Vegetation establishment is crucial for mine reclamation

June 1, 2015

By Jill Pack Project Highlights Mine closure and reclamation Chestnut Ridge Sand Quarry Kunkletown, Pa. Applications Erosion control Slope stabilization Contractor The H & K Group Distributor/Installer Jobsite Products Hydraulic erosion control HydraCM Steep Slope Matrix HydraCX Extreme Slope Matrix Quantities 3,414 bales of HydraCX (about 49 acres) 220 bales of HydraCM (about 3 acres) …

Steep geosynthetic-reinforced slopes stabilize access routes for construction of 27-km tunnel

June 1, 2014

Semmering Base Tunnel project in Austria By Sören Schmidt Introduction Following two years of preparatory work, main construction began on Austria’s 27-km Semmering Base Tunnel in January 2014. The tunnel between Mürzzuschlag and Gloggnitz on the Vienna–Villach/Graz main line is divided into three contract sections. The 13km central section is currently under construction, and two …

South Bend recycles a new channel to protect the St. Joseph River

August 1, 2013

We don’t always have to use all virgin materials for new projects. By Kurt Kelsey Introduction Stormwater management is a necessary task that confronts every municipality. But how the stormwater is actually managed can differ. Typical gray-pipe solutions get the job done, but they do not provide filtering of the stormwater and they are not …

Reinforced levees stand strong

February 1, 2013

Geosynthetic materials provide hurricane protection through erosion control for Louisiana levees, and a Florida canal By Andy Burran Introduction Hurricanes and other extreme storm events seem to be intensifying, putting the U.S. infrastructure at increasing risk of failure. As the nation assisted the Northeast in rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy last fall, we were reminded of …

Bluffside stabilization in Kansas City

August 1, 2012

Stabilizing the bluff By Jeremy Joseph The Briarcliff City Apartments sit high on a bluff in Kansas City, Mo. The master-planned community offers residents fine views of downtown and the Missouri River valley. Apartment dwellers enjoy restaurants, shops, and trails located within walking distance of the residential apartment complex. But the bluff that made the …

Using geosynthetics to stabilize soils in a harsh environment

February 1, 2012

Erosion control in mining applications By Dhani Narejo, Bruno Hay, and Bryan Wedin Mine site erosion problems One of the largest nickel mining sites in the world is located on the island of New Caledonia in the South Pacific. Due to the size of the mining project and the terrain of the site, significant cut-and-fill …

Geogrid provides erosion control, slope stability

September 22, 2011

Introduction The slope adjacent to the athletic fields at Saint Mark Catholic School in Huntersville, N.C. was the site of fairly severe surface erosion. A project to restore the slope with reinforcing geogrids was completed in 2010. The athletic field slope that had been failing was restored and Saint Mark Catholic School was able to …

A Lake Tahoe bluff-restoration story

June 1, 2011

From eroded to elegant By James Chinchiolo Introduction This project took place on a scenic high-banked lakefront property in Rubicon, Calif., with a 60-ft-high unstable and badly eroded shoreline bluff facing (Photo 1, below). The site was originally owned by Scottish immigrant and journalist B.C. Forbes (founder of Forbes magazine), and it is now owned …

Tales from the tundra

February 1, 2011

Erosion-control trailbuilding in ‘Kwig,’ Alaska. By Cory Schneider Living around Green Bay, Wis., all my life, I’ve grown accustomed to fairly harsh weather conditions. After all, Green Bay is often referred to as the “frozen tundra” because of its long, cold winters. (And, of course, the “frozen tundra of Lambeau Field” immortalized by Green Bay’s …

Geotextile tubes are integral components for oil-pipe foundations, erosion control

April 1, 2010

PEMEX marine facilities in Tabasco, Mexico. By Alfonso Solís, Amy Tang, and Zoe Lin Abstract In this project, geotextile tube technology is adopted as part of an integral solution for beach erosion problems at the Dos Bocas marine facilities for Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX). The solutions designed consisted of: geotextile tubes (GT) filled with sand working …