Metalith H2O Applications


Metalith H2O Overview

In 2003, Infrastructure Defense Technologies introduced the Metalith™, a line of K-50 and K12-certified, high quality, high strength, physical security barriers. The Metalith barriers were designed to meet the anti-blast, anti-ram, and anti-terrorism demands for perimeter security solutions required by the military, government, and private owners and operators of many types of critical infrastructure assets.

The Metalith barriers were designed to be:
  • Anti-ram vehicle barriers
  • Ballistics protection barriers
  • Blast mitigation barriers
  • Follow-on attack prevention barriers
  • Force protection barriers
  • Protective delay barriers
Metalith H2O applications

The Metalith H2O barriers are designed to provide a wide variety of flood control and erosion control applications.  These include:

  • Bank / Slope stabilization
  • Barrier walls
  • Bulkheads
  • Culvert pads
  • Emergency flood containment
  • Emergency flood deployment
  • Erosion control
  • Flood control
  • Flood mitigation
  • Land reclamation
  • Levee armoring
  • Levee elevating
  • Mudslide or debris flows
  • New levee construction
  • Retaining walls
  • Sand dune stabilization and armoring
  • Seawalls / seawall repair
  • Ship channel erosion
  • Soil stabilization
  • Spill containment
  • Tank farm flood protection
  • Temporary and permanent seawalls and bulkheads
  • Water runoff redirection.
In testing conducted in 2007 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Metalith H2O barriers were found to be:
  • The fastest flood fighting barriers to erect by a factor of 2 or 3 compared to all other tested barriers,
  • The fastest barriers to disassemble,
  • The flood barriers most capable of holding back the highest volume of flood water in its deployable form,
  • The least affected by the impact of debris simulating test logs, and
  • Impervious to hydrostatic loads, for the water volumes tested.
In addition, the Metalith flood protection barriers have been proven to be:
  • The most cost effective barriers - per use,
  • The longest lasting barriers - by decades,
  • The barriers with the best and longest warranty in the industry,
  • The fastest barriers in the industry to add an additional layer to,
  • The most impervious to degradation from exposure to UV rays, high temperature, or other elements,
  • One of the easiest to warehouse, requiring little floor space, since they nest,
  • The most resistant to rot, rust, corrosion, material degradation, rodent nibbling, and decay which are problems with other flood fighting barrier solutions.
  • The easiest to assemble by unskilled volunteers, and even larger children, small women, and active elderly volunteers can easily assemble the panels due to their light weight and simple pin assembly.
  • The least likely flood fighting barrier to damage aquatic habitats, posing no risk to wildlife as the panels are made out of aluminum and will not degrade and are not edible.
  • The "greenest" flood control or erosion control barrier made from 100% recyclable aluminum and stainless steel.
To view a more complete list of Metalith H2O benefits, click here to view our Benefits page.

For more information about Infrastructure Defense Technologies' flood barriers and erosion control barriers and applications, please call us at 1-800-379-1822, email us at info@metalithH2O.com, info@infrastructure-defense.com or fill out our contact form.

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Emergency management

The Metalith H2O flood fighting barriers were designed with Emergency Management agencies in mind. The Metalith H2O barriers were designed to be efficiently stored, easily shipped, erected without heavy equipment, except a Bobcat or front loader for filling, and installed by non-skilled help typically recruited during an emergency or a disaster.

Disasters can strike anytime and anywhere and they can take many forms:

  • Hurricanes
  • Earthquakes
  • Tornadoes
  • Floods
  • Fires
  • Hazardous spills
  • Other acts of nature, or
  • Acts of terrorism.

Whether the reacting agency is the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a former independent agency that became part of the new Department of Homeland Security in March 2003, tasked with responding to, planning for, recovering from, and mitigating against disasters, state emergency management operations, or county or local emergency management, the Metalith H2O barriers are the answer when rising flood waters, storm surges pushed by hurricanes or tropical storms, destabilized soil, or weakening levees are the problem.

