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Golder adds BioCement’s carbon-neutral process for soil engineering

The patented process promises to reduce soil permeability and compressibility, while increasing strength.

August 19, 2021  By CCE

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Photo courtesy Golder.

Golder’s Canadian business has signed a non-exclusive licence for the use of BioCement Technologies’ patented process to use indigenous bacteria for microbial induced calcite precipitation (MICP).

The process can greatly reduce permeability and compressibility of soil, while significantly increasing its strength. The carbon-neutral technology is suitable for soil stabilization, infrastructure and foundation strengthening, groundwater protection, heavy metal remediation and other soil engineering challenges.

Golder’s licence grants the company—now part of WSP—the rights to apply BioCement’s proprietary process in Canada for ground improvement, including ground cementation, foundation support, slope stabilization, erosion control and seepage control.

“The agreement provides our team with access to an alternate, potentially more cost-effective ground improvement technique using in situ natural resources and, best of all, an environmentally conscious solution,” says Roberto Olivera, associate and senior geotechnical engineer with Golder.

“This agreement with Golder presents an opportunity to put an environmentally beneficial process to work, meeting real-world needs and challenges,” says Gaylord Kellogg, CEO of BioCement.


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