In order to help two young people from the Polyvalent High School specialized in agriculture in Robert who were registered for the jobs Championships in 2015, we cut some rubble-stones with them.
For us, this year, BATIMAT was under the sign of innovation. We searched for many innovating products and processes in order to offer new things to our clients. So, in order to improve into the field of risk prevention and to reduce painfulness at work, we found some equipment more suitable for some work stations and we found some efficient individual protection equipment to fight against dust, one of our main nuisance.
Following some recurring problems of capillary action on various restoration building sites, we searched for a method to fight capillary action efficiently. During the Heritage Exhibition, in Louvres in 2013, we met the company AXE Drying up. This company builds among other things, the drying-up case EVO. We are delighted to announce you the start of our partnership.
Within the scope of the "Journées du patrimoine" (Heritage Days) in 2015, the Clément Foundation organized on the site of the so-called Habitation Clément a forum about jobs related to heritage. More than 1000 high school students from about ten high schools were present. On the program: conferences and demonstration workshops on know-how.
CUBE accepted this invitation. Florian and Clément dealt with our stall of traditional stonework and Vincent was in charge of a stall of the Federation of Companions of the construction industry jobs. This stall was to help youngsters discover the universe of companionship, of training and of the Tour de France. So, with M. Damien Leroy, Regional Commissioner for Archeology from the Regional Department of Archeology; with M. Christophe Bourel Le Guilloux, Architect for the Bâtiments de France (Buildings of France), Direction of Cultural affairs; with M. Louis Reck Director Of Coalys Antilles, Vincent took part to a round table about the built heritage. Thanks you to M. Florent Plasse as well as to the whole team of the Clément Foundation, thanks to the apprentices of the Federation of apprenticeship for their presence.
This year, two masons came from France to strengthen the team. Each of them with their experience and sensitiveness, we shared our trowels and some good time too. Thank you to Damien Yvrard and Clément Brogly
We had been considering going to St Soupplet (Department 77) with Moderne Méthode!! It's in July 2015 that we decided to go on training on decorative concrete processes. On the schedule: colored concrete, printed concrete, waxed concrete, Texture Top, micro screed and Vertic'Art.
It was a wonderful experience.
Thanks to the whole team of Moderne Méthode for their welcome and their kindness. A huge thanks to Mike Archambault.
Since the first quarter 2013, we have been carrying out work on a project to renovate two major works on the island of Saint Vincent Les Grenadines. This project is running in association with the ''Direction des Affaires Culturelles de la Martinique'','' Région Martinique'','' the National Trust of Saint Vincent'' and'' l’Alliance Française''.
We organised a surveyance trip for our team in May, 2014. This team is constituted by Pierre Bortolussi (chief architect of historic monuments), Christian Weber (engineer structures with a large experience in the renovation of former(old) works), Sébastien Zabukovec (CEO of Coalys the Antilles: roofing , cover, joinery(joiner's workshop), ironworks), Vincent Vergez and Florian Manière (respectively president and managing director of CUBE). The purpose of this survey was to determine the necessary course of action to initiate the work).
The first part of the project consists of renovating the bridge allowing access to the fort of Charlotte (overhanging the bay of Kingstown), at the heart of St Vincents tourist area. This work has sustained some serious damage over time. Poor repairs were made using unsuitable materials. During the survey trip we discovered that the foundations would need to be rebuilt in order to avoid further deterioration and ultimately sinking into the ground at this site.
The second part of the project concerns Carnegie Building. This building is a very (old) municipal library of Kingstown which shelters '' l’Alliance Française and le National Trust'' . Overall the structure is solid. The work will consist in renovating its roof and first and foremost its facades.
