Wakeboarding lakes get synthetic turf revetments

October 1, 2014

Erosion control, turbid water addressed with new shoreline protection By Paul O’Malley Introduction The newly opened Terminus Wake Park is located within the LakePoint Sporting Community and Town Center Complex in Emerson, Ga., just off Interstate 75, about 30 miles northwest of Atlanta. This park represents one of the latest examples in a growing trend …

Severe erosion compromises Florida road

April 1, 2014

TRM called on for erosion control in reconstruction of St. Joe Road By Jill Pack Introduction As Tropical Storm Debby made its way to Florida in June 2012, residents prepared for the power outages, supply shortages, and flooding that typically accompany storms of this predicted magnitude. As Debby made landfall, the heavy downpour saturated the …

IECA announces winner of technical paper award

September 4, 2013

Julie Etra and other award winners to be recognized in Nashville. The Denver, Colo.-based International Erosion Control Association (IECA) announced in a Sept. 3 press release its winner of the Most Distinguished Technical Paper Award for Environmental Connection 2014. The paper by Julie Etra, principal of Western Botanical Services Inc. (Reno, Nev.), is titled “Effects …

Tensar North American Green introduces new TRM

August 6, 2013

Cited as first multi-layered woven turf reinforcement mat Atlanta-based Tensar North American Green announced via an Aug. 5 press release its launch of the new VMax W3000 high-performance turf reinforcement mat (HPTRM). The VMax W3000 is the only multi-layered woven HPTRM on the market, according to the release, providing “increased strength and protection for effective …

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Performance, design, and redundancy

June 1, 2013

Geosynthetic reinforced walls in the public sector By Dov Leshchinsky and Fumio Tatsuoka Introduction Geosynthetic reinforced soil can be viewed as a subset area of slope stability. In slope stability analysis, the factor of safety signifies the margin of safety against failure. It physically means that its reciprocal value signifies the average mobilization or utilization …

New ECTC guide for hydraulic erosion control products

April 15, 2013

Guidelines provided for HECP installation The Erosion Control Technology Council (ECTC) recently published a comprehensive “General Usage and Installation Guideline for Hydraulic Erosion Control Products (HECPs).” The guideline is the result of consensus among manufacturers of HECPs in the industry and is designed to assist engineers, designers, and other end-users of these erosion control products. …

Profile advancing product technology with new lab

November 8, 2012

Research lab now at its manufacturing facility in N.C. Illinois-based Profile Products announced in a Nov. 5 press release that its research and testing facilities recently moved into a new laboratory at its manufacturing plant in Conover, N.C. The 2,200-square-foot laboratory, which opened last summer, allows for the six full-time employees to fully inspect all …

Turf reinforcement mats are subject of proposed ASTM geosynthetics standard

October 18, 2012

Next meetings Jan. 30-Feb. 1 A proposed new ASTM International standard, ASTM WK38408, “Specification for turf reinforcement mats,” will focus on mats made only with geosynthetics (no organic materials), according to an Oct. 18 press release from ASTM. ASTM WK38408 is currently under development by Subcommittee D35.05 on Geosynthetic Erosion Control, part of ASTM International …

New book on ASTM standards for erosion and sediment control technology

May 15, 2012

Includes geosynthetic erosion-control materials A new publication, ASTM Standards on Erosion and Sediment Control Technology: 3rd Edition, features 76 of the latest ASTM specifications, test methods, practices, and guides for minimizing soil erosion and controlling sediment delivery to lakes, streams, and other bodies of water. A May 14 press release from ASTM described the book …

Profile introduces new turf reinforcement mat

March 15, 2012

Next generation of Enkamat Building on the legacy of Enkamat—calling it “the industry’s original turf reinforcement mat”—Profile Products has introduced a new high-performance TRM, Enkamat R45 HP-TRM. In a March 13 press release, Profile said that Enkamat R45 “delivers maximum soil and root reinforcement at low elongations—it will not stretch—due to its high-strength, high-modulus geogrid …