Shoreblock® SD is a flexible, interlocking matrix of concrete blocks of uniform size, shape and weight connected by a series of cables which pass longitudinally though preformed ducts in each block.
Shoreblock® SD revetment systems combine the favorable aspects of lightweight blankets and meshes – such as porosity, flexibility, vegetation encouragement and habitat enhancement – with non-erodible, self-weight and high tractive force resistance of a rigid lining.
Shoreblock® SD has proven to be an aesthetic and functional alternative to rip-rap, poured-in-place concrete and other heavy duty erosion protection systems. Shoreblock® SD is easy to install and can therefore reduce overall project costs. More specifically, when compared to other systems, life-cycle costs are reduced because Shoreblock® SD is a permanent system that saves on subsequent maintenance expenses.
Shoreblock® SD is the most durable, effective and environmentally-friendly erosion control revetment method of fighting severe erosion problems. Shoreblock® SD Mats are available in 8' width and lengths up to 40'. Mats can be joined to achieve greater lengths. Different sizes of Shoreblock® SD are available depending on application severity. In most markets, Articulated Concrete Blocks (ACBs) are competitive in cost to gabion mats and 12" diameter (or greater) rock (or rip-rap) placed in an 18" or greater blanket thickness. ACBs are typically more economical than poured-in-place concrete.
Shoreblock® SD will not suffer loss of function due to chemical degradation, UV degradation, biological degradation, vandalism or aging throughout its design life.
Shoreblock® SD has the necessary strength characteristics to resist displacement due to imposed tractive forces and wave loads, including the necessary strength to resist both lateral displacement and vertical uplift.
Shoreblock® SD becomes part of the landscape and the local ecosystem. Its construction is free of hazardous projections – thus offering opportunities for recreation – as native grasses are quick to germinate in the soil-filled cells.
The Shoreblock® SD System is engineered to ensure comprehensive project design and high quality components at 20-50% lower than alternative erosion control methods.