Testing and Specifying Rolled Erosion Control Products

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This technical presentation will cover the testing and specifying of Rolled Erosion Control Products based on ASTM standardized test methods.  This presentation will describe and recommend test methods that should be used to evaluate Rolled Erosion Control Products for quality, uniformity, and performance.  In addition, data will be presented that correlates testing of material properties to field performance characteristics.  Attendees will learn of the effort by the National Transportation Product Evaluation Program (NTPEP) to create a nationwide system of testing requirements for Rolled Erosion Control Products, and how this effort has created a knowledge base of data derived from standardized test methods that allows end users, manufacturers, and designers to determine which Rolled Erosion Control Product is appropriate for use on any given construction site. 

 Learning Objectives:

  1.  Learn about ASTM Standardized test methods used to evaluate Rolled Erosion Control Products.
  2.  Learn about the importance of using standardized test methods to improve quality and reduced variability in Rolled Erosion Control Products
  3.  Learn to used data developed through standardized test methods to develop generic specifications for use in determining which product is right for your job site.

 Course Level: Intermediate


James Sprague, CPESC

Jay Sprague, a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, is the Laboratory Director of TRI Environmental’s Denver Downs Research Facility in Anderson, SC. Mr. Sprague has been integrally involved with implementing large-scale test methods, including the construction and maintenance of the state-of-the-art facilities that make TRI the only independent commercial laboratory offering a wide array of performance testing capabilities. After helping to construct DDRF as a college intern in 2006, Mr. Sprague completed his degree in Agricultural Economics at Clemson University and spent the next 3 years specializing in agricultural, erosion control, and sediment control products as a Market Development Manager at Pennington Seed Company. As Laboratory Director for TRI’s Denver Downs Research Facility, Mr. Sprague supervises a staff of technicians, directs all site operations and testing, and is responsible for implementation of TRI’s Quality Systems throughout all lab operations. Mr. Sprague is a member of the IECA Southeast Chapter Board, as the South Carolina state representative. In addition, Mr. Sprague has authored or co-authored multiple peer reviewed technical papers, and was awarded the “Most Distinguished Technical Paper” award for his paper, “Evaluating Floating Surface Skimmers” in 2015, by the International Erosion Control Association. Mr. Sprague resides in Greenville, SC with his wife and two young boys.

At the completion of this course you will receive 1 Professional Development Hour of credit. For any questions on continuing education credit, please contact IECA Education at education@ieca.org


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1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available