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8/2014 – Safe wall designs with Terrasafe

“In response to market demands, a design service called TERRASAFE, a platform that provides first-class engineering, management, and specialist technical assistance to users of any of the Terraforce products, was launched early 2011.” Continue reading

7/2014 – Inter-linked Terracrete paver mats

In some cases, sites that need erosion control are difficult to reach or submerged under water. With this in mind, Terraforce recently developed pre-assembled inter-linked Terracrete  mats, that can be installed by crane.  Continue reading

6/2014 – Getting a grip with the new Decorwall block

October 2011 Murray & Roberts Western Cape, an operating division of Murray & Roberts Construction, was awarded a R193-million contract to construct the R300-million Willowbridge Place office development. The new development is located on the corner of Old Oak Road and Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. Continue reading

5/2014 – Living a “green” life, at work AND home

This article first appeared in Footprint Limited, Jan/Feb edition, 2014

Holger Rust, founder of Terraforce, licensor of permeable and plantable concrete blocks for erosion control and earth retaining, has long been motivated by the conviction that every person who has the capacity, should strive to improve his environment, not destroy it. He has adopted this message from his father, Martin Rust, who was a guiding example in this regard. Continue reading

4/2014 – Need eco-friendly 4×4 tracks? Here’s how:

Subtle but durable: new access tracks for Geelkrans Nature Reserve

The client, Cape Nature was looking for a permanent, yet flexible solution for jeep tracks on deep sandy substrates at Geelkrans Nature Reserve, Stillbaai, without the associated footprint impacts of commonly used hard structures such as asphalt or paving.

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3/2014 – Hillside Earth Retaining Wall: Terraforce in India

Lonavala is a beautiful town and hill station in the Pune district of the Indian state of Maharashtra.  Close to Bombay, many wealthy locals from there build their holiday homes in the lush green hills of the area. The terrain is rocky and steep, ideal for the application of Terraforce retaining walls, made in Mumbai by official Terraforce suppliers in India. The owner of a new holiday home in the region liked the rustic look of the Terraforce L15 IT blocks and gave the go-ahead to the landscape architects, Retiwala & Associates to use the system to stabilise cut slopes behind the house.  Continue reading

2/2014 – Sustainable infrastructure with retaining walls

The concept of fibre-reinforced soil and stackable blocks is not a new one, and can be traced back to the ancient Megalitian cultures that lived in Europe, the Middle East, Central America and Asia.  Initially, about 12,000 years ago, large, stacked boulders were used, until willow or bamboo baskets filled with rocks were discovered to achieve the same result.

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1/2014 – Terraforce retaining walls in Turkey

Eko Yapi, founded in Istanbul, is the official Terraforce block manufacturer and supplier in Turkey. They, together with Geoduvar, a specialty contractor of concrete products, have always been a steady performer, providing the designs and applications for some impressive retaining walls using Terraforce blocks, which includes designing the highest Terraforce earth retaining wall in the company’s history, an impressive 20,5m wall stabilising cut and fill slopes for the Karlitepe Road Project in the Beykoz region of Istanbul.

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14/2013 – Terraforce blocks in the UAE

As the year comes to an end, we would like to share with you some images of Terraforce projects photographed in Turkey and UAE, home to our licensees, Geoduvar (Istanbul) and Consent (Dubai). We will be featuring the projects in Istanbul in our following newsletter.

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13/2013 – Sustainable business is achieved with integrity

Ever since it’s founding in 1979, the Terraforce management team has been driven by one primary concern, namely to build a solid, long-lasting company that could survive without exploiting resources or trampling on the interests of others.

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12/2013 – Storm water management, Decorwall block

Storm water management with attenuation Ponds: In SA, Municipal by-laws require that storm water run-off at new property developments are channeled into attenuation ponds to prevent erosion, flooding and blocking of storm water systems.

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37/2004 – Liesbeek River Newlands – Vintage Project

L13 blocks were used to rehabilitate the trail, improving it visually and providing residents with a rehabilitated leisure area:

Planners of the Liesbeek Trail were faced with serious erosion problems alongside this river, confined in a narrow corridor through the densely built-up suburb of Newlands. The aim of this project was to rehabilitate the trail, improving it visually and to provide residents with a rehabilitated leisure area

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11/2013 – Terrafix blocks for slope rehabilitation

In April 2003, The City of Cape Town, Department of Transport, Roads and Stormwater, commissioned Jeffares & Green, a local civil engineering consulting firm, to undertake a geotechnical investigation and propose a design for remedial measures required to stabilise the cut slope failure at Suikerbossie Nek along Victoria Road between Camps Bay and Hout Bay.

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6/2005 – Total turnaround for suburbs wetland

An overgrown wetland located on public open space below Table Mountain, South Africa, presented the Landscape architect Steyn Swanepoel, from SSLAD and Luis Jordaan of Force Ten, the Terraforce contactor, with complex site conditions in devising a remedial solution. The wetland is fed by a natural spring and runs continuously throughout the year with the water being left to drain into the surrounding soil. Continue reading

10/2013 – Retaining walls in an extreme climate

Terraforce in Namibia. It has been exactly 20 years ago that Namwall took over the Terraforce license in the extreme climate of Namibia. For some 5 years before July 1993, two other companies had taken on the Terraforce license, and failed. Bryan Newby and his wife Linda had to overcome the reservations that had built up in the market and prevailed against many odds.

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10/2008 – Local eco-paving block rocks the boats in Australia

Terracrete reinforced Eco-surface. In 2007, Structerre Engineers was approached by Geraldton Boatlifters LTD to design the necessary infrastructure for a new commercially operated boat lifter facility featuring a travelling boat-lifter weighing 100 tons – capable of lifting 200 ton boats with a beam of 10.2m – a docking bay, lifter runway and a 1.2 hectare hard stand area.

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9/2013 – The benefits of permeable paving

Bigger cities mean bigger concrete surfaces, which in turn leads to reduced natural infiltration of rain water. And this is not something we can ignore, says Rachel Wray Thompson, Chicago-based architect and LEED Accredited Professional: “While asphalt and concrete have been the go-to outdoor surfaces for years, they really have very few benefits other than being one of the least expensive options.”

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8/2005 – Noise and blast barriers to the rescue

Engineer: Fred Laker of ICOS. Contractor: Decorton Retaining.

These two noise and blast barriers installations were constructed by Decorton Retaining. Both have Terraforce gravity walls at a steep angle facing the buildings to be protected, backed with an earth berm, level top and sloping away at 45º.

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8/2013 – No space for a slope?

Developers and Architects are often faced with the challenge of restricted or even no space at steep or small building sites. This is when retaining walls with the smallest possible footprint on plan have to be designed to make it all possible.

Various design and construction methods exist to achieve this objective:

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4/2011 – Noisebarrier for prestigious Hotel

Decorton (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town based retaining wall contractor specializing in Terraforce earth retaining products, was appointed sub-contractor for all retaining walls during extensive up-grade work at L’Ormarins, a prestigious wine estate in the Western Cape area. The end result is a very pleasing noisebarrier, and blends in nicely with the surrounding environment.

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