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REDUCE YOUR AGGREGATE REQUIREMENTS | TCS GEOTECHNICS

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HAVING DIFFICULTY SOURCING ENOUGH GOOD QUALITY AGGREGATE? TCS COULD PROVIDE THE ANSWER

To quote the International Geosynthetics Society ‘Did You Know that geosynthetics can reduce the use of aggregate in infrastructure construction by over 50% and up to 90% in some cases?’ Not only can geotextiles, geogrids, and drainage composites bring significant savings in aggregate thicknesses but geosynthetics may also permit the use of lower quality aggregates by increasing their performance characteristics.

SAVE UP TO 50% OF THE AMOUNT OF STONE YOU WOULD NORMALLY USE.

Using stabilisation geogrids like Tensar® TriAx® as an example, it is regularly possible to reduce the thickness of aggregate layers under trafficked areas like roads and car parks by 50% and maintain, or even improve, overall performance. These geogrids laterally restrain the aggregate particles and stabilise them thereby providing a stiffened layer that performs better than significantly thicker layers without stabilisation. Huge aggregate savings are possible. Additionally, reduced aggregate thicknesses usually means less excavation and disposal.

Get in touch with our sales team and speak to us about the opportunities that geosynthetics provide to not only alleviate your aggregate sourcing issues but also save you money and provide a more sustainable solution.

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SUSTAINABILITY IN MIND | TCS GEOTECHNICS

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PROUD TO BE OFFERING SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS

In a time when humanity is now reflecting on the impact it has on the world, it has become ever more important to make sustainable decisions for our future. TCS are proud to be involved with DUPONT and sell their products knowing that they are consciously making products with sustainability in mind.

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DUPONT™ PLANTEX® continues to develop more sustainable and durable solutions whilereducing environmental footprint.

DuPont™ Plantex® offers a complete range of high quality, chemical free landscape fabrics, root barrier, and surfacing solutions. It maintains its performance over a long lifetime. Because of the quick and easy installation, no risk of any substance released from the material, and highly efficient weed and root resistance (due to thermal bonding product technology) it is a preferred choice for professional users and DIY landscaping. Over the years DuPont™ Plantex® has strived to lower the environmental footprint by significantly reducing the amount of wasted polymer. It is being recycled during the production process. DuPont™ Plantex® products contain up to 55% of Post Industrial Recycled (P.I.R.) waste. The need for using new, virgin polymer has been significantly limited.

The logo and statement presented below will progressively appear on all our DuPont™ Plantex® products to symbolize our continuous efforts in advancing sustainability.

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We value the trust you have in our products and we keep continue supporting the communities in which we operate around the world by delivering a complete range of high quality, chemical free landscaping solutions. Make DuPont™ Plantex® your preferred choice for variety of applications.

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STABILISE A WORKING PLATFORM WITH TRIAX | TCS GEOTECHNICS

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USE TENSAR TRIAX TO STABILISE YOUR WORKING PLATFORM WITH TCS GEOTECHNICS

A stable and safe working platform is vital when using large load-bearing plant like cranes and piling rigs. The type of incidents pictured above clearly must be avoided. Obviously, the safety of site personnel is the principle concern but also less serious incidents can lead to expensive equipment repairs and lost production whilst the incident is rectified and important investigations completed.

During operation cranes and piling rigs can exert particularly high localised loads which need to a supported on a stable working platform with high bearing capacity. Traditionally this type of platform has been provided via the installation of relatively large thicknesses of compacted stone which spread the loads. The issue with this solution is that the importation, placement, compaction, and potential removal of large quantities of stone can be very expensive, both financially and environmentally.

For many years now safe working platforms incorporating geogrid stabilisation have been utilised to significantly reduce these stone thicknesses and offer large associated cost savings. The geogrid/stone interaction not only leads to an increase in load-bearing capacity but also the planar nature of the geogrid provides a lateral consistency of bearing improvement thereby ironing out soft spots and providing an even working surface.

