Everything You Ever
Wanted To Know About Geotubes®
The Geotube® System is manufactured by Mirafi®, is
a division of Ten Cate Nicolon USA, a leading manufacturer of woven,
nonwoven, and specialty industrial and construction products. Ten
Cate Nicolon is a division of Royal Ten Cate, which is based in The
Netherlands, and which recently celebrated its 300th year in
technical textiles and technical components.
The Geotube® story actually began in 1953, when a
catastrophic flood struck the coast of Holland. The tiny country,
about the size of New Jersey, suffering widespread devastation, and
nearly 2,000 people lost their lives. Determined not to allow such a
disaster to occur again, the Dutch began developing a new generation
of dike. Working in concert, Dutch engineers and master craftsmen
sought out materials that would withstand the most severe and
erosive forces of water.
Their search for innovative new products led them
to Nicolon B.V. of Holland, where they discovered an advanced line
of tough industrial textiles which they used to reinforce and retain
the dike soils.
Meanwhile, in Charlotte, North Carolina, a line of
experimental fabrics had been developed in the late 1960s using
innovative fabric technology. The fabric, formed of MIRAcle FIbers,
was aptly named: Mirafi. Nicolon and Mirafi® joined forces to
form the Nicolon Mirafi Group, and continued to devote its research,
development, manufacturing and marketing expertise to designing
products that provide soil reinforcement, sedimentation control,
erosion control, filtration, and drainage.
Today, Mirafi® geosynthetics are an engineered
response to a specific problem: how to enable
landforms to withstand the most severe and erosive forces of nature.
Through engineering and research that span more than 50 years, Ten
Cate Nicolon has created the most diverse line of geosynthetic
fabrics available from any single source on the planet - and has
applied them throughout the world to significantly reduce the hidden
cost of earthen support systems: their frequency of maintenance and
repair over a period of years.
The success of Geotube® projects is well
documented, and among other reasons, was chosen by Leisurewood as
the best solution for dissipation of wave action.
Mirafi® Geotube® Case Studies:
Shoreline Erosion - Sundown Island - Matagorda, Texas
Case Study: Sand
Dune Construction - Atlantic City, New Jersey