There’s a philosophy that says any intervention in nature by man is going to have a negative impact, but when you think about the environmental impact man has already had, it’s not so easy to think of intervention as positives and negatives or black and white. In fact, many of the interventions that are necessary today—i.e. erosion control systems—are positive implementations to correct past negative impacts. In simplest terms: man has done some harm to the environment, but we’ve also realized that we can recoup some of these errors with the right precautions.
Erosion is the result of land depletion in many cases, which can be traced back to man in some way, shape or form. On the flip side of this same coin, erosion control systems and cable concrete installations represent a way to mitigate the effects of erosion and are also a product of man. But, one of the great things about cable concrete installations is the fact that they’re inherently eco-friendly, allowing for less eco disturbance where they’re placed.
Perhaps the most noted reason cable concrete is considered to be eco-friendly is because it can serve as the foundation for new vegetation to be planted and cared for. As we all very well know, in areas prone to erosion, the problem continues to occur and worsen because no new vegetation can take root, thus leaving the soil unstable. With cable concrete in place, stability is restored to the area, giving new vegetation the ability to take root and flourish without the threat of being swept away via erosion.
The air-entrained concrete that cable concrete installations are made using is also inherently eco-friendly and has a very low disruptive rate where these installations are utilized. In short, the concrete provides no barriers to the natural ecosystem of the area and creates no hindrances when it comes to the facilitation of natural processes. Other manmade installations cannot make the same claims.
In the case of cable concrete installations, IECS is pleased to report that a complete engineering analysis, along with flume testing, has been conducted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the University of Windsor, the University of Colorado and the University of Minnesota, with exceptional results coming to light. Cable Concrete exceeds federal, state and provincial MTO and DOT requirements for composition—meaning it’s up to scratch for human interaction, while still posing no threat to the environments where it’s installed.
Finally, one of the best features about cable concrete installations is their versatility when it comes to placement and neutrality in different environments. These mats can be placed on dry land, in water and virtually anywhere else needed. They are immune to freeze and thaw cycles and have no qualms with heat. They’re truly perfect for any environment, atmosphere or situation. And, best of all, they pose literally no threat to the environments where they’re aiding in preventing erosion from overtaking the land.