Civil Engineering

Success story

Giving a peaceful Netherlands river fast and permanent erosion protection

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Erosion had severely affected the banks of the Oude IJssel, Enkamat came to the rescue.

Water authority needed a simple, durable solution

The Oude IJssel is a relatively small river that drains rainwater from Germany and flows peacefully to the Netherlands. It carries both recreational and commercial vessels. At Doetinchem erosion had severely damaged its banks. The Rijn en IJssel water authority decided repair works were needed to protect them permanently.

Enkamat A20’s quick and green answer Rijn en IJssel had already used Enkamat A20 to great effect in similar improvements. Before the mats were applied, the banks were given a new profile and sewn with grass seeds and reed rhizomes to provide fine reeds vegetation. Enkamat A20’s open, three-dimensional structure helps vegetation grow fast and well, while its pre-filled chippings reliably contain the underlying soil. As a result, repairs such as the Oude IJssel’s quickly blend into their natural surroundings.

CUSTOMER

Water authorities “Rijn en IJssel”

LOCATION

Doetinchem, Netherlands

APPLICATION

Edge Drainage

Reinforced Soil Structures

Soil Consolidation & Land Reclamation

Easy installation with minimal equipment and disruption

Installation was fast and efficient. The 4.8m wide rolls enabled long lengths of the bank to be covered each day. The only equipment needed was a crane, and the banks soon had permanent, maintenance free protection, with minimal disruption to the environment.

PRODUCTS USED ON THIS PROJECT

Enkamat

Enkamat A20

Enkamat J

Enkagrid MAX

Enkagrid PRO

Enkamat W

AREAS OF APPLICATION

Edge Drainage

Preventing damage to road structures by draining edges and soil embankments to maintain the soil's strength.

Reinforced Soil Structures

Cost-effective and sustainable schemes to optimise minimal available land space when creating new infrastructure. Reduces the need for removing in-situ materials or importing new materials.

Soil Consolidation & Land Reclamation

On coastal reclamation works, the finished ground profile may not settle evenly. Releasing the groundwater and reducing the pore water pressure quickly allows you to complete consolidation settlement while reclamation works and infrastructure installation are underway.

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