Concrete Cloth sews up ditch-lining solution

Concrete Cloth GCCM (Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat) proves its mettle in the Myra Falls Ditch Lining project, where engineers have upgraded storm water diversion infrastructure for a Vancouver Island zinc and copper mine. The challenging installation covers 11,125 square meters of a material equal to high water velocities (> 18 meters per second) and profile variances to accommodate the remote terrain. A flexible, cement-impregnated fabric that hardens on hydration to form a thin, durable, waterproof and fireproof layer, Concrete Cloth also lends itself to ease of repair in a remote location if future damage should occur due to falling trees or boulders from the hillside above the ditch.

The Myra Falls Ditch was named one of Storm Water Solutions’ 10 Top Projects in 2017. Delivery and installation of the lining were performed by British Columbia-based mining and site services provider Nuna Innovations, which distributes Concrete Cloth for Milliken Infrastructure Solutions.

“The project’s resolution in six short weeks wouldn’t have been possible without our partner, Nuna Innovations,” says Milliken Infrastructure Global Market Director John Hepfinger. “[The] team executed the complex design required to resolve the erosion issues and were strategic partners in completing the project before the mine traditionally sees heavy precipitation.” — Milliken Infrastructure Solutions, LLC, Spartanburg, S.C.,