In May, 2014, CUBE got a brand new Truck. This vehicle facilitates the organization of our construction sites, optimizes the physical efforts and minimizes the impact of the company on the environment. With these objectives in mind, we chose a multi-truck IVECO Daily which weighs 3.5 tons. its main use is to deliver our smaller trucks on construction sites, to collect and process rubble and make the job significantly faster and easier. We have two trucks raised by a volume of 8.4 m3 (2 m3 without side extension). Trucks can can also be utilised by other companies
In a purpose of exchange and Caribbean development, we traveled for four days around the island of saint Barthélémy where the stone is very present in the existing works and under construction. We were able to visit construction sites(works), to meet entrepreneurs, as well as architects
So we were able to witness the style of stonework which is practised on this island; veneer(tackle) on walls stony concrete of calibrated import. We were also able to admire the high standard of luxury villas built with top-quality materials and very well-kept implementation.
Before the construction phase on some construction sites, it is often necessary to demolish, purge and to clean the surface. It is often asked to us to sand stone facings. This operation consists of blasting some high-pressure sand on the work to clean top coats of paint, spots and fillers accumulated in time and ultimately bring up the original surface
While visiting the BATIMAT show we invested in a new type of sandblaster. Our choice was a sandy hydro (mixture of water and abrasive thrown(planned) at high pressure). The pressure is adjustable from 0 to 7 bars. This sandy hydro-allows to use various types of abrasives not isolated to sand alone. Therefore, this machine allows us sand all kinds of surfaces including furniture, mechanical rooms and sheet steel. The big advantage of the hydro sanding is that by comparison with ordinary sanding it does not create excessive dust. By channelling the water, it avoids all the nuisances for the environment of the traditional construction site. Since adopting this technology we have been able to specialise in specific cleaning requirements on stone facing, paint on concrete(watertight) facing and concrete facing.
"BATIMAT" is an industry show which is held every two years in Paris. It welcomes the manufacturers of materials, hardware, and equipment that are used on the construction sites of building and public works; as well as all the corporate associations linked to the conception in the reception of the works.
We went to the November, 2013 show to be held informed about the innovations and the news.
Notre objectif était de trouver du matériel qui permette de simplifier nos interventions sur les chantiers de restauration de patrimoine (nettoyage, travail de la pierre). Le volume et la diversité de matériel présentés nous ont permis de trouver des solutions intéressantes dans la découpe de pierre et le sablage (pierre, béton, acier). Il a été très enrichissant de découvrir de nouvelles techniques de construction, agencement et finition.
Notre présence à Paris nous a donné l’opportunité de visiter les magasins de grandes enseignes, de carrelage et taille de pierre notamment.
Cette semaine-là, se tenait également le salon du patrimoine au Louvre. Les stands proposaient des solutions de préservation des bâtiments anciens. Ces solutions permettent de lutter contre les agressions dues aux intempéries et au climat. Nous sommes revenus à la Martinique avec beaucoup de pistes qui nous permettent d’optimiser notre activité.
En Septembre 2013, en vue de nous former de façon plus poussée à la technique du renforcement de structure avec tissu de fibre de carbone, lamelles en fibre de carbone et résine, nous sommes allés suivre une formation dans l’usine BASF de Sorgues (84).
Nous avons déjà pratiqué cette technique dans d’autres entreprises sur quelques chantiers, mais voulions vraiment avoir une connaissance parfaite des produits et de leur application. Ainsi après une présentation du processus de fabrication des produits, des règles de calcul pour le dimensionnement et les prescriptions de mise en œuvre nous avons, dans le laboratoire d’essais de l’usine, pu assister aux démonstrations de mise en œuvre des divers produits de la marque et également essayer à notre tour.
BASF par sa gamme PCI a développé de nombreux mortiers prêts à l’emploi à usages spécifiques aussi bien pour les chantiers de bâtiment que de travaux publiques ; mortiers d’étanchéité sous carrelage, mortiers de scellement, mortiers de réparation structurel (ou non), mortiers de scellement de tampons de regards (imitation enrobé),… Une journée de présentation et d’essai de ses différents mortiers a été groupé à la formation.
Ces journées de formation nous permettent aujourd’hui, en fonction des désordres que nous constatons sur les ouvrages à rénover, de proposer des solutions garantissant « à nouveau » leur solidité structurelle.