The overlay can be placed successfully with either a dry-mix or wet-mix shotcrete process. The preference of the shotcrete subcontractor is likely related to his/her past experience and what they are best suited doing. The advantages of dry-mix process are beyond the scope of a simple answer. The process is well described in ACI 506R Guide to Shotcrete. The entire 6 inch thickness can be placed in one layer using the bench gunning technique. The number of vertical lifts would depend upon the height of the wall and the nature of the surface that the shotcrete is being placed against.