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USING TENSARS T-VALUE DESIGN METHOD TO ACCURATELY PREDICT YOUR STONE COST SAVINGS

Based on years of research and experience Tensar has developed an optimised stabilisation approach to the design of working platforms for tracked plant. Expanding on the BR470 guide to good practice, the Tensar “T-Value” method applies extensive credible and representative research to these important temporary works. The Tensar design methodology regularly leads to thinner and more cost-effective platform layers than standard BR470 reinforced designs. Importantly, Tensar will indemnify those designs providing you with the assurance you require.

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RISE OF THE GARDEN BUILDINGS | TCS GEOTECHNICS

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GARDEN CHILL OUT ROOMS & OUTDOOR OFFICES

2020 has seen a surge in the erection of outdoor garden buildings at residential properties and hospitality locations. With the furlough scheme initiated, homeowners found the time to focus on home projects and converted that unused garden space into a recreational or working area. Outdoor areas in pubs and bars, including chill-out areas, became very popular given the hospitality restrictions. Homeworking became a necessity for many and with 38% of homeworkers in 2020, and only 12% of people wishing to return to an office environment, it looks like home working is set to become the future norm.

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LANDSCAPING YOUR GARDEN TO ACCOMMODATE AN OUTDOOR BUILDING

The installation of these buildings gives a dramatic new look to your garden space. It is equally as important to create an inviting approach and setting for your outdoor building to ensure it becomes an attractive feature that enhances your space and not just an isolated shed at the bottom of your garden. Landscaping your garden to accommodate your new space is key and TCS offers several products that can assist with your outdoor building’s aesthetic appeal.

WEED & ROOT BARRIERS

Whilst you wish to enjoy your newly developed landscape garden with minimal maintenance costs, utilise DuPont Plantex® & Terram, weed and root barriers to ensure you keep unwanted weeds and invasive species, like bamboo, under control.

  • Weed control fabric which avoids the use of chemicals
  • Lightweight and simple to install
  • Maintenance-free and resistant to microbiological and chemical attack
  • Ideal for landscaping, garden beds, and beneath the decking.
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GRAVEL FIX® PRO

BERA Gravel Fix® Pro is a landscaping paviour designed to be used for gravel paths and driveways. It is a lightweight paviour and keeps your gravel surface fixed in position whilst offering stability whilst you walk to your new space. Using the BERA Gravel Fix® Pro system will create an inviting pathway straight to your office, retreat or outdoor pub area.

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TCS GABIONS

As landscaping develops, new ideas are brought to the garden. Gabion baskets have become a new feature to be introduced into the residential landscaping scene. They are available in many sizes to accommodate any size garden and can be utilised as a garden border, small retaining walls for terracing or seating.

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GEOMEMBRANE LINERS

Water features and ponds have been a part of landscaping for years. TCS offer many different grades of impermeable geomembrane liners to be used in these applications.

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If you would like to learn more about our landscaping products you can request a free 20-30 minute online session to talk you through the products we offer, their applications, and the sales opportunities to look for. Get in touch to organise a free 1-1 or team product webinar with our Technical Director Ian Fraser via zoom.

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BRITISH STANDARDS UPDATES | TCS GEOTECHNICS

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GEOSYNTHETICS STANDARDISATION

Our Technical Director, Ian Fraser, shares some updates on activity in our key geosynthetics standardisation bodies.

I have said previously that if I didn’t participate in the work of the BSI, CEN and ISO committees that oversee the standards related to geosynthetics I wouldn’t be up to date with half of their activity. So I decided to do a short periodic update which is hopefully helpful. For information the three committees referred to are BSI B553, CEN TC189 and ISO TC221.

The most notable recent activity on the BSI committee was the publication of BS8661 Geotextiles: Guidance for specification for basic separation and filtration functions. This document defines specification profiles for three basic grades of geotextile and provides a simple process to allow a designer to select an appropriate specification for their project conditions. It also obviously tells you how to check a geotextile’s specification to make sure that it meets the requirements. I have prepared a short technical note with more information which can be reached via this link HERE. I would encourage anyone involved in setting or checking geotextile specifications to read this and to obtain a copy of the standard from the BSI shop as soon as possible. BSI Shop – Buy British Standards. (bsigroup.com)

As you can imagine the situation regarding Europe and CEN is slightly different than it was pre Brexit. Firstly, the UK is still a member of CEN because membership is not linked to membership of the EU. For example, Turkey has been a CEN member for a long time and is clearly not an EU member. However, I am sure some of you may have noticed mention of a UKCA mark which will replace the CE mark for products brought to market in the UK. This will come into force on January 1st 2021 giving us a year’s grace (10 months now) to convert your products from the existing CE Mark to the new UKCA mark. The good news is that the geosynthetic testing for both marks is currently identical and there seems little likelihood that this will change.

