GeoStabilization International has released the new Remote Operated Launcher System, which the company says brings advanced technology to slope stabilization. Slope stability is critical for maintaining safe and sustainable infrastructure. This launcher system increases crew capabilities and productivity by providing flexible and customizable carrier configurations for the launched soil nail stabilization method adaptable to virtually any slope angle and slope length.
The Remote Operated Launcher System uses the same air cannon technology as the company’s Soil Nail Launcher, which has been providing slope stabilization for more than two decades. By decoupling the air compressor from the excavator, the system can now be attached to smaller, more maneuverable equipment. Doing so reduces the equipment footprint and impact on traffic flow, while providing crews more mobility to traverse steep slopes and safely access difficult-to-reach areas, often without the need for temporary benching.
“For more than two decades, GeoStabilization International has been developing new technologies and approaches to ensure we are consistently providing the best value to our customers,” says Colby Barrett, CEO of GeoStabilization International. “The new Remote Operated Launcher System is a testament to our passion for developing state-of-the-art solutions to protect people and infrastructure from the dangers of geohazards.” The launcher system uses high-pressure compressed air technology to rapidly install soil nails at a speed of nearly 250 mph (400 kph) without producing drill cuttings or spoils. The 1.5-inch (3.8-cm) diameter, 20-foot (6-m) long steel or fiberglass soil nails enter the earth without significant abrasion, with soil particles collapsing on the nail in a relatively undisturbed state. This creates pullout capacities up to 10 times that of driven or vibrated rods or tubes, providing an extremely efficient tool for slope stabilization. Additionally, the launcher unit has full articulation, allowing it to efficiently work around overhead wires, underground utilities and guard rails.