Embankment Erosion Protection Solutions

Permanent Erosion Protection for Embankments

Synthetex manufactures HYDROTEX custom-made fabric formworks for the casting of concrete embankment protection systems. Offering cheaper freight costs and minimal labor requirements, HYDROTEX helps you save money and time.

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Permanent Erosion Protection for Embankments

Synthetex manufactures HYDROTEX custom-made fabric formworks for the casting of concrete embankment protection systems. Offering cheaper freight costs and minimal labor requirements, HYDROTEX helps you save money and time.

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With HYDROTEX, embankment slope protection is permanent and easy.

HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete is the leading embankment protection method for rivers, locks, coasts, harbors, and more. Simply lay out the geosynthetic panels, pump with fine aggregate concrete, and see your custom-manufactured mattress rise to its designed thickness.

Though typically not used as a soil stabilization product, HYDROTEX can help stabilize the embankment and provide an extra layer of protection against hydraulic and environmental forces.

How is HYDROTEX used at embankments?

The Problem

Unprotected embankments can erode and cause the soil to recede under roads, infrastructure, and valuable property, leading to the catastrophic collapse of these structures.

How? Left exposed, embankments can erode due to waves, flowing water, or underwater ship thrusters. The optimal embankment protection solution will therefore accommodate different conditions and protect the embankment decades after installation.

The Solution: HYDROTEX Fabric Forms for the In-Situ Casting of Concrete

HYDROTEX fabric formworks are the best way to cast a concrete mattress that effectively prevents the soil from eroding and keeps the embankment intact.

With HYDROTEX, you can take care of any design requirements. For example, you can choose a product that relieves hydrostatic pressure, decreases water velocity, reduces wave run-up, or provides an impermeable liner.

Best HYDROTEX Fabric Forms for Permanent Embankment Erosion Control

Articulating Block Concrete Mat on Slope

HYDROTEX® Articulating Block



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HYDROTEX in Action at Embankments



Embankment Protection for Locks and Dams

Just like any other inland waterway, locks and dams have embankments that need to be protected from erosion.

HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete is the best solution for this application. A HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete mat can withstand the hydraulic forces present at dams and prevent soil loss at these fragile areas.

Embankment erosion control services are typically applicable for:

Lock and dam
Marine facility
Mine
Wastewater plant
Ship at port
River and canal erosion control
Airport runway
Sediment remediation and capping

Coastal Embankment Protection

Coasts are subject to erosion because of their constant contact with the ocean’s waves. Protect the coast near or around your facility with a HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete mattress. Our customized fabric formworks can help you cast a mattress of any thickness and configuration.

For example, two different formworks can be sown together, with an impermeable concrete mattress on one end and a permeable concrete mat on the other.

HYDROTEX can also be used as a shoreline revetment product.

River and Canal Embankment Protection

Preventing embankment failure should be a priority for municipal and regional authorities trying to maintain the well-being of bodies of water in their districts. HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete is the best erosion protection measure at river embankments, providing far superior protection than geocells (cellular confinement), matting, rip rap, and prefabricated concrete blocks.

Embankment Protection at Bridges, Highways, & Railways

Embankment failure is a concern for DOT authorities looking to ensure the sustainability of their municipality’s rivers, canals, and other inland bodies of water. Ensure river embankments are protected by armoring them with HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete.

Permanent and simple to install, a concrete mattress will relieve hydrostatic pressure and keep the soil protected underneath.

Who is Synthetex?

We are the manufacturer of HYDROTEX® geosynthetic fabric formwork used for the in-situ casting of concrete.

We are not an engineering firm, subcontractor, concrete supplier, or fabriform installer. We are a manufacturer.

As your manufacturer, we work with each of those entities to deliver cost-effective solutions at every stage of your project. Our team will also assist with cost analyses, train installation teams, provide technical assistance, and assist with design and hydraulics.

We’re not just a one-time supplier—we’re your strategic partner for your current project and beyond.


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Concrete Ditch Lining Solutions

Concrete Ditch Lining

Synthetex is the manufacturer of HYDROTEX fabric forms for the casting of concrete ditch lining systems. By choosing HYDROTEX, consulting firms, contractors, and project owners save money on installation, labor, and freight costs.