One stipulation of the UKCA mark is that the certification must be issued by a UK based notified body, so this means that manufacturers and distributors who were previously using notified bodies in Europe and selling product in the UK will now need to switch to a UK body for their UKCA mark. This does not necessarily mean that any testing will need to be redone as, so far, UK bodies appear to be accepting test results from reputable European laboratories. Of course anyone still wishing to sell product in Europe will need to maintain a CE mark via a European body and this appears to be in force now. I have heard rumours that product that has been CE marked in the UK has already been refused in Europe so if you are an exporter beware. If you follow the links below you will find some more information.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/using-the-ukca-mark-from-1-january-2021

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/construction-products-regulation-from-1-january-2021

Lastly ISO TC221 Working Group 6 continues to work on a series of Technical Reports on Design Using Geosynthetics. The 10 reports cover functional areas as follows:

  • General – TR18228-1

  • Separation – TR18228-2

  • Filtration – TR18228-3

  • Drainage – TR18228-4

  • Stabilisation – TR18228-5

  • Protection – TR18228-6

  • Reinforcement – TR18228-7

  • Erosion – TR18228-8

  • Barriers – TR18228-9

  • Asphalt overlays – TR18228-10

The reports give advice on the worldwide state of practice on design methods for geosynthetics in these various areas and are written to help non-geosynthetic experts. Most of these reports should be published in the coming year and will be available via the BSI shop.

I hope that the above is helpful and I will provide another update when there is something significant to pass on. BSI Shop – Buy British Standards. (bsigroup.com). In the meantime if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me ianfraser@tcs-geotechnics.co.uk

IAN FRASER

A PERSONAL TOUCH IN GEOSYNTHETICS | JONNY WOOD

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JONNY WOOD
SALES MANAGER

GEOSYNTHETICS – A PERSONAL TOUCH

JONNY WOOD, JONNY CAN

After studying Environmental Science at Edinburgh University, like many other students, I left without a clear idea of the career I wished to pursue. Having worked in few different positions in various industries I took a technical sales position with Resapol, who are a leading distributor of construction chemicals. This role gave me my first experience of sales within the construction industry and I have not looked back since. I gained a great deal of experience at Resapol, advising and supplying materials for various projects and building a loyal customer base of merchant and contractor customers. I also developed a knowledge of the industry overall, learning about dealing with suppliers, marketing and products. At Resapol I became a customer of TCS Geotechnics and I was impressed with the service I received.  I was always intrigued with the products they sold as they were more aligned with my interests in the environment, such as the pond liners, Formpave SUDS systems and erosion control. I saw TCS Geotechnics advertising for a sales role and knew I had to apply.

I was interviewed by Mark Maloney and Kieran Burke and they outlined the company ethos of having a strong merchant policy and the future plans for the business. I knew that this fitted in perfectly with my own vision of what a work environment should be and when I outlined my career aspirations, they confirmed that my ambitions fit well with the rapid growth of the company. Even though I had thoroughly enjoyed my time at Resapol, when offered the position at TCS, I knew it was too good an opportunity to miss and I accepted without hesitation. Being a proud Wiganer and a lifelong Wigan Athletic fan, the location of TCS, a stone’s throw from the DW Stadium, was a perfect fit.

Since joining TCS I have thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic environment of the sales office. There is never a dull moment, with the phones constantly ringing, email enquiries flying in and orders being received and processed. We treat each enquiry individually and take the sales and delivery process from start to finish. I also enjoy interacting with various suppliers to learn about and secure the best products, lead times and rates for our customers. At TCS we create a fun and inclusive environment, which has always been the culture of the business. This plays a large part in ensuring we offer the best service to our customers and I hope this permeates through to our customers.

