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Due to climate change, the sea level is rising and the weather is changing. Combined with the advancement of surfacing in urban areas, this results in an increase in flooding and a lowering of the groundwater level. Awareness of the need to deal with water differently is increasing. Conventional technical measures and solutions are no longer sufficient.

Gauris is happy to advise you on water management and water collection on highways and in cities for buffering rainwater.

In the Netherlands, we have areas with soft, low load-bearing soil. Especially in the urban areas in the west, the soil is weak and the groundwater is close to ground level. It is necessary to raise this subsoil before building can take place. EPS (expanded polystyrene) is used as a fill material to prevent settlement in soil and sand bodies. The lightweight material is the ideal basic construction for embankment in a short period of time with significant cost savings.

EPS is a particularly lightweight, compression-resistant and dimensionally stable material. By replacing a sand construction with a light construction with EPS, loss of stability in the soil is prevented and the subsoil is relieved. The EPS blocks are packed liquid-tight with LDPE foil after they have been installed.

We are happy to advise you which solution best suits your question.

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EPS blocks in Hoorn

EPS blocks in Hoorn

For civil engineering we supply GEO textiles

For civil engineering we supply GEO textiles

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GEO textiles (woven and non-woven)

Geotextiles are used in civil engineering constructions to promote stability and sustainability; examples are ground reinforcement and asphalt reinforcement. In addition, geotextiles are used as protection, layer separation, filtering and drainage. The function depends on the type of textile.

geo textile
  • Woven & non-woven
  • rock solid
  • Light and therefore easy to process
  • Absorbs local tensions
  • Stabilizes the ground
  • Water permeable

EPS blocks

EPS is used on a large scale in civil engineering. On the one hand to prevent undesired settlements, on the other to meet the fast turnaround times of projects.

The properties of EPS make it possible to build a substructure in which the superstructure can be built almost immediately. With EPS, only a fraction of the time previously required in areas with poor soil conditions is required.

eps blocks
  • Fully recyclable (made from recycled material)
  • Light, therefore easy and quick to process
  • Specially developed for civil engineering
  • Taxable immediately
  • Safe and maintenance-free


European EPDM, available in various thicknesses (from 0.75 to 1.5 mm).

EPDM foil is made of rubber, is strong and retains its natural stretch for a very long time. The film is also highly resistant to UV radiation and can last for at least 20 years. EPDM foil is slightly more flexible than PVC foil. EPDM is useful for infrastructure / civil engineering projects.

epdm foil
  • High elasticity (+/- 400%)
  • flexible material
  • Long life expectancy (> 20 years)
  • 10 year warranty
  • UV resistant

For more information about civil projects, please contact Martijn Riewald

martin riewald
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