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Concrete Ditch Lining

Synthetex is the manufacturer of HYDROTEX fabric forms for the casting of concrete ditch lining systems. By choosing HYDROTEX, consulting firms, contractors, and project owners save money on installation, labor, and freight costs.

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Tackling concrete ditch lining requirements is easy with HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete.

With a concrete ditch lining system, you can permanently control erosion in ditches both big and small. A permanent rather than temporary solution, HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete can be used in virtually any trapezoidal ditch, including drainage ditches, irrigation ditches, and stormwater ditches. Give our team a call at 1-800-225-0023 for a free project consultation.

How is HYDROTEX used in concrete ditch lining projects?

The Problem

Just like canals and channels, ditches are subject to bank erosion. The ditch’s embankment can encroach upon the adjacent roadway, infrastructure, or valuable property, leading to a catastrophic collapse.

The Solution: HYDROTEX Fabric Forms for the In-Situ Casting of Concrete

Protect your ditch from bank erosion by casting a concrete lining using HYDROTEX fabric formworks for the casting of concrete. With HYDROTEX, the bank won’t erode, protecting valuable adjacent structures and property.

You have a wide variety of options to line the ditch, including permeable concrete mattresses, vegetated concrete mattresses, and impermeable concrete mats. The permeable mats accommodate hydrostatic pressure relief, while the impermeable mat prevents vegetation.

Best HYDROTEX Fabric Forms for Lining Ditches with Concrete

HYDROTEX Filter Point

HYDROTEX® Filter Point


Use HYDROTEX Filter Point fabric forms to create a permeable ditch lining system that provides hydrostatic pressure relief. This mattress comes in thicknesses ranging from 2 to 16 inches to accommodate different shear stress environments.


HYDROTEX Filter Band

HYDROTEX® Filter Band® Concrete Mattress


Like Filter Point, HYDROTEX Filter Band fabric forms are apt for casting a permeable concrete lining that will reduce wave-run up while preventing bank erosion at ditches.


HYDROTEX Uniform Section

HYDROTEX® Uniform Section


For an impermeable solution that won’t allow vegetation, consider Uniform Section concrete linings, the strongest alternative to concrete slope paving. Simply place the double-walled geosynthetic panels across the ditch’s sides and bottom, then pump with aggregate concrete to cast an entirely custom-made concrete mattress.


HYDROTEX Enviromat

HYDROTEX® Enviromat®


Enviromat is a vegetated option for ditch lining projects with stringent aesthetic requirements.


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Concrete Mattresses for Roadside Ditches

Roadside ditches don’t have to be left to the mercy of the wind, rain, and other environmental factors.

Line them with a HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete mattress to minimize soil loss in any ditch in your municipality and mitigate erosion issues before they arise.

Ditch lining services are typically applicable for:

Mine
Airport runway

HYDROTEX: The Best Permanent Ditch Lining System

Forget reinforced polyethylene (RPE) ditch liners, cement, rip rap, gravel, or precast concrete.
HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete is the superior erosion control solution for your next ditch lining project. Permanent and hassle-free, a HYDROTEX concrete mat only requires a small concrete pump and four to five people for installation.*

It’s a proven erosion control system that has been in use for more than thirty years. Though applicable in a multitude of industries, HYDROTEX is typically not used for residential ditch lining projects.

Aside from being easier to install and cheaper to transport than alternatives, HYDROTEX is incredibly versatile and has numerous applications, including concrete channel lining, concrete canal lining, and embankment protection. Ready to get started? Call our team at 1-800-225-0023 for a consultation.

*Depending on the square footage of the installation.

Who is Synthetex?

We are the manufacturer of HYDROTEX® geosynthetic fabric formwork used for the in-situ casting of concrete.

We are not an engineering firm, subcontractor, concrete supplier, or fabriform installer. We are a manufacturer.

As your manufacturer, we work with each of those entities to deliver cost-effective solutions at every stage of your project. Our team will also assist with cost analyses, train installation teams, provide technical assistance, and assist with design and hydraulics.

We’re not just a one-time supplier—we’re your strategic partner for your current project and beyond.