Gaining promotion to Assistant Manager in September 2018 and eventually to Sales Manager in January 2020 are achievements of which I am very proud. I have enjoyed the challenges of my new role, the variety of tasks and the increase in responsibility.

With an ever-expanding team around me, guiding new starters and apprentices through the sales process is something I have found very fulfilling. We have a relatively new marketing department spearheaded by Joanne Murray, Matt Burgess and Adam Brooksbank and I have been involved in overseeing some of the marketing material for TCS. We also have a sales/transport apprentice, Dan Cox, who is developing from strength to strength and I take great satisfaction in helping him with his professional development.

Kieran Burke’s role has now evolved into General Manager for TCS Geotechnics & Versa Street Furniture, our sister company. Keep your eyes peeled for Kieran’s future blog.

The next few years are going to be a very exciting time for TCS. We have some brand new offices under development which we hope to be moving into by the middle of this year. We also have plans to increase the sales team to ensure we maintain a high level of service for our ever-expanding customer base. Our marketing team will be keeping our customers up to date with all that TCS can offer and the new innovative products we continually bring to the geotechnical, civil and landscaping markets.

JONNY WOOD

TREE PLANTING SEASON | TCS GEOTECHNICS

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DON’T MISS THE TREE PLANTING SEASON WITH TCS

We are well into tree planting season and TCS Geotechnics provide products for all your tree planting needs. According to the The Royal Horticultural Society the optimum time period for planting trees spans from October to April.

So why do professional landscapers plant in the coldest months of the year?

During the coldest months of the year it is usually the easiest time to dig the ground, also the trees and shrubs planted are dormant and so require minimal maintenance. In the coldest months of the year, you can purchase root-balled plants which are lifted straight from the ground and available to purchase without pots. These root balled plants have a solid soil ball at the base and this is prepared ready for planting fairly soon after delivery. Root balled trees and shrubs are often a more cost-effective option than plants which are containerised but they can only be purchased when the weather is cold. Once the weather warms up the rootball dries out too quickly unless planted in ground. Trees and shrubs planted in the colder months of the year, having had the opportunity to adjust to their new environment whilst dormant, benefit from the optimum growing conditions provided by the spring and early summer months.

The RHS says that ‘’weeds, lawns and other vegetation intercept water before it reaches the roots of newly planted trees and shrubs. Keep a vegetation-free circle at least 1.2m (4ft) in diameter around the plant for its first three years to help avoid this problem.’’

TCS can offer root and weed barriers to prevent the weeds getting through.
TCS WEED BARRIERS
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TCS offer a range of weed barriers for long-lasting, highly effective and chemical-free weed control.

DuPont™ Plantex Platinium is resistant to the most aggressive weeds. Whether its Japanese knotweed, couch grass, reed, giant reed, giant hogweed, marestail, horsetail, bamboo or Himalayan balsam, Plantex® Platinium will deliver the resistance required.  Following numerous test by DuPont’s R&D team over several years in natural environments, no perforation or regrowth through the fabric has been observed. Once correctly installed on an area contaminated by invasive plants, Plantex® Platinium does not require any maintenance, unlike alternative solutions like periodic chemical treatment or physical removal.

While providing an effective barrier against invasive plants, Plantex® Platinium crucially remains permeable to air and water.  This permeability prevents perched and puddled water and associated issues, as can occur readily with an impermeable membrane system.  The water and air permeability is ecologically sympathetic to the natural balance of the soil by maintaining its biodiversity. Moisture will be able to evaporate naturally through the Plantex® Platinium thus preventing condensation under the fabric which can lead to mold and degradation of the soil. Furthermore, the soil temperature will not be affected (less greenhouse effect).

DuPont™ Plantex® Gold is an aesthetically appealing bi-coloured, non-woven Polypropylene weed control barrier, for effective weed control even against tough weeds such as couch grass, horsetail and bindweed. This brown and black fabric allows air, water and nutrients to pass through and thereby lets the soil and plant roots breathe while keeping the weeds at bay. Plantex® Gold is ideal for application on slopes where it can be used covered as well as uncovered. The brown/gold colouring gives the fabric a more natural look.

