Erosion research takes RST further

FINE particle specialists Reynolds Soil Technologies is using three decades of research to recover and prevent erosion around major infrastructure such as haul roads, stock piles and embankments.
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David Handel at work

This research encompasses trials and tests in the field of fine particle management, which have allowed the company to customise solutions and adapt to different factors such as weather patterns, temperatures and the variety of earthen materials involved.

According to RST operations and technical director David Handel, significant research is needed on an ongoing basis because many different aspects came into play with every erosion control project.

"Solving erosion challenges is a complex matter as there are many impacting factors, from wind and rain through to material type and site design; controlling the elements requires an integrated solution," Handel said.

"Our purpose is to assist in repairing and ultimately building high-quality infrastructure that requires less ongoing maintenance, so when we deliver a solution to an erosion issue that has already occurred, we repair the damage with a large focus on future prevention.

"To stop the dust or the sediment from further eroding, we set about researching and developing technology to control the wind or water erosion from happening in the first place."

As part of the company's research and development philosophy specialists visit sites regularly to get a better understanding of the issues at hand.

Handel said solving erosion problems over the past 30 years had been challenging.

"A great deal of research is conducted into the material types at the erosion site and whether there are contaminates, high or low volumes of water, wind patterns, as well as other factors like the shapes and angles of infrastructure and stockpiles," he said.

"It's crucial to put preventative methods in place to slow, and ultimately stop erosion, which saves on maintenance costs and reduces the potential for hazards that interrupt work flow."