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Concrete Canal Lining Solutions

Concrete Canal Lining

Synthetex is the manufacturer and supplier of HYDROTEX fabric formworks (fabriform) for casting concrete canal lining systems. By providing a product that requires no heavy machinery or specialized workforce, we save contractors, engineering firms, and project owners thousands of dollars in installation costs.

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Concrete Canal Lining

Synthetex is the manufacturer and supplier of HYDROTEX fabric formworks (fabriform) for casting concrete canal lining systems. By providing a product that requires no heavy machinery or specialized workforce, we save contractors, engineering firms, and project owners thousands of dollars in installation costs.

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Concrete canal lining is simple with HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete mattresses.

HYDROTEX is the best solution for permanent erosion control at canals and rivers. Cost-effective and custom-made, a HYDROTEX mat requires no specialized workforce or heavy machinery for installation. Aside from canals, it is also apt for use in ditches, channels, rivers, and ponds. Give our team a call at 1-800-225-0023 for a free quote.

How is HYDROTEX used in concrete canal lining projects?

The Problem

An unlined canal is subject to bank erosion. The eroded bank encroaches upon the adjacent roadway, infrastructure, or valuable property, leading to catastrophic collapse.

A stormwater management or irrigation canal may also suffer from a reduced inefficiency of the components. Vegetation growth or bank erosion increases waterlogging and reduces waterflow.

The Solution: HYDROTEX Fabric Forms for the In-Situ Casting of Concrete

Cast a permanent canal liner with HYDROTEX fabric formworks for the in-situ casting of concrete. When pumped in place with fine aggregate concrete, the mattress rises to the designed thickness and permanently protects against bank erosion, protecting valuable adjacent structures or property.

A HYDROTEX concrete liner can also help you manage the efficiency of water flow. You have several customization options, such as incorporating products that can accommodate hydrostatic pressure relief, products that can accommodate revegetation, and products that can prevent vegetation (Uniform Section).

Best HYDROTEX Fabric Forms for Lining Canals with Concrete

HYDROTEX Filter Point

HYDROTEX® Filter Point


Cast a permeable concrete canal liner with HYDROTEX Filter Point fabric formworks (fabriform). This mattress’s distinctive filter points allow water to filter through, relieving hydrostatic pressure while protecting the canal from bank erosion.


HYDROTEX Filter Band

HYDROTEX® Filter Band® Concrete Mattress


For a more permeable alternative to Filter Point, consider lining your canal with HYDROTEX Filter Band. When the Filter Band fabric formworks are pumped with concrete, they give rise to a mattress with concrete tubes running along the sides and bottom of the canal.


HYDROTEX Uniform Section

HYDROTEX® Uniform Section


Need an impermeable canal lining system? HYDROTEX Uniform Section is just what you need. The closest alternative to concrete paving, the HYDROTEX Uniform Section fabric forms give rise to a mattress with an uniform section thickness and a relatively smooth surface.


HYDROTEX Enviromat

HYDROTEX® Enviromat®


Sometimes project owners may desire establishing vegetation at their canals while also controlling bank erosion. For that purpose, Enviromat is the best fabric formwork, providing a solution that is visually appealing, effective, and permanent. When laid out and pumped with fine aggregate concrete, the formwork creates a mattress with unfilled fabric squares that can be cut open and seeded.


All HYDROTEX Products


Though these HYDROTEX fabric formworks are the most applicable for canal lining, we can effortlessly customize them by either mixing two of them or opting for another product that aligns more closely with your project goals and budget.


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Permanent Canal Lining to Prevent Seepage

Sometimes a canal needs to be lined on the sides and the bottom to protect against seepage and erosion. In those cases, a HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete mat is the best choice.

With a diver’s help, the unpumped geosynthetic panel can be dragged across the riverbed. Once pumped with fine aggregate concrete, the mattress will naturally adjust to the soil.

Which industries typically need canal lining services?

Mine
River and canal erosion control
Airport runway

The Better Alternative for Precast Concrete Canal Lining

Unlike pre-cast concrete blocks, HYDROTEX can be easily transported to and from the project site.

No matter how remote or how close the canal is to a major highway, you will have no trouble transporting the geosynthetic panels to the installation site.