Terram WeedGuard is proven for suppressing weeds in landscaping and garden applications without the need for chemicals. This geotextile is designed to allow the passage of water, oxygen and nutrients while blocking weeds. Terram Weedguard is installed at the interface between soil and a decorative layer such as bark chippings, stone chippings, pebbles or gravel.

  • Weed control fabric which avoids the use of chemicals
  • Lightweight and simple to install
  • Maintenance free and resistant to microbiological and chemical attack
  • Ideal for landscaping, garden beds and beneath decking.
TCS ROOT BARRIERS
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DuPont™ Plantex® RootBarrier (Impermeable) is a coated non-woven impermeable membrane, ideal for preventing invasive growth and damage by aggressive plant roots, e.g. bamboo. By resisting the penetration of aggressive rooting plants and trees, Plantex® RootBarrier protects underground drainage, sewage, piping and cable systems, patios, paved areas, asphalted surfaces as well as buildings and utility channels from root invasion and damage. This strong and robust, spun-based material will contain invasive root growth without damaging the plants or harming the surrounding materials. Easy to use, Plantex® RootBarrier requires little preparation and once installed can be left maintenance free for many years.

DuPont™ Plantex® RootProtector (Permeable) is an air and water permeable non-woven root barrier. The water permeability of our membrane ensures a free flow of water in the soil avoiding trapped water, hydrostatic pressure issues & poor load resistance in wet areas which can so often be an issue with impermeable membranes.  Improved water, air & nutrients supply, compared with impermeable barriers, allows for a harmonious development of all root system architecture.  Allowing efficient drainage helps maintain the stability of foundations, structures, slopes, earthworks and infrastructure.

TERRAM ROOTGUARD (PERMEABLE) and ROOTGUARD PLUS (IMPERMEABLE) are used to protect buildings, walls, paths, drainage pipes, cables and lawns from potential damage caused by root development. Tree roots grow very close to the surface and are the cause of considerable damage. Structures with shallow foundations can be undermined. Damaged pipes, or pipes with faulty joints, can become blocked by roots. Root growth is also known to cause desiccation of soils to the extent that soil structures may subside and crack, and in these circumstances expensive underpinning may be the only solution.

Rootguard – Permeable edition in some instances it may be necessary to have a water-permeable solution e.g. surrounding land drains.  ROOTGUARD is a geotextile manufactured from polypropylene/polyethylene fibres. It provides excellent resistance to root development; confirmed in numerous trials and commercial projects. ROOTGUARD has high tensile strength, high puncture resistance and is capable of whithstanding the differential forces that can develop in clay soils.

Rootguard PLUS: Non-woven geotextile extrusion coated with high density polyethylene. Research has demonstrated that high-density polyethylene (HDPE) can withstand penetration by even the most vigorous of tree roots.

TCS TECHCELL FOR TREE ROOT PROTECTION

Once your tree is planted and you have installed your root or weed barrier, TCS offer various systems to use above the ground for the perfect finish, whilst protecting the tree and leaving room for it to grow.

TCS Techcell For Tree Root Protection
An increase in urbanisation combined with the need to preserve flora has led to a rise in development in areas where the continued health of mature trees must be assured within the close vicinity of buildings and associated infrastructure. The preservation of these trees is generally ensured via Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs).

What Is A Tree Root Preservation Order (TPO)?
A Tree Preservation Order is a legal instrument put in place by a local planning authority in the United Kingdom to protect specific trees, groups of trees or woodlands in the interests of amenity. An order prohibits the cutting down, topping, lopping, uprooting, wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees without the local planning, authority’s written consent. If consent is given, it can be subject to conditions which have to be followed.

Inhibiting Root Damage
Of particular note is the fact that cutting or otherwise damaging roots via excavation around them is also a restricted activity under TPOs.  However actual cutting of the tree roots is not required for the tree to suffer the ill effects of construction.  As many tree roots are found within the first metre of soil,  trees see a decline in health when the areas surrounding the trees are not protected from trafficking by vehicles and plant. The trafficking not only crushes the roots but also compacts the soil around and above them reducing the permeability to water, air and also restricting the activity of burrowing insects and other fauna, which normally maintain a nutrient-rich healthy soil structure.

