Solutions for infrastructure and water management
TenCate puts its mission of ‘protecting people’ into practice by developing and producing sustainable solutions for the protection of people in their working and living environments (in habitats). TenCate provides the environment and water management and the infrastructure end markets with geosynthetics, synthetic turf and, to a lesser extent, composite materials.
The threats present in these markets include increasing urbanisation and climate change. Our guidelines in the development of materials and systems are safety and making the living environment more sustainable.
TenCate Geosynthetics received the International Achievement Award of Excellence for the application of TenCate Geotube® technology in the construction of the Embraport Container and Fuel Bulk Terminal (Santos, Brazil)
Over time, hundreds of thousands of kilometres of motorways and railways and slopes have been built worldwide using geosynthetics from TenCate Geosynthetics as support and reinforcement. The same applies to many a car park, airport, bridgehead, embankment and wind farm. Countless football, hockey and other sports pitches across the world are based on backing, synthetic turf fibres and systems from TenCate and many public green spaces are made of components from TenCate Grass.
Piled embankments with geotextiles in civil engineering
Urbanisation too has adverse consequences for water management. Precipitation has greater difficulty infiltrating into the soil, and water runs off faster into the rivers and streams that flow through the area. These will consequently have a higher flow rate, which will increase the risk of flooding and dyke breaches in the downstream part of the river.
Urbanisation has consequences for water management and infrastructure
Geosynthetics are in general used to solve civil engineering problems. Examples include the stabilisation or the separation of soil layers, soil reinforcement, protection against erosion and mechanical damage, drainage and sealing, so that pollution does not end up in the soil. Geosynthetics can also serve as the foundations of motorways or airport runways.
Still of an animation showing the possibilities of geosynthetic and geosynthetic systems, such as TenCate Geotube® technology
Through the use of geosynthetics such as TenCate Geotube® land is expanded through reclamation, islands are created and polluted sludge or soil cleaned and stored.
By dewatering the sludge or the pollution and storing it long term as a solid mass (see the Lake Onondaga clean-up case), the tubes become suitable for use as a dyke body or for raising the height of the land. The surveillance and monitoring of dykes results in a more structural focus on geosynthetics with optical fibres, such as TenCate GeoDetect®.
TenCate Polyfelt® has been used for rehabilitation work carried out on the runways of Vaclav Havel International Airport in Prague
A second megatrend relates to climate change and natural resources that are becoming ever scarcer. The sea level is expected to rise, with an increased risk of flooding and disastrous consequences for the local infrastructure: this must be protected or reinforced. Cities in coastal areas will have to deal with an ever-increasing risk of flooding. Cities and coastlines will to an increasing extent have to rise to these challenges and be able to cope effectively when natural disasters, such as flooding, occur.
Geosynthetics are used for the Lach Huyen Bridge (Vietnam)
The value proposition of TenCate Geosynthetics is to be found in its wide-ranging product portfolio and technological know-how, its eco-friendliness and sustainability, its short response time to orders, thanks to an international network of companies and sales offices, and its role as a partner in projects.
TenCate Grass focuses on both sports applications and on landscaping (both private and commercial landscaping). Examples of applications include creating green spaces along motorways, roads and tramways and at airports, on motorway intersections, lawns in residcentail areas, at schools and hotels, synthetic turf on balconies, playgrounds and other recreational facilities. Synthetic turf is also used to cover slopes (also as a hybrid system in combination with natural grass) and in non-horizontal applications, such as roof insulation.
The value proposition of synthetic turf solutions lies in their sustainability and ease of use: their greater playability rate and their savings on water consumption and fertilisers in comparison with natural grass. They also require less maintenance. Synthetic turf that is woven from a single type of material is recyclable.