Additionally, other lining alternatives such as brick, puddle clay, LDPE plastic, cement, earthen types, or asphalt offer only a temporary solution that requires upkeep or replacement within a few years. HYDROTEX, on the other hand, is permanent and maintenance-free. After installation, HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete mattresses can last up to thirty years without any intervention.

No Concrete Lining Machine (or Paver) Needed

One of the principal benefits of HYDROTEX is how easy it is to install in rivers and canals.

Rather than needing a concrete paver for canal lining, all you need is a pair of divers to place the geosynthetic panels across the riverbed. You will also need a small team to pump the custom-manufactured mattresses with fine aggregate concrete.

Erosion Control for any Canal

HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete can be used in irrigation canals, fly ash canals, and drainage canals both big and small. No matter how long or how deep the cross-section, our manufacturing team in Toccoa will weave the perfect HYDROTEX fabric forms for your project’s specifications.


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River and Canal Erosion Control

Erosion Control for Rivers and Canals

Rely on Synthetex to manufacture a custom-made erosion control solution for a river, canal, or inland waterway project.

Rivers and canals are susceptible to erosion at their embankments and underwater, so they require an erosion control system that will help stop significant soil loss before it has an impact on the environment.

HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete mattresses are the most effective choice for erosion control at these structures, providing a permanent solution from the smallest streams to interstate rivers. We can manufacture fabric forms for permanent embankment protection and concrete canal lining.

Why is HYDROTEX the top choice for your river and canal project?

HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete can be installed both on land and underwater, making it the top solution for municipal authorities and land owners who need to protect a river or canal from erosion.

A HYDROTEX fabric-formed concrete mattress such as Filter Point or Enviromat FX will prevent embankment failure and ensure the underwater ecosystem is minimally altered.

Aside from being easy to access, HYDROTEX is simpler to transport than rip rap or prefabricated concrete blocks, making it the better choice for protecting rivers and canals.

Why is erosion control at rivers and canals important?

Human pressure, unsustainable use and floods and droughts driven by changes in climate all have negative effects on rivers.

Inhabitation of floodplain areas, hydropower use, navigation, gravel, and sand extraction lead to changes in morphology, pollution, degradation of aquatic habitats and conflicts with land use. The most pressures in a river basin occur along river corridors, compromising the sustainable water and riparian land use.

All of these concerns have encouraged waterway administrations to properly maintain and improve rivers, canals, and waterways for efficient inland navigation. Their focus remains on preserving and protecting these waterways as natural habitats.

Synthetex supports waterway administrations in achieving a common level of services for embankment stabilization and erosion protection along these waterways and their tributaries.

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Enviromat®

Enviromat® (EM) Concrete Linings


Enviromat Concrete Linings are installed to provide protection against periodic high flows. After installation, vegetation can be planted within the open structure of the lining to create a more natural appearance. Enviromat Concrete Linings are used in drainage ditches and on the upper slopes of channels, canals, lakes, reservoirs, rivers, and other water courses as well as for embankments subject to heavy run-off.

Enviromat Linings are comprised of concrete-filled elements and unfilled areas that allow for the establishment of vegetation.  Once the concrete sets, the defined unfilled and interwoven areas are opened by cutting the fabric and are planted or are filled with topsoil and seeded.  Within a growing season a vegetated cover will normally extend over the lining, resulting in an erosion control system with the hydraulic, ecological and aesthetic features desired.

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HYDROTEX® Uniform Section

Uniform Section (US) Concrete Linings

Uniform Section (US) Concrete Linings


Uniform Section (US) Concrete Linings are similar to traditional concrete slope paving.  They create a solid, high-quality concrete lining with a relatively low hydraulic resistance and uniform cross-section.  Uniform Section linings are used to reduce the infiltration or exfiltration of aggressive waste and chemical fluids into or out of open channels and basins.  They are also used to reduce exfiltration in arid regions where open channels and basins require watertight linings.

Uniform Section Concrete Linings are resistant to leachate and most chemicals.  They protect geosynthetic liners from mechanical damage, exposure to UV light, and freeze-thaw cycles.  These self-supporting, high-strength linings permit construction on steep side slopes and replace the conventional use of clay or sand as liner protection. Placement of the forms and concrete filling can be performed without the use of equipment on the liner.  The tensile strength and abrasion resistance of the fabric protect the liner from the pumped concrete.

