Erosion control technologies
Landmark Earth Solutions Inc. (LES) offers three new engineered erosion control and earth management technologies — EcoTrans, Safe Slope Xtreme, and RIBS. EcoTrans is a 100-percent recycled, vegetated replacement for rock rip rap, intended for applications in severe hydraulic conditions that do not require the premium attributes of ScourStop, LES’ flagship transition mat. Safe Slope Xtreme is a high-performance, natural fiber, hydraulically applied mulch made from a proprietary blend of biodegradable cotton plant byproducts, crop residue, and reclaimed cotton lint enhanced by bonding agents. RIBS is a rapidly deployed, patented alternative to sandbags for flood control and de-watering applications.
Landmark Earth Solutions — www.landmarkearthsolutions.com
Infrastructure design software suite
Autodesk announced that its new Infrastructure Design Suite, available in the second quarter of 2011, will be offered in three editions. The Standard edition includes AutoCAD Map 3D 2012, Autodesk Navisworks Simulate 2012, and AutoCAD. The Premium edition adds AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 and Autodesk 3ds Max Design. The Ultimate edition includes all of the software in the Premium edition, with Autodesk Navisworks Manage 2012 instead of Autodesk Navisworks Simulate 2012. Enhancements to AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 include extended visualization and analysis capabilities, such as the inclusion of Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Analysis 2012 software. AutoCAD Map 3D 2012 now offers customizable industry models for the gas, water, wastewater, and electric industries. In addition, users will have direct access to Esri ArcGIS personal and file-based geodatabases, in addition to ArcSDE geodatabases.
Autodesk — www.autodesk.com
Maximum strength chambers for flexible onsite system design
Infiltrator Systems’ new Quick4 Plus High Capacity Chamber completes the Quick4 Plus family of chambers designed for 36-inch-wide septic system installations. Offering increased stability and strength through its two center structural columns, the 4-foot-long Quick4 Plus High Capacity Chamber is easy to handle and install. Its contour swivel connection provides advanced contouring capabilities for onsite septic system designs. The Quick4 Plus High Capacity Chamber supports wheel loads of 16,000 pounds per axle with 12 inches of cover.
Infiltrator Systems — www.infiltratorsystems.com
Expandable HDPE channel system
Penda Corporation announced the SmartDitch MegaDitch, an expandable system of modular overlapping, ribbed, HDPE base and wall sections engineered to manage large water flow applications such as those found in mining drainage pathways and industrial site containment systems. The SmartDitch MegaDitch base and wall sections fit both flat-bottom and V-bottom channel profiles. Multiple bases and sidewall sections can be connected to any length or width.
Penda Corporation — www.smartditch.com
Newforma Project Center Eighth Edition
Newforma said the eighth edition of its Newforma Project Center software incorporates additional capabilities and customer-requested enhancements for managing key project information and further streamlining project delivery, including document control, actionable meeting minutes, project images, shared files and coordinated folders, remote access to project information, Microsoft Office Excel reporting, and building information management and spatial index activity centers. Newforma Project Center will be commercially available in the second quarter of 2011.
Newforma — www.newforma.com
Utility cable and pipe locator
More than two years ago, Radiodetection launched the RD7000 range of utility-specific locators, offering high performance in an ergonomic and user-friendly platform. The RD7000+ products that replace them focus on core user requirements by incorporating Dynamic Overload Protection to improve locate performance in electrically noisy areas and Compass, which determines and displays the orientation of the target cable or pipe, simplifying route determination and helping to improve depth measurement accuracy.
Radiodetection — www.radiodetection.com
Hydraulic mulch products
American Excelsior Co. is launching a new family of hydraulic mulches called Bindex, which includes a Bonded Fiber Matrix (BFM) along with Bindex Wood (wood fiber mulch with or without tackifier) and Bindex Blend (wood-paper blend mulch with or without tackifier). These hydraulic mulches use the company’s Curlex fibers as a component to enhance performance characteristics of Bindex. Curlex fibers feature “barbed” fibers and improve their ability to cling to one another and to the soil being protected.
American Excelsior Co. — www.curlex.com