Building a Better, Stronger Road

Stronger Road

We’re approaching springtime in the Northeast. The roads have been beaten and bruised with the (drastic) fluctuation in temperatures. Runoff and flooding from snowmelt increases soil saturation. If this saturated soil happens to be in the base or subgrade under the pavement then big problems occur. The result is an endless winding gauntlet of frost heaves, potholes, and cracked / uneven driving surfaces. It’s nothing new, but it is still, for whatever reason, a “newer concept” to tackle the issue at the source and attempt to prevent such drastic and costly repairs as the seasons change.

Roads are directly affected by the base plot of land they’re built on. They’re also affected by direct environmental factors such as nearby runoff and drainage factors. Therefore, and it’s likely obvious, the way you construct and maintain the terrain that immediately abuts any piece of a road is imperative. You can’t just flatten the surface and pour the asphalt. The soil should be made from aggregate of the proper gradation and it should be derived from crushed rock.

Road Building vs. Paving

Let’s start at the beginning. The main issue at hand is that most people simply look at the pavement and think “ROAD,” because that’s what shows. That’s “what’s on the surface.” With this attitude the end result is that they end up relying too much on – the pavement – without considering the other more important aspects that should go into any paving project. A road is not pavement. A road is a system of which the pavement is the top layer (much like the roof on a house is the top of a complete system of foundation, frame, walls, roof, etc. that make up the whole). See where we’re at with our thinking here?

In order to provide a pavement (which is what GES has created with our Polymer Pavement System), with good functionality along with a good lifespan, we need first to ensure a good base and good drainage, thus not relying on the pavement for strength but rather for consolidation of the surface aggregate such that there is no mud in the wet season and no dust in the dry season…

If the surface to be paved requires better load bearing, this can be accomplished using geosynthetics. The side benefit of the geosynthetics is better drainage as well. Have questions about geosynthetics? Call us. We have a warehouse full of answers.

When it comes to road building versus simply paving, it’s possible to have 2 – 3 inches of pavement (polymer, asphalt or concrete), which will support nearly any load if the base and subgrade are stable and well drained. It’s not feasible to rely on 4 inches or more to support any load if the base and or subgrade are poorly stabilized or poorly drained.

With Global Environmental Solutions, you’re taking a giant leap towards constructing roadways that are created with a correct, proactive approach the first time. We proved products that serve roads that are built to last.

And again, remember, a road is more than just a surface you drive on, and said strip of pavement is potentially compromised by any surrounding ecological variable. Look around. Is there a parcel of land running downward towards the roadway? If yes, that’s direct route for runoff and erosion to occur – eating away at your road and creating potentially disastrous driving conditions.

Products for consideration:

Contact GES today. We’ll help you design, plan, and construct the best road you can build, at a cost you can appreciate. Not only are you saving upfront, but on the backend as well. Forward thinking is the most sensible thinking. And thinking ahead leads to the road best travelled. (Or is it, best road travelled? – Pun fully intended…)

Thoughts on Safer Mining Environments

Mining Solutions

Mining is one of the oldest industries in the world. And, it will remain one of the backbones of our economy and that of many other nations long beyond our lifetimes. That said, one of the recurring trends in the U.S. media is the often adverse working conditions for employees as well as the ever-present concern about damaging the environment.

Here’s the good news:

Good environmental practices and mine safety are easily attainable and is far more affordable than you might think. And, while you may have needed several different contractors to meet regulations before, Global Environmental Solutions (GES) is your one-stop-shop to meet and exceed environmental and site-safety specifications.

Areas you can utilize our products:

  • Above ground and under ground haul roads
  • Capping above ground tailings/stockpiles
  • Tailing dams
  • Pond lining
  • Stabilizing backfills
  • Re-vegetation
  • Crushers
  • Conveyors
  • And many more!

The activity of mining means the creation and existence of dust. It affects everything from the surrounding ecosystem, to the lungs of miners, to the health of equipment, and surrounding communities due to environmental shifts (wind), etc. That said, all mining sites are unique, so you need a partner that can provide a solution that takes care of all-of-the-above customized to your site’s needs.

GES dust suppression products we’ll use to shape your solution:

DustLess®

  • Dust control for any dirt driving surface (continuous traffic, high traffic, heavy traffic)
  • Underground mining operations
  • Non-aqueous tailing pond dust control (for below freezing temps)

DirtGlue®

  • Erosion control
  • Stockpile capping
  • Sediment control
  • Stockpile sealing
  • SWPP management plans
  • Embankment stabilization
  • Contaminated soil containment
  • Eliminate TSS in storm water run-off
  • Dust control on non-driving surfaces
  • Replace conventional tackifier in Hydro-seeding applications
  • Tailings ponds

Coal Bunker Sealing

DirtGlue polymer stockpile capping and sealing is the antidote to the oxidation and moisture that leads to spontaneous combustion in coalbunkers. Keeping coalbunkers sealed mandates an effective, reliable air-blocking system. Sealing coalbunkers is, of course, more necessity than choice. Air circulating through the coalbunkers is a precursor to spontaneous combustion, a serious danger to a power plant, its employees, and the value of the stored coal itself. The spraying of DirtGlue polymer on stockpiles or bunkers causes the formation of a thin crust much like a spray-on tarp to act as a seal against water and air. This protective seal helps prevent fire, dust, erosion and loss of BTU’s.

