When making the investment in a cable concrete installation, it’s important to understand that the process of implementing these erosion control systems is far more in-depth than simply laying down mats any which way. Indeed, there’s a large amount of science behind every installation!
There’s also a fair amount of terminology in the application of erosion control systems—terms you might not be familiar with offhand, but which may behoove you to learn when it comes to understanding the scope and depth of your cable concrete installation. Here are a few of the more common and valuable terms you can familiarize yourself with:
- Accelerated erosion: This term is used to describe anything manmade, which might be lending itself to the severity of the erosion you’re dealing with. Instances of accelerated erosion may require a different approach to erosion control than natural situations might.
- Bioengineering: If you’re using open-cell cable concrete to promote natural foliage regrowth in an area where erosion is being remediated, you’re engaging in bioengineering. This is an important term to consider because it also encompasses the careful selection of proper foliage to lay down strong roots for sustainability. This can also be called “face planting” in regards to cable concrete bioengineering.
- Catchment: This is going to refer to the drainage area of a culvert or other runoff path. Cable concrete can be used to stem the tide of erosion in unprotected catchments, while also expanding and channeling catchments to accommodate runoff flow.
- Channelization: For riverbanks, causeways and other water-based areas where erosion remediation is required, channelization may be a term you hear thrown around quite a bit. Channelization is the act of widening and defining a waterway via erosion control methods, to ensure sustainability, flow control and accommodation for fluctuating water levels.
- Geotextile: Another common term in the world of cable concrete, geotextiles are erosion control mats that are designed to contour to the surface of an area before the cable concrete itself is laid.
- Revetment: This is what you might call a finished cable concrete installation after everything is in place. Simply put, it’s a grouping of stone or pavement that’s used as an erosion control installation, to prevent further runoff from occurring in an already compromised area.
- Tractive force: When measuring the erosion rates of riverbanks and other waterways, tractive force is often measured before any sort of installation is made. Tractive force is the drag of the stream bank as measured by the rate at which it pulls particles away to cause erosion.
There are numerous industry specific terms you might hear being tossed around when talking about a cable concrete installation, but above are some of the common ones you can familiarize yourself with to be more invested in your installation. Knowing the bioengineering plan for your installation or being cognizant of its resulting channelization will help you feel more comfortable in understanding exactly how cable concrete works to prevent and remediate erosion, wherever it occurs.