installed with Laticrete.

Working on a swimming pool, fountain or waterfeature ?  Invite your local Laticrete Technical Sales Rep to be your consultant !

Click here to contact your local Laticrete Technical Sales Rep.

Click here for additional information, specifications or details on installations of tiles and stone in Swimming Pools & Fountain. 

Beautiful Glass Tiles from Lightstreams Glass Tile - click here
Incredible installation by Stonecrest Pools - click here

Thursday, April 05, 2012

LatiDrain

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Laticrete HydroBan flanged drain installation by Ceramictec
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A System Approach

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Safety Vest Time

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Laticrete Safety Vest on the new Miami Marlins Stadium Jobsite


Stadium Exterior Sidewalks
Send me an email if you are a tile guy (or gal) and would like a Laticrete Safety Vest - hbrothberg@laticrete.com