Benefits:

  • Eliminate air and water penetration
  • Control dust through encapsulation
  • Minimize oxidation to prevent spontaneous combustion
  • Prevent costly coal bunker fires
  • Slow coal deterioration and water absorption that can reduce BTU value
  • Get the desired results without the higher cost of nitrogen injections

Further, when it comes to the transport of mined coal we can help with transportation efforts of the resource, as statistics show that a typical 3-5% loss of coal is experienced during transport from the mine. This can be avoided by “capping” the train or truck hopper hauling the load with one of our environmentally friendly spray-on solutions.

Are you in the mining industry and looking for ways to maximize safety, minimize environmental impact, all while simultaneously increasing profits on an extracted haul? Contact us today and let’s work together to come up with the customized solution to best fit your unique situation.

Controlling the Dust Around Your Equestrian Facilities

equestrian dust

In the northern half of North America, winter is in full swing. Thus, for horse owners/trainers, and us equestrians more time is spent indoors – in our barns, and at the indoor riding facilities. Winter also means that the air is significantly drier as humidity has hunkered down for the season. With all this in mind, we thought we’d spend some time talking about the proactive measures one should be taking to provide and maintain a safe and healthy environment for both the horses and humans taking up residence in our facilities. This is not merely conversation for us here in the north by any means. We just needed to let you know that we’re cold up here… But we’re not complaining! Life moves on…

So, what are you doing to assure your facilities are optimized for safety and healthy conditions?

The reality of spending more time in indoor arenas means a greater chance for dust to impede a healthy environment. Generally speaking, the activity taking place and the dirt that’s in place counteract with one another. It’s imperative to take control and make sure that the track/trotting/living surface remains intact and on the ground rather than in the air and in your (or your horses) lungs. Right? Right.

This is where Global Environmental Solutions comes in. We’ve studied the terrain of equestrian facilities long and hard and have come up with a product that keeps soil intact and surfaces optimized for impact, performance, and health. Said product is ArenaKleen®, which is the only horse arena dust control product that eliminates the health hazards of dust without the need for water or the drawbacks of water based dust control products. With ArenaKleen® dust suppressant, horses, riders and trainers can work safely and comfortably in the arena, stables, or anywhere dust is a problem. ArenaKleen® has been know to keep on working for years with a single application.

Other horse arena dust control products just coat the dust particles; ArenaKleen® works differently. ArenaKleen® is formulated to absorb into each individual soil particle, meaning that soil particles remain in direct contact with each other, ensuring firm footing, and excellent traction with no stickiness, and thus no tracking.

The other product we’re passionate about is DustLess® dust suppressant. For all intents and purposes, the name says it all…

DustLess® soaks into the individual soil/dust particles, making them too heavy to move, thus eliminating dust. It does not form a crust and never evaporates, thereby being unaffected by traffic. DustLess® lasts a very long time, often giving you 9-12 months or more of dust control with one application. Furthermore, when it’s time to reapply, it’s done at a much lower usage rate ensuring cost-effective, long lasting dust control.

And let’s not place the focus entirely on the indoor facility. Parking lots, and fields surrounding your facility (as well as outdoor tracks of course) could all greatly benefit from the proactive approach of eliminating dust from the surrounding environment.

Introducing GES products to any working piece of your facility has myriad benefits including:

  • Bolstered longevity of facility
  • Longer, healthier life of horses (and humans)
  • Adds value to facility
  • Increased performance across the board
  • Environmentally friendly

Let’s make sure your facility is primed and ready for healthier conditions and bolstered performance. Give us a call today to learn about the advantages of utilizing GES products in and around the barn.

Trails & Rails – DustLess, DirtGlue, DirtGlue Polymer Pavement System

Masonry Waterproofing

As you likely know, Global Environmental Solutions is all about the study of terrain and facilitating the engagement of products that help our customers take better control of whatever terrain and unique project their faced with. In short, we’re our customer’s best friend. There are myriad options on the market, but there exists no line of products as tried and true as the GES line in the face of both functionality and environmental wellbeing. Further, to optimize the impact of our solutions on your project, we will customize solutions to meet your unique requirements. This isn’t a “one size fits all” kind of operation/organization!

A couple of areas our suite of products is greatly suited for are the cultivation and maintenance of the vast occurrences of rails and trails. There are countless of each throughout the world, and both require unique applications related to the users end-goal(s).