No Dig Solution
As a consequence of all of the above, so-called ‘no dig’ solutions are sought which provide a stabilised raft or stiffened layer above the root zone capable of spreading the load of trafficking vehicles and inhibiting the effects on the soil and roots below.  TCS’s Techcell cellular confinement system offers just such a solution. When filled with a 4mm – 20mm or 20mm – 40mm clean angular gravel, Techcell creates a permeable stable surface which distributes the loads imposed by vehicular traffic whilst allowing water, air, and nutrients to reach the tree roots preserving the health of the tree.

The British Standards Institute BS 5837:2012 provides recommendations relating to tree care, with a view to achieving a harmonious and sustainable relationship between new construction/existing structures and their surrounding trees. Techcell not only complies with BS 5837:2012 but also with Arboriculture practice note 12 (APN12).

TCS POLYMER PAVIOURS

If the final road surface requires a more formal permeable finish, this could be provided above the Techcell via permeable block paving, porous asphalt or polymer paviours such as Techpave R, Bodpave 85 or TCS Gravel Fix Pro, which can be filled with gravel or seeded soil to provide a green finish.

TCS Gravel Fix® Pro is an advanced recyclable stabilisation system for gravel, shells, mulch and sand. With its hexagonal honeycomb-like structure of high quality Polypropylene cells, TCS Gravel Fix® Pro is designed to provide a strong and stable sub-base for the professional application of gravel on paths, driveways, car parks and roofs.

DuPont™ Typar® geotextile is fitted on the bottom of the paviour for maximum porosity and weed growth reduction.

Techpave R is an interlocking polymer paving systems designed to locally stabilise grass or gravel surfaces. Techpave is suitable for applications such as car parks, driveways, cycle paths, footpaths, access roads and recreational areas.

Bodpave® 85 grass pavers / paving grids are a strong interlocking 100% recycled cellular porous plastic paving grid system for grass reinforcement, ground stabilisation & gravel retention for regular trafficked surfaces (pedestrian and vehicles). Bodpave® 85 porous pavers can be installed with either a grass or gravel filled surface.

The open cell structure provides high surface water infiltration and is suitable for source control within a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS). The unique design of the Bodpave® 85 units resist lateral movement, improves traction and allows expansion & contraction whilst promoting optimum grass growth, root protection and surface stabilisation.

A PERSONAL TOUCH IN GEOSYNTHETICS | MIKE DAVIES

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MIKE DAVIES
INTERNAL SALES

GEOSYNTHETICS – A PERSONAL TOUCH

THREE YEARS AND COUNTING

TCS have now published 3 employee blogs and having had lots of positive feedback from the industry about our personal blogs, we have now asked Mike Davies to write a little about himself. We would like to congratulate Mike after just having his 3 year work anniversary at TCS Geotechnics as an Internal Sales Representative. Mike has become an integral part of the team and we think it’s a good opportunity for him to reflect on his career path so far (don’t forget Mike it’s also a good opportunity for you to bring some cakes in to celebrate this milestone).

‘I graduated from Edge Hill University in 2012 and enrolled with Jewson’s on a Graduate Management Trainee course. During the course, I worked in two civils branches and a general builders merchant branch, completing the course in October 2015. I was then promoted to Assistant branch manager for the local Jewson’s branch in Wigan and there continued to expand my knowledge of the wide range of products used in the building and civils sector. I was drawn to the civils side of the market, as this part of the industry has always fascinated me and I’ve enjoyed learning and broadening my knowledge about the specialist products involved. In particular I find the products and system used in today’s civil engineering industry innovative and interesting. Although I will always be thankful to Jewson’s for my initial training and starting me in the industry, I felt that the opportunity to join TCS in September 2016 was too good to miss as it aligned with my preference for civils products and applications.

An aspect of my role with TCS that I particularly enjoy is using our specialist geosynthetics knowledge to help our merchant customers find what they need. I do this by providing information on the industry leading geotechnical products that we offer and their various applications. I believe customers not only appreciate the technical help they receive but also that they can rely on our fast and efficient responses. This level of service has helped me to build a trusting relationship with my customers. As well as dealing with our merchant customers, we source geotechnical products from many different suppliers. This often involves product training and consultation with the suppliers which keeps my interest peaked and means that I can offer the most effective and up to date advice to my customers. Building relationships with suppliers is also important and I especially enjoying playing football against them (but only when we win). I feel this keeps the relationships open and positive while allowing a personal connection to be established which I believe is vital – at the end of the day, notwithstanding everything else, people deal with people.

