Topsoil Filled MSE Bagwork
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Topsoil Filled MSE Bagwork
What is Topsoil Filled MSE Bagwork?
Soil filled mechanically stabilised earth (MSE) bagwork has been around for approximately 15 years in its current form and there are a number of comparable products on the market. In general, they all consist of geotextile bags containing typically free draining sandy soils for the construction of earthworks such as riverbanks, slopes and walls. In addition to the fabric bags, an integral component to the bagwork is the inclusion of spikes, pins or plates between the rows of bagwork which prevent slippage or movement of the bags.
The characteristics of the geotextile bags, coupled with the soil that the bags contain, allow for the establishment and promotion of vegetation growth, both on and inside the bagwork. This not only greens up the bagwork to improve its appearance, it also strengthens the bagwork structure and improves both riverbank habitat and biodiversity.
As a form of construction, soil filled MSE Bagwork is very simple, requiring, in many cases, little or no specialist plant and no need for skilled labour. It is often a very cost effective, environmentally safe and ecologically beneficial form of riverbank, slope or wall construction.
Topsoil Filled MSE Bagwork
As with all forms of MSE Bagwork, SoluForm MSE bagwork consists of soil filled geotextile bags and spikes/pins between the rows of bagwork. SoluForm MSE bagwork is a prefilled bagwork product, meaning the bagwork arrives to site ready to place and there is therefore no requirement to hand fill bagwork yourself. This ensures a consistent and quality controlled end product, with the bagwork product then covered under our ISO 9001 and 14001 quality system.
Bags are held together and prevented from moving by the inclusion of spiked shear keys between the courses of the bagwork and an equal number of shear keys are included along with the bags.
For bagwork underwater, typically our underwater concrete filled hand placed bagwork is used to form a firm and secure base onto which the soil filled bagwork is placed. This is different from other suppliers who often rely upon gravel filled bagwork, rock rolls or compacting the ground as a suitable based for soil filled bagwork.
Lined concrete bagwork is however a much sounder foundation for soil filled MSE bagwork, and remember, our concrete bagwork is designed to provide clean and safe placement in water. Our concrete bagwork is also carbon neutral and EPD certified.
What makes SoluForm MSE Bagwork different from other forms of MSE Bagwork?
There are many competing versions and suppliers of soil filled MSE bagwork in the UK. What makes SoluForm MSE Bagwork different is:
Please find below a number of standard designs for a range of common applications:
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Assembly Instructions / How to Use prefilled SoluForm MSE Bagwork
Our filled MSE Bagwork is prefilled in the factory, so arrives ready to use and there is no requirement for site staff to fill on site. With a design and quantity in mind, the bagwork should be ordered in advance of the site work commencing. Typical lead times are 3-5 working days for quantities up to 10 pallets. Empty MSE Bagwork is not yet currently available but will be in 2023.
Each pallet is shrink wrapped to protect from rainfall during storage and each pallet will yield approximately 0.8m3 of in-situ or established MSE bagwork. Delivery can be made on curtain sided or rigid vehicles. Dedicated flat bed, Moffett and HIAB deliveries are also possible UK wide.
Ultimately the goal in all MSE Bagwork projects is to establish planting on/in the bagwork, to establish growth and increase biodiversity to the bagwork structure. Rooting within and between the bagwork helps to hold all the soil filled bags together, as well as helping protect the fabric bags long term.
The establishment of planting on prefilled bagwork can can be achieved in a number of ways including any one or a combination of the following methods:
- Hydroseeding by a commercial Hydroseeding Contractor – this involves spraying the bagwork following placing with a seed/mulch mix that then germinates and grows on the bagwork.
- Live planting after placement – Plugs and plants are inserted into the gaps and joints between the bags, which then establish and cover the bagwork.
- As with other forms of MSE Bagwork, other options for planting are available. These may include live stake planting, covering with topsoil and seeding/seeded geotextiles on slopes, covering with turf or pre-vegetated wildflower mats. Some success with seeded fabric (Hytex) has also been achieved, though these need to be regularly watered.
Always bear in mind that any planted solution will require care and attention, particularly during the initial germinating and growing period, to achieve the best results. Any planted solution should be kept watered until it has established, to avoid it drying out. If this cannot be ensured, placement of the bagwork and planting should avoid sustained periods of dry hot weather. Regular maintenance and aftercare of the vegetated bagwork is often also required.