With the construction or revamp of a rail system, the terrain is the most important part of the equation assuming you’re hoping for a smooth train ride through-and-through. When you look at them, railways are “built up.” They’re typically not simply “flat,” but are developed on level ground atop controlled “banking” that helps prevent tie rot and other environmental variables.

When it comes to trails, state agencies have made it a part of their annual budget cycle to repair, revamp, and construct new walking trails through the woods, and/or around town and state parks. Some of these trails are literally just earth – dirt, roots, gravel – some of them are built up and paved for safe walking practices.

How can Global Environmental Solutions help create strong rail and trail systems?

Here are several products that you can benefit from utilizing:

  • DustLess® – Similar “topical” products merely coat terrain to enable dust control for a limited amount of time (until the product dries out), but DustLess® is an absolute workhorse when you’re looking to address the most accessible layer of a rail or trail way. While competitor dust suppression treatments coat the dust particles; DustLess®  soaks into the individual soil/dust particles and making them too heavy to move, thus eliminating dust.
  • DirtGlue® – DirtGlue® polymer emulsion is a powerful, high-tech bonding agent specifically engineered to bond soil particles together. This product comes in handy at the outset of a project like trail or rail creation/renovation because it allows you to establish a strong base from which to work without the worry of uncertainty and a variable base of terrain.
  • DirtGlue Polymer Pavement System – The DGE Polymer Pavement System consists of a few of our products rolled into one convenient “kit.” When you’re developing a net new trail system (of the paved variety), and/or a higher end railway system, you need something that is ahead of the curve and sure to address myriad moving pieces and parts. The DGE Polymer Pavement System establishes 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 surface that equals or exceeds the strength and lifespan of asphalt at the sample application thickness. In short, it insures a durable smooth surface that resists erosion and traffic shear.

When it comes to the development and maintenance of unique trail and railways there are a LOT of options. If you’d like proven experience matched with kindhearted customer service, we’re here to take your call and talk you through your product. Contact us today and we’ll get you on the trial to environmentally sound (and safe!) success.

Global Environmental Solutions: Conquering your unique project goals with customized solutions – yesterday, today, and all your tomorrows.

Controlling dust in solar farms – DustLess & DirtGlue

Fugitive Dust Control

One of the hottest trends in renewable energy today is the solar power industry. Consumers across the country are adopting solar panel arrays for use on residential and commercial properties to offset their overall energy consumption. In fact, over the span of the last decade, solar has experienced an average annual growth rate of 68% nationwide. This is largely due to the fact that the price to install solar panel arrays has dropped by more than 70% since 2010, which has enabled such significant growth.

Another aspect of the solar industry is the implementation and application of the solar farm. The Solar Energy Industries Association estimates that there are nearly 6,000 major solar projects currently in their database (identifying solar “farms” producing 1 MW and above), representing roughly 70 GW of capacity. A large portion of ground mounted solar farms exist in places with expansive ranges of land such as deserts which have minimal ideal use outside of the fact that they make a great home for solar panel arrays.

What does this mean?

Well, in the instance of a desert you’re going to have to worry about an obvious environmental condition known “a lot of dust.”

Why do I need to worry about dust?

For one, dust in the air isn’t the greatest thing to breathe in to the human lungs. But, outside of health concerns, and more on point with the dialogue here, dust can, in fact, deter solar panel arrays from “firing on all cylinders” – compromising their performance, enabling less than optimized solar production generated from the suns UV rays.

You see, the accumulation of dust on the solar cells of a panel array worsens day by day if it goes unattended to – especially in regions known for their high rate of dust, and low frequency and intensity of rain, such as deserts. The accumulated dust on solar cell panels acts as a shield of sorts, which leads to poor performance until the panels are cleaned manually, or hit with some falling rain. Tested outdoor measurements in these conditions found that regular dust accumulation reduces the solar cells efficiency by about 10%. That’s not an insignificant number.

That’s where Global Environmental Solutions comes in. Sure, it would prove useful if solar panel arrays were monitored closely and cleared of debris such as dust accumulation, but we’re here to tell you that there’s a more proactive approach, which will lend to the need for far fewer “quality checks.”

How’s that?

Control the dust situation at its root. With our line of products – specifically DirtGlue and our DustLess solutions – you’re tackling the terrain your solar panel farm is both installed in, and subject to. DirtGlue keeps the earth in place, and, for all intents and purposes, strengthens the soil around your ground-mounted units. DustLess, which is also a highly utilized solution keeps the dust at bay, or, grounded, if you will, which directly effects the efficiency and production of solar panel arrays.

Benefits of utilizing DirtGlue and/or DustLess in conjunction with your ground mounted solar panel implementation project:

  • Bolster energy production
  • Minimize manual labor
  • Create a healthier overall environment
  • Create stronger installation points/bonds

Global Environmental Solutions: For the earth, with the earth in mind.