Stabilizing Oyster Lake’s outfall

February 1st, 2021

The completed outfall with sea oats beginning to grow Preserving a unique ecosystem with an environmentally friendly solution By Drew Loizeaux Coastal dune lakes are freshwater lakes located within 2 miles (3.2 km) of an ocean coastline. These rare ecosystems are only found in a handful of locations around the globe, including Madagascar, New Zealand, […]

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A geosynthetic wrap-face vegetated wall system

October 1st, 2020

For highway embankment construction  By Stanley M. Miller and Drew Loizeaux A recent creek enhancement project to facilitate the passage of bull trout in Pend Oreille County of northeastern Washington state required removal of a 6-foot (1.8-m) diameter concrete culvert (Figure 1), realignment of a well-traveled county road and a new 58-foot (17.7-m) span bridge. […]

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Propex GeoSolutions receives carbon footprint verification for PYRAMAT 75 HPTRM

August 20th, 2019

Propex GeoSolutions recently became the first high performance turf reinforcement mat (HPTRM) manufacturer to verify the carbon footprint of its erosion control solutions. The cradle-to-grave carbon footprint of PYRAMAT® 75 HPTRM is 2.7 kgCO2e per 1m2 of material, which is equivalent to driving about seven miles.  “This verification is another piece of the sustainability puzzle,” […]

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Streambank restoration using engineered bank stabilization

June 1st, 2019

By Jeffery T. Hoilman and Stanley M. Miller FIGURE 1 Mountain Creek streambank restoration—September 2018. View looking upstream nine months after installation. Mountain Creek flows through the community of Red Bank near Chattanooga, Tenn., to the Tennessee River. Mountain Creek has been identified by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC 2018) as a […]

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The magic of water and geosynthetics

February 1st, 2019

Water is a fundamental issue in many projects using geosynthetics. From erosion control to reservoir liners and covers, from landfill leachate pond barriers to coal ash dewatering, handling water and the effects of water are considerations nearly every engineer employing geosynthetics considers. Geosynthetics can effectively manage water applications of erosion control, reinforcement, barriers, filtration and […]

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Slope reinforcement at the Atlanta airport

February 1st, 2019

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS Atlanta airport slope stability General Contractor: C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc. Design Engineer: Propex GeoSolutions HPTRM manufacturer and fabricator: Propex GeoSolutions HPTRM installer: Athena Construction Group Inc. HPTRM product: ARMORMAX® Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest airport, accommodating more than 100 million passengers and more than 950 thousand flights annually. Heavy […]

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Western Excelsior and Gripple form supply partnership

July 25th, 2018

Western Excelsior Corp. and Gripple Inc. have signed an exclusive supply partnership agreement for the United States and Canada. Gripple provides products in the erosion control market, including high-performance anchoring systems. Western Excelsior and its subsidiary North American Green manufacture erosion control products, including short-term erosion control blankets and permanent high-performance turf reinforcement mats. The […]

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East Coast Erosion Control receives innovation award

March 21st, 2018

East Coast Erosion Control of Bernville, Pennsylvania, announced March 19, 2018, it had been awarded the Innovative Application of Technology award from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania. East Coast Erosion Control was one of six companies to receive a Northeastern Pennsylvania Innovation Award, which are given to companies “that strongly demonstrate a ‘break-the-mold’ […]

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Propex introduces PYRAWALL for walls and slopes

February 15th, 2018

In a press release on Feb. 13, 2018, Propex GeoSolutions announced the availability of PYRAWALLTM, an engineered wrap-face vegetated solution for constructing reinforced-earth walls and steepened slopes. The company said the system consists of PYRAMAT® 75 High Performance Turf Reinforcement Mat (HPTRM) and fiber-composite internal bracing, and with flexible setback and alignment, PYRAWALL can be […]

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Evaluation of geosynthetic anchor systems through pullout testing

February 1st, 2018

Anchor systems are a vital portion of any erosion control program tasked with negating the effects of erosive forces on disturbed soils. Anchor systems are typically deployed in situations where a rolled erosion control product (RECP) is to be used as the primary erosion control measure. As more RECPs, especially high-performance turf reinforcement mats (HPTRMs), […]

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