Letters to the Editor
I was very pleased to see several articles on sustainable design for civil and structural engineers in the October 2004 edition of Structural Engineer. Sustainable design is an important and growing design movement in the architectural and engineering community, and it is a field that structural engineers must become more aware of as it impacts their business. I would encourage anyone considering sustainable design on a project to investigate the structure’s full effects on the overall design in order to choose the structural material with the greatest true environmental advantage. This would include considering site waste, recycling, transportation impacts, as well as the effects on mechanical systems, material durability, and others. All too often, designers assume that because a material “feels” green, it is the best choice for a green building. The responsible designer will consider how materials impact the performance of other building systems and construction goals. And, the total impact of materials must be considered in the context of the building as a whole.
Profile Products LLC offers its PECS —” Profile Erosion Control Solutions. PECS is an umbrella program designed to bring together onsite expertise, qualified and reliable distributor support, and the industry—s most comprehensive assortment of hydraulic mulch and revegetative blanket technologies.The goal of PECS is to help ensure that architects, engineers, contractors, and hydroseeders achieve NPDES […]
RoLanka International, Inc., offers its BioD-Block—, a coir fiber block system consisting of a densely packed elongated coir fiber block attached to a woven coir fabric. Male and female ends in BioDBlock create a strong and easy-to-handle connection. The flexible BioDBlock is available in three fabric lengths. RoLanka International, Inc.
SI Geosolutions introduces Pyramat with X3 fiber technology. Previously introduced in its line of conventional, stitch-bonded turf reinforcement mats, the unique shape of the X3 fiber is designed to help capture more seed, more soil, and more water for faster vegetation growth. Pyramat with X3 fiber technology is a high-performance turf reinforcement mat (HPTRM) that […]
Soiltac© is a polymer-based emulsion used primarily to stabilize all soils and to prevent dust and erosion. Soiltac is designed to work its way down into the soil to maximize the penetration depth. The result is a thick, protective barrier with a rigid and stable base. Once cured, Soiltac becomes completely transparent, leaving the natural […]
Tensar Earth Technologies offers its Prism Foundation Improvement System. The Prism System is a composite soil and geogrid mattress structure that creates a stable embankment platform over extremely soft soils.The Prism System works by distributing loads over a wider area. It also creates an internally reinforced core that minimizes the footprint, fill requirements, and settlement […]
The C125BN from North American Green features a 100 percent coconut fiber matrix stitched between two natural fiber nets. This product is designed to offer highly effective erosion protection and to assist with establishing vegetation on slopes exceeding 1:1 and in high-flow channels. Both nettings are constructed using the leno weave process. Because the finished […]
Temporary erosion control
Mat, Inc., a producer of wood-fiber mulches, offers its one-step erosion control system called Soil Guard. Soil Guard is designed for applications requiring temporary erosion control until ground-covering vegetation is established. Soil Guard delivers the performance of a blanket, but without the time and labor costs. Hydraulically applied, Soil Guard conforms to the ground and […]
All in the family
Hackensak, N.J.-based Boswell Engineering is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. And while this is a significant occasion for the multidisciplinary firm, its longevity alone is not what sets this firm apart from many other U.S. engineering firms. This company’s true distinction lies within the very structure of its incorporation as a family-owned business that treats its entire staff like family.
Venices Grand Canal
Venice’s Grand Canal 58 t is known by Venetians as Canalazzo, but to the rest of the world, the Main Street of Venice is known as the Grand Canal. The city of Venice is built on a series of 100 islands located in a lagoon of the Adriatic Sea, and the main form of transportation in the city is on waterways, with the Grand Canal carrying the most traffic. The canal facilitates internal transportation, but also charms countless visitors every year.