Pipelines exist all over the United States in both exposed and confined capacities, serving as transportation highways for numerous materials, from waste to resources and everything in between. But, like the soil and rock around them, pipelines have the unfortunate disadvantage of being affected by weathering and the elements—especially flowing water than can quickly impact the pipeline’s infrastructure and ability to surmount other elemental wear.
Cable concrete erosion control is designed to keep erosion around pipelines minimal and the pipelines themselves safe from the varying stresses that unmitigated erosion can have on them. Because cable concrete protects the natural formation of land and causeways from erosion over time, it’s a direct complement to any pipeline that exists within an at-risk environment and it presents a long-term solution to stopping erosion before it has a chance to compromise crucial junctions of a pipeline.
Exposed pipelines exist for a number of reasons. Perhaps the integrity of the ecosystem couldn’t be compromised by invasive digging when the pipeline was first installed, or maybe the pipeline needs frequent access for inspections and service. These reasons and more lead to above-ground, exposed pipelines that require specialized care and attention to maintain their integrity. Unfortunately, these are also the sections of pipe that are privy to the most damage via erosion.
Landslides that impact above ground pipelines, flooding that saturates the pipe and incurs rusting, weathering from natural causeways that causes intense abrasion—all of these erosive events and more occur on a daily basis and without cable concrete erosion control in place to prevent them from happening, a pipeline remains exposed.
Cable concrete mats, whether vegetated after being placed or not, can serve dual functions in the protection of exposed pipelines: first, they can be used to divert and control water to minimize direct erosion and second, they can provide natural barriers against runoff that may slowly affect the integrity of a pipeline over time.
Buried or confined pipelines
In cases where pipelines can be buried or confined within their environment, the choice to do so is usually a protective measure. In short, pipelines that are buried are at far less of a risk for direct weathering from the elements and will be better preserved by the confines around them… that is of course unless they become exposed due to erosion.
Buried pipelines are frequently subject to uncovering as the result of erosion—whether it’s constant erosion occurring where land meets water, or the sudden erosion that can occur when a catalyst triggers a landslide or intense runoff period. During these erosive instances, pipeline becomes exposed, inciting weathering now and in the future.
Again, with cable concrete erosion control, erosion can be heavily mitigated or even entirely eliminated, keeping buried pipelines safe from the tremendous effects of weathering. This also reduces the risk of damage to pipelines that may contain hazardous waste, thus protecting the environment from catastrophic consequences.
The cable concrete solution
Cable concrete provides a tailored, cost effective approach to pipeline erosion control in numerous facets and when in place, can substantially lower the risk of damaged pipelines and the consequences that come with them.