Reflecting on my time with TCS, it’s hard to believe how fast the last three years have gone. As I mentioned I have particularly enjoyed building and expanding my product knowledge and developing my customer base, with many new relationships formed alongside strengthening old ones. I look forward to continuing this development over the years to come. I have also enjoyed the banter in the office with regards to winning orders and gaining customers, although it is all a team effort, the camaraderie is what make TCS an exciting, fun and inclusive place to work. My involvement in growing the product and customer base with TCS is something I am proud of. ‘’

Mike, who is usually hitting the ski slopes in Bulgaria over the winter has had a change and recently enjoyed some sun on his honeymoon. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mike and his new wife Corinna. We hope you enjoyed your big day and savoured every minute of it, enjoying the time spent with your friends and family on your special day. Congratulations!

MIKE DAVIES

LANDSCAPE SHOW | TCS GEOTECHNICS

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TCS ATTENDED THE LANDSCAPE SHOW

The 17th and 18th September 2019 brought the annual Landscape Show to the beautiful setting of Battersea Park in Central London. Set within the park itself in the Evolution Centre, the show was held over two days with exhibitors and visitors from a range of disciplines including geotechnical suppliers and manufacturers, landscape and garden designers and architects and landscape contractors.

TCS Geotechnics were exhibiting our wide range of geosynthetic products including Tensar Geogrids, Woven and Non-Woven Geotextiles a comprehensive range of Techline Geomembranes and preformed ‘shoebox’ liners and the full range of geosynthetic Formpave Aquaflow Components.

Perhaps most relevant to the Landscape Show audience was our range of Techcell Geocellular confinement systems providing solutions for Tree Root Protection, soil erosion and stabilisation, our standard and bespoke range of Gabion Baskets and our specialist range of stock Dupont’s Premium  root and weed barriers.

ROOT & WEED BARRIERS

Gary Norris, the UK Sales Manager for Dupont, joined us on the stand to jointly promote the use of DuPont™ Plantex® for tackling problems such as Japanese Knotweed and other invasive plant species.

DuPont™ Plantex® Platinium with its performance enhanced intrinsic strength, is resistant to the most aggressive weeds. Whether its Japanese knotweed, couch grass, reed, giant reed, giant hogweed, marestail, horsetail, bamboo or Himalayan balsam, Plantex® Platinium will deliver the resistance required.  Following numerous test by DuPont’s R&D team over several years in natural environments, no perforation or regrowth through the fabric has been observed. Once correctly installed on an area contaminated by invasive plants it does not require periodic maintenance, unlike alternative solutions like periodic chemical treatment or physical removal.

Platinium is available in widths of 2.5m and 5m. The 5m width is especially important when covering large areas as it requires fewer joints. The material is simply rolled out and covered and, if required, jointing can be undertaken relatively simply by taping or welding.

DuPont™ Plantex® Gold is an aesthetically appealing bi-coloured, non-woven Polypropylene weed control barrier for long lasting, highly effective and chemical-free weed control and is ideal for application on slopes where it can be used covered as well as uncovered.

DuPont™ Plantex® RootBarrier is a coated non-woven impermeable membrane, ideal for underground piping and cable systems protection.

DuPont™ Plantex® RootProtector is an air and water permeable non-woven root barrier, making it ideal for horizontal installations such as cycle tracks, green roofs, paths, roadways and drives.

TREE ROOT PROTECTION

An increase in urbanisation combined with the need to preserve flora has led to a rise in development in areas where the continued health of mature trees must be assured within the close vicinity of buildings and associated infrastructure. The preservation of these trees is generally ensured via Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs).

