An industry that never rests in this great country of ours is the oil and gas exploration industry – which, in short, is the unearthing of fossil fuels which generate the energy needed to fuel myriad applications in everyone’s daily routines.
That said, there’s a lot of moving pieces and parts when it comes to this type of “exploration” and the ensuing extraction of these resources. Many such oil and gas exploration sites are abundant in challenging terrain and environmental variables that could pose distraction and ecosystem maladies if not tackled appropriately. That’s where Global Environmental Solutions comes in. Our suite of products has been confidently utilized for decades, offering the appropriate solutions needed to make sure the potential environmental issues created by the work being done onsite at oil and gas exploration facilities stays onsite.
Environmental issues to consider and act upon that come in to play when we start looking at oil and gas exportation sites:
Soil being disturbed at sites
Use of toxic chemicals
Solid wastes and sewage
Dust and/or sediment from stockpiles at sites
Dust from traffic at sites or access roads
There are numerous ways that any of the above can be compromised due to the nature of the work being done:
Associated incoming and outgoing site traffic
So how do we proactively combat these situations and make certain that the sites of oil and gas exploration remain safe for human and environmental life?
Let’s dive into some of the varied uses companies contract GES products for.
Oil & Gas Exploration companies have utilized us for::
Fracking pond embankment stabilization, erosion control and sediment control [DirtGlue polymer]
To round it up, the Oil and Gas Exploration industry, is subject to myriad that adversely affect the environment if not treated appropriately and proactively combatted correctly. We at GES have been involved in many customized site treatment solutions over the years. If you need help or have questions, we have the answers and the products to keep your worksite safe, your workers safe, and the surrounding ecosystem safe – from the terrain, air, and water (seen and unseen). Let’s work through it together to fuel collaborative success.
Alright, welcome to Part Two of our Creating Pathways That Last series. In our last installment (click here to read), we gave a general overview of pathway construction and posed a number of questions to get you thinking about best practices, general material makeup, challenges to consider, and potential goals (pre and post production) for your unique install.
Today we’ll run through some thoughts and questions that we’ve been presented over our decades of experience in constructing sound pathways with our own Polymer Pavement System product/solution. We hope, in outlining these questions and considerations, that you’ll be better prepared to make a more educated decision on what direction you’d like to take with your project. That said, we’re always available to answer any further questions you may have!
Let’s get started.
Performance testing and soil particle engineering:
Our experience and understanding of soil structure helps us evaluate aggregates for long term pathway traffic. Each sample submitted to our lab goes through a rigorous testing protocol. Proprietary test methods help determine the longevity of an aggregate. In some areas, we can even use this science to engineer aggregates to have the right composition of soil particles.
Are there color options for pathway aggregate?
In some cases aggregate can be chosen for color. Stabilized crushed stone and decomposed granite come naturally in varied colors. Colorations of aggregates are derived from the natural weathering from soil and rock particles in various regions. DirtGlue polymer (binder/stabilizer) does not change the color. This allows the aesthetics of the natural material with the stabilized properties that provide lifespan, low/no maintenance and functionality similar to asphalt or concrete. The natural colors rather than the black of asphalt help minimize the heat island effect.
Will freeze/thaw cycles ruin my stabilized pathway?
In colder climates, when water is present in the soil/aggregate freeze/thaw cycles are a definitely a concern. On properly constructed Polymer Pavement stabilized pathways the effects of freeze/thaw can be eliminated or minimized through proper surface geometry and proper drainage applications. It is common to see cracking with concrete or other rigid pavements because they resist the movement of the cycle unless well drained and properly shaped. Polymer Payment has a very slight amount of flex which eliminates expansion joints.
Will Polymer Pavement damage my plants and trees?
The Polymer Pavement System poses no threat to plants and trees. This technology is non-toxic and can be used right up to the edge of planting areas.
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) by The US Green Building Council is a third party verification of green building practices. Pathways of natural aggregates such as decomposed granite, gravel(s), and crushed stone stabilized with the Polymer Pavement System may potentially help earn LEED points towards certification.
