Restoration After Emergency
During times of emergency, particularly after a natural disaster hits, it is essential to maintain accessibility via roads, airports and ports, among others; this is due to the critical need of permitting aid delivery as well as the reconstruction of damaged areas. Restoring critical infrastructure is an objective that needs to be launched quickly and safely. Using the Tough Cell solution offers minimal logistics as well as the advantage of using local materials during time of necessity as a swiftly implemented and active construction process.
Whether repairing existing access or creating new ones, the Tough Cell technology can be installed by small teams, consisting of local labor that can make use of any suitable soil type. All critical infrastructure can be constructed in the same manner; this includes, but is not limited to, access roads, flood protection walls, earth retention, landing strips and more.
Military Roads and Applications
Based on cellular confinement or geocell technology, originally made of HDPE and created for military applications with strictest guidelines and procedures, Tough Cell, fabricated from Neoloy polymer, allows for the fast construction of military roads that must be very strong, reliable and durable, all while sustaining constant heavy loads and stress. In addition, the challenge is to construct highly durable roads with minimal logistics. By using any available granular material and the reduction of layer thickness and due to its foldable sections, Tough Cell enables simple and inexpensive transportation, as well allows for fast installation of long lasting and safe roads. All these make Tough Cell the number one solution for best ground improvement for military applications.
These roads are designed to be secure routes that can even safeguard troops from hostile tampering by preventing the laying of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device).
This solution was proven time and time again in military applications. The UK MOD (Ministry of Defense) chose Tough Cell geocells as its preferred solution for road construction and ground improvement. For example:
TRIDENT patrol route construction, Afghanistan – This reinforced, unpaved patrol road is reliable, cost-efficient and saves lives by preventing the use of IEDs. Securing this route helped British troops establish area control as well as the capability to move swiftly and efficiently. The route was built under fire by using local sand as infill. It exceeded expectations by securing a patrol route, all while laying the foundation for civilian reconstruction projects.
Major Adam Foley, Commanding Officer, 64 HQ & Support Squadron: “Blazing a Trail in Helmand Province, Ahead of Schedule, under Budget and under Fire”, New Civil Engineer (NCE) journal, 7 July 2010.
Yet, the solution does not stop there. Tough Cell further provides the ability to erect retaining walls that can be utilized as protective barriers for troops, bases, ammunition storage and other sensitive facilities.
As stated, the original design by the US Corps of Engineers and use of geocells was facilitated in the army. ed. The current expanded use of the Neoloy based Tough Cell solution in military applications closes the loop and fulfills the vision in a way that was once unimaginable.