Emergency management uses for Metalith H2O barriers include:

  • Bank / Slope stabilization barriers
  • Barrier walls
  • Bulkheads
  • Culvert pads
  • Emergency facility protection
  • Emergency flood containment barriers
  • Emergency flood deployment
  • Erosion control barriers
  • Flood control barriers
  • Flood mitigation barriers
  • Hurricane beach erosion barriers,
  • Land reclamation barriers
  • Levee armoring
  • Levee elevating,
  • Mudslide and debris flow barriers
  • New levee construction
  • Portable flood protection instead of sandbags walls
  • Retaining walls
  • Sand dune stabilization and armoring
  • Seawall barrier
  • Seawall repair
  • Soil stabilization
  • Spill containment
  • Temporary and permanent seawalls and bulkheads,
  • Temporary water storage pools, and
  • Water runoff redirection.

Our standard Metalith™ barriers, in combination with our roof designs, can provide:

  • Emergency management administration offices,
  • Emergency response worker temporary housing,
  • Emergency structures (walls and roofs) for numerous applications,
  • Food or supplies distribution facilities and perimeter barriers,
  • Refugee camp shelters,
  • Refugee shelter walls,
  • Temporary hospitals / emergency medical centers / aid stations,
  • Temporary law enforcement housing or operations facilities,
  • Temporary or semi-permanent supply depot structures, and
  • Vehicle or equipment storage facilities.
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Environmental protection

Metalith H2O barriers are designed to keep the "trouble" on one side and "safety" on the other. When an environmental spill takes place, our barriers can be quickly deployed.

Every year almost 14,000 oil spills are reported, mobilizing thousands of specially trained emergency response personnel and challenging the well designed contingency plans. Many spills are contained and cleaned up by the party responsible for the spill, but some spills require assistance from local and state agencies, and occasionally, the federal government.

There are many other types of environmental hazards.

Metalith H2O flood and erosion control barriers are suited for some types of environmental protection.

Potential uses of Metalith H2O barriers for environmental issues include:

  • Hazard mitigation barriers
  • General isolation barrier walls
  • Hazardous fluid runoff redirection
  • Hazardous soil segregation barriers, and
  • Liquid environmental hazard containment barriers.

Potential uses of Metalith™ barriers for environmental issues include:

  • Construction site silt fence replacements
  • Emergency responder facilities - housing, offices, depots, etc.
  • Equipment storage facilities
  • Habitat restoration or protection barriers
  • Hazardous liquid or fluid storage ponds*
  • Mothballed facility perimeter security barriers
  • Perimeter security barriers or barrier walls
  • Retention ponds for various fluids, liquids, sludges, etc.*
  • Superfund site access control barriers
  • Remediated materials temporary storage facilities, and
  • Wetland restoration and wetland runoff protection barriers.

* with properly approved liner.

Infrastructure Defense Technologies' flood mitigation, flood fighting, and erosion control barriers, are designed to protect critical infrastructure, as well as natural resources, from the ravages of nature.

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Conservation

America holds title to extensive natural resources that are on both public and private lands.

When severe weather, floods, storms, tornadoes, hurricanes or other natural disasters nature can spawn occur, protection is needed to secure our natural resources from impairment or ruin.

Potential uses of the Metalith H2O barriers for conservation projects might include:

  • Bank erosion protection
  • Berm rehabilitation
  • Bridge abutment protection
  • Coastal erosion stabilization
  • Created wetland barriers
  • Dike and levee protection
  • Embankment protection and stabilization
  • Erosion check dams
  • Erosion control
  • Flood mitigation
  • Floodway barrier wall
  • Groins
  • Habitat restoration or protection barriers
  • Levee armoring
  • Levee remediation
  • Mudslide and debris flow barriers
  • River crossing barriers
  • Rockslide protection barriers
  • Seawalls
  • Sediment runoff barriers
  • Slope protection
  • Stream bank restoration
  • Stream bank stabilization
  • Temporary road stabilization barriers
  • Wetland restoration and wetland runoff protection barriers

Infrastructure Defense Technologies' flood mitigation, flood fighting, and erosion control barriers, are designed to protect critical infrastructure, as well as natural resources, from the ravages of nature.