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HYDROTEX® Articulating Block

Articulating Block (AB) Concrete Linings

Articulating Block (AB) Concrete Linings


Articulating Block Mats form cable-reinforced concrete block mattresses that resist erosive forces. They are often constructed where a revetment is exposed to frontal attack by wave action.

AB Mats are typically used to protect coastlines, canals, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, underwater pipelines, bridge piers, and other marine structures from propeller wash, ship wakes, wind waves, currents, and high velocity flows. They are also used in environmental construction for landfill caps, down chutes, and collector channels.

The AB fabric form consists of a series of compartments linked by an interwoven perimeter. Grout ducts interconnect the compartments, and high-strength revetment cables are installed between and through the compartments and grout ducts.

Once filled, the AB Mats become a mattress of pillow-shaped, rectangular concrete blocks. The interwoven perimeters between the blocks serve as hinges to permit articulation. The cables remain embedded in the concrete blocks to link the blocks together and facilitate articulation.

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HYDROTEX® Filter Point

HYDROTEX Articulating Block

HYDROTEX Uniform Section

HYDROTEX Filter Band

HYDROTEX Enviromat

HYDROTEX® Filter Point

Filter Point (FP) Concrete Linings

Filter Point (FP) Concrete Linings


Filter Point Concrete Linings with filtration points (drains) provide erosion-resistant, permeable concrete linings for ditches, channels, canals, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, reservoirs, marinas, and protected port and harbor areas.

Filter Point Concrete Linings have a cobbled surface and a relatively high coefficient of hydraulic friction in order to achieve lower flow velocities and to reduce wave run-up. The filtration points provide for the relief of hydrostatic uplift pressures, increasing the system’s stability.

Filter Point Concrete Linings were the first type of fabric formed concrete system developed. In 1965, a Dutch patent was issued for “fabric formed slope paving.” The form suggested by this patent was later refined to create the first “filter point” lining.

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Submit a Request for a Filter Point Specification

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Submit a request for a technical specification

We’ll get back to you within 1-2 business days. All specifications are available in both nylon and polyester configurations.





HYDROTEX® Filter Point

HYDROTEX Articulating Block

HYDROTEX Uniform Section

HYDROTEX Filter Band

HYDROTEX Enviromat

Balason River Project

Balason River Project



Darjeeling District of West Bengal, Republic of India


The flood protection dike along the Balason River, in the Republic of India, required a permanent revetment protection solution. The Balason flows in the Darjeeling District of West Bengal, India. It starts in the hills of Senchal and runs south into the plains of North Bengal, joining the Mahananda River.

The left embankment of the Balason River breached in the flood of 1998 cutting the highway to Mirik from Siliguri and also washing away the Dudhiya Bazar. Owner Darjeeling Highway Division of P.W. Roads, West Bengal, tried to construct the dike with huge concrete block and boulders. But the efforts turned out to be futile again during the monsoon of 1999.

HYDROTEX® Articulating Block Mattresses with revetment cables were selected by the owner for their constructability, adaptability and durability in a challenging environment. Gabion mattresses had a much higher cost compared to the HYDROTEX fabric forms and presented a construction challenge on a 2H:1V embankment. Both stone riprap and gabions presented alternatives, but the 2.5 m riprap and 300 mm gabion thicknesses would have required large tonnage of stone to be quarried in an environmentally sensitive region.

The embankment was prepared with local riverbed materials. A layer of non-woven geotextile was placed on the freshly built embankment and finally HYDROTEX AB600 was placed on top and pumped with a fine aggregate concrete slurry to cast the protective layer. To date it is in perfect condition and has not allowed any sort of deformation of the embankment. Also, the cast-in-place fabric formed concrete revetment system was much more cost-effective than the alternatives.


Owner:Darjeeling Highway Division of P. W. Roads
Engineer:Darjeeling Highway Division of P. W. Roads
Contractor:Darjeeling Highway Division of P. W. Roads
Installation:2000
Products:HYDROTEX Articulating Block 600 (AB600)

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