Watershed Geo’s Patent Pending HydroTurf® Advanced Revetment Technology Wins Honorable Mention Award for the 2014 IFF Innovation Award
The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) recently announced the recipients of the 2014 IFF Innovation Award. Watershed Geo’s HydroTurf Advanced Revetment Technology (Patent Pending) was recognized with the Honorable Mention Award. Foundation representatives announced the innovation awards during Specialty Fabrics Expo 2014 and Advanced Textiles Expo, October 7 – 9, 2014, in Minneapolis, MN. According to IFF’s website, “Imagination and inspiration are the driving forces behind innovation. What starts as a great idea isn’t innovation unless transformed into action. The ability to inspire others is vital to innovation. The drive for improvement; the willingness to challenge the normal; the passion and belief in what you are doing – these are the characteristics of great innovators.”
HydroTurf is a unique, fiber-reinforced concrete armoring technology which is used to prevent erosion under severe hydraulic conditions. It consists of a high-friction, structured geomembrane with an integrated drainage layer overlain by an engineered synthetic turf which is in-filled with a high-strength HydroBinder™ concrete. HydroTurf provides innovative benefits over traditional revetment solutions (i.e., rock riprap, concrete paving, articulated concrete block, etc). These benefits include superior hydraulic performance; lower construction and maintenance costs; rapid, low impact and scalable installation; reduction in carbon footprint; and the aesthetics of natural turf.
The IFF Innovation Award aims to inspire companies from around the globe to not only come up with great ideas, but to make them happen. The Foundation wants to tell the stories of incredible companies who are leading the way to uncharted territories.
Some of these unchartered territories for Hydro Turf Advanced Revetment Technology include:
- The distinct innovation is illustrated by having no other erosion revetment product that has the performance, sustainability, and aesthetics of HydroTurf.
- A new market is created due to the components of the HydroTurf consist of a Synthetic Turf and Geomembrane. It is the only specialty fabric / geosynthetic system in the hardened, erosion armoring / revetment market.
- HydroTurf is extremely practical by being comprised of readily available materials (synthetic turf, geomembrane, and concrete infill) which have known installation procedures.
- HydroTurf is 30 to 50% less costly than traditional revetment systems which creates a great value proposition as it performs better and is less costly.