Gabions are a unique way of building a variety of walls, ramps and exterior faces at demanding sites. The ready-made exterior face is robust, polished and uniform. The stones in the gabion are mechanically compacted to ensure that they will not move. This ensures a strong structure and uniformity of the baskets. The method is fast and cost-efficient: some 50 m2 of wall can be completed in a day.
Furthermore, gabions are ecological and have an extremely small carbon footprint. A mechanical gabion is an excellent way of reusing stone material excavated from a construction site. The mechanical gabion method and basket model are patented.
Gabions and their properties
An exterior face made from mechanical gabions is uniform and has no seams, or visible ties or lacing cords. Mechanical gabions are compact and uniform in quality. A mechanical gabion is approximately 20–30% more compact than a gabion made by hand or with an excavator. Rounded edges make the surface pleasant and safe.
Gabions are an extremely sturdy and durable solution: under normal conditions, their calculated corrosion resistance is some 100–200 years. Different basket materials are available: hot galvanised steel, stainless steel, acid-proof steel and regular black steel, and the baskets can be painted with RAL colours. The baskets can also be manufactured from a variety of wire strengths. The regular option is 6 mm wire. The basket size is 2 x 0.5 x 0.5 metres (width x height x depth).
Applications of mechanical gabions
Mechanical gabions can be used for a variety of applications. Gabions are an excellent solution for any site where high quality, accuracy and a naturally beautiful stone surface area required. The cost benefits are highest at large construction sites where machines are already available on site.
- Supporting walls and exterior faces of different types
- Forming and supporting ramps in road and railroad structures
- Noise barriers and embankments
- Pier foundations, channels and forming of shorelines
- Bridge end structures
- Banks and demarcated areas in yards and gardens
- Forming of green spaces
- Exterior faces and interior cladding of buildings, architectural solutions
- Soil supporting walls
- Cladding of rock cuttings