in the very early nineties, has since grown to become a full-fledged foundation system. Our first patent issued in the late 90's and our most recent in late 07. Paralell with the patents, numerous trademarks have also been aquiered. All the details are available in the Patents and Trademarks section.
The company was started in 2002 by Johan Gunther and incorporated in California the same year.
The initial thougth was that of a soil improvement system that would be applicable to Southern Californias notoriously bad geological conditions in the coastal regions. Floods, due to heavy rains, and subsequent mud slides - every year! It soon grew from hill side stabilization to include focus on levee repair and improvement, and from there to, regular foundation applications.
Through a somewhat sequetous route LCT arrived at Hercules Grundläggning AB's doors over in Sweden in the early 2000's. There, a few forward thinking people, Stefan Dahlin and Håkan Eriksson, soon saw the potential for MDM in the foundation market, both locally and internationally. Once the "office hurdle" was overcome, the people operating the rigs in the field became responsible for the continued success of the adaptation and implementation of the MDM system.
The rest is history, with a licensing agreement between Hercules and LCT, signed in 2004. We have since gone on to do a number of different tests and production projects utilizing this new soilmixing method with excellent results for everybody involved, client, entrepreneur and licensor.
The journey has been successful so far due to a number of key individuals at a small number of companies. Primarily Hercules employees, past and present, have had the most impact on the development of the MDM system, from conception to what it is today. A few names that stand out as instrumental in the initial stages, but not limited to, are: Stefan Dahlin, Håkan Eriksson, Anders Berntsson, Svante Möller, Herman Ohlsson, Mikael Sällström, all at the time, employees of Hercules.
LCT enjoys a continued working relationship with many of these people and companies even today. It has given our company a great advantage in the industry as well as myself, Johan Gunther, many close friendships.