Erosion and Sediment Control

Industry Roundtable

Perimeter Controls: They May Not Be Effective, But At Least They Are Expensive

Tuesday, February 13
10:20 AM - 11:20 AM

PDH: 1

Location: 103B

Level of Presentation: All: Suitable for a broad audience

Sediment-laden discharges from construction sites can have detrimental effects on the ecosystem if perimeter control products and/or practices fail to perform as intended. Although the primary goals of perimeter control practices are typically the same (i.e., sediment retention and water quality improvement), knowing when, where, and how to use various perimeter controls may not always be apparent. This industry round table will provide an opportunity for attendees to collaborate, interact, and discuss open-ended topics pertaining to their experiences with various perimeter control practices in an effort to identify lessons learned in the successful applications of practices. Discussions will revolve around types of perimeter controls, design guidance, application, in-field performance, typical failure modes, maintenance requirements, and innovations.

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Target Audience: Academic,Consultant,Contractor,Developer/Builder,Engineer,Government Agency,Manufacturer,Storm Water

Wesley C. Zech

Brasfied & Gorrie Professor of Construction Engineering and Management
Auburn University - Department of Civil Engineering

Wesley C. Zech is the Brasfield and Gorrie Professor of Construction Engineering and Management at Auburn University. He earned a B.S. (1999), M.E. (2000), and a Ph.D. (2004) from the University at Buffalo. He has been at Auburn University since 2004 and has conducted external research in collaboration with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) that led to the development of the Auburn University Erosion and Sediment Control Testing Facility (AU-ESCTF). His research has focused on applying large-scale testing techniques to evaluate the performance of various erosion and sediment control practices including: silt fence tiebacks, the use of polyacrylamide, hydromulches, ditch checks, inlet protection measures, sediment barriers, catch basin inserts, and sediment basins. Many of the research results from these efforts have been adopted as standard erosion and sediment control practices used on highway construction projects in the state of Alabama. His current research endeavors include characterizing the performance of high-rate settling techniques in sediment basins, the performance of sediment barrier systems, using unmanned aerial vehicles for construction site inspections, and the design and deployment of a rainfall simulator.

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Wesley N. Donald

Research Fellow
Auburn University - Department of Civil Engineering

Wesley Donald, PhD, CPESC, is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering at Auburn University. Dr. Donald received his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in Civil Engineering from Auburn University. The focus of his doctoral research was on the analysis and improvements of ditch check practices in channelized flow for controlling channel erosion on highway construction sites. His current research focus is on sediment barrier testing, simulated rainfall testing, and catch basin testing for post construction applications. He is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC).

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