The goal was to provide a low-maintenance, flexible concrete channel solution that is aesthetically pleasing.
The existing earthen channel was under-designed based on the current drainage needs. The limitation on space required upgrading this channel to a concrete-lined channel. HydroTurf® proved to be an option that would provide a hard armor solution capable of dealing with the increased hydraulics while providing an excellent aesthetic look for the neighborhood. The competitive cost and low maintenance of a concrete solution needed to be realized.
The existing channel was either under-designed, or it became under-designed due to recent variable storm events and new development, which changed how the area drained. With the capacity of the channel being underestimated, water was coming up the slopes and wasn’t staying in the channel. The channel’s volume capability needed to be more profound, and the side slopes/channels needed to be reinforced.
Limited site access in an existing neighborhood and limitations to expanding the width of the channel both contributed to a challenging pilot project for the City of San Antonio.
HydroTurf® was used as a rapid, low-impact installation with minimal impact and minimal construction equipment,
making it a scalable solution for large projects.
The successful installation of HydroTurf® resulted in channel armoring, blended into the natural environment. Farther up the side slopes, the HydroTurf® transitioned into a reinforced, vegetated solution via the utilization of a high performance turf reinforcement mat. This area required a different roughness value, and rather than leaving the upper end of the channel undone, a vegetated HPTRM was installed to protect the top of the channel against future storm events, while allowing the City to remain within budget. The final result was a no-maintenance hard armor solution that looks natural, works great, and is long-lasting.
Quick construction, minimized excavation, and no need for heavy equipment eliminated the need for rework after storms.
"Numerous engineers have visited the site and have been blown away at how natural it looks. They can’t believe it’s concrete, and now they want to figure out where they want to use it/how they want to use it on their projects."
Managing erosion in high-risk areas such as construction sites, slopes, and waterways can be a significant challenge.
HydroTurf® is easy to install, requires minimal equipment and labor, and provides a durable, long-lasting solution for erosion control in challenging environments.
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