Silt Fence Installation- Tips To Ensure Proper Function

Silt fence installation and correct function depend on common sense placement, adherence to plan details and use of specified materials. Sediment and erosion control plans often place silt fence and outlets incorrectly. Further, contractors frequently ignore plans details and instructive notes. In addition, installers sometimes substitute convenient materials for those that are specified. Use these tips as supervisory or quality control inspection guidelines. Require such...

Temporary Sediment Basin Design Problems

I performed construction, maintenance, and/or abandonment inspections on nearly one hundred temporary sediment basins across North Carolina 2015-2017. Most of these basins were skimmer basins, about ten percent were riser basins. Almost all were dysfunctional for one reason or another. A number of basins failed because of incorrect topographic information applied to the temporary sediment basin design. In addition, basins failed due to improper...

Filtrexx SiltSoxx Product Review

Filtrexx Siltsoxx proved to be the solution to a compounding problem plaguing my project in late 2014. The issue began as a design problem on a sediment and erosion control plan. About six hundred feet of the western side of the project abutted a wetlands buffer. The buffer was also an overgrown, briar filled thicket.  Along this stretch, the designer had the clearing limits,...

Construction Blueprint Reading Tips – BuilderSavvy

Construction blueprint reading seems to be a lost skill. It is certainly an acquired skill. I decided to write this in my Sedimentation and Erosion Control section because in my experience reading, understanding, and correctly building from blueprints is much more of a problem in civil construction than in the building trades in general and carpentry in particular. I think that may be because...