Of particular note is the fact that cutting or otherwise damaging roots via excavation around them is also a restricted activity under TPOs.  However actual cutting of the tree roots is not required for the tree to suffer the ill effects of construction.  As many tree roots are found within the first metre of soil, trees see a decline in health when the areas surrounding the trees are not protected from trafficking by vehicles and plant. The trafficking not only crushes the roots but also compacts the soil around and above them reducing the permeability to water, air and also restricting the activity of burrowing insects and other fauna, which normally maintain a nutrient-rich healthy soil structure.

So-called ‘no dig’ solutions are sought which provide a stabilised raft or stiffened layer above the root zone capable of spreading the load of trafficking vehicles and inhibiting the effects on the soil and roots below.  TCS’s Techcell cellular confinement system offers such a solution. When filled with a 4mm – 20mm or 20mm – 40mm clean angular gravel, Techcell creates a permeable stable surface which distributes the loads imposed by vehicular traffic whilst allowing water, air, and nutrients to reach the tree roots preserving the health of the tree.

The British Standards Institute BS 5837:2012 provides recommendations relating to tree care, with a view to achieving a harmonious and sustainable relationship between new construction/existing structures and their surrounding trees. Techcell not only complies with BS 5837:2012 but also with Arboriculture practice note 12 (APN12).

GABION BASKETS

TCS Geotechnics offer a range of wire mesh gabion baskets that are delivered flat packed and ready to be assembled via wire or helical fixings and filled on site. Gabion baskets can be filled with rounded stone, angular rock or recycled materials like crushed concrete as required.

Gabions are typically supplied in 76.2mm x 76.2mm aperture welded mesh (other mesh sizes available) and provided in Zinc coated triple life corrosion protection as standard, optional PVC coating or stainless steel wire are also available.

TCS Gabions are typically used to create free draining gravity retaining structures in slope stabilisation and erosion protection applications. The infilled gabions can be used to secure erosive landscapes and provide structural support for applications such as bridge abutments, wing walls and outlet aprons, TCS gabions can also be used to clad unsightly areas to improve aesthetics.

As indicated above, units can also be manufactured from other non-standard mesh sizes or combinations of wire diameters to suit particular needs and stainless steel gabions are also available to special order.

VERSA STREET FURNITURE

TCS also shared our stand with our sister company Versa street furniture.

Versa specialise in the design, manufacture, and installation of quality street furniture, canopies & shelters.

The street furniture Versa can supply include bollards, access control and barriers, cycle stands, seating, litter bins, planters, tree protection, post & rail systems, signage and boot cleaners. Versa can also manufacture a bespoke range of cycle shelters, canopies, bin stores and smoking and waiting shelters across a number of sectors including schools, universities, retail, car parks, sports & leisure, parks & green spaces.

For further details, please visit Versa’s brand new website https://www.versauk.co.uk/ or call on 01942 214275 or email sales@versauk.co.uk

All in all, TCS and Versa had an excellent throughput of visitors over the two days and consider the show to be a great success.

IAN FRASER

JOANNE MURRAY

DAVID FAIRHURST

TERRAMS 50TH CELEBRATIONS | TCS GEOTECHNICS

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Terram turns the big 50

Terram (part of the Berry Global Group), recently celebrated 50 years serving the industry and to mark this historic occasion held an open day for key customers.  To show our support for one of our key supplier partners TCS Geotechnics Technical Director Ian Fraser, Sales Manager Kieran Burke and Product Manager Adam Brooksbank all attended.

The event started at 1 pm with a short meet and greet followed by a presentation on 50 years of Terram (and 31 years of Stephen Hancock) and the many changes that have taken place over the years. A tour of the manufacturing facility followed, before a reception and entertainment at a nearby venue. This provided a relaxed opportunity to network with the Terram staff we speak to on a daily basis and fellow Terram customers. Guess-the-Volume competitions were held on Terram 1000 and Bodpave 85 annual sales and our very own Adam Brooksbank successfully guessed the Terram figure. Apparently the Terram finance department’s answer of ‘not enough’ was not acceptable.

The day finished with a few quiet (or perhaps not so quiet) drinks with the guests and staff of Terram to celebrate their achievement.

The event was clearly a huge success for Terram and we at TCS enjoyed it immensely.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Terram and look forward to partnering them as they grow and develop the next 50 years of the Terram story.