College of Architecture and Environmental Design


Construction Management Department

Degree Name

BS in Construction Management




Philip Barlow


Panacea is an admixture for auger pressure grouted piles in deep foundation construction which was created by Berkel and Company Contractors, a design build corporation. The admixture is designed to increase workability time and increase water retention to avoid seepage into surrounding soils and allow for the insertion of reinforcing steel after the grout has been placed. The objective of this research was to correlate initial set times with internal temperatures over time for scheduling purposes. Multiple batches with varying amounts of the additive were observed. The research also served to create a standardized set of tolerances for various variables being tested on site for quality control including: temperature, flow, water retention, and viscosity. By implementing these standards and tolerances contractors will be able to better gauge material attributes and in doing so improve the scheduling of critical activities related to deep foundations.

Spurgeon PB SP18.pdf (586 kB)
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