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Erosion control

Erosion control is the practice of preventing or controlling wind or water erosion in agriculture, land development and construction. This usually involves the creation of some sort of physical barrier, such as vegetation or rock, to absorb some of the energy of the wind or water that is causing the erosion. These barriers can also be aluminum Metalith H2O panels.

One of the major organizations discharged with helping to control erosion is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The USACE has responsibility for the maintenance of U.S. waterways. The Army's Civil Works missions fall in four broad areas:

  1. Water infrastructure,
  2. Environmental management and restoration,
  3. Response to natural and manmade disasters, and
  4. Engineering and technical services to the Army, Department of Defense (DOD) and other Federal agencies.

The Corps maintains more than 12,000 miles (19,200 km) of inland waterways and operates 235 locks. The Corps also maintain 300 commercial harbors, through which pass over 2 billion tons of cargo a year, and more than 600 smaller harbors.

The USACE's flood control efforts range from small, local protection projects (levees or non-structural flood control measures) to major dams. Today, the Corps continues to maintain and operate 383 dams and reservoirs for flood control. The Corps also operates 75 power plants.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture manages the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that assists owners of America's private land with conserving their soil, water, and other natural resources. Local, state and federal agencies and policymakers also rely on our expertise.

Erosion control is a primary concern of the Army Corps of Engineers and the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Metalith H2O panels can be a prime solution for this problem. The table that follows shows the primary structural methods employed against erosion and what method of erosion it is designed to stop or mitigate. 

Type of Erosion Control Structure
Erosion
Inundation
Storm Surge
Offshore breakwaters
X
   
Perched beach
X
X
 
Groins
X
   
Revetments
X
X
X
Dikes
X
X
X
Seawalls
X
X
X
Bulkheads
X
X
X
Dams  
X
X
Metalith H2O barriers can be used in a wide variety of erosion control and flood control applications including:
  • Breakwaters - parallel structures that reduce the amount of wave energy. Both Metalith and Metalith™ H2O barriers can be used to build breakwater structures.

  • Bridge abutment protection – Metalith barriers or Metalith H2O panels can be used to construct bridge abutment protection structures.

  • Bulkheads - vertical retaining walls.

  • Dike and levee protection – barriers designed to be in front of the levee or dike to protect it from breaching materials.

  • Dikes - earth structures (dams) that keep elevated water levels from flooding interior lowlands. Metalith or Metalith H2O panels can be used to harden dike structures.

  • Drain and channel wall linings.

  • Embankment protection linings or barriers.

  • Floodway barrier walls.

  • Groins - structures that extend, fingerlike, perpendicularly or nearly right angles from the shore. Metalith or Metalith H2O barriers can be used to build the groins,

  • Levees - earth structures (dams) that keep elevated water levels from flooding interior lowlands. Metalith or Metalith H2O panels can be used to harden levee structures.

  • Pond wall linings.

  • Revetments - facing of erosion resistant material.

  • River bank or stream bank linings.

  • Seawalls - massive, vertical structures used to protect backshore areas from heavy wave action. Metalith and Metalith H2O barriers can be constructed as temporary or permanent seawalls.

  • Slope protection – Metalith or Metalith H2O panels can be arranged to help retain rock or soil on slopes, depending on height requirements, and

  • Temporary road stabilization barriers – Metalith H2O panels could be configured as road stabilization barriers.

Infrastructure Defense Technologies' flood protection, flood fighting, and erosion control barriers, are designed to protect critical infrastructure, as well as natural resources, from the ravages of nature.