Reduced heat island effect/Solar reflectance:
When asphalt surfaces retain heat in an urban environment it is called the Heat Island Effect. Lighter colored aggregates can reflect solar rays reducing the heat retained in the pathway surface. This is measured by the Solar Reflectance Index. Reference – LEED Code- SS 7.1 Heat Island Non-Roof.
The Polymer Pavement System puts no VOCs into the air so no air quality issues and no respiratory issues will be experienced. The products used in this technology are non-toxic, and non-hazardous according to US EPA test methods. These products contain no chlorides and no acids (thus, they’re non-corrosive).
Use of local/regional materials:
Aggregates obtained locally for the construction project are considered local/regional materials and can earn points for a reduced carbon footprint. Reference – LEED Code- MR 5 Regional Materials.
The Polymer Pavement System can be used to stabilize recycled materials such as asphalt or concrete grindings, glass, and even metal scoria. Reference – LEED Code- MR 4 Recycled Content.
While not a LEED category, aggregate stabilized using the Polymer Pavement System is non-toxic and can be reused in many other areas when its service as a pathway has run its course.
Natural aggregates vs. concrete and asphalt:
Natural pathway materials may not be suitable for every scenario, but neither are concrete and asphalt. Polymer Pavement can meet performance standards required of concrete and asphalt.
To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), pathways must meet standards for firm, non-slip surfaces. While The National Center on Accessibility (NCA) does not officially approve any product, the Polymer Pavement System can be a recommended natural surface when used in proper design. The Polymer Pavement System can be applied/installed to meet testing requirements for slip friction.
Most natural aggregates vary in durability, but tend to be composed of harder rock particles that can make pathways last for decades with proper design.
Wilderness trails pose unique requirements on designers and trail builders. Site conditions, including water flow and limited access to water for installation, along with heavy traffic, make these paths a challenge. Polymer Pavement can provide an application that is considered permanent in the same vain that asphalt is considered permanent.
Driveways and parking:
With proper design, the Polymer Pavement System can meet most municipal requirements for driveway and parking surfaces.
Fire lane Support:
With proper design, Polymer Pavement will meet or exceed load bearing requirements needed to support firetrucks and other rescue vehicles.
These are all but a handful of things to consider when you’re plotting your impending pathway project. Give us a shout if you’d like a helping hand or have any further questions that we can answer for you!
What makes for a good road? A smooth surface? Durability? No mud? No dust? Longevity? How about the opposite? What is it like to drive on a road that is cracked, bumpy, rough, and potholed?
It’s probably safe to say that we have all experienced both, and surely, we can agree that driving along a nice smooth road is a heck of a lot more pleasant.
So, why then do we so often encounter roads that are split and heaved? The answer is that they are lacking the full system that is necessary to keep them smooth and drivable for years to come.
When we created our Polymer Pavement System, we wanted to provide an optimal solution to this prevalent problem. With a forward-thinking approach, we created a more affordable, more environmentally-friendly paving system that produces a permanent, hardened driving surface that equals or exceeds the strength and lifespan of asphalt.
Let’s take a look at this system to examine how it works:
First, let’s turn to the word system and pull it apart a bit. When we look at a road, it is easy to focus only on the surface. After all, that is what’s clearly visible to the naked eye. However, beneath the surface there are multiple layers that each play a very important role in the overall performance of the driving surface. As you will see in the diagram below, a road is constructed of a subgrade, subbase, base, cap, and drainage system.
A properly built road is similar to an iceberg: what we see as the “road” is just the tip of something larger lying beneath.
The main issue with following this model is time and money. Traditional asphalt or concrete paving projects often neglect to pay full attention to each one of these important structural elements because it can be very expensive to do so. It takes a lot of time and money to remove inferior soil then haul in proper aggregate base material. Our Polymer Pavement System provides a solution to this obstacle by packaging these constituent materials into one comprehensive system, reducing construction time, and saving you money!
Global Environmental Solutions’ Polymer Pavement System is perfect for:
The construction industry and Global Environmental Solutions go hand in hand. We created our suite of products with the idea of new construction in mind – bolstering the integrity of the surfaces in use while maintaining the integrity of the earth as it is shaped to best serve the project. The world is our sandbox, but we must be sure to not cause damage to our natural resources while we reimagine the way the earth’s surface can be worked by us.
Let’s take a quick look at what some of our products are doing to aide in seamless, strengthened and environmentally friendly construction.
DustLess®: As workers create temporary construction roads around the construction site, dust remediation as a must as the bulk of construction vehicles churn up a lot of dust as the roads dry out and are in a constant state of active transport usage. The dust kicked up can harm equipment, the ecosystem, and the health of the workers – as well as compromise surrounding communities. Keeping dust controlled and continually managed is achieved through the use of DustLess® – an environmentally safe dust suppressant that eliminates the need to water and does not dry out. Clear and odorless, DustLess® is highly refined and proven to be non-toxic to humans, animals, marine life and vegetation. DustLess® dust suppressant comes ready to use (no water or mixing required), making it perfect for applications at construction sites, unpaved roads, gravel parking lots, mining sites, and quarries.
DirtGlue® polymer: Like DustLess®, DirtGlue® polymer is a means of prepping the construction site for action. DirtGlue® polymer primes and readies the terrain to protect it against wind and water erosion by crusting the surface anywhere on the construction project that may be susceptible to any form of erosion. You don’t want loose soil on the construction site unless it is held in place to eliminate dust, sediment and erosion. All loose, disturbed soil should be protected with DirtGlue polymer in order to eliminate the threat of washout or an embankment collapse. DirtGlue® polymer is a liquid concentrate that, when diluted with water and applied to the soil surface, bonds the individual soil particles together. The application then dries to form a “crust” that strengthens the surface of the soil enabling it to prevent dust, sediment, and erosion for extended periods of time providing soil erosion control and embankment stabilization. DirtGlue® polymer and associated products are also quite helpful when it comes to achieving Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans compliance.
MasonProof™: is a highly concentrated masonry waterproofing agent that tackles anything a construction project needs for complete, long-term waterproofing the different structural challenges that come with new and/or improved masonry building installations. MasonProof™ is the waterproofing agent of choice when it comes to the application of concrete walls, concrete floors, concrete blocks, bricks, tiles, pavers, paths, driveways and so much more. Engineers, construction contractors and builders deal with the destructive chemical reactions cement-based building materials suffer due mainly to the exposure to water, which acts as a reaction medium or solvent in this destruction. Film formers/barrier type technologies (coatings) have been widely used, but due to weathering and ultra violet exposure these coatings have limited lifespan and thus periodic reparative applications are required. This issue has been revolutionarily remediated with the all-inclusive protective properties of MasonProof™. Choosing MasonProof™ for masonry waterproofing applications increases water-resistance and provides long-term protection, which is essential for preservation of the structure and preservation of the owner’s dollars. Water is masonry’s worst enemy – MasonProof is masonry’s best friend because it really works.
DirtGlueDry™ powdered polymer: is a powerful, high-tech polymer specifically engineered to be mixed with sand to eliminate washouts and erosion between pavers, bricks, patio blocks, and flagstones in walkways, driveways, patios, etc. The added strength helps keep the pavers in place and helps prevent weeds and all types of vegetation from growing in the joints and eliminate insects such as ants. Using DirtGlueDry™ powdered polymer as the binder for the infill material for your paver project allows the project to be cleaned with a leaf blower or pressure washer without losing the joint infill.
DGE Polymer Pavement System: When the project is a road, DirtGlue® Polymer Pavement System is the ultimate solution for roadway integrity, stabilization, and power. The DGE Polymer Pavement System consists of a solid foundation, a waterproofing agent (TerraDry®) and a powerful, high-tech bonding agent (DirtGlue® Industrial). It is significantly less expensive to construct and maintain than Asphalt or Concrete while producing a permanent, hardened driving surface that equals or exceeds the strength and lifespan of Asphalt at the same application thickness. The DGE Polymer Pavement System requires less construction equipment than Asphalt or Concrete by reducing the need to remove inferior soil and haul in aggregate base material, thus reducing construction time! It insures a durable smooth surface that resists erosion and traffic shear. This fully functioning system eliminates mud in the wet season and dust in the dry season. The DGE Polymer Pavement System is safe for the environment.
DirtGlue® & CompoMulch™: Hydroseeding and Hydromulching with DirtGlue® & CompoMulch™ are the solution for the aesthetic and landscaping parts of a construction project. From hydroseeding/mulching to general terrain washout worries, these two products are powerful and proven. As is custom in all of our vast line of products, CompoMulch™ is a forward-thinking solution to surrounding terrain and soil preparation as it pertains to hydroseeding and planting needs. It is the combination of two highly effective components that give you unmatched vegetation development. The CompoMulch™ hydromulch tackifier formulation does not contain any wood and very little paper as is common in many fiber or mulch products used in hydroseeding. It uses 30% compost, so it provides a better growing medium for the vegetation and is easier to apply because of its unique consistency. CompoMulch™ helps hydroseed / hydromulch equipment resist nozzle clogging because of the compost, as well as the size and type of fiber, which comprises our special blend. DirtGlue® polymer is a superior tackifier for the hydromulch system described above. Unlike conventional tackifiers, DirtGlue is completely waterproof once cured and will eliminate washouts even in the worst, torrential rain events. It preforms better than any other tackifier on the market!
DirtGlue® polymer penetrates the surface binding with the soil to form a tough, durable, three-dimensional matrix layer of protection and soil stabilization. Combining superior film strength and adhesive properties, DirtGlue® polymer is the ideal solution for dust control in non-traffic areas, stockpile capping, and stabilizing slopes and embankments. When hydroseeding, substituting DirtGlue® polymer in place of other soil stabilization products increases germination rate, decreases germination time, and eliminates washouts and rilling while providing better erosion control.
Whew. That was a mouthful. The long and short of it is this: If you’re planning or spec’ing a construction project and you don’t have Global Environmental Solutions in mind as a working piece of your operative mission, give us a call. We’ll show you what you could be missing out on and prove to you that these products are going to help your own initiatives wind up second to none. When quality and conservation are vital, GES is your welcoming, powerful partner.
Global Environmental Solutions: For the earth, with the earth in mind.
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Here’s the thing – soil stabilization and dust remediation are challenges that are faced and dealt with on a daily basis around the globe. There are myriad options, as we discuss at length throughout the sources on our own site here, and as you’ll find in your own research. Some options are cheaper than others, as is the case with any market you dive into. That’s what competition is all about. The thing is, sometimes cheaper isn’t better. Especially in this industry. In fact, cheaper can perhaps lead to grave consequence. You see, when you’re dealing with soil and other moving pieces and parts (dust, particles, etc.), you need to be conscious of what’s happening in and around the site you’re treating. It’s imperative, as a race, that we’re not causing more harm to the ecological environment that surrounds the areas we’re working with / in.
Going green has different implications. Going green from our vantage point is not only about saving money, but also, utilizing a soil stabilization and dust remediation product that is not causing harm to the environment. It’s strengthening it – in more ways than one.
Global Environmental Solutions’ “green,” environmentally-friendly products continue to be used by professionals in the construction industry, demolition, contaminated soils sites, the mining industry, militaries around the world, and energy sectors to preserve air quality, save energy, reduce strain on natural resources, and lower costs of completing various dust control, erosion control, sediment control and stabilization projects.
As the manufacturer and supplier of the very best-in-class soil stabilization products since 2001, Global Environmental Solutions supplies a wide array of green products worldwide to benefit the environment as well as reduce cost and increase effectiveness for all industries that must deal with hazardous dust or require soil stabilization.
The development of these extremely effective products came about because of the ever increasing need throughout the world to keep the environment clean in an ever more active world. The soil stabilization industry needs to have a vision that allows for environmental sensitivity and the transparency to create products that are not only effective but also totally safe for the environment.
For example, DustLess® is the trademarked synthetic organic fluid dust control recognized worldwide as the most effective product in its class. DustLess® works without water to provide dust control for up to a year with a single cost effective application. This is important (and should be), and is GES’ legacy to the world we live in.