QuakeWrap Timeline


Here's a timeline of events and activities that lead to the formation and growth of QuakeWrap, Inc., the original infrastucture innovators of FRP for retrofit and repair.

2017

  • QuakeWrap's own FRP Construction reaches a major safety milestone: 4000 days with no time lost from accidents.
  • QuakeWrap releases its very first complete catalog of products and services, “QuakeWrap: The Infrastructure Innovators.” A new multimedia interaction takes readers directly to FRP infrastructure repair sites around the world via the Layar digital experience app.
  • Proposal to use shipboard version of InfinitPipe® as a sustainable solution to move cooler water from the depths to shallower ocean corals suffering from bleaching from warming waters is published by Popular Science magazine, garners national attention.
  • “Pipe in a Box,” an InfinitPipe® solution to more easily transport clean water in underdeveloped nations, is accepted and published by National Geographic for their international “Chasing Genius” challenge.
  • SPiRe,® the impervious sheet pile repair FRP system, debuts at Underwater Intervention 2017.
  • ADOT announces improvements to the freeway bridge carrying I-17 over 19th Avenue by FRP Construction in Phoenix upgrades sufficiency rating, allowing ADOT to move the bridge off its structurally deficit list.
  • PileMedic® by QuakeWrap takes part in Joint Capability Technology Demonstrations (JCTD) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, involving U.S. Army and Navy divers using PileMedic® to repair damaged marine piles within days instead of months. First underwater footage of PileMedic® installation is captured by US military.

2016

  • StifPipe® wins the ASCE 2016 Innovation Award as the World's First "Green & Sustainable" Pipe.
  • QuakeWrap headquarters expand for a second time to new location in the Tucson Airport area.

2012

  • Developed & Introduced InfinitPipe™, a revolutionary on-site manufactured non-corroding pipe that eliminates nearly all joints and significantly reduces transportation costs. The news of this invention went viral on the internet

2011

  • Developed and Introduced StifPipe™, a honeycomb-FRP pipe that can be custom-built to any size, shape and can resist internal pressure as well as external gravity loads.
  • Received Trenchless Technology’s Project of the Year Award, for repair of high-pressure gas main using our patented PipeMedic™ technology.

2010

  • Received Award of Merit from the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) for repair of 1.1 mile X 84-inch diameter penstock in a power plant in Costa Rica.

2009

2008

  • Received Award of Excellence in the Water Structures category from the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) for the restoration of Large Diameter Prestressed Concrete Pipelines.
  • Opened our first international office in Mexico.
  • Purchased and moved into a new building to accommodate our growing office and warehouse needs.

2007

  • Received Award of Merit from the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) for retrofit of the Historic Fox Theater in Tucson, Arizona.

2006

  • Received Award of Excellence in Structural Engineering from the Structural Engineers Association of Arizona for the retrofit of the Historic Fox Theater in Tucson.
  • Received Award of Excellence in Structural Strengthening from the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) for the seismic retrofit of McKinley Tower in Anchorage, Alaska.

2005

2004

2003

  • Renamed the company to QuakeWrap, Inc. and obtained contractors' licenses in Arizona and California; started to offer complete "turnkey" solutions including design, materials, and installation.

1997

  • Received U.S. Patent #5,640,825, "Methods of Strengthening Masonry and Concrete Walls with Composite Straps and High-Strength Random Fibers."

1996

  • Chaired an ACI subcommittee and was the primary author for the ACI-440 State-of-the-Art Report on Fiber Reinforced Plastic Reinforcement for Concrete Structures (ACI 440R-96).

1994

  • Incorporated Structural Rehabilitation Group (that was subsequently renamed to QuakeWrap, Inc. in 2003). QuakeWrap™ products were successfully used to strengthen two buildings in southern California.

1992

  • Received a $35,000 grant (followed by another $75,000 grant) from the National Science Foundation (the first award given by the NSF on this new concept) to study "Strengthening of Unreinforced Masonry Walls with Fiber Composites," NSF Grant No. BCS-9201110, 1992-93.

1991

  • Received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (the first award given by the NSF on this new concept) to study "Strengthening of Concrete Columns with Fiber Composites," NSF Grant No. MSS-9022667, 1991-94.

1989

  • Invented the concept of strengthening Concrete Columns with FRPs and presented it to California Department of Transportation for research funding; the idea was inadvertently leaked to Edward Fyfe (as reported in an Engineering News Report (ENR) article). Engineer says agency leaked idea, ENR, 8/9/1990.

1987

  • Pioneered R&D on strengthening Concrete Beams with FRPs & wrote the first technical paper on this innovative approach that was published by ACI in 1990: "Fiber Composite Plates Can Strengthen Beams," Concrete